Friday, February 27, 2015

Alternative ways to deep condition with heat, when you have no hooded dryer


For better moisture infusion you should always use heat when you deep condition your hair. The heat makes the hair cuticle open wider, this enables the deep conditioner to absorb all of its benefits. Heat from a hooded dryer or steamer is the recommended heat source.

What does one do if you do not have a hooded dryer or steamer?


Different ways to create heat when you deep condition

4 alternatives to hooded dryers:

Blow dryer hooded attachment
Purchase hooded attachment here

If you have a handheld blow dryer, you can purchase a very inexpensive bonnet attachment. Once attached it works just as good as a hooded dryer.The bonnets only attach to certain types of blow dryers so be sure it will fit your blow dryer. These travel really well and are easy to set up.


Heated conditioner method

1. Put deep conditioner in a bowl.
2. Boil some water in a pot.
3. Remove from heat and sit bowl of conditioner inside hot water.
4. Cover with a top for 5 minutes. 5. Quickly apply conditioner onto hair while it is still warm. 
6. Cover hair with a plastic cap, then cover cap with a towel. 
7. Proceed with housework, exercise, errands any activity which generates heat.   
8. Allow warm conditioner to marinate on your hair for 20 minutes, then rinse out with cold water. 

YOU WILL HAVE SOFT, LUSCIOUS HAIR!






Baggy method overnight


1. Apply lots of conditioner to clean hair
2. Cover with a plastic cap.
3. Then cover cap with a hat or scarf.
4. Allow conditioner to sit on hair overnight.
5. Rinse out in morning with cool water.
6. Proceed with other treatments and styling.




Hot towel steam method
supplies needed: 2 small towels, deep conditioner, 2 plastic conditioning caps
1. Soak two bath cloths in hot water.
2. Shampoo hair.
3. Apply deep conditioner and quickly cover hair with one hot  towel, followed by a plastic conditioning cap.
4. Then apply second hot cloth on top of cap followed by a second conditioning cap. Wrap head in a topsie turby or a bath towel. 
5. Rinse out with cool water, after 20 minutes.



Old fashion steam method
1. Boil water, pour into a big bowl. 
2. Apply deep conditioner but do not cover with a plastic cap. 
3. Using a large bath towel cover head and hold over bowl, making an effort to keep all steam inside towel and going on your hair. Sit up as much as you need. Steam for 15 minutes. 

Be very careful not to burn yourself with hot water. 
This method is not for the clumsy. 



Each of the above methods help you condition your hair better.
But remember a hooded dryer or steamer is a good investment for coily hair care.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Help my hair is breaking!




Nothing makes you sigh harder, on your hair journey, than finding breakage. But do not panic because that creates stress, and stress is a top cause of some hair loss. Take an inventory of all broken areas, then follow these steps.

BREAKAGE

STEP ONE:  Access whether it is breakage or shedding.

Take a close look at the hair from your comb or sink. Are the majority of the pieces shorter than your hair? Do you see splits on the strands? If you answer yes to either of these questions then you are dealing with breakage and you want to correct this issue immediately.

But say  the majority of those strands you check are the same length as your hair. Check to see if you can see a white bulb on one end of the strands. The presence of a white bulb means that hair came from the root. This is shed hair. Now you must determine if this is normal shedding or excess shedding. Proceed to step four if your hair loss is due to shedding and not breakage.

STEP TWO:  Pinpoint the root cause of the breakage, and stop that action.

12 causes of breakage:
1. Constant dry, brittle hair
2. Weak hair from protein loss.
3. Untangling hair while wet or dry. (untangle damp)
4. Handling the hair rough.
5. Brushing your hair.
6. Tight cornrows
7. Tight braid extensions
8. Extensions applied improperly.
9. Products with harsh ingredients.
10. Hats, wigs and scarfs used can cause traction alopecia.
11. Your ends rubbing against harsh fabrics
12. Flat irons, pressing combs, blow dryers and hair color.

The leading causes of breakage is dry hair and protein loss. Most of what is listed above will fall into the loss of moisture category or protein loss. Access your regimen and pinpoint which one of the things listed above are you doing.  Understand that some of these causes, can cause breakage from just doing them one time. Once you determine what you are doing on the list, ask yourself why you have that step in your hair regimen. Then ask yourself do you really need that in your regimen. If you truly need it, then find a healthier alternative. Until you find an alternative stop doing that to your hair. Remember your goal is to stop the breakage. 
 



STEP THREE:  Repair the damage, if it is breakage.


This is a good time for a good trim. Depending on the severity of your breakage you may require a good cut. Do not hold on to damaged ugly ends. You will be surprised how fast your hair grows back after a good cut.

Once you have got you cut, now it is time to add strength to your hair by using protein. Your hair is mostly protein, but when it becomes damaged you have loss protein. A loss of protein leaves holes on your hair strands. Those weakened hair strands will surely break off without doing a good protein treatment. For severe breakage I recommend the aphogee 2 step treatment. Your first aphogee treatment will reduce your breakage by 50% or more. You wait 6 weeks then repeat the treatment. After 2 or 3 treatments your breakage should slow down to hardly nothing. If you have stopped doing what caused your breakage in the first place.



The aphogee 2 step treatment 

INCREASE LEAN PROTEINS IN YOUR DIET. TAKING A HAIR VITAMIN CAN HELP YOUR HAIR GROW IN STRONGER SO IT IS LESS LIKELY TO BREAK SO EASILY. HAIR VITAMINS DO WORK AND ARE GOOD INVESTMENTS.



SHEDDING

STEP FOUR:  You have accessed that your hair is shedding.

NORMAL SHEDDING

Hair sheds daily between 50 to 150 strands. Shedding is a normal stage in which your hair must go through. However your hair should not shed in clumps. When you style your hair in the morning you will have the most shedding, because the body repairs itself as we sleep. If you manipulate your hair several times a day expect the shed hair to slide out. If you are not finger combing or combing your hair daily then expect for the shed hair to build up. For example, if you have your hair in two strand twists for a week, expect all the accumulated daily shed hair to come out once you finger comb it. It will look like more hair than usual that is because it is accumulative shedding. Shed hairs should be the same length as your hair. So shed hair will be longer pieces and breakage will be shorter pieces. 

 
Excess shedding? Time to call the doctor.


EXCESS SHEDDING 

What if my hair is daily shedding in clumps?

When this happens the root cause is coming from the roots. So this is an internal issue, which requires an internal solution. Fish oil and a hair skin and nail supplement will sometimes reduce excess shedding. When the cause of your excess shedding is a vitamin deficiency. The only way you can accurately know whether you have a vitamin deficiency is to have your doctor perform blood tests. Seeking a doctors immediate attention when your hair is shedding in clumps is highly recommended, because this could mean the indication of an underlying health issue.  

Potential causes of excess shedding:
Pregnancy causes after pregnancy excess shedding.
Some illnesses
After surgery
Chronic stress
One traumatic stress situation
Certain products
Certain medications
Vitamin deficiency

BESIDES PREGNANCY SHEDDING MOST OF THESE ARE SERIOUS CONDITIONS. PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR ASAP AND TELL THE DOCTOR EVERYTHING.

IF YOU HEAR OR FEEL SNAPPING AND POPPING, WHEN YOU USE A COMB, THEN IT IS TIME TO PUT THE COMB AWAY AND FINGER COMB.

Be proactive with your hair care, stop breakage before it becomes to much. Do these two hair checkups twice a month to stay on top of your hair care. 


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Two hair checks you should do twice a month.


Sometimes breakage seems to just come out of no where, but the fact is, it started somewhere. Breakage does not just happen, it happens as a result of something you are doing or not doing. If you are on a journey to grow your hair as long and healthy as possible, here are two hair care checks you should do twice a month.

Hair check #1
HAIR WEBBING
(A COILY QUEEN TERM)

I created this term to describe what the hair does when it is not properly hydrated. It forms webs when you separate it. When the hair sticks  together in web like fashion this is called webbing. When the hair webs, this means your moisture routine is not working properly for you. 


This is a check up you want to do every other week. You always want to be proactive with hydration. Check four areas of your hair, the top, back and both sides of your hair for webbing. Just examine a small section from each area,  if more than two areas show webbing, this means your hair is not hydrated enough. Dehydrated hair left untreated will eventually break or split. So correction is in order. Before you blame your moisturizers, take a good look at all the other products you use on your hair. Certain harsh ingredients can pull the moisture out of your hair. Examine your cleansing and conditioning technique, be sure you are not missing any steps and you are shampooing and conditioning correctly.


It maybe time for a moisture infusion to get your hair hydrated correctly.  The nine day moisture treatment will help to get your moisture levels on the right track. Nine day treatment


Hair check #2
The sink test

Untangle your hair over the white sink in your bathroom. Examine the hair you see fall onto the sink. How does it look? If you see long pieces the length of your hair, that is normal shedding. If you see hair which is shorter than your hair that is breakage. If you see very small pieces of hair no longer than an eyelash, those are from split ends. Those small piece of hair have broken off from your hair strands, and this has left a weak spot on your hair strand. This means it is likely that your hair will eventually break, even with normal manipulation. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

First shampoo and deep condition your hair correctly. Steps to correct deep conditioning here. Once you have finished and your hair is dry, smooth your fingers through your strands again. If you still see short pieces in the sink, then do a protein treatment asap, to stop the breakage.

WHY WILL THE PROTEIN TREATMENT DO?

 The protein will stick to the individual hair strands, and give them the strength they need to survive manipulation. The hydrolyzed keratin protein will fill in any holes on the hair strands, left from the splits. After using a good protein treatment such as the aphogee 2 step, your breakage should stop by 50% or more. You should no longer see those short pieces in the sink. Be sure to follow the instructions of the protein treatment you choose.

Protein treatments Coily Queen recommended
Aphogee 2 step treatment
Shea Moisture weekly hair & scalp therapy
(lime green label)




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top cleansers for 4C Afro coily hair



Hair grows best on a clean scalp, therefore cleaning the hair on a frequent basis is important to the health of your hair.




Those with coily curly hair should stay away from cleansers which dry the hair out. Stay away from sulfates and alcohols, as they dry and tangle coily curly hair. When you get ready to purchase your cleansers look for non sulfate shampoos, conditioning cleansers or co wash products.


IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT LONG TERM USE OF SULFATES LEADS TO HAIR LOSS

Here are some cleansers that perform well on Afro coily hair. These cleansers leave the hair clean without creating excess tangles during the wash session.

Shea Moisture curl & shine shampoo
  • A non sulfate shampoo
  • Delivers a rich lather
  • Cleanses good in one lathers if you like
  • Lasts a long time
  • Leaves your hair soft and does not tangle the hair




Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Contains no sulfates
  • Rich thick lather
  • Product lasts a long time
  • Strengthens damaged  hair 
  • Helps very dry hair

 

Shea Moisture black soap shampoo
  • Use only when you need a deep cleansing (once per month)
  • Cleanses in one lather if needed
  • Deep cleanses really good without tangling the hair
  • Great clarifying shampoo 

 


Lisa Rachel conditioning cleanser
  • Non sulfate cleanser
  • Cleans and conditions in one step
  • Leaves your hair soft and easy to untangle
  • Comes with a pump so it is easy to use in the shower
  • A little goes a long way
  • PH balance of 4  



As I am Curl Clarity Shampoo
  • PH 5.5
  • Sulfate free
  • Safe for color treated hair
  • Removes buildup gently

 

As I am Coconut Co Wash
  • PH 5.5
  • Adds moisture to the hair
  • Makes detangling a breeze
  • Eliminates DHT from the scalp
  • Great for those dealing with hair loss

 

Eden Bodyworks Cleansing CoWash
  • A moisturizing cleansing conditioner
  • Gently cleans hair
  • All natural
  • Sulfate free 




Whichever product you choose to use be sure it is formulated to clean the hair. Conditioners are not made to clean the hair, unless it says cleansing conditioner on the product.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How to repair heat damaged hair!




Help I straightened my hair a week ago and now some parts of my hair are not as curly as the rest of my hair. Do I have heat damage? If so can I repair it? I am afraid, I will have to cut my hair, help!!!

What is heat damage?
When hair has been melted by a heat source and it reaches the cortex. The cortex is the deep inner part of each hair strand. Each hair strand is made up of many layers. The outer layer is the hair cuticle and it provides protection to all the other layers. When you use a flat iron over 250 degrees the hair becomes smooth by melting the hair cuticle. This is usually temporary. Heat damage normally occurs when you use excessive heat, high heat or you apply heat to already damaged hair.

 
Do you really have heat damage?
Every time you use harsh heat you weaken your hair cuticle. Whether you have damaged it to the point that it will not revert back to its original shape, will have to be seen once you shampoo and condition your hair.

How to get your curls back.
Cleanse your hair with a conditioning cleanser or non sulfate shampoo. Deep condition your hair with a moisturizing conditioner, add honey for more conditioning. Sit under the dryer for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water, follow with a ACV rinse.

What to do when the hair does not revert back.
Once you have shampooed, deep conditioned, ACV rinse and styled, your coils should return. If that does not happen, no need to panic. Each night for 3 nights in a row apply a leave in conditioner, cover with a plastic cap, until the next day. Use your fingers to scrunch and shape the troubled areas. At this point you do not know how deep the heat went. Just because your curls are not fully back does not mean you have heat damage. For the next four weeks you will do the cleanse, DC and ACV regimen twice a week. So if you start on a Monday you will then repeat the process on Friday. After week one, you will baggy every other night. So this equals 6 treatment sessions within a months time.  Each week you complete the routine you should see more curls appear. By week 4 your curls should be back.

How to straighten your hair without getting heat damage.
When you decide to use harsh heat such as flat irons and pressing combs, you must make sure your hair is strong and very moisturized. If you are having dry hair issues do not straighten your hair. Always schedule your straightening sessions 4 weeks in advance. Weeks 1-3 you should deep condition your hair really well. Week 4 do a good protein treatment a few days before you straighten your hair. The protein will help to protect your hair from the harsh heat you are going to put on it. The day of your straightening routine, be sure to use a silicone based heat protectant. Make sure your hair is moisturized but not wet when you straighten it.
If a 4 week treatment does not fit your schedule check here for the 9 day heat preparation treatment.

When you should never straighten your hair

To do a length check
It is a waste of time to straighten hair only for the purpose of checking the length. Why risk the damage?
When your hair is damaged
Never straighten damaged hair. As stated above each time you use harsh heat you make the hair weaker. 
When you have hair color
Hair dyes make your hair dry and difficult to keep moisturized. Never straighten hair that is having issues retaining moisture.
When your hair is extra dry
Straightening dry brittle hair is the main cause of heat damage.  
In the Summer time
What is the point it will not last anyway. You will then use more heat to try to get your press to last longer. This is a recipe for heat damage.
When your hair is dirty
Always start with freshly washed hair no older than 2 days. 
When you are crunched for time
When you use harsh heat you need to take small sections and take your time. The process can take hours, rushing it will cause you to make mistakes which can leave you with heat damage. 
When you are getting it braided 
Hair does not need to be blown out nor flat ironed, when you are getting extensions. If your braider cannot work with your natural hair, find another braider. Your hair needs moisture when you are getting extensions. Straightening the hair removes the moisture, so this is a bad thing to do before getting braids.



 

REMEMBER PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN CURE!

 
BE PROACTIVE WITH YOUR LIFE NOT REACTIVE ALL THE TIME!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Faster hair growth with New Moon Trimming (Jan-Feb)



Start the New Year off with a New Moon phase trim. Out with those old jagged ends, and welcome in the new hair growth that will sprout from your hair roots. New Moon phase trimming uses the energy of the moon to increase your normal rate of hair growth. People report their growth rate doubling and even tripling. 

SO WHAT WILL A NEW MOON TRIM DO FOR YOU?



THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO LOSE ARE THOSE BAD ENDS.
TRY THE 40 DAY NEW MOON CHALLENGE, YOU MAYBE SURPRISED AT THE RESULTS.

BEST DAYS TO TRIM FOR HAIR GROWTH INCREASE IN JANUARY
20th
23rd
24th
27th 
28th
31st

BEST DAYS TO TRIM FOR HAIR GROWTH INCREASE IN FEBRUARY
1st
2nd
19th
20th
23rd
24th
28th 


My trim dates vary from the dates you may find on other sites. I have the best dates for growth increase, this is for sure. Want to know how I pick my dates each month? 


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As I am double butter cream (review)






Product Review 
4 DIAMONDS PRODUCT RATING


































































































































About 3 months ago I purchased the double butter cream by As I am products. I found this product on sale at Target. At the time, this is the first product used from this brand, and I love it!  It comes in a small and large size. I purchased the 8 ounce size for 13.99 which is the sale price. The regular price is 15.99 for 8 ounces. That is more than I would normally like to pay for a product. I like to keep my cost per ounce at $1 or less. But this one is a keeper and a little goes a long way. 
PROS:
Gives you great definition
Long lasting
No need to reapply daily
Strengthens the hair
Stretches your hair
Sets quickly
Moderate Moisture
No build up
do not use it with other gels outside of the As I am gel

When you need to set your twist out quickly this is the product for you.. It is a water based product but it does not take a long time to dry and set your twists. No waiting all night for your twist out to set. This sets in 1 to 3 hours.

CONS:
Not enough moisture for extra dry hair
The cost is $2 per ounce
Try to catch this product on sale
Invest in the larger size it  you only pay around a $1.62 per ounce.

TWIST OUT USING THE DOUBLE BUTTER CREAM


I purchased this because it was on sale and because I had heard so many good things about this line. This was money well spent. I will purchase this product again. 

Other products by As I am, I have tried recently:
As I am leave in conditioner
(this product is light great for thin, fine hair)
As I am co wash
(nice low PH cleanser that will not dry your hair out)