Monday, August 14, 2017

Better results from protein treatments




Protein treatments are temporary treatments which adhere micro particles of protein to your hair. These protein particles make the hair stronger and less likely to break. With less breakage you are able to keep your hair strands longer, thus reaching your length goals easier. Protein also helps to make the hair appear fuller. Protein benefits are temporary, therefore they must be repeated on a weekly or monthly basis, depending upon the type of protein treatment you use. 


PROTEIN SENSITIVE?

Some people experience dry hair after doing a protein treatment, thus leading them to believe they are protein sensitive. The problem comes from not adding enough moisture back to the hair, after the protein treatment. Because the protein is sitting on top of the hair, you will need to double your moisture regimen, post protein treatment. 

For most people simply doing a moisturizing deep conditioner, after a protein treatment will suffice. However for a small number of people they will need to double up the moisture, the entire week after doing a protein treatment. 


It is normal for hair to feel different, after a protein treatment. Do not expect your hair to feel like a moisturizing deep conditioner. Your strands might feel thicker, that is the protein on them. Do not judge the treatment, based off how your hair feels. Judge it based off whether it has reduced your breakage or whether the hair feels stronger or not. It can take several treatments to stop the breakage.

Protein treatments treat mild to moderate breakage. This article is addressing the issue of dry hair after doing a protein treatment. For more information about protein and answers to other protein questions see:  The guide to protein treatments.


SOLUTIONS FOR THOSE WHOSE HAIR BECOMES VERY DRY AFTER A PROTEIN TREATMENT

This after treatment, regimen is for after you use a hard protein treatment. such as aphogee 2 step treatment. A hard  protein treatment gives you the strongest reinforcement. A hard protein treatment will dry hard on the hair during application.

1. Follow up your protein treatment with a deep moisturizing conditioner.  
2. Baggy your hair for 3 nights straight after your protein treatment. (this meansapply moisturizer and cover with a plastic conditioning cap overnight)
3. Use a leave in conditioner that is protein free or that contains a small amount of protein. Your hair already has some good protein on it, no need to keep adding more. Be mindful of protein in the top five ingredients of your leave in conditioner. 
4. Deep condition hair each week using a protein free or low protein conditioner. Since your hair already has protein on it from your hard protein treatment, there is no need to add more protein when you deep condition. So deep condition with protein free or low protein conditioner.  
List of protein free conditioners HERE

Following these steps will enable you to reap the amazing benefits of  protein treatments. You will see your hair retain more length. You will reach your length goals faster and enjoy fuller styling hair. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Best days to trim for hair growth (Aug)




My New Moon trim dates for this August are: 


23-27

30th
31st


These are the best days to trim for hair growth increase. 



We know hair grows automatically, if the root is alive. However you can use the power of the moon to enhance the amount of growth you receive in return. 



As the moon changes phases it holds different energy levels. The same as we use the earth for knowing when to plant and when to pluck. We can also use it for when to trim our hair. 



For more details on how I select the best dates each month, go HERE. 




Need to do a hair treatment? A treatment is normally something you do outside of your regular grooming routine. Doing your treatment on the right days, can increase the effectiveness and your results from the treatment.



Best days to do a hair treatment 

Aug 11th and 12th
28th


Blessed journey to you!

Powerful oil blend for faster hair growth






Oils derived from plants and nuts, can greatly increase your hair growth as well as strengthen your strands. The key is learning to use the right combination of oils to nourish your hairs needs. The Omega 369 oil is created from 3 very powerful nuts. 

This is a perfect oil blend for the Summer or those who live in hot climates. When you purchase each oil be sure they are unrefined and cold pressed. This is the only way to reap the amazing benefits of this blend of  fatty acids.



With so many wonderful oils, how do I know this oil blend is the one for me?  
Should I invest in this oil?

Does it appear that your hair has stopped growing?
Do you have issues with inflammation?
Auto immune disease?
Are you taking medications which seems to dry your hair out?
Does your hair stay hard no matter what you do?
Are you currently dealing with hair loss and do not know the root cause?

If two or more above statements are true for you, this oil blend could turn your slow hair growth or dry hair around. 

Remember to consider any medications you take, when using a new product.

This easy recipe makes 3 ounces. Massage 1 to 2 tbsp of this oil onto your scalp, then smooth over your hair strands. Use daily during the Summer months then every other day during the rest of the seasons. Inflamed hair roots are a top cause of slow growth and hair loss. This potent blend of omega fatty acids reduces inflammation on the scalp. 


Teas for hair strengthening and growth



Tea infusions are excellent for strengthening the hair roots, stimulating hair follicles and providing moisture. Create tea infusions from good quality tea leaves, filtered water and good quality essential oils. The longer you steep your tea the stronger the infusion. Choose the tea leaves which address your current hair needs.



Rosemary-Bay leaf hair tea benefits
  • Adds strength to the hair base, thus reducing breakage
  • Increases hair growth by stimulating better blood flow to the scalp
  • Use after braiding to reduce the amount of sheds hairs when you remove braids. 



How to use as a tea rinse

After cleansing and conditioning, pour this hair tea over your hair. Do not rinse out, nor towel dry. With hair still soaking wet apply your leave in conditioner and other style products. This rinse can be used once a week if desired. 



How to use as a braid spray


Gently massage scalp for 5 to 10 minutes. Then spray entire scalp, enough to make it damp. Lightly spray over the length of each braid. Do not soak the hair, unless it is shampoo day.   Repeat these steps every other day, which equals 3 times a week.




Protective Styling tips





Detangle on "damp" hair
When the hair is wet it is filled with water. Wet hair is weak hair and more prone to breakage. Dry hair does not have as much elasticity. Therefore detangling on damp hair is the best option, to preventing breakage. Remove tangles before submerging under water. 

Finger style
This is the number one tip to retaining coily hair. Stop raking combs and brushes through your hair. Your fingers are perfect for detangling and styling your curly hair. Yes it takes a little longer, but finger comb for 60 days and watch the difference in your length. 

Protein treat your hair
Protein treatment can help you retain lots of length. A good protein treatment will fortify your hair strands and keep them from breaking so easily. Having a good protein treatment plan is essential to growing your hair to long lengths. Especially if you have fine strands, medium strands or any type of hair damage. 
MORE DETAILS ON PROTEIN


As you can see protective styling does not require fake hair. 
Protective styling is handling your coily hair with great care. 
Your beautiful Afro hair is strong enough to withstand the elements. 
God created it to withstand water, sun and air. 
We thank God by handling it with care and wearing it like a crown. Using good naturals products to preserve our crowns. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My vitamin plan for hair growth


If you are on a hair length journey and you desire to grow your hair as long as possible. It would greatly benefit you to have a vitamin regimen plan. Yes a plan, because success is more likely when you have a plan.  

This is the vitamin plan I follow:
I rotate between 3 hair vitamins. Mineral rich liquid vitamin, Now multi liquid vitamins and the liquid gold beauty vites. I have taken this vitamin rotation for several years and it produces good results. I prefer liquid vitamins because they absorb better into your system. However liquid supplements cost way more than capsules, so I mix it up. 


MONTH ONE



Beauty Vites to increase growth

MSM to extend my hair growth phase

Flax seed oil to create healthier sebum production



MONTH TWO
Check out what Mineral Rich did for my hair growth HERE. 
Mineral Rich for energy and hair growth
3mcg MSM to keep hair in growth phase longer
Fish oil heart health and hair growth

MONTH THREE


Now multi liquid vitamin helps with growth but does not contain biotin and other hair growth minerals.
Biotin is taken to compensate for the lack of biotin in the multi vitamin.
MSM is taken to extend my hair growth phase, therefore gaining more length. 
Flax seed oil for heart and healthy sebum production. 



Once I finish this 3 month rotation, I start over.  This brings my yearly hair growth vitamins costs still under $150. I feel that is a good deal. 


I also drink 2 cups of hair tea daily.
The one in the middle is the hair tea.
Hair teas contain minerals essential to hair growth.
It tastes really good. 

I order most of my vitamins online. Should I run out of vitamins and have to purchase one from the store. I buy the one source Hair skin and nails vitamin. This might happen once or twice a year. 

I rotate my vitamins so I do not get to much vitamin A. To much vitamin A can have an adverse affect on hair growth. Most hair vitamins contain a lot of vitamin A.  



Monday, August 7, 2017

A few things a new natural should know




1. It is natural to have more than one curl type or texture on your head.
If you have 2 or 3 curl types on your head that is normal and not unique. It is common for the curl type to be loser above the nape area. It is also common for the curl to be tighter in the crown. It could also be the opposite for you. 



2. Shrinkage is natural. How much your hair shrinks is most likely not different from the next natural.
Shrinkage is a sign of healthy hair. Shrinkage is actually your curls filled with water. Shrinkage should not be viewed as a bad thing. It is just what happened to curly hair. Most do not like shrinkage because it takes their length. That is just the nature of curly hair. 

3. Two factors to growing longer hair.
UNDER THE SCALP IS HAIR GROWTH 
How much your hair sprouts from under the scalp each month. The average rate of hair growth per month is 1/2 inch. You might get more or less than the average. How much your hair grows each month is based partly on genetics, hair regimen and your health. 

HAIR ABOVE THE SCALP IS GROWTH RETENTION  
How much of that growth you keep on your head. How much growth you keep is called, length retention. You can greatly affect your length retention depending on how you handle your hair. Most people who feel their hair does not grow, are really having a problem with length retention, not the hair growth. Their hair regimen is not conducive to them retaining length. 


4. Know your normal hair growth rate
It would benefit you to know how much your hair normally grows each month.  Then your will notice the change, if  your hair begins to grow slower. Simply track your hair growth every 30 days, for 7 months. At the end of those 7 months calculate the average from each monthly rate. 

YES YOU CAN INCREASE YOUR NORMAL HAIR GROWTH RATE


5. Get use to finger combing 
The fastest way to retain length is to finger comb. When you do not comb or brush your hair you will retain more length and reach your length goals faster. Combs and brushes pop and break curly hair.  The top cause of breakage is raking a comb or brush through your curls. 

6. Just like food natural is always better
Buying products with the most natural ingredients is important. What you apply to the hair goes into the scalp. You want the ingredients to be healthy as they lay on your scalp and seep into your hair follicles. It is worth spending a few dollars extra for a better quality product. Than it is to use products with cheap ingredients. Those cheap ingredients work at first, but they lead to dry hair and breakage down the road. Avoid a setback, invest in healthy products. 
Stay away from
Aussie Moist
Garnier Frutus
Pantene
Hello Hydration
and most other brands with cheap harsh ingredients.



7. The deal with porosity     
You will see a lot said about hair porosity. Someone will recommend the water sink, float test. The popular sink float test for porosity is not accurate.  Do not get  tied up in trying to figure out your porosity. Most have it wrong. You can use any product you like that you are not allergic to. All hair absorbs water, some might take a few seconds  more to absorb it but they still absorb it nonetheless.  Those who claim to be low porosity still have shrinkage. Think about that. It is okay to know your current porosity, but that does not dictate which products you can or cannot use. Porosity is important for your stylist to figure out when giving your any type of chemical service.