Friday, October 17, 2014

How to correct rough puffy hair ends and knots

Does your hair form knots no matter what product your try?

Do you spend time untangling your hair, only for tangles to reform within minutes upon finishing?

Do your ends always feel rough?
Are your ends puffy when you braid or twist your hair?

Are you plagued by bothersome single strand knots?

If you answered yes to any of these questions this article will help you solve your problem.

Common complaint:
My hair forms knots if I just look at it. I wash my hair, deep condition it and keep it twisted, but still my hair forms knots when I remove the twists. Even when I press my hair using various methods my ends stay puffy and hard. What is wrong with my hair?

Should I get a trim?
Not so fast, trimming your hair may not solve your problem. Before you proceed to cut off unnecessary length, do a test patch.  Take a 1/2 of an inch section of your hair and cut it below the frizz line. Cut from the section right by your earlobe on the corners, at the top of the sideburns area.  Examine whether the hair still forms knots or puffiness after you have cut below the frizz line. If after your test cut your hair still knots up then you know you suffer from a hair cuticle issue that will not be solved by a trim.

What is a hair cuticle issue?
Your hair cuticle is the outer layer of your hair, which is  made of scales and several layers. The hair cuticle raises and flattens depending upon the weather, products and health of the hair. A healthy hair cuticle opens when it should and flattens when it should. When the hair cuticle becomes unhealthy it stays open, this is called a raised hair cuticle or highly porous. You do not want your hair cuticle to stay raised because it loses moisture quickly. A raise hair cuticle is also frizzy, tangled and full of knots.

Repairing the hair cuticle:
If the damage is not deep into the hair cuticle layers, it can be corrected. Using the right PH balanced solution will help the hair cuticle to lay flat and hold moisture. The better hydrated your hair is the less tangles and single strand knots you will have. Applying a simple apple cider organic vinegar rinse  over your hair,  after you rinse out your deep conditioner, will correct a raised cuticle issue. 

Correcting your raised hair cuticle problem
Step one: Do a trim patch test as listed above. If your hair still forms knots then proceed to step two. If the cut patch test shows your hair no longer knotting then proceed with giving your entire head a good trim or visit your stylist for a trim. 

Step two: Wash your hair with one of the following:  a non sulfate shampoo, conditioning cleanser or mud wash. Deep condition your hair using heat by sitting under the dryer. Rinse the deep conditioner out with cold water. Leave on for 3 minutes, then rinse out with cool water. While hair is still soaking wet, apply your leave in conditioner and style. 

You should see a good reduction in knots and puffy ends. If you somehow do not then wait at least 3 days. But this time you can try the ACV treat. After you rinse out your deep conditioner, while hair is still soaking wet pour the ACV treat mix over your hair, saturating all of your hair and scalp. While hair still has the ACV treat in it, apply your leave in conditioner. Blot with a towel and proceed with your styling. 

When doing the ACV treat, if you are using a creamy leave in conditioner that masque the scent of the apple cider vinegar. You will also notice that it takes your hair a really long time to dry when doing the ACV treat. Keep that in mind when styling. You should only have to do the ACV treat once. Then you can continue to do the ACV rinse once a week or once a month. 

The apple cider vinegar rinse/treat
Purchase organic only
1/4 cup of organic apple cider vinegar
2 cups of filtered or bottle water

Reduces tangles
Makes the hair cuticle lay flat
Gives the hair shine.
Anti bacterial 
Anti fungal 

AVOCADO OIL is the best for frizzy ends. Smooth over strands after you apply your leave in  conditioner and styler. Purchase pure, virgin, unrefined avocado oil. This is the best and what I use. 

The apple cider vinegar will make the hair cuticle lay flat therefore keeping your hair from forming knots. You should notice an immediate significant reduction in tangles and knots. In most cases the ACV rinse eliminates all knots. You can repeat the ACV rinse again in 3 days. For even better results complete the 18 day hydration & lubrication regimen for excessive tangles.

If the ACV rinse does not correct your puffy ends or knots issue, then proceed with the 18 day hydration & lubrication regimen. If your hair is still forming knots and puffy ends, then you could have some deep hair cuticle damage. You can learn to work with it or do a big chop and start over.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Shampooing tightly coily Afro hair

Cleansing your hair is an extremely important part of any hair care regimen. Within the context of the Coily Queens Regimen it falls under the category of moisture. When you cleanse the hair correctly it does not strip the hair but hydrates the hair. Daily your hair accumulates:  sweat, excess sebum, product buildup, dirt and more, for these reasons you should have a frequent cleansing routine. Cleansing helps to hydrate and refresh the hair. Hair grows best on a clean scalp.

More information on the importance of shampooing your hair often here.

Key things to look for in a cleanser:
Use an actual product meant for cleansing the hair. Conditioner is not formulated to cleanse the hair.
Absolutely no sulfates
Absolutely no alcohols
Look for labels with the least long words that you cannot pronounce. 
Looks for the word moisturizing on the bottle
Choose a cleanser that is PH balanced between 5 and 8
Do not exceed a PH of 8

PH test strips

The only way to know the PH of your cleanser is to test it yourself using PH balance strips. These are the PH strips I use. PH balance strips are very helpful on your hair care journey. Small investment with a huge payoff.

The Coily Queens two lather shampoo 

Better hair growth***Hydration***Curl definition

Start your shampoo on hair that has been untangled and is knot free. If you are transitioning or dealing with lots of tangling issues it would be wise to shampoo your hair in medium to large twists.

Step one:
Allow medium to hot water to run over your hair saturating your hair really well. Use your fingers to pull residue from your hair. Smooth from your scalp down your strands gently. Do this process for 2 minutes.

Step two: 
Apply a quarter size amount of shampoo to your hair starting at the scalp then smooth gently down the hair strands. Depending upon your cleanser how much you use will vary.  After you have massaged the shampoo through your hair, rinse with medium or hot water.

The first wash is to remove any residue from the hair. 

Step three:
Lather on more shampoo or your cleanser and repeat. Always rinse off  your cleanser using medium or hot water. Higher temperature water makes your hair cuticle open wider to receive the moisturizing benefits of your conditioner.


You will notice after your second lather that your curls begin to pop. Your curls feel more alive and defined. Pay close attention to how your hair feels with this two lather process when you try it.

Bentonite clay

Coily Queens approved cleansers:
Shea Moisture coconut and hibiscus shampoo

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MSM Sulfur and hair growth

If you are experiencing slow hair growth or an itchy scalp, a sulfur based oil could be the solution to your issue. You will find a wide variety of different sulfur based oils on the market.They vary in price an quality. You want to find a sulfur oil which has been infused in good quality natural oils. The Liquid Gold sulfur based hair growth oil is that high quality sulfur oil. This oil is made of a very fine sulfur and amazing high quality natural oils.

What's in the Liquid Gold growth oil?

Liquid gold sulfur hair growth oil contains:
Grape seed oil: This oil is extracted from the seeds of the grapes and is loaded with lots of vitamin E. Grape seed oil treats weak hair, frizzy hair, hair loss and dandruff.
Castor oil: Stimulate the scalp and hair regeneration. Soothes inflamed scalps and prevents scalp from drying out.
Argan oil: Highly moisturizes the scalp. Stimulates growth. Strengthens hair and treats dry brittle hair.
Sulfur powder: Antibacterial which ensures a healthy scalp. Treats fungus activity. Improves scalp circulation which is critical to hair growth. 

Texture and smell

The sulfur in this oil blend is very fine, so when you apply it there is no grittiness , as you sometimes find with other sulfur oils. Shake, pour and apply. A proprietary essential oil mix is used to give this blend a pleasant smell.  No unpleasant smell from this product. 

What does sulfur do for the hair?
  Fungus activity on the scalp causes slow hair growth and baldness. Scalp fungus is one of the top reasons for more hair loss or slow hair growth. Applying a tropical sulfur based oil to your hair 3 times a week will kill fungus activity. Once the scalp fungus is killed your hair starts to grow and thrive as it should and you retain more length.

The Liquid Gold sulfur growth oil is the best sulfur based oil you will find on the market. The best price and best quality. You can purchase a 4 ounce bottle for  $9.95. If you apply the oil 3 times per week it will last you for one month. You can also purchase the oil in a refill 8 ounce bottle for $16.95. 

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