Fixing Split Ends?

There’s no hair enemy as fierce and unyielding as the much-dreaded split end. Whether you’re young or old, have chemically treated strands or a completely natural hue, you’re always at risk of experiencing the phenomenon. In fact, experts tell us those frazzled ends are the number one complaint clients cite when they come in for a cut.

“Split ends occur when the protective outer layer of the hair cuticle wears away because of external stressors, such as heat styling and salon chemical services,”. Once the internal structure of the hair is exposed, it becomes weakened, dehydrated and damaged, causing split ends.”
While the only true way to rid yourself of roughed ends is to have them snipped off (Bob haircut, anyone?), there are several things you can do between salon appointments to improve the look of damage and prevent more splits from occurring.

Use a wide-tooth comb: After you apply conditioner in the shower, slowly run a wide-tooth comb through hair until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage you can incur when you try to brush out hair that is roughed up from a towel.

Mind your heat tools: That bargain-bin blow-dryer may be a tempting purchase, but inexpensive tools tend to dangerously overheat over time and burn ends into splits.

Go gentle: “Imagine wearing a silk blouse every single day. It would get pretty beat up. Treat your hair like an expensive fabric, and it will last longer and look better,”. Use only covered elastics with no metal piece, like those made by Goody to tie hair into a ponytail. If looking for a sleek look, rely on products like gel and finishing spray to create a smooth finish, instead of pulling hair too tightly to achieve it alone.

Take folic acid and biotin: There’s a reason they say you are what you eat: Nutrients literally build the proteins that make up your hair strands. Two B vitamins in particular — folic acid and biotin — have been shown to supplement hair health, length and thickness, says Sunshine.

Folic acid helps the production of red blood cells, which powers the growth of hair. Foods rich in folic acid include green leafy veggies, oranges, soybeans and wheat. Biotin strengthens both hair and nails through its metabolism of fats, carbs and proteins. Brown rice, lentils, peas, sunflower seeds, walnuts and soybeans are all rich in biotin.

Use leave-in conditioner: Conditioners that you rinse out in the shower will do little to nothing for split ends, but a leave-in conditioner will add extra protection that stays on strands as you heat-style and go about your day. Consider Tresemme Split End Remedy, which you apply after every wash on towel-dried hair for best results.

Blow-dry the right way: Always use a nozzle on your dryer to control and direct the flow of air, and dry hair in a downward direction before sectioning off and drying completely with a round brush. This way, you spend far less time with intense heat straight on the hair. “If possible, air drying 90 percent before picking up the blow-dryer is even better,”. And of course, if you can naturally dry all the way, that’s always your best option.

Limit damaging services: There’s unfortunately no way around it — treatments like hair color, highlights, straightening and perms all cause trauma that can result in a bevy of split ends. Try to limit service to just one major hair concern, and refrain from washing strands for at least 48 hours afterward, when they’re most porous and likely to break and split. Not only will hair health improve after you go on a chemical-service diet, but your wallet will thank you.

Salon, Older Women….Hair Issues

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When I decided to make the transition from natural hair to relaxed hair, one of the few things I was particular about was the type of salon to patronize. I wanted a salon that would aid my relaxed hair to thrive. Luckily for me, there was a salon not too far from my house…It was owned by this woman in her 40s who trained in England.

She had this charming salon and the interior was designed like an English cottage with white washed walls and pretty flowers and knickknacks dotting the salon. This woman had lovely and lush hair for a woman in her 40s and I knew I was in good hands cos its’ rare to see a woman in her 40s with such lovely dark, thick and long relaxed hair.

Her daughters also had lovely hair as well. Going for a weekly wash at her salon was always a pleasure cos she took her time to wash and treat my hair. My hair thrived through all the years I patronized her. Call me silly but if I go to a salon for the first time, I usually check out the number of long haired ladies who patronize such salons. If there’s only one or two long hair women who come, then I tick the salon off my list before commencing on a new search. This was necessary when I moved out of my parents home to my own home and it was no longer feasible to visit the dainty salon on Modupe Close, Fola Agoro. I often associate salons who’ve got a healthy dose of women with long hair as the salons who take extra care. Some time ago, I decided to pay a visit to my old salon and this woman’s hair is still lush and lovely even though she’s approaching 60 and now a grandmother.

I say this cos for the past few weeks I have been attending to older women in their 40s who read this blog and have given up on their hair. I have had to sit down and talk to them on the endless possibilities they’ve got with their hair and how long their hair can grow if they will only commit to it. If you’re within that range and suffering from all kind of hair issues, do know it’s possible to have healthy long hair at your age. I was going to put up a youtube link on hair care and regimen for older women but can’t seem to find that particular video.

I’ll search for it and post it during the week.
Happy Easter Celebration!!!

Protective Styling Tutorial

One of my favorite style is the beach wave look using flexi rod and Tress Buzz has got it down to a pat with this tutorial I found on Youtube some time ago. I’ve tried it out and always recorded great success with it.

You might want to try it out by clicking on the link below
Tressbuzz

New Shipments

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Finally our shipment has arrived. I have been so busy sorting out each order. We’ve got the following products available after sorting out last month’s order which ships out on Monday.

1. Hairveda Sitrinillah Moisturizing Deep Masque
2. Roots Only Applicator Bottle
3. Kanechom Acai
4. Kanechom Karite Butter
5. Kanechom Ceramidas
6. Coconut Oil
7. Wheat Germ Oil
8. Tyche Pro Heat Conditioning Heat Cap
9. Silk Dreams Haircare Range of Products

We’ve got a whole lot more. You can start placing your orders now.

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Mid-week DC

Since I began my 6month stretch, i’ve observed that once I pass the 10week mark, my hair at the crown is a bit drier. To combat this and prevent possible breakage, I have allotted Wednesday for mid-week deep condition. I woke up very early this morning and divided my hair into 2 major sections; sprayed each section with Mane N Tail Detangler before combing. Proceeded to apply Herbal Essence Hello Hydration to each section starting from the roots to mid-length before applying Aubrey Organics GBP to my ends up to mid-length.

Using Roots Only applicator bottle, I applied NJoy essentials to my roots & sat under my heat cap for an hour before rinsing out.

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Wrapped my hair with a cotton towel before applying a mix of grapeseed oil & JBCO. I finally changed the brand of grapeseed oil I use to La Tourangelle after reading up on how to identify the real thing.

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The colour of this oil is dark green and comes in a can which preserves the integrity of the oil since it’s not exposed to direct sunlight.
Ended up with the protective style below.

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Darcy’s Botanicals

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The team at Darcy’s Botanicals recently sent me samples of ‘Sweet Cocoa Bean Curl Smoothing Cream’. As stated on the pack, it’s great for braiding, waves & locs. I intend to use it for my bantu knot this weekend and some other protective styles I’ve seen of late on Pinterest. I also intend to use it as a daily leave-in. I’ll post my review once I’m done with the samples.

Enjoy your day ladies!!!