Air Drying- For a lot of us, a blow dryer is incorporated into our daily routines. We know our hair and we create the style we like by using heat. In this day and age, it’s very easy to be in the moment and fall into instant gratification - not realizing that we are damaging hair cuticles by causing our hair to lose moisture faster than it can be reabsorbed from the air. The fibers swell, contract, and crack… which will demand a lot more attention in the future. Just by removing the blow dryer 2 out of 7 days a week, you can keep the hair in a much healthier state.
Braids- The best trick to prevent the extra wash! It is normal to think the cleaner, the healthier, but that’s not the case. By washing every day, you are removing natural oils needed to protect your beautiful locks - creating long-term brittleness and dandruff. Braid your hair when its feels too greasy to style it. (Brush the natural oils from scalp to ends before braiding) Braids are always in style!
Condition! -Post Shampoo, Leave-in Conditioner, Treatments, and Oils = Love them all! Happy Hydrated Hair (Satin Frost, Silk, Sleek Elegance)
Dandruff – You have a few options to cure dandruff. If it is light, you could gently shampoo your hair with products containing plant based oils. Here is what I recommend (Precious Topaz) If you have heavy dandruff and cannot stop itching your scalp, its a good idea to do an overnight treatment. Don’t be shy with the amount, massage into the hair from scalp to ends. Don’t forget to cover your pillow with a towel! (Vintage Vanilla) There are also many at home remedies that people can use without using specific hair products…
Eat Right -Believe it or not, this is one of the most important factors in healthy hair. What you eat on a daily basis has a great contribution. Beneficial foods include: almond butter, tangerines, spinach, lentils, and the list goes on. You definitely want to avoid sodas, starches, fast foods...etc.
Frizz – Something we can’t always control because it’s naturally caused by heat & humidity. What we can control is the use of a protectant for our hair before using hot tools. Also, we can use sulfate-free shampoos to minimize the frizz (Precious Topaz) Lastly, keeping a couple of products in our purse to smooth down the cuticles. (Opalescence)
Grey Hairs- Everyone has them! I like to call them beautiful symbols of growth! Sometimes they can be alarming because we jump to the conclusion that we are getting older. Of course there are stylists who can correct the color for you, but if you are open to embracing them, here are some great products to keep your hair bouncy and shiny (Sleek Elegance, Everlasting Emerald)
Heat Protectors- I don’t know a single stylist that would ever suggest going without a heat protectant when using hot tools. You will thank yourself later! (Streamline)
Ingrown Hairs- These can be painful and annoying! Scrubs and tea tree oil are on the top of my list! Ingrown hairs can be caused by clogged follicles forcing the hair to grow under the skin rather than outward. Allowing them to naturally heal themselves in the best bet, and using gentle scrubs and oils can encourage the healing process.
JoJoba Oil- A liquid plant wax, also considered an oil that comes from a shrub native to Arizona, California, and Mexico. This oil has been used to treat a number of ailments including: sores, bruises, acne, sunburn, chapped skin, and encouraged hair regrowth. Jojoba Oil unclogs hair follicles and acts as a natural healer. Today, many hair products are created with this oil. (Vintage Vanilla)
Keratin- A lot of people come to me confused with the topic of keratin. Keratin is a protein of the hair formed by the combination of 18 amino acids. Overall, protecting the hair shaft from damage or stress. So a “keratin treatment” is used to rebuild the keratin structure. Its forced upon the hair using heat and chemicals which in the end can be more damaging.
Layers – Growing your hair out? Is it heavy? A great amount of people prefer their hair long but the weight prevents them from being able to style it. My answer is LAYERS! Nothing bold or that takes away from the cut but just enough layers to add movement and body to the hair. This was the greatest form of art in hair cutting in my professional opinion.
Massaging the scalp- Use a cleansing shampoo once a week to prevent any scalp build up. Massage scalp in the shower for 3-5 minutes for a refreshing detox. (Cool Ice)
Natural- Sometimes being skeptical about this word is best. Always read the ingredients so you know what you are putting in or on your body. Natural ingredients are purely extracted from plants and/or earth minerals.
Overtreatment- Be cautious of over treating your hair. Sometimes we know the result we want but do not understand the steps that are taken to retrieve the end goal. An overtreatment would be an aggressive approach to remove or color hair that can result in permanent damage.
Perms- NO. JUST NO. Don’t put those chemicals on your hair.
Quit using box dyes! - Unless you are glossing up your natural shade and making it rich, I highly advise against using a lighter shade from a box. You could not only damage your hair, you could create a huge color correction for a stylist that will cost many dollars! Always ask a professional about color.
Razor Cuts- You want texture? Ask your stylist to finish your cut with a razor to add textured pieces perfect for styling with gel or (Forming Paste). Great for short hair!
Sunshine- Although a little vitamin d is necessary, it can be harsh on the skin, scalp, and hair. A day at the pool or on the beach, a great leave in conditioner is perfect! A trick to fight salt & mineral build up as well as sunshine is to rinse your hair with fresh water and apply a little conditioner as a coat (don’t rinse) before going into chlorine filled pool or ocean.
Trims- Hair trims are a must! You can still grow your hair out and maintain a healthy trim of split or dead ends. It keeps the perimeter nice and full leaving a healthy head of hair.
Untangling Hair - Use a wide toothcomb or a wet brush (flexible bristles) and a small amount of argan oil to safely remove matted hair without breakage.(Liquid Gold )
Virgin Hair - Completely unprocessed and intact hair that is best for donating to ones in need. If you’re ready for a change, here is a great place to donate your locks! (Locks of Love)
Wavy Hair – This style is always trendy, especially in the summer time. Beachy waves are quick and easy to maintain. After a good conditioning in the shower, gently towel dry, add a pea size drop of oil to your palm and mix with a quarter size drop of styling gel or cream, massage and scrunch from ends to roots. Beautiful!
Xanthous Hair – “Word of the Day” Having yellowish, red, auburn, or brown colored hair.
Youthful Complexion – Drink 6-8 tall glasses of water a day for youthful skin and hair.
Zinc – Zinc is a vital mineral for strong hair growth. A deficiency in zinc can cause large amounts of hair shedding, so it’s important to make sure you are getting the fulfilling amount needed. Zinc is found in foods such as nuts, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and spinach.