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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Healthy hair tips for beginners

1. Start with a fresh trim.
If your hair ends are severely damaged cut off those thin, damaged and brittle ends. Broken ends which are severely damaged and thin cannot be made healthy again no matter what product you use.

2. Take hair pictures and start hair care journal.
Write down your thoughts and feelings about your hair, hair goals and the time frame you want to achieve them? Do you desire thickness, length or both? Take pictures of your hair every month or every relaxer to monitor your hair's progress.

3. Clip those ends.
Prevent split ends by clipping your ends at every 8 - 12 weeks depending with very sharp scissors. Clipping off 1/8 to 1/4 inch every 2-3 months will still allow you to retain length.

4. I shampoo atleast 1-2 per week.
Dry hair needs moisture. For growth to occur, it is very important to keep your scalp clean and healthy. To prevent tangling, it is best to shampoo in the shower. Focus on the scalp and work your way through to the hair ends. Don't pile all of your hair on the top of your head. This will cause tangling and breakage.
5. Deep condition with high quality protein and / or moisturizing conditioner weekly w/ heating.
Deep condition your hair with plastic cap under the dryer or condition cap at lease once per week!.  If you are unable to deep condition under a dryer, apply a warm towel on your hair then apply a plastic cap and leave on for at least 15 minutes. Another option is to apply a deep penetrating conditioner to your hair followed by a plastic cap at night before sleeping. In the morning, rinse out the conditioner and style as usual.

6. Use a leave-in conditioner.
This is important! A high quality leave in conditioner will moisturize, detangle and protect the hair when heat styling. Leave-in conditioners will also prevent breakage and protect the hair from weather damage.

7. Look at your stash of products
Read the ingredients on all of your hair care products. Don’t use products containing petrolatum and mineral oil to moisturize your hair. Products containing these ingredients will only coat the hair and not penetrate the hair strand. Therefore, the hair will not be moisturized. Stay away from alcohol based products as these will lead to hair that is dry, brittle and prone to breakage i.e. hair spray, gels, mousses and spritz.
8. Keep moisture in the hair.
To put it simple, dry hair breaks! This is why it is so important to keep the hair moisturized. Moisturizing increases elasticity and decreases breakage. When moisturizing the hair, focus on the hair ends.
          Tip: Moisturize the hair when it is wet and use a light oil to to seal in the moisture.

9. Never use bristle brushes on wet hair
Always detangle wet hair with a wide tooth comb or denman brush.
10. Relaxed ladies, listen up...
Don't overprocess your hair. If you relax your hair more than every 8 weeks, you are overprocessing your hair. It is best to relax every 8 to 10 weeks. If you can go a little longer without experiencing breakage, go for it. Overprocessing your hair will definitely result in damage and will ultimately lead to breakage.
11. Limit the use of direct heat.
The use of direct heat should be limited to 1 - 2 times per month or just special occasions. Using direct heat on a daily basis will definitely result in damaged hair. Whenever you do use direct heat, remember to use a heat protector prior to the direct heat application. Use only ceramic / tourmaline irons instead of marcel irons. Ceramic/ Tourmaline irons are less damaging to the hair. Also, never use heat on dirty hair. Heat should should be used on clean hair only. No more than 2 days after washing the hair. Using heat on dirty hair only bakes dirt into the hair. Dirty hair will burn faster and of course, cause damage. Limit blow dryers to 1 -2 times per month. It is best not to blow dry the hair at all. I only air dry.

12. Wear protective styles.
Protective styles are styles that protect the hair ends. Usually the hair ends are tucked away protecting them from drying out. These styles involve little or no heat and does not require much manipulation of the hair. Styles such as twists, braids, buns, up-dos, cornrolls, or any other style that hide the ends of your hair. Our hair ends are the most fragile because they are the oldest. These styles protect the hair in extreme cold and hot temps. I'm a bun person all the way every morning for work I moisturize and seal in the moisture followed by a bun
13. Know the difference between breakage and shedding
Don’t be alarmed with hair shedding. Typically, hair sheds 50-100 strands daily. Each hair follicle has a cycle of growth which eventually will lead to death. Everyone has a different growth cycle. Shedding is different from breakage. If you see a white bulb (hair follicle) at the end of the hair strand, this would be considered normal shedding. If you don't see the follicle this may be considered hair breakag
14. Protect your hair at night.
Always sleep in a silk/satin scarf or bonnet or use a silk/satin pillow case. Sleeping with a cotton scarf or pillowcase will cause the the hair to dry out. Cotton is very absorbent and will absorb moisture from the hair. So please remember to protect tour hair nightly
15. Avoid hair stylist who don't value healthy hair.
Some stylist focus more on hair 'styling' and less on hair 'health'. Find a stylist who specializes in healthy hair. If you stylist is scissor happy, heat happy or chemical happy you will never see any results.
 make the request to your stylist

16. Make It Simple
Find a simple hair regime that works for you. Be patient and consistent. Stick with your regime and don’t give up despite hair “set backs”. Hair normally grows 1/4th to ½ inch per month _____________________________________________________________
Basic Regimen to Get You Started!

You Will Need:
1 Clarifying Shampo

1 Moisturizing Shampoo

1 Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

1 Protein Deep Conditioner

A Leave-in Conditioner

1 Moisturizer

1 Natural Oil

Wide tooth comb

Satin/Silk Scarf and/or Satin Bonnet

How to create this Bun:

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