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The Ultimate Guide to Hair Conditioning

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Here is what you need to know about hair conditioning

This is a question you should ask yourself to maintain a healthy and beautiful foundation of your hair. Hair conditioning is something that is highly recommended, but can be easily overlooked. I am a manufacturer of my own hair product line, and I’m surprised to find of how often I run into women who encounter hair problems as a result of overlooking this step.

Some of the hair problems that I hear women encounter include frizzy hair, thinning hair, and damaged hair. Lack of conditioning hair can play a factor, however is not the only reason of why women encounter some of these hair problems. There are other factors as well, including the usage of hairstyling tools like curling irons or flat irons, shampooing hair too often, or chemical relaxers. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with using chemical relaxers or a hairstyling tool from time to time. However, there has to be counter measures in place to keep hair in a healthy state and preventing those problems from occurring.

So if you’re encountering hair problems like damaged hair, or need to promote healthy hair growth and your hair has hit a plateau, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I conditioning hair enough?
  • Am I shampooing my hair too much?
  • How often am I using heat-based hairstyling tools?
  • Do I use too many chemical relaxers and perms for my hair?
  • Am I protecting my hair from outside elements like the sun?
  • Am I using hair products that contain the right ingredients?
  • How often do I get my ends trimmed?
  • How does my hair feel when I don’t condition it at the right time?

These questions, when you answer them, will open your mind and help you realize what you may or not be doing right. It will also motivate you to take better action in taking care of your hair overall, with one of those ways being to condition your hair consistently.

Rule of thumb is, you should be hair conditioning daily, or at least 3-4 times a week. This will help to keep moisture in your hair, and prevent your hair and scalp from drying out. Hair conditioners contain vitamins and nutrients that your hair absorbs thus helping to replenish hair and maintain its beautiful state.

It’s also a great idea to deep condition hair at least once a week. This method really helps to lock in moisture into hair. Just apply more conditioner into your hair than you normally would, cover your head with a shower cap, and leave it on for 25+ minutes before rinsing hair. Someone with thick hair usually needs to follow this step since thicker hair needs more moisture, and it’s usually harder for moisture to fully seal into all the hair.

When looking for the right conditioner for your hair, think about what you need for your hair type or for what you want to do with your hair. If you have fine hair and looking to add more volume, then you should look for volumizing conditioner. If your hair is weak, then a restoration/strengthening conditioner is the best fit. But if you are looking for more moisture or manageability for your hair, then a good leave-in conditioner will suit you best.

Darlene Alexander
Guest author Darlene Alexander has been a licensed cosmetologist for 31 years, is an author, and is a manufacturer of professional hair products. She helps salon professionals provide healthy hair solutions for their clients to give them beautiful, healthy, sensational hair! You can contact her at pureityhairbeauty@gmail.com and visit www.heavenlyessence.net for the latest hair care and salon business tips.


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Frizzy Hair Help

Woman Struggling to fix her summer frizzy hair

Victim of frizzy hair? Try these tips!

We’ve all been a victim of frizzy hair at one time or another, haven’t we? But you don’t have to succumb to the fuzz! Frizzy hair can be caused by a number of things, such as;

  1. too much humidity in the air which causes the hair cuticle to swell and frizz,
  2. lack of moisture in the air which causes hair to dry out and frizz and
  3. 3) hair that has not been cut in a while causing split ends to split up the shaft of the hair.

Thanks to technology though, we now can say farewell to the frizz! When you need to look your best this summer and find that your frizzy hair wants to take control, take these remedies to heart, and go from frizz to fab!

Let’s start with one of my favorite products designed to tackle wild and unruly frizzy hair types. Frizz fighting serums really do work wonders to help tame fly-away strands and smooth frizzy hair. My pick? Schwarzkopf Osis Magic Anti-Frizz Gloss Serum, which sells between $14.00 to $17.00 for 1.7oz. (a little goes a long way)  It’s a great product that will fight frizz and give you tons of shine. It works just like it says, like voodoo … it’s Magic! You can also try smoothing shampoos, conditioners and creams to help tame the beast.

Another way to fight frizzy hair is by starting your style with a great blow out. Make sure you are using a nozzle attachment on your hair dryer and direct the air straight down the shaft of your hair while pulling your brush taught. Don’t forget to use the cool shot button for about 10 seconds on strands before releasing hair from the brush, it will most definitely help fight frizz, set the style and create shine, shine, shine!Wearing your hair curly? Then make sure to scrunch a smoothing serum into your hair before air drying or using the diffuser attachment. Or try a curl definer, like TIGI’s Curl’s Rock!  Also, don’t touch or manipulate the hair until it is 100% dry, or you’ll run the risk of contributing to the frizz.

Need a quick fix? Try running a dryer sheet over strands for an anti-static fast frizz fighter. You can also run a dryer sheet over your brush or comb and then brush your hair for a similar effect.

Summertime is notorious for bringing out the frizz in the best of us, so be sure to keep my tips handy during the upcoming hot, dry months so your hair can stay nice and smooth all summer long.

 



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Frizzy Hair? Try My Recovery Tips

Afro American long curly healthy hair

 

Fighting Second Day Frizzy Hair Monsters 

They say ‘precaution is better than cure’. Who they are . . . who knows?

Yet it’s a statement that resonates in my ears every time I wake up to second day hair and take a look at the bombsite that is my head of curls. Now it’s not pretty. In fact, I don’t think I have the right to use the word pretty when I speak of my second day hair.

I have recently found that there is a cure (and some precautions) to transforming the frizzy-side-show bomb I had going. If you’ve got some frizzy hair foes and you thought you were alone, well think again! With these 3 quick tips and a handful of patience, we can all get to the land of bouncy hydrated curls and ride the coil-roller-coaster.

If you’re anything like me, one of the reasons your curls can look like you’ve been in a fight with a racoon, is because you toss and turn during the night. This means your hair interacts roughly with the fibres on your pillow causing frizz and can even cause breakage. If you’re a restless sleeper try these frizzy curl saving tips!

  • The Pineapple ~~ Before climbing into bed, flip your hair upside down so it dangles freely. Seal and protect your ends with a leave-in conditioner, or oil such as argan oil, olive oil or almond oil. In the same position collect your hair in your hand, using a hair band; tie your hair into a high ponytail on top of your head. You’ll look like a pineapple: embrace it!
  • Think Silk ~~  Purchase a silk hair bonnet or a silk pillowcase so your hair can glide while you dream.
  • Low Manipulation ~~ It can be very tempting to play with your hair after it’s been freshly washed. My rule here is simple: if I’m not sealing my ends, hydrating my strands or planning to style my hair then I have no reason to touch it. Curls do not like friction. If you have the urge to touch, massage your scalp instead. It will increase the blood circulation, increasing the concentration of oxygen and protein to your scalp and . . . it’s an all around joy to get a massage.
  • Minimal styling ~~ Try and embrace your hair’s natural state for a week. I think by the last day you’ll thank me and want to buy me a cup of coffee.
  • Try an Updo —  Braids twists and buns are great for giving your hair a rest. I am personally a fan of a high chic bun. I brush my hair back into a high bun, put my favourite summer dress on and get brave with some red lipstick. I welcome the winks and smiles.

Healthy hair oil treatments

Treat, Treat and Treat

I find that if I give my hair a hot oil treatment or a protein mask like honey and eggs, my hair will not be prone to frizz for about 4 days. I treat my hair like any relationship I have: don’t be too overbearing, be patient, show compassion and love and a treat will always end with a smile.

Treat your hair for about 20 minutes for one day out of the week. There are many deep treatments that will cure either a lack in hydration or lack in protein. I personally love olive oil, argan oil, milk and rose water. I come from the south of Egypt, and we’re known for our healthy locks. It was a treatment passed down in my family and I’m giving it to you for free! Now that’s love!

Guest Author Nahla Idris is a long time blogger and founder of  CurlWhip.com. She welcomes many readers daily with issues concerning their hair and maintaining curls. She comes from a long line of Egyptian Nubian women and believes in sharing her priceless culture in maintaining and growing curly hair to its potential and fighting the ‘shoulder length plateau’ stigma that’s so commonly associated with women of African descent. Follow Nahla on Twitter



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