January 2016

What To Do When Your Hairline is Thinning

Regardless of how thick or coarse your mane may be, the hairline (affectionately referred to as “edges”) is still very fragile. As such, it should be treated with extra care to avoid the thinning that every woman dreads.

If you’ve been noticing that your hairline area is getting sparse, don’t ignore it! Here are a few things you can do to stop, or, depending on how severe the condition is, reverse the damage:

 

Let Your Hair Down

Tight ponytails, braids, and improper use of wigs and weaves can cause chronic tension that will eventually make your edges disintegrate. As much as we encourage experimenting with various hairstyles, it’s important to give your hairline a break every so often. Switch up your slicked back styles with loose, low-tension hairstyles from time to time.

 

Scalp Massages

Hair follicles are made up of cells, and all cells need proper circulation in order to thrive. Scalp massages are a great way to promote healthy blood flow to your hair follicles, especially your hairline! Use your favourite hair oil and massage the entire scalp with your finger tips for about 10 minutes every day, focusing on your temples and nape area. Remember– where blood flows, hair grows!

 

Tuck it away

Although braiding too tightly can prove detrimental to hairline health, loose braiding or twisting the hair along your edges can provide some much needed relief when pulling your hair back into a bun, ponytail or puff.

However, don’t try to force baby hairs into your hairline braid if they are on the shorter side– this will definitely do more harm than good. Instead, if you want these hairs to lay down flat, try applying a moisturizing pomade and tying a scarf around your head for 15 minutes.

 

Ditch the Tools

Bristles on brushes and teeth on combs make a disastrous duo when it comes to the fragile hair along your edges. The constant friction of the rough bristles and tugging of combs can cause your baby hairs to snap off and erode away. Be gentle and put away those tools! Your hands or the back and sides of your hair tools work like a charm for smoothing down flyaways along the hairline without all the trauma. 

 

If you’re having trouble with your hairline, incorporate these habits into your healthy hair routine. Better yet, make them a priority to prevent hair loss along your edges in the first place!

What are your top tips for keeping your hairline in good condition? Share with us in the comments below!

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3 Ways You’re Unintentionally Damaging Your Hair

For those of us who are diligent students of hair care, we are well versed in all the various rules for how to promote growth and avoid breakage (don’t use too much heat, deep condition regularly, protective style etc…).

What we often overlook are the small habits that, over time, do just as much as the well-known faux pas to sabotage our healthy hair journeys.

Here are 3 damaging hair habits you may be guilty of and suggestions on how to fix them:

1. Being Overdue for a Mani

If you’re a woman with curly, kinky, or coily hair, chances are you will use your hands a lot when styling. This means combing, parting, sectioning your hair with your fingertips. It’s happened to all of us: that moment when we’re running our fingers through a section of hair and all of a sudden we feel the dreaded snag.

When your nails have rough edges, it’s very easy for hairs to get caught repeatedly, tangle, and break off. It’s an incredibly frustrating experience that often leaves us searching frantically for a nail file before we can continue our styling routine.

 

What To Do Instead:

Before tackling your tresses, take a look at the condition of your nails. If you see jagged, uneven edges that will no doubt reak havoc on your strands, simply smooth them out with a nail file first.

 

2. Trimming with Dull Scissors

A regular trim is essential to maintaining healthy hair. As ends get damaged, not only does the damage make its way up the entire hair shaft, but the rough ends are much more prone to tangling.

As important as trimming is, when administering a self-trim, many pick up whichever pair of scissors are closest and start hacking away. The problem with this is that common scissors (e.g. kitchen shears, utility scissors) are often far too dull. Instead of cutting ends evenly, they tend to tear and shred them instead, leading to–that’s right– even more split ends.

 

What to do Instead:

It’s always best to visit a professional if you have little experience trimming your own hair. However, if you must go at it yourself, be sure to invest in a pair of proper hair shears and never use them for any other purpose. Sharpening your hair tool(s) regularly will also ensure you get a clean cut every time!

 

3. Bundling Up

A scarf is the most practical and stylish of all winter accessories, but if you’re rocking a cotton blend scarf on the daily, this may be damaging the hair on the nape of your neck. While your wrap may keep you warm, the fibers in it can damage your hair by drawing moisture out of the strands, getting caught in your hair and tugging at it, or weaken the hair from constant friction.

 

What to Do Instead:

If you can’t live without a scarf (especially in a cold climate), try switching to a silk scarf a few times a week instead. This will at least reduce the amount of contact between the rough fabrics and your hair. You could also try layering your cotton/wool scarf over top of a silk scarf for double the warmth and half the damage!

 

Although you may avoid the major hair-care sins, be sure to watch out for the little habits that cause hair damage over a long period of time.
Do you know of any other healthy hair habits we should adopt? Let us know by commenting below!

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How To Care For Your Hair While Wearing a Weave

There are many benefits to wearing a weave, including (nearly) unlimited styling options, versatility, and the opportunity to experiment with different colours, textures, and lengths without commitment or extensive damage. However, many women think that once their hair is cornrowed and put away, they get to go on “hair care vacation” and disregard the care of their precious strands even while they are out of sight.

This is absolutely incorrect! In the case of your weave, out of sight definitely should not mean out of mind. Proper hair care is essential at all times, even while protective styling and especially if your hair is hidden under a weave for an extended period of time.

If careful care is not maintained, the area underneath the weave can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, which can, in turn, lead to dandruff buildup, scalp infections or ultimately hair loss. Sounds pretty brutal for a style that is designed to protect your hair, right? In order to avoid these devastating realities, it’s extremely important that anyone considering getting weaved up follow these essential hair care practices even while wearing their extensions:

Cleanse

To cleanse your scalp, section off each weft, and apply shampoo to exposed scalp by lifting up each weft and covering as much of the area as you can. Massage shampoo into scalp with fingertips, repeating over each section of the scalp. Rinse and repeat!

Condition

Follow the same method as shampoo, but let it sit for a bit longer before rinsing. This allows the moisturizing ingredients to properly penetrate the hair as they should.

Moisturize

Using an applicator bottle filled with liquid oil (or your favourite oil combo) is the easiest and most effective way to moisturize the hair and scalp. The nozzle must be fine enough to get underneath the weft and provide a thorough leave-in scalp treatment. Your scalp is prone to dryness and itch when wearing a weave, so apply this oil treatment liberally and on the regular!

 

If you’re in the market for a protective style this winter, a weave can be a great choice. One of the mqny benefits to wearing a full weave is that your own hair is neatly tucked away from the elements, your heat styling tools, and your pillow. However, it is critical to maintain your own hair diligently so that these styles do the protective work they were intended to do.
Do you have a special “weave care” regimen? Share it with us in the comments below!

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A Simple Remedy for Dry, Rough Ends

Many hair textures (particularly the curlier, coilier, and kinkier types) are prone to suffering from dry, rough ends during the cold winter months. Everyone on a healthy hair journey recognizes dry ends as the main culprit of breakage, split-ends, and scraggly looking strands. But have no fear, a simple solution is here! Baby, it’s cold outside, and in order to keep dry hair under control, follow these two non-negotiable wash-day rules:

Condition With a Mission

When applying your conditioner, work it into your hair purposefully, concentrating on your ends first before working the excess into the length of your hair. If you think about it, your hair ends have been around the longest, and have taken the most stress (think heat, weather, friction etc..) out of all the other parts of your hair. Give your ends a treat by paying a bit more attention to them during the conditioning process.

Leave-in and Let Live

Skipping your leave-in conditioner is a major faux pas for any girl who’s looking to brave the winter with her ends exposed. Whether your leave-in is in cream or liquid form, make it your hair-end’s best friend and most trusted ally when the going gets tough. Leave-in moisturizer not only optimizes the effects of your deep-conditioner, but it is the first line of defense against the next steps in your styling routine.

You may be thinking that something as simple as conditioner (both special deep treatments and leave-in) is such an obvious solution to dryness, but it’s surprising just how many individuals simply don’t make it a priority in their hair care routine, especially as the air gets dry, cold, and outright damaging to the health of their hair. To prevent dry ends, and therefore prevent breakage, make sure to be diligent with your deep conditioner and never skip your leave-in treatment. Before you know it, spring will be just around the corner!

 

Do you have a special dry-hair solution for winter? Share it with us in the comments section!

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