Our Blog

5 Ways To Know You Need A Trim

It’s so important to take care of your hair. On JouJou Mane News we’ve talked about an array of ways to ensure you have healthy happy hair. Today we are going to talk about trimming. Trimming your hair is essential to keeping all your strands happy and encouraging hair growth.

Here are 5 signs that will let you know you are in need of a trim!

1. Split Ends 

When your hair is frayed on the end, it means that its time for a trim. Yeah it may lead to having a shorter hairstyle than you’re usually used to but split ends cause breakage and breakage make your hair thinner and shorter – So a trim will solve all.

2. Uneven Layers 

If you’re going for an uneven look then ignore this one completely, but if it’s unintentionally and you just have a bunch of layers then you probably need a trim to bring things back to life.

3. No Shape or Volume 

If your hair is always flat it probably means that your coil structure is in bad shape. You can revive your curls by grabbing the scissors and get to trimming your ends.

4. Knots 

If you have quite a few knots in your hair them it is surely a sign of weak points in your hair. Just snip them out.

5. Stunted Length Retention

If your hair is stuck at a length – You need a trim. When your ends are damaged your hair will not grow. Trim. Trim. Trim.

 

And even if none of the above is going on in your hair, you should always trim your hair every eight weeks to maintain health and rid yourself of damaged hair.

 

What are some of the signs that you look for to know it’s time for a trim? Let us know in the comment section below 

 

Read more →

What’s The Deal With Dry Hair?

Dry hair can be really frustrating, and incredibly damaging to your hair. Unfortunately, if you have naturally curly hair you are probably a lot more prone to dryness than other hair types and textures.

The natural oils produced via the structure of naturally curly hair is not able to navigate all the way down through the shaft of your hair due to the coils and twists of curls.

Dry hair is a real problem because it creates the space for breakage, and breakage we all know stops hair growth dead in its tracks. There are also a myriad of hair issues that can come directly from dry hair.

 

Common Causes Of Dry Hair? 

– Improper Hair pH

– Over shampooing

– Not digesting enough water

– Cotton Pillowcases

– Lack of water based moisturizers

– Color-treated hair

– Saltwater

– Over manipulation

– Not sealing using oil or butter to seal hair

– Product build up

– Use of products with alcohol

 

Solutions For Dry Hair? 

– More WATER!!

– Use a water based leave in

– Use a heat protectant when styling with heat

– Start using a satin pillowcase

– Be gentle with your hair

– Deep condition weekly

– Seal in moisture with an Oil or Butter

 

Ultimately, it’s essential to figure out WHY your hair is dry. Once you discover the reason for dry hair, you will immediately be in a better position to solve the problem. Your primary goal is to keep your hair as moisturized as possible. Whatever the reason for your dry hair, try and do your best to add moisture and you’ll be sure to have healthier and happier hair.

 

What do you find most useful to combat dry hair? Leave your solutions in the comment section below :)

Read more →

HEAT & YOUR HAIR

Though you may not realize it high temperatures can be remarkably dangerous for your hair health. Whether it be through blow drying, flat iron straightening or hot curling, any heat that exceeds the boiling point of water can cause severe damage to your hair

WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE?

One of the biggest consequences of high temperatures on your hair is the loss of moisture. Water molecules provide essential support to the structure and properties of your hair. Evaporation of water molecules can alter your protein structure, which can result in your hair losing bounce and being more prone to breakage. Additionally, the loss of water molecules can change your curl pattern and cause frizz. This type of damage is exceptionally common with frequent blow drying on hair. 

The strands of your hair are complex and they obtain the majority of their properties from keratin protein structures in the cuticle and cortex. The softening of the keratin and conformational changes in the protein of your hair can happen through heat degradation. Protein damage can potentially affect the strength, texture, curl and shine of your hair. Oxidation of pigment particles are another risk of high temperatures.

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF? 

Heat protectants are products that can reduce thermal trauma to your hair by offer insulation from high temperatures. These products can offer a reduction in moisture loss as well as maximize and seal in moisture, as water molecules are essential to your hair.

It’s important to understand that although heat protectants can offer a reduction in damage to your hair, they can not completely prevent it. Meaning, if you frequently use heat styling on your hair frequent damage will occur, forcing you to cut off the affected areas. If you want to maintain or enhance the length of your hair, then it is inadvisable to use heat often.

 

Have you had a bad experience with excessive heat styling? Let us know in the comment section below. 

 

Read more →

10 PRODUCTS FOR HAIR GROWTH

Hair Growth is probably the number one thing all hair types can agree on that they strive for the most. Now, we must admit that there are numerous factors that contribute to whether or not your hair is growing, like blocked pores from product build up or a dirty scalp or simply not giving your body enough fluids.

There are a few products that you can add to your daily regiment that will stimulate hair growth.

1. EGGS 

Eggs are rich with all the essential vitamins and minerals (including but not limited to zinc, iron and selenium) Used on your scalp, eggs can increase oxygen, blood production and healthy cell division.

2. PEPPERMINT OIL 

Peppermint oil penetrates the scalp and stimulates hair, thereby increasing oxygen production. Be sure to dilute this strongly concentrated oil before gently massaging it onto your scalp and allowing it rest (covered) for 20-30 minutes.

3. STINGING NETTLE

This herb is packed with useful nutrients. Stinging Nettle is known to combat a problematic hormone that contributes to hair loss (DHT) as well as it as powerful regenerative powers for your hair. Whether you use it in your hair overnight or create a tea rinse, this herb can combat hair loss and give your curls a boost!

4. LAVENDER OIL 

With powerful antibacterial properties there are a myriad of ways you can use lavender oil to stimulate hair growth. It helps to reduce excessive dandruff, keeps your scalp clean and your pores open.

5. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR 

Apple Cider Vinegar is perfect for eliminating build up in your hair as it restores balance and stimulates growth. Product build up is something that people often don’t consider, but it can easily disrupt the pH levels of your scalp which then effect the growth of your hair. Try an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse by mixing ACV with water.

6. ROSEMARY OIL 

Known for scalp stimulating properties making it one of the most effective oils in hair growth,  rosemary oil is perfect for encouraging blood circulation in your scalp. It’s a good idea to dilute it a bit with another oil (like jojoba oil, which is the closest oil to what humans produce naturally)  and massage it in your scalp.

7. JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL 

Perfect for your edges. Trust us. Use it on your edges. Immediately.

8. SAGE OIL 

Sage oil increases blood circulation and removes excessive sebum from the scalp.

9. ONION JUICE 

Due to the high sulfur content onion juice is really effective in stimulating and increasing blood circulation. Blend Onions, Apply to your hair and leave in for 15 minutes. You’ll be sure to see great improvements.

10. ALOE VERA 

Last but certainly not least. Aloe Vera is rich with over 20 minerals and an overwhelming amount of vitamins. It’s antibacterial properties eliminate oil build up, and allow your pores to breathe. Aloe Vera also aids in the overproduction of sebum. Excessive Sebum ( a substance that secretes from your scalp) can slow hair growth, aloe vera is perfect for reducing the overproduction of sebum.

 

Try these products out and let us know how it works for you in the comment section below!

 

Read more →

Hairwashing 101

1) Not shampooing regularly is NOT for everyone. 

There are quite a few misconceptions when it comes to shampooing hair. It’s really important to understand that the frequency of hair washing is completely dependant on hair texture. If the texture of your hair is fine, then you should be washing your hair daily. If the texture of your hair is thick or course then it is better to wash your hair every other day or even twice, or once a week. A great tip for people with fine hair is to actually skip the shampoo completely every other day a conditioner that will add volume to your hair, that way you can keep all the great natural oils and not strip them away.

2) Cool down that water temp

Hot showers are great. Who doesn’t love a hot shower? However, when it comes to hair care, washing your hair underneath really hot temperatures is never a good thing. When you wash your hair under really hot temperatures you open up your hair follicles and leave your hair vulnerable to breakage and dryness. Instead of having a super hot shower, why not opt for a lukewarm shower? It’s way better for your hair. A Tip? Right before you hop out of the shower, switch to cold water so you can close your hair follicles and get some shine.

3) You’re probably using too much shampoo

Shampoo isn’t cheap stuff (particularly if you’re using sulfate free shampoo) so don’t be wasteful when you’re using it. You don’t need a large amount of shampoo to clean your hair. Truth be told, when it comes to shampoo, you only require a nickel size amount mixed, and the use of water to help spread it around your hair to get a good clean wash in. Let the shampoo sit in your hair for a minute or two then wash it out :)

4) Clarify that hair 

If you’re someone who uses a lot of products or are exposed to mineral heavy water then you should invest in a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos can rid your hair of build-up and will make it much easier for you to comb through your hair. Give your usual shampoo a break once a month and try out a clarifier.

5) Swap out your conditioner for a hair mask

Conditioners are nice. But hair masks are great. Hair masks can protect and hydrate your hair. They are especially useful for you if you have heavy-duty coloring and don’t have time to go to the salon weekly. As mentioned previously a lot depends on hair texture so if you have fine hair don’t use a hair mask all over your head, the ends should be your focus – However if you have coarse or thick hair, feel free to lather the mask all over.

 

What are some rules you follow when it comes to hair washing? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more →

Take Your Vitamins!: Vitamins That Encourage Healthy Hair Growth

There are a lot of vitamins out there that can help with healthy hair growth, but we will be focusing on the main four Vitamin A, Biotin, Vitamin E, and Folic Acid. You can either take these orally in pill form, or get it from certain foods. While it would be easier to take the vitamins orally, it is highly suggested to find these vitamins in your everyday foods.

Vitamin A-

Vitamin A helps to produce healthy sebum, an oily substance secreted by the scalp, which keeps hair from drying out and breaking off.

Vitamin A is found in the following foods:

  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Peaches
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tropical fruit

 

Biotin-

Biotin not only promotes healthy hair growth but also prevents hair dryness. Biotin also increases the elasticity of cortex of a hair, thereby, preventing and minimizing hair breakage. Therefore, biotin helps induce growth of both hair and new skin cells, and making them healthy. For people who are suffering from hair loss, taking extra biotin may aid their hair grow longer, healthier and thicker.

Biotin is found in the following foods:

  • Halibut
  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Wheat products
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms

 

Folic Acid-

Folic acid plays an important role in hair growth. It renews the cells that aid the growth of hair and supports growing tissue of cells as well.  Folic acid deficiency can lead to premature graying and hair loss.

Folic Acid is found in the following foods:

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Fish
  • Tomatoes
  • Leafy greens
  • Eggs
  • Yeast
  • mushrooms

 

Vitamin E-

Vitamin E helps the body’s blood circulation by increasing oxygen uptake, which in turn aids the body in producing new hair.

  • Beans
  • Soybeans
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Wheatgerm oil
  • Nuts
  • Fish

 

So load up on Biotin, Vitamin A, Folic Acid and Vitamin E. This will help your hair to grow healthy from the inside out and with nothing on the outside to stunt it. You’ll remove those extensions to a beautiful and healthy grow out.

 

What other vitamins out there that help encourage hair growth?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Read more →

You Exfoliate Your Face, But Do You Exfoliate Your Scalp?

Most of us exfoliate our face, our body but have you ever considered exfoliating your scalp? How often do you think about your scalp? Do you massage it? Did you know that our scalp is one of the most neglected parts of our body?

Severe hair damage and premature hair loss are sometimes the result of scalp neglect. It is really weird how the scalp is the most neglected, when it provides all the necessary nutrients to the hair root to make your hair healthier and stronger which is our main hair goal!

 

These are some of the benefits of using a scalp scrub:

      1. Scrubbing your scalp removes excess oils

      2. Like a facial scrub, it removes dead skin cells

      3. Fights dandruff

      4. Clarifies the scalp

     5. Improves circulation

     6. Gets rid of impurities

     7. Removes product build up

 

Exfoliating the scalp is very simple and can be done 1-2 times a week before, during, or after you shampoo or condition your hair.

You can either buy products that are used for exfoliating the scalp, or get creative with whatever is in your pantry.

Couple of homemade ideas you can try are:

-olive oil + sugar + honey

-your fave conditioner + coffee grounds

-sea salt + lemon juice + olive oil

 

Keep in mind that when you do exfoliate your scalp, that it must be done gently. Always scrub gently with the pads of your fingertips, NEVER scratch!

 

Do you exfoliate your scalp?

If so, what are your go- to scrubs? Drop us a comment below!

 

Read more →

Over Ombré? Then Maybe Try the New Colour Trend… “Sombré”

With a vivid shift from dark to light hair, ombré was at the top of its game for several seasons.

Now that it is spring, we enter a new and better opponent for ombré called sombré; a re-imagined version of the gradation.

Enter sombré (subtle + ombré), a colouring technique that allows for a softer, more natural diffusion. Think color that gradually fades from top to bottom. It’s a look that seems more refined, and is absolutely appropriate for office environments.

The best thing about this new colour trend is that any hair colour can rock this look whether a brunette or a redhead as the gradient isn’t as obvious and harsh as ombré.

Colour pairing ideas to consider: sun-kissed warmth for blondes, shimmer bronze on brunette, redheads with rose gold and cinnamon for deep darks.

Like its cousin, sombré is very forgiving to growing roots, and you’ll have a higher chance of being able to skip a couple of appointments between colourings than usual.

The cost for this look is forgiving as well  (just like its cousin ombré) where you can achieve sombré with a single process and final toning glaze for shine, which means it is less costly than the other complicated colour options.

With sombré, maintaining gently contrasting depth is all a part of the technique. Looks like this trend is going to be around for a while.

Will you be trying this new hot trend for spring?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Read more →

Are Ponytails Bad For Your Hair?

Ponytails are convenient and useful but is it also damaging?

Tight ponytails yank on the delicate hairs at the front of the scalp. These strands are the most susceptible to damage by traction (pulling) and over time they can fall out. While the hair loss is temporary, if you are addicted to ponytails and you especially wear them tight then you are putting your hair at more risk for permanent loss around the hairline. This could also happen when you wear your ponytail in the same spot as well.

Ways that you can still rock that ponytail with minimal damage is to:

Change the location-  whether you wear it at the crown, low, side, high, just make sure it’s not in that same location every time you wear a pony. You may not damage the roots but you can break the shafts.

Use the proper ponytail holders- fabric covered holders are great and reduce the chances of your hair getting snagged. If the elastic becomes exposed, toss it there is no point in keeping it. If you don’t toss it that same holder can end up in your purse as one of your back up ponytail holders and then you are in snag central.

A great idea is to use the flat elastic ribbon holders that have become more and more popular due to the benefit of distributing the tension, which their traditional counterparts lack.

Lastly, beauty is pain but do you really want a headache just so you can get the perfect top knot? If it’s too tight loosen it up. Maybe a messy bun will suffice. Or better yet wear it down. Let your scalp breathe every once and a while. Your nerves will thank you.

Do you know of anymore ways you can rock that fierce ponytail with minimal damage?

Share with us in the comments below!

 

Read more →

NATURAL HAIR CARE: IS THE AMOUNT OF HAIR YOU ARE SHEDDING NORMAL?

We all know that the average amount of hair we shed a day is between 50-100 strands, but sometimes it looks a lot more. Don’t fret! Here are a few ways you can determine if the amount of hair you are shedding is more than the average amount and if that is normal.

 

How dense is your hair?  So apparently the more strands of hair you have on your head, the more you shed. Great huh. Also the denser parts of your hair will shed more, so that means if you have denser hair on the left side of your hair it will shed more than your right.

 

Is the volume of hair you are shedding consistent? Keeping track of the hair you shed might help you to determine if it is normal or an excessive amount. Look at the size of the hair ball and see if it remains the same size week after week on wash days.

 

Are internal or external factors affecting your shedding? Nowadays with the modern day women juggling work and home, stress can be a huge factor in excessive shedding and even hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies as well can be a huge factor of excessive shedding. If the problem isn’t internal then it is external. It could be a product you are using that is “disagreeing” with your scalp and causing irritation.

Once you determine these factors, you are right on track on to figuring out if the amount you are shedding is normal.

 

What do you do to determine how much hair you are shedding?

Share with us in the comments below!

 

 

Read more →