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Five Ways to Refresh Dull Natural Curls

There’s nothing worse then spending the night perfectly styling and defining your curls for the next day, only to wake up to undefined, frizzy curls. If there were a magic product to keep your curls defined and moisturized through a night of tossing and turning, we’d all own it. For now, we’re offering you these tips to refresh your curls quickly and efficiently during your morning routine!

1. Water

Dull curls is typically caused by dryness; and because of this sometimes the key to refreshing dull curls is moisture. If you’ve already applied leave-ins, stylers or gels to your hair in the days before, these products may reactivate with a spritz of water and scrunching or finger coiling.

2. Leave-In Conditioner (in Spray form)

You can either purchase a leave-in conditioner spray or make your own by mixing your favorite leave-in conditioner and water. Either way, a light spritz of leave-in conditioner can moisturize and refresh your hair for the day.

3. Gel

For curls that have lost definition overnight or throughout the day, gel can help provide definition and help your style last much longer than it would without it. Simply spray some water or a leave-in conditioner spray on your hair to add moisture to your curls, and then apply a minimal amount of gel to the section or curls to regain definition. You can either scrunch or finger coil afterwards to bring your curl pattern back to life. Finish it off by air-drying or blow-drying the section of hair on a low, cool setting.

4. Finger Coils

Transitioning hair has a much harder time holding definition and moisture than healthy natural hair. Try applying a styling product to your curls, then twirl your hair around your finger until it appears curly once more. Since transitioning hair has a harder time retaining moisture, it’s better to let your hair air dry vs. blow-drying.

5. Perm Rods or Flexi Rods

If you’re trying to refresh a perm-rod set or a flexi-rod set, you want to rewrap the section of hair quickly especially if this is during your morning routine. Simply apply a setting product to your hair, then re-roll the undefined section onto the rod to reset. Then blow-dry on the lowest heat setting until the section is cool and dry. You can then unravel the hair to reveal the defined curl once more.

What’s your favourite way to refresh your curls? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Benefits of Protective Styling

Summer is ending and fall is soon approaching! With the colder temperatures drawing nearer, it may be time to re-evaluate your natural hair routine. Colder weather brings dryer tresses, and dry hair can lead to split ends and breakage. But not to worry! A great way to retain length and avoid breakage is protective styling!

Protective styling can be any style that tucks away and protects your ends from the elements, which prevents breakage and promotes length retention. It also keeps hair from being constantly manipulated (styled), which can also cause breakage. Natural hair can be somewhat sensitive to changes in weather. Usually in colder temperatures, hair tends to break as it can become dry and lose moisture necessary for growing and maintaining healthy hair. Protective styles can shelter your hair from dry weather, as long as your hair is moisturized while in a protective style.

There are several types of protective styles including buns, weaves, braids, wigs and twists. Some of these styles can keep your hair protected for several weeks, and some naturals see a lot of growth when the style is taken down. The key to this however, is that your hair is moisturized while under a protective style. If your hair is dry, and is not moisturized while in the protective style, you may actually see more breakage and split ends as a result.

Remember to never install any of these styles too tightly, or for too long. Tightly installed styles can cause thinning or balding edges, and sometimes this damage can’t be reversed. When styles are installed for too long, it may cause matted, tangled hair. Be very gentle when taking down these styles, you don’t want to pull or cut your own hair, as that can cause balding in certain areas of your hair. Try not to keep a style in for longer than 60 days, and moisturize and wash your natural hair if possible.

What is your go-to protective style? Let us know in the comments below!

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Vote for Janet Jackson for Hairstylist of the Year 2018!

The Lady Mogul Awards recognizes the everyday successful businesswoman. While not in the national spotlight, she’s a beacon of success who uses her talents day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of others. She’s an enterprising goal digger, a leading lady and community superstar! She’s influential, a respected leader and astute dealer who manages her business with street smarts! She is The Lady Mogul!

Hairstylist and Owner of JouJou Hair Studio, Janet Jackson, has been nominated for Hairstylist of the Year for the NABFEME’S 2018 Summit in Philadelphia!

We are truly grateful that Janet’s hard work, talent and dedication to her craft is being recognized in another country. However, we need your votes to help her win this prestigious award! Simply click the link below, and click VOTE. You can vote once a day, every day until the contest closes.

Vote at this link: https://woobox.com/juunu4/gallery/nnKKcYjqdRc

Thank all of you for your help and congratulations again Janet!

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Co-Washing 101

Don’t be grossed out, but I’ve never been that into washing my hair. After shampooing, my natural curls are clean, yes, but also slightly dried out and frizzy. (Not a good look.) I prefer to do a thorough rinse and pile on the leave-in conditioner. In that sense, I’ve been on the co-washing bandwagon since before it was cool — or a major product category.

Co-washing (which stands for conditioning-washing or conditioner-only washing) is exactly what is sounds like: washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner. It eliminates the use of shampoo, which usually contains harsh detergents that can strip oils from hair. And because curls are naturally drier in texture (their spiral pattern makes it difficult for oils to travel down strands), shampooing them can backfire. Cleansing conditioners, on the other hand, are praised for what they lack: foaming agents, sulfates and silicone.

So does this news mean curly-haired women should never shampoo again? Well, no. “Every curl is different, and people have different lifestyles,” says Janet Jackson, celebrity hairstylist (not the singer) and owner of JouJou Hair Studio. “If a woman works out all the time, [frequent] washing can be drying, so a co-wash would work for her.” Your hair care routine — hair oils, mousses, etc. — should also be taken into account. “The products that you use to enhance your curls on a daily basis will build up, so you do need to shampoo at some point to remove them,” Jackson says. I personally co-wash two to three times a week, and I see the best results when I take the time to section my hair, work the product from roots to ends and let it marinate for a few minutes before rinsing. I also use a clarifying shampoo once a week to reset —  okay, every 10 days. But my curls aren’t complaining.

You can read more about co-washing here.

How often do you co-wash? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Causes of Dry Scalp and How to Combat Them!

To combat an itchy scalp, it’s important to know what the cause of the itch is. Many of us experience the telltale white flakes, redness and itchiness and automatically assume the cause must be dandruff. However, this isn’t always the case. Dandruff is caused by excess oil building up on the scalp, which builds up on the skin and causes it to shed.

The best way to determine if you have dandruff is by visiting a dermatologist. They will be able to diagnose the cause of your itchy scalp and provide you with medication to combat the issue.

If you’ve found that dandruff isn’t the issue, then it’s always a good idea to pay attention to your hair routine. How your hair reacts after certain activities will help signal what the problem might be!

Dry scalp can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Cold and windy weather conditions
  • Protective styling worn too long/too tight (weaves, extensions, braids, etc.)
  • Hygiene
  • Washing hair too often
  • Harsh shampoos/conditioners

Listen to your hair! Pay attention to your routine and see how your hair responds. It will help to determine the cause of dry scalp. If you use a shampoo with sulfates, you may find that it might be a bit too harsh for your hair. Consider switching to a gentler sulfate-free shampoo. When protective styling, make sure your braids or weaves aren’t installed tightly, as this can create tension for the scalp and cause itching. Also, be sure to wash your hair regularly even with extensions installed.

Be mindful when applying products to the hair and scalp, as some products can really clog your hair follicles and cause itching. If you exercise often and find your hair gets itchy after a workout, try rinsing your hair with water or try a co-wash if your hair feels dirty.

If you find that your hair routine is solid, dry scalp may just be caused by the weather. Scalp massages, exfoliation, and oil treatments are all great methods for dealing with dry scalp. You can also try incorporating more natural oils into your regular routine; coconut, jojoba and grapeseed oil are all amazing oils that work wonders on the hair and scalp.

What are some of your remedies for dry scalp? Let us know in the comment section!

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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 

 

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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 🙂

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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. 

 

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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. SAGE OIL 

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

8. 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.

9. 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!

 

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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.

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