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4 Signs You Seriously Need A Trim

Has your mane been constantly misbehaving lately? If so, it may be time to have your stylist get out the scissors so that you can start fresh! Although we recommend getting a small snip every 8-10 weeks, there are also several indicators that you can watch for.

Here are 4 signs you may be due for a trim:

 

Split Ends

This is an obvious one. If your ends are split, frayed, and looking a little worse for wear, it is definitely time to snip away the dead weight! Many women obsess over so much over keeping their length that they forget that hair health should take priority. Keeping split ends will only increase overall hair damage, which will only lead to breakage and loss of even more length in the future. If you’re seeing your ends split, it’s time to say goodbye!

 

Tangle City

Depending on your hair texture, the detangling process may take awhile! Knots and tangles are evidence of weak spots in your hair strands. Regardless of how long your normal wash-day routine is, if you notice that detangling is becoming a more gruelling and difficult process than normal, it may be time to cut your losses!

 

Flat Lining

Is your hair lacking volume? Has it lost the fabulous shape and definition of your last cut? This is a sign that your tresses may need refreshing! Bring your hair back to life with a quick trim to add some bounce to your fabulous ‘do!

 

A Lengthy Battle

If your hair growth has reached an apparent plateau, but you’re still finding broken ends in the bathroom sink, your roots aren’t the source of the problem! Damaged ends will keep your strands from reaching their full growth potential. If you find you haven’t seen any extra length in awhile, you guessed it– it’s time to get a trim!

 

Do you have your own tell-tale signs that your haircut is due for a refresh? Share with us below in the comments!

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4 Ingredients to Incorporate Into Home Hair Care

Whether or not you embrace your natural texture, you’ll learn that products with natural ingredients tend to work best for your hair. Mother nature has a wealth of ingredients that lend to a happy and healthy mane, and all of these ingredients lend to total hair health.

Take a look at these 4 natural ingredients that are common in popular hair products and how you can incorporate them into your home hair regimen:

Jojoba Oil

Because it’s molecular structure is so similar to the oil your skin naturally produces, jojoba is a great oil to moisturize both the hair shaft and scalp. This natural ingredient is excellent for balancing oil production from the root, leaving hair shiny and supple without leaving it greasy and weighed down. Try applying a few drops to your ends before styling!

 

Vegetable Glycerin

This ingredient serves as a humectant in hair products, meaning that it draws and binds water molecules to itself (and everything it touches). Glycerin also acts as a sealing layer over the hair strand, resulting in even more moisture retention! This is a great ingredient to add to your homemade leave-in spritz in a pinch.

 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful natural antiseptic for a wide range of scalp conditions ranging from run-of-the-mill dry scalp to the most heinous of fungal infections. Whatever your ailment, tea-tree oil packs an anti-bacterial punch that is sure to provide some relief. Because this is a highly concentrated essential oil, a little goes a long way! Dilute this ingredient by combining it with your favourite carrier oil (e.g. jojoba or extra virgin olive oil) or adding a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner.

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is an ingredient found in many natural deep conditioning products because it works well in sealing and softening the hair. “Extra virgin” olive oil is named as such because of its highly unrefined and top-notch quality. With zero chemical processing, this oil is a great pick for the girl who wants to simplify her hair product roster. Use oil this as a pre-shampoo treatment or a nourishing deep-conditioner.

 

Have you tried any of these ingredients in your home hair-care routine? Tell us your experience by commenting below!

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5 Natural Products that Help Stimulate Hair Growth

When it comes to hair growth, there really is no magic secret. The formula is quite simple in theory– keep your scalp healthy and keep damage to your ends at bay. However, as many women on a healthy hair journey can attest to, hair growth is not always so straightforward. There are many factors that can affect your hair growth, but the fact is that you’re at the mercy of genetics.

The good news is that although you can’t control your DNA, you can take steps to create the optimum environment for maximum hair growth. Here are 5 products that will help along the way:

1. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary is well-reputed as an effective hair growth aid. Its scalp-stimulating properties are what make this oil great for bald spots and thinning edges. Try diluting a few drops of this essential oil into your favourite liquid oil and massaging the formula gently into your scalp.

 

2. Aloe Vera

This succulent is more than just your favourite house plant– it’s essentially a super food for your hair! Overflowing with an abundance of antibacterial properties, vitamins A, C, E, and over 20 different minerals, Aloe assists in hair growth by keeping your scalp’s natural oils in check. By regulating the production of sebum, it allows the pores on your scalp to breathe, keeping them from being clogged, which slows natural hair growth.

 

3. Peppermint Oil

This refreshing essential oil stimulates hair growth by deeply penetrating the scalp and follicles, allowing for more oxygen to flow through the blood vessels. Watch out though– this oil is very strong and must be diluted properly before use. You can also add a few drops to your favourite shampoo for an invigorating wash day!

 

4. Lavender Oil

Lavender is another hair hero with antibacterial properties and a sweet scent for added bonus! It keeps the pores on the scalp clean and open, preventing growth-reducing conditions like dandruff. To use lavender as a rinse, boil the herb in water for a few minutes and allow it to cool before use. You can also make a lavender infusion by leaving the plant to sit in your favourite oil for 3-4 weeks.

 

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Shampooing too frequently can strip hair and scalp of its moisture– something that is detrimental to overall hair health. However, for those who lather sparingly but style often, buildup can easily become your worst enemy and a huge barrier to reaching growth goals. Using an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse after your shampoo balances the pH levels in your scalp that too much product, dirt and grime have thrown out of whack. Instead, your hair will be soft and shiny and your scalp will breathe much more easily. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of ACV into 1 cup (8oz) of water for a remedy that will leave your strands smiling!

 

Have you tried any of these products before? Let us know how they work for you in the comments below!

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3 Reasons Why Your Scalp Is Itchy

Are you suffering from an itchy scalp? Consider these three things that may be causing you to scratch:

1. Dry Scalp

It’s important to remember that your scalp is your skin. If it is moisture deprived, it will become dehydrated, dry, and irritated. When your scalp is dry, you may see tiny flakes start to appear. Don’t mistake this for dandruff– it is simply your scalp over-shedding and is often accompanied by tightness and itchiness. To treat a dry scalp, be sure to drink plenty of water, shampoo less often, and hydrate your scalp by spritzing with your favourite moisturizing leave-in.
2. Product buildup

Over time, all of the moisturizing and styling products used on the hair result in build-up on the hair and scalp. Dirt, debris, and other particles clog the pores on your scalp and cause irritation and that uncomfortable, itchy feeling. While rinsing the hair from time to time or using a moisturizing shampoo is great, it is important to use a scalp cleanser or clarifying shampoo to deep clean those pores! Regular shampoo doesn’t penetrate the scalp quite deeply enough to get under all those layers of build-up.

 

3. Skin Condition

If you’re keeping your scalp hydrated, cleansing it regularly from product build-up, but you’re still scratching away, a scalp condition may indeed be the culprit. Dandruff, a common condition caused by overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called Malessezia, causes large, greasy flakes and itching. Dandruff is just one of various scalp conditions that can cause itching and irritation. Thankfully, it’s totally treatable! Be sure check with a dermatologist who will be able to diagnose possible scalp conditions and work to fix them ASAP!

Healthy hair starts at the root, and that means a healthy scalp!

Do you have any tips to stop scalp itch? Share with us in the comments below!

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How To Successfully Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair

Women of colour are embracing their natural roots in droves. The natural hair movement is made up of ladies who are either tired of the damage that can come from years of chemical relaxing, making efforts to re-discover themselves, or are simply looking to switch it up by rocking a new style. In each of these cases, many women opt not to do the infamous “big chop”, choosing to grow out their curls instead. The problem is, when growing out a relaxer, the drastic difference in the two hair textures can cause major breakage if hair isn’t cared for with special attention.

If you’re trying to go natural without the TWA (teeny weeny afro), here are five ways to ensure that your transition is a smooth one:

 

1. Deep Condition

It can’t be stressed enough. Deep. Condition. Regularly. This is a no brainer for keeping hair intact while tackling two textures at a time. Monthly fortifying protein treatments combined with weekly moisturizing deep conditioning will help your relaxed ends maintain strength during your transition and nourish the incoming new growth. 

 

 

2. Detangle With Care

The ‘line of demarcation’ is where your natural texture and relaxed hair meet and is arguably the weakest point in the hair strand. Many brave transitioners have suffered devastating breakage at the line of demarcation.

To avoid this, try to reduce the amount of detangling and styling done with combs and brushes, instead using your fingers whenever these tools aren’t absolutely necessary.

 

3. Minimize Heat

Every aspiring natural knows that too much heat is bad news. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always translate into action during those frustrating hair moments when it seems easiest to just grab a flat iron. However, using heat as you go-to bad hair day solution can result in loss of curl from heat damage and– you guessed it– breakage. There is no remedy to this type of damage and it will only slow the process of your transition.

 

4. Blend Your Textures

So, now that frequent heat styling is a no-no, how will you make your two textures work on a more than occasional basis? The trick to a successful transition is to make your roots blend as well as possible with your ends. Depending on your curl pattern, the textures may not always match perfectly, but isn’t that the whole point of experimenting with your natural texture? Embrace all your new found kinks, coils and curls! Twist-outs, braid-outs, roller sets, braids, buns etc.. will soon become your standard hair styles. Remember to be gentle when handling your hair and don’t skip your moisturizing routine!

 

5. Be Patient

Growing your hair out is essentially a waiting game. Dealing with two different textures can be frustrating at times and extremely overwhelming, especially if you haven’t seen your natural hair in years. But if you’re not willing to take the drastic step of the big chop, you and your hair are going to need to learn to become friends. So wait it out, and while you’re waiting, be sure to appreciate the process every step of the way.

 

Here’s to a healthy, happy, and soon-to-be natural head of hair!

 

What is your biggest challenge with transitioning to natural hair? Share with us in the comments below!

 

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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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3 Essential Products for Low-porosity Hair

Having low porosity hair can be challenging for those who also struggle with retaining moisture. Hair with low porosity has cuticles that are very compact, making it difficult for water and other hair products to penetrate the strand and provide the optimum amount of moisture.

You may have low porosity hair if you’ve noticed that water tends to bead up on your strands or if you experience dryness no matter what you do!

Fortunately there are methods that can help you retain maximum moisture. Here are three products you can use to help your low-porosity hair absorb as much moisture as possible:

Clarifying Shampoo

Product buildup on your hair will create an even greater barrier for moisture absorption. Use a clarifying shampoo to help remove the extra gunk from your strands and prepare the outer layers of your tresses to absorb and retain maximum moisture.

Light Oils

Heavy oils don’t moisturize hair strands very well (especially if they are low-porosity) simply because the molecules are just too large to actually penetrate the hair shaft. Using  lighter oils are much more effective in providing a real moisture boost.

Deep Conditioner

Regular deep conditioning treatments are a must for maintaining the moisture levels in your hair. Whether you choose to add heat to your treatments, or opt for a DIY deep-conditioning solution, you can rest assured that this essential habit is key to a healthy, moisturized mane. If it’s not a part of your current regimen, add it in ASAP!

Low porosity hair has a tougher time retaining moisture simply because of how it’s naturally structured. All this means is that if you have low-porosity hair, you have to up your moisture game to reap the maximum benefits from your hair regimen. The most important thing to remember is to love the hair that’s on your head and treat it well!

Here’s to healthy, happy, moisturized hair!
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