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What’s Best Way to Fight Frizzy Hair?

Q: I have naturally curly hair that I often-but-not-always wear straight, and in this humid weather, it becomes totally unmanageable. All the products I try don’t really seem to help. How do I beat the heat and fix my frizzy hair? —Victoria, Toronto

It’s the telltale sign of summer for me, you and just about everyone else: a halo of frizz that feels decidedly un-angelic when it crops up 20 minutes after you went to the trouble of blowing out our hair. I can’t tell you the number of times my hairstyle hasn’t lasted the length of the taxi ride to a steamy summer wedding. It’s frustrating, but luckily, I have learned from the error of my ways over the years.

The first step to tackling frizzy hair is to see it for what it truly is. It’s not a pointless thorn in your side, but rather, it’s a cry for help, says Janet Jackson, owner of Toronto’s JouJou Hair Salon and a Maui Moisture ambassador who has worked with top models from Iman to Winnie Harlow over her impressive styling career. “It’s searching for moisture,” she says. “When your hair is extremely dry and humidity kicks in on top of that, you’re suddenly dealing with a lot of frizz.”

Textured hair dries out in a snap, so curls need constant hydration in order to stay glossy. (No shame in slacking on your hydration duties: we’re busy, we have bills to pay and Internet wormholes to fall down for 28 minutes before we realize we really don’t care what vegetable we should never ever eat if we want to avoid belly fat.)

Your first order of duty is to treat your hair to a nourishing wash in the shower. Proceed gently with lukewarm water and a sulfate- and alcohol-free shampoo packed with natural oils and humectants. And don’t overdo it: While third-day curls are often a bit wonky, over-washing your hair will strip its natural oils and leave you frizzier than ever.

“If you work out a lot or just feel the need to wash your hair often, consider co-washing,” says Jackson. Co-washing is a huge beauty buzzword, but it essentially means just washing the lengths of your hair with conditioner (or a conditioner-like specialty product) and skipping shampoo altogether.

“Usually, when people have really frizzy hair, a lot of it stems from the fact that they’re not using the proper products,” says Jackson. “When you’re trying to tame it with products that have silicones or alcohol, you’re just damaging your hair and it will never look the way you want it to.”

Instead, use light, natural oils to prevent water loss, and add moisture regularly. Some of us may still shudder at the suggestion of adding oil to clean hair, but the key is to pay attention to your hair type and see what it can handle. (Bear with me and let’s briefly get into some necessary hair education here. There are four basic categories assigned to texture. Strands that are pretty much straight are type one; natural waves are referred to as type two; type three is associated with hair that forms natural ringlets; and coiled curls are type four.)

“Finer hair types could do with a little oil every couple of days, but type three or four hair requires more moisture, so you can use oils daily—or even twice a day,” says Jackson. “If you focus on products that help you define and highlight texture, the frizz will bother you less.”

Jackson is also skeptical of the go-to move of most people with frizzy hair: cocktailing. I’m guilty of doing it all the time—one product doesn’t offer enough hold and another doesn’t de-frizz to my liking, so I layer them on and hope for the best. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the practice, says Jackson, but curl systems are often designed to work as a set and mixing arbitrary brands can lead to crunchy or stringy curls.

“I recommend to my clients that they become familiar with each product on its own before mixing them,” says Jackson. “A lot of people jump from one product to another right away but it’s not fair to try a product for a day.” Jackson, who is A-type, it seems, suggests keeping a hair log to see how the products work over time, but I, not at all A-type, would never be that organized. Where we find common ground is in a common-sense approach that involves being patient and paying attention, moisturizing, avoiding drying ingredients and not heaping on different products every day aimlessly in the hopes of banishing humidity-related frizz.

It’s a losing (and expensive) battle—and it’s summer, don’t you have more fun things to do than moping about the fact that your curly hair isn’t straight? Stop flat-ironing, ditch blowouts and opt to air dry or diffuse instead, to suit your texture.

“Often the real root issue is that people are not comfortable with their hair texture, because frizz is just a form of texture,” says Jackson. “In most cases, when someone feels like their hair is frizzy, dry or unruly, it’s because they’ve been forcing it to stop doing something it naturally wants to do.”

Get a haircut that works well with your texture, suggests Jackson, and then embrace it. “If you have frizzy hair, you want to stick to longer layers and lobs,” she explains. “The thicker and coarser your hair, the more you want to avoid cutting it too short.”

Well-moisturized curls are the first step to a carefree summer, because it’s not really the frizz that’s the issue: it’s the fight.

For more information on fighting frizz, follow the link here.

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Three Ways to Style and Treat Naturally Curly Hair

It’s 2019 and there is finally a huge conversation happening around hair, notably around black hair. Most recently in a piece for Teen Vogue, model Olivia Anakwe called out hairstylists in the fashion world for their lack of ability to handle curls on women of colour. She says that although there has been an influx in inclusivity when it comes to diverse models, many teams are still not hiring stylists skilled enough to work with textured hair.

Lucky for us, #BossLady Janet Jackson has all the knowledge on how to celebrate and embrace our natural curls.

KNOW YOUR CURLS

There are three different types of curls, which mean they curl and react to products and frizz differently. Most of the time, people tend to battle with their curls rather than work with them. By knowing your curl type, you’ll be able to easily enhance them.

The Hair Type classification system, originally created by hairstylist Andre Walker and later expanded on by the natural-hair community, breaks down curls into types and subtypes.

  • Type 1 – Straight hair
  • Type 2 (A to C) – Wavy to curly hair
  • Type 3 (A to C) – Curly to kinky hair
  • Type 4 (A to C) – Kinky to coily

LOOK 1 – 3B CURLS
Use light gels and creams with extra moisture and serious frizz control. Finger combing or twisting works best with this curl type…and be generous with the product!

HOW-TO

Before drying, shake out your curls and let hair air dry or use a diffuser.
Once your curls are dry, rub a little pomade/cream paste into the palm of your hands and smooth over your hair gently to get rid of any frizz.
Do not use a brush or comb on your dry curls. Scrunch or pull them into shape.

LOOK 2 – 4A COILS

Type 4 hair can be very tight. This curl tends to retain moisture better than any of the other type 4 hair, which means they also experience the least amount of shrinkage. Still, as you already know, your curls need some serious hydration to keep them healthy, especially if you’re mainly doing wash-and-go.

HOW-TO

Co-washing is very important for curls. There are many companies that now sell co-washes.. but here’s a great way to save money: wash your hair with you favourite conditioner! It’s the same thing.

All curls need moisture…sometimes daily! Argan and coconut oils would be great for Curl types 3a to 4a! Also if you wash and go daily, put a few drops of your favourite oil into your spray water bottle. This will soften the water so it doesn’t dry out your hair.

LOOK 3 – 4C COILS

This is on the tighter end of the spectrum of curls. These kinds of curls are prone to intense shrinkage. Although this hair isn’t represented by one single texture (you can have fine and soft, coarse and wiry, or even a mix of both), it does tend to be the most delicate of the curl types, leading to breakage and dryness.

HOW TO

This hair type needs a heavier natural oil like olive, avocado, or grape seed oil. These natural oils will work wonders on this hair type and should be used on the scalp and hair strands!

For more info on how to style your curls, check out Janet’s segment on The Social at the link here!

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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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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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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!

 

 

 

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