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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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This Summer’s Hottest Grooming Trends for Men

The summer months oftentimes make hair unmanageable. Sticky, humid weather is the destroyer of all of our hair dreams, but were not the only ones who are struggling—so are the guys! Once summertime hits, it’s important for men to remember that the right products and beard oils can go a long way.

Luckily, Head stylist and Owner, Janet Jackson knows how to solve all of our frizzy hair problems with the season’s hottest grooming tips and tricks for men!

Messy Man Bob:

This style can work on those with any thickness or texture. The key to getting it right is making sure that you’re asking your barber or hair stylist for a cut that will complement your face shape and hair texture. The key in maintaining this look is to get regular trims. Just because you’re growing it doesn’t mean you can skip out on trims.

All you have to do is spritz all the hair with water focusing on the roots for nice grit and hold. Men don’t usually care for neatness, and the look needs to look chill! Rake the hair up with your fingers and secure with a rubber band. Wrap the hair around, and secure it with two bobby pins. Then, clean up the hairline and side burns with paste.

Products to use

Wavy hair

You need to have slightly damp hair for this style or you can always spritz it with a water bottle. Then, spray volumizing product all over the hair and use the dryer to blast it. Use light oil spray all over for shine—rake your fingers and scrunch hair for natural looking texture.

Straight hair

Men too can use flat or curling irons, or simply wrap the hair up in a top knot at night to create natural looking texture. Regardless of what technique you use you can finish off your look with a little salt spray for a messy matte effect or soft wax, pomade to define texture and curl.

Beard maintenance

There is a right way to approach the task of hair trimming and removal, and it differs for each body part. You also want to make sure you are cleaning up your neck when you are maintaining your beard.

Shave the front of the neck or trim it whenever you clean up your facial hair. Regardless of your beard length, you need to help define it by removing the neckbeard. Imagine a “U” shape that connects behind both ears and meets at a point above the Adam’s apple (two fingers above it). Everything below this imaginary “U” must go. You could also use an electric shaver on this area, as you might for your face. Remember to use toner or aftershave to prevent razor bumps.

Beard oils are also very important to achieve silky soft facial hair.

Curly & Colourful Hair:

This look is about keeping it super short on the sides and longer on the top.

To maintain this hair type you need to add a lot of moisture and hydration to keep it soft and looking its best! Use moisture shampoo and conditioner and then spray a hair oil to maintain this look during the summer. You can also use a styling sponge to create texture.

Coloured tips

Colour is a huge trend this summer and you will definitely be seeing a lot of blondes and pastel colours. In the 90s, we saw a lot of colour on the tips and don’t be scared to do that again this year. If you don’t want to commit to this colourful style all summer long, opt for a hair makeup alternative. They come in a variety of fun colours for everybody.

Quiffed Grey Hair:

The quiff is a classic hairstyle that is still lingering around and can work on shorter hair too!

To achieve this, wet the hair and use your fingers or a comb to push the hair in the direction that you want it in. A tip to keep this look modern and fresh is to not have a clear part. If you’re in a hurry you can leave it wet, but if your hair needs some more taming you can use a blow dryer to dry it in position. Most guys can just let their hair air dry with product and they will be good to go.

To embrace your natural greys, I suggest using a purple shampoo and conditioner. This will keep your hair from going yellow in the sun and it will also keep your grey colour looking vibrant and shiny! But if you choose to opt for the hair colouring option, there are so many men’s colouring kits for hair and beards that are also easy to use.

Want more tips on grooming styles for men? Find out more here!

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Easy Do-It-Yourself Hairstyles for the Summer

Every time a celeb attends an event, they have a whole hair team crafting the perfect ‘do. But we, regular folks, don’t have that luxury. What we may have in common though, is that as soon as summer rolls in, our calendars tend to fill up with events we have to glam up for. Yes, we might treat ourselves to a salon blowout once in a while, but to visit the hairstylist for every birthday party, wedding and baby shower? It can get a little too much – time-wise and money-wise.

Believe it or not, you can achieve a sophisticated, “who did your hair?” look from the comfort of your own home. Our hair stylist, Janet Jackson, shared three easy and trendy hairstyles for any summer event:

LOOK 1: BALLOON PONYTAIL

Having your hair up during an outdoor event on a hot summer day is a good call. If you’re a fan of the standard ponytail, this is a cool way to take it up a notch. Section off the ponytail with elastics, then pull the hair outwards to achieve the balloon effect. Then tease each section and apply hairspray (Tip: use texturizing spray or powder to tame unwanted frizz). And voila – you’ve got yourself a Princess Jasmine-esque pony!

LOOK 2: SLICKED BACK

As of lately, the slicked back, wet hair look has been seen all over runways and red carpets. JLO, Zendaya and Sophie Turner are just a few stars who’ve rocked this style in the past and you can totally do it too! To get your hair to look wet, without looking over-gelled or greasy, use a setting lotion or mousse. Then, Janet recommends finishing off your fresh-out-the-shower look gel or pomade. If you don’t want your entire head to look wet, opt for a pomade, clay or working wax. Play it up by having two textures – the top can be slick and shiny while the bottom is crimped or curled.

LOOK 3: LOOSE TWIST

One way to soften the look of your typical, structured ponytail is by adding a twist to it, literally! Start by spraying texture spray starting at the base, then spraying throughout the hair to secure the ponytail. Anchor everything with hairpins, bobby pins or any other hair accessories. Feel free to have some fun with accessories – you can use pearls, flowers, or create an “x” formation with the pins!

For more amazing summer hairstyles, check out Janet’s segment on The Social at the link here!

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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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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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