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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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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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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!
Did you try out our suggestions? Tell us how these products worked for your low-porosity hair in the comment section below!

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Easy Homemade Scalp-Cleansing Solution

The main culprits of scalp build-up are product accumulation and infrequent washing (naturals, we’re talking to you!). We often forget that our scalp is skin, the same skin that’s on your arms, legs and face. Think about it–how would your face react if you constantly lathered it with creams, oils, and cosmetics without cleansing on a regular basis? The thought is enough to make you cringe! It only makes sense that we take care of our precious scalps in the same way we would any other skin on our body. After all, healthy scalp = healthy hair!

If you’re the type that loves home hair treatments, try the recipe below. Baking soda is a simple, natural, and fool proof solution for removing product build-up that suffocates the scalp and dulls the hair. Your scalp will love you for it!

Baking Soda Scalp Cleanser

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together into a paste
  2. In the shower, smooth the mixture onto wet hair and spread through hair with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb
  3. Rinse with cool water and shampoo/condition as you normal

Did you try this out? Let us know how it worked for your hair- we’d love to hear from you!

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