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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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3 Things You Need To Know Before Colouring your Natural Hair

Natural hair looks amazing with colour! But if you’re considering colouring your natural hair for the first time, there are precautions you must take before doing so. You have to consider not only the colour your going for, but how it’ll affect your curls and if you can maintain the colour you’d like to switch to. Not to worry! We’re sharing three things you need to know before dyeing your natural hair for the first time. 

1. If you’re trying to lighten your hair, you’ll need to make a trip to the salon!

Everyone’s hair is different (especially between Naturals!) so the exact formula to achieve great colour results may be complicated. A professional stylist who’s specialized in colour will be able to achieve the results you want for your curls. 

2. Don’t try to rush the process.

When colour is done properly, your curls should remain intact. However, trying to lighten your hair extensively in one day can seriously damage your hair and your curl pattern. A trained stylist can provide a dyeing schedule to eventually achieve your desired colour, as well as provide techniques that’ll help your curls avoid major damage. For example, to achieve a platinum blonde colour, you’ll need multiple processes and higher volume developers – which can become a disaster if you’re not experienced in colouring hair. The bigger the difference in your natural hair colour and your desired colour, the more applications you’ll need to achieve that colour safely. Be prepared to experience a temporary loosened curl pattern after a drastic colour change. 

3. Proper shampoos, deep conditioning and salon treatments are a must!

Colour-treated hair needs extra TLC, especially after intense dyeing. You should deep condition at least once a week to maintain the health of your curls. In between salon visits, be sure to do home treatments! When doing a treatment at home, apply your treatment, put on a plastic cap and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Go under a hooded dryer or simply use your body heat (workout, house chores etc..) with the treatment applied for best results. Then rinse out the treatment (with cool water always!) and style.

Also, opt for a colour-preserving shampoo to protect your curls after you’ve dyed them. Most colour-preserving shampoos are sulfate-free and offer an extra layer of protection that’ll protect your colour from fading, and save you money by not having to go refresh your colour at the salon too often.

Those are all of our tips! Share your experiences with colouring your natural hair below!

To learn more tips about colouring natural hair, you can read them here!*

*Disclaimer: Although we appreciate much of the advice outlined in the article linked, we don’t promote/condone the use of certain colouring techniques; including using box dyes or any other techniques that could potentially damage natural hair.

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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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Co-Washing 101

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

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

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

You can read more about co-washing here.

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

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The Causes of Dry Scalp and How to Combat Them!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Ways To Know You Need A Trim

It’s so important to take care of your hair. On JouJou Mane News we’ve talked about an array of ways to ensure you have healthy happy hair. Today we are going to talk about trimming. Trimming your hair is essential to keeping all your strands happy and encouraging hair growth.

Here are 5 signs that will let you know you are in need of a trim!

1. Split Ends 

When your hair is frayed on the end, it means that its time for a trim. Yeah it may lead to having a shorter hairstyle than you’re usually used to but split ends cause breakage and breakage make your hair thinner and shorter – So a trim will solve all.

2. Uneven Layers 

If you’re going for an uneven look then ignore this one completely, but if it’s unintentionally and you just have a bunch of layers then you probably need a trim to bring things back to life.

3. No Shape or Volume 

If your hair is always flat it probably means that your coil structure is in bad shape. You can revive your curls by grabbing the scissors and get to trimming your ends.

4. Knots 

If you have quite a few knots in your hair them it is surely a sign of weak points in your hair. Just snip them out.

5. Stunted Length Retention

If your hair is stuck at a length – You need a trim. When your ends are damaged your hair will not grow. Trim. Trim. Trim.

 

And even if none of the above is going on in your hair, you should always trim your hair every eight weeks to maintain health and rid yourself of damaged hair.

 

What are some of the signs that you look for to know it’s time for a trim? Let us know in the comment section below 

 

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What’s The Deal With Dry Hair?

Dry hair can be really frustrating, and incredibly damaging to your hair. Unfortunately, if you have naturally curly hair you are probably a lot more prone to dryness than other hair types and textures.

The natural oils produced via the structure of naturally curly hair is not able to navigate all the way down through the shaft of your hair due to the coils and twists of curls.

Dry hair is a real problem because it creates the space for breakage, and breakage we all know stops hair growth dead in its tracks. There are also a myriad of hair issues that can come directly from dry hair.

 

Common Causes Of Dry Hair? 

– Improper Hair pH

– Over shampooing

– Not digesting enough water

– Cotton Pillowcases

– Lack of water based moisturizers

– Color-treated hair

– Saltwater

– Over manipulation

– Not sealing using oil or butter to seal hair

– Product build up

– Use of products with alcohol

 

Solutions For Dry Hair? 

– More WATER!!

– Use a water based leave in

– Use a heat protectant when styling with heat

– Start using a satin pillowcase

– Be gentle with your hair

– Deep condition weekly

– Seal in moisture with an Oil or Butter

 

Ultimately, it’s essential to figure out WHY your hair is dry. Once you discover the reason for dry hair, you will immediately be in a better position to solve the problem. Your primary goal is to keep your hair as moisturized as possible. Whatever the reason for your dry hair, try and do your best to add moisture and you’ll be sure to have healthier and happier hair.

 

What do you find most useful to combat dry hair? Leave your solutions in the comment section below 🙂

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HEAT & YOUR HAIR

Though you may not realize it high temperatures can be remarkably dangerous for your hair health. Whether it be through blow drying, flat iron straightening or hot curling, any heat that exceeds the boiling point of water can cause severe damage to your hair

WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE?

One of the biggest consequences of high temperatures on your hair is the loss of moisture. Water molecules provide essential support to the structure and properties of your hair. Evaporation of water molecules can alter your protein structure, which can result in your hair losing bounce and being more prone to breakage. Additionally, the loss of water molecules can change your curl pattern and cause frizz. This type of damage is exceptionally common with frequent blow drying on hair. 

The strands of your hair are complex and they obtain the majority of their properties from keratin protein structures in the cuticle and cortex. The softening of the keratin and conformational changes in the protein of your hair can happen through heat degradation. Protein damage can potentially affect the strength, texture, curl and shine of your hair. Oxidation of pigment particles are another risk of high temperatures.

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF? 

Heat protectants are products that can reduce thermal trauma to your hair by offer insulation from high temperatures. These products can offer a reduction in moisture loss as well as maximize and seal in moisture, as water molecules are essential to your hair.

It’s important to understand that although heat protectants can offer a reduction in damage to your hair, they can not completely prevent it. Meaning, if you frequently use heat styling on your hair frequent damage will occur, forcing you to cut off the affected areas. If you want to maintain or enhance the length of your hair, then it is inadvisable to use heat often.

 

Have you had a bad experience with excessive heat styling? Let us know in the comment section below. 

 

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NATURAL HAIR CARE: IS THE AMOUNT OF HAIR YOU ARE SHEDDING NORMAL?

We all know that the average amount of hair we shed a day is between 50-100 strands, but sometimes it looks a lot more. Don’t fret! Here are a few ways you can determine if the amount of hair you are shedding is more than the average amount and if that is normal.

 

How dense is your hair?  So apparently the more strands of hair you have on your head, the more you shed. Great huh. Also the denser parts of your hair will shed more, so that means if you have denser hair on the left side of your hair it will shed more than your right.

 

Is the volume of hair you are shedding consistent? Keeping track of the hair you shed might help you to determine if it is normal or an excessive amount. Look at the size of the hair ball and see if it remains the same size week after week on wash days.

 

Are internal or external factors affecting your shedding? Nowadays with the modern day women juggling work and home, stress can be a huge factor in excessive shedding and even hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies as well can be a huge factor of excessive shedding. If the problem isn’t internal then it is external. It could be a product you are using that is “disagreeing” with your scalp and causing irritation.

Once you determine these factors, you are right on track on to figuring out if the amount you are shedding is normal.

 

What do you do to determine how much hair you are shedding?

Share with us in the comments 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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