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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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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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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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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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