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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.

Have a question about frizzy hair? Drop your question in the comments below!

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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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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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Five Ways to Refresh Dull Natural Curls

There’s nothing worse then spending the night perfectly styling and defining your curls for the next day, only to wake up to undefined, frizzy curls. If there were a magic product to keep your curls defined and moisturized through a night of tossing and turning, we’d all own it. For now, we’re offering you these tips to refresh your curls quickly and efficiently during your morning routine!

1. Water

Dull curls is typically caused by dryness; and because of this sometimes the key to refreshing dull curls is moisture. If you’ve already applied leave-ins, stylers or gels to your hair in the days before, these products may reactivate with a spritz of water and scrunching or finger coiling.

2. Leave-In Conditioner (in Spray form)

You can either purchase a leave-in conditioner spray or make your own by mixing your favorite leave-in conditioner and water. Either way, a light spritz of leave-in conditioner can moisturize and refresh your hair for the day.

3. Gel

For curls that have lost definition overnight or throughout the day, gel can help provide definition and help your style last much longer than it would without it. Simply spray some water or a leave-in conditioner spray on your hair to add moisture to your curls, and then apply a minimal amount of gel to the section or curls to regain definition. You can either scrunch or finger coil afterwards to bring your curl pattern back to life. Finish it off by air-drying or blow-drying the section of hair on a low, cool setting.

4. Finger Coils

Transitioning hair has a much harder time holding definition and moisture than healthy natural hair. Try applying a styling product to your curls, then twirl your hair around your finger until it appears curly once more. Since transitioning hair has a harder time retaining moisture, it’s better to let your hair air dry vs. blow-drying.

5. Perm Rods or Flexi Rods

If you’re trying to refresh a perm-rod set or a flexi-rod set, you want to rewrap the section of hair quickly especially if this is during your morning routine. Simply apply a setting product to your hair, then re-roll the undefined section onto the rod to reset. Then blow-dry on the lowest heat setting until the section is cool and dry. You can then unravel the hair to reveal the defined curl once more.

What’s your favourite way to refresh your curls? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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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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