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What To Do At The Beginning Of Your Hair Journey

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 The beginning of every activity can be difficult and confusing and same applies to hair care. These days, there are tons of information floating around on social media which has added to the pressure to have perfect hair and perfect hair journey. This isn’t healthy in any way for a new person. Here are some tips for you when you begin your hair journey. 1] Stick to basic routines or regimen until you are familiar with ingredients, brands, and even techniques. One step at a time will save you from major setbacks. What’s the basic regimen?  📍Wash at least once a week with shampoo and conditioner and follow up with leave in conditioner and oil. 📍Moisturize and seal daily  📍 Do a deep conditioning treatment at least once a month.  When you have mastered this routine, it’s easy to incorporate other techniques and practices into your regimen. ] Focus on the health of your hair first before length. Our desire to see long and flowing hair is good yet healthy hair should be the goal. The re

How To Transition From Damaged To Healthy Hair (Part Three)

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 When you’ve done your hair treatment for about 6 months, you can now evaluate each part of your routine. 1] Does your shampoo leave your hair dry or moisturizer? If dry, you may have to find a moisture one. 2] Does weekly conditioning or monthly conditioning work for you?  ] How often do clarify your hair ? 5] Have you seen improvement in thickness and length?  6] Has your hair rejected any products or techniques? Have you found the cause? 7] What ingredients work for your hair? Why do they work well? Can you use that to guide you choose other products? Eg if glycerin is your leave in conditioner and your auto stays moisturizer for long periods, you can get deep conditioners with glycerin too.  With these few guidelines, you’ll then move to the next step which is focusing on length retention ( retaining the growth you have) but also cutting off more damaged hair.  At this point, you can try one new product or technique at a time since you have your stables already. 

How To Transition From Damaged To Healthy Hair (Part Two)

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 After you’ve purchased the products you intend using in caring for your hair, the next step is the hair care process itself. 1] Start off with a good cut; not just a trim. Get rid of all thin and damaged hair so as to have a clean slate to work with.  2] Give your hair at least 4 to 6 months to respond to the treatments. It’s good to have a picture to compare at the end of the 6 months.  3] Avoid long term protective styles like braids and opt for weekly styles like buns and scarves. This will allow you to treat your with all the nutrients it needs until it is repaired.  4] Invest in quality hair moisturizers since they are daily maintenance products. Same applies to oils. Use ceramide oils to help repair your hair.  5] Lastly, when you begin your hair journey, you can incorporate weekly deep conditioning treatments; alternate between light protein and moisture based deep conditioning products. These will strengthen and reverse some of the damage. Bonus: start off with taking multivit

Relaxed Hair Goals For 2023

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 Since I've decided relaxed hair is my preference, I'm going heading towards reaching more hair milestones.F or 2023, I only have three things. 1) Wash frequently: I want to revisit a lot of the things I did back then and the first is midweek Co washing and deep conditioning. 2) Be consistent with hair trims. I plan on trimming about every 3 months to maintain healthy ends. I'd usually wait a year before trimming when my hair is short but I'm changing that now. 3) Master air drying my hair to limit salon visits. The last goal has to do with length retention. The target is shoulder length so let's see how it goes. 

Grow Long Natural Hair Using Wigs

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Wigs are ever popular among naturals for convenience and affordability.  [1] Wig length and Style: Long wigs or short ones? It doesn't really matter, though the length determines how much pulling and tucking takes place during wearing process.  [2] Moisturise the cornrows.  [3] Clean your scalp [4] Check the wig cap and your edges:  [5] Check duration of the cornrows. 

Wash Day: Prepoo With Deep Conditioner

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This wash day was pretty simple, easy and straight forward. The first step was to apply the Jo Naturals Grow Thick, Grow Strong Deep Conditioner. I covered with a shopping bag and shower cap for 20 minutes. 2) After rinsing,  📌I use the last bit of Head and Shoulders anti dandruff shampoo and 📌 conditioned with the last bit of John Frieda conditioner  3) Next was the Jo Naturals leave in conditioner  📌and oil to seal! Whether at home or salon, washing your hair is very easy and straightforward!

Postpartum Hair Loss Supplements

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 Postpartum hair loss is definitely one you can’t control and shouldn’t risk your baby’s life in pursuit of healthy hair. However, there are supplements to help you. 1. Pregnacare breastfeeding  2.  Pregnacare new mum 3. New Chapter postnatal  4. Mega food baby &Me postnatal multi  5.   Personally, I have noticed that the lactating tea, Mother’s milk, has bitter fennel fruit, fenugreek seed, blessed thistle herb and a host of herbs that also impact the hair! My observation so far is my hair is still thicker and more hydrated, possibly from the herbs. I also have Milk easy lactating powder which contains moringa powder. I’m through with my iron supplement for now so I’m glad these herbs will keep me going.  In case you are going through postpartum hair loss, know that it’s normal and it eventually stops.

Wash Day With Aphogee

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 Washing gives your hair the moisture it needs and for me, moving from once a week to twice a week washing requires new strategies. One method I'm trying is hairlicous way of washing. I've tried it before but time constraints made it difficult to continue.  1) Washed with Head and Shoulders anti dandruff shampoo to cleanse my scalp thoroughly.  2) Followed with light protein conditioner. I used aphoghee 2 minutes reconstructor and left it for 5 minutes. The reason  the 2 minutes reconstructor will be amazing is because it's not time consuming. I can do all the washing during my bath time. To be able to deep condition weekly will be beneficial for the bleached parts too.  2) I used the As I Am so Much moisture and then sealed with Olaplex oil.  I'm about 3 weeks post relaxer and I'm aiming at relaxing at the end of January. 

Bun Mistakes That Cause Breakage

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 I love buns as they are the most easiest and least expensive protective style you can wear. There are a couple of tips and tricks to use in order to derive maximum benefit from buns. 1] Rotate the position of your buns at least every 3 days. 2] Use thicker hair bands to allow better gripe when taking down. 3]You don't have to sleep in the bun; you can take it down nightly. 4] You don't have to comb daily to put your hair into a bun. 5] Be sure not to make it tight in your attempt to achieve a smooth look. That can lead to hair loss around the hair line. 

This One Thing Could Damage Your Hair

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The sulphate or no sulphate debacle has been going on for a long time but recently,  there has been a middle way with respect to these ingredients. In addition, a lot of the advocates of the sulphate free movement have actually gone back to including sulphate based shampoos or cleansers in their routine. Why?  It all comes down to removing build up in the hair! Even when you use sulphate based shampoo, you tend to have build up from styling gels, moisturizers and oils.  The sulphate free shampoos are unable to cleanse this build up and leaves your hair dry as a result. The only way to treat this is to use a chelating or clarifying shampoo! You don't need to use  sulphate based shampoos all the time. Once a month should suffice. An alternative will be bentonite clay to ensure a clean and healthy hair! You can also use salicylic acid based shampoos or glycolic acid cleansers too.  The key is to ensure that the hair doesn't suffer from build up. 

Is Your Hair Dry? Shampoo To Moisturizer Tips

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 The first point of moisture is actually your shampoo. If your hair feels stripped and dry right after washing out your hair, it may be time to change it. Lately though, most shampoos are quite moisturizing and then to give a conditioner kind of feel. Next is obviously your conditioner.  It's usually the deep conditioner we worry about as regards moisture yet your conditioner can equally provide the moisture or even needed protein. The quality of your shampoo and conditioner is therefore critical to a healthy hair. Another reason your hair might be considerably dry is due to product build up. Chelating and clarifying as often as possible will eliminate that problem. Additionally, limit using blow dryers since the air from them are concentrated at just one part instead of diffused like hooded dryer.

Blow Drying Natural Hair Without Damage

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 Keeping your natural hair stretched is key to preventing knots and tangles, especially, single strand knots. Aside using a heat protection serum or spray, you can use these tips to prevent potential damage from blow drying your hair. 1. Use cool setting if possible. 2. Detangle properly amd keep the hair in small sections as you blow dry. Blow drying in small sections makes it easier.  3. Allow the hair to air dry about 50% to reduce the water content before you blow dry. 4. Apply your leave in conditioner and then follow it with heat serum.  5. Be sure to deep condition your hair prior to blow drying. 

How To Switch From Relaxed Hair To Texturized Hair

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 Texturizer generally target loosening your Curls instead of completely straightening your natural hair.  However, the application process of the texturizer can equally end up leaving your hair straight. Therfore, follow instructions when applying it. How then do you switch from relaxed hair to texturized hair?

How To Alleviate Itchy Scalp

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 Our scalp is the first focus as regards hair regrowth and health. When there is an infection or even inadequate sebum, your hair can get itchy.  How do you manage itchy scalp?  

How To Get Fast Hair Growth In Braids

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Protective styling especially with braids is usually the go to  styling option whether by naturals or ladies with relaxed hair.  How do you maximise your hair growth whilst in braids?