I have talked to numerous naturals who honestly believe that now that their hair is in its naturally curly state, they no longer have to trim their hair or that it is simply unnecessary. Not So…Not So. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is Curly, Wavy, Coily, Straight, Colored, Permed, etc….Every Hair type & Texture need regular trims because the hair shaft will be to split naturally; and how often & how much you trim will be determined by several factors. Due to everyday manipulation of hair, our environment/weather conditions, hair styling/hair care, our ends can become damaged. If our ends are constantly dry due to lack of moisture or constantly brushing/combing/styling and leaving our ends exposed or rough handling to detangle hair or untangle fair knots then we are sure to have split ends. Many Naturals will hang on to unhealthy ends for length appearances but doing this causes more harm than good because small split will travel and become and even bigger split.
Not Pretty to say the least! Once you have trimmed, it is very important to keep your ends Moisturized and Sealed with an All Natural Oil or Butter to keep ends soft & supple. If you can, try to keep your Ends tucked away when Styling: Buns, Twists, Tucks, are great ways to Tuck & Protect your ends.
When Should You Trim?
Understand that Hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch each month. If you clip your ends on a regular basis, you should be removing about 1 /4 inch or less and should be able to notice some growth see length retention. We should be trimming our hair at least every 3 – 4 months, some say 4 – 6 months but it depends (again) on how we maintain and style our hair and/or our environment but determine what works for you. If you use heat (flat iron, blow dry, etc.), use hair dye or perms, etc., then you will need to check your ends regularly and will probably have to trim more often. Signs of needing are trim split ends that are rough, bushy or scraggly; ends that won’t curl or hold moisture and are constantly dry, all of which can cripple a hair style and stunt hair growth. Before you start, make sure you have good lighting & a nice size mirror; moisturize your hair from root to tip before you began, you don’t want to confuse split ends with dry ends….moisturizing prior to trim will help you to decipher between the two.
So How Do We Trim? Here are 4 Simple Methods…
There are several ways.
Some naturals will Conventionally TRIM their ends: When you fully trim your ends, you section your hair and trim and clip off the ends in EACH Section…Section hair again and repeat until you have trimmed your entire head.
Then there are others who will DUST their ends instead: This is my personal preference because I do a lot of protective styling, so my ends don’t suffer much since they are tucked away most of the time. Dusting is when you go through sections of your hair and lightly snip (dust) off any splits or bushiness that you see. You still section your hair but clip a little less than more. This method works great when you are doing the “Search & Destroy” when you simply go through hair in sections (again) and you literally search for splits ends and destroy them by cutting them off; if you pick a section that looks pretty good, you simply leave it alone and go to the next section.
Many prefer to Trim with Single Twist or Braids: I normally install my single twists during the time I need a trim or dusting. It’s pretty simple, part and section hair in smaller sections (don’t have to be mini twists), moisturize and detangle hair, twists or braid from root to tip, trim split, rough and/or bushy ends that won’t curl. This method also keeps hair separated so you don’t trim the same sections or twice.
Straight Hair Trim: If your hair is already in a natural curly state, by all means you do not have to straighten your hair in order to trim. If your hair is already straightened or is naturally straight this method is perfect due to the fact that there is no shrinkage and you can have a more even straight across cut. Trimming straight hair will also prevent you from cutting off too much.
So What is Your Method of Trimming? How Often do You Trim?
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You can tell a lot about the Health of ones hair just by observing their edges. Whether your hair is Permed, Natural, Locked, Braided/Twisted or Weaved...Edges will tell the Story of whether Hair Care or just simply Hair Styles MATTERS to you. Many of us, including myself, have very delicate and fine edges and I have to be Mindful of how I handle them or they will be Gone within days.
What Causes Edges to Recede & Break off
WEAVES & WIGS
There is nothing Glamorous about Receding Hairline (bald edges). Many just ignore the problem or don't know how to deal with them or solve the underlying issue. Some resort to covering up the problem with wigs and weaves. Weaves (especially lace fronts), when they are fixed too tight & mishandled can reek havoc on your edges. When taking them down, remove glue improperly, use plenty of oil and DON'T comb the glue out. Try purchasing looser wigs or sew-in weaves. I can't stress enough the importance of Moisturizing when wearing weaves, wigs, braids (which are considered also as protective styles) to keep your hair & edges from breaking off due to dryness.
The best thing to do is Prevention. Doing away with bad practices and incorporating healthy hair habits, a consistent regimen & especially hair styles that will Overall lead to less stress on your hair & edges. Many women like to wear tiny or heavy braids/twists extensions but they can be detrimental on the hair, especially your edges, as well as heavy braids which pull on your hair and edges. Limit how often you wear extensions and give your hair time to breath in-between wearing them. Also limit wearing headbands & ponytail holders, instead opt for silk or satin scarfs (less friction & slides on/off easily) to hold styles. Puffs, Ponytails and Pin-ups should be worn loosely, don't focus on sleeking your edges down which intensifies stretching those delicate strands to break off in know time. Switch up your Puffs/Ponytail styles and be sure to take them down before bed to allow your hair & edges to relax; Always, Always wear a silk or satin scarf and/or cap to bed every night.
BE EXTRA GENTLE
Your hairline is super fragile & delicate; it is Not the same texture and doesn't have the same resistance as your mature hair. Overall gentle Manipulation is the Key; lightly wash, deep condition, detangle, brush, comb, etc. I personally, don't use brushes on my edges by rather smooth them down with my hands which is gentler and snag proof. Take extra care with styling tools, blow dryers & styling products. If you must use gel, etc. for edges, opt for gel creams, flaxseed gel, aloe vera gel, butters or heavier oils. Try to stay away from mouse, gels, etc. that contain harsh chemicals (alcohol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes/fragrances, etc.).
How to Grow Your Edges Back
1. Limit weaves, wigs & extensions. Your hair & edges needs to breath and have as much of a break right now as possible. If you must use them, don't grab your edges at all!
2. Try to stay clear of hats, caps, turbans, etc. that constantly rub your edges. Keep them as free as possible from styling accessories until they began to grow back to a healthy state.
3. Keep your hair MOISTURIZED especially your edges to keep it supple & soft to combat dryness & breakage. Be sure to seal the ends which is the oldest part of your hair.
4. Oil your edges regularly with nutritious oils like Castor or Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Massage gently to stimulate hair growth.
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Remember: You didn't lose your edges overnight so it will take some time & consistency to grow them back. If you avoid stressful styles, maintain low manipulation & baby your edges...They will Grow Back. Try to Avoid chemicals, synthetic hair dyes, excessive heat while nurturing your edges back. With theses simple Practices & Tips, not only should you Recover your edges but you will be able to Maintain them and keep them healthy. If the Problem persists & it appears that your hair is not growing, Please see the Doctor.
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So what is Co-Washing? (short for conditioner washing or no-poo)
Simply put, it is actually washing your hair with conditioner as opposed to regular shampoo. Co-washing is highly preferred by the Naturally Curly Community as a primary method of Washing hair because it is more gentle on curls/waves (both tend to be naturally dry) and won't strip your hair of its natural oils. They contain little-to-no sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate), and they generally don’t lather. Traditional shampoos rely on detergents that chemically attract dirt in your air; these chemicals are distributed during the washing process by rubbing, scrubbing and lathering, and when these chemicals are rinsed away, your hair feels squeaky clean—which isn’t a good thing if your hair is prone to dryness and/or damaged. Washing hair with conditioner removes enough dirt and oil without drying the hair, leading to Less Breakage. Curly/Wavy/Textured hair will retain more Moisture throughout the cleansing process because you're cleansing with natural oils, extracts, botanicals & healthier ingredients that won't strip your hair and preserve its natural oil.
So What are the Benefits of Co-Washing?
Co-Washing mostly benefits those with Dry, Damaged & Dehydrated hair and especially those with naturally textured and/or naturally curly hair.
The best way to start is with an inexpensive, lightweight drugstore conditioner because co-washing requires a lot of product, so you really don't want to us the expensive fancy stuff to co-wash. Use a generous amount of something like VO5 Herbal Escapes Clarifying Conditioner (under $2.00) or Herbal Essence Hello Hydration (under $4.00) or Sauve Naturals Coconut Conditioner (under $2.00 and one of my co-wash staples). Saturate hair with water then pour a very generous amount of your Conditioner of choice in your hands and rub it into your scalp just as you would with shampoo, massage into your hair then rinse and repeat. Always make sure you Detangle while your hair is SATURATED with Conditioner. To Detangle, part your hair in 4 to 6 sections, take a wide tooth/shower comb and comb hair from ends to roots. Do not comb from the roots to the tips. That will result in more breakage! Use shampoo once in a while to remove buildup, perhaps every 2 to 4 weeks, depending on how many other styling products you use regularly.
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Tis the Season to take that much needed Vacation Break from Work, Vacation Break from Excessive Chores, from Grueling School Work and all importantly, time-consuming Hair Styles. For those of you who are looking to Retain Length, it is Necessary to incorporate Protective Styling as a Regular part of your Hair Care Regimen.
SO WHY SHOULD WE PROTECTIVE STYLE?
~ To give your Hair a Break from the Stress of Styling & Over-manipulation.
~ When you know you have a Busy Schedule, going on Vacation, etc.
~ If you have Fine, thin Hair that is Prone to Breakage.
~ When the Environment and/or Weather is not conducive for the Health of your Hair.
With that said, here are My Few “FAVS” that I’ve worn myself during Summer Months:
1. BRAIDS/KINKY TWISTS EXTENSIONS: This is by far my Favorite Go-To Style, Reason being is that it last for at least 6-8 weeks as long as I Moisturize, wear my silk scarf EVERY NIGHT & Maintain it Properly. It takes quite a few hours to put in (not fun) but it is ohhhh "So Worth It" because once it's Done...It's Done! Just Simply style the Braids or Twists themselves (fun part); your hair is Completely Protected from combing, brushing, excessive manipulation, etc. Once you take them out (not fun either), make sure you Clarify your Hair, Deep Condition & I can't emphasize enough, Moisturize-Moisturize-Moisturize your hair thoroughly & consistently the entire time you're wearing Braids/Twist Extensions. I've found that most Naturals have Breakage with this style due to Lack of Moisture, Braids/Kinky Twists too tight and/or too small, or they've been in too long.
2. BUNS & CHIGNON: This here is my Favorite Go-To-Style #2 for so many Reasons. I wear this 90% of the time when I am not wearing Braids/Twists Extensions. Always Remember, on your Busiest & Most Hectic Day and don't have a whole lot of time, you should ALWAYS have that ONE Go-To-STYLE that you can always Count on that NEVER FAILS and Yields the same Results...Every time! Buns are Perfect for those not-so-good Weather Days because you don't have to worry about Frizzing, Swelling & that Twist Out turned Fro; and it Always works for those "Styles of Epic Failure" because what didn't turn out right can always be pulled into a Great looking Sleek Bun; it fits all occasions and Social & Business Settings. Buns are quite Simple, just make sure you Moisturize your Hair fully to make it Pliable and to combat Dryness & Seal your ends (oldest part of the hair), it is healthier to smooth your hair into a Bun with your hands instead of a brush, try to use terry cloth Ponytail Holders instead of Rubber Bands and also limit other Hair tools & accessories which can snarl your hair causing Breakage. Make sure your Bun and Edges are not too tight which causes Breakage also; tuck your ends to keep them Soft, Moisturized and Protected from Breakage...it's that Easy. Just be sure that once it is in a Bun, you let it be, of course you can take it down to Moisturize.
3. TWO-STRAND TWISTS OR FLAT TWISTS: And last but not Least...My Favorite Go-To-Style #3. The All-Fabulous Two Strand Twists and (Flat Twists when I can get them right). I wear Two-Strand Twists A LOT in-between Bunning. Twists are Great for those who want Full-Twists minus the Extensions; for me, I Love the Plump & Kinkiness that evolves from each Twists due to their own Unique Curl Pattern. Full Twists typically last me for 2-3 weeks at a time; Flat Twist usually last me a week and a half to 2 weeks as long as I Properly maintain them by Moisturizing & Sealing my ends (the oldest part of your hair) and sleep with my Satin Scarf (again) EVERY NIGHT. Twists are so Versatile to Style and also fits any and all Occasions (formal & informal). These take just a few hours, once you're ready to take them down, they make an Awesome Twist Out or Braid Out right before wash day. Try one of these Great Styles for yourself to help Retain Length & Overall Healthy Hair.
***TIPS TO REMEMBER***
- Protective Styles protects the Hair (especially the ends).
- Be Careful not to Neglect your Hair, you must still Moisturized regularly.
- Low Manipulation is the Key...Try to leave Protective Styles in for at least 2-4 weeks.
- Limit the Use of Daily Styling, Combing/Brushing, Heat, Chemicals/Color, Hair Bands/Accessories that can pull or snare your Hair.
SO WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PROTECTIVE STYLE & WHY?
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IS YOUR REGIMEN READY?
As we say Goodbye to Fallen Snow, Freezing Temps and Bitter Winds, We can also Farewell to Super Dry Hair & Fragile Ends due to the harshness that Winter can bring...But Alas "It's Spring"...Freshly Bloomed Tulips, Green Grass and a Warm Breeze has Finally arrived...It's the Season We all Love where we can ditch our Beanies and Spring out our Curls. It's the Perfect time to Re-Visit our Regimens and try some new great Products like our Ayurvedic-Infused Moisturizing Leave-In Tea Spritz which will Melt Tangles, Hydrate & bring Life to any Wash n Go, Bantu Knots, Twists/Braids and Puffs in no Time...It's Heavily Infused with Ayurvedic Herbs & other All-Natural, Wholesome Ingredients to Quench the thirstiest of Curls & Coils. It absorbs easily with No Build up so it's Perfect for Daily Use....So TEA Anyone???
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"Four" Tips for Winterizing Your Natural Hair
1. MOISTURIZE...MOISTURIZE...MOISTURIZE.....During the Cold Winter Months, make sure you increase your Deep Conditioning Method, If you Deep Condition once monthly, increase to at least twice a week. This will replenish any lost of moisture during the Rigid Winter Season.
2. PROTECT Your TRESSES.....Yes, It's Cold Outside! But especially during the Extreme Wind, Snow, & Freezing Temps, make sure you cover your hair with a hat, cap or scarf. But Beware!!! Those fashionable knitted hats, caps and scarves, though trendy, also contribute to drying out our strands. Make sure you cover your hair 1st with a Silk or Satin Scarf or Liner.
3.The LOC METHOD......This Method has been proven time & time again in proving "hours" & for some "days" of Intense Moisture for Natural & Curly Hair no matter the Elements of Nature.
use in the order below.....
LIQUID (water is moisture...the issue is retaining moisture from water; and that’s where the other 2 components of the L.O.C. method comes into play.)
OIL (oil increase hair's ability hold on to water molecules; this keeps the hair strong and prevents breakage.)
CREAM (your cream of choice should be moisturizing and seal the oil and water to the hair shaft. be cautious of the word 'cream'; the best option is to use a leave-in cream versus a curling/styling cream. If you have extremely dry hair, use raw shea butter as an effective option. make sure you seal your ends as well, they are the oldest & most fragile part of your hair.)
4. PROTECTIVE STYLE..... This Styling involves putting your hair into a Style that involves tucking your ends away and/or protecting strands from root to tip from the Harsh Winter. Protective Styles are but not limited to Braids, Twists, Corn Rolls, Buns, Flat Twists, etc. Make sure you continue to Moisturize your hair while it's being Protected to eliminate Dryness & Breakage.
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When I first attempted to even think about going Natural, I was already in a place called "FED UP" with my hair. I was tired of the perms, tired of the blow dryer, tired of fighting to keep straight hair...straight & wet sets...set. I think for about a year, after washing my hair, I loved how it felt and would say to myself 'I would love to just wash my hair & wear it like this or twists or something; and the more I kept entertaining the thought of what it would be like to have my own kinky-coily curls, the more I started having resentment towards the process & upkeep of my current permed state. I thought about it, more & more...contemplated more & more...even tried some pretend styles on my permed hair (styles without blow drying of course) and decided it would at least be worth a try....SO how did I get there...Here's how...
1st Reason: Your sick & tired of being sick & tired. Your being totally turned off from anything dealing with heat (blow dryers, curling irons, wand sticks, you name it). You are Now starting to see the detriment in using perms instead of the benefit (breakage, thinning hair, chemical damage, just overall UNHEALTHY!)
2nd Reason: You're really enjoying the Freedom of letting your hair "Do" what it "DO". No matter the weather, humidity level, rain, dew points, whatever, your curls are Free and so are YOU. No more running from rain droplets or stressing over your hair reverting or falling because of the humidity.
3rd Reason: You are Finally Delivered from People and the opinions and ignorance of others, they can be your parents, friends, peers, co-workers, spouse, children, etc. Everyone may not be ready to embrace the new you with your natural kinky hair (especially if you big-chop). So be prepared for possible comments, side looks and subtle sarcasm, ...not from other races and cultures but from your own brothers and sisters. I can't began to tell you the negative stares and remarks I've gotten from my people so if you are ready to Explore your unique Curls and Coils regardless of the Opinions and Permission of others...then yeah Sister-Girl...Your Ready....
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