Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Can You Really Over-Condition Your Hair?

        We all want healthy hair. Time and time again we have been told to make sure and keep your
"MANE" hydrated. So what do some of us do? We condition our hair, sometimes too often and too long which only results in "Over-conditioning." The signs that you are over-conditioning your hair are:

  •  Limp hair when dry or wet
  • Rubbery feeling when dry
  • Mushy feeling when wet
  • Loss of curl definition in naturally curly hair
  • Overly stretchy hair

To prevent over-conditioning the hair  follow the instructions on the conditioner's bottle.  Deep condition once a week or perhaps twice a month depending on the condition of your hair (chemically treated, damage) or your hair's texture.  Do NOT exceed the time allotted for efficient conditioning. The cure for over-conditioned hair is to use a clarifying shampoo and a protein treatment at the first signs of over-conditioning.  I highly recommend getting this done by a professional as to not cause further damage.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

HAIRCARE: 10 Steps to Split End Prevention

     I have always said that healthy hair is the foundation to a flawless hairstyle.  There is nothing attractive about split ends.  It can and will ruin the most beautiful of styles.  Not only will it ruin a style but it will prevent your hair from curling and cause major hair breakage.  The more it goes untreated, the more the split will go up your hair strands causing your hair to break and thin out.   Here are some preventive methods and solutions to the split end problem.

  • Trim your hair every 4-6 weeks or stretch it out to the 8th week depending on the condition of your hair.
  • Give your hair a break from constant heat styling. If you must, make sure to use a heat guard such as CHI Iron Guard
  • Make sure your hair is 70% dry before you throw a round brush in your hair to blowdry style it.  This will help preserve your mane's elasticity as well.  And always use a nozzle for direct air flow to your strands. 
  • Apply a leave in conditioner to your wet strands. My favorite is "It's a 10 Miracle Leave in Product
  • Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner on your mane.  Make sure they are the same brand, remember it's a system.
  • Even if you have fine hair please do NOT shampoo your hair everyday. When you do so you are stripping the natural oils from your hair.  If your hair is oily use a dry shampoo in between shampooing. 
  • Deep condition your hair at least twice a month and seal your mane with cool water when you rinse it out. 
  • Towel blot your hair as to not cause cuticles to fray and tangle, which leads to frizzy hair which then leads to breakage when trying to comb.
  • NEVER apply hot water to your hair when you are shampooing because it will dry your hair out causing it to split and cause dry scalp as well. 
"And please... NO cheap brands for your STRANDS!" ~RaiNa