5 Tips to Deep Conditioning

5 Tips to Deep Conditioning

 

Hey Ya’ll! Deep conditioning is one of the most important things in a hair regimen whether you are natural or not. But it can be a problem if you don’t use it correctly. Here are 5 tips that can guide you into deep conditioning.

What is deep conditioning?

Deep conditioner is a conditioner that helps to add moisture, manageability and elasticity.

This conditioner can be left on the hair from 5 min to 40 min depending on the brand.

Tip #1 Choose the right deep conditioner

Whatever shape your hair is in ( natural , dry, lacking protein etc.) there is a deep conditioner for you.

Tip #2 Apply correctly

When you apply your deep conditioner, you want to make sure that every strand gets coated. You want to apply  it to  your shaft and ends not your scalp.

Tip #3 Don’t leave it in too long

Every deep conditioner has a time that is has to stay on your hair. Make sure that you follow the directions. Leaving it on for hours or overnight doesn’t make it work any better.

Tip #4 Rinse with cool water

When you rinse your deep conditioner out with cool water it closes the cuticles of your hair and it keeps in the moisture and nutrients from the deep conditioner.

Tip #5 Be consistent

This is very important. Whether it’s once a week or every two weeks, whatever works for your hair do that.

We hope that these tips can guide you to productive deep conditioning!

Much Love,

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Hair Porosity

Hair Porosity

  What is Porosity? Porosity is the quality or state of being porous. Porous means containing vessels and permeable to fluids. So basically how well does your hair absorb moisture and products, So let’s talk about  Hair Porosity…

Low porosity hair is when the cuticle layer of the hair shaft is smooth and tight around the cortex which makes moisture and products hard to get in.

~It’s usually protein sensitive.

~Using  lighter oils (argan, grape seed)  will not weigh the hair down and can be used as a sealant.

~Deep conditioning with heat raises the cuticle so that  it can do it’s job properly.

~Using products with humectants will attract moisture to the hair.

High porosity hair is when the cuticle layer of the hair shaft is raised (bumpy), so moisture comes in but leaves just as fast.

~ Prone to breakage and damage

~Use minimal heat

~Deep condition regularly

~Use heavier products (butters,oils)

~Seal hair with oils (coconut, olive oil)

The two methods of finding out your hair’s porosity are very simple and can be done in minutes. The first method is the most well known;first take a strand of clean hair and place it in a glass of room temperature water wait for a couple of minutes if the hair floats you have low porosity if hair sinks you have high porosity. For the second method  take a strand of hair, gently slide your fingers up towards your scalp. If you feel little bumps you have high porosity. If your hair feels smooth then you have low porosity.

Much Love,

CurlsCurvesChic

What Does This Mean?

What Does This Mean?

Hey Y’all! When we buy products  there are ingredients and words that we recognize but don’t know the exact meaning. This can be anything from food to hair products, here are some words that you might have seen on some of your products.

Organic: made or grown without artificial chemicals ;obtained from a living thing

Cold pressed: pressed without applying heat ( keeps all the good stuff in)

Refined: free of unwanted substances; free from impurities

Cruelty- Free: developed or produced without inhumane testing on animals

Fair trade: fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries

Extra Virgin: Highest quality; usually cold pressed

NonGMO: ( Genetically Modified Organism) any product that was not altered at the gene level

 

This is only part one of this terminology series… Stay tuned for part two!!

Much Love,

CurlsCurvesChic

5 Summer Hair Care Tips

5 Summer Hair Care Tips

Hey Ya’ll!! Natural chicas listen up… Here are 5 summer hair care tips that will keep your hair looking good and your edges in place… Leggo!!

Avoid Heat- The blow dryer and flat irons are cool but when it comes to this summer heat, we need to give them a break. The sun is already beaming down on the hair and adding more heat may cause some problems.

Drink Plenty of Water- Our hair and skin can benefit from water. Water is pretty awesome  and it will hydrate your hair from the inside. Our scalp is skin and when it’s hydrated so is our hair. So hydrate and feel great!

Clarify- If you plan on being in the pool and/or the beach this is a must. Chlorine and salt water don’t like our hair too much so getting our hair thoroughly cleansed of these things will keep our hair healthy. Quick Tip: Add conditioner to your hair before you dive in… It will coat your hair and keep it soft so when you clarify/shampoo it’s more manageable.

Sun Protection-  Just like our skin our hair needs protection from the sun. Thankfully there are products out there that have UV filters that can provide our hair with the protection it needs against the sun. Also, there are natural oils that naturally help with sun protection.

Protective Styles- Put it up and go… not having to deal with our hair is amazing. Plus it’s  good to not have to fuss with our tresses in this heat…we have enough to deal with right?

Whether it’s braids, weave,wigs, hats, scarves etc. be sure to cleanse, condition, and moisturize your hair. She still needs love too!!

What are your plans for the summer?

Much Love,

Erica D.

Curls: Four Oils and Their Benefits

Curls: Four Oils and Their Benefits

We all know that oils are used to seal in moisture but oils  also have other benefits that can help with the overall health of your hair. Check out these five oils and the other amazing things they offer!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. It helps with moisture retention. It doesn’t break down easily or evaporate fast so moisture can’t get out.It also helps with protein loss in hair. The molecular weight is low so it can penetrate the hair shaft.

Grape seed Oil

Grape seed oil comes from pressed grape seeds. It is full of antioxidants so it strengthens the hair. DHT is a hormone that causes hair loss. Grape seed oil helps to block that hormone.This oil is also great for pre-pooing.

Jojoba Oil (pronounced as ho/ho/ba)

Jojoba oil comes from the seed of the Simmodsia chinensis (jojoba plant). This oil has a long shelf life because it doesn’t have triglycerides which are fatty acids.  This oil is close to the natural oil (sebum) that our skin produces, so using this on your scalp for moisture would be ideal. Plus it can cleanse the scalp by removing excess sebum and other debris.

Olive Oil

Olive oil comes from the pressing of whole olives. Extra virgin olive oil is best to use because it has not be chemically treated. Like grape seed oil it stops the production of DTH and is good for beating off bacteria and fungi. It also make your hair shiny and soft. This oil is one of our favorites!

There are so many oils out there that have great benefits for your hair. We just wanted to share a few. Hopefully this helped you all find an oil(s)that you might want to try.

Much Love,

CurlsCurvesChic