5 Tips to Deep Conditioning

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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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Back to Basics|| Shampoo & Conditioner

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Hey Ya’ll! Everyone knows what shampoo and conditioner is right? There are so many shampoos and conditioners out there to meet your specific hair needs….Finding out which one ca be tricky.

Shampoo is a form of soap made to cleanse your scalp of all products and debris. Depending on your hair and the state that it is in (dry, dyed, etc.) there is a shampoo that can be used. Not all shampoos are created equal. Here are a few…

Clarifying Shampoo- helps to remove everything from the hair and scalp.

Sulfate Free Shampoo- does nor contain the detergent foaming agent Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. While it still cleanses it does not lather as much.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is found in soaps, toothpaste, etc. It has leaning and emulsifying properties and acts like soap. It has the ability to strip the hair of nutrients, but it is and irritant for those who have sensitive skin. Those who can benefit from sodium lauryl sulfate shampoo are those who suffer from dandruff and excessive sebum (oily scalp).

Moisturizing Shampoo- maintains moisture as it cleanses

Color-Safe Shampoo- cleanses while maintaining the color. Also it keeps the color from fading.

Conditioners are designed to replenish the hair with moisture and also provide treatment for the hair.

Deep Conditioning- use when moisture and protein is needed for the hair. It has a base of a heavy cream moisturizer.

Leave-In Conditioner- thinner in consistency and leaves a light layer on the hair

~Quick Tip~ For best results for your hair, use the shampoo and conditioner from the same brand. They are formulated to work together.

Much Love,

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New Product Review|| Trader Joe’s

 

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Hey Ya’ll it’s Lesley!!  So for the past month I have been using  Trader Joe’s hair products  because I wanted to try something different, and it has paid off. I have been using the Tea Tree Tingle and the Nourish Spa Balanced Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

So let me tell you a few things about them…

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Nourishing Spa Balanced Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

  • Both are enriched with Organic Botanicals ( its infused with plant material that helps with healthy hair production)
  • Balanced shampoo to clean and protect
  • Helps with re-moisturizing dry, brittle hair ( conditioner)
  • Adds moisture and the hair is more manageable
  • Cruelty Free (No Animal Testing Contains no harmful sulfates)

Once I used this product my hair felt soft, my curls were defined, I hardly had any frizz, and it cut my detangling time in half. The conditioner does have a silicone in it, but that’s a good thing for me because I have high porosity and it helps retain the moisture in my hair.

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Tea Tree Tingle

  • Contains Tea Tree Peppermint and Eucalyptus Botanicals
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • Contains no harmful Sulfates
  • Cleanses without stripping the hair too much
  • Cruelty Free

This product surprised me the most because I was using peppermint soap to clarify my hair and afterwards I would have to put so much moisture back in. It felt brittle when I was done, but after using the Tea Tree Tingle, it was soft and I still had life in my curls even though I clarified my hair.

These products have changed the way my hair has felt and the way my final styles look and it has been amazing. The price point for both of these products are affordable. You can purchase these items at you local Trade Joe’s or on Amazon in sets for under 20 dollars.

Much Love,

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Review: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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Hey Ya’ll! We have been using Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil line, these products are geared towards natural, chemically processed, color treated and heat styled hair. We decided to try the shampoo, leave-in and the treatment masque.

 

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JBCO Leave- In Conditioner:  The leave- in conditioner is amazing. It is light weight and it distributes throughout the hair evenly. We use it to detangle before our twist or braids. Our fingers/combs just glade right through with ease.

 

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JBCO Shampoo: This shampoo has apple cider vinegar in it which we like because ACV is a mainstay in our hair routine. This shampoo is clarifying but it left our hair soft. All of the dirt, debris and product was gone and our hair and scalp looked and felt clean.

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JBCO Treatment Masque: We love this! The consistency is thick and it coats the hair so well and a  little goes a long way.  Our hair tends to get dry and this helps combat that for us.

 

We honestly can’t say enough about these products… Shea Moisture did it again! Check out www.sheamoisture.com for more info! Have you tried JBCO from Shea Moisture? Let us know!

Much Love,

CurlsCurvesChic

ACV Rinse

 

 

ACV Rinse

 

What is an ACV rinse? Well its exactly what it sounds like, you rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar.I know that when you hear that you’re like…huh??? Well, this was the best hair decision that we have ever made since going natural. The ACV rinse is great for all hair.The hair and scalp oil (sebum) have a natural pH of 4.5 -5.5 because it prevents fungi and bacteria from  growing on the hair and scalp. When talking about pH it is the numeric scale to specify the acidity of basicity of an aqueous solution. This is a scale from 0 being more acidic to 14 being more basic (alkaline) and 7 is in the middle and it is neutral. So as you can see our hair is pretty acidic. So now that all the scientific stuff is out of the way, let’s get to how to do the ACV rinse….

First you have to make the vinegar water mixture, 1/4 cup of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar with the the Mother (1) 16 ounce bottle of water

* The vinegar smell is still present

Add this mixture to a spray bottle once that is done section your hair and apply the mixture to the scalp and massage with the pads of your fingers

* never use your nails because it can cause irritation

Spray the mixture on the hair shaft, make sure that you hair is saturated

Cover with a plastic bag for 5 minutes

Rinse your hair with warm water for about 2 minutes or until the water becomes clear

Use a deep conditioner to detangle your hair and wrap your hair in a plastic bag on for about 10 -15 minutes, then rinse

*We use Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Treatment Masque, but any moisturizing deep conditioner will work

Put on a leave-in conditioner and style your hair using your styling products and you’re finished.

* We use the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in conditioner

Here are some of the benefits of using the ACV rinse

•Soothes dry itchy scalp

•Balances the hair pH

•Seals the hair cuticle

*So if you have high porosity hair this will really work well for you because it seals in the moisture that your hair needs

•Encourages hair growth

•Natural detangler

•Adds shine; hair is softer

•Cleanses and clarifies your hair

•Prevents split ends and breakage

Once we were done  we saw an immediate results, our hair was so soft and our scalp was so clean. This is how the ACV rinse is done right, but there is a post about how not to do it and it will be linked below.I hope that you’ll try this on your hair and let us know how it worked for you.

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**** If you have relaxed/permed hair please don’t use this rinse. The chemicals in relaxers/perms doesn’t mix well with ACV****

Much Love,

CurlsCurvesChic

I Strayed Away from The Norm…

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Hey  Ya’ll! Last week was the week to wash my hair. I usually wash my hair once a week or once every two weeks, it just depends on how dirty it is. Well, I didn’t feel like doing the regular routine, and the results were not so good. I didn’t pre-poo nor did I deep condition and these two are very important to my routine. My hair is dry and  I am not a happy natural. At all.  This is why a hair routine/regimen is so important. Whatever your hair needs to thrive stick with it and if you are like me and get a little lazy wait until you have time and energy. Don’t be like me; unhappy with dry hair lol! My solution: I applied Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Transitioning  Milk along with the Elixir , detangle and flat twist my hair.  Here are some before and after pics!

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Much Love,

Erica D.

Hair Porosity

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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