Maintaining Healthy Natural Hair

A lot of women convey dissatisfaction with their hair’s health. Manipulation of the hair, whether through the constant application of heat or chemicals or the pull of extensions, leaves hair quite fragile and prone to dryness. Women who choose not to go completely au natural shouldn’t despair. Achieving healthy hair can be as simple as conditioning with moisture protein and, of course, keeping the hair ends protected.

Moisturize and condition hair regularly. Properly moisturizing your hair is the key for anyone to have healthy hair and is even more essential for women of color or those with curly hair! The bends and coils in curly hair usually make it hard for natural protective oil produced by the scalp to reach the hair strand. And as a result, this lack of moisture makes the hair dry, unmanageable and brittle. Homemade and commercial black hair care remedies, like shea butter, glycerin and other hair conditioners, may be used to ensure that the hair is saturated with the moisture it needs.

Strengthen your hair. Women often experience breakage that goes unnoticed. While breakage may be obvious and measured, it can be less conspicuous when the hair stalls at a certain length. Hair breakage is often attributed to the improper moisture protein content in hair strands. Protein provides a form of protective barrier to that hair that helps strengthen its strands. Women with tight curls, especially women of color, can maintain healthy hair by indulging in hair strengthening treatments, like eggs and other concentrated protein solutions, in their hair care routine.

Protect hair from the sun and other environmental pollutants. While healthy and strong hair can be achieved by strengthening and moisturizing treatments, all of the hard work can be thrown out of the window when it is not protected from the sun’s heat and other environmental elements. Improper brushing, chemicals, and even the heat of the sun can wreck havoc on the hair and will delay its month of progress. If you have shoulder length hair or something longer, it is best that you keep it off shoulders or this can result to split ends. Women who constantly use chemical applications or treatments, whether perms or hair relaxers, might want to stretch the duration between treatments or stop them entirely.

Trim once in a while. Women who want to keep their hair strong, healthy and vibrant need the ends trimmed every once in a while. Trimming the hair also gives you a new and fresh look.

Extra tips. Steam treatments provide deep conditioning of the hair and should be done together with light oil to seal the moisture inside the strands. The frequency of protein treatments may vary from one woman to another. Most hair experts recommend including light to intensive treatments every month or once every two months. For women who have natural, untreated hair, cassia or henna herbal paste may be used to make hair strands stronger and prevent damage.

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The Effects of Chlorine on Curly Hair

Huge amounts of chlorine are being used in swimming pools these days to eradicate fungus and bacteria, keeping the water clean for people who are using the pool. As far as the human hair is concerned, chlorine is a type of disinfectant added to the water to prevent infections and viruses from infecting one person to another. Hair is exposed to chlorine in swimming pools more than anywhere else. The hair’s chlorine exposure to other water sources is minimal and this gives swimming pools a notorious reputation on being bad on a person’s natural hair, whether it is straight or curly.Regular exposure to chlorinated pools can cause damage, frizz and trauma to your hair. In general, disinfectants break down oil, dirt and bacteria. The scalp’s defense mechanism to protect the hair from daily wear and damage is through natural oil production. Stripping the oil from the hair by swimming regularly in a chlorinated pool can cause drying, increased porosity and severe damage when left untreated.The Green Hair Effect
Chlorine bonds to hair strands, stripping the hair of the natural oils that naturally nourish and protect the hair. This can cause frizz, split ends and hair damage. Excessive chlorine exposure also damages hair follicles and increases risk for hair breakage. The chemical is also believed to cause green hair tints after swimming. This is actually not true. The odd green tint is actually caused by the iron, copper and other minerals added to spas and swimming pools. Afro hair is just as vulnerable as blond hair when it comes to chlorine exposure.
Anyone who regularly exposes their hair to chlorine-treated water is at high risk for damage but there are hair types which are more prone to damage. Chemically treated hair (relaxed or permed), colored hair, fine hair, and natural afro hair are at greater risk for damage.Preventing Hair Chlorine Damage

  • Saturate hair. Rinse hair with tap water before diving into the pool so that it absorbs less of the chlorinated water.
  • Don’t forget the swim cap. Using a swim cap can save your hair in the long run. Saturate your hair with clean water and apply leave-in conditioner before fitting the cap.
  • Shampoo all the way. Don’t forget to shampoo after every swimming session to remove traces of chlorine in your hair.
  • Moisturize. Make sure you replace all the protein and oil that chlorine removes from your hair. Use a detangler or intense conditioner, or oil to take away frizz and dryness from your hair.

If you are experiencing severe hair damage, make sure you seek professional help for treatment. Enjoy the summer and be sure to keep your right!
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Proper Application Of A relaxer

There are a few steps to adhere to before applying a relaxer, I will especially refer to Elasta QP and Dark & Lovely No lye relaxers brands, and here are a few steps to follow to get the most brilliant results for your hair.

  • Make sure that your scalp is in  good condition, your scalp should be healthy without excess dryness, dandruff , or without rashes . Also to avoid irritation do not wash or shampoo your hair forty eight hours prior to the time of application.
  • When ready to apply Dark & Lovely Relaxer or Elasta QP do a sensitivity test to determine if the chemical will react with your skin/scalp. The sensitivity test is done by applying either of the above chemicals on a few strands of hair at the nape, let it process fully, then rinse with the recommended neutralizing shampoo’s, apply the moisturizer and style as usual. If within twenty four hours there is a reaction on the scalp where the chemical was applied, do not use the product on your hair. Although Elasta QP or Dark & Lovely Relaxers rarely overreact when properly administered using these guidelines.
  • When ready to apply relaxer, apply pre relaxer lotion on previously relaxed hair to protect it from over processing.  Dark & Lovely and Elasta QP have got within their packages the lotion I am talking about, it is referred  to as “precare lotion”. Continue to apply precare gel on the scalp before continuing with relaxer application. The Elasta QP and Dark and Lovely also have kids relaxers- when using kid relaxers  more precautionary measures must be taken because of their sensitive and tender skin,  more care is warranted.
  • Using gloves, part your hair in four portions then start your application from the nape area coming towards the crown finishing with the front portion. Cover all hair evenly.
  • In application of the relaxer, you must apply very fast so the processing will be even all over the hair. After  complete application, start combing gently throughout hair until smooth. Careful to watch the clock, you do not want to over process! It takes between fifteen minutes to thirty minutes depending on the texture of different hair.
  • Once achieving the required result it’s time to rinse the chemical off hair, firstly use luke warm water to rinse off all chemicals from the hair, then  repeat the process using a neutralizing shampoo for Elasta QP or Dark & Lovely neutralizing shampoo respective of either brands you used. Apply 2-3 shampoos until the lather  turns white showing that all chemicals/relaxer has been rinsed off. Towel hair dry and apply your favourite leave in conditioner.  It’s now time to start styling your beautifully relaxed hair!

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