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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Trimming Natural Hair

You may be wondering how cutting your hair can help with length retention, but this  is the best way to prevent damage.

Why: Damaged ends are usually split, keeping split ends usually results in damage to the rest of the hair shaft. By not trimming split ends you can ensure that your hair will split all the way up the hair shaft which leads to breakage.

How often should you trim: Some people trim their hair on a set schedule like every three to four months. However this may not be ideal for you because your hair may be healthy and there is no point in trimming healthy hair. I generally trim my hair when my ends look bushy and I can see the split ends, I also trim if my ends are breaking off.

How do you trim your hair: Well if you're uncomfortable with trimming you're own hair always seek out a professional. However some professionals tend to be scissor happy so make sure your familiar with the stylist or get a great recommendation. Also, make sure that the stylist knows how to work with natural hair.
If you do decide to trim your own hair be sure to use trimming shears that aren't dull. Do not use regular scissors, dull shears will damage your ends. Definitely trim your hair when it is stretched or straightened it makes thing  a lot easier and more even.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall 2012 Must Have Trend Peplum

Top Shop Peplum dress
Clutch and earrings Asos
Shoes Steve Madden
Blazer H&M

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fall 2012 Look of the day

Fall Trend Today's look
Sweater H & M
Jeans True Religion
Watch Michael Kors
Pair with your own accessory to make your own original look
fall 2012 fashion trends

Monday, October 8, 2012

Prevent Breakage in Six Easy Steps

 Your hair may seem like its not growing as fast as you want, but the number one killer of hair length is BREAKAGE. It's the evil nemesis of all naturals. So, here are a six steps to prevent breakage. These are the steps that have worked for me. 
STEP 1: Hair is made up of protein, so try to do a protein treatment every once in a while. I try to do one whenever my hair needs it. If your hair is overloaded with moisture it may be time to do a protein treatment. I can tell when my hair needs a protein treatment when it is limp and dull and breaks easily. However, be careful with protein , too much of it will cause dryness and brittleness which will lead to more breakage. I generally just make my own instead of buying a product loaded with harsh ingredients.
STEP 2: Make sure you cleanse your hair on a regular basis, to prevent buildup of products in your hair. Be sure to use a sulfate free shampoo because shampoos that contain harsh sulfates can cause dryness which leads to breakage. 
STEP 3: Condition your hair. It's ok to to do a quick condition after a wash, but I would recommend deep conditioning at least twice a month. I personally like to deep condition every time I wash and I wash my hair weekly. Conditioning your hair helps with moisture retention.

STEP 4: Use a Ph balanced leave in conditioner to close your cuticles after a wash. Closed cuticles mean less breakage. If you do not have a Ph balanced conditioner you can spray your hair with aloe vera juice.
STEP 5: Seal in the moisture by using castor oil, hair butter, or a mixture of your own oils.
STEP 6: Afros are fierce, yes we know, but try to wear low manipulation styles like up dos or mini twists every once in a while. The less manipulation, the less the likelihood that you will experience breakage due to styling. I'm currently wearing box braids, yes I fell victim to they hype. But I love them.
Hope this helps.