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KEEPING HAIR HEALTHY WHILE RELAXING
RELAXERS: What really does the most damage to relaxed hair is over-processing while applying the relaxer and the way one treats their hair post-relaxer. The hair typing chart is just as useful to women who wear relaxers as it is to women with natural hair. Therefore, if you understand the texture of your natural hair you'll have a better understanding of how often to relax your hair and various methods that you can use to stretch your hair in between touch ups. Getting relaxers too often and not giving your scalp and hair a chance to breathe will lead to your hair falling out because it is over-processed. Generally speaking, reapplying less than 3-4 weeks after your last touch-up will lead to over-processing. Also, there is absolutely no need for maximum/super strength relaxers, and you most certainly want to avoid lye relaxers.
While it is best to have your hair relaxed by a qualified professional, for some, the at-home applications are the only financial option. Try sticking to 'kiddie' perms and be patient when applying it to your hair. Make sure to work it properly and evenly throughout your hair for best results. Don't just throw an extra strength relaxer into your hair haphazardly, as it will over-process your locks and leave you with burnt clumps of hair. Do not forget about the neutralizing shampoo as well. A relaxer is highly alkaline on the pH balance scale, and neutralizing shampoo is so important because it neutralizes the disulfide bonds mentioned early, stopping them from processing your hair and leaving you with the straight result. Because neutralizing shampoos are acidic (to bring down the alkaline pH balance of relaxers) do NOT use them post washing out your relaxer, as they will overly dry your hair out.
Just as with any other hair texture, the bulk of the damage can be done by how we maintain our hair. Just because one has a relaxer does not mean that they can apply heat to their hair every day, forgo washing it and slather any old product into their hair. It's even more important for those with relaxers to mind the products that they put in their hair because they don't want it to further break down the bonds in the hair follicle. Using products that are highly acidic are counterproductive to maintaining a straight relaxer. It's best to try and maintain hair at a close to neutral pH balance (7 pH) as possible, starting with a good deep-conditioning process that you do regularly. Minimize the amount of brushing and direct heat that is applied to the hair. You already put a relaxer in, there is no need to flat iron it every day.
Finally, know that any high-alkaline product will cause your hair to straighten. Michelle Obama's very laid hair has been all the rage at the Democratic National Convention, as it gleams and flows in the spotlight. Word on the curb is that she uses a non-chemical relaxer called PhytoSpecific that contains the organic salt, guanidine carbonate, the same ingredient used in relaxers and Nair (hence why if you over-process your hair, it falls out). For women who are loosening their curls with 'Silkners' and texturizers it all comes down to the same process.
Virgin Brazilian Hair is 100% unprocessed hair that is collected in one cut from a single donor. The hair is tied in a ponytail before the cut and a full head gives 3 bundles of hair. When the hair is cut, the raw hair products is kept strictly in its tie throughout the steps to its end customer. The hair is carefully cleaned, brushed and sometime steamed to achieve a certain texture. The hair is collected from women in the South American region and the donor get paid for the hair donation. Sometimes hair suppliers use Mongolian hair since it has similar soft character. The hair is sold at hair auctions.
Virgin Brazilian Hair Characteristics
Since the hair has not gone through any chemical treatment, nor been colored, the Virgin Brazilian hair is 100% unprocessed and thereby has exceptional long durability. The term "virgin" indicated that the hair is untouched and is in its completely natural state, just like your own hair. The Virgin Brazilian hair is kept in its natural direction from root to end securing that the cuticles (keratin shells on the hair) is facing in the same direction as your own hair. Since the cuticles are intact and facing in the right direction, the hair does not tangle.
As the virgin brazilian hair is cut directly from the donor the hair has natural end tips that blends perfectly in and looks very natural. When you do an install or create a wig with the virgin brazilian hair you should always use bundles in staggered lengths. As far as possible you would strive to keep the natural tip-end and not cut the hair more than necessary. The hair feels very soft and silky, but still natural.
Virgin Brazilian hair lasts many years if you treat it nice using mild shampoo and conditioner. It is the hair type that is most used for sew in installs because it can be re used. Sew-In install needs to be adjusted every 8-12 week. The Virgin Brazilian hair is then re-installed.
Virgin Brazilian Color
The color of the virgin brazilian hair is the natural hair color from the donor. Therefore each bundle can vary slightly in color shade. Normally the color is 1B – OFF black, which is a black color with a brown shade. However the color could shade up to dark brow color 2 in the shades. This is normally not a problem. Even though an install can use different color shades you can color the hair into any color you like. Many choose to color the hair after it is installed so that it blends perfectly with the clients own hair.
Virgin Brazilian Hair lustre should be medium to low. You do not want the hair to be too shiny and fake looking, but the hair should look natural, just like your own hair. Odore / Smell of Virgin Brazilian Hair An important thing to check when buying Virgin Brazilian hair is the odore of the hair. The hair should not have any bad smell. If you are buying low quality hair you will notice a distinctive bad smell that unfortunately will not disappear even when you wash the hair
Protein should be replaced in regular intervals and after any chemical service even if your hair is not noticeably damaged. Hair can be severely damaged from chemical processing (perms, relaxers, color, bleaching, highlights, etc.) This is because these processes remove protein from the hair. If this part of your hair care regimen is overlooked, the results can be devastating.
How often should you use protein treatments?
Determining the appropriate intervals for applying protein treatments will heavily depend on the condition of your hair as well as your regular hair care practices. For damaged hair, protein treatments should be used 2-3 times a month. To keep your hair soft, moisturizing treatments should be used on alternating weeks or immediately following the protein treatment. For example, in the course of 6 weeks you could use a protein treatment on weeks 1,3, and 5. Then you would a moisturizing treatment alone on weeks 2, 4, and 6. For healthy hair, a protein treatment is probably only needed once monthly.
How should the treatment be applied?
There are two types of protein treatments that can be used. The first is the kind that will be washed out, and the second is a leave-in treatment. For wash-out protein treatments, they should be applied to towel dried hair and covered with a shower cap. Most of these treatments require 30 to 60 minutes to elapse before rinsing. You should refer to the directions of your specific treatment. Another way to do a protein treatment is to apply it to dry, unwashed hair. Leave the treatment in all day, then rinse out. Examples of protein treatments are Essentious Rejuvenate Strenthening Protein Treatment, Aphogee Protein Treatment, and Mizani Kerafuse. Follow your protein treatment with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. For leave-in treatments, you would follow your normal shampoo and conditioner with a leave-in protein treatment. This is not rinsed.
EXTENSIONS IN THE SUMMER
When wearing extensions, first thing is to invest in good hair. Although the quality of your extensions should always be top quality, in the summer this is particularly important. Cheap hair tends to mat and tangle very easily. Add extra sweat and hot temperatures and you're asking for trouble. Look for soft hair textures where the cuticles are aligned. This will do wonders and prevent major birds' nests from erupting.
You might also want to think about purchasing a wavy or curly texture in the summer. Not only are beach waves extremely sexy, but if your actual hair is curly, on those humid days, your weave will naturally curl and blend with your leave-out. Speaking of leave-outs (your actual hair that you leave out of your sew-in in order to blend with your extensions resulting in a more natural look), when installing your sew-in you should think about styles that prevent as little of your actual hair from being exposed as possible, especially if your hair does not naturally blend with your weave hair. There is nothing worse than having to constantly monitor your edges and leave-out throughout the day for fear your hair is not blending with your weave. Using a lot of heat to blend your hair is a no-no as well, so stick to an edge controller like Olive Oil's Edge Control. It'll work wonders.
Let's face it, you sweat more in the summer heat. To prevent heavy dirt and sweat build-up it's crucial to shampoo and condition your hair more frequently during these months. You do not want to neglect your hair at all, because now more than ever it needs to breathe. It's trapped under hair nets, thread and tracks, so please show your hair some love. Try not to keep your sew-in in as long as you typically leave it in your hair. You want to give your actual hair a full washing sooner than later. If you want to eliminate the itching and pain, this tip is most important. Finally, be sure to moisturize your braids and hair underneath your weave. Choose a horizontal braid pattern so that you can have easy access to your scalp. Spray on a little braid spray activator on your braids, and you're good to go. This will help eliminate the itching as well.
KEEP YOUR HAIR MOISTURIZED LONGER
The entrance of cooler weather into certain parts of the world can mean drier hair for many After finding a great conditioner and a good moisturizer, what more can you do to increase moisture retention? The following are four tips that have helped me – and will hopefully help you in your natural hair care journey:
Wash your hair regularly and sufficiently
The drenching of the hair with water (a natural moisturizer in and of itself) can replenish dry strands. Washing with a cleanser also removes dirt, pollution, and product buildup that may block moisture penetration. Even though we have historically been taught that regular washing leads to dry hair, it is more so the TYPE of shampoo that translates to moisture loss. Stick with gentle shampoos that leave your hair feeling clean but not stripped.
Mix glycerin and aloe vera gel with your sealant
Sealing the hair with an oil and/or butter helps to 'lock' in the moisture (i.e., water) from washing and conditioning. However, sometimes we need a little more beyond sealing. If you are a mixtress, try incorporating glycerin (a humectant), aloe vera gel (a moisturizer), and a little water into your sealant mixture for extra moisture retention. (Use the appropriate preservative, if necessary.) If you are not a mixtress, you may alternatively benefit from applying a heavy cream after sealing with an oil.
Choose the right material and weave for your bonnet
I work with polyester and silk regularly and have come to learn that there is such a thing as "good quality" polyester as well as "poor quality" silk. Not all polyester is bad for our natural hair, and not all silk is luxurious. Bonnets and scarves that are fabricated from polyester charmeuse (or, better known as "satin charmeuse") or silk charmeuse are generally good quality. Why is this? Well charmeuse is a type of weave that yields a softer-than-satin finish and a silk or polyester made with this weave may help with moisture retention better than any other weave.
Air-dry in medium twists or braids
Twists and braids force my hair to trap and better absorb the moisture in my strands. After a few days or more in twists or braids, I can wear a loose hairstyle that retains more moisture than had I worn the set for just one day. In my experience, protective styling is not just reserved for the mechanical protection of the ends. It has the added benefit of helping your ends absorb and retain moisture after a washing session. Medium or small twists work better for me then big or jumbo ones.