Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Understanding Sebum & Dandruff

At the roots of your hair, there are glands that secrete an oily substance called sebum. The amount of sebum these sebaceous glands produce determines whether your hair is naturally dry or oily. If you have fine hair, it means there are more strands of hair per square inch of your scalp and consequently a greater number of sebaceous glands underneath the scalp. This may cause your hair to be naturally oily. Sudden changes in the level of hormones in the body, during adolescence and pregnancy, can also stimulate excessive production of sebum and cause your hair to look and feel greasy.~homeremediesforyou.com
I grew up old school hearing and beliving the worst myth I could have ever been told.  Dirty hair makes my hair grow longer and faster.  Nothing could be further from the truth for me.  It wasnt until the birth of my last son in 2005 when I began experiencing severe hair thinning that I felt the need to research why and how it was happening to me.  In the beginning I contributed my hair loss to postpartum side affects.  By the second year however I knew it was much more than just postpartum side affects and opted to try and understand other causes of hair thinning.  As the diagram above shows, each of the three hair follicles should be producing 2-4 hair strands per follicle.  When sebum is allowed to build without properly being removed from frequent gentle hair washing thinning and even balding can occur. 

When I used to wear my hair straight all the time and the first 3-4 days my hair would be full of body.  As the days would pass my hair began to lose body and become stiff and  oily looking.  Understanding Sebum helped me see now why that used to happen to my free flowing flat irons over the course of a few days.  People with straight hair wash their hair more often because the sebum oil which is natural oil produced from the scalp or root of you hair, can run freely down the shaft.  Where as in kinkier textured hair like mine it can only go so far down each coil which further helps me understand the necessity for me to wash more often.  I dont want sebum building up on roots sufficating my hair follicles, this is why my hair was thinning.  It also explains why Ayuveda works so well on my hair and scalp as well.  It gently removes the sebum from my scalp without stipping my hair to the point of drying it out completely. 

Excessive sebum may form dandruff? (This is where I found this information) I was surprised to read this.  I always thought dandruff came from dry scalp. Most people I know who had dandruff would try to deal with this by not washing their hair with shampoo, or wash it less often, believing that washing worsens the problem. This is a myth (not true). Dandruff differs from a dry scalp in that it usually gets better when you shampoo more frequently (with the right shampoos).


Causes

Dandruff – is caused by several factors that  vary from person to person or in one person over a period of time. If you have a very oily scalp and have been exposed to a specific type of yeast or fungus the resultant infection can lead to dandruff.  Excessive sebum secreation may also be a factor.

Dry Scalp – is usually caused by an alternation in temperature or humidity. For instance, in the winter when the heat is turned on, your scalp is suddenly exposed to a drier environment and reacts by peeling and flaking.

Treatment 

For rinsing your hair, you may mix either the juice of two fresh lemons or two tablespoons of vinegar in four cups of distilled water. This cleans away excessive sebum from the scalp and the hair and makes hair look less greasy. Alternatively, you may also follow up shampooing with a rinse with apple cider vinegar or beer in order to absorb the excessive oil from your hair and make it feel lighter and grease-free.

HHG!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pura Body Naturals Review


A few weeks ago I responded to a post on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in being a product tester for a company called Pura Body Naturals.  Prior to applying to be a product tester I hadn't heard of Pura Body Naturals.  Nonetheless, after visiting the company website I was impressed with the natural ingredients in the products hair line and decided to apply to be a tester.  Shortly after submitting my application I  received a Tweet from the owner informing me I was one of the lucky applicants to be chosen to test a few products in the hair line.  I must say the owner of the company Santeyonne Powell was extremely professional in keeping me posted on the delivery date of the product samples which to me says much about her business etiquette and  ability to provide exceptional customer service should I decide to purchase from the website.  In this review I'll be showing step by step process of what my hair looked like before and after the products were applied to my hair.  My style of choice, dry twists, which I had never done on my hair before and was skeptical about how the results would be in comparison to my staple style of wet twists.  I wanted to do a dry style so I could really tell if the products would be able to moisturize my hair without the aid of additional water.


Hair Lotion #2,  Cupuacu Hair Butter, and MuruMuru Moisture Milk
(the container in the center is the hair butter)


The first product I used on my  pre washed and conditioned hair was the MuruMuru Hair Milk.  I've tried and liked a few other hair milks in the past and was pleasantly surprised to read the first ingredient was water.  Additional ingredients included muru muru buter, BTMS (conditioning emulsifier), castor bean oil, palm oil, avocado oil, chamomile extract, vitamin E, with paraben and formaldehyde free preservatives.  Smell and texture are the first components I use to assess whether or not a product will work for me. I loved the smell and for those who have tried Carols Daughter's Hair Milk it was similar accept with less of the lemon scent. This product may be used on wet or dry hair. 

The second product I applied was the Hair Lotion #2.  There were no ingrediant listings on this product nor was I able to find them on the Pura Body Natruals website.  The consistency was similar to that of the hair milk however, the hair lotion has a very light nutty scent to it.  Again this was non oily although Im sure it has some oils in the product.  This product may be used on wet or dry hair as well.

Similar to Shea butter, the Cupuacu Butter in my opinion is best used as a sealant.  Since the first two products are moisturizers I decided to apply the Cupuacu Butter last to help seal in the moisture.  Here are some of the benefits listed on the Pura Body Naturals website about the Cupuacu Butter: Comes from a fruit tree of the chocolate family, native to the northern Amazon.  Cupuacu promotes smoothness and softness to the hair increasing the natural moisture and elasticity.  The butter has proven to be beneficial for brittle, dry hair due to it's long lasting hydration properties to replenish moisture while promoting a healthy shine.  Cupuacu is considered hydrophollic (water loving) with a high capacity to retain water and prevent moisture loss.

After reading the wonderful information shown above I couldn't wait to use these products on my dry product free hair to see exactly how moisturized my hair would be....and here it is!


I started with clean conditioned product free hair and only using Garnier Fructis Leave-in.  I parted my hair into two halves and after detangling I twisted each half into large bantu knots to allow my hair to stretch while drying for the dry twist style I'd be wearing.


After about 8 hours I unraveled one of the large bantu knots and combed out with large tooth comb.  I section into 2 inch parts beginning with the back of my head.  Although leave in was applied my hair still looked dry with no curl formation.

 I saw a huge difference in the look and feel of my strands after applying just the hair milk alone.

Next, I applied the  Hair Lotion #2 to the same section of hair

...and sealed in both moisturizers with the Cupuacu Hair Butter


The consistency of the Pura Body Hair Butter was similar to Coconut Oil when its solid.  Easily melts just from body heat.

I repeated the hair milk, hair lotion, hair butter application twisting as I go until one side was completely twisted as shown above.

For the second half of my hair I decided not to twist as I go and instead to see how the products would look on my hair in an Afro worn out.  Again this section of my hair was completely dry and detangled. 


Untwisted bantu knot and combed out with large tooth comb

Divided this half into three sections to ensure product was applied from root to ends saturating my hair with all 3 products.

Instantly my curls begin to form.  My hair was not greasy or sticky after products were applied. 
After Pura Body Naturals was applied to entire  half section of my hair I  see moisturized well defined curls without any heavy greasy sticky feel to my strands.
Remember this was before any product was applied.

This close up shot shows how my strands were instantly moisturized giving it a healthy shine and restoring elasticity.


I twisted the second half of my hair which had already been saturated with all three products.  I applied a satin bonnet over my twists to sleep in.   When I woke up the next morning I was anxious to see how moist my twists would still be.  Just because I was going to be wearing a dry twist out style I certainly was not going to be happy sporting a dry looking twist out!  Once all my hair was untwisted I was left with a beautiful, moist, bouncy, shiny twist out! 






For this style I took the front bang and loosely pinned them behind my ears.  I only separated each twist twice to ensure the style would be able to last at least 3 days.  I really love the results of my dry twist out.   I wrote this blog post 2 days after these pics were taken and here is a photo of my 3rd day hair below. 


Now the purpose of me showing this photo is obviously not for the style (smiling).  As you can see however, my curls are still defined and I only reapplied the Muru Muru Hair Milk to my ends after removing my satin bonnet each morning.  These products undoubtedly retained more moisture in my hair than any other product I've tried in a very long time without the presence of water being added daily.  I recommend Pura Body Natural Products to anyone who wants to have moisturized beautiful natural or relaxed hair.  Also feel free to follow the blog for update product info to http://purabodynaturals.blogspot.com/




HHG!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tweak It! Building a Sound Regimen.

With so many options its hard for me to avoid becoming a Product Junkie.



One of the necessary parts I find in building a sound hair care regimen is knowing when, where and how often to tweak it.  By that  I mean knowing when to change or alter my regimen.  There are two instances I find it requires tweaking, when I learn new information about a hair care practice or style and when I use a new product that gives my desired result.  At this point I my focus is to reduce my staple products and simplify them down to which ones work the best in combination with being the most budget friendly.  I've learned higher prices do not nenecessarily equate better products. 

I divide my products into three categories.
  1. Cleansing~ I only use Dr Bronners Castille Soap.  I'm not tweaking this product unless I find another product that offers the same results for less money or better results within the same price range.
  2. Conditioning~ I currently use Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner.  I alternate with any Ayurveda line of conditioners, Amla, Brahmi, and Shikakai*(*can be used for cleansing as well).
  3. Styling-~ This is were it gets tweaked the most.  This is were I can get into PJ mode since there is such and abundance of product lines out now.  Since this one varies according to the style I'm wearing and my budget, just keepin it real, I will post the product used under the pictorial.

Now that my heat damaged ends are gone and the condition of my hair is improving, my hair goals have changed.  I find it important to keep updating my goals during my journey.  By doing so, I have a constant way of optimizing my hair health potential.  Even if I decided  to go shorter I can still make a goal for my hair like,  to have a short fro, shape just for my face, with healthy big coils.  This way my regimen will reflect my goals.  I will look for styling products which are directed towards achieving that particular look.  I feel this is better for me so I don't end up purchasing items I dont need thus becoming a PJ or "Product Junkie".  Another way to I avoid being a PJ is by purchasing in sample sizes. I can try a product free to very low cost and then determine without breaking my piggy bank if I want to add the product as a staple to my regimen. At the bottom of  Luv My Kynxx blog, I list links to products sites that offer sample or travel size packages.  Most prices vary from $4.00 to $25.00, higher prices being travel sets where you get multiple items.


HHG!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Water: A Natural Moisturizer



With the rise in natural hair care products being marketed now days, naturals have an abundance of options to choose from.  Shampoos, conditioners, leave- ins, pomades, hair milks, butters, and oils have become staples on the lists of many naturals.   I often see and read reviews on YouTube,  Facebook, blogs and natural hair forums I read about how great these products aid in moisture retention.  Mostly these various products were created to acheive the same result, added moisture into the hair.  At the end of the day however regardless of how many products are on the market there is no better way to get moisture back into your hair than good ole' H2O.

When I transitioned  in 1996, there were no forums or natural hair care websites or YouTube and if there were I knew nothing about them.  I simply followed a regimen that made sense for me.   I often wore my hair in wavy buns.  An example of my regimen would be washing it on Sunday with shampoo, not organic or sulfate free just regular shampoo like Panetene.  While still in the shower I would put Suave conditioner on my hair since it was the only conditioner at the time I knew of that would easily detangle my hair then I would lightly rinse leaving some conditioner in my hair, then towel dry.  Once out of the shower I would brush my hair back into a bun and apply the light brown Ecostyle gel to let the waves pop!  I did that from March when I cut my relaxed ends off for about a year.  By the end of the year my hair which was about 5-6 inches long was now past APL approaching BS.  My product line consisted of shampoo, conditioner and gel.  Three items which not one of them would be considered "natural".  My hair was never dry nor did it break off at the root or ends.  Looking back I know the reason my hair was able to flourish without all the expensive products that are readily available for me to purchase today....WATER. 

Water is one of those elements we often over look as a moisturizer for our hair.  However, when I sat back and thought about this the other day, how much my hair grew and how healthy it was back in 1997, how thick and deep my waves were and I didn't spend more than $10 a month on products.  Water is the reason my hair stayed moisturized.  No other product on the market then or now can make my hair look or feel the way it does when its freshly washed or co washed dripping with water.  My curls are defined.  Its easy to detangle and soft soft soft.  I know based on my own experience that water is the main staple required to grow my hair long and healthy.  Water can be a naturals best friend  and staple regardless of the texture.  Kinkier textured hair can really benefit from water because it will ease in the detangling process and correct dryness. The key to maximizing the benefit of water is by using water only or water based moisturizers.  You want to be sure you see water as one of the first 3 ingredients.  After you apply the water then follow up with an oil or butter.  Shea Butter and extra virgin olive oil are two of the most commonly used moisturizer sealants and can be purchased online or in most grocery or beauty supply stores.

Not just any kind of water is good for your hair.  I always take into account the type of water I use in my hair.  If your home has hard water you may want to invest in a water softener or purchase a Brita water filtration pitcher.  There are also products like Lush's Hard Water Shampoo Bar that aid in combating hard water issues.

Moving forward if my hair is not in a protective like cornrows Im going to wash/co-wash every other day or every two days.  This last two weeks I haven't worn any twists I've just been styling every other day. I dont wear buns anymore so Iopt for styles that I can do using bobby pins like updo shown below which suprisingly lasted 4 days.  When I look at my roots the first 5 inches are really thriving just like it did in 97' (it's been 5 months since I last straightened my hair).  Like the saying goes, if it aint broke dont fix it! Sometimes I just need to keep it basic...Im going to keep this in mind everytime I start feeling the need for a new product fix.








HHG!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Enlightening Journey's


1st of many...Journey to Luv My Kynxx


After posting my Youtube journal video, I was inspired to look at other journey videos.  Although I had seen many natural hair journeys in the past they were mostly the journeys of guru youtubians with thousands of views.  So I looked for videos with not many views and found them to be just as inspiring as ones more commonly viewed.  Not to mention I love to listen to the music people choose as their theme for their video.  Below are a few journey videos with less then 100 views (like mine), and others that I just liked period...they were all inspiring to me.






Sunday, October 10, 2010

Savvy Shampoos and Conditioning Concoctions from Home




There are so many benefits to caring for my hair naturally.  One of them was how it struck my interest in using homemade hair remedies to help increase my hairs health.  As a child my Mom regularly conditioned my crop with mayo and would sometimes use beer rinses to make my hair shine or for roller sets.  Now that I am heat free the concern for straight flat ironed hair thats bone straight and free flowing is no longer an issue.  Im able to  use oils and homemade usually wouldnt because have to worry about my flat iron being stiff or heavily weighted down.  Below are a few simple ones I found on Nappturality.com

 Honey Pre-Wash Treatment
Ingrediants:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
5 drops rosemary or lavender

You will also need:
a small cup
a ceramic or glass bowl
a small stainless steel spoon
a plastic shower cap
a hot towel

What to do:
In a cup sitting in hot water, warm olive oil and honey.  Stir in essential oil of choice and mix. Apply mixture while warm, messaging into scalp.  Cover with plastic cap and wrap hot towel.  Leave on 15 mins.  Severely damaged 30 mins.  Wash with sulfate free shampoo or co wash.  Enough for one application.


Herbal Rinse
Ingrediants:
1 cup fresh rosemary
2 cups boiling water

What to do:
Steep rosemary in boiling water for twenty minutes and let cool.  Gently pour liquid over hair and work in.
Do not Rinse. Style as usual.  Will bring out natural sheen and low lights of dark hair.


Olive & Jojoba Hot Oil Treatment
Ingrediants:
30ml olive oil
15ml jojoba oil
5ml sweet almond oil

What to do: Place all ingredients in a plastic blwol and place into a larger bowl of very hot water.  Once warm apply genorously to scalp.  Pour remainder on hair.  best when used on dry or almost dry hair.  cover with plastic cap or saran wrap for one hour.  To rinse, put shampoo directly on hair without adding water.  Lather, then rinse as normal and style.


Natural Shampoo Base
Ingrediants:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup castille soap
1/2 teaspoon olive oil

What to do:
Mix all together and place in shampoo bottle.  Makes 1/2 cup of concentrated shampoo.

Lavender Shampoo
Ingrediants:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fresh lavender
2 tablespoons of glycerin
1/2 cup of Natural Shampoo Base

What to do:
Mix water and lavender together into heavy bottom pot and bring to gentle boil for at least 20 mins.  Let cool slightly and add shampoo base and glycerin into herbal mixture.  Mix well.  Pour in container and let stand a few days to thicken. Use as you would your regular shampoo.

Avocado & Egg Conditioner
Ingrediants:
1 avocado
1 egg
1/4 cup of oil of choice
1 cup strong herbal tea (mix yarrow, marshmallow, horsetail, rosemary and nettle)

What to do:
Blend all ingrediants.  Shampoo with clarifying shampoo (like Dr. Bronners Castille Soap) then apply conditioner.  Cover hair with plastic cap or saran wrap with hot towel over.  do not let conditioner get too hot or you will have the annoying task of removing egg from your hair over the next few days following.  Let sit 20 minutes, rinse.  Follow with ACV rinse or lemon juice.


Close up of Avocado Honey conditioner on my hair

After Rinsing for 5 mins in cold water.

After rinsing the conditioner my hair was shiny and soft with tons of body.  I even flat ironed afterward and didnt have heavy stiff  hair.  Sometimes purchasing natural herbs and oils can be costly.  Click here to save by purchasing your ingrediants in bulk.  HHG!














Winter Head Wear Protectives



During this winter season I plan on adjusting my styling regimen that will help lengthen the amount of time I can go without restyling. I usually dont last longer than 10 days and thats if Im wearing cornrows, before I get anxious and want to take it down and try something different.  Slouch beanies, scarves and head wraps will  help increase the length of time Im able to be manipulation free and still look stylish.  Head wraps, beanies and scarves are great inexpensive ways to protect my hair from the harmful elements of winter weather drying. For instance, I found the Mossimo beanie shown in the photo above at Target for $4.98 on clearance! Material for scarves may also be a very inexpensive way to keep hair protected.  I've even gone to Jo-ann Fabric and Crafts and Walmart and purchased fabric $1.00 per yard.  Im looking to retain as much growth as I can within the next year.  Below are a few things I'll be using to help me get there.

Looking for head wraps this winter?  Check out some of the sites below!









When it comes to headwraps I prefer stretchy fabrics like gauze, polyester lycra blends and muslin.  Here  is a great place to look for inexpensive fabric online.


I don't like anything resting on my forehead so I opted to start the wrap where my hair line begins.


HHG!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Essentials



Essential oils* can play a very important role in taking care of our hair naturally.  You can mix them into shampoo, conditioners, or use them for hair conditioning benefits by themselves. 


*Due to the high potency of essential oils, they must be used in combination with a carrier oil. 


Olive Oil
Benefits: Extra virgin olive oil is rich in high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which is good for hair growth. Antioxidants are beneficial as they slow the ageing process. Both mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E are good for moisturizing, protecting and nourishing hair. Olive oil makes hair grow stronger. Olive oil has emollient properties, due to which olive oil for hair loss, is often recommended. Olive oil for hair care is great, for another reason. It helps in battling dandruff, which can be one of the reasons for hair loss. Olive oil is a carrier oil and my favorite of all...so far.

Coconut Oil
Benefits: For deep conditioning, coconut oil is best applied directly to your hair. You can do this either with liquid or solidified coconut oil. Apply this to your hair right after shampooing.  Coconut oil is also great for managing dandruff caused by fungi.  The components lauric acid, vitamin E, and capric acid in it keep the hair strong, nourished and protected from effects of ageing.. A regular application can help you get rid of dandruffs for ever. Coconut oil is light and smells wonderful.  It can also be used to style the hair as well.  Coconut oil is a carrier oil.

Jojoba
Benefits: If you have a dull and frizzy hair, you can get rid of them using jojoba oil. It serves both the purposes of hair oil as well as hair conditioners. After shampooing your hair, pour a few drops jojoba oil into the conditioner and apply it to your hair. Then, rinse your hair thoroughly and you will get a thick shiny hair. It also provides protection against dandruff and give strength to the roots of the hair. Thus, it can control hair fall to a great extent.  Jojoba oil is a carrier oil.

Avocado Oil
Benefits: Avocado Oil is rich in nutrients, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, this nutritional oil is excellent for enhancing hair health. It supplies vitamins A, B, D, and E to nourish both hair follicles and the scalp.  It has natural humectant properties, adding and locking in moisture. This oil will give hair a glossy shine and silky texture. The amino acids will promote the growth of new hair cells.  This is also a great oil if you need to tame frizz.  Avocado oil is a carrier oil.
Sweet Almond Oil
Benefits: Sweet Almond Oil is one of the most useful, practical, and commonly used oils.   Regular use causes the hair to have a natural shine. When used in combination with egg yolk, jojoba oil, and  lavender essential oil, it helps fight against hair loss. In Ancient Egypt, SAO was often used in combination with castor oil to improve the hairs texture and smell and also to cure baldness and increase growth.  Sweet Almond Oil is a carrier oil.

Evening Primrose Oil
Benefits: Evening primrose has essential fatty acids that not only prevent nails from cracking but also help to keep them strong and healthy.  To prevent hair fall  apply EPO daily on the scalp and if possible before going to bed at night so that the hair follicles get a lot of time to seep in the nourishment provided by the oil.  Evening Primrose is a carrier oil.

Rosemary
Benefits: Rosemary oil and rosemary teas are used extensively for hair care in shampoos and lotions. Regular use of rosemary oil helps in stimulating follicles, as a result of which, hair grow longer and stronger. It is also believed that rosemary oil slows down premature hair loss and graying of hair. Hence it is an excellent tonic for bald people. Rosemary essential oil is also beneficial for dry and flaky scalps. Regular message of scalp with rosemary oil nourishes the scalp and removes dandruff. Further, it is often mixed with tea tree oil and basi oil to treat scalp problems.

Lavender
Benefits: Lavender essential oil is used to treat a variety of conditions including alopecia (hair loss). It has been shown to promote the growth of hair and increase the rate of wound healing. In a study it was found that people suffering from alopecia who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair re-growth. Thus lavender or a combination of lavender and other essential oils were responsible for the beneficial effects.


Tea Tree
Benefits: Tea tree oil is one of the most versatile essential oils for hair growth when it comes to hair treatments. This oil moisturizes the hair and minimizes oil production of the scalp, preventing greasy looking hair and leaving the scalp clean and dandruff-free. A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to olive oil for a mild but effective weekly treatment to deal with dandruff problems.

Ylang-Lang

Benefits: Ylang-Lang stimulates the hair growth largely, stops early hair loss and also controls the sebum production and stimulates its effect.   It also helps retain moisture in hair roots and hair follicles. It prevents the dry skin and prevents over oily skin. It is often used to treat acne, Seborrhoea or Seborrhoeic Eczema.

Sage
Benefits:  Sage carries similar propeties found in Rosemary essential oil therefore it's commonly used for hair growth.  For those who do not wish to color their gray, it is a natural gray reducer, too.  It can be used in combination with others to balance scalp oils, and is found in blends for scar reduction and skin regeneration.  Warning: Do Not Use on Children or if Pregnant. 

Ingredients for gray eliminator spritz:
 1 teaspoon sage leaf 
1 teaspoon rosemary leaves
Add to 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain.
 Put the cooled liquid in a spray bottle and apply every day directly on the scalp and hair where the gray appears. Leave on for up to 10 minutes, then shampoo and style as normal. It will take a few weeks to restore the hairs to their normal color, but only takes one or two applications per week to maintain the results.

Clove
Benefits: Clove increases circulation, and is noted to be one of the best EO's for growth.  By mixing three parts eucalyptus oil with one part clove oil and rubbing into the scalp it's often used to prevent hair loss.  Clove oil is often combined with citronella oil to form one of the most effective natural mosquito repellents available.


*When making your own oil conditioning treatment use 4 tablespoons of carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil, and castor oil, avacado oil and grapeseed oil are all carrier oils suitable for hair care), per drop of essential oil.

To make a hot oil treatment, mix your oils and place them in a plastic container or bag. Place in hot tap water for one minute (finger test before you apply to your scalp).

After normal shampooing, coat your hair with the oil and let it set for 5 – 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then cool water. Repeat if your hair is severely damaged.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Winter Weaving Protective


My favorite time of year is here, Fall.  As Winter soon draws near  protective styling for naturals will be the go to doo's for the next 6-8 months.  Many women opt wearing sew in weaves for their protective style of choice.  Sew-in weaves are great for protective styling during Winter to prevent dryness and aid in growth retention.
Human hair can be purchased in 3b, 3c, and 4a textures.  Below is a photo of me wearing a Bohyme Brazilian Wave (aka Bro Braz) in 1B sewn in last fall worn for 2 months  and again in winter 2010 for another two months.  I'd grown a full inch of healthy hair when I took it down each time...and not one person ever asked me if it was a weave.  Not that I was trying to trick anyone however, I'm a firm believer in wearing weaves that look as natural as possible.  People shouldn't look and KNOW you are wearing a weave...at most they should look and wonder IF its a weave.




February 2010
I did these sew- in by myself by braiding my hair going straight back in about 10 braids.  The hair that was left hanging I divided into to two equal parts, crossed them and sewed them down low on my nape.  This way the bulge was covered by the weave hair and the top was flat creating a very natural fall and look.  Until today,  I never openly revealed this pic was of a weave...only because folk just assumed it was mine and no one ever asked...that's what I'm talkin' bout!



This is the package it comes in and the shortest length you can purchase is a very generous 14".  Which is cool if you want to rock the Diana Ross look but I cut mine once installed to a  length I felt comfortable with.  I paid $115.00 including shipping via eBay.com and only used one pack.  So for $115 I had a hair style lasting two months...that's a bargain.


There are several companies that sale kinky curly 3C/4A human hair.  Here is one I found looking at pics from a Fotki pal who had it installed in her hair.  The company is called All About My Hair.  You can view gallery pics of styles which really makes it easier to choose the texture you want.  Click here to view All About My Hair Remy Kinky Hair.

Another company that sales kinky curly hair is Nature Girl.  Usually this company sales out fast and when you see the hair you will know why...its absolutely gorgeous!  Click here to view Nature girl Kinky 3C Virgin hair.


This next company produces some of the most beautiful human hair I've ever seen.  Its called Real Hair Online Amsterdam.   The only thing is when you order products from them I highly suggest you do you have a currency converter so you know how much your credit card is being billed as the order form and website are in German ( I think its German). 
Click here to view RHO-Kinky Afro Hand tied Weave


I'm sure if time permits and I continue searching around I can find even more companies online that sale kinky curly weaving hair.  As a natural unless I'm doing a full head sew in, I will only use hair that matches my texture to avoid having to put heat on my hair to blend it with the weave hair.  


Quick Weave Protectives can be great ways to have zero manipulation to your hair because all of the hair is braided or gel'd down protected by plastic and a wig cap where the tracks are then glued to it instead of your scalp and hair.  I also like them because you can go from long to short hair without having to cut your real hair. Quick weaves are the only time I would ever find it acceptable to use hair glue for any reason. Glue will tear out your hair from the root.  Baby oil and other glue removers still do not stop the track from pulling on your hair roots when sliding them out.  The only way to ensure no hair loss is to protect your hair with plastic underneath the wig cap.  The photos below are of a quick weave I'd gone to the salon to have done back in March 08' on my almost mid back length hair..and again never was asked if it was my real hair!










Word of advice,  if you're going to a salon for your install  pay close attention to the amount of tension being used when tracks are being braided.  If the braids are unbearably tight, trust and believe your hair is not benefiting from it at all.  This is one of the main causes of certain types of  alopecia which in some cases may be irreversible.  Also, make sure you DC while wearing a sew-in.  The easiest way for me was to DC using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to my scalp and braids with a bottle that has an applicator tip like the ones used when applying color.  After its applied wait an hour or so and rinse with cold water.  Its that simple.  I could have worn my sew-in longer than 2 months.  I took it down because I got tired of the same look after having it for so long and I missed styling my real hair.


HHG!