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Summer Styles and Hair Care Tips for Your Little Princess

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Most parents of young girls will tell you that it’s a tough battle between style, manageability and cleanliness when it comes to hair care these days for their daughters.  This time of year, most girls today are out there playing sports, riding bikes, swimming and getting dirty every bit as much as the boys are, but there’s one problem…dealing with their hair!

The summer months can take a toll on healthy hair…exposure to the sun and its damaging rays, heat and humidity, and chlorine and salt water can all lead to dry, damaged hair…and let’s not forget the sweat factor.  Yes, even the sweetest little princess gets sweaty these days, especially here in the south in the summer.  Most parents are looking for hair care tips to help deal with their daughter’s desire to be stylish versus maintenance of a nourishing and restorative hair care routine.  Here are some great summer styles and natural hair care products to help you care for your daughter’s hair this summer while remaining her friend!

Hair Care Tips for Damaged Summer Hair

If you’re noticing your daughter’s hair is looking dull, dry, frizzy and damaged, you’ll want to ensure you have the perfect healing ingredients in her natural hair care products.  Little girls want to feel special too, so you’ll want a hair care line specially formulated for her, with gentle, natural, moisturizing ingredients.  For shampoo day, you’ll want a gentle and nutritious shampoo that is free from sulfates, parabens, colorants and other harsh chemicals like our Sofn’free n’ pretty Olive & Sunflower Oil CombEasy Shampoo.  To add flexibility and strength to your daughter’s hair, look for natural, nourishing ingredients like olive oil and sunflower oil.  After shampooing, and rinsing, gently squeeze moisture out of your daughter’s hair with a T-shirt or microfiber cloth. Avoid terrycloth towels, as they can pull at hair, causing breakage.

Damaged hair needs a restorative repair treatment like our Sofn’freen’prettyShea Butter Damage Repair Treatment.  This restorative repair treatment strengthens, conditions and moisturizes hair and scalp while repairing damage and promoting healthy growth.  With natural ingredients like shea butter and omega 3 fatty acids, you can be sure your daughter is getting only the best in natural hair care.

Super Cute Summer Styles

Lots of parents choose protective styles for their daughters in the summer months.  Here are a few great styles to get you started.

Twists – Twists are so versatile, you can go big or small with your twists and you can wear them up or down.  Form bantu knots with your twists for another protective style that can also look great as a knot out.

Braids – Braids are super easy to install and maintain.  You can wear them up or down, go with big braids or small, from the scalp or pony tails, and don’t forget the French braid, and jumbo braid for an on-trend look.

Updos – There is quite a bit of variety here.  You can braid or cornrow up to the crown of your daughter’s head and top it off with a bun, spirals, braids or natural coils.  The sky’s the limit with this look and you can change up the top section to suit your daughter’s daily desires.

Hopefully these summer hair care tips will help you get your daughter’s hair back in shape this summer.  Our hair care line for little girls is affordable and available online for your convenience via this link.

Nourish Your Daughter’s Hair This Winter With These Hair Care Tips

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Brrrrr…the artic has not yet released its grip on us here in the South, regardless of what the groundhog said, and so many of us are looking for skin and hair care tips to help us survive the brutalities of winter weather. I know my hands are suffering with dry, cracked skin so you can imagine the toll this weather is taking on our daughters’ skin and hair. Typically, our kids are exposed to the elements more than we are as adults and in the winter months, dry hair and breakage can become a problem for our little girls. Here are some hair care tips to help you care for your daughter’s hair during these dry, brutal winter months.

Wash naturally

Washing frequently with harsh ingredients like sulfates can remove beneficial oils and strip our daughter’s hair of moisture. Washing frequency is of course, dependent on many variables, like our daughter’s cleanliness (hey, we all know girls like to play in the mud) activity level, and of course hair type. All of these play a role on how often we need to wash our daughter’s hair. When you do choose to wash, it’s important to wash with a gentle, natural shampoo that is free from sulfates and other harsh ingredients. Look for a gentle shampoo with nourishing ingredients like olive oil and sunflower oil, to strengthen and nourish hair, giving it increased flexibility and manageability.

Condition

Winter is a great time of year to get into a good conditioning routine with your daughter. Look for a conditioner like our Olive & Sunflower Oil Hair and Scalp Nourisher specially formulated for children, with a special blend of oils that help to strengthen and protect your daughter’s hair and scalp. To deep condition your daughter’s hair, detangle and apply conditioner to damp hair that has been sectioned. Apply a shower cap and allow conditioner to deeply penetrate her hair for 20-30 minutes while applying low, controlled heat, with a diffuser or hooded dryer. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt.

Protect during the day

If you’re looking for hair care tips to help with growth and length restoration, try a protective style for your little girl’s hair. Protective styles, as the name implies help to protect hair from the damage caused by daily manipulation. There are tons of great protective styles to choose from and Pinterest is a great resource to use for ideas. For hair care tips on protective styling, read our blog post “Protective Styling For Little Girl’s Hair.”

Protect while they sleep

Be sure to protect your little girl’s hair while she sleeps too. Wrapping her hair in a satin scarf or bonnet will protect her hair from the damage her cotton bedding can inflict while she sleeps. Alternatively, you can get her a satin pillowcase to sleep on. They are affordable and come in a variety of fun colors she can choose from.

With the right hair care tips in hand, you can help nourish your daughter’s hair the remainder of winter and start spring off with less damage and breakage.   These hair care tips and suggested products aren’t expensive or hard to find either…look for our great Sofnfreen’Pretty products online, specially formulated for little girls.

Benefits Of Nourishing Oils For Natural Hair

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Our friend the groundhog did us a favor on Groundhog Day when he informed us of our early spring! Just in the nick of time if you’re a curly girl battling winter dryness for your natural hair. If you’re looking to combat dryness and up your natural hair’s shine factor before spring, then you may want to look into the benefits of nourishing oils for your natural hair.

Nourishing oils can be great for preventing breakage, rebuilding and strengthening hair, preventing dryness, sealing in moisture, and giving your natural hair that brilliant shine that all curly girls want. Here’s the low down on a few of the best nourishing oils, and a few application ideas for curly girls like you.

Olive Oil – Olive oil has long been praised for its numerous health benefits and is a staple in most kitchens, but olive oil is great to put on your hair as well. Olive oil is great to use in the dry winter months to combat breakage and split ends that tend to plague us in the winter. Olive oil is rich in Vitamins A and E and contains antioxidants so in addition to sealing in moisture, promoting shine and manageability, olive oil can promote the overall health of your natural hair, decrease breakage and help to combat a flaky scalp.1

Moroccan Argan OilMoroccan Argan Oil, as the name implies is derived from the seeds extracted from Argan nuts, grown only in southwestern Morocco. These Argan nuts are harvested by locals, or goats (that’s another story) and the oils are extracted by a labor intensive process, making Argan oil scarce, and expensive.If your natural hair appears dull, dry and lifeless, Argan Oil might be just the answer you’ve been looking for. Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, so it’s great for rebuilding, strengthening and protecting hair while promoting manageability and brilliant shine.

How To Use Oils

Pre-poo

If your hair is fine or wavy, you may find that oils simply weigh your hair down or give it a greasy appearance. If this is the case, then you might try using oils as a pre-poo. If you use oils for your pre-poo, do your hair a favor and allow the oils to penetrate by leaving them on your hair, up in a cap for 30 minutes prior to washing. This is also a great method of delivering oils to your scalp if your scalp is dry or flaky.

Add oil to damp hair

Add a little oil to your leave-in conditioner after you dry your hair with a microfiber towel. Put a few drops of oil in your hands and rub together vigorously to warm. Apply oil to your hair’s most dry areas, typically mid-shaft to ends.  Using an oil treatment like our Argan& Olive Oil treatment can provide curly girls the great shine factor they want, and the protection and strengthening they need with its nourishing combination of ingredients like olive oil, argan oil and omega 3.

So there you have it! If you’re looking for natural oils to improve your natural hair this winter, look no further. Give these natural oils a try, and you’ll be rockin’ your shiny, healthy, manageable locks out on the patio this spring.

  1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/87040-benefits-olive-oil-hair/

 

Winter Survival Hair Care Tips For Curly Girls

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So, you’ve made it through the holidays, and for those of us here in the South, we’ve avoided “Snowpocalypse 2016” thus far, but still, we find winter wreaking havoc on our hair and skin. It’s tough to maintain moisture in our homes this time of year, and our skin and hair are suffering the consequences. If you’re a curly girl trying to survive the winter months with your shiny, bouncy locks intact, try some of these hair care tips.

5 Hair Care Tips To Help Curly Girls Survive Winter

Shower Sparingly – We’ve mentioned in our previous blog post that long hot showers can rob you skin of moisture, and frequent washing can do the same for your curly hair. Of course frequency of hair washing is personal preference, but typically curly girls can go without washing longer than their straight-haired friends, and most everyone’shair can go longer between washes in the winter months. Your best hair care tip – choose a moisturizing shampoo that is free of sulfates, which can strip hair of its natural oils.

Add Shine By Moisturizing and Conditioning – Winter is a great time to use a deep conditionerto restore your hair’s soft, healthy, shiny appearance. In addition to conditioners, you can use nourishing oils like Moroccan Argan oil, and olive oil to add luster and shine to your hair. Spritzing hair with a combination of water and nourishing oils between washes is a great idea to rejuvenate your curls.

Towel Matters – Yep, we all know that good old cotton-loop, terry-cloth towel, right? How many of you still rub your hair dry with one of those? I hope not many! These rough, cotton-loop towels are harsh on hair, causing breakage and hair loss. Go ahead and wrap your body in these towels, but use a gentle microfiber towel or cotton T-shirt to dry your hair instead. Ideally, you should gently blot and squeeze your hair instead of rubbing or wringing.

Ditch The Brush And Heat–Detangle your hair in the shower after you apply your conditioner and rinse after. This will help cut down on any tangles you might have after squeeze drying your hair. After drying, use a wide-tooth comb rather than a brush. Whenever possible, avoid heat drying and heat styling your hair. Finger dry or section and set your curls and allow them to dry naturally for the least amount of damage.

Keep Up With Your Nutrition -Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits, leafy greens, lean proteins and of course, good old H2O is really important all year long. Eating a well-balanced diet, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help you maintain healthy hair. Incorporating Omega 3 Fatty Acids and antioxidants can benefit both your hair and skin, and both have benefits for your entire body! For some great nutrition tips on what to eat to help your hair, read our recent blog post, Feed Your Body And Feed Your Hair.

Try some of these hair care tips and see if they help you avoid the winter hair woes. Cutting back on washing, focusing on moisturizing and conditioning, ditching the heat, towel and the brush and maintaining a healthy diet will all help you rock your healthy curls all the way through winter!

It’s A New Year Curly Girls – What Are You Doing to Repair Your Damaged Hair?

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It’s a New Year, and as women, we’ve all got lots of resolutions on how to improve our lives and ourselves. From diet to exercise, many of us resolve to improve our overall health, but what about improving the health of our naturally curly hair. Are you a curly girl looking for remedies to repair damaged hair in the New Year? Many of us should be but simply do not know where to start, or think we just don’t have the time. Luckily, there are lots of treatments available to repair damaged hair and many things you can do to promote healthy hair.

How do we get damaged hair in the first place? Well, in our everyday lives we tend to do things that damage our hair. How many of these things do you do to your hair on a regular basis?

  • Manipulate hair by pulling, tugging, twisting
  • Style hair with styling products
  • Heat hair with heating elements like hair dryers and hot irons
  • Chemically alter hair with colorants or relaxers
  • Expose hair to sun and chlorine
  • Wash hair with harsh sulfates

All of these habits can damage our hair, causing it to lose elasticity, become dull, dry, brittle and more prone to breakage and frizz. If you’re noticing signs of hair damage and would like to restore luster to your locks in the New Year, there are lots of nourishing ingredients you can look for to help you repair damaged hair and restore that healthy shine.

Nourishing Oils

Hopefully, as a curly girl, you’re aware of the power of nourishing oils for you hair. Beneficial oils like olive oil and Omega 3s are great for your hair both as a topical treatment and added to your diet. If you’re looking for what to add to your diet to help promote healthy hair, check out our recent blog post. If you’re looking to treat your naturally curly hair with beneficial oils, look for ingredients like Argan Oil and Olive Oil to strengthen, protect and add brilliant shine and Omega 3 to rebuild and protect your locks.

Sulfate-Free Shampoos/Co-Wash

Curly girls don’t have to wash quite as frequently as others, and the choice of frequency is up to you, but on wash day, be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo or co-wash with natural ingredients that won’t rob your hair of moisture and strip your hair of natural oils.

Deep Condition

Deep Conditioning doesn’t have to be an expensive salon treatment. You can deep condition your hair right at home, and the restorative benefits of deep conditioners are amazing. First, look for a deep conditioner that has natural, restorative ingredients like milk protein, olive oil and essential fatty acids like omega 3. Apply your deep conditioner from the ends, up and plan to leave it on hair, preferably under a hooded dryer or in a warm environment, for 20-30 minutes.

So if you’re looking to repair damaged hair and restore shine to your naturally curly hair, try adding some of these restorative products to your hair care routine.Nourishing oils, sulfate-free shampoos or co-washes, and deep conditioners can help repair damaged hair and restore your hair to a healthy state, giving you that soft, healthy, shiny look you want in 2016.

Rock Your Style In 2016 With These Natural Hair Care Styling Products

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It’s a new year, so are you a curly girl, ready to rock your style and change up your look with your natural hair care routine? If you’re a curly girl with healthy hair, all you need is a little moisture and control in your life to change up your style any way you like and create a look as individual as you are. Here are some natural styling products you can add to your natural hair care routine to rock your style in 2016.

Add Shine And Moisture

Spray On Moisturizers – Spray on moisturizers can give you instant shine on the go! Dull lifeless locks come to life in minutes with an all-natural Curl Wake Up Spray

Nourishing Oils – There’s nothing quite like natural oils to nourish, strengthen and protect natural hair while giving you that gorgeous shine you want from your natural hair care products. Look for products that contain natural oils with benefits, like these:

  • Moroccan Argan Oil – Contains Vitamin E to restore, hydrate and silken natural hair.
  • Olive Oil – Italian olive oil is rich in antioxidants and can nourish both the scalp and hair. It also adds shine and helps to repair dull, dry, damaged hair.
  • Omega 3 – Derived from the SachaInchi from the rainforests of Peru, this nourishing oil rebuilds, strengthens and protects hair from within, helping you get those shiny, luscious locks you want from you natural hair care products.

Add Control

Looking for a little control in your life…at least for your curly hair? Forming and maintaining beautifully shiny twists, knots and braids doesn’t have to be a pain in your little finger. A great product like Mold & Hold will help you form and hold your twists, locks and braids with honest, all natural ingredients and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, colorants, or phthalates.

Curl Sealer – If it’s shine and moisture you want in your natural hair care products, look for a moisturizing curl sealer.   Curl sealers can seal in moisture for natural hair, add shine, reduce frizz, and promote longer-lasting curl definition. If you want to have a head full of radiant, shiny curls in the New Year, look for a curl sealer like this one that has all natural ingredients and none of the bad ones!

Pudding – Look for a styling pudding to give you versatility and control while maintaining your softness. By adding a pudding to your natural hair care routine, you can define your curls, elongate your waves, and enhance your coils, all without that undesirable hardness or crunch. Look for a pudding product like Nothing But Pure Pudding that is all natural and doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil, sulfates or parabens.

So if you’re a curly girl wanting to shake up your style in 2016, consider adding some control and shine into your natural hair care routine. Puddings, sealers, sprays and oils can help give your natural hair that soft, healthy, shiny look you want with the manageability you desire.

Your Daughter’s Hair Care Routine – Can It Be Both Easy and Stylish?

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Your Daughter’s Hair Care Routine – Can It Be Both Easy and Stylish?

Who doesn’t love an adorable little girl all dressed up for a special occasion in her best dress and her hair styled just right? The one doing the hair care, that’s who! Just kidding, but as busy parents, we all know that it can be difficult to manage the hair care routine for our little girls on top of their already busy schedule of activities (not to mention ours!) Wash day can take forever, and all that product, heat styling and manipulation can damage hair. We all want our little girls to look good, but we don’t necessarily want to spend hours upon hours on their hair care. We need easy styles that look good and make our little girl feel like a princess. Where do we start?

Washing and conditioning are recommended on about a weekly basis. In a nutshell, you need to detangle with a nourishing detangler to create slip between strands, wash with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo, and condition your daughter’s hair weekly. We’ve got a great, detailed blog post on washing and detangling your child’s hair so click here for more in depth instructions.

Of course, there are so many options for styling your daughter’s hair. If you want to go with a protective style, there are lots of options that can help you keep your daughter’s hair free from manipulation all week long.

Cornrows are always a mainstay, and you can spice them up with patterns or combination looks like cornrows leading into twists. Avoid the urge cave to the “Mom, PLEASE” when it comes to adding beads and accessories to your daughter’s style, as these can cause breakage and damage.

  • Box Braids are very on trend for girls and women alike. Box braids can be a great option for protecting your little girl’s hair through the dry, winter months. Once you’ve got the box braids in, they can be styled in virtually any way…ponies, larger braids, buns, updos…the possibilities are endless. If your little girl wants a pop of color, add some colored braid extensions. You can get lots of inspiration from Pinterest and get your little girl involved for some fun bonding time.
  • So many twists, so little time! Twists are both versatile and stylish for your little girl. Single twists, double twists, Senegalese, Havana or Marley…no matter which look your little girl decides to rock, she’ll be fashion forward in twists. Seal the ends with a small amount of oil to help maintain the twists and when you are ready to remove, use natural hair care products like pure pudding to give your daughter a nice twist out style.

You can leave in a protective style for several days, up to a week, but protective styles should be cared for with a weekly wash or co-wash and as a final treat, mist your daughter’s hair with Olive and Sunflower Leave In to increase manageability and shine! Have your daughter sleep on a satin pillowcase or in a scarf at night to help maintain the style and prevent pulling and tugging.

Hair care routines for our daughters don’t have to be so difficult! Try some of these looks to keep you daughter looking great and feeling fashionable every day!

Treat Your Healthy Hair With These Top Hairstyles for Fall/Winter 2015

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Fall is most definitely here in Atlanta and it’s time you start thinking about how you’re going to maintain and show off your healthy hair during the drier months. Fall and winter’s lack of humidity can cause a moisture retention problem for women, so get yourself prepared for the upcoming seasons with the latest styles and have on hand the moisturizing products to help maintain your healthy hair. There are about as many hairstyles trending today as there are hair types, so whether you are long, short, relaxed or natural, here are some top hairstyles for fall and winter to keep you looking fabulous and on trend.

New York Fashion Week had designers showing off models with…you guessed it: Natural Hair! The natural hair trend is headed full force into 2016. New York Fashion Week showed super short natural looks, like the look model Maria Borges sported, long natural looks, and about everything in between. Clearly, if you are considering the big chop to transition, you are not too late, as naturalistas will continue to be in fashion well into 2016.

Short Looks

Celebrities like Rihanna, and Halle Berry have rocked short styles in 2015. The spiky pixie cut looks adorable and is best suited for highly textured hair types. Short boy cuts, textured pixies and short looks with long fringe towards the face or sweeping bangs are also popular short looks that can be seen on the runway. The bob is popular and can be worn short or longer shoulder length.

Long Looks

Of course natural hair is in, whether long or short, but Solange Knowles impresses us with her natural hair parted in the middle. Center parts are a big look this year for both natural hair and weaves. Twist outs and loose curls are also trending this fall and feel free to experiment with ombre, bold colors or varying shades of ash as highlights to make your long tresses stand out.

Protective Styles

Of course, protective styles are a mainstay for those wanting to maintain healthy hair and look stylish throughout the year. From busy executives, to glamorous celebrities, women are seen everywhere rocking stunning protective styles. Although they are know to be low-maintenance, protective styles do require some care. Read more on caring for your protective style Here. To keep your protective style fashion forward, check some of the trending protective styles:

  • Box Braids – Box braids have made a comeback as of late. They can be worn long or short and can be styled so many different ways. Box braids are a great protective style to help maintain healthy hair through the drier months. Experiment with box braids by putting them up in a high or low bun, side or back pony, combining them into larger braids or twists…the possibilities are endless.
  • Twists – Senegalese twists and havana twists are achieved by similar methods, but vary in thickness of the twist and texture of the twisted hair. These twists are all hot and on-trend looks in and of themselves, and they can also be styled into many fashionable looks just like box braids. Check out our recent blog post on how to rock protective styles.

We hope you’ll be inspired to check out some of these trending looks for your healthy hair this fall and winter.

Protective Styles 101 For Healthy Hair – Who Why How

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Protective styles are characterized by closed or tucked ends,allowing for the oldest part of the hair to be protected from daily manipulation in an effort to promote healthy hair. Some women wear protective styles to give their hair a rest, especially in the south during the summer months of high humidity. Protective styles are a great way to maintain healthy hair well as fight humidity with style.

Protective styles are also a mainstay for busy professionals who want freedom from everyday styling while still maintaining a signature style. Angela Basset comes to mind along with Susan Taylor, both high-profile female executives who wear protective styles really well.  On the celebrity front, who can forget Nicole Ari Parker, Jill Scot and the most stunning Alicia Keys all wearing glamorous protective styles on the red carpet or, the most iconic Ledisi singing “Precious Lord Take My Hand” for an Academy Award.   You too can wear these and other protective styles for healthy hair if you just have a little knowledge up front.

First Steps

Preparing your scalp is important, since protective styles like braids and twist tend to put a little pressure on the scalp. It is a good idea to to Pre Poo with a nourishing product likeThree Layer Oil. Let the oil soothe and relax your scalp, and then cleanse the hair with sulfate-free shampoo. After cleansing with clarifying shampoo, follow up with moisturizing shampoo to make sure scalp and hair are both clean and ready.   Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner will nourish every strand and allow conditioning to penetrate the strand. Make sure to use a few drops of oil to seal strands before applying setting lotion or gel.

Braids

Braids are always a popular and timeless choice for protective styles. There are many, many versions of braids, so the sky’s the limit here! Let your imagination go wild, or just take a quick look at Pinterest for inspiration for various braided looks from cute to elegant.

Bun or Mini Buns

If you have enough length to pull hair back into a high ponytail, you can create en elegant bun. Simply apply gel to hair and pull it up into a high ponytail and secure it with a satin tie, or cloth-coveredscrunchie. Never use a rubber band as they are damaging to the hair strand and can defeat the protection you are trying to provide.

Gently spread the ponytail out and begin to shape it into a bun. Tuck the ends under the bun and secure with bobby pins. If you do not have enough length, you can pull hair back with a lined headband and form mini buns in sections, securing each section end with a bobby pin. Make sure the pins are rubber tipped so as not to injure scalp.

Single Twists

Single twists can be accomplished by dividing hair into sections, then each section into smaller twist-size sections. Apply a small amount of styling gel from the root to the tip. Start at the root with a twisting motion, with one or both hands curl strand working your way down to the tip, eventually wrapping around your finger until hair forms a tight coil. Continue completing sections.

Two-Strand Twists

Two-strand twists begin the same way as single twists, but after one smaller section is twisted, you take the adjoining section, twist it in the same fashion, then twist those two individual sections together. Applying a small amount oil to the ends will help keep them sealed up. Two-strand twists can be small or large in size, but like single twists, the smaller the sections, the longer the twist will stay intact. Use Curl Sealer and Pure Pudding to produce soft twist outs.

Havana Twist

These chunky twists are all the rage with celebs.We saw them first on Janet Jackson, then Brandi rocked them. Tracy Ellis Ross glams with her Havana Twist, and Carla Hall ignites daily television when she cooks with her Havana Twist on The Chew. So if you want to trya Havana Twist or the Dutch Version, prepare your hair like you would normally for a protective style. After you apply leave in, add a touch of oil to seal the cuticle. Now it’s time for Styling Dredz with Tea Tree Oil. You’ll notice hair and scalp will be happy with flexible hold, and you will be too, with your healthy hair’s high shine. If you goal was for your healthy hair to be all protected, you’re there…your hair couldn’t be safer if it were in Witness Protection!

Caring For Your Protective Style

Protective styles are low maintenance, not maintenance free.Be sure you keep your protective style in satin wrap cap or tie a silk or satin scarf to hold everything in place. Further protect hair and skin with a satin pillow cover. There are a number of sleeping aids that elevate the head at night to help keep your hair protected longer.  The better you care for your protective style, the longer it will last. No matter the style you choose, you must keep your scalp and protective style clean and moisturized in order to maintain healthy hair.Check out our recent blog post on caring for your protective style for in-depth instructions.

Hopefully these basic protective styles will inspire you try out a few new looks this fall in your quest for healthy hair.

3 Great Hair Care Tips For Washing And Detangling Your Child’s Hair

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It seems everyone has their own set of hair care tips and recommendations when it comes to taking care of their little girl’s hair. Probably because it can be a daunting task that can make a grown man crynot to mention his adorable daughter! It’s important to find a hair care routine that works for you and your precious daughter while minimizing discomfort and the stress it can cause her and you. Fortunately, there are great products that don’t cost a fortune and a few easy hair care tips you can incorporate into your routine to make this less stressful for everyone.

Detangling

Detangling can be the worst part of anyone’s day. Try to not think of it that way, but instead go into it with a “spa day” type attitude and convey that to your little girl. It’s her day to shine and have her hair look its healthy best! Experts recommend dividing hair into sections and applying products that will create slip between those strands. Spray a light mist of a gentle detangler, likethis one with natural ingredients like olive and sunflower oil. Manipulate the detangler into the strands from mid-strand out to the ends. Using a wide-tooth comb, start at the ends and work down the hair strand to the scalp, separating any strands that are tangling. Finally, comb from scalp to ends and repeat in each section.

Washing

Generally speaking, a weekly wash is recommended in order to keep scalp clean and remove oil, sweat and product build up.Concentrating on the scalp, and out to mid strand, apply a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo(that won’t rob your little girl’s hair of essential oils and moisture.) Next, gently shampoo the remainder of the strand without too much mushing of the ends. Rinse well and repeat if necessary using half as much shampoo. Be sure to rinse well so that shampoo is left behind on hair and scalp. Not rinsing well can cause dullness to hair and flaking on the scalp.

Conditioning

When you are finished with a thorough rinse, you are ready to condition. Wrap your little girl’s hair in a micro fiber towel to prevent hair splits and torn ends. Gently squeeze the towel and the water will flow into the towel but moisture will remain in the hair. This technique will ensure your daughter’s hair retains a smooth cuticle.

Divide hair into sections again and apply conditioner starting 1 inch from the scalp. Using your hands apply down to 1 inch from ends, and use your wide tooth comb to  comb conditioner through the same way you detangled. Notice how the ends and the scalp have gotten condition without direct application. To ensure best penetration, cover with a plastic conditioning cap and wait for the allotted time. Remove cap, Rinse well until hair is free of conditioner and the water is clear.

Again wrap your daughter’s hair in the microfiber towel and squeeze gently, allowing the water to come out and the moisture to stay in. Do not rub the towel on her hair as this can cause longitudinal tears and splits that make frizzy hair.

As a final treat, mist your baby girls’ hair with Olive and Sunflower Leave In to increase manageability and shine!

Hopefully these great hair care tips and recommendations help you develop a consistent hair care routine that works for both you and your little princess!

Feed Your Body and Feed Your Hair With These Hair Growth Remedies

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Have you looked at down at your shower drain, brush or comb lately and what you saw there caused you to look for hair growth remedies? Hair loss can be concerning for both men and women, and can be frightening and unsightly. Women especially consider their hair to be a big part of their overall appearance. Nobody wants to suffer from hair loss, but if you are looking for hair growth remedies, we have two great sets of tips for you…feed your body and feed your hair with these great nutrients!

Feed Your Body

Protein – Since hair is made of mostly protein, it makes sense that you have to have a good amount of protein in your diet to grow new hair and prevent hair loss. Look for lean sources of protein like fish, chicken and pork to up your protein intake without increasing fat consumption.

Zinc – According to research from Columbia University Health Services, if you don’t have enough zinc in your diet you can suffer from hair loss.1   Look for foods from animal sources, including seafood and poultry.

B vitamins, including vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) are crucial to the health of skin, hair and eyes. You can add B vitamins to your diet with multivitamins or look for foods rich in vitamin B5, including animal proteins, and avocados, legumes, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, corn and brewer’s yeast. 2

Omega 3 fatty acids have long been hailed as healthy fats that are good for the heart and lowering your risk for heart disease. Omega 3s are also great for the health of your hair, promoting growth, elasticity, strength and shine. Look for omega 3 fatty acids in capsule form, fortified cereals, juices, dairy products and naturally in many fish, including fresh tuna, salmon and halibut. Here is a great Omega-3 fatty acid shopping list from WebMD. (source www.webmd.com)

Vitamin A &Vitamin C – Both vitamin A and vitamin C are essential for the health of your hair. Vitamin A contains antioxidants and helps to strengthen hair to prevent breakage. Look for Vitamin A in dark leafy greens, carrots, fish and tropical fruits. To help grow hair, make sure you have enough vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits, including citrus fruits, watermelon, cantaloupe and mango.

Iron – if you are iron deficient, you may have noticed increased hair loss. Good sources of iron include shellfish, beef (especially liver) soybeans, lentils, and iron-fortified cereal.

Feed Your Hair

Milk Protein & Olive Oil – Help strengthen hair, restore shine and promote growth with nutrients found in olive oil and milk protein.

Omega 3 and Argan Oil – Omega 3 from the Sacha Inch nut from Peru and Argan Oil are a great combination to help provide brilliant shine while rebuilding, strengthening and protecting hair from within.

Protein-based deep conditioner – Using a protein-based deep conditioning treatment can help nourish your scalp, stop breakage and promote growth.

Hair loss can be concerning, but if you incorporate these hair growth remedies into your routine, you’ll be well on your way to healthier locks.

How to Encourage Length Retention

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Are you trying to grow your hair and feel like it’s going nowhere, literally? Growing African American hair is definitely a test of patience and requires a routine of healthy hair maintenance. Don’t worry if your hair is relaxed or natural, they both grow, and they both grow in the same way. Some people say that genetics play a part in how long your hair will grow but it really boils down to how well you take care of your hair in how long it will grow. We have listed some hair growth remedies that will get your hair growing in no time.

You are What you Eat

You’ve probably heard the saying that you are what you eat. This is just as true when you are growing your hair. It’s important that you eat lots of fruit and vegetables and drink lots of water to encourage hair growth. How you take care of the inside of your body is just as important as the outside. Regular exercise also promotes hair growth as it increases blood circulation which also encourages hair growth.

Shampoo and Condition

A good first step in your pursuit of long hair is to get into a good wash routine. Find a moisture rich shampoo and a leave-in conditioner. The washing stimulates the scalp and removes build-up so the scalp can breathe, promoting hair growth. Don’t be afraid of washing either. Wash it once a week to keep it really clean. Also use a deep conditioner once a month. Well conditioned hair retains more length.

Moisturize

We talk about moisturizing all the time in our blogs. We just can’t stress enough how important it is for black hair. Add a moisturizing product to your hair every day to keep it from getting dry. This will encourage growth and keep it from getting dry.

Protective Styling

It’s tempting to wear your longer hair in a free-flowing style but to help it grow longer it’s best to put it in a protective style. Wearing your hair loose risks it rubbing against your clothes, furniture, car seats or getting caught in jewelry. With your hair in a protective style there will be less manipulation by you and that’s the best for hair growth. Don’t forget to moisturize your hair when you have it up, it’s even more important then.

Minimize Heat Styling

Occasional use of a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron is alright as long as it’s on a low heat. Try to minimize it’s use as much as possible to for true length retention. Protective styling really helps with this as there is less maintenance and manipulation to the hair.

Your Hair Can Grow

With some patience and effort you will see some hair growth before you know it. Remember the average person sees about an inch of growth per month, so you won’t be Rapunzel over night, it takes time. With our hair growth remedies you will have healthy long hair soon enough.

Five Tips to Repairing Damaged African American Hair

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Many African American women have damaged hair. We spend so much of our time and money on our hair only to go through bouts of dull, dry and breaking hair. With all of the chemicals, heat applications and rough handling of our hair, it’s no wonder that we experience damage and the dreaded hair loss at times. Don’t panic, you can reverse the damage by following our 5 steps of hair growth remedies for healthy hair!

Step 1: Shampoo & Condition

It may seem basic but it starts with your shampoo and conditioner. Be sure to your using moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. These help to make the hair stronger and less likely to break. Conditioner should also be used every time you wash you hair. Pay extra attention to the ends of the hair since they are the oldest and most fragile parts of the hair.

Step 2: Deep Condition

Every 7-10 deep condition your hair for 10-15 minutes. For optimal moisture try to use a conditioner that is a cream rinse, a deep conditioner, leave-in or a protein treatment. It is also beneficial to add a heat cap as it allows the conditioner a deeper penetration to the hair shaft.

Step 3: Moisturize

Moisturizing your hair is so important, especially for African American women whose hair is more dry than others. Use a leave-in conditioner or a moisturizing product regularly between washings. It’s OK to do this 2-3 times a week or as needed. If you work out regularly it’s a good idea to rinse your hair with water to remove the sweat and salt between washings. The water is also adds moisture.

Step 4: Sealing your Hair

Sealing your hair is the last and most important step. You don’t want to do all the work above and not seal in all that moisture. Apply a butter or oil product to your hair to seal in the moisture. This smooths the cuticle and keeps it moisturized longer. For your damaged ends you can apply a shea butter to them and then wrap in plastic wrap for 30 minutes.

Step 5: Protective Styling

Now that you’ve done all of the shampooing, conditioning, moisturizing and sealing you need to take care of your hair to preserve it. The best way to do this is to be careful with it. Wear it up as often as you can. Be gentle when you wash it, use a large toothed comb when detangling, minimize the amount of heat styling and wait 8-10 weeks between chemical treatments. When you brush your hair, don’t pull to hard and don’t wear your braids or weaves too tight, this only leads to hair loss.

Hair Damage Can Be Reversed

It’s scary when you start to see you hair breaking or your ends splitting or when you notice that your hair used to be past your shoulders and now it’s chin length. You don’t have to do the big chop just yet. Try to reverse the damage first by getting your hair healthy. Giving your hair some TLC and some hair growth remedies may be just what it needs.

The Main Causes of Hair Damage for African American Women

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African American women are obsessed with their hair. It’s not a secret, it’s not an individual thing, we spend a lot of time on our hair.   With all things we do to our hair we end up with a lot of damage and it can seem like the end of the world. There are things you are doing that are causing all this damage and hair loss that you may not even be aware of every day. We will review some of the main causes of hair damage and hair loss and maybe you will spot some of your bad habits.

Is Your Hair Damaged

You could be walking around with damaged hair and not even know it. Maybe you’ve just thought that’s what you’re hair looks like. You may have noticed that your hair is getting shorter instead of longer and have wondered why. Here are some things to look for in damaged hair:

 

  • Hair that is dry and dull with no shine
  • Limp and lifeless hair that can’t hold a curl or style
  • Frizzy and unruly hair
  • Weak and brittle hair that breaks easily
  • Split ends

These are sure signs that you have damaged hair. Now to find out what’s causing it and get some hair growth remedies.

Improper Use of Combs & Brushes

African American hair looks strong but it’s actually very delicate and needs to be treated gently. When handling your hair, do so delicately. Pulling too hard with a brush or comb causes stress to the strands and leads to breakage and hair loss. This applies to detangling too. Pulling too hard when detangling causes damage to the hair. If you wear your hair in braids or a weave don’t make them too tight, this leads to pressure on the scalp and hair loss.

Over-Processing

The use of relaxers is a popular choice among women these days. While there’s nothing wrong with relaxers, you need to be sure you’re not applying them too often or overlapping with color. When the chemicals overlap they break down the layers in the hair and cause weak spots. This leads to dull hair that easily breaks. If you get your hair relaxed, don’t color it at the same time, the hair can’t handle that many chemicals at the same time.

Heat Styling

Almost every day we reach for the hair dryer, curling iron or flat iron or a combination of all three. All this heat is hard on the hair and causes the hair to break down and weaken. This also leads to breakage and dull hair. The breakage is the reason you may not be retaining length.

Neglect

One of the biggest causes of hair damage is just plain neglect. If you don’t take proper care of your hair it will show. This means shampooing and conditioning regularly and most importantly moisturizing. African Americans generally have dry hair that needs to be constantly hydrated and moisturized. When it grows from the scalp it coils around itself and this doesn’t allow for the natural oils from the scalp to travel down through the strands. This leaves us with dry, brittle hair that needs a lot of maintenance. The hair needs to be regularly moisturized to prevent dryness and breakage.

Damaged Hair can be Reversed

It can be very distressing when your hair is damaged. The first step is to figure out what you’re doing wrong so you can stop doing it. There are ways that you can reverse the damage. Our next blog list some hair growth remedies that will show you how to fix your damaged hair. Don’t worry, we’ll have your hair healthy, shiny and beautiful in no time!

THE WHOs, HOWs, WHYs AND COSTS OF A DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT

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So, you’ve read up on the benefits of doing a deep conditioning treatment for your natural hair and decided to take the plunge, but now what? How do you do a deep conditioning treatment, who should do it, and what should you look for in your products? Should you go pro, or DIY, and what are the costs? What ingredients are beneficial for your hair if it needs deep conditioning? Obviously, there are lots of questions that need answering if you are considering deep conditioning treatment for your natural hair, and we’re here to answer them!

Who Needs It?

Is your hair frizzy and fly away? Is your hair prone to breakage? Have you recently chemically treated your hair? If the answer to any of these question is “Yes” then you could benefit from a deep conditioning treatment. If you’d like to decrease frizz, breakage, soften and strengthen your hair, then you should consider one of these treatments

Pro or DIY?

Of course you can go to a salon to get pampered and conditioned at the same time, for prices starting around $30, but if time and money are important to you, these treatments are easy to do at home. There are several deep conditioning products on the market that have key ingredients such as milk protein and essential oils that can produce salon-quality results at home, for just a few dollars!

What Ingredients Should I Look For?

Protein is a key ingredient to look for in a deep conditioner, as are natural oils such as sunflower oil, olive oil, or soybean oil. Every woman’s hair is different and reacts differently to products, so it’s best to try a few different ingredients to see which have the best result on your unique hair. Money is not an essential ingredient, so remember you can get great results without spending a fortune on your products.

How Do I Apply Deep Conditioner?

Most at-home treatments will come with explicit directions, which you should follow, but generally, these treatments are applied on freshly shampooed hair. It’s usually recommended to leave these products in your hair for a short period of time (longer is not always better) and it’s often suggested to cover with a plastic cap and heat with a hood dryer or wrap, for added benefits.Always rinse thoroughly.

When Should I Apply?

Your hair can benefit from deep conditioning treatments after every shampoo. If you are noticing dryness, frizz and breakage, it’s most definitely time for a treatment. If you are coloring, relaxing or chemically altering your hair in any way, you should follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. Many women deep condition every few days, or weekly, so finding a product that suits your budget is essential.

If you shop products wisely and take the time to condition your hair weekly, you will seeyour hair improve over time. Once you find the deep conditioning treatment you love, make it part of your hair care routine and reap the benefits of healthier, shinier hair.

Get Healthy, Long Hair for your Little Girl

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One of the biggest concerns of parents of young girls and their hair is how to get it to grow longer and healthier. There are several ways that you can achieve growth in your girl’s hair but it takes time and maintenance. With proper care and following the healthy hair tips we’ve outlined it can assist you in retaining length in her hair.

Washing and Detangling

Keep her hair clean. Dirty hair gets lots of build-up and doesn’t hold onto product as well as clean hair. Their is a balance though, washing too much strips the hair of it’s natural oils and makes it too dry. Aim for washing every other week. This leads to detangling. Never use a comb or brush on your girl’s hair before detangling. Use your fingers in shampooed and conditioned hair that is damp and gently remove any knots you may find.

Protective Styling

We’ve discussed the importance of protective styling in other posts on our blog. It’s so important for a little girl’s hair, especially if you want to see growth. Avoid making braids too tight, especially around the hairline where hair is more prone to breakage and hair loss. Beads, barrettes and rubber bands are cute in the protective style but they cause a lot of damage. The pulling and weight of them damages the hair and it becomes dry and brittle which then leads to damage. The hair accessories are cute, but leave them out.

Most Importantly, Moisturize!

I can’t stress enough the importance of moisturizing, especially in a protective style. The best moisturizer is water. Get a spray bottle and fill it with water, add a couple of drops of conditioner to it if you like. Spray the mixture on her hair, focusing on edges, the nape and ends. After spritzing with water, seal in the moisture with a butter or oil product. Make this a daily routine to see really healthy hair.

Protect the Hair While Sleeping

Your little girl’s hair needs to be protected while sleeping. Loose hair while sleeping not only ruins the hairdo but also leads to breakage. Secure her hair in a satin bonnet or scarf and have her sleep on a satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases absorbs the hair’s natural oils and moisture leading to dry and brittle hair.

Dont Wear the Hair Loose

To achieve maximum hair growth don’t let her wear her hair out and loose for an extended amount of time. Loose hair is more prone to tangles. Loose styles include afros, puffs, curls and twist-outs. Keep it in a protective style. Leave the style in for about 2 months and then take it our and have them wear in a poof for about a week and then put in another protective style.

Length Retention

With proper hair care and maintenance you can achieve length retention in your girl’s hair. The most important tip to remember is to moisturize. Dry hair won’t grow and will break and fall out. Be careful of heat styling too, it weakens the hair shaft. Follow the healthy hair tips we’ve outlined and be patient and you’ll see your baby’s hair grow long and beautiful!