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I get this question all the time:
“What is the best moisturizer for my hair”?
Answer: Water puts moisture in the hair! Notice how shiney, pretty and full of body your hair is after a shampoo and style.
Myth Number One: Oil puts moisture in the hair. Wrong!!!
Oil-based products do not moisturize your hair!!! The only thing that hydrates and moisturizers your hair is the ultimate moisturizer, WATER. Nothing on the planet can sustain itself without water. To truly moisturize your hair, you have to re-hydrate it with water and then seal in the moisture. I  recommend re-moisturizing your hair by shampooing and conditioning, rinsing with water or misting it daily (natural hair) with a revitalizing leave In conditioner or water and oil; coconut, olive…etc in a spray bottle. Remember, to keep your hair feeling great, and to reduce dryness and breakage, You must shampoo regularly at least once a week or moisturize daily and seal in the moisture!
Myth Number Two: “If I shampoo too often my hair will dry out”.
Wrong! Actually you are drying out the hair by not shampooing enough. Especially those who only shampoo every two weeks.
Your scalp needs to be cleansed and stimulated to help it become or stay healthy and for optimal hair growth. So stop being lazy and shampoo that hair!
Email me with any questions you may have concerning your hair.

So Let’s Talk Hair Care

Ok, sometimes a weave is a great way to go! You get the pleasure of having long soft shiny hair, convenience of minimal care, manageable hair, or carefree braids, etc… However you need to make sure you are caring for your OWN tresses! Many women wear a weave because their own hair is very damaged or not growing the way they want to grow. If your own hair is unhealthy, damaged, breaking or If you are finding it difficult to grow your hair out there is hope!! Here are some things to consider; It may be the result of an improper DIET, lack of vitamins, excessive heat styling, and unmanaged tresses. Here are a few tips for healthy and faster hair growth!

Load Up On Protein!

Our hair is made out of 91% of the strong protein keratin.  When your body isn’t getting the protein it needs, it may shift growing hair into what is called its “resting phase” which means your hair will stop growing. Some people may develop protein deficiencies when they crash diet. The fastest way to fix this issue is by eating foods that are rich in protein which includes beef, chicken, salmon, and shrimp. Vegetarian (or a keto high fat type of diet (my preference) sources of protein include eggs, beans, nuts and Greek yogurt. If you’re finding it hard to meet your protein intake you can also try protein powder as a supplement in your smoothies.

Are You Getting Enough Iron?

Iron deficiencies are linked to hair loss and women, in particular, tend to be most affected. According to a study, nearly 8-10% of women are anemic. Many women in my circle are anemic but they don’t take this condition seriously. When you lack iron your body goes into survival mode and oxygen gets transported to more pressing organs like your heart and liver instead of your hair. A blood test at the doctor’s office can determine your iron levels. If you are low in iron, you may want to load up on foods like red meat (not a fan of), chicken, beans, seafood, and spinach. So have that iron checked!

Excessive Heat Styling Please Avoid

Get rid of the high heat; heat appliances, such as curling irons, flat iron are a no no. Avoid especially on dirty hair. If your hair is already fragile, heat styling can cause even more damage and lead to hair breakage. Try to air dry as much as you can. If you must blow dry, pick a hair dryer that utilizes ionic technology. Ionic hair dryers emit negative ions causing water molecules to dissipate and evaporate faster. I have some natural hair clients that I blow dry with an ionic dryer every week with no problems. The results with using this dryer is that your hair will dry faster and as a result be exposed to less heat.

Massage Your Scalp With Castor Oil

Castor is an all natural oil rich in vitamin E and omega-9 fatty acids which help to promote hair growth naturally.  Massage into your scalp and leave on for 30 minutes then rinse. Since castor oil has a thick texture naturally, you may want to mix it with an equal amount of olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil for easier usage. Massaging the oil into your scalp for about 10-15 minutes helps to improve blood flow, stimulate and nourish the hair follicles. This can be done before, even the night before or at each hair stylist appointment.

Reduce Your Stress Levels

Hair loss has been scientifically linked to stress. Significant stress may push hair into its resting phase permanently, and these hairs can fall out during brushing or washing. Examples of significant stress you may have not considered are loss of a loved one, sickness diagnosis, a job…etc. Alopecia (Sudden hair loss that starts with one or more circular bald patches that may overlap) can also be triggered by severe stress, causing the body to attack the hair follicles sometimes leading to permanent hair loss. Fortunately, stress can be managed by deep breaths, prayer, meditation, regular massages and exercise.

Get Frequent Trims…

Getting frequent trims may seem counterproductive to growing your hair out but the fact is that if you have split ends and don’t trim them, they can work their way up your strands. Your hair will grow faster if you get short, consistent trims instead of getting a longer trim (becomes a cut) once in a blue moon. So get that hair trimmed! Don’t be scared! (Smiling)

Other Suggestions:

Supplements with 10,000 mcg of biotin with zinc works great also.

And don’t forget to get enough sleep. Your body heals and rejuvenates best between 10 pm and 2am.
Take better care of the hair God gave you!
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