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Tips for Getting Braid Extensions

It’s widely believed that braid extensions help to “grow” hair, which in part can be true. While they are certainly a great protective style that helps you retain length, here are 5 Do’s and Don’ts of Braid Extensions to keep in mind:

1. Braids don’t “make” or “promote” hair growth instead they help with length retention.  Every time you style and de-tangle there’s a risk of breakage.  It just happens. When your hair is braided, you dodge the risk of mechanical breakage from manipulation.  This is why braids are a great protective style.

2. Wearing Braids Long-Term (more than 4-6 weeks without touch-ups) can decrease Length Retention. Six weeks is the maximum most stylists would recommend leaving in extension. For many this is around the time that the hair begins to lock or mat.  Leaving them in longer makes it difficult to de-tangle. It’s also good to thoroughly clean your hair and scalp without the extension to prevent infection and other conditions of the scalp.

3. For those who have sensitive and thinning edges, you have a higher chance of experiencing traction alopecia or increased hair loss in those areas.  Its best that you avoid any and all tugging and tightness in this area.  This is a concern if you continuously wear braids back to back without any breaks. If you already have an issue with thinning or sensitive edges braid extensions may not be the best thing for your hair.

 4. Keep Them Loose. Many women fall victim to traction alopecia. If you feel that your hair is being pulled too tightly kindly ask your stylist to reduce the tension that is being applied.

5. Small Braids Can Cause Thinning. They look pretty but the small teeny braids (micros) put a lot of tension on the hair. This isn’t to say that you can never wear micro braids if you want, but constantly wearing them may lead to thinning hair rather than healthy length retention.  Plus, its not fun taking all those tiny braids down. Which if you don’t have the patience, micro braids might not be for you. In order for your protective styling to be beneficial it must protect your hair and scalp from breakage. Otherwise, if you rough house with your hair, all of the length that you retained can easily break off.

If you are considering braid extensions please talk with your More Hair Salon stylist today.

Natural Hair Styling Tips

1. What are the three most common hair care mistakes that are made when styling natural hair?
The first mistake is using too much product. When we change anything about our hair, we always panic, buy a ton of extra styling products and put it all on. Our hair ends up looking greasy or weighed down, so we end up washing our hair too frequently which just dries it out. Be careful with products. You can always add a little more as you go. 

Many people are fascinated, yet often frustrated, with the manageability challenges of their new growth and want to go back to relaxing. The first six to eight months of growth are not their true natural curl pattern or hair texture. Their scalp and follicles are still healing, so they need to do everything they can to make it through this "scab hair period" and into your true hair texture. Once they've made it through this patch, they'll have softer, more manageable and even curl patterns.

Curly hair tends to be the driest hair type so no matter how you're wearing it, you need a really great leave-in moisturizer. Most women say they "know" about moisturizing, but stop with rinse-out conditioners, hair oils and treatment masks. You need a leave-in to ensure hair stays super hydrated.  Ask your stylist for some leave-in moisturizing ideas.

2. Can you explain a few of the hair styling issues that generally occur when transitioning to or simply maintaining natural hair?
The further you get in the process, the more breakage you'll notice since you'll be continually applying more stress to your already weakened hair. You'll need to treat your hair with extra care and try techniques that put a lot less heat and stress on your strands. To get your hair straight: Try setting your hair in rollers and going under a hood dryer, but lower the heat and sit a little longer. Also, you can try a wrap foam and use the "Doobie" method, again sitting under a hood dryer or overnight. To wear your hair curly, use two-strand twists or Bantu knots, instead of curling irons.

Believe it or not, if your hair is about shoulder length, this is the period that it is most vulnerable to breakage. When your strands are constantly brushing against your shoulders, friction will do its nasty work and the clothes you are wearing, particularly cotton, will sap the moisture from your ends and make them more prone to breakage. Once you're aware of this problem, you have two really simple options: You can use extensions to have your hair lay past your shoulder or, the best option, is to try some fun updos where your hair is twisted, braided or pinned up in different styles that never let your hair fall into this problem.

3. What types of hair products and ingredients should women with natural hair look out for?
You need incredible moisturizing products that strengthen hair. Olive oil, monoi oil, shea butter, cocoa butter are perfect for this purpose.

4. Any additional words of wisdom for natural hair beauties?
The first is actually before you transition. Do your research, read about the different ways you can go about this transformation and figure out which one is best for you. If you don't want to do the "Big Chop," that's fine.  Maybe wearing hair extensions or braids feels more comfortable than doing two-strand twist or Bantu knot styles. You want to pick a path you feel most comfortable with so it'll be that much easier for you to stick to.

The second is that you need to experiment and be okay with it. You'll need to be ready, willing and able to start wearing you hair in styles you've never done before and playing with new hair accessories throughout the transitioning period. The more open to experimentation, the easier you'll be able to adapt to your new hair texture.

Need more tips?  Please talk to your natural hair stylist at your next appointment.

10 Tips to Healthy Hair

It seems everyone is on a quest for "long hair don't care".  You can very well obtain it by avoiding these 10 hair breaking mistakes that are keeping you from growing long natural hair.

 

1. Not Trimming Your Ends

This is an ongoing debate within the natural hair community. Some believe its unnecessary. I can tell you from experience this is untrue. But let’s debunk a myth, first. Trimming your hair will not make it grow faster. Its true that trimming your hair doesn’t increase the rate in which it grows. But it will help it stay healthier.  The oldest parts of your hair, the ends begin to split naturally around 3 months. Removing split ends is the only way to prevent further damage on other parts of the same hair strand. Allowing a professional stylist to trim your hair will help keep it in optimal shape.

2. Not Working In Sections

When it comes to shampooing, detangling, and conditioning in sections, some believe ‘it don’t take all that‘. And for some it may not but if you have thick, very textured hair, this extra step will save you time in the long run. It allows you to adequately cleanse, detangle, condition, and moisturize your hair more effectively. You can also closely examine your hair better while sectioned. 

3. Not Protective Styling

Sometimes hair breaks at the same rate that it grows. This creates the illusion of no hair growth at all. Protective styling is designed to protect your hair especially the oldest, most fragile part of your hair, the ends from common forms of breakage. The most common forms of breakage are over manipulation and dryness, brittle hair.  Protective styling minimizes breakages and prevents moisture loss; helping you to retain more length. Your hair will grow longer with minimal breakage. 

4. Over Doing It With the Protective Styling

Some women protective style for 3 months straight without properly caring for their scalp and hair. This is counterproductive and leads to thinning hair. Protective Styling doesn’t mean you can neglect your hair and scalp. You  can and SHOULD still maintain a regular shampoo, conditioning, and moisturizing schedule.  Beware of synthetic hair. Synthetic hair or its manufacturing process can irritate your scalp leaving you with itchy, inflamed  skin.  In some cases resulting in little white bumps that may lead to hair loss. Prolong wearing of synthetic hair can also permanently damage the hair cuticle.  The synthetic fibers gradually cut into the hair strand, creating little tears into the its cuticle.  This can severely damages the hair over time.

5. Moisturizing Inadequately

There’s some confusion between moisturized hair and oily hair. I recently got a message that said “I’m doing the castor oil challenge, but my hair is still dry and breaking”. Many oils like castor oil are great sealant oils. Sealant oils or sealing oils are oils that seal the hair’s cuticle.  They lock in moisture and prevent it from escaping. They are perfect for extreme climates. But the con of the pros and cons is that it limits the amount of moisture that can enter the hair during rehydration. If you’re using heavy oils or butters its important to shampoo regularly in order to fully re-hydrate hair. It is equally important that the hair is hydrated with water before using this sealant oils or butters by opening the hair cuticle.  Shampoo is formulated to do this (open the hair cuticle).  Please ask your Stylist before trying any oil treatments on your hair.  

6. Improper Detangling

Improper detangling can be the main culprit of mechanical or self-induced hair damage. Hair is its most fragile when wet.  You must really take your time in detangling. If your hair knots and tangles easily pre-shampoo with coconut oil and gently detangling before shampooing will really prevent damage.

7. Infrequent Washing

Shampoo every 7-14 days and co-wash in between as needed for two reasons. One, water = moisture. Washing your hair opens up the hair cuticle & follicles to readily receive moisture unlike any other method of moisturizing. Water molecules bind to the internal structure of the hair & enter the hair follicles during the wash process. Effectively cleansing your hair & scalp with a gentle sulfate-free shampoo rids it of bacterial, product buildup, in some cases medications and other micro growth inhibiting factors without stripping its natural oils.  A healthy scalp is necessary for growth.

8. Only Finger Detangling

I’m not anti-finger detangling. I just believe there’s a time and place for it. Its great for quick co-washing sessions in between your next shampoo or styling if you’re a wash and go gal. But tight natural curls tend to hug each other and add shedded hair to the mix can create matting and stubborn tangles. A wide tooth comb removes shedding hair; preventing it from snaking around hair and creating those tangles. If you’re worried about breakage, try a seamless combs or Denman Brush that glide through hair without any snags. (Remember to work in sections and to twist or plait detangled hair to prevent hair from re-tangling as it drys.

 9. Skipping The Pre-Shampoo

Granted this step is completely optional and not necessary before every shampoo especially if you’re only co-washing, nevertheless it’s extremely helpful in both protecting the hair and increasing moisture retention. If you suffer from extremely dry, damaged hair, you simply can’t afford to skip this step.

10. Ignoring The Signs

Your hair is a reflection of your overall health. If it’s dry, brittle or if you’re experiencing excess shedding or hair loss, it’s an indication that something is off balance. It could be nutritional or hormonal. For example, iron deficiency or hyperthyroidism can both cause hair loss. Your body will take needed nutrients from the skin and hair to support your more vital organs. To ensure there’s an abundance of nutrients for strong, healthy hair, focus on feeding your hair from the inside. Drink plenty of water, eat a well-balanced diet, take a multivitamin, and exercise regularly for your healthiest hair.

Hot Oil Treatments, Do They Work?

We all remember when using hot oil treatments were considered the "deep conditioner" miracle for dry or damaged hair.  But what we never asked ourselves was, do they really work?

Well let's first break down and examine the process of using a hot oil treatment.  We start by washing our hair and then applying the hot oil treatment.  Well according to science, the nature of oil is to repel water not mix with it.  Also the molecular structure of oil makes it just way to big to penetrate the shaft of your hair, but it i also important to note that oil is not capable of "hydrogen bonding" which is really what causes the oil and water to repel each other.  So the oil can not get into the hair because it is being repelled by the water and the oil is literally just sitting on the surface of your hair.

To further complicate the matter, we put the hot oil in our hair and then we place a plastic cap on our hair afterwards, this further draws out the moisture that we are trying to put in our hair.  To better understand this concept,think about when you go into an enclosed steam room.  The steam makes us sweat, drawing out the "moisture" from our bodies much like the plastic cap is doing when the moisture inside the cap heats up.  Some of this moisture converts to a gas state not benefiting our hair at all.  While a bit of the oil mixture may adhere to the hair, most of it gets washed down the drain when you rinse your hair after.

When the oil is applied to dry hair it does coat the cuticle of the hair shaft, which is the outer layer of your hair but it is NOT being absorbed into your hair.  The test for this is to run your fingers through your hair a few hours after oil is applied then check your hands.  We also think that our hair is "soaking up" the oil, but check your pillow cases, headrests and hair scarves to see where the oil is really going.  Now here is where the real problem comes in when you apply the oil to dry hair.  The oil acts as a barrier preventing hydration, repelling needed moisture thus resulting in dehydrated, dry and brittle hair.

Hair would not be dry if we gave it what our natural hair texture really craves which is MOISTURE to flourish.  Ever notice how much easier your hair is to comb while it's wet?  Moisture lubricates and hydrates our hair strands,  Since we can't walk around with water spray bottles, an excellent alternative is a professional conditioner with moisture retention properties that has a good balance of protein (important for strength and elasticity) and preferably of food grade quality.  Your hair will stay moisturized longer and be more manageable.

Oil's true place in our hair care regime is to use it as a styling aid to maintain control and sheen on the hair only (not the scalp) rather than as a conditioner.  But use caution here because oil can buildup on the hair causing dehydration if not shampooed and clarified off the hair regularly.  Oil can be a good complement to your natural hair management system but only if used sparingly and only AFTER a moisture treatment.

Look good.  Love your hair!

*Sisterlocks Facts*

1. What is Sisterlocks?
Sisterlocks is a natural hair management system that allows women with tightly textured hair to take advantage of a wide range of today's hairstyles without having to alter the natural texture of their hair.

2. Can I get Sisterlocks if I have relaxed hair?
Yes!  Though the transition will take more time, your hair care professional who is trained in Sisterlocks techniques can help you make that transition. Your styling options will increase as your natural texture grows out.

3. Do I need to have 'fine' hair for Sisterlocks to work?
Not at all! In fact, the coarse, thick 'nappy' hair is best for Sisterlocks. Your natural abundant texture adds body and makes styling easier.


4. Does this mean that once I get Sisterlocks I can still change hairstyles?
Yes! Sisterlocks is a lot less limiting than extensions because it is your natural hair. You can curl it, braid it, wear a ponytail, cut it, spray or mousse it, wear bangs and parts - You name it!

5. Can Sisterlocks be removed?
Technically, yes, though the procedure is so tedious, you will not want to get Sisterlocks with that intention because of the amount of work that goes into getting Sisterlocks.

6. How long does it take to do Sisterlocks?
The initial locking process takes about two thirds as long as getting extensions of comparable size. For medium length hair this means about eight to twelve hours (maybe longer!). The beauty of Sisterlocks is that tightening them as your hair grows out is extremely simple, since there are no extensions to remove and re-set.

7. Can I do the locks myself?
Installing Sisterlocks yourself is not advised. Not all hair types require the same locking technique. Your hair care professional is the best trained to give you locks that will be best suited to  you. Also, many hair care professionals are trained to give you cuts, styles and  grooming tips that will ensure the lasting beauty of your locks.

8. Will Sisterlocks cause my hair to break or thin?
Just the opposite! Sisterlocks is a gentle technique that requires no chemicals, no excessive tightening, and causes no damaging abrasion to the hair or scalp. You will find  that with regular care, your locks will grow and grow, and your styling options will increase.

 

If you have any other questions about Sisterlocks please give us a call and schedule an appointment for a consultation today!!

Peace and Love from More Hair Studio and Spa!