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[ 5 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
Diagram of cuticle

Each hair strand naturally contains water, how well it can absorb and retain moisture determines the porosity of the hair. The porosity of the hair is not static. It can change from one level to the next, depending on how you treat your hair, how well you moisturize and lock the moisture into your hair and other factors. It can also be reversed you can go from high to low or vice versa.
Additionally, you may have varying levels of porosity on different parts of your hair. You can sense this …

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[ 5 Jan 2016 | 3 Comments ]

We all know what healthy hair should look like, thick, luscious hair that is so strong it could pull a truck or stop a bullet. But what does damaged hair really look like, is it somebody with a bad case of alopecia or is it dried, fried hair? Or is it the hair on your head? Is it damaged? How do you know if it is damaged or not?
How To Tell:
Lack of Moisture
Your hair feels rough and dry. Roughness is a sign of dryness and damage. Healthy hair is supple …

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[ 4 Jan 2016 | 3 Comments ]

I know combining exercise with hair care can be quite a conundrum for some people. It has been an issue for me. My work is sedentary and I love to experiment with food, hence, exercise is not an option that I can ignore without repercussions to my weight.
And I must confess, sometimes I hate to exercise because of my hair. One session of cardio and it is as wet as if I went under the shower. I sweat in my hair, not pretty little rivulets either. I mean I get …

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[ 23 Sep 2014 | 7 Comments ]
Baking Soda

What is Baking Soda?
I recently asked myself the question. Yes, just recently. I know the chemical compound of the thing; I could recite it in my sleep (NaHCO3). Which means that the elements are: Sodium (Na), Hydrogen (H), carbon (C) and Oxygen (O). The 3 after the O means there are 3 atoms of Oxygen per molecule.
Baking soda is otherwise called sodium bicarbonate of soda, or to be more chemically precise it is sodium hydrogen carbonate.
Where Does Baking Soda Come From?
Seriously, did God make the thing or did a …

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[ 23 Sep 2014 | 78 Comments ]

Hair oils and moisturizers – Are the two interchangeable? Are hair oils and hair moisturizer one and the same?
I was confused because whenever I used ordinary hair oil it just sat on my hair and didn’t make it feel as soft and silky as I know it should. It made my hair shiny but if my hair was dry it remained dry, albeit oily. It didn’t make sense, so of course I went and did some research and also experimented on my own hair until I found the perfect formula …

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[ 22 Sep 2014 | 19 Comments ]

Have you ever looked in the mirror and despaired at the way your hair end looks, some are shorter than some and the whole bunch of it is just ragged. How did it get that way and why did you let it? Better yet, you ask yourself, does my hair look good with all these straggly ends? The truth is, there are straggly hair ends, which may look good after a little TLC and then there is chewed up looking ends which just looks like you are desperate for hair …

Hair Care, Hair Lab, Hair Science »

[ 22 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments ]

The more a woman knows and understands her hair the better her hair will look. The more knowledgeable she is about what makes her hair feel right, the more she will grow to love it, or at least that’s my theory. It worked for me; I am hoping that a better understanding of your hair can work for you too.
Understanding black hair is not rocket science but it is hair science and that is something that all black women should be familiar with because no one else will know your …

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[ 19 Sep 2014 | 7 Comments ]

Like rumors hair myths can spread and take on a life of its own. Sometimes they are passed on from generation to generation and we repeat them thinking they are facts. Lets look at some hair myths and see if they are really true. One or two may surprise you.
Myth # One
Dandruff is Dry Scalp and Vice Versa
Fact:Dandruff and dry scalp are very different hair conditions. Dry scalp is characterized by small, white flakes of the scalp, which is basically caused by dehydration on the scalp, which in turn makes …

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[ 4 Jan 2013 | 40 Comments ]

The truth is, taking care of black hair whether natural or relaxed does not have to be hard and your hair can grow long and thick and look fabulous without having to buy any hair products at all or as little as possible.
 
My hair grew when it was natural and it grew when it was relaxed and in both states, when my hair did the very best, I used minimal hair products. As a matter of fact, since I have gone to the opposite of the established practices and started …

Featured, Hair Care, Hair Food, Oils »

[ 3 Jan 2013 | 36 Comments ]

WHY?
It is a part of my hair regimen, I have suggested it on this site all the time, no doubt you go to the stylist and she’ll take up a hank of your hair and say tut-tut, you need a hot oil treatment, but have you ever wondered- why do I need a hot oil hair treatment? What is it about hot oil on my head that is so important to the overall health of my hair? Well here are some reasons:
1. The use of hot oil treatments has a …

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[ 12 Apr 2012 | One Comment ]

Pumpkin is a year round vegetable but is found abundantly in the fall. They are used for Halloween, the pies are a must for some households for thanksgiving, they are very popular in soups in winter and they are everywhere in the farmers market in the latter part of the year.
The beauty about pumpkins is that they can last for up to six months when bought whole and it is sold in a can in those months when you can’t get it. So this is one vegetable that is good …

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[ 8 Apr 2012 | No Comment ]

Let us discuss the fats of life, three of them to be exact and the effects that these three have on the hair. Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are vital to every cell in the body, including your hair and skin.
Why are Omega-3 Fatty Acids Essential For Your Hair?
Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) is the primary fatty acid in omega-3, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are converted from ALA. Our systems do not produce the three fatty acids so we need these three from our diet.
They are extremely important …