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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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[ 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 …

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[ 21 Feb 2012 | 2 Comments ]

There are several types of hair loss that do not need doctor’s intervention, some hair loss issues just require the sufferer to stop doing the things that aggravate hair loss. The following ten home remedies are suggestions that you can practice at home when experiencing hair loss.
1. Vitamins and Iron
Correcting vitamin and iron deficiencies at home is relatively easy, you can eat the foods rich in these nutrients or take vitamin and iron supplements. For women whose hair loss is due to crash diets, heavy menstrual periods or physical trauma …

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[ 24 Nov 2011 | No Comment ]

It is thanksgiving season and whilst we know that we should give thanks at all times there are times when we tend to be ungrateful for what we have. There is one thing that seems to give us a lot of reasons to mumble about and that is our hair. I believe that this is a problem for women everywhere but it takes on special significance for persons with kinky hair. There are times when we envy persons of our own race who have more defined curls or wavy hair …

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[ 22 Nov 2011 | 7 Comments ]

Heat should be used with care on hair but especially black hair, as the hair is prone to be dry anyway. Heat from styling equipment such as curling irons, hooded dryers, pressing combs, and blow dryers are very damaging to our hair. If smoke can be seen coming from the barrel of a hot comb or curling iron then the appliance is too hot and will cause hair breakage. The lowest possible heat should be used on any appliance and a heat protectant should be placed on the hair before …

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[ 21 Nov 2011 | No Comment ]

Brrr… it is getting colder and at this time of the year you may have to adjust your hair care regime to reflect the weather. Here are some tips:
1. Protective Styles
This is very important because snow, sleet, heat and wind will damage your hair if you do not protect it properly. It is best to keep your vulnerable hair ends out of the way from the harsh weather even if you are inside, indoor heat can play havoc with your ends if you let it. If you absolutely have to …

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[ 8 Nov 2011 | 22 Comments ]

Stretching between relaxers has several advantages to the person who does it. The chief reason is that stretching gives a clear line of demarcation between the new growth and the relaxed part of the hair; this lessens the occurrence of over-lapping or relaxing an already relaxed part of the head. There is also the added benefit of the hair growing in thicker and stronger than before. Hence, stretching between relaxers is something than can be considered if you want a healthier head of hair in the long run. Here are …

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[ 2 Nov 2011 | 404 Comments ]

This is a checklist for persons who are newly relaxed and for persons who have been relaxing for years. Some people who have been relaxing their hair for years experience hair shedding every time after they relax. Other persons, experience outright damage and breakage. There are a few things that you can do before you chemically process your hair that can mitigate damage to your precious strands.
1. Do A Hair Porosity Test
Hair porosity is the ability for your hair to absorb moisture. When hair is too porous, the cuticle of …

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[ 31 Oct 2011 | 11 Comments ]

There are several ways to thicken relaxed hair without breaking the bank or weighing yourself down with unnecessary products. If you are a person who might not have a lot to spend on expensive treatments and you want to have thick lustrous hair in a short space of time then here are three ways that can improve your hair’s condition. Let me say though, that the best solution for healthy hair, skin and nails is a balanced diet, excellent nutrition and exercise. When you have those things squared away, your …

Hair Care, Hair Care Tips, Transitioning Hair »

[ 27 Oct 2011 | 130 Comments ]

Two years ago I did not process my hair for close to a year. I had two textures dealing with, my real natural curly hair and relaxed hair. Everyone wondered why I did not go to the hairdresser to get it relaxed but the truth is I was toying with the idea of going natural completely and I was learning about my two textures in the process. For newbies, transitioning is moving from relaxed to natural hair. Most persons who do a long stretch with relaxed hair are technically transitioning …

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[ 25 Oct 2011 | One Comment ]

We have outlined extensively the whole coloring process, offered recipes and suggestions to cover your grays and to achieve different colors without chemicals and synthetic additions. This final article in the series is a list of things that you should not do when you are coloring your hair using henna and indigo. The more experienced you get using these ingredients the more you may be tempted to experiment or to embark upon some short cuts. Here are the no–no’s.
1. Do not use henna or indigo or any combination on your …