Well, it’s that time of the year and many women are turning to braid and cornrow styles. They are the most convenient way to keep your hair looking maintained and stylish in the summer heat. But even though this protective style is low maintenance, it still has to be MAINTENANCED. Protective styles should only stay in for a month at a time. 2 months maximum. Any longer than that and your new growth will stretch and damage. This completely negates the point of protective styling. In addition to this, your braided style will also need to be cleansed. Sweating,dust and dirt causes odor. Conditioning afterwards isn’t necessary. Masks and conditioners tend to loosen braids because of their silken qualities. Conditioners will certainly affect the wear life span and often times will cut it in half. Use hydrating shampoos and oils sprays on braided hairstyles instead. I attached a video demonstrating the cleansing of a braided style below.
Josephine Baker is the subject of today’s Google Doodle. June 3rd, 2017, would have been her 111th birthday. Josephine is best known for being the first African American to become an internationally recognized performer, and the first to headline her own film, Zouzou, in 1934. Today, she remains a defining cultural figure of the period. Jospehine Baker was an activist as well an an entertainer. She was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.
Baker’s hair also played a major in her brand. Her hairstyle was a crucial component within her constructed aesthetic. She wore it short, straightened and smoothed against her skull, with Medusa-like curls framing her face. She applied egg-white to give it its high sheen and stiffness. In October 1925, at her legendary debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, every jaw in the audience dropped at the sight of it.
FRANCE – CIRCA 1928: Josephine Baker, 1928-1930 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
“Her hairstyle had been done like a Greek boy’s,” recalled Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland, “and pressed into her flat black curls were white silk butterflies. She had the chic of Gay Paree.” Josephine Baker went on to become the first African American celebrity to their own cosmetics line.
A hair pomade called Bakerfix, which came in a toothpaste-style tube adorned her image. Josephine Baker marketed hair pomade so that women could copy her famous style. These were early moves within the culture of female African American celebrities extending their brands into hair and beauty businesses.
Today this has fully evolved with celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyoncé.
No matter how much hair stylist warn people NOT to color their own hair. They still do it ! Lol. Changing up your hair color can be fun and give you a whole new look, but all the chemicals used can damage your tresses. African-American hair is usually drier than most other types of hair, so it’s particularly susceptible to damage from chemicals. Treatment of color-damaged black hair is similar in many ways to that of other hair types. It’s important to treat color-damaged black hair properly to encourage new hair growth, promote repair and get your mane back on track to healthy.
Go easy on the heat ! If you must, apply a heat protectant !
Once you bleach and dye your hair, the chemical makeup is gonna be different for a while. The only way to get your hair truly healthy again is to let it grow out. But if you’re not up for that, just consistently use hair masks and treatments to keep proteins in your follicles. You bleached and dyed your hair, you sucked out the moisture, so you have to artificially drop all that good stuff back in on a regular basis with hair masks. Or treatments with your hair stylist.
Don’t wash it as much, unless absolutely necessary. When you do finally have to wash your hair, use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to preserve the color— or better yet, a cleansing conditioner.
What isn’t apple cider vinegar good for? Weight loss,skin,female issues,etc. Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent and it’s also an effective germ killer.
Benefits for the hair include:
1.Vinegar hair rinse. Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). On the other hand, many of the hair care products we use, such as soap-based shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, and permanents are strongly alkaline. Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.
2. Dandruff and itchy scalp relief. The acids and enzymes in acv kill the “bottle bacillus”, a bacteria that is one of the causes for many scalp and hair conditions such as dandruff, itchy scalp, hair loss and often baldness. The bacteria clogs hair follicles allowing dry crusts to form that itch and flake. For a simple home treatment for dandruff and itchy scalp, apply full strength acv to the scalp, rub in, and leave on for a half hour to an hour before washing your hair.
3.Natural hair loss treatment. For bald and thinning areas apply to scalp an hour before shampooing- 2 Tbsp acv mixed with a tiny pinch cayenne powder.
Then before going to bed, mix a royal jelly capsule with one tsp acv, pat on bald areas and leave overnight.
The following herbs have also been used to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth:
I know that most sistas are natural these days,but some still relax their hair. In order to wear some of the hottest short cuts these days,you almost HAVE to relax your hair. But get it done PROFESSIONALLY!
Image Courtesy Of Strawberry Strands Salon . Stylist Erica Spicer .
2. Avoid using extreme heat on your hair to style. When possible try to avoid heat all together. Use other methods of achieving curls and style settings like magnetic rollers, wet setting and curlformers. Heat should NOT be used everyday of the week. If you are going to blow dry your hair make sure it’s partially dry and turn the heat to medium. Just remember too much heat is damaging.
3. Keep up with your trims! Every three weeks to shape up, Every seven to eight weeks for a FULL CUT when you get your touch up.
There is nothing cuter than, or more convenient, a nice puff! I wear them all the time. You CAN achieve a cute high puff without the pain and the damage to your natural hair. Ignoring a tight headband all day for the sake of a cute puff can put you at risk for traction alopecia (thin spots on the sides,back,etc.) . Use a long, thin silk or satin scarf . You’re better able to control how tight your hair will be as you tie the scarf to form your puff.
And, as you may already know, the benefits of using these materials as opposed to cotton accessories is that they won’t suck the moisture from your hair.
I LOVE braids! They are so convenient and easy ! The part I hate is the process of getting them done. Sitting for hours. I’d always have to get them done on a day off. And usually the braider wasn’t professional at all. They’d over book,smoke cigarettes in your face. Take impromptu breaks. sometimes even have someone else start or finish you. On more than one occasion the braider that was assisting was not as good as the one I booked my appointment with. So I was pissed. When I found out about crochet braids,I HAD to learn how to put them in! And was it cost effective? I have never been a braider. I love to cut and color hair. That is my niche. But with the influx of calls and inquiries about braiding services I had to learn this skill.
Crochet braids are completed by cornrowing your hair, and using a crochet needle to attach synthetic kanekelon hair (i.e. marley hair), pre-braided or twisted box braids and Senegalese twists, or even faux locs to the cornrows. Crochet braids, on the other hand, take an average of 2 hours to install, depending on the type of hair you are using and how voluminous you want your hair to be. You can achieve the same style and look as individual braids in half the time, with less effort and by yourself! Best of all, it takes less time to take down crochet braids than normal braids because all you have to do is cut off the extensions and unravel your cornrows.
A pack of pre-looped or pre-braided box braids or twists from Freetress, Janet Collection, or Bobbi Boss range from $4.99 – $10.99. Depending on the size of your head and the thickness of your hair, you may use 4 – 7 packs of hair to complete your crochet braids. However, by changing up the braid pattern of your cornrows and creating bigger sections at the back of your hair, you can use less packs of hair and still achieve a full look. Installing long braids or twists may cost up to $150-$200 at the hair salon. Yet, if you pay someone $30 to cornrow your hair or you do it yourself, and you buy 6 packs of hair worth $6.99 each, you will be spending a total of $71.94 on your hair.