Five Benefits of Booking Biweekly Appointments With Your Hair Stylist

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appointmentFor some women,a trip to the hair salon is a luxury expense. Something they only do for special occasions. For others, it’s a very necessary expense.bw-shampoo-bowl

As a hairstylist, I could pick any random woman off the street, and tell you which category she falls into. When someone’s hair is being professionally cared for on the regular IT SHOWS!

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Even if said woman has it in a ponytail for a few days. The ends look fresh and clean. Hair is shinier and softer… These are just a few of the benefits…

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  1. You will spend less money on hair products. If your stylist sells products inside her salon,she may try to get you to buy a few maintenance products for in between touch ups. But you should not be spending major bucks on hair curlers,shampoo,or chemicals. If you are going to the salon every two weeks,it’s already supplied there for you.  heat-damaged-natural-hair-simple
  2. You will have less damage. Often times when I see damage,it is on people who are advid “do-it-your-selfers”. They take risks to save money but often end up paying more to correct (or cover up) the damage they have done. Your stylist should be trimming,deep conditioning,etc. on a periodic basis during your visits. keravada
  3. Your hairstylist has better product knowledge. Hairstylist are taught in beauty school how to choose good products for the type of hair they will be servicing. It Isn’t just about the price. A 40$ bottle of shampoo will do nothing for someone whose hair is falling out in the sink. Your stylist will always know what to do and use when she sees your hair at your appointments. Which means your hair should ALWAYS look healthy! large
  4. Longer hair. If longer hair is your goal,good products,maintenance,and the regular, professional touch of a professional, will help! 1ef5e106699083860bfd71b2d35808ea
  5. Your hair will never be boring! Most hairstylist are creative by nature. Wanna try curls one week? Straight the next? Crochet after that? Your stylist should have you covered! You won’t have to worry about going back to your struggling ponytail after a hairstyle wears out. If you are on books regularly,that ponytail should be a thing of the past.

 

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Three Hair Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

cf041318e29736b993ef8c4728f2bb36What 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.d24c7af582dbce7828ebed6a2eef8fab

The following herbs have also been used to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth:

  • Burdock
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Thyme
  • Yucca

 

The Afro Puff

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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.) . 69a45562a5a00ecaf27f03ae65e69c92 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. 72bd0a67154fb8ad03feee2e27f1ebe7

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.

Smoke & Mirrors

A lot of work goes into a photo shoot. . . . Long hours,constant primping of wind blown hair,too cold or too hot weather,taping model’s boobs lol. A lot of unglamorous things sometimes go on behind the scenes lol ! Cellulite, wrinkles, love handles, all get retouched.

The two beautiful ladies that I had the pleasure working on last month needed very little help behind the scenes. Check out the amazing transformations !

What beautiful skin ! No matter how cute you are good skin is a must !! Make up can do but so much !
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Great Skin Cheat Sheet

  • Use a light, creamy foundation for under eyes. Thicker formulas (that you apply with a brush) are best for spots and blemishes.
    • Make sure it matches your foundation exactly. A shade a smidgen lighter is okay for around the eye area.
    • Less is best: build up coverage with your brush in light layers.
    • Powder is essential if you want your concealer to stay put.
    Beautiful, thick, shiny hair ! Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids, play a key role in skin, hair, and nails. You should eat some of these foods every day.

    Tips For Great Hair

  • No matter what your hair type, GOOD NUTRITION GOES A LONG WAY ! Don’t depend on expensive products all the time !
  • Protein is critical for keeping hair healthy, but many people don’t get enough. Lean meat like fish, chicken, eggs, and soy products are good sources of protein; eat one serving every day.

Mint Condition

Conditioners are applied to improve some aspect of the hair after it has been washed.

For years we have heard the phrases “good hair” and “bad hair”. Well, there is no such thing as “good” or “bad” hair. It’s all about the texture.

A conditioner may be used also to moisturize dry hair, prevent tangling, protect the hair from  heat , or to provide body to limp hair. Homemade hair conditioner recipes can call for a variety of ingredients. Eggs,mayonnaise,honey,yogurt to name a few . The concoction is then worked into the dampened hair and covered with a warm towel & or shower cap . It is not necessary to leave conditioner on any longer than 20 – 25 min . That is all the time your hair needs to absorb what you put on it . Its also good to use  heat when conditioning .

I wash & condition my hair every 2 weeks with a normal conditioner . Lets say Mizani Thermasmooth Conditioner for example. I deep condition it once a month using a richer product . Organic root stimulator hair mayonnaise is a good deep conditioner .

Depending on your particular hair style/type, you should wash and condition your hair once a week, or once every two weeks. Hair care products for other ethnicities are designed to remove oily buildup. But since African-American hair has the opposite problem, lack of oil, you don’t want to strip your hair of oil by washing it too often. Concentrate on the ENDS of your hair when applying conditioner.The ends are drier & it takes longer for natural oils to reach them.

Here is a list of my favorite hair conditioners !

Ouidad Deep Treatment

Organics Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak

John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start  Repairing Conditioner

Tresemme Silk Protein Healthy Volume Conditioner

Dove  Intense Repair

Most of these products can be found at a drug store or some place like walmart . They are all pretty affordable .

I don’t get caught up in name brands . I use it all ! Whatever works ! I experiment on myself ! I also read the ingredient labels . They teach stylist in hair school about product ingredients . What is good . What is bad . How to tell how much of something is in the product . Avoid the use of the following ingredients or make sure they are at the end of the list of often-unpronounceable products:

  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben
  • Petrolatum and Mineral Oil
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate

The last few ingredients that are listed at the end means there is just A LITTLE BIT in the product. If its listed first that means there is a lot . For example, water would be the main ingredient in a kool aid drink . That is mostly what it is composed of . It would be the first . Then probably sugar & food coloring .