Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beautiful Grey Haired Woman

Yesterday on one of my many trips to the beauty supplies store. While looking for moisturizing conditioners, i happened to look up and see a tall woman. I was struck by her beauty. She had the most beautiful skin and her hair was long, thick and shiny. I guess i must have been staring, because she said "Hello young lady". I said "Hello". We struck up a conversation. Of course it was about hair.We got into regimens. She said she had been taking care of her own hair all her life. I have never seen grey hair so healthy looking. I was surprised when she said her hair was not thick at all, as a matter of fact it was quite fine (just like mine). Well i had to know what products she used to keep her hair in such great shape. She said she uses grey hair shampoo, twice a week. She alternates between Davines Alchemic Shampoo
and One 'n Only Shiny Silver Ultra Conditioning Shampoo
She conditions with keracare moisture conditioner and seals with coconut oil. She said, "Simple hair care is what keeps my hair healthy". "Regular trims, clean hair and diet, are all you need". Wow, unlike myself. When i leave the beauty supplies store. I am loaded down with product. "Fine hair cannot take too many products". "Simple is the way to go".  Thank you beautiful grey haired lady for that bit of wisdom.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Not hair related, Well sort of !!!

Doing research on healthy hair can take you to many places on the web.  I was pleasantly surprised when i stumble upon a website called I was actually looking for personalized t shirts  for hair. What i found was a lot more than just t shirts. There were all kinds of items related to hair. Me being the hair fanatic that i am, i wanted to see everything related to hair on the site. I looked through pages and pages of hair related items. One particular item caught my eye. The " Ma Locks" products bag. I thought this would be perfect for my friend with locs. We always go shopping for hair products together. I also saw some really great posters for my friends salon (the same friend with the locs) She has a natural hair salon in bklyn. I also checked out "Save the Gulf t-shirts" for my politically correct friend, lol

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Split Ends !!!!

Split Ends

Did you know there were so many types of split ends? Splits can occur anywhere along the hair shaft, not just ends, but most splits do occur on the ends of the hair more frequently.

What are some of the causes?

1. Dryness- dryness is the enemy of all hair not only does it cause splits, it causes breakage as well

2. Weathering- the ends are the oldest part of the hair and overtime weathering causes ends to get thinner and weaker

3. Over manipulation- too much combing, brushing, overstyling will eventually weaken hair strands and may contribute to splitting.

4. Wrong comb/brush/utensils- combs that are not meant for textured hair snag, pull and tangle our delicate hair contributing to splits, also brushes and other hair utensils used inproperly all contribute to splits.

5. heat- Overuse of heat weakens and dries out hair also contribute to splits. Ex : flat irons, blowdryers and curling irons

6. wrong hair products/chemicals- products that do not provide slip or strength to the hair are potential contributors for splits. Improper use of chemicals will damage and weaken hair, eventually causing splits.

What Can Be Done? :
Unfortunately nothing can be done once a split has occurred. The split hair must be trimmed, or it will continue to split. Proper hair care will keep the splits at bay. Moisture & Protein balance and trimming splits will improve overall health of the hair, minimizing splits.

These are my opinions!!! What are yours?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Product Review

Motions Professional Protein Reconstructor

Strengthen, protect and hydrate to soften hair and to help guard against breakage using Motions Professional Protein Reconstructor.
How This Technology Works
  • Collagen proteins helps repair the hair shaft, strengthening it from within.
  • Silicones enhance shine while conditioner add moisture.
Why This Formula Is Better
  • Increases hair’s suppleness and prevents breakage.
  • Formulated for heat- and chemically-damaged hair.
How To Get The Most From This Product
  • After Shampooing with CPR Treatment Shampoo, apply ample amount of Motions Professional Protein Reconstructor to hair. Saturate from root to end.
  • For maximum conditioning benefits, cover hair with a plastic cap and place client under warm dryer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Gently rinse hair with warm water, thoroughly removing treatment from the hair.
  • Style as usual. Best if used with other CPR products.
My Results : After removing my latch hooks braids (i had them in for 4 weeks) i noticed lots of shedding. Even though throughout the 4 weeks the braids were done. I moisturized & sealed every other day to make sure i did not get the dryness and breakage you can get coming out of protective styles, lasting for 4 weeks or more. I also was using MN along with an Indian herbal oil. As i removed the braids, i noticed how soft and easy it was to comb, so i didn't expect what happened next. After detangling. I immediately did a henna gloss for strength. As i was rinsing, i noticed the softness had been replaced by hard hair (i tried a henna i never used before). As i started to air dry, my hair just did not feel right. When i applied my leave in, my hair just got harder!!! Okay, now i'm getting nervous, lol. As i was combing, strands of hair was just coming out. The more i combed the more hair came out. I moisturized and sealed again. Did not help. I have shedding every day for a week. I was so afraid of having a setback. My fine strands can't take all the shedding. Anyway, i looked into my stash to see what would help with this shedding thing. I decided to try the Motions CPR Protein Reconstructor. Turns out that's just what my hair needed. The shedding finally stopped with this product and my hair feel strong!!! This moderate protein product will be one of my new staples :o)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Conditioning, Wet or Dry?

There is a debate raging on how to condition hair. Should you condition on wet or dry hair? Well both sides have valid points as to why one is better than the other :

Pros of wet conditioning :
the claim is wet hair absorbs more of the conditioner, therefore hair is better conditioned
hair cuticles are open when wet allowing for deeper penetration of conditioner
applying conditioner to wet hair is quicker than applying to dry hair
applying conditioner to wet hair reduces breakage (less manipulation applying)
you use less product on wet hair

Pros of dry conditioning :
the claim is dry hair absorbs more of the conditioner, because the conditioner will wet the hair, so applying it on wet hair is not necessary.
applying conditioner on dry hair cuts out an extra step (jumping in and out of the shower)
applying conditioner on dry hair allows every strand to receive the conditioning benefits
applying conditioner on dry hair reduces breakage (because every strand is covered with conditioner)

My Opinion :
I love conditioning on dry hair. I feel that ever since i started conditioning on dry hair, my hair has benefited from less breakage, more moisture and less time in and out of the shower.