Thursday, December 30, 2010

Healthy Hair Tips for 2011

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Are you looking to achieve healthy hair in 2011?  Start with these suggestions:

1. Eat Healthily
Healthy hair starts from within.  If you are not getting sufficient nutrients from your meals, invest in a good multivitamin.  (For more info: hair foods, multivitamins.)

2. Drink sufficient water
Water helps to move nutrients throughout the body.  (For more info: water.)

3. Design a hair care regimen
Start with a basic routine (wash, condition, detangle, and moisturize) and build upon it as necessary (e.g., cowash, prepoo, etc.).  Example regimen, Featured regimens.

4. Find your staple hair products & tools
Clean out your shelves. Keep products and tools that work on your hair.  Donate those that do not.  Learn your hair and what ingredients it likes and doesn't like.  (For more info: moisture.)

5. Protective style more often
Protective styling helps to retain length and maintain healthy strands.  (For more info: Length retention.)

Twist Series: Growth Questions

Hey ladies!  I'm in the process of writing about "Growth & Length Retention" in the Twist Series.  Feel free to add questions in the comment section that I can address in the post.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Twist Series: Washing & Matting

  • How do you wash your hair when it's twisted?
I use diluted shampoo, do one lather only, and focus on massaging the scalp.  I try not to manipulate the roots and strands much.  This helps to minimize matting.  (When I feel like it, which is rare, I will put my twists into 6-8 plaits prior to washing.)  More details below ...

After every wash, I airdry my twists in two big frenchbraids.  This helps to minimize frizzing.

  • Hi! Thank you so much for the twist series. I'm making a twist regimen of my own and it helps to see yours. I have a question-- When you say "twist for 3 weeks and 1-2 washes", do you mean 1-2 washes after the inital wash (the same day you twist your hair)? I want to avoid matting.
Yes, I do.  After the initial wash/twist day, I usually wait 2 weeks then do my first wash.  On week three,  I do my second wash.  (When I'm able to, I wait the full three weeks then do my first wash.)
  • weekly, i washed my hair in braids (10-15) and detangled every two weeks. most of the time it was fine, but sometimes i found that the base of the plait was matted. i could feel it -- straight + whatever that was + straight.  how do you avoid matting at the base of your twists/plaits?
For my hair, it really comes down to a) how I wash and b) how often I wash.

a) How I wash: The method of washing is more important than how often you wash.  Avoid manipulating the roots much.  I purposely use the shampoo that I use because it lifts the oils/dirt without me having to do much work.  I don't massage the scalp haphazardly while washing.  I kind of do a pinch method ... pinch the base of each twist with my thumb and index finger.  I also focus on cleansing the visible scalp between sections.  (Let me know if this makes sense; otherwise, I'll try to post a photo the next time.)

b) How often I wash: I keep washes to a minimum - about 1-2 washes during a twist session.

"Soul" Food Mondays || Love Is Patient ...

Spread the love this season.  Love is good for the soul!

1 Corinthians 13 (NLT)

1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. ...  3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.