Sunday, February 15, 2015

Black Hair Breakage


Hair breakage is no foreign language in the African American hair care community.  It seems like every day your hearing of close family members and friends surrendering to the scissors to undo the damage they have done to their hair. This crisis leaves many black women (and men) wondering what did I do wrong?  Why is my hair breaking off? How can I stop the epidemic of black hair breakage?

Well, a part of the reason you’re asking yourself these questions is because of improper education of black hair care.  It’s not your fault, well at least not all of it is.  You see, many of us are told that African American hair should only be shampooed every 2-3 weeks, and that combing a no lye relaxer through your hair is a good method to get your hair at its straightest.

Well, I’m sorry to tell you that those hair care methods are the sole purpose as to why your hair is damaged and is breaking off in the first place. The truth is: you should never comb a no-lye relaxer nor any type of relaxer through your hair once applied. Here’s why. The chemicals in the relaxer are made to permanently straighten the hair, so there is no need to comb the chemical through your hair. The chemical or relaxer when applied to your hair is already altering hair bonds which are weakening your hair in the process, so when combing the relaxer through your hair, you are actually weakening these hair bonds even more, which may later cause hair breakage and damage.

And if your stylist has ever combed a relaxer through your hair once applied, well, you need to find a more educated stylist, point blank. Unless of course you want to end up completely bald. 

As for shampooing your hair, completing this hair care method every 2-3 weeks in the hopes that dirt will actually make your hair grow is a major no no. Your scalp is as sensitive as the skin on your face. Now really, could you imagine only washing your face every 2-3 weeks? Disgusting right?
 And if you can imagine not washing your face every 2-3 weeks and are actually OK with it, well maybe I have a couple of doctors to recommend you to.

 Anyway, back to the matter at hand, you must at least shampoo your hair every 2-3 days, and if you are a workoutaholic like me, you must shampoo your hair every time you work out hard enough to break a sweat, and if you’re not breaking a sweat while working out, well maybe you’re just wasting your time. But if you are like myself, you work out hard enough to break a sweat, DO NOT shampoo your hair every day with shampoos that include sulfates.

Sulfates dry out your hair and cause hair breakage especially when used to that extent. If you’re not sure which shampoos include sulfates, READ the label.  Or just opt for the organic shampoos which are the best for your hair anyway.  Examples of organic shampoos would be Burt’s Bees or the Jane Carter Solution products. 

Shampooing your hair every 2-3 days or every time you break a sweat also applies to you sistas’ who sport braids and loc’s. If you can’t, won’t, or just plain downright refuse to shampoo your mane every 2-3 days or per workout sweat (once a day), then cleanse your scalp with a natural cleansing astringent or sea breeze. This is an excellent way not to get your loc’s wet while still maintaining a healthy scalp. 

So if you are serious about growing your hair and stopping hair breakage, following these simple tips will have you on the way to long, beautiful, and healthy black hair. 

1. Shampoo and Condition your Hair 1-2 times per week(if you don't workout 2-3 times if you do by co-washing) with an organic products
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2.  Deep Condition your hair with a Protein based conditioner, either under a hair dryer for 20 minutes with a cap, or with a cap only for an hour.  I recommend Organics Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise.

3. Moisture your hair as needed.  I recommend products such as Organic coconut oil, olive oil, and Shea butter. 

4. Stop using Relaxers!  The damage from relaxers is sometimes beyond repair.

5. Take a Multi-Vitamin or Hair Vitamin. (Hair Skin and Nails Vitamin, HairFinity, Biotin)



Following these steps along with a healthy diet will give you optimum results to stop hair breakage and promote hair growth.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

My Regimen To Prevent Hair Loss

So lately I have been having problems with the middle of my head. My last post on this was actually literary my last post that I did on my blog. And how ironically that when I have decided to start blogging again consistently, its about my hair loss.


So I never really did an update on my last post but here goes. I actually did go to the dermatologist to see what was going on with the middle of my head and why it kept breaking off. Turns out (which is not a big shocker) I have a form of alopecia. Now I did not get a formal diagnosis of which kind of alopecia mainly because I was supposed to have some blood test done and then go back to rule out any other illnesses. But my mother passed away in August 2014 and that was the month that I was supposed to go back and really did not feel up to it. Plus to be honest, I didn't really want to waste any more money just for them to tell me what I already knew. Which is I probably have
Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia which basically in damage to the follicle and can result in scaring of the scalp. But really, who am I to self diagnose? I mean it could be related to stress, my diet, heredity, anything. But I do know one thing, I have a plan to see if I can fix this.  I mean, I don't just want to give up. Its really not in my nature.


Soooo Here is the Plan.
1. No more flat irons in my head. This way I can avoid heat damage and even damaging my hair follicle further
2. Shampoo my hair once a week. So far I will be using ORS or Organic Root Stimulator Uplifting Shampoo.
3. Moisturize my hair Daily. I am going to use natural ingredients such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Water, and A leave in mixture and Spray my hair with it day and Night.
4. Treat the damaged area with ORS (Organic Root Stimulator) Temple Balm.  This product is suppose to create blood circulation to the follicle to promote hair growth.


And I have to admit. Since using the ORS Fertilizing Temple Balm, it really calms my trouble area down because it usually itches a lot. But when I use this product, I don't feel the need to scratch my hair which causes more damage.


So this will be my regimen for a while and I will defiantly let you guys know the results. I will also be wearing wigs. I don't want to wear braids because I don't want any pulling on my hair and also I need my hair to be out so that I can shampoo and treat it effectively while I am going through this.


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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Yeah...So I Have A Bald Spot

So I can't really say that I am shocked that I have a freaking bald spot, I mean, I have lost hair at the crown of my head before.  But this time is a little different.  I never had hair fall out like this. My hair was comming out every time I combed or washed it!

Everytime I combed my hair I would see globs on the comb, as well as globs of curly hair strands on my shower floor.  And to make matters worse, everytime I touched the crown of my head the hair felt thinner and thinner. Until it was pretty much non existent.

So after Googling, doing tons of research, and moaping in my own bald headed self pitty, I finnally decided to do something about it. I am too young to be bald! And that's when I discovered Tropical Isles Jamaicans Black Castor Oil!

When I say thee bomb, I mean thee bomb. This stuff has grown back my hair fast for only 1 week of ussage. And for the Price of $10.99 and a whole lot of product left, I would say that's a steal. So I will definitely keep you guys updated on my progress, but in the meantime check out these 1 week before and after pictures.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Illusion Part.. I Think I'm in Love...

Well if you haven't already heard we are onto the next hair craze which is the Illusion Part!  I mean if you want an alternative to the lace closure or the invisable part than this is for you!  The Hair literally looks like it's growing out of your scalp!  Take a look!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Spiritual Care: Happy Birthday Jesus!

The reason for the Season is none other than Jesus!  He was born,  He Bled, He Suffered, and He Died for You!

In celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ our Savior,  let's revist the Birth of Jesus per the text (Holy Bible)

Luke 2:1-20

New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a]Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a signto you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Vivica Fox Hair Collection: WP-ISLAND 25" (Futra Hair)

A 25" Futra Wig? WINNING!  Yesss Hunny and Vivica A. Fox Hair Collection has it!  Check her out here:

Wig Specifics:
NEW FUTURA, WEAVE CAP, 25" LONG STRAIGHT BODY CURL ENDS WITH CHINA BANG

Color Shown: FS1B/30
RETAIL: $59.99
Collection :SPECIALTY WIGS
Hair Type :New Futura
Style :Straight
Length :Long

Now From the Looks of Her, I am quite sure that she is WAYYYYY longer than 25" inches.  I would give it about 30". Why? Because with the Vivica A. Fox Hair Collection almost always the length of the hair comes out longer than specified.  Check out my review on Vivica Fox Reserve Remy Hair HERE.

Not to mention, Futura hair last as long, or not longer than human hair! Double Win!

I think I should Review her next! What do you think?


 

SpiritualCare: James 1:12 (Endureth Temptation)

James 1:12

James 1:12
King James Version (KJV)
"12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him."


We all know that trails will come.  We all know that temptations will come. But what we all must realize is that those trails and temptations shall end.  They two shall come to pass. During a trail or temptation, we must stay steadfast until the end. We must be able to trust God, hold our head up high, pray that our faith shall not fail, and see it through until the end.

I was listening to T.D. Jake's the other day and he said...."Strange Storms always Foresees Great Miracles."  And this is very true.  When things start to occur in your life out of no where, that just doesn't make any sense, or you are wondering how did this happen?  These are the storms that Bishop Jake's speaks of. These storms Foresees Great Miracles. 

If you notice, Storms don't usually come unless you are getting closer to Jesus.  For example, in Matthew 14:22-33 talks about how Jesus Walks on Water. Jesus bid Peter to come unto him on the water. And as Peter walked off the ship and began walking on the water, he had his eyes on Christ.

And than the Bible says in Matthew 14:30 ;  "30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

See right there, As soon as Peter took his focus off the Lord and Began to look at his circumstances, that is when he took his eyes off of Jesus, and began to sink!  But just like Peter we are all human, it is normal to look at the circumstances that surrounds us. The bills not paid, the rent is due, the children need winter cloths.  Oh but when we call upon the name of the Lord, just like Peter, he shall remind us just WHO HE IS when needed. Some times we have to pray that our faith shall not fail and learn to always Trust God in any trail or circumstance. YOU WIN!

The bible says in Matthew 14:31;   " 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"

Even though Peter may have lost a little bit of his faith in that testing and trying moment, Jesus still IMMEDIATELY stretched forth his hand to save him. That's how good our God is to us. In the mist of a trail, even if our faith is no where it should be, He still stretched forth his hand, and caught us!  Thank you Jesus!

And when Peter and Jesus connected, the wind ceased. Thank  you Lord. The storm shall end. You just have to be steadfast and Endureth Tempation right to the end, until you reach Jesus, which will Solidify your Beakthrough, and bring forth your Miracle.

Amen!