Hola! Ok so today I am coming to you asking you ladies for some tips today :o)
So if you are on Instagram, you’ll know that people LOVE to post pics of themselves showing off their hard bodies, diet food, their “juicing” and “eating clean” recipes lol, oh and can’t forget the nasty pics of themselves all sweaty and lookin busted at the gym pics lol (yea I am not sure why people feel the need to post those pics but I digress lol), well it’s definitely motivated me to get my flabby self back in the gym and get myself somewhat together for the summer. It’s so easy to slack off in the winter months over here on the East coast, we aren’t aware of our bodies as much because we are all bundled up on layers and layers of clothing. Then spring comes and you’re like oh sh!t my summer clothes don’t fit anymore lol (I KNOW I am not the only one with this struggle….dangit lol)
Well I say all that, not to get off topic and all, to ask what some of your tips are for maintaining your hair styles, twist-outs while working out. My head gets really sweaty which makes my hair frizzy and feel dirty :o( and that makes me want to wash my hair more often. My twists end up lookin busted and I can’t get second day hair which means I will have to re-twist my hair after every workout. It’s just annoying :o(
I don’t even know if my question makes sense or exactly what I am asking for! lol I am hoping someone out there at least understands what I am trying to say and can offer some insight? I dunno…
sooooo…..whatcha think?? :o(
Summa summa summa tiiiiiiime!! Well…almost summa time lol
The weather has definitely changed (FINALLY) and temperature’s rising which means we’ll be hitting the pools, beaches, vacationing and spending more time out doors **SIDEBAR--unless you are like me and TERRIFIED of these damn 17-year cicadas that are supposed to be out on the east coast soon. I WILL be indoors until they are gone…lol) If you live on the west coast, you really don’t understand what its like to “have seasons” like us East coasters lol and why its such a huge deal when winter is over! oh how I miss Cali…sunshine and warm weather ALL year round….ima be back there soon though! #GodWilling
Any who, a few readers reminded me that I need to make a post about summer hair care tips (duh!) because different temperatures and climates definitely call for different hair care needs. Check out some summer hair care tips below! If you have some other tips, leave them in the comment box!
Oh and one thing I want to highlight, knowing your hair’s porosity is HUGE in warm weather. Check out this post and do some Googling for more info on that. Knowing your hair’s porosity will help determine what products and hair practices work best for you.
- Ditch Products with Drying Ingredients i.e. alcohols (the bad ones), heavy fragrances - It’s already a challenge to keep your hair moisturized in dry climates so don’t make it harder for yourself! :o)
- Seal Your Hair! -- I know you’ve seen me mention this a billion times because it is so essential! Always apply a heavy butter like shea or mango or an oil like coconut, olive, jojoba or sweet almond to help seal in the moisture. This is ESSENTIAL if you have highly porous hair because dry climates will suck out all the moisture of your hair (stay away from humectants as well!)
- Try the Green House Effect! — Check out this post to see what this moisture “treatment” is! You can also try the baggy method which is similar to the GHE but not quite. The baggy method is where you apply a conditioner or moisturizer on your hair AFTER you’ve washed and conditioned (GHE uses oils). You put a plastic cap on your hair and leave it on for however long you wish (I do it for up to an hour or so).
- Co-Wash more often! – Using regular shampoo may actually dry out your hair so try washing with conditioner instead. This way, you will retain moisture and natural oils while still cleansing your hair and scalp of sweat and build-up (the key is your SCALP!). If you feel like co-washing doesn’t clean your hair well enough, try washing with a moisturizing shampoo bar like any of these a couple times a month. Always follow with a good conditioner!
- Do Steam Treatments! — Again, the key is to keep your hair moisturized and steam treatments are a GREAT way to do this!
- Embrace the humidity! — Humidity can be a blessing or a curse….I see it as a blessing in the summer! Humidity means BIG hair which I love! Also, it helps moisturize your hair. If you don’t like humidity, then stay away from products that contain humectants (i.e. glycerin, aloe vera, honey) because it will attract MORE moisture to your hair and make your hair even bigger. BUT if you don’t care, then humidity is actually great for humectants….moisture! For those with highly porous hair, you will probably experience more frizz so keep that in mind.
- Wear more Wash-n-Go’s – Besides the fact that your hair will dry faster, it’s another opportunity for your hair to lock in the moisture!
- Drink LOTS of water! -- This is a given. It’s hot, you sweat, you lose water so you want to make sure you rehydrate and replenish by drinking more! Water is essential for your body AND hair inside and out! My fav ways to get my daily doses are drinking coconut water or putting sliced cucumbers and lemons in iced water! Sooo refreshing and yummy!
- Oil or condition your hair BEFORE you go swimming! -- I know this seems messy and sort of counter intuitive but doing this will coat your hair and act a shield against chlorine and salt water (remember water and oil don’t mix! Same concept with sealing your hair…) Conditioners help because it helps fill in the gaps in the hair shaft (especially protein conditioners) and will help reduce dryness and breakage. This is especially important if you have color in your hair! You can also invest in a cute swimming cap like these or these :o)
- Don’t forget the Suncreen… for your hair! – Believe it or not, you need to protect your hair as much as you should your skin! There are a lot of natural oils and butters that are natural UV protectors! Mango butter is especially my favorite but you can also use sesame oil, macadamia nut oil, shea butter, cupuacu butter to name a few. You can also look for products that are labeled as heat protectants or UV protectants.
- Use a Moisturizing Shampoo – Hopefully you already are doing this :o) But if you haven’t yet, try using a shampoo bar. You know I am a HUGE advocate of them. Also, you may need to change the frequency of how often you wash. I find that I tend to wash more frequently in the summer because my scalp sweats and becomes oily faster and some people swim more often which leads to my next tip…
- Clarify Your Hair — If you swim in chlorine or salt water you will want to make sure you clarify your hair. Rinsing your hair with plain water will not get rid of chlorine and salt. Most shampoos will get most of it out but it is still a good idea to thoroughly clarify at least once a month to sort of “re-set” your hair. It is also good to clarify if you sweat a lot or have an oily scalp. You can clarify with apple cider vinegar, bentonite clay, castile soap, black soap to name a few. There are lots of products marketed as clarifying so just check the labels! Oh and of course, most shampoo bars contain clarifying ingredients (another reason why they are damn near perfect hehe)
- Use products with Proteins – Proteins will help patch up the hair shaft which means if you have highly porous hair, it will help keep moisture retained longer which is good in Dry climates. If you live in humid climates, this will help keep frizz down to a minimum! You can also try protein treatments like the Cherry Lola or make your own concoction using yogurt, eggs, beer, etc.
- Deep Condition more often – For obvious reasons, it will help restore any damage from the sun and heat, and it will also help retain moisture in your hair! This is great opportunity to use a conditioner that contains proteins (I LOVE Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner) and to also do the baggy method which I mentioned above. The key is to allow the conditioner time to penetrate DEEP into your hair shaft.
- Wear braids or twists! — Back in the day my signature summer style was corn rows. It’s so easy to maintain, your hair is protected and it keeps your head cool. Try rocking some cute braids, corn rows or twists this summer and you really won’t have to worry much about anything accept keeping your own hair moist using a spray or oil! Plus it makes vacationing so much easier and you don’t have to bring a bunch of products with you :o)
and if all else fails… you can always wear a cute hat, scarf or turban wrap! :o)
Hope this helps and gets you ready for the summa, summa, summa time!!
Hey! It’s been awhile since I posted a hair tip for Tip Tuesday…I kinda ran out of tips lmao!! I knew the day would come haha I am sure I will come up with something every now and then perhaps lol (that’s why I asked ya’ll to send me your tips but no one did :o((( )
Well, today I have a borrowed tip, well sort of borrowed. I heard it on one of Naptural85′s latest YouTube videos and I was like YES!!! She is so right and I always do it anyways so technically she just reminded me of a tip lol
Anyway, the tip is…be sure your nails are filed when you are washing, twisting or pretty much doing anything with your hair!
Why? Well filing your nails make them look pretty and neat (duh!) but if you don’t, your nails may be jagged and have little slits in the tips which means the strands of your hair can get caught in them. Can we say…SNAP, crackle and POP!? lol Yea, you can break your hair which is no good.
I have had this happen on numerous occasions when I get lazy and don’t take care of my nails. I’m always like ahhhh!!! when my hair gets stuck! Needless to say, I quickly grab a nail file and smooth my nails out. I actually prefer to use a buffer (unless my nail is like completely jacked) because the buffer makes the tips not so sharp and rounder. If you file your nails too sharp, you still run the risk of slicing your hair anyways lol
The key is to treat your hair with love and be as gentle as possible at all times :o)
Hello beautiful people!
I’ve been posting some Hair tips I’ve collected over the years and wanted to share them with you in hopes that it can help you along with your natural hair journey BUT now….I want some of your tips!
If you have a quick tip, technique, weird ritual or anything that has mad managing your hair just a teeny bit easier, send it to me in an email and I will feature your tip on Tip Tuesday!
Just be sure to include your name, your tip, any visuals (if needed) along with your blog or any social media info that you wouldn’t mind sharing.
I can’t wait to hear some of your suggestions so we can all make this thing called “natural hair” a little easier :o)
It’s that day that comes after Monday and before Wednesday! :o)
A quick tip for making detangling much easier and less damaging — use a modified Denman Brush!
Modified? Huh? What do you mean? Well, let me explain…you simply remove every other row of teeth from the brush! All you need to do is slide the orange rubber part out from the black plastic handle and you will see the backside of the rubber and you just pull out every other row, leaving the two on the outside. You should have 4 rows total left.
So what’s the point? Well removing the teeth allows for a wider gap in between each row so it’s much gentler and doesn’t pull or snag your hair as much. It just makes the process so much easier and YES it still clumps your curls! :o) I use this maybe 2x a month after I wash and condition (when I don’t use this I just finger detangle).
I can not take credit for this GENIUS idea… so thank you Naptural85 for the wonderful tip! Check out the pics below so you can see what I mean! (sorry for the random hairs stuck all in my brush lol)
WAIT!! Don’t throw that away! You can re-use it!
I’m talking about that empty tub you just swiped that last bit of shea butter (or any product for that matter) out of!
Old containers come in handy if you like to experiment by mixing and making your own products!
I have saved the clear containers from Shea Moisture products and made my own shea butter mixes. I like doing this because you can make small quantities and mix different varieties of oils and essential oils in them and even fragrance oils! My mood always changes—some days I like to smell florally and some days I may like to smell like a bakery lol Also, some times the scents from the essential oils can be overpowering and don’t mix well with my fragrance oils. That’s why I like to keep several containers and make small batches.
here’s my fav thing to re-use….empty mini spray bottles from Bath and Body Works! Yes, these are the best! They are the perfect size and you can travel with them! They also spray in a very light, thin mist so you aren’t like drenching your head and getting your mixture all over the place.I LOVE using these to may different spritzer mixes, as I refer to them. I use the sprays EVERY time I re-twist my hair to style for moisture (water is the ONLY thing that provides moisture). I also make sure I spray my scalp as well since I use a lot of essential oils and this way I can get those benefits every other night or so.
Here’s a few things I have mixed and matched, I am sure there are other great liquids you could mix as well, I’m taking suggestions! Remember, I don’t like to mix more than 3-5 ingredients at a time so that each ingredient can be effective. You can play around with the quantity of each ingredient but make sure the majority is water (like 80-90%) and you only use no more than 5-10 drops each for the essential oils:
- Water (ALWAYS!! This is the base ingredient for all my spritzers)
- Glycerin — humectant; makes hair SUPER soft
- Aloe juice — humectant
- Grape seed or Sweet almond oil — Use only light oils since oil and water don’t mix. You’ll have to be sure to shake the bottle vigorously before each spritzing to make sure you get the oil through the nozzle before it separates (hope that made sense).
- Essentials Oils – I currently own peppermint, rosemary, cedarwood, thyme, myrtle, lavender, tea tree (these benefit the scalp more than anything)
- Witch Hazel — I just started adding this! This helps “refresh” your hair and scalp as it is astringent. This is good to neutralize oily hair/scalp as well so I would only use this in a mixture if you already have a lot of oily product in your hair i.e. that day you were a bit heavy handed lol. Focus this on your scalp more than your hair. Also, I would make sure you get a pure, alcohol free kind. I am a HUGE Thayer’s fan :o)
What do you have in your spritzer mixer?!
Do you suffer from a super dry, itchy scalp during the winter?
I get a lot of questions about this….First off, DON’T keep greasing your scalp! When I say grease, I mean the Blue Magic, Ultra Sheen, Softee kind. That’s a huge no no!
Those kinds of hair dressings are made of petroleum (like Vaseline petroleum!) and they do nothing for your scalp except cause even more problems. They clog your pores, don’t penetrate your hair or skin and trap dirt—all of which contribute to scalp issues (think bacterial and fungal problems!) Don’t believe me, just Google it! Google knows everything ;o) lol
Rather than use a heavy grease, keep your scalp CLEAN and apply a lighter oil like pure coconut (no, not Blue Magic Coconut lol), grapeseed or jojoba. Adding a few drops of essential oils like tea tree, peppermint or rosemary will help improve your scalp even more. Thyme and Cedarwood EO’s are really great for the scalp as well. The key is to oil your scalp on clean hair, other wise you may just trap dirt on your scalp. If you desperately need to, re-oil 1-2 in between washes.
If you can’t wash your hair often, try co-washing, just make sure you are getting rid of dirt and the flaky residue regularly. When the flakes are mixed with the oil, you will get a funky mess on your scalp which can cause your scalp to itch even more.
One last tip is….you guessed it….ayurvedic treatments! I am telling you, these GOD sends help with EVERY hair issue one can think of! Try them out!
Hope this helps!