Multi-Textured Head of Hair (excerpt from What Is My Hair Type? And What Difference Does it Make?)

Multi-Textured Head of Hair Denika Penn Carothers

Do you have the experience of more than one texture of hair on your head? Are some parts wavy while others have tightly coiled curls? Do you have some parts that are completely straight and do not curl, say at the nape or at the front of the head? Is it frizzy, tight and course in the crown of the head? Welcome to the world of the multi-textured heads of hair!

The reason for different textures could be as a result of heat or chemical damage or the Creator just must have made you that way. The first reason will eventually resolve itself, the second we all have to live with. So how do you manage a head of hair that is multi-textured? Firstly by accepting it! It is important that you accept that that’s just how your hair was created (trust me adopting this perspective makes your relationship with your hair a lot easier lol).

Most heads of hair experience two different textures. Usually the most different texture is in the crown of the head where the hair tends to be more coarse and of a tighter curl definition. Many naturals also experience a completely different texture of hair at the nape or around the edges. If you are like me you may also experience different textures on either side of your head. I have a looser curl pattern on the left side of my head than I do on the right, my hair at the crown is tighter and tends to be more frizzy, and at the nape of my neck my hair is softer.

Learning how to provide the needs of each texture will make life a whole lot easier on “hair days”. Based on the philosophy that your hair is only as strong as its weakest link, you want to ensure that you give each part the tender, love and care it needs. Here are some tips for you:

1.  Always section your hair before detangling. This will ensure that each section gets what it needs.

2.  Be sure to use products that are designed to address the issues that you consider to be the most challenging. If your hair is very dry and frizzy, use products that are specifically formulated for this being sure to give more to the areas that require more.

3.  Be sure to add a protein conditioning treatment if your hair is very coily and dense. This will effectively help the hair to retain moisture and strengthen the weaker strands. Be sure to always follow a protein treatment up with a deep conditioning treatment that provides moisture.

4.  Apply your styling product in sections, especially when trying to achieve a wash and go. This will ensure adequate coverage and give you the ability to thoroughly work the product through the hair while smoothing and defining the hair in the process.

5.  Use sets such as braid-outs and twist-outs to blend the different textures so they look uniformed. If your ends are straight you can blend by using flexi rods or a curler on the end rolled on an angle like a candy cane.

If you are consistent with these practices, you should start to experience the hair becoming trained and will see results such as stronger, more defined and manageable hair.

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Essential Oils and Your Hair

Essential Oils and Your Hair

Essential oils are beneficial for many things, one of them being our hair. The best thing about essential oils for me is that they are all natural. They come from the heart of nature and I am a firm believer that everything we need for health, and cures for sickness, disease and ailments can be found in nature.

Some of the best essential oils and their benefits for hair are:

  • Chamomile Oil – Is considered to be one of the most soothing essential oils for hair and scalp. It keeps the scalp from drying out and is great for dry brittle hair.
  • Peppermint Oil – Stimulates circulation and blood flow to the scalp, improves hair growth and is very nourishing.
  • Myrrh Oil – Great for dry scalp and helps to treat dandruff. It is also great for the skin.
  • Lavender Oil – Helps with itchy scalp and aids in preventing dandruff; helps to prevent breakage and improves hair growth as it conditions.
  • Rosemary Oil – Stimulates the hair roots, promotes healthy growth and increases circulation to the scalp.
  • Tea Tree Oil – A natural hair tonic that helps prevent bacterial and fungal problems. It unblocks sebaceous glands and stimulates the scalp.

There are some key things to know when working with essential oils:

  • Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. Instead they should be combined with carrier oils.
  • There are a few essential oils that are generally recognized as safe to use undiluted. Lavender and tea tree oil are two of them.
  • Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
  • Never use an undiluted essential oil on a baby or child as children have much more delicate skin than adults have and tend to be sensitive to the potency of essential oils.
  • Avoid the following essential oils while pregnant or nursing and skip using them completely in your first trimester: Aniseed, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, ginger, jasmine, lemon, rosemary & sage (this is only a partial list. Do your research).
  • To test if you’re sensitive to an essential oil combine one drop with ½ tsp carrier oil and rub on the inside of your arm. Wait a few hours and if no redness or itching develops you’re most likely okay to use it.
  • Do not take E/O’s internally, especially oils like wintergreen and eucalyptus. In fact there are some essential oils that are considered toxic and should be avoided even through skin contact so it’s best to do your own research. Luckily though these are NOT common E/O’s.
  • Keep all E/O’s out of the reach of children and avoid eye contact.

Author: Denika Penn Carothers, Natural Hair & Hair Products available at Amazon or at http://www.gethealthyhairnow.com

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What Is The Difference Between Hair Loss and Hair Shedding

Hair follicles on the scalp do not continuously produce hair. They cycle through a growth stage that can last two or more years then regress to a resting stage for up to two months before starting to grow a new hair fiber again. At any time on a healthy human scalp, about 80% to 90% of the hair follicles are growing hair. These active follicles are in what is called the anagen phase.

Hair loss is what we refer to when the hair has stopped growing. The medical term associated with this condition is anagen effluvium. The most common causes of hair loss include:

  • Hereditary hair loss
  • Immune system overreacts
  • Some drugs and treatments
  • Hairstyles that pull on the hair
  • Harsh hair care products
  • Compulsion to pull one’s hair out

If you are experiencing “hair loss”, your hair will cease to grow until the cause for the hair loss stops. Persons that undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatments often lose a lot, if not all of their hair. When the treatment stops however their hair tends to grow back. Likewise persons on certain types of medications, for example antidepressants or thyroid medication, tend to lose hair which may appear to stay lost as long as they are on the medication.

However, hair normally sheds 50 to 100 strands of per day. If you are a “naturalista” and you do not comb or brush your hair in between washes, the amount of hair shed you experience during your washes might frighten you. You have to remember that if you do not comb your hair in between washes for 7 days, you have shed 350 – 700 strands of hair, which might appear to be a lot. However in these cases there is probably no need for alarm because it’s probably just a normal shed. Additionally if your hair strand density is more on the thicker side, 100 strands could look like 300.

If you are concerned by the amount of hair falling out, you don’t need to suffer in silence. You can turn to a dermatologist or more specifically a trichologist (one who specializes in the hair and scalp) for help. A dermatologist or trichologist can tell you whether you have hair loss or excessive hair shedding.

 

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Trimming Your Hair For Optimal Growth

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When we are on a mission to grow our hair, trimming it is something that we might not “really” want to do. After all if you’re trying to grow it why would you cut it right? Wrong!

In order to achieve optimal growth to your hair you need to trim the “dead” or “old” ends periodically. It is important to understand that as the hair ages (the ends of the hair are the oldest hair on the head), it goes through a wearing and tearing so to speak, thus resulting in split ends. If these ends are not trimmed they will continue to travel up the hair shaft, thereby weakening the strands and increasing the chances of hair breakage. So if you allow them to remain without trimming, what will result is broken off hair, which defeats the effort to obtain growth. Whilst trimming your ends will not make your hair grow faster, it is a necessary part of a healthy hair regimen. Note: By the time your hair is showing signs of needing a trim, the damage has already been done.

Whether you are a “naturalista” or you chemically process your hair, hair naturally begins to split around 3 months. If you chemically process however you might want to consider having a trim every 2 months due to the fact that the chemical relaxers weaken the hair structure.

The hair grows about ¼ to ½ an inch every month. If you regularly clip your ends you will only remove about a ¼ of an inch or less, leaving you with noticeable growth and retention of length. In the winter months due to the friction caused by the ends of our hair rubbing on our winter clothing, combined with the dry winter air, you may find that your ends split more. This can be avoided if you opt to wear more protective styles or styles that keep your hair off of your clothing (a cute hat is always a good alternative). If you find that you have to trim your hair more in the winter months, it’s okay… it will grow back.

Ever heard of trimming your hair by the moon cycles? I am a firm believer in this and always trim my hair during the waxing of the new moon. For more information on this go here http://lunarinsight.com/id97.html

Scheduling a regular trim (every 3 – 4 months) with your stylist will help you to not only prevent split ends but also to maintain the shape and style of your hair giving your hair a healthy appearance at all times. In between trims it’s a good idea to protect your ends by sealing them and wearing protective styles when necessary.

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Why Should You Deep Condition Regularly?

Deep Conditioning Denika Penn Carothers

Let’s first address the difference between a regular or surface conditioner and a deep conditioner. A regular or surface conditioner is formulated and designed to smooth the surface of the hair shaft. A deep conditioner is formulated with ingredients that are able to penetrate the hair shaft and follicle to deliver moisture to the hair from the inside out.

Examples of Regular/Surface Condtioners are:

Aussie Moist Conditioner
Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Hair Conditioner
Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
Nzuri Kra-Z Hair Grow Conditioner

Examples of Deep Conditioning Conditioners are:

Palmers Coconut Oil Protein Pack
L’Oreal Paris EverSleek Smoothing Deep Conditioner
Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner

The most essential benefit that your hair strands will get from regular deep conditioning treatments is an infusion of the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy. Hair requires nourishment, just like any other part of your body. Your hair needs protein to replenish protein lost due to external conditions and the normal wear and tear that we put it through. Deep conditioning can provide the necessary vitamins and antioxidants needed to repair any damage sustained on a daily basis.

Each strand of hair on your head has an outer layer called the cuticle. The cuticle serves to protect the inner layer called the cortex. Another advantage that regular deep conditioning provides is to keep the overlapping scales of the hairs cuticle lying flat and properly sealed. By giving your cuticle what it needs your hair will have a more smooth and shiny appearance.

Because our hair goes through a rigorous experience of hair styling, from chemical and color treatments to excessive heat styling, deep conditioning can shield your hair from damage and aid in repairing whatever damage has been sustained.

Remember that it is just as important to supply the nutrients your body needs by consuming nutritious foods and supplements because what goes on inside of the body will also be experienced outside of the body. When your hair is well-nourished, it is stronger and healthier.

If you want to have beautiful hair, it is essential that you deep condition it regularly. Deep conditioning your hair keeps your tresses soft, shiny and healthy. My highest recommendation is weekly deep conditioning treatments however you should get into the habit of doing deep conditioning treatments at least twice a month.

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What’s In Your Hair?

What I have found with my hair is that the way I combine my products is key and I need more moisture in the winter than I do in the summer, but when I use less products combined it works better for my type of hair. In the past when I used too many products at one time I would experience a very itchy scalp and slower growth. My current regimen is as follows:

1. Co-wash every other week with Pantene Pro-V Natural Hair Co-wash Conditioner and shampoo every other week with a moisturizing sulfate free shampoo.

2. If I co-wash I skip the conditioning step, however when I shampoo I ALWAYS use conditioner, even though I deep condition.

3. Deep condition every week with a store bought deep conditioner or my own homemade concoction that I always add honey and olive oil to. I separate my hair into four sections and apply my deep conditioner to each section and then I two strand twist the section ending up with four two stranded twists. You can sit under a hooded dryer or heat cap for 30 minutes to allow for deeper penetration of the product or you can follow my method which is two cover with a plastic shower cap and leave it on for at least an hour, but usually two.

4. I ALWAYS rinse the conditioner out in cold water (in the winter I usually do cool water lol). I then re-twist into either four twists or two twists (top half and bottom half) and use a microfiber towel that I twist turban style, to remove the excess water from my hair.

5. I then apply my styling products. When applying my styling products I work it in one section at a time. I firstly apply a leave-in spray conditioner.

6. My second step is to apply coconut oil (or my own homemade oil concoction). Some people don’t like the smell of coconut oil. If you are one who doesn’t, you can use either, grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond or avocado oil or a combination of them. You want to be sure to use an oil product that has a small molecular structure which will penetrate the shaft and not sit on top of the strands.

7. I then work a conditioner into the hair (this product can be either a “leave-in conditioner” or you can just use the regular/surface conditioner that you use after your shampoo. A dime to nickel size amount should be sufficient for each section. If you have longer hair you might need more. Let your hair tell you how much it needs and try not to get too much product on the scalp.

8. I then apply a gel product and smooth it through with my hands from root to tip to work it in there good. At this point, if I am working with four sections I will re-twist the section while I apply product to the rest of my hair. If I’m working in two sections (which is usually when I am short on time), I don’t re-twist. I will apply the product to the lower half of my hair first and then the top section.

9. Once all of my styling products are in, if working in four sections I will then un-twist each section and gently separate the hair (or just shake my head lol) to achieve great curl definition. In the summer months I usually just wear wash and go’s and this is my wash and go method.

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