Over the past week or so I’ve been busy in the My Curls kitchen whipping together some sweet-smelling hair recipes. I’ll be sharing a few of the things I’ve come up with in an upcoming newsletter so make sure you’ve signed up so you don’t miss out! Click here to sign up (it’s free!)
Since frizz is one of the hottest topics amongst our Curlettes (that’s the name of our amazing community of curly customers and VIP newsletter subscribers), I thought it would be a great idea to create a cute but highly effective graphic on how to get rid of frizz.
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As I type this I think back to a time when my hair was severely damaged and looked like it had been cut by a lawnmower.
It’s funny because the way I used to handle my hair and the way I handle it now are so, so different! No wonder it’s actually grown!
I know I’m certainly not the only one to have felt frustrated with my hair’s growth. In fact, growing longer hair is one of the most common questions that I receive.
There are so many misconceptions about natural hair care, it’s crazy!
I’m a big believer in the idea that hair care doesn’t need to be complex, confusing or overwhelming. It should be simple and that’s exactly why I’ve outlined a few key steps that anyone can follow.
The key to success in growing longer hair is to do your homework! Yes, I said homework! That means, changing how you view your hair and following the advice given in this post.
Doing your homework is about putting what you learn into practice and making it a habit to change your current hair care regime.
If you do this, you’ll see a huge difference in your hair’s growth, strength and health.
The first mindset change is to get rid of the belief that black/brown/curly haired girls don’t need to shampoo their hair!
If you’re NOT shampooing your hair and scalp, guess what’s happening? Your scalp is probably full of dirt, grease and other things. How is your hair supposed to grow if your scalp is clogged?
To grow longer hair, your scalp needs to be clean and healthy. That means shampooing your hair and scalp on a regular (but not too frequent) basis.
For instance, once a month would be an ideal number for many women. If your hair is prone to greasiness, you might want to shampoo more frequently.
The second mindset change is the belief that ‘greasing’ your hair is good for it. Yes, your hair and scalp need to be moisturised but knowing what to moisturise them with is essential.
Many hair greases are made with petroleum which is an ingredient that cannot absorb moisture. When you put grease in your hair, it might look shiny but it’s not actually moisturising your hair because
petroleum cannot moisturise. Rather than using hair greases, opt for products with natural and organic ingredients like jojoba oil which is one of the only oils in the world that can penetrate the hair shaft.
The third and final mindset change is the belief that black hair can’t grow long. It absolutely can! A lot of people seem to think that long hair is exclusive to people from certain racial/ethnic backgrounds but that’s not true at all. Your race doesn’t determine your hair length- proper hair care practice does! Growing longer hair is about knowledge, application and patience. Click here to tweet this quote!
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The words frizzy hair and summer, go hand-in-hand.
Many women stress themselves (and their hair) out, by spending wasted time trying to get their hair to do things that mother nature never intended . . . but I must admit that even those of us who are professionals are guilty of it more often than I’d like to admit!
In an attempt to have smooth and shiny looking hair for some special summer soiree . . . we over-do it!
We go beyond the normal blow-drying, stretching- out, round brush styling and over–heating with curling irons or flat-irons, all in an attempt to fight the inevitable summer frizzy hair, which is the plight for so many of us who have curly hair.
End the war with your hair
Just slowly back away from the battle with your already overworked hair. Your hair needs a vacation now and then just like you do.
Try a little Zen with your hair . . . get out of the way and let its natural innate health work its magic.
Try these tips to tame curly frizzy summer hair, and give it a much needed break at the same time!
- Shampoo Less – Shampooing less often allows your own natural oils to condition the hair. Your own natural oils are mother nature’s natural frizzy hair remedy. Frequent shampooing strips your hair of these vital oils. Do a in-between normal shampooing and use sulfate-free shampoos.
- Condition More – Frizzy summer hair is caused by the exposure of dry hair to the humid summer air. Dry hair absorbs moisture from the air in humid weather, swelling the hair and making it frizz. Dry hair types need to moisturize their hair from the inside (by conditioning) to strengthen it and keep the cuticle closed and smooth. When the cuticle is smooth and closed it resists humidity, reducing frizz.
- Deep Condition More – A deep conditioning treatment once a week is one of your best defenses to ward off frizzy hair.
- Leave-In Conditioner – Use a leave-in conditioner for extra protection. It works great as a detangler and a sun protectant too. Use your fingers and a wide tooth comb after applying a leave-in conditioner to comb through wet hair.
- Air Dry– Blow dryers accentuate the frizz factor, especially in summer months. Give your blow dryer a vacation till fall.
Think of ways to style your hair that ‘goes with the flow’ and it will save you more time and headaches. Loose buns, braids and bushy ponytails are all chic looks now that curly haired girls can play-up this summer . . . so do the right things for your hair and relax, chill out . . . and let the cosmos have its way!
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Many of our customers have asked about quick and natural homemade deep conditioning treatments that work well on naturally curly hair.
Here is a treatment that’s easy to do, uses natural ingredients and has a huge impact on your hair’s strength, elasticity and shine!
Filled with protein, it’s easy to use and simple to purchase. Mayonaise works well on all hair types but is particularly amazing for naturally curly, frizzy and afro hair.
Since most of us have mayonnaise sitting in the fridge, it’s not exactly difficult to get hold of either.
So how do you use mayonaise for your hair?
Step 1. Apply water to your hair ensuring it’s damp or relatively wet.
Step 2. Scoop a dollop of mayonnaise into a bowl. For great conditioning, mix the mayonnaise with olive oil and honey.
Step 3. Apply the mayonnaise thoroughly onto your hair and leave for 10-30 minutes (depending on how deep a treatment you need). It’s a good idea to detangle/ comb your hair whilst the mayonnaise is penetrating.
Step 4. Shampoo your hair using mild/warm water (not hot). Depending on your hair type/texture, you may want to detangle after your hair has been shampooed rather than during the mayonnaise stage.
Avoid using hot water as it could make your hair sticky.
Rinsing with cold/warm water will help you get the best results.
Now it’s your turn! This week, take one day to pamper yourself and your hair starting with a deep mayonnaise hair treatment.
Are there any deep treatments that you’ve tried on your hair?
Which ones did you like or love? Tell us in the comments below.
Hair breakage hase to be one of the most common hair complaints that women from all walks of life have!
In order to get rid of hair breakage, it’s important to do three things:
1. Figure out what’s causing it. Are you using too much heat on your hair? Remember that putting your hair straightener at heats above 150C can lead to permanent damage.
2. Once you’ve figured out the causes of your hair breakage, you need to make a commitment to take consistent actionable steps to reduce breakage forever. In other words, you need to be committed to following these steps:
Limit heat to once a month (or even less!)
I used to be heat obsessed! I would literally apply heat to my hair daily, whether through using a blow dryer or by straightening it frequently. As a result, my hair was in bad condition. In order to overcome my hair woes, I had to become acquainted with styling my hair differently. It took some time, but eventually I got into the habit of only using heat once every three months. (What a change!)
Get Regular Protein Treatments
In order to have stronger hair, it’s advisable to do approximately one or two protein treatments a month. Protein treatments don’t need to be time-consuming or expensive. Simply use kitchen cupboard ingredients like eggs or mayonnaise. Protein treatments often have an immediate impact on your hair and should help to increase its’ strength and reduce damage.
Trim Those Ends!
Holding onto damaged ends is one of the most common causes of breakage. Make sure you commit to having your ends trimmed roughly once every 6-8 weeks (depending on how frequently it grows). Although a professional hair cut isn’t compulsory, a good hair dresser will have the skill to trim your hair without making it look much shorter. Always be specific with your hair stylist and be clear about how you’d like your hair to look.
If you have any questions about your curly hair simply tell us in the comments section below!
Frizzy hair has been the bane of women’s lives since… forever!