CELEBRATING NATURAL and SHORT HAIR

May 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM (Hair advice)

MY HAIR AS IS NOW – CELEBRATING NATURAL and SHORT HAIR, YOU CAN TOO!

I am embracing the natural texture (FRO) of my hair. With help of KINGS & QUEENS MOISTURISING PRODUCTS. Visit our website on http://www.amakabeauty.co.nz/product-brands/kings-and-queens/ for more info on this Fantastic Brand. I am enjoying wearing my hair natural and short.  No more laborious Hair Styles that take time to complete, expensive and not so easy to maintain.

Natural Hair Can either be AFRO, BRAIDS, TWISTS AND LOCKS

Different styles of Natural Afro hair

Different styles of Natural Afro hair

This is how I keep my Natural hair looking good : Natural Hair can feel dry so requires good maintenance just as processed Hair.

I wash my hair once or at most twice a week with KINGS & QUEENS MOISTURISING CLEANSING SHAMPOO. I like it a lot because the shampoo is formulated for Dry or Damaged Hair, contain Panthenol, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Gel and other emollients and so very nourishing to my hair. Soon after washing, my hair feels so soft.

I follow with KINGS & QUEENS ENRICHED CRÈME MOISTURISING CONDITIONER. This Conditioner detangles, Moisturises, Restores Body and leaves hair soft and silky with a fresh fragrance.

I then follow with applying KINGS & QUEENS LEAVE-IN CRÈME MOISTURISER AND GEL ACTIVATOR. I use these two products daily to maintain softness and shine.

Kings & Queens Range

COMBING MY HAIR

Combing natural hair can be tricky. So how do I do it? Whether my hair is wet or dry, I first apply the Leave-in products mentioned above to soften it. I then use wide comb (AFRO COMB) to detangle the hair from the ends going to the roots. I normally air- dry my hair but one can also hood-dry or blow-dry with a diffuser.  Once this is done, wala, I’m ready to go!

Once a month, I give myself a Hot Oil Treatment using KINGS & QUEENS HOT OIL TREATMENT. The treatment seals in moisture and balances the P.H level. I wash with Kings&Queen shampoo,towel dry thoroughly and then mix 1 floz of Hot Oil treatment with 1 floz of warm water. I apply and massage all over hair , cover with plastic cap and leave for 20mins. I then rinse out and towel dry and the follow wi  If you have damaged hair, the Hot Oil helps to reconstruct and protect it and of-course seals in moisture.

Many customers have commented that my Natural hair looks very healthy and attractive. I suppose with any gain in life, one must have to work appropriately to achieve results.

GENERAL ADVICE

DAY TO DAY

Take a few minutes each day to massage your scalp with or without oil even if your hair is braided, twisted or not.  This simple practice stimulates blood circulation. At night just before bedtime, moisturise if necessary and wear a cover, your hair will love you for that.

We will continue this journey again!

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Hairy Stuff

March 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM (1, Hair advice)

Hair comes in diverse textures – from Kinky to Curly to Wavy to Straight.

Whatever type of hair you have, it needs TLC so as to stay healthy and luscious always. Healthy, great looking hair on people especially women exudes confidence and security in ones appearance. When people look great, they feel that they are on top of the world.

FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT HAIR

For healthy looking hair, you have to know your hair type, texture, strengths and weaknesses, what stresses it and what it can and cannot do. Knowing the true nature, structure and how to care for your hair, the healthier it will become.

Hair is made of a chemical substance called Keratin. This Sulphur-rich protein provides strength to the hair so it can withstand any treatment – Good or Bad.  The part of the hair that grows out of the scalp is called the Hair Shaft or Strand. Each Strand of hair emerges from a tube-like pit in the skin called Follicle. At the base of the Follicle is Papilla, this is hair’s source of blood, oxygen, other nutrients and new cells. As the cells in the papilla multiply to become an individual hair, they arrange themselves into three separate layers: the CUTICLE, the CORTEX, and the MEDULLA.

So what’s in a single strand of hair?

  • Cortex – the core of the hair shaft responsible for shape and elasticity.
  • Cuticle – the outer layers of the cortex which give hair its sheen.
  • Medulla – the hair’s innermost portion; it’s a small core of cells that run the length of the hair shaft.
  • Keratin – a special protein that gives hair its strength.
  • Melanin – a pigment that determines the color of hair.
  • Sebum – Natural oil released onto the scalp which is produced by the sebaceous glands.

We have at least two differing textures of hair on our head, this is common. Texture in the front differs slightly from the textures at the nape and crown; hence some sections of our hair are easier to manage and some respond more quickly to chemicals which can make them more prone to damage.

HAIR TYPES

Your hair type is determined by the diameter of the strands and belongs to one of the three categories: FINE, MEDIUM AND COARSE

QUICK TEST: examine the diameter of your individual strands. If the strands look wispy and thin, you have fine hair. If they are medium or thick in diameter, your hair is medium or coarse.

POROSITY

Porosity refers to the hair’s ability to absorb moisture. Black hair especially needs moisture to maintain its health. As a rule, fine strands tend to be more porous, while coarse hair is usually not. The more porous your hair, the faster it absorbs chemicals – so you will need short processing time for relaxers and colours but for medium and coarse hair, it takes longer to process chemicals.

QUICK TEST : Separate a small section of hair at the front and back comb the strands as you do when teasing hair. If the hair bunches up immediately, it is very porous and damaged. If the hair bunches up a little or not at all, it is less porous and healthy.

ELASTICITY

Elasticity refers to the hair’s ability to stretch and return to its original length without breaking.  Healthy hair should be able to stretch about one- fifth of its length when dry and one-half of its length when wet.

QUICK TEST:  Select a hair strand and hold it between the index fingers and thumbs of both hands. Gently pull the strand. If it stretches easily and returns to its original length, you have got good elasticity. If the strand breaks and doesn’t return, then your hair needs lots more TLC. Poor elasticity is an indication of chemical damage and you may be overusing heated appliances, relaxers or colouring.

GROWING, GROWING, GONE.

There are three stages in the life cycle of each hair on our body. A hair is born, matures and dies. The first stage is called ANAGEN phase, about four to six years. About 80 to 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is in this stage.   The second stage is called CATAGEN phase. Hair ceases to grow or “rests” for about two to three weeks. Then transitions into the final stage called the TELOGEN phase, where it sheds naturally (Not breaking), we lose 50 to 100 hairs per day.

We will talk about CURLY HAIR and how to care for it in our next issue.

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