Tag: Hair care

Hair Talk—Rainy Days


Hola!  I hope all is good.  It is pouring here in NYC and based on the weather channel majority of the east and northwest coasts are getting hammered with storms.  If you aren’t in either of those areas then you are blessed.  However, this weather can cause havoc to natural hair by creating tons of FRIZZ!!  I know I have mentioned before that my hair seems to thrive on moisture yet this is a bit too much for my hair to bare.  I was reading up on humectants and dew points on www.naturallycurly.com to see how it all balances out.  Check the following excerpt from the article:

If the dew point is below 35°F or so, the moisture content in the air is sufficiently low that a humectant applied to your hair might be irresistibly drawn to the moisture in your hair and make every attempt to steal it from you (by drawing it out of your hair and binding it to itself). This can result in dry, fly-away hair, split ends, and broken strands. This effect can often be compensated for by using plenty of moisturizing products, not over-drying your hair (leave it somewhat moist after washing), and layering leave-in conditioners with humectant-containing styling product.

Curly hair seems to really thrive in moderate climactic conditions, and dew point ranges of approximately 35°F to 50°F seem to be optimal. In this type of weather, most curlies find that they can get really pleasant results by using products that contain some humectants. There is just enough moisture in the air that the humectants can grab a little from the environment, which can enhance the curl and create a bouncy feeling to the hair.

When the dew point for your area is at 60°F or above, it might be a good idea to apply some product with anti-humectant properties. These products will seal the hair shaft, flatten the cuticle and prevent atmospheric moisture from absorbing into the interior of your strands. Most of these products will contain ingredients that are water insoluble. However, many of these products contain ingredients which are easily removed with an extremely mild shampoo or perhaps even a thorough conditioner wash.  To read the full article go here.

My overall take on the matter is to keep your curls hydrated and moisturized to combat frizz and dryness.  On rainy days like today I carry a small container of EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel or pomade with me just in case I need to smooth down my edges or fly-aways.  How do you handle rainy days?  Do tell..

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they say 3rd time’s a charm….Jane Carter Solution Review


Hola peeps!  I hope all is good.  Well you read the post title and all I can say is I beg to differ with that saying.  Much thanks to the Jane Carter Solution team for sending me a travel kit of hair goodies to try.  The kit consisted of shampoo, conditioners (leave-in and reg), curl cream, wrap & roll setting lotion, hair serums, and more!

As you all know from my two previous reviews of their products I didn’t have much luck but I was willing to give it a try yet again.  This time I went for the shampoo and conditioner.  I have been on the lookout for a new poo that gets the job done but in a delicate manner.  The scent is mild and the consistency of the duo is great…not too watery but also not heavy.  I liked that it rinsed out nicely and didn’t leave a sticky film on my hair.  On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give the Moisture Nourishing Shampoo and Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner a 7.  I would definitely try these again.

After my hair was squeaky clean I used a bit of Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner **pulled from my own stash that i had purchased earlier**, in which I raked through my hair with my fingers.  Last, I finished off with the Curl Defining Cream **personal stash again**.  Ok, I just have to say for the last time this product doesn’t work on my hair.  I think that my 3c/4a hair type just rejects it.  It literally sits on my hair and I have to work hard for it to really blend in.  I don’t know about you guys but when I use a cream curl I love for it to melt in my hair if that makes sense.  This JC curl cream doesn’t do that for me.  Perhaps, if you have fine strands similar to 2a/2b hair it will work better.

I finished by twisting my hair at night, then rocked a twist-out updo the next day…..booooo!  I so wanted to love all of these products but as in life there were some hits and misses.  So for me 3rd time’s not a charm.  Look on the bright side, since the kit didn’t play well with my hair there may be something in it for you…stay tuned.  Enjoy the pics!

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Hair advice—Listen, Follow, and Be Patient


Hola!  I hope that your Saturday has been going great.  Just wanted to share some comparison pics of my hair from Nov 09 to Dec 10.  Boy, during this time my hair has gone through texture changes, grown quite nicely, and has totally taken over…lol.  Everyday is different when it comes to my tresses.  Some days a WnG is right on, then at other times my Power Puff is the way to go.  I have learned to LISTEN to my hair and I pay attention to it’s needs—when it is dry I add moisture, too many tangles then I deep condition and it goes on from there.  I let it take the lead and FOLLOW.  It is so much easier that way because I would be fighting a losing battle and risk looking a hot mess…lol! 

My advice to naturals (new and old) is to remember that patience is key.  In due time you will retain the length you want, have the shine that you long for or whatever it is that you are trying to achieve.  Just listen, follow, and BE PATIENT you will reap the rewards soon enough.  Until then Keep Growing peeps!

Nov 2009--one month natural

 

Nov 2009--one month natural

 

Dec 2010--1yr 2mos natural

 

Dec 2010--1yr 2mos natural

 

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