Friday, March 28, 2008

I am about 6 weeks post relaxer right now and I'm starting to get to that point where rollersets become less effective at giving me that sleek straight look that I usually wear. A little later on down the road I will experiment with braid outs and other styles that work with (not against) my new growth. But before I get to that point, my first instinct is to rely on rollersetting as a styling method of choice.

So what is my secret to rollersetting when you have poofy roots? What I do is simply incorporate two styling methods into one to obtain my desired results. One of those methods is the scarf method. The scarf method works at taming your new growth. What you do is wash and condition as normal, then comb your wet hair into a ponytail. Once in a ponytail, I pin the hair that is hanging up to the back of my head and proceed to tie my hair down with a silk or satin scarf. By using this method, your new growth dries very close to the scalp. The closer your hair dries to the scalp, the lower the probability of big hair.

The second part to this method is to then rollerset the hair. I usually take down the ponytail once my hair is partially dry (about 40-50% dry) and proceed to rollerset the hair as normal. By then my roots are 100% dry. If your roots are taking to long to dry, you can use a hand-held blow dryer on a low or medium setting to spead the process along. I usually keep a mixture or leave-in and water at hand to wet the length of the hair as needed. When I do this, I am careful not to get the roots wet and undo all of the good from tying it down with the scarf. The end result of the rollerset is usually very similar to having done a rollerset without the scarf method. The roots are neatly flattened against the scalp thus your overall look will not be as big as it would have been if you rollerset your hair without first dealing with the new growth.

So there you have it, you too can continue to roller set without having to use the intense heat of blowing out your roots afterward. You no longer have to contend with the huge eighties hair once your new growth starts to blossom.

Leave a comment and share any tips you have for dealing with new growth when rollersetting.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

O.k so one of my favorite natural products of late has been coconut oil. I have been using it for just about everything.

*I use it on my skin as a substitute for lotion
*I use it on my scalp to help with my excessive flaking
*I take it internally for improved digestion and overall health
*I use it on my face to combat my seborrheic dermatitis
*I use it on my dry hair to increase shine.

So after hearing such great comments about using coconut oil as part of the deep conditioning process, I thought to myself "of course!"

One of the reasons why coconut oil works so well with your deep conditioner is because its amazing ability to penetrate the hair shaft. One article I read even stated that coconut oil also adds protein to the hair shaft. This oil can do no wrong folks!
So last night I put this wonder oil to the test. I washed my hair as I normally do and mixed some coconut oil with my Biolage fortifying conditioner. With my plastic cap and head scarf secured tightly, I ventured out into the 80 degree Florida weather to run some quick errands. Without the benefit of using my Babyliss dryer for even deeper conditioning, I rinsed out the products.

I've used the oil/conditioner mix in the past but this time my hair did not feel as heavy, oily, or weighed down as with other oils. In fact, after rinsing I even mixed a tiny bit of the oil with my Lacio Lacio just prior to roller setting. I set my hair as usual. The magic happened as I removed the rollers. My hair was like a dark strands of silk. The shine was on point, but most importantly, it felt like butter. I could not believe how soft it was. I must say that I am definitely pleased. This will most certainly become a part of my routine going forward. If you do not already have possession of coconut oil, you should definitely seek it out, locate it, and make it yours.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

We all know that heat is one of the major damage causing culprits that our hair has to contend with. We also know that by using heat on a regular basis, we are slowly but surely robbing our precious hair of the moisture that we so desperately need. So with that said, I am going to utter a phrase that may be thought of as controversial (brace yourselves).

I believe that using absolutely no heat on relaxed hair could also damage the hair.

Why you ask? Well you have to start of with the notion that relaxed hair is considered damaged by default because of the chemical process that it undergoes to change its natural state. With that said, you now have to work diligently to add to your hair the main components that it is lacking. These components include moisture and protein. But another component that I believe relaxed hair needs is a styling process after the wash that helps seal the hair.

Don't get me wrong, air drying is absolutely wonderful for the moisture levels in the hair. But many of us know that air drying, if not done the right way, can cause more harm then good. I think back to times when I would completely air dry my hair in a neat bun. The problem would arise a couple of days after the wash when I would attempt to comb the hair after the hair was dry. I don't know about you but every time I would even attempt to comb my hair after air drying, I would end up with a mangled mess with more breakage then I bargained for. I could tell that my hair felt better from air drying, but at the same time, I could clearly see that my hair needed to dry with some sort of structure to help seal the cuticle layer.

So what's a girl to do? My recommendation is the trusty rollerset. The beauty of the rollerset is that I can still air dry my hair, or I can dry on a cool setting, or I can dry with warm air. Either way, I am not applying the crazy hair-killing heat of a flat or curling iron. So there you have it. Heat is bad, but no heat can also be bad. If you are not a fan of the rollersetting method, you can find other means of setting the hair while avoiding damage such as braiding the hair or twist setting. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure that your hair is happy with it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Like most of you, I absolutely love hair oils. In fact, once I included oils into by daily regimen, my hair product budget went down dramatically. Natural oils were just what my hair was craving my entire life. Over the years I have experimented with various oils and blends of these oils. By far I would have to say that one of my very favorite oils is definitely the blessed avocado oil. My hair loves this stuff!

Avocado oil is excellent for the hair because the oil is rich in proteins, amino acids, and vitamins A,D,and E. What more can you ask for? The oil also acts as a humectant which means that it adds moisturize to the hair. Some have benefited from mashing up a ripe avocado and applying it to the hair as a deep conditioner. That is an honorable idea, but for me, it was a bit messy and I am not sure I received the same results as I would have if I would have simply used the oil with my favorite intense conditioner. If you do not have this oil in your hair arsenal I am definitely recommending it to you. Take a look at this video of a Ford Model who benefits from this wonderful fruit.

You can use avocado oil in several different ways depending on your preference or hair type. Some chose to mix the oil with some conditioner and add to the hair just before shampooing as a pre-treatment. You can also add a little bit of the oil to the hair while you deep condition for more luxurious locks. If you're suffering from extremely dry hair, feel free to dap a little bit of the oil when styling for a hint of extra shine and suppleness throughout.

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