Archive for October, 2009

How your diet can affect your hair

Posted in Diet, Education, Exercise, Growing long hair on October 26, 2009 by fancee

Just like your body, your hair also needs a balanced diet to stay healthy. There are many hair issues that can be solved with some simple changes in your diet. Let’s explore these…

Dry and brittle hair:

Dry and brittle hair is a sign that your diet lacks essential fatty acids. By including plenty of good sources of essential fatty acids in your diet you can give your hair back its strength and lustre. So where do we find these fatty acids?

  1. Oily fish such as:
    • Tuna
    • Sardines
    • Trout
    • Salmon
    • Herrings
    • Mackeral
  2. Seeds
  3. Nuts
  4. Olives
  5. Avocados
The goal is to eat four servings of oily fish a week. Sprinkling flaxseed oil and pumpkin seeds in your food is another great way to get your essential fatty acids. To keep your hair well hydrated, be sure to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water ever day!

Another nutrient important for hair strength and growth is trace mineral silica. Silica is vital to the strength of hair, and can stop hair breakage, unfortunately many of the foods we eat in the western world lack this mineral unless you are eating organically. So whenever possibly try to choose organic produce. Foods that are rich in silica are:
  1. Rice
  2. Oats
  3. Lettuce
  4. Parsnips
  5. Asparagus
  6. Onion
  7. Strawberry
  8. Cabbage
  9. Cucumber
  10. Leek
  11. Sunflower seeds
  12. Celery
  13. Rhubarb
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Green leafy vegetables

Greasy and Limp hair:

Greasy and limp hair is a sign that your diet lacks vitamin B. Foods rich in vitamin B are:

  1. Whole grains
  2. Nuts
  3. Seeds
  4. Dairy products
  5. Eggs
  6. Wheatgerm
  7. Legumes
  8. Green leafy vegetables
These are all great sources of B-complex vitamins. Also steer clear of oily foods where possible.
Thin hair that may be falling out:
Thinning hair or hair loss may be a sign of iron deficiency. Be sure to eat plenty of iron rich foods, such as:
  1. Red meat
  2. Eggs
  3. Legumes
  4. Wholegrain cereals
  5. Dried fruits
  6. Green leafy vegetables
Since hair is composed mostly of protein, your hair will most likely respond well to the addition of high protein foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts. These protein-rich foods can help reinforce the hair follicles and prevents the hair from falling out. There is some evidence suggesting soya protein helps stimulate growth, so switch to soy milk and include some tofu, miso and soy beans in your diet.
Vitamin E is found in green, leafy vegetables, nuts and grains and can also help hair loss. Hair loss can also be a sign of thyroid dysfunction. To stimulate the thyroid gland, eat foods rich in iodine such as seafood and kelp. Also including iron and B vitamins in your diet will help. Stick to a diet rich in antioxidants – fruit, vegetables and tea – to help slow the ageing process in general.
Foods and Vitamins to stimulate hair growth:
Foods – Your hair will most likely respond well to the addition of high protein foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts. Fish has good protein as well as essential fatty acids and natural oils.
Vitamin B – Green vegetables, beans, sunflower seeds, nuts and peas.
Vitamin C – Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, melons and berries.
Vitamin E – Avocados, rice bran, nuts, dark green vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Vitamin A – Carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, cantaloupe and apricots.
Vitamin K – Seafood, dairy, figs, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, brussel sprouts, cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, oatmeal, soybeans, wheat, yoghurt, egg yolks and liver.

Weave Regimen – Washing your hair with a sew-in – Part2

Posted in Growing long hair, Protective styling, Weave on October 25, 2009 by fancee

Maintaining extensions is time consuming and requires a lot of patience. Cleansing and washing your hair properly is imperative to maintaining optimal hair health. Here are the steps I take to clean my hair with a sew-in weave.
 

Washing instructions…

  1. Start by combing through the hair with a wide tooth comb to remove all tangles. If you are wearing a curly weave, then I would use my fingers to detangle.
  2. I like to prepoo with oil on my scalp if I am going to clarify that day. If you’re not  a fan of prepooing, you can fill a spray bottle up with diluted shampoo and spray the scalp and hair. Use the method of spraying in between each track to get as close as possible to the scalp. Proceed by spraying the rest of the weave.
  3. Rinse the shampoo out of the hair using warm water and a wide tooth comb. Make sure that you rinse the scalp thoroughly and removing all the soap from the scalp.
  4. Apply your favorite conditioner the same way you applied the shampoo, but let the conditioner sit on the hair for a while. * I am crazy about keeping my weave soft and smooth, and one of the ways I do that is with a good conditioner. Your weave will thank you*
  5. Rinse the conditioner out and let your hair air dry. DO NOT APPLY any oils to the hair weave, and do your best to limit the use of a blow dryer.
Happy healthy hair growing!!!

Weave Regimen – Maintaining what is underneath – Part1

Posted in Growing long hair, My Regimen, Protective styling, Weave on October 22, 2009 by fancee
Hey folks! My last post was about my deciding to use a full sew-in weave as a protective style for a while. I am very happy with my decision to do this, but I thought I should go into serious detail regarding the maintanance of my hair underneath. Out of sight, out of mind does NOT apply when it comes to your hair. Let me state that this is how I CHOOSE TO TAKE CARE OF MY HAIR during the weave process. Take what you will from it and tweak what you need to. Let’s get started…
Before installing the weave…
  1. I always begin by co-washing my hair. There is nothing worse than installing a weave in dirty hair. You will be itching for days, and what you see under your nails will gross you out!
  2. DETANGLE! Lord, please make them detangle!
  3. Moisturize and seal the hair. Normally I would just moisturize and seal the ends, but since my hair is braided underneath, I go ahead and M&S the entire hair shaft.
  4. I let my hair air dry.
  5. Take the weave that you are going to install and wash it. I clarify and deep condition the hair the same way I would my own hair. Go in the same direction as the cuticle and don’t tangle the hair. I may or may not use heat during the conditioning process. ( It’s crazy how much hair dye comes out of the weave when you wash it.)
  6. Be sure to wash the weave in warm water and rinse the conditioner out in cold water. This will help the weave to be very soft when it dries.
  7. Let the weave air dry
After the weave is installed…
  1. Get a spray bottle or an applicator bottle with the narrow nozzle. Fill it up with your favorite liquid moisturizer. S-curl is awesome to use, but if you don’t have that then you can always dilute your favorite cheapie conditioner.
  2. Go ahead and lift up each track and spray or squeeze your moisturizer on the braids. This is time consuming, but completely necessary and it feels good.
  3. Get another applicator bottle and fill it with your favorite oil to seal the moisturizer in the hair. Be sure to get the oil on your hair and scalp and not the weave.
  4. Use the tips of your fingers to massage everything in. It feels great!
  5. Style as usual and cover with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet for bed.
The process is time consuming, but it’s sooooo necessary. If you decide that you don’t have the time to do this, than I would say that a sew-in weave is not a great protective style for you. Check out my next post on washing and conditioning your hair with a sew-in.
Have a happy and healthy good hair day!

Update on my hair

Posted in Hair Journey, Protective styling on October 14, 2009 by fancee
What’s up people? I have been so busy lately, and I haven’t had a chance to update you on what I’m doing with my hair these days. The picture on the left is what my naturally curly hair looks like on a normal basis. I still dont know what my curl pattern is, but I’m not really worried about it at this moment. What did worry me was the state of my ends when I decided to straighten my hair recently. Oh no guys!
My ends looked really dry with more splits ends then I care to remember. I nearly cried and I spent a good couple of weeks trying to decide what to do about it. You know how it is…you always want to hold on to your ends for length, but I know what holding on to split ends will do for you.

So I decided to ‘Man Up’ and chop off the nonsense at the ends of my hair. I ended up taking off and 1 1/2 inches and deep conditioning my poor unhappy tresses. Then I did a twist out that came out super cute. My hair felt soooo much better. It looks super short, but it still comes down to my shoulders in the back and layered on the sides.

Once the twist out started getting messy, I decided to do a cute updo for a while. The back is pinned up and the curls are preserved in the front. I got so many compliments on this hair do.

So what does my hair look like right
now? I decided to do a full head weave as a protective style for a couple of weeks. My hair and ends need a rest and I’ve always been able to retain amazing length with a sew-in weave. Did I mention that I sewed it in myself? That’s right people! We are multi talented up in this piece…lol
The last picture is really bad, but I realized that I didn’t take proper pics of the front of my head. Anyway, I am super happy with the hair, and I plan to take care of my hair underneath and still maintain a fabulous weave.
The next post will definitely be about taking care of your hair while wearing a weave. That’s all for now…Happy hair growing!

Can’t live without it! – Gold’N Hot Jet Bonnet Dryer Attachment

Posted in Can't live without it, Gold'N Hot Jet Bonnet Dryer Attachment, Product Review on October 1, 2009 by fancee
How many of you have those big clunky sit under dryers at home? You get neck cramps trying to make sure your entire head is under the dryer, and you usually end up giving up after 15 minutes of what you perceive to be ancient chinese torture (shout out to my girl, Linda! lol). You don’t have to suffer anymore people. I bought the Gold’N Hot Jet Bonnet Dryer attachment at least 2 years ago, and it has truly made my life extremely comfortable. As I was sitting in my bathroom admiring this little miracle, I thought, why not do a review on it? Duhhhhhhhh!
 
Product Name: Gold’N Hot Jet Bonnet Dryer Attachment
 

Price: $10.99

 

Product Description: Unique hose design attaches to most hand-held dryers. The Gold ‘N Hot Jet Bonnet Dryer Attachement is designed for even heat distribution making ideal for conditioning treatments and quick roller sets. Compact size makes it perfect for travel.

  • Flexible hose attaches to most hand-held dryers
  • Designed for even heat distribution
  • Hand washable
  • Can be used with conditioning treatments
  • Even heat distribution
  • Folds neatly for travel
  • Color: Gold
Directions: Attach the hose to the dryer!

 

My Thoughts: I have been using this attachment for 2 years now. It’s great for deep conditions, wraps and roller sets. The best thing about this bonnet is that it doesn’t constrict your head in any odd way. It also folds up small enough to fit in your purse, which makes it perfect for traveling. My only complaint would be that it gets really hot on my neck, so I make sure that I put a towel around my neck before I start. I honestly  say enough about it. It’s wonderful!

 

Rating: 5 out of 5 COMBS!!!
 
I hope you all love it as much as I do. 🙂

 

My Hair Regimen as of October 1, 2009

Posted in Baggy, Cheapie Conditioners, Chi Silk Infusion, Chi Thermal Protectant, Coconut Oil, Hair Journey, Infusium 23, My Regimen, Organic Root Stimulator, Sebastian Potion 9, Suave, VO5 on October 1, 2009 by fancee

Nightly Routine:

My nightly routine is protein based. I am experimenting with this for 1 month to see if this helps with breakage and the health of my ends.
  1. Spritz hair lightly with Infusium 23 Repairologie Leave-In Treatment.
  2. Apply Sebastian Potion 9 Wearable Treatment throughout the hair.
  3. Moisturize with Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moisturizer.
  4. Seal the ends of my hair with coconut oil and baggy.
If I know that my hair needs to be special for the next day, I will seal the ends with coconut oil and do a twist out or a roller set.
Weekly
  1. Co-wash with a cheapie conditioner once a week (i.e. Suave, Vo5, etc)
  2. Deep condition once a week with Organic Root Stimulators Replenishing Conditioner
  3. Spritz hair with a light moisturizing leave-in conditioner (i.e. Diluted Suave or Vo5)
  4. Moisturize with Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moisturizer.
  5. Seal with Coconut Oil
  6. Air dry in a pony tail
Monthly
I will usually blow out my hair or do a roller set once a month. I add heat protectants to the regimen at this point to protact my ends.
  1. Clarify with Organic Root Stimulators Uplifting Shampoo (2x)

  2. Deep condition with Organic Root Stimulators Replenishing Conditioner

  3. Spritz hair lightly with Infusium 23 Repairologie Leave-In Treatment.

  4. Spritz hair generously with Chi Thermal Protectant

  5. Apply a dime size amount of Chi Silk Infusion through out hair

  6. Set the hair in rollers and sit under dryer or blow the hair out for a straight look.