Friday, September 28, 2012

Dear Newly Natural "DNN" : terms&acronyms

Dear newly naturals,

I understand that all this code talk with natural hair can be sometimes confusing, and a sentence such as ""I finally did my bc ,and now I am about to dc after I pre- poo then co wash"....  ultimately this can be a bit of a blur for newly naturals who are not familiar with the terms.I am most sure I lost you at "I finally", so for those of you that are newly naturals I dedicate these letters to you, to help and guide you through journey when the times get tough!

CO-WASH, CO- co wash; to wash with conditioner only
DC: deep condition
PRE-POO- To use and oil before washing almost like a hot oil treatment
NO-POO- NO SHAMPOOS only cleansers, i.e curly girl method
ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar
EO- Essential Oil
EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
JBCO- Jamaican black castor oil
SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
BC-Big Chop
SSK-Single stranded knot, known to be prone to breakage
S&D-Seach and destroy; cut off ssk, split ends, dead hair
TWA-Teeny Weeny Afro
EL- ear length
NL-Neck Length
SL-Shoulder length
APL-Arm pit length
MBL-Middle back length
WSL, WL-Waste length
PJ-Product Junkie; someone who buys a ton of products

"Natural hair terms"

Cones- derived from a group of words such as silicone, demethicone, and so on which can be found in most hair products the cones sole purpose is to coat you strands, working as a heat protectant in some products and a lubricant in others, but the only issue is it creates a barrier between water which our hair needs, but it can be washed out with a sulfate poo.

Baggying method-to baggy is to use a bag; sandwhich bag, grocery bag or shower cap which you will apply product to your hair such as a DC, moisturizer, or a protien conditioner on your ends and go on about yuor day.

Sealant,sealing- to seal your hair you must use a water based product first or water and seal with a oil, you will notice the difference in doing so

Humectants- products that attract and retain moisture to the air; vegtable glycerin,honey

Dusting- Trimming very little off your hair.

Friday, September 7, 2012

finally a solution for dry hair?!

Dry Hair?

For some of us dry hair can be an issue, this issue can also be a factor as to why the health of your isn't in a good state and also why you may not be retaining the length you desire.

I will give you 10 tips to relieve your hair of all dryness!
if you commit to these tips and add them into your regimen I guarantee results!

water, moisturize,seal
3 simple steps when styling your hair grab for water based products or go ahead and wet it I use aloe vera juice I moisturize with conditioner, and seal with oil.

Apply products to damp hair for better results and seal.

ELIMINATE ALL SULFATES!! sulfates could be the reason as to why your hair is drying out (sulfates naturally strip your hairs oils)reach for sulfate free poo's!

Please throw away all cones, silicone, dimethicone, cone, cone, cone and the list goes on cones coat your strands preventing moisturizers to do their job!

PRE POO- Apply a thick oil on damp hair leave on for about 20minutes minimum with a shower/heat cap. Rinse and wash as usual.

PROMISE ME& YOUR HAIR to deep condition this step is vital along with the pre poo I promise you will see a difference. I recommend deep conditioning for 45min the longer the better in my case I usually do overnight.

Stop going to sleep without wrapping your hair up with something silk. Doesn't matter if its a silk pillow case, scarf or bonnet JUST DO IT

Make sure what you are cleansing your hair if you use a lot of product you may have some buildup.

Reduce heat usage. Heat drys and fry's your hair creating a brittle texture that will later break.

TIP 10
Check your product for protein, you may be protein sensitive or be over using protein which can ultimately dry your hair, protein is good just make sure you deep condition after using if its a conditioner.

I hope these tips help I have learned all of these throughout my natural hair journey and I am happy to be sharing them with you all let me know how this helps if it does and if you have any other tips to add please feel free to comment below.