Protective Style Types and What works for you

A protective style is a hair style that includes at least 90% of your ends concealed. Most popular are braids and twists. There are many protective styles to choose from and not only are they cute, they are great for your hair growth and can help save you time in the morning when getting ready for work or school. There are three main categories of protective styles and it is important to know which category works best for you and your hair type. Be sure to note that when using protective styles not to pull at the scalp too much. An excessively tight set of twists or braids can cause your edges to break off and that is the last thing you want. If you have already suffered from broken edges, head over to our shop page and try out our Save The Edges Roll-On. There are protective styles you can wear and apply our roll on to regrow new, healthy edges.

 

Low manipulation

 

Low manipulation protective styles are those that require little to no daily management. These are often thought of as box braids, individuals, kinky twists, etc. Most likely completed by a professional hair braider. Low manipulation styles are great for people that have generally healthy hair, hair that produces a lot of natural oils and those that have trouble getting “2nd day hair” when doing styles such as twist outs. These attributes fit this category well, because these styles typically are worn for much longer periods of time, sometimes up to 3 months.

 

Short Term

 

Short term protective styles are usually those very similar to low manipulation but done without added hair or weave. Twists, braids, cornrows and etc. fit into this category. Short term protective styles are great for people that get bored easily and would probably just waste their money wearing box braids for three weeks. If your hair tangles easily, short term is also great for you. Occasionally a person will have a low manipulation style and months later go to take their hair down and it’s almost locking into dreads. Short term hair styles are a better option for this type of hair.  A lot of kid’s hair styles are also short term and can be redone from week to week.

 

Long Term

 

Long term protective styles include crochet braids, sew-ins, and other types of braids. This category is very similar to low manipulation in the length of time that the style is left in, typically one to two months. The difference is these can tend to take longer time to install, the hair may be completely concealed such as in a sew-in and these types of styles are great for people trying to grow their hair.

 

Finding which protective style works for you is all about trial and error. The same styles do not work on every person. Finding what fits is a combination between patience, hair type and personal preference. The important thing is to remember that your edges should not be pulled tight or stressed and to always drink lots of water and take your vitamins. Protective styles mean that you have less access to externally moisturizing your hair and because of this it is important to take every step possible to ensure your strands are not thirsty. Thanks for reading!

 

Wash day routine made easy!

Wash day has become a scary conundrum. There are memes all over the internet about how women are using 10-15 products and spending sometimes upward of 4 hours washing their hair. There are some necessary products and good habits that should be done on wash day, but the process does not have to be as daunting as people make it seem. This sample wash day routine should give you less stress and more hair retention. These are the bare basics needed to keep your hair healthy, and moisturized without costing you a full day’s work in the bathroom or kitchen.

 

Section hair

 

Traditionally a person would throw their head in the sink or wash their hair in the shower, but there is another way to try things that will help you detangle and refrain from hair loss. This method works especially well for people with thick hair or long hair. Nevertheless even if your hair is not one of the two sectioning your hair before you begin the process will cut down on time and ensure that you have given the proper attention to every strand on your head from root to tip. 

 

Shampoo

 

Shampoo is meant to remove the oil and product build up from the scalp. Your focus when shampooing should be on rubbing your scalp until it is squeaky clean. You can tell if it is clean or not by the suds that are created. Low suds usually are what you start off with because the soap is breaking down the buildup. Once you apply shampoo and begin to see lots of big bubble and foam, you are on your way to a lean scalp. Be sure to use a shampoo that does not have sulfate or alcohol in it. These two ingredients will strip your hair of its natural oils as well as the product build up and you will dry your hair out which causes more work on the back end as you are trying to put the moisture back into your hair.

 

Condition

 

Still working with your hair from section to section apply conditioner. If you are in a hurry you can simply condition, wait about 5 minutes and then rinse. If you have set aside some extra time for this wash day we recommend a deep condition. Deep conditions last generally about 20-30 minutes. They work best when your scalp is warm/hot because at these temperatures your pores are open and your scalp can absorb all the vitamins and nutrients your conditioner raves about. (If you put on a cap after you condition, your scalp will heat itself naturally).

 

Detangle

 

Before you rinse your conditioner out, o through each section and finger detangle your hair. Be very gentle and thorough. Once you are finished, use cold water to rinse the conditioner out. Cold water is a must because it will seal in the moisture from the conditioner and close you pores.

 

Style

 

Now you are ready to style! If you are going with a wash and go you can leave your hair in sections to apply oil and cream before shaking your hair out to air dry.

 

Wash day easy and simple! There are opinions that you should pre-poo or shampoo before, co-wash; only use conditioner, and etc. The list goes on, but this routine is tried and true. You can add your own flair; just remember to keep it realistic. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair your routine should take no longer than 2 hours. Hopefully this helps and cuts down time on your wash day. Thanks for reading!

4 Ingredients that will give you thicker hair

Some of us have hair so thick that we wish we could trade it in for a different mane. That would be nice, but it’s not realistic. This blog post happens to be for those that wish they had thicker hair. Thinning hair can be a result of heat damage, loss of moisture or even just passed down in your genes. No matter what the reason there are many all natural ingredients that you can add to your hair regimen to make your hair more thick and full. If you have experienced a loss of edges or thinning of the edges we recommend clicking the products tab and purchasing our Save The Edges Roll-On that is formulated specifically for the more sensitive edges around the perimeter of your hair. Giving special attention to those areas is the most effective way to regrow them to a natural state. Edges tend to respond to products differently than the rest of the hair shaft.

 

Coconut oil

 

Coconut oil is a medium weight oil that Is great for hydrating and giving a natural shine to your hair. If you combine 4 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of lemon juice, massage to your scalp only and let it sit for about an hour you will be surprised at the results. Of course this hack will need to be consistently done once a week for a period of 30-60 days before you see visual results, but your hair and scalp will thank you for it later. Coconut oil also works will simply by melting it and applying it to your hair. Don’t use to much because it will occasionally dry and leave a residue.

 

Aloe Vera

 

We love aloe vera! It is great for so many things and especially loved by your hair. The best thing is that you can grow an aloe vera plant in your own home with little care. These plants only need lots of sun and small amounts of water. Simply rub the gel on the inside of the plant leaves to the scalp of your hair as a moisturizer. You can also by all natural aloe vera at your local grocery or hair store. (BE SURE IT IS ALL NATURAL)

 

Castor oil

 

We have all either heard of this or were forces to take it as a medicine when we were younger. Castor oil is a great sealant. Unlike aloe vera castor oil is used to seal in moisture and should be used in conjunction with another product. Take your favorite moisturizer and apply to your hair, afterward apply castor oil. Only a dab will do the trick. A little bit of castor oil goes a long way!

 

Olive oil

 

Not only great for cooking, but great for hair growth and scalp sealing as well. This oil is much lighter than any of the other three ingredients on this list. If your hair is very thin and easily weighed down you may want to start your hair thickening regimen with this. Apply olive oil to your scalp the day before wash day. You will need to rinse It out eventually and it is not best to leave it in like castor oil, or aloe vera gel.

Remember that consistency is vital when dealing with your hair. Hair does not grow or get thicker overnight. Always drink water and take your vitamins. These two steps in addition to nurturing in your hair care regimen will have your hair looking model type fabulous. We hope you enjoyed reading have a great day!

How to build a healthy hair regimen

A healthy hair regimen is key to any hair journey. Whether you are natural, relaxed or somewhere in between your hair has needs and if you don’t pay attention to them, you may just suffer from massive hair breakage and chronic dry hair. But what exactly is a healthy hair regimen? How do I know what products to use? How often should I moisturize or wash my hair? We have put together a typical healthy hair regimen. This outline gives you the guide you need to build a regimen that is custom to you and your hair. Every head of hair is different. What products work for you, may not work for someone else and because of this you will have to go through some trial and error. If you need help with a place to start you can always send us an email and we will do all we can to help you pick the right products for your mane. A healthy hair regimen is broken down into things you should be doing to care for your hair every other day, weekly and on a monthly basis.

 

Every other day

 

Every other day you should be using an oil and a cream to maintain the moisture in your hair. For some people their hair drinks moisture and they may need this every day. As for others you may only need this every two days. Different oils have different weights and thus you will need to try a few out to find what works for you. Some people even mix oils to create a custom moisture cocktail. We can tell you that oils like castor are very heavy and usually work well for thicker hair, while avocado oil is very light and works great for thinner hair. During these one to two day periods some people even use the LOC method or Liquid, Oil, Cream. When you apply a spritz of water to your hair and then use oil, followed by cream you are sealing in moisture. Be wary of sleeping on cotton pillows at night. Cotton will suck all the moisture out of your hair, instead sleep on satin.

 

Weekly

 

Your once a week routine should include your wash day. If you are trying to restore the moisture back into your hair or have recently dyed your mane, you may also need to add a deep condition to your weekly list of hair care duties. Consistency with things like deep conditioning and protein treatments are important, and keeping up with them will bring your hair to its ultimate level of moisture.

 

Monthly

 

Once a month duties are often overlooked, but if you want to have healthy hair, you have to go the extra mile. Outside of your weekly wash day special treatments like hot oil, hair masks and ultra deep conditioners with scalp massages will add extra moisturizing time to your hair shaft. Adding this monthly extra to your regimen will no doubt show a difference in your hair retention and natural luster and shine.

 

When building your hair regimen, consistency is important. Remembering to moisturize your hair is the easy part. The rough patches come when you skip wash day or don’t pay attention to monthly additives. Picking a consistent day of the week for wash day such as Saturday mornings or Sunday nights will help you get your routine together. We hope this helps! Take pictures and record your results on the 1st day of the month and the last day of the month using these tips, we love to see your progress.