Wednesday, July 30, 2014

0 Summer Hair Care: Light Oils Are Best For Relaxed Hair

Summertime is the best time to go light not only for your clothing, but also your hair. Who wants weighed down, stiff hair? Not me! Go light and never look back.

Don’t Get Weighed Down 
In the summer, I notice that my relaxed hair responds well to oil mixtures that contain lighter oils like coconut oil, grapeseed oil or sweet almond oils. These oils are lighter in consistency preventing the hair from being weighed down and feeling sticky. Not only do lighter oils promote shine and seal in moisture, but it also helps to give your strands a break to breathe. Using heavy oils such as castor oil or shea oil may suffocate the strands making the hair clump together, feel greasy and weighed down in the heat.


Try Avocado Oils 
I like to use light oils such as avocado oil, olive oil and coconut oil as part of my hair treatments in the summer. Avocado oil acts as a natural SPF for the hair and olive oil is a natural conditioner that adds elasticity.

Add Oils to Conditioners 
Before I wear summer braid-outs, I always use conditioner to wash my hair for extra hydration. While my hair is damp, I spray my leave-ins and then I seal my ends with a light oil mixture. This concoction ensures my braid-outs come out super fluffy, soft and defined.

Be sure to check out the original article over at ESSENCE.com | Straight Talk: Hairlicious Inc. Says Light Oils Are Best For Relaxed Hair

0 Summer Hair Care: Ways to Protect Your Hair From Salt and Chlorine This Summer

We all know that chlorine in pools is so harsh it strips the hair of its natural oils and moisture. What's more, according to Hair Foundation, chlorine “causes severe damage to hair keratins. Thus, chlorine in the swimming pool can both lighten and weaken hair.” Relaxed hair is even more susceptible to keratin damage, as the hair fibers have already been chemically altered. Over time this can cause excessive dryness, increased porosity and breakage.

Before you jump in the pool here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned to help protect my relaxed hair from unnecessary damage caused by chlorine and saltwater.

Soak Before Jumping In 
I’ve learned that hair is like a sponge; it will only absorb so much. Before I enter the pool, I saturate my relaxed hair with clean water; at this point my hair is less likely to absorb the chlorinated/salt water.

Apply Product Before Entering 
When I apply a thick creamy conditioner before jumping in it helps to block the absorption of chlorine and saltwater into my hair. Pre-conditioning restores moisture into my hair so it doesn’t feel dehydrated. For extra measures, I’ll seal my hair with oil for added protection.

Shampoo Immediately Afterwards
Immediately after existing the pool or beach, I flush my hair with clean water to help remove the chlorine and salt water from my hair. Take your time, the more thorough you are, the better! Once my hair reaches a certain level of softness and manageability, I proceed with a rich deep shampoo and conditioner to nourish my relaxed strands.

Be sure to check out the original article over at ESSENCE.com | Straight Talk: Hairlicious Inc. Offers Ways to Protect Your Hair From Salt and Chlorine This Summer

Friday, July 25, 2014

9 Twist Out On Relaxed Hair


I decided to do a simple twist-out on dry hair with a few of my favourite products :). I'm quite pleased with the results as it was so spontaneous with little product usage. Below is a description of how I achieved this simple look. 

Step #1:
On dry hair, I moisturized with Scurl No Drip Activator and sealed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I focused on my ends ensuring they were thoroughly moisturized. I then parted my hair in 5 sections (2 at the sides, 3 in the middle like a mohawk). I twisted each section making sure each twist was tight and secure. I grabbed 5 perm rods and rolled them at the ends of my hair for curl definition. I tied my hair with a satin scarf and bonnet and went to bed.

Step #2:
In the morning I removed all the 5 perm rods and proceeded to unravel each twist with a tad-bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on my finger tips to prevent frizz. 

Step #3:
I separated each twist for fullness and lightly combed my fingers through my hair to "remove" the parts I made for the 5 sections. I kept my side part and lightly fluffed the hair in front for added volume.

That's it!

Are you a twist-out fan? Which products do you use to achieve your look?


Saturday, July 19, 2014

0 5 Reason's Why You Should Pick Darker Oils In Your Regimen


Ever notice how two of the same oils can be in two different shades? 

I always have Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my arsenal; but one day I started using it to seal in my moisture just to switch things up a bit. I couldn't stand it! My hair felt dry, hay-like and crispy. I said "forget this", I'm only going to use this in my deep conditioner. 

My sister then started raving about how she found a new love in Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a sealant. I was quite shocked but when she showed me her EVOO, it was vastly darker than the EVOO I had. I tried her darker Extra Virgin Olive oil, which was more "greenish" in colour, on my hair and I loved it! My hair felt softer and retained moisture much better than the one I was using. 

Ah ha! That's when it dawned on me - again (discovered this Dark Oil Benefit with Grapeseed Oil)! Darker oils tend to be more potent, thicker and overall healthier in nature for your hair. 

Benefits of Darker Coloured Oils:
  • Unrefined/ Not filtered
  • Potent with nutrients
  • Thicker in consistency
  • Tend to be dark green
  • Holds/retains moisture 

Be sure to look out for those darker oils that appear "greenish" in colour (Olive oil, Avocado oil, Grapeseed oil etc.)  Your hair will thank you!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

0 Summer Hair Care: On Combatting Frizzy, Relaxed Hair

Warmer weather is lovely, but for some it can be a complete hair nightmare! With warm weather comes humidity that causes unwanted fly-aways. Damaged hair cuticles often have a dry, brittle, dull appearance due to its inability to retain moisture, and that ultimately leads to frizz. But, fear not. Here are a few ways I learned to manage my relaxed hair.

Porous Hair 
My hair is very porous (meaning permeable to water) so I had excessive tangles, breakage and poufy hair in the early stages of my hair journey. Using a sulfate-free shampoo and deep conditioning on a weekly basis has really helped to reduce dryness and control the frizz

Avoid The Sun (For Long Periods of Time) 
It's hard, but I don’t expose my hair to the sun for long periods of time during the summer months. Heat tends to dry my hair out so I avoid it as often as possible.

Use Acidic Leave in Conditioners 
Another method I swear by is using an acidic leave-in conditioner to help close the lifted hair cuticles that allow moisture to escape the hair shaft. Products with aloe vera juice, citric acid or lactic acid allow my hair to lay flat, smooth and frizz free.

Use a Cotton Shirt For Drying
I always dry my hair with a cotton t-shirt as opposed to a towel. Rubbing my hair while wet with a towel can rough up the cuticles causing tangles and frizz once my hair dries.




 
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

0 Happy Canada Day!



Wishing all my Canadian Hairlistas
Happy Canada Day!

Enjoy :)


Sunday, June 29, 2014

2 Hair Question: My Hair Is Low Porosity But Acts Like High Porosity Hair!

Question: "I did the porosity test on my and my daughter's hair.our hair floated on top.to make sure I did it again on fresh washed hair same thing according to the test we have low po hair.the problem is our hair acts like high porosity hair.it's always dry,it relaxes easy,when we wash it dries very fast.is there any products that will help.I am totally confused now LOL. Thanks for any help you can give"

Advice: I completely understand your frustration and confusion. It seems as though your hair is appearing as Low Porosity hair yet, in fact, it has all the characteristics of High Porosity hair! Huh? Not to worry. There is a possible solution. I would assess your hair based on the actual behaviour of the hair itself. If you're noticing that your hair:

  • Dries very fast
  • Always feels dry
  • Easily processes with chemical treatments
  • Tends to feel rough due to raised cuticles
Chances are....

You have High Porosity hair and I would treat it as such! High porosity hair is usually caused by chemical treatments, heat appliances or weather. There are several products and techniques you can implement that will help your hair retain moisture i.e. use a protein reconstructor/treatment at least once a week to help fill in the cracks along the hair shaft that's causing moisture to escape the strands, use a pH balanced leave-in conditioner (i.e. Aloe Vera Juice mixed with some water and oils), ACV rinses (Apple Cider Vinegar | 1 part ACV 3 parts water) at least once a week to close the cuticles promoting shine and moisture etc. Implementing a few of these techniques will get you well on your way to healthier stronger hair!

Here are a few articles I wrote regarding Hair Porosity:

Hairlicious Inc. |  5 Signs Indicating You Have High Porosity Hair

Hairlicious Inc. |  5 Signs Indicating You Have Low Porosity Hair 

I hope this was beneficial in helping you understand and care for your hair!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2 Summer Hair Care: Protect Your Strands With Hats


When summer hits, the harmful exposure to the UV rays, humidity, and sweat can wreak havoc on your strands. The Hair Foundation warns us by stating “the ultraviolet wavelengths break chemical bonds in the keratin proteins that constitute most of the bulk and strength of the hair shaft.” Large doses of exposure to the sun can leave your relaxed ends dull, dry and weak!

I make it a habit to wear hats in the summer. Honestly, I’m not a fan of “hat hair” but my hair has benefitted from wearing them. If I’m spending a lot of time outside, the best option for my relaxed hair is wearing a hat. Wearing a wide brimmed fedora gives me larger coverage and protection from the scorching sun. There are tons of styles to play with i.e. baseball caps, small and large fedoras, cowboy hats etc. Hats have been my “go-to” style for my relaxed strands, not to mention, it’s a wonderful accessory for bad hair days!

For ladies with relaxed-color treated hair, the sun can cause fading and dulling of the hair along with dryness, so be careful! If hats aren’t your thing, opt for trendy turbans or sophisticated scarves for an easy stylish look to extend the life of your color! Remember, incorporating hats with simple buns give your hair a much-needed break from the heat.

Quick tip: When product shopping, look for items with Benzophenone-4. It’s a water-soluble ultraviolet light absorber that prevents the sun’s harmful rays from damaging the hair. 

Are you a hat lover? What kind of hats, scarves or turbans do you incorporate into your summer hair regimen?





Monday, June 23, 2014

5 Summer Hair Care: Water Is Your Friend!


As the temperature begins to rise and the air becomes drier, the best thing for relaxed hair is water—both internally and externally. Before I began my healthy hair journey, drinking water
on a consistent basis was foreign to me. I was more of a juice/pop kind of girl. I love when my beverages have flavor and I never agreed to the eight glasses a day rule. However, my hair was dehydrated, dry, and brittle. Something had to be done.
After purchasing my 2.5 liter water bottle at my local superstore one day, I made a commitment to increase my water intake. I set a goal of drinking 2.5 liters of water a day to ensure I was hydrating my body and hair from the inside out. A few weeks later my scalp was no longer flaky, dry or itchy and my shedding decreased. My new growth was growing in quickly and it felt much more hydrated than ever before. Best of all, my skin also thanked me. 
Just like a plant, our hair and bodies need water to be healthy and strong. Drinking water aids in digestion, transportation and circulation of nutrients from the food and vitamins we eat, which encourages a healthy scalp and hair follicles.
I must admit, staying on top of my water intake regimen isn’t the easiest thing. Many times I forget to bring my water bottle with me when I’m out and about. And occasionally, I revert back to my old ways. But, I’m human—I just try harder the next day. But, after experiencing the positives from consistently drinking water, I’ll never go back!
Be sure to check out the original article over at ESSENCE.com | Straight Talk: Hairlicious Inc. Says Water Is Your Friend

Sunday, June 22, 2014

2 Hairlicious Inc. Presents: Summer Hair Care Edition

Summer is OFFICIALLY HERE!! Finally :)

It's more than obvious that Summer is one of the MOST loved seasons; however, it can be the most damaging to our hair if we don't take the necessary steps to prevent dry, brittle damaged hair!

While being on my hair journey, I've incorporated a few hair tips and tricks to keep my hair healthy and hydrated throughout the Summer. Over the next few weeks/posts I'll be sharing many of those lessons I've learned over the years.

Feel free to share any ideas, tips and advice that has helped you and your hair stay healthy throughout the summer months!



Saturday, June 21, 2014

4 Hair Question: Sunshyne, Are You Relaxed or Natural?

Question:
"Hi, I've been seeing your videos/pictures, and your hair sometimes looks relaxed and other times completely natural but stretched. So my question is your hair relaxed or natural? How often you relax you hair? Thanks"

 Advice:
Honestly, I've received this question a lot! My hair is 100% relaxed. I'm not natural. Although my hair may resemble natural hair in it's "air dried state", I'm totally a relaxed haired girl :) Some think I'm texlaxed as well (that's when you leave the relaxer in your hair for a short period of time just to loosen the curl pattern - not to make it straight); however, that is not the case. I leave my relaxer in for 20-25 mins, that is including application and smoothing. I actually smooth my hair approximately 3 times during this process. I use a "Normal" strength relaxer, every 10-12 weeks, so that it processes at a slower rate. This prevent's my hair from becoming over-processed. The "Normal" strength relaxes my hair to a point where it's straight, yet still has a bit of kink in it! This helps to keep my hair healthier and thicker!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

9 The Coconut Oil Challenge is LIVE!!


I'm so EXCITED :)

I got these 2 big tubs of Nutiva Coconut Oil at my local health food store (Healthy Planet). I got both of them for the price of $27.00 CAN. Nutiva is my favourite brand and I'll be using it throughout the challenge. 

I'm entering the Coconut Oil Challenge (May 24 - Aug 23) at the Advance level. The Advance level is pretty similar to my current regimen, the only aspect that is different is oiling my scalp with Coconut oil 2-3x/week. Topically applying the Coconut oil should help with my shedding as Coconut oil helps to prevent hair fall.  

Below is a re-cap of the Advance level I'll be participating in.
ADVANCE:
  • Apply Coconut oil to your hair and scalp, prior to washing, for 20mins – 1 hour or overnight. Massage it in focusing on damaged areas. Proceed with regular washday routine. Do this 2x/week.
  • Apply 1-2 tsp of Coconut Oil to your weekly deep conditioner with heat. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Apply Coconut oil to your scalp 2-3x/week. Do not rinse.

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