Video: My Hair Care Products

Sunday, July 5, 2015

It's finally here!!!

Here is a video on all of my hair care products that I use on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. Majority of the products shown are my staples, some I'm still testing out and will do products reviews. 

I posted a photo of my new Kallax shelving unit (Ikea) on Instagram (@hairlicious) a couple months back. The old plastic shelves from Walmart just wasn't working anymore - it had to go! Check out the 'before' and 'after'.

 Some Hairlistas requested that I do a video on my here it is!


Trimming Tip: Dull vs. Sharp Shears

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between dull verses sharp shears and/or the impact it plays on the health of your ends? Do you know how to test your shears to see if they are sharp enough?

Being the inquisitive person that I am, all of these questions have been floating around in my mind for years! I had the opportunity to ask a professional and was able to set my mind at ease. Andy, co-owner of Hoshi Shears (where I got my shears from), was kind enough to answer my questions regarding Dull vs. Sharp Shears. Check out Andy's response below:

Dangers of Dull Shears
When your shears are dull, that means the edges have been worn down so they no longer taper to a point. They have become rounded or nicked from everyday use and/or abuse. When this happens, the shears will no longer leave a clean line when you are working. They will push, fold, or bend the hair. This usually is first noticeable at or near the tips, because the tips are the most frequently used portion of the blades. Also, there is less pressure between the blades at the tips, and this pressure helps the edges cut.

The reason dull shears ruin the ends is that they don't slice through the hair cleanly. The edges will break the hair or stretch and snap it (like pulling a rubber band until it breaks). Dull shears hack or chop the hair, leaving damaged ends. Think of a newspaper that you tried to cut with a butter knife. It's torn, uneven, haphazard.

Benefits of Sharp Shears
Sharp shears will slice the hair cleanly, leaving the ends undamaged. Cleaving through the hair will be effortless. They slice each piece, leaving a clean, even end, no matter the angle between hair and shears. A sharp set of shears will let you perform any cutting tchnique you like, leaving a workable - or finished - line. Think of that same newspaper after you cut it with a razor blade. The cut is clean and smooth - there are no loose fibers hanging.

Sharp vs. Dull Test
A simple test for sharpness that I employ on shears is : wet a paper napkin (single ply - if it's too thick, it makes it too easy for the shears. I just use the kind you find at McDonald's). Make sure to wet a portion that is as long as the blades. Let the napkin hang from your fingers vertically. Position the shears under the napkin, and open them wide - all the way to the pivot point. Bring the pivot right up to the bottom edge of the napkin. You will be cutting upwards - in a floor-to-ceiling direction. Close the shears on the napkin all the way to the tip. Pull the shear away, and inspect the cut. The edges of the napkin that you cut should be smooth, without tears or loose fibers. 

If part of the napkin comes with the shears when you pull them away, it means the napkin was pinched, not cut, and the shears grabbed it. Imagine doing that to a client's hair - ouch. When your shears pinch or tear the napkin, your shears are probably due to be sharpened.

Please keep these tips in mind when you are due for your next trim! :)

5 Tips For Growing Out Your Nape

Monday, June 22, 2015

Typically, the nape is the hardest area to grow long, strong and healthy - think about it?!? It's at the back of your head making it hard to see and pay attention to i.e. moisturizing, not to mention, it constantly rubs on clothing, fabrics and head rests causing friction and possible breakage. The nape is the most neglected region, typically making it the shortest area on your head.

The back of my hair in 2007. My nape was shorter than the rest of my damaged shoulder length hair.

Prior to my hair journey, I suffered with my nape. It just wouldn't grow to match the length of the rest of my hair. It was constantly dry and brittle, so I definitely wasn't retaining any length! I just didn't know how to care for it properly. Part of me actually believed it was normal for the back of your hair to be very short in comparison to the rest of your hair - am I the only one? Luckily, along the way to healthier hair, I've picked up a few tips and tricks to baby my nape allowing it to grow out longer and stronger.

5 Tips For Growing Out Your Nape:

1. Moisturize and seal effectively. 
Take the time out to section off the nape area from the rest of your hair. Saturate your nape with your favourite moisturizer and follow up with your natural oil to seal it all in!  It's important to add a tad bit more moisturizer to your nape as the moisture can easily evaporate i.e. rubbing on clothes, fabrics etc. Always keep this area moist!

2. Saturate your nape with your favourite deep conditioner. 
Pay attention to this region when applying your deep conditioner. Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots. When using heat, make sure the steamer/heat cap/dryer is targeting this area for maximum benefits and penetration. 

3. Keep the hair up! 
Keep your hair off of your shoulders. The last thing you want is your hair constantly rubbing against your clothing, jackets, cloth head rests etc. causing friction. This friction could lead to tangles and possible breakage. 

4. Be cautious of tight styles. 
Tight styles pulling on your nape can create tension on your follicles leading to hair loss and breakage. Keep this area loose when doing protective styles i.e. buns, braids, weave etc. to preserve the health of your hair. 

5. If you are relaxed, relax this area LAST! 
The nape is very delicate so it's best to save this area for last that way it has less time to process; therefore, leaving more protein in the hair. More protein in the hair will make it stronger to combat  damage and breakage. 

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