Magic Star Seamless Jumbo Rake - Best Wide Tooth Comb Ever!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hands down this is by far one of my absolute favourite hair tools for 2016. If I'm about to detangle, add volume or just simply comb my hair.... this is the comb I always reach for! 

What I love most about this comb:
  1. It's BIG in size and the teeth are far apart
  2. Glides easily through my hair
  3. No seams = No snagging = LESS breakage
  4. Very sturdy so it feels secure in the hand
  5. Great to use for any style
Unique qualities about the Jumbo Rake:
  • Made by hand from 100% Vulcanized Natural Hard Rubber 
  • Tried and tested design with perfect ergonomics 
  • Twist-resistant and yet flexible 
  • The teeth are hand-sawn, hand-cut, and hand-polished to perfection! 
  • Non-porous (will not support the growth of mold or mildew); guaranteeing hygiene 
  • Chemical and heat resistant 
  • Antistatic (prevents fly-away hair)
I notice less breakage and no snagging when using this comb opposed to shower combs I've used in the past. This comb helps to preserve the hair cuticle. This is HUGE!

The Jumbo Rake helps to remove shed hair, but not entirely as the teeth are far apart. I notice LESS hair in the comb and I comb my hair 2-3 times a week. It doesn't remove knots in the hair as the teeth are too far apart for that; however, I typically use my fingers to separate any knots.

I love the versatility of this comb as I can use it for detangling on wet or dry hair, fluffing out my braid outs at the roots, styling my hair or in the shower while rinsing out my conditioner. The possibilities are endless! 

Price: $19.50 USD

Hairlicious Rating:  (5/5) Excellent

I think it will definitely be a part of my hair care arsenal for years to come. I can't see myself using any other wide tooth comb. It's perfect for relaxed hair, natural or transitioning hair too!


Loving My Natural Hair™ Presents: Tori

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Introduce yourself! what's your name? where are you from? 
My name is Tori. I was born in Kingston, Jamaica. I moved to Dallas, Texas when I was 16 years old and have been living here ever since.

How would you describe your hair? What's your hair type? 
My hair would be type 4 according to the hair typing system, primarily 4b/c, with looser textures in the front and back sections.

When did you start your natural hair journey? What is your hair regimen? Share a few of your favourite "go-to" hair products. 
I started my hair journey in 2009. My relaxed hair was really damaged so when I first started my hair journey, I simply wanted healthier relaxed hair. I stumbled upon YouTube videos of ladies who had beautiful, healthy relaxed hair and I wanted to see if some of their tips would help improve my hair. In 2010, I began transitioning back to my natural texture. After transitioning for a year and a half, I big chopped in 2012. My current regimen is pretty simple. I shampoo and deep condition my hair every two weeks. I usually keep my hair in large braids or twists, moisturizing and re-braiding as needed. I moisturize my hair once or twice a week and I will occasionally co-wash if my hair needs a midweek refresher. Some of my favourite hair products: Any of the Shea Moisture Shampoos Camille Rose Naturals Deep Conditioners (all of them) Oyin Hair dew, Kinky Kurly Knot Today, Sweet Almond Oil

What #1 hair tip you would pass on to other natural haired ladies who are currently Transitioning or about to Big Chop? 
My #1 hair tip would be to keep things simple. The wealth of information on YouTube and hair blogs can often be overwhelming. But, I have learned to not get too caught up with what every one else is doing. Focus on what works for you, find a simple routine/regimen and stick with it.

More than ever before, ladies are transitioning back to their natural hair and we love it! What made you go natural? What are your thoughts on the natural hair movement and your hair? Would you consider relaxing your hair again? 
I made the final decision to go natural after being diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. I also fell in love with my natural roots in between my relaxers. I absolutely love that more and more ladies are making the decision to return to their natural textures; I think it’s very empowering. In a society where young girls are constantly made to feel like they are not beautiful, I think seeing others boldly rock their beautiful natural hair is something that our younger generation can definitely look to for motivation and encouragement. The thought of relaxing again has crossed my mind, but I probably wouldn’t. Relaxers were really damaging for my hair. Plus, my natural hair offers a bit more versatility.

Name a challenging moment you experienced in your natural hair journey and how did you overcome it? 
I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss and/or bald patches. I was treated by a dermatologist and have not had any known problems since.

What do you absolutely love about your natural coils? And why? 
I love everything about my hair to be honest, but after my experience with Alopecia, I have learned to appreciate the thickness of my hair even more than before.

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5 Things Your Not Doing To Retain Length!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Since I began my hair care journey back in 2007, I've literally received thousands of questions on how I grew my hair to the length that it is now. I know many hope to believe that there's a "magical" product that will keep your hair healthy and grow it all the way to mid-back length overnight - but there isn't! Growing long healthy hair takes commitment, of course, and a combination of doing several hair care practices - consistently!

Let me be the first to let you know that products alone will not help you retain length. There are five "necessary" things you need to be doing in your regimen in order to increase your length retention and enjoy healthier longer hair.  

Honestly Hairlistas, products are important to help you manage your hair, whether you are relaxed or natural; however, it doesn't end there. I would say 90% of a successful hair routine (i.e. retaining length) is comprised of healthy practices and consistency throughout the process - no  s e c r e t s!  

Here are the things that you're not doing when it comes to retaining length and growing your hair longer than ever before.

This is huge! Probably one of the most important things you can incorporate into your hair journey is moisturizing and sealing your ends. How often? Well that all depends on your hair i.e. porosity level, density etc. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair. Since my hair is mid-back length, my ends are approximately 3-4 years old and they are the most fragile area of my hair. I've learned that the health of your ends determine whether or not you will retain length or not (trim, breakage, split ends). Oh don't forget, dry hair breaks! Failing to moisturize your ends on a consistent basis can lead to dryness which can result in split ends and breakage. Breakage is the #1 cause for not retaining length; therefore, you need to prevent it from happening in the first place. Moisture, moisture, moisture!

A big mistake I made when I first began my hair journey was the constant amount of manipulation in my fragile over-processed relaxed hair! Back then, I felt as though "the more I do to my hair, the more my hair would grow", for example, frequent detangling/brushing/combing, constantly changing hairstyles, trying tons of products at once etc. I thought the more attention I showed my hair i.e. manipulating it, the more it would grow. That was quite the opposite :( Keep things simple and leave your hair alone! Stick to your usual wash day routine and try to leave your hair alone until next washday. Try detangling once a week, instead of styling your hair daily. Throw it up in a bun, rock a wig, or opt to keep it in braids or weave for a couple months. Most importantly, use less direct heat i.e. flat ironing, blow drying, curling etc. Less manipulation i.e combing, styling etc. prevents the loss of protein in the hair, hold ups the integrity of the strands and decreases breakage = healthier ends = more length! LESS is MORE!

Contrary to popular belief, washing your hair often is a good thing. By often I mean every 3-4 days or once a week. The reason I say this because water is the ultimate moisturizer and the more your hair touches water, the more moist it will be, helping to preventing breakage. Frequent washing not only cleanses the scalp but it stimulates blood flow which then helps to increase growth to longer hair = length retention! 

When your hair is healthy, length will come! Deep conditioning is imperative to achieving and maintaining overall healthier hair. All of my hair idols deep conditioned at least once a week for 20-30mins, more importantly, using a heat source i.e. heat cap, hooded dryer, steamer. Deep conditioning treatments assist in making the hair manageable and fortified to resist damage i.e. breakage. Using a heat source helps to open the cuticles along the hair shaft so that the nutrients from the treatment can penetrate to the cortex of the hair shaft. Deep conditioning helps to heal damage from the inside outward for longer stronger hair.

This is such an under developed skill in the healthy hair care community! Many tend to silence what their hair is truly telling them, instead they are listening to others and tuning themselves out. I hate to break it to you, but if this skill isn't developed, the success of your hair journey is at risk. Just because  a hair friend endorses a product but your hair is screaming for you to stop using "said product",  that doesn't mean you continue. If your hair begins to excessively break, shed, become rough or dry to the touch, after repeated use...STOP and listen to your hair. If you notice your hair is dry - moisturize it. If you notice your hair is extremely limp - do a protein treatment. If you notice that your hair breaks horribly every time you blow dry and flat iron - stop using direct heat! Your hair will speak to YOU and guide YOU, you just have to sit back and listen.

I hope you enjoyed these tips. They are the real deal and I've sworn by them as they've helped me retain and maintain my length over the years. 

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