August Q & A - Your Hair Questions Answered!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

August Q & A - Your Hair Questions Answered! | www.HairliciousInc.com

September is pretty much done and Fall is officially here! You guys, this month literally flew by!

If you've been following me on Instagram, you know that I've been hosting monthly Hair Q+A's and I love them!! I don't know why I didn't do it sooner because I've been getting a lot of positive feedback from you guys! Better late than never - right?!

So last month, you guys had a ton of questions, I tried to answer as many as I could, but there were several that remained unanswered i.e. relaxer tips, my hair regimen, and hair products etc. 

Note: If you don't see your question here, chances are I have already answered it and its been archived in my IG Highlights labeled "Q+A".

Let's get started!

August Q & A - Your Hair Questions Answered! | www.HairliciousInc.com

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PRODUCTS! I LOVE YOUR CHANNEL BTW

Aww thanks! My top 3 hair products right now are Atarah Hair and Scalp Treatment, As I Am So Much Moisture Hair Lotion, and TGIN Sweet Honey Hair Milk.

DOES YOUR HAIR GET EASILY TANGLED AND MATTED DURING RELAXER STRETCHES?

It can and it has, but I try to eliminate that from ever happening by thoroughly detangling on wash day. I keep my new growth soft and stretched by spritzing it with Scurl No Drip Curl Activator on a weekly basis and I wear simple low manipulation styles to prevent matting. 

When you deep condition, ensure that the new growth is saturated with conditioner to help melt any tangles away. My new growth during my relaxer stretch has been much more manageable and pleasant using these tips. 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO APHOGEE 2 MIN RECONSTRUCTOR?

ION Reconstructor, CHI Keratin Reconstructing Conditioner, TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blond Reconstructor or Affirm 5 in 1 Reconstructor.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO CHANGE FROM NO-LYE TO LYE RELAXER?

Yes! You can make the switch on your next relaxer touch-up. Only apply it to your new growth. Leave the no-lye hair alone. Note, Lye relaxers tend to me much more gentle on the hair rather than the scalp. They also provide a low degree of bond breakage that preserves the strength and elasticity in the hair.

HOW LONG WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MAX TO STRETCH YOUR HAIR FOR?

Everyone has their own threshold. I prefer to stay within the 10-12 week mark for consistent results.

YOU NEVER ROLLERSET YOUR HAIR??! I WOULD LOVE A VIDEO ON THAT

Not for me. I've tried to rollerset in the past and it was a disaster! I prefer to air dry or flat iron my hair and leave roller setting to the pros.

OTHER THAN KERACARE HUMECTO, WHICH MOISTURIZING DEEP CONDITIONERS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

TGIN Honey Hair Mask, Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Hydrating Conditioner, and Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Hair Masque.

IS THERE A WAY TO TREAT OVER-PROCESSED HAIR SO IT WON'T BREAK OFF OR SHED?

Over-processed hair requires a strict regimen in order to bounce back from damaged hair. I would definitely suggest frequent protein treatments (followed by a moisturizing deep conditioner), regular trims to get rid of the damaged ends, deep conditioning regularly, and laying off direct heat for starters. This will help minimize the excessive breakage and shedding.

WHICH MULTIVITAMINS DO YOU TAKE?

I take the Dr. Tobias Adult Multivitamins.

ANY TIPS ON HOW TO INCREASE THE THICKNESS IN MY HAIR?

Check out my blog on the 7 Ways to Thicken Relaxed Hair.

HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TO RELAX MY HAIR AT HOME AFTER UNDER PROCESSING DURING A NO LYE RELAXER?

I suggest waiting 6-8 weeks to do a corrective relaxer.

HOW MUCH SHEDDING AND BREAKAGE DO YOU GET?

Not much, however; breakage and shedding is inevitable. It's all about ensuring it doesn't get excessive.

DO YOU APPLY ANY PRODUCT TO YOUR HAIR BEFORE OR WHILE FLAT IRONING YOUR HAIR?

Before I flat iron, I use Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protectant. It's fabulous!! Then I lightly rub Moroccan Oil serum through my hair and ends. This helps to lay my flyaways down and give my hair extra sheen.

IS IT OKAY TO SWTICH FROM A COARSE TO NORMAL RELAXER?

Absolutely. You can make the switch on your next relaxer touch up. 

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU WORKOUT OR SWIM A LOT WITH RELAXED HAIR?

Working out while having relaxed hair isn't always an easy thing but it's possible if you keep things simple. It's important to keep your hair up off your shoulders (ponytail or high bun) and tie your hairline with a satin scarf or head wrap to keep your edges intact. Give your hair a chance to dry before styling (let your scalp breath so the sweat can evaporate). Depending on how often you workout and the intensity level, you may need to do a light co-wash to cleanse your scalp of sweat. This can be done 1-2x/week along with your typical wash day routine.

As for swimming, its important to coat your hair with an instant conditioner (Aussie Moist, HE Hello Hydration etc.) prior to jumping in the pool. This will create a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. as chlorine can make the hair feel dry and brittle. Using a swimmers shampoo (As I Am Clarity Shampoo, ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo etc.), immediately after a swim is strongly encouraged; however, if you swim often, this will have to be limited to prevent dryness and over manipulation. As a substitute, conditioner washing is perfectly fine until your official wash day. Ensure you are using a moisturizing and protein based deep conditioner in your regimen on a weekly or biweekly basis to combat dryness and breakage. Also, Olaplex No. 3 is a great addition to a swimmer's hair regimen promoting optimal health.

WHAT HAIR OILS DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR BREAKAGE?

Oils alone do not prevent breakage. I suggest you decipher if the breakage is caused by a lack of protein and/or moisture by doing the strand test. Then, you will know the correct steps to take to minimize it. 

HOW SOON DO YOU WASH YOUR HAIR AFTER GETTING YOUR RELAXER? WHAT DO YOU USE?

After a relaxer, I typically flat iron my hair. I wait 4-5 days and then I jump right back into my usual wash day routine i.e. Protein prepoo, shampoo, moisture DC, and air dry. The products I still use are in my Wash Day Video

DO YOU COMB YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY?

No. I mainly finger comb during the week and comb throughly on wash day. If I comb during the week, I will lightly rake through my hair then style.

POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.  A LIST THAT WILL LET ME KNOW WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE PROTEIN/MOISTURE?

Check out my blog post on How to Read Hair Product Ingredient Labels Like a Pro

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