Ladies,

Accountability is a very important part of hair care. Who doesn’t want to see results and progression. The relationship between a hair stylist and her client is really something special but MAGIC isn’t the secret to the success of that relationship ACCOUNTABILITY is.

Dry Scalp: Are YOU drinking enough water?

Excessive Shedding: Have YOU changed anything in your diet? Are YOU taking any new medications? Are YOU using a cotton or silk scarf? Have YOU recently starting working out?

Missing Edges: Are YOUR braids to tight? Do YOU sleep in your ponytail? Do YOU keep your “protective styles” to long?

Dry Hair: Are YOU adding any products that enhance moisture or asking about any moisture services in the salon?

Check your self on your habits. Check your self on your goals and what you are willing to reach them. YOU may be the reason that progressive is slow.

 

Women who have medium to long hair can all admit to at some point being in love with your ponytail and if you growing out a short cute you are looking forward to that day. So I have been faithfully growing my hair out the last year or so. In between I have rocked braids and weaves honestly with the hopes of wearing my hair off my face in a ponytail or bun.

Every week I go back and forth about writing on relevant topics for my audience. I came across a really cute Boomerang video I did on Instagram with my cute purple ponytail I have been rocking lately. I actually purchased the hair blonde and did a custom color on it using the formula I did on my natural hair so that it would be a perfect match.

Ponytail Facts:

  • a ponytail is hair hanging loosely resembles the undocked tail of a horse or pony.
  • it was a mandatory hairstyle for me in all European armies until the early 19th century
  • from 1645-1910 Chinese men wore waist-length ponytails
  • wearing a ponytail to often and too tight can cause TRACTION ALOPECIA 

Traction Alopecia:

gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair.

I recently read an article about a young lady who became a ballerina at the age of 3 and by the time she was school age she begin getting bullied about her hair line. We all melt when we see the cute lil girl dancers or gymnast with perfect buns but the long term affects can be brutal.

MY 2 Cent:

  • Don’t wear ponytails and buns everyday.
  • Never sleep in them.
  • Take them down and use a paddle brush to remove dead hair and improve scalp stimulation.
  • DO NOT pull braids or weaves back until the hair line loosens up.
  • Feed in braids are best or thinner edges.
  • Don’t do relaxers at home. You will likely start in the front and eventually thin hair line.
  • Use castor oil on your edges.

*this is a throwback picture that reminds of how much hair I had and what I am trying to get back to.

I see your post and you been in the gym with your waist trainers and such on. You planning all your cute outfits, making sure you have your battery pack so that your cell phone is on GO and ready for the perfect selfie, and girllll you done picked up your lil cute luggage and fanny pack. BUTTTTTT what I’m concerned about is your hair care regimen while you travel.

Sis, you got to pack some hair care products.  I took a trip to Target today and noticed that they have some really popular brands for the “black hair care” market in travel size. TSA approved honey cause they will have you toss out something in a minute. Then you go be mad before even board the plane.

I didn’t see a lot of shampoos but thats not a problem. I ALWAYS use the hotel shampoo and conditioner, typically they are moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. How you finish is key!!!

What happens when are ready to style…..I highly recommend more wash and gos on vacations. You can pull it upon a bun, twist the sides back, or just let your curls hair dry and rock it. Its vacation these people don’t know you…lol and there is not enough time to be twisting ad waiting for them to dry.

So girl go get these lil bottles of product and make them selfies count. That Gorilla snot go have them edges together, Argan Oil is good for frizz and sun protectant, It’s a 10! is a great leave in conditioner (You just spray a few pumps and you good) , TGIN is good hair mask if you going to be laying out that way you get a good deep condition if you been in and put the pool all day.

The dry blow drying process is an intentional process for hair stylist who understand hair care and how delicate the strand is. Blow drying should not be done to make the hair straight. It’s done to create even texture which then makes the styling process easier.

Be suspicious of smoke while blow drying. It indicates that there is still product (likely conditioner) that hasn’t been rinsed out. I suggest going back to shampoo with a cleansing or clarifying shampoo.

  • Apply Leave In Conditioner
  • Detangle.
  • Divide the hair in sections.
  • Use a brush that does well with high heat, and will smooth the hair.
  • Start at the ends and work your way towards the roots.

I have been doing hair for the last 16 years and I have probably done maybe 50 hairstyles that included extensions. I was in a bad accident a few years ago that caused me to be diagnosed with tendonitis after I broke my wrist. I did a few weaves after that but not without an assistant and my clientele just didn’t really wear weaves regularly. Times have changed so much now clients that I never thought would wear a weave are beginning to inquire.

 

EXTENSIONS

Bonded – Glued on your scalp between the partings in your hair

Sew In- natural hair braided down and human hair wefts are attached using needle and thread

Crochet- natural hair is braided down and synthetic hair is attached strand by strand

Tape In- attached to your scalp between the partings in your hair

Micro Link (Braidless Sew In) – Hair is attached strand by strand using a silicone bead pulling a small section of hair through the bead, before it is clamped with special pliers.

Clip In – hair wefts are attached to wig clips that has tiny teeth that grips on to your natural hair

I have had experience with them all. Although they are all temporary solutions for length, density and sometimes color my favorite option for my hair is a sew in or clip in. I have worn clip-in extensions for a wedding I was in and it worked out perfectly. I wore them for just one night and took them out and reused them for the next event.  When I wear a sew in 6 weeks in usually my maximum time.  My professional opinion for African American textured hair (kinky, curly, or ci and micro links is UH HMMMMM.  I had a client to come to me for a Shampoo and Style and I was scared that those thinks were going to tear her hair out once she removed them.