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Ready For Fall? Hair Care Tips For The Change In Season

October 1st, 2012 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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When most think of the Fall season beautiful autumn leaves, adorable overcoats, and fashion-forward boots come to mind. Something else that seems to go hand in hand with the lovely Fall season is dry, brittle and damaged hair. Lucky for you, this doesn’t have to be your story. Check out these tips on keeping your tresses in tip top shape this Fall.

Deep condition regularly. 

This tip probably sounds like the same old broken record playing over and over, but deep conditioning is extremely important to any hair care regimen and even more important during the Fall and Winter months. Having clean hair is extremely important, but while shampooing helps to rid your hair of any impurities, it can also strip your hair of its natural oils leaving hair dry and brittle. Cold weather only seems to worsen these conditions. Moisturizing deep conditioners assist in combatting this issue. Adding a deep conditioner to your haircare regimen may add a few more minutes to your routine, but it is certainly worth it in the long run.

Suggestions: Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque or Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment 

Trims.

Getting rid of split and brittle ends that have been damaged by hair summer rays  is one of the best things that you can do for your hair this time of year. There are some who suggest that you should trim your ends every six to eight weeks. Then, there are others who believe that trimming your ends that frequently isn’t necessary. I don’t feel that there is one blanket trimming schedule that applies to all women. When you notice that your ends are damaged and splitting, get rid of them.

Learn to not only moisturize, but  to seal as well.

As your hair is forced to endure beatings from high winds and cold weather, it tends to dry out a bit.  Adding moisture to  your hair is great; but it is not enough to keep your hair hydrated.Once you’ve washed or wet your hair, try applying a water based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer and following up with an oil or butter such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, mango butter or raw shea butter. Water and moisturizers are what add moisture to your hair, but the oils or butters are what seals it in.

Beware of the wool scarves and jackets.

Ugh, wool scarves and jacket collars are guilty of damaging the ends of fabulous tresses across the globe. As temperatures drop, many ladies are reaching for the wool scarves and pea coats. I know the temptation to strut down the street in your fine wool pea coat with with your hair “flowy” and flying in the wind like Sarah Jessica Parker out of an episode of ‘Sex and the City’ but, unless you have a FULL weave or an up-do that style is not for you. Wool causes breakage due to friction, it also has a tendency to deplete your hair of necessary moisture.

Protective styling. 

Due to the dry condition that the cold weather has a tendency to put hair in, protective hair styles are super helpful. Protective hair styles that require low or no manipulation styles that put hair up and away giving it a break and shielding it from harmful elements, which helps in preventing breakage.

While these tips are applicable to any season, they extremely crucial during the Fall and Winter months.

Jazmine Denise is a  freelance writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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Growing Natural Hair

February 15th, 2011 - By China Okasi
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Growing natural hair in today’s ‘Tip of the Day’ comes at no price at all, and you can do it for African-American hair at any time, several times of the day! It’s called: wrapping.

When African-American hair is long and permed, it can be wrapped around by an African-American hair stylist who is savvy about African-American hair care products, in a round, circular motion and the ends of the African-American hair strands are protected.

But, when it comes natural African-American hair, wrapping means something different. It means wrapping natural hair with a silk scarf, after putting braids and twists in the hair to hold it in place. Doing so promotes long African-American hair, because it prevents the natural hair from twisting and tangling and breaking into split ends.

Stay tuned for more tips on long African-American growth.

African American Women and Hair Extensions

February 12th, 2011 - By Genevieve St. Bernard
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To weave or not to weave? There is a lot of back and forth discussion over Black women and their love/hate relationships with hair extensions. While they can be a fab styling option for the girl who wants to change her style, color or even texture from week to week, simply put….they aren’t for everyone. Considering hair extensions for your African American hair? Here are some things you may wish to consider.

The Good:

-Hair extensions provide flexibility in styling that would be impossible to mimic with real hair. Attempt to change your own hair from red to blonde to black in the course of two weeks and you’ll be wearing weave sooner than you planned, trust me.

-Much of the taboo surrounding Black women and weaves has gone away. They are so commonplace now that you’ll even see the occasional man walking around with a ‘hair bag’ after picking up his girlfriend’s new extensions.

The Bad:

-Can you change your extensions often? Sure. But it’s gonna be costly. And if you aren’t a skilled weave-master, the last thing you want to do is put your own tracks or pieces in. The streets will notice, honey. The streets will notice.

-Like braids, hair extensions can cause stress to your own hair. Which is the worst thing you can do if you plan to wear your real tresses out in the future.

The Ugly:

-Not everyone can keep up $300 trips to the salon every few weeks, but some will get those fancy extensions knowing full well they can’t replace them in an adequate amount of time. The result? The unfortunate sister sitting in front of you on the bus with a head full of matted Remi and a faint mildew smell.

If you choose to try a weave, make sure you are prepared to deal with the costs and upkeep associated with it! Hair extensions can be uber fab…but you have to do your part!

African-American Hair Advice 101

February 11th, 2011 - By CO
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Today’s long African-American hair ‘Tip of the Day’ discusses hairdressers, after the jump.

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African-American Natural Hair Growth Tip of the Day

February 7th, 2011 - By CO
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Many African-American women are trending towards natural hair growth, so we bring you daily tips and tricks that can help grow long, natural African-American hair. Check out today’s natural African-American hair tip:

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Advice for Long African-American Hair

February 3rd, 2011 - By CO
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Want to learn more about growing long African-American hair? Check out our tip of the day, after the jump!

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African-American Hair Advice

January 26th, 2011 - By CO
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Promoting Long African-American Hair Growth: Tip of the Day

January 26th, 2011 - By CO
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You’ve asked, and we’re here to answer your questions about African-American hair growth, and tips to make it grow full and long.

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Long African-American Hair Q & A

January 21st, 2011 - By CO
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How often should you wash your hair?
Washing African-American hair once a week will suffice. Because of the natural dryness of African-American hair, there’s no need to wash the hair more than that amount, as doing so would over-dry the hair. If the mission is to grow long African-American hair, then don’t over-dry.

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Long African-American Hair Dos & Don’ts

January 20th, 2011 - By CO
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Here’s some advice for growing long African-American hair. The myth that African-American hair only grows to a certain length is just that: myth. By following these four simple rules, African-American hair can grow long and supple.

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