When you have kinky hair it's soooo easy to get kinks and knots. Wearing stretched styles eliminates that problem.
Sin #7 - Think Deep Conditioning Is a Special Event
No, No, No! You can deep condition every week! Don't wait til you have a hair emergency or you start feeling dryness. Deep condition weekly (or as much as possible), it's a hair saver!
Sin #8 - You saying, "Aaah, Porosity, Smorosity... WHATEVAH..."
You need to understand your hair porosity level. You think we out here Bull-Jivín' when we bring up porosity? That is critical knowledge for understanding your specific needs when you are trying to moisturize and stay moisturized. Without proper and constant moisture..... SNAP CRACKLE POP baaaaaby. Get it together.
Sin #9 - Using Moisturizers That Don't Match Your Hair type
This goes back to #8 a lil' bit, because how will you know the best moisturizer for your hair if you don't know what type of hair you have?
Also, if you have chemically-damaged hair from perming or dyeing that is a clue as to what types of moisturizers to use and avoid. Weather-damaged hair has different moisturizing needs as well. That's why BlackHairOMG is here to teach you what you need to know 🙂
Sin #10 - Oiling Without Moisturizing FIRST
Where would we be without amazing hair oils??? They are a MUST, a staple, a God-send! BUUUUUTTTTT!!!!
A Big Ol' But.
One MAJOR confusion many of us have is that oils actually moisturize. They do not.
Moisture comes from water, oils and nutrients and SEAL IN moisture.
Listen, very-light oils with smaller molecular particles actually penetrate your hair follicles to deliver nutrients and then seal that moisture in.
Heavier oils with larger molecular particles do not penetrate, they simply coat and seal whatever moisture you already have infused.
Either way, if you seal your hair without first infusing it with moisture through some kind of moisturizing cream, co-wash, leave-in condition, etc. It's like tying the end of a balloon that's filled with air, and expecting to see water inside afterwards.
No, if you want a water balloon, you put water in first THEN you seal the balloon. So always keep that in mind.
Oil does not moisturize, but PENETRATING OILS, like Moroccan argan oil, do super-charge your moisturized hair with healthy nutrients and seals all that goodness inside. that's a recipe for some booty-length hair if you stick to a healthy regimen.
OK, chill out. Don't go all Wakanda warrior princess on my behind for dissin' shea butter and coconut oil. Ya hear me? Haa!
Look, before y'all come for me. Just know this...
1st, you can't come for me until I send for you, that's my rule. Put some RESPECK ON IT. Lol...
2nd, This Shea Butter slanderaint comin' from me! So don't shoot the messenger.
I do want this information from professional hairstylist Aeleise Jana to be heard though. Because MANY naturals still are struggling with their hair regimen.
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Because they just do what they see working for others and automatically expect the same results. Many times that's a mistake.
So, alot of y'all gonna think this sista has lost her mind because she says “Stop with the coconut oil and shea butter.”
I already know. Stop being mean sis, let her speak...
Because for SOME WOMEN and their unique hair needs, maybe she has thebest advice that they'll hardly ever hear anywhere else.
Who "Talking Crazy" Bout My Coconut Oil and Shea?
So let me introduce you too Aeleise Jana, she’s a professional natural hairstylist (I'll post a video from her below), Aeleise is a self-professed “Curl Geek” whose seen 100's of natural hair clients who’ve had the same common issues.
They ALL suffered from dried out, frizzy, crunchy hair.
What did they ALL have in common???
They were putting coconut oil and shea butter on their hair like it was going out of style!
Her 5 Issues w/ Coconut Oil & Shea - SEE IF YOU AGREE!
#1 - They cause build up.
So you’re an avid user of coconut oil/shea butter and you use it religiously. Not only do you think this is the holy grail to your hair regimen, you’re probably also insistent about using sulfate-free shampoos. Often a sulfate-free shampoo or co-wash doesn’t include surfactant (cleansing) agents that are strong enough to remove gunky buildup.
Repeating this process over and over again without clarifying and soon enough you can end up suffering from permanently dry hair.
Aleise advises that reducing or eliminating the use of coconut oil and shea butter eliminates the need for harsher, more powerful shampoos.
Also, when we think of hair oils and butters, coconut and shea are among the heaviest.
So heavy, that they can create a barrier between your hair shaft and water. Aeleise says, “Shea butter and coconut oil used the way most consumers do suffocates the hair and scalp. Moisture = water. Oil= sealant. If you don’t clarify the oil layer off of the hair and allow water to get into the cuticle you’re moisturizing dry hair.”
The actual moisturizing agent, water, is being blocked from entering the cuticle. Ouch!
#2 - They lead to dry hair.
Sure, you might think that the sheen from coconut oil/shea butter you see on your hair means that it’s moisturized. Well....
According to Aeleise, “Water evaporates in 4-7 days from hair so adding coconut oil or shea butter to dry hair then co-washing or using weaker sulfate- free shampoos contributes to the experience of dry hair.”
#3 - They cause frizz.
When hair is shampooed and sealed with either coconut oil or shea, the hair is blocked from absorbing any moisture from the atmosphere. According to Aeleise, “Anything on top of that already closed cuticle seals water in and out.” In the case of coconut oil and shea butter, we are sealing water out of the hair, thus not allowing it to gain entrance to our hair strands.
She further goes on to explain, “Once the water stored in the hair evaporates [after] 4-7 days, the hair reaches out to the atmosphere for water (i.e. dry, rough, frizzy hair).”
#4 - They do not moisturize the hair.
Water=Moisture. Oil=Sealent. “There’s no need for oils (natural or petroleum based) on the hair but for sealing or lubrication. A healthy scalp contains sebaceous glands that provide a protective layer for the scalp skin. Light oils that form a protective barrier around the hair strand are fine. What’s not okay is an absorbed oil (coconut oil and shea butter) that blocks water out of the hair strand.”
#5 - They’re not water soluble.
Aeleise suggests, “alternative ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil, almond oil, marshmallow root, etc. that are water-soluble or able to be easily removed with a light cleanser serve the hair better. Also, a properly formulated lower ph conditioner does the job of closing the cuticle down over the water therefore sealing.”
Aeleise's "Hydrate + Define: How I Add Water To My Wash & Go" VIDEO
Listen... She's NOT a "YouTuber", but she has made a few videos... Don't judge her advice on the fact that she doesn't use YouTube to pay her bills. It's not her focus. Helping naturals with their hair IN-PERSON is her profession... Here's the vid.
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Listen... When you see older Asian women with 6 feet long hair and it's STILL jet black...
You probably gonna feel some-kinda-way and start sniffin' around for answers.
I smell a secret girly, and it smells fermented.
If you haven't heard of the Yao women, look...
With their average hair length of about 6 feet, the Yao ethnic women made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s longest hair village.
Part of their secret to having such long hair lies in washing it with fermented rice water.
And there are a bunch of ways to get the amazing healthy-hair benefit and grow your hair stealing some of their tricks.
In this article, I will show you an amazing fermented rice product that is selling faster than cold bottles of water on a hot day when Permit Patty started minding her own dang business.
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Rice water contains vitamins like Vitamin B, C, and E and amino acids which can help in hair regeneration. Hair shedding also slows down.
In a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science in 2010, researchers showed that using rice water as a hair treatment offered significant benefits including reducing surface friction and increasing hair elasticity which ultimately stops hair breakage and hair fall.
DIY Rice Water Rinsing - You Can Do It!
There are many ways to make your oil rice rinse, fermented or non-fermented. Many say the fermented version is kindy funky smelling.
Don't worry though, a favorite READY-MADE product named Royal Herbal Organics makes a WONDERFUL-SMELLING fermented rice herbal shampoo and conditioner.
YouTubers are NUTS about it and almost EVERY review I see are from women going crazy over the softness and growth results. I'll post some more info about that later in this article though.
For right now check out this rice water rinse vid and see the benefits!
Hey, not everyone wants the trial and error of doing their own DIY shampoos and conditioners. Especially when there are companies out here whipping up miracles-in-a-bottle. Like....
Royal Herbal Organics Fermented Rice Shampoo - BELOVED!
Really, the ONLY (very few) complaints I saw in some written reviews of Royal Herbal Organic's poo and condish combo was people SLIGHTLY complaining about the price and bottle size, even then, they were still saying they love the products and would buy again. It's just worth it.
And it's handmade, so you're always gonna pay a lil' more for the extra attention to detail and hand craftsmanship involved.
The Science Behind Why Fermented Rice Heals Hair: INOSITOL
Both scientists and beauty lovers have tried to find why rice water works so well at beautifying, strengthening and growing hair. Well...
Studies have found that the natural chemical inositol, an ingredient found in rice water, is able to penetrate damaged hair and repair it from the inside out. It even protects hair from future damage.
This inositol even stays in your hair even after the rice water is rinsed off, acting as a shield and protecting your hair from damage. Rice water also contains amino acids that strengthen the hair roots, increase hair volume, and make your hair shiny and smooth.
It's perfect for hair.
More Details About Royal Herbal Organics Products
Look my Lovelies! You can get your hair ALL THE WAY on track by giving Fermented Rice Herbal Shampoo a try.
This is a 3-in-1, Co-Wash, SHAMPOO & SCALP RENEWAL DETOX.
It delays the grays, grows back edges and optimizes any conditioner after use.
With over 20 years of research and development and 98% customer satisfaction, their unique NON-SUDS potion will bring a new experience to your hair regimen.
They UNLEASH the worlds best keep secret for long healthy hair.
Fermented rice has been used for years to keep hair long, thick, luscious hair!
You will NOT find any of these chemicals in my products, like Silicone's, Petroleum, SLS, Phthalates, Paraben of any kind, propylene glycol, & other harsh chemicals
The Yao minority ethnic women from Huangluo Village, in Guangxi Province, in southern China, have one striking feature in common—their extraordinarily long hair that stays black until they are around 80 years old. You hear me!?!
You can use rice water for your face, body, and hair. Washing your face with rice water helps soften the skin and improve your complexion by firming the skin and reducing the size of pores.
Helpful Comments From Viewers - See What They Say!
Missy Junior comments..."The real hair growth comes from massaging your scalp with hot oil and your head tilted at a 90 degree angle. The other extra stuff isn't necessary.
I used to do it from another video on YouTube and it works the same. You do it for 1 week out of the month."
Keana Henry comments... "Never commented on YouTube videos but this little treatment has honestly been AMAZING for my hair ??????. It was all different lengths with the bottom being longest and the middle and top really short in comparison.
I tried this yesterday and the first thing I noticed was that my hair was almost twice as thick! Really wasn't expecting that. After I blow dried my hair I realised it was all pretty much the same length which is now by my shoulders!! So excited to use this treatment again in the future and take care of my hair properly."
Jo Young "Love your video! Tip: use coconut oil mixed with castor oil...sit under hair drier for 30 minutes...like a hot oil treatment and leave in over night with shower cap on, wash hair next day...i do this every other day and my hair grows like crazy...oh and i'm black...you know our hair."
Smart Kids "Is this an April fools prank. The truth is, there is no magical cream or process that will make your hair grow overnight. That not how it work."
"AIR-DRYING MY NATURAL HAIR?!?!? Awwww Hecks NAW!"
That's not what this young sista named Kiara said while showing you how to air-dry LIKE A BOSS after she used The L.O.C. Method.
"HECKY NAW" is what a lot of folks say about air-drying and that's a mistake you MUST avoid if you want the healthiest hair possible.
Don't be scuuuuured girl, ha! When you hear the words "air-drying" do you start running for the hills?
Are you scared your hair is gonna turn into a tangled bird’s nest?
Yes? OK, well, just recognize the fact that you are trippin' right now and let's K.I.M. peeples....
For the Suburbanites among us, K.I.M. means "keep it movin'' If you speak in Ol' Otis dialect, it's KOM. (Keep On Movin')
My advice is that you listen to Ol' Otis unless you wanna get roasted, lol.
K.O.M. Russ Parr or Get Roasted By Ol' Otis
Anywaaaayz, foolishness aside.
This super-helpful video from a little-known BELOW from a cute lil' YouTuber caught my eye and I want to share her knowledge with you and hopefully get this young sista a few more subscribers.
This video tutorial will help you put the blow dryer down. Maybe not for good, but long enough to get some health back on your scalp.
Pros and Cons of Air-Drying Natural Hair
A lot of Lovelies think that they can get the same results either way, whether they are air-drying or blow-drying with heat.
So I'm gonna take a minute to break down for you the different results you get when you air dry your natural hairstyle vs. when you sit under a hood dryer and heat.
With air drying your natural textured hair, you are helping your hair stay more moisturized, that's MAJOR. You see...
Skipping the damaging heat of the dryer is a must if you already have dry hair. And it also saves a bunch of time.
It's such a time-saver, you can simply wash and style your hair and go. And if you want to use the dryer to speed things up, just sit under that bad girl for maybe 5 minutes or so, and bounce.
Nothing is perfect love... We don't promise perfection. So here are some downsides to air drying...
The thing that some naturals say about air-drying is that it does not leave your hair looking as polished as a blow dryer. Especially for thick type 4 hair. The thicker your hair then the longer it takes to dry, you already know girl....
Your hair is probably not going to be as shiny as it would be with heat drying and it might not last as long. By sitting under the dryer you reduce the amount of puffiness and frizz.
The dryer allows your defined curls to set much quicker which leads to a polished finished with shine. Something that is hard to get with air drying.
But liiiiisten Lovely.... YOU WILL SEE THE BENEFITS if you air-dry your hair, it's so natural and helpful. Check it out!
VIDEO TUTORIAL: 3 Ways to Air Dry Natural Hair
For overall hair health, air-drying is something to embrace.
You won't damage the structure of your hair like you do when applying heat and your hair live to try various hairstyles that would never be achieved with burnt out, damaged hair.
Skeptical About Air-Drying Your Natural Hair?
If you’re skeptical about the benefits of drying your hair this way, I recommend doing a test trial. Section and braid/twist your hair as usual, but leave one section in the back of your hair to air dry in the way described in the video.
If you find that your hair tangles or that it simply isn’t worth the effort then you’ll only have one section to restyle.
However, I think you’ll find that these techniques will DEFINITELY help sistas with thick hair to dry their hair much more quickly than normal air-drying tactics, and will also effectively prep your hair for stretched full natural hairstyles whenever you want.
Look, there are a ton of great YouTubers that we know and have interviewed and are looking forward to talking to.
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Hunnnnnneeyyyy, I think you are going to love this hair growth video.
This beautiful, educated and bronzed-to-the-GAAAWDZ with melanin sister named Nikki from GreenBeauty Hair Products is breaking down THE SCIENCE of why this unique yellow onion and cayenne hair remedy is a staple for her and all that lusciousness she wears as her crown.
You will quickly learn...
HOW TO make it at home yourself and enjoy the hair growth benefits.
How to AVOID smelling all funky when using it, lol...
To ENJOY less hair shedding after treatment.
Below I have posted my 2 favorite videos from her on the subject. One focuses more on teaching you how to do it, the other one is more focused on the actual science of why it works.
Bill Nye the science guy ain't got NOTHIN' on this sista.
Compared to Nikki, Bill can go on ahead and have several of these...
Y'all know I'm silly. That's why you love me. Anyway... y'all be sure to support her business as well. She is brilliant, very helpful and making things happen in the Black Hair Care world.
So here below is the first video where she teaches you to DIY the whole onion juice hair growth recipe.
Click the linkto the 1st video below and then see the other more science-focused vid near the bottom of this page...
They are both SO INFORMATIVE!
Grow Black Hair, Stop Shedding & Thicken Edges With This!
And look.... One of the great things about Nikki's deep understanding about the science of the different compounds, vitamins and minerals in these all-natural ingredients is that she has the knowledge to make products that work for Black hair extremely well!
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Warning: If you are looking for cheap flat irons, you'll be wasting time reading these FHI flat iron reviews. They are not cheap, and that's for a reason.
FHI never claims to be the cheapest, they pride themselves on the quality of their product instead. FHI flat irons are made to give you top-notch straightening results and performance, even with the high cost, this brand has a lot of fans, tons of women choose the FHI flat iron brand as their favorite and we'll explain why. If you've been searching for accurate information and up-to-date reviews of FHI, I’ve rounded up the most important features, designs and reviews of these quality styling products for you. Let's start with the flat iron from FHI that is widely seen as the best...
FHI Platform Plus Flat Iron Is The Star of The Brand
FHI products are made for different levels of customer needs, some women don't need a flat iron that is good enough to be used in high-end salons, some women refuse to settle for less. FHI hair irons are made to suit the needs of both types of women.
FHI primarily makes basic level, middle level, and high-end or professional level flat irons. When you choose your straightener properly you can expect to find the flat iron with price tags nearly $100.
FHI flat irons can last for 5 years assuring the quality, performance and durability. If you are searching for a very high-quality flat iron for your hair salon, this brand offers great prices for the level of consistent quality you receive.
Top 4 FHI Flat Irons
FHI platfrom plus for straightening hair and even better for curling it.
FHI Runway Flat Iron: Ultimate hair straightening performance – can do everything you need with outstanding results
FHI platform, a 2-in-1 hair tool, for straightening and curling, affordable price
Review of some advanced features of FHI Heat Flat Irons
The Exclusive Proprietary Nano-Fuzeion™ Technology only exists in FHI products. They produce gently Far Infrared Heat, and low Electromagnetic Field is very effective for treating damaged hair gently.
Once you drag the flat iron on hair, it will lose heat, say, if the temperature set is 400F, when sliding the iron through your hair for a while, the temperature will drop to 390F. The FHI solved this problem with their RAPIDTEK™ Heating Technology which instantaneously balances heat lost to maintain the temperature consistently from the root to the bottom of your hair. This feature is only offered with the FHI Heat EPS Black Diamond Digital model. The ceramic tourmaline plates significantly reduce heat damage while treating your hair gently.
Check out FHI flat iron reviews from a pro hair dresser...
FHI Hair Iron Features and Design FHI has a selection of digital flat irons, such as the EPS and Runway models. You simply click the button + or – to adjust the heat level and the temperature is displayed on the LED screen.
Most of them will be automatically shut off after one hour if you're not using it. The ceramic plates can get to as high as 450F.
The plates are made by 3 layers of ceramic. However the Runway model – one of the most expensive flat irons on the market features 6 layers and the LED display on the ion will show different colors when temperatures change to suitable hair types: red, blue and green zone. Looking at this color code you will never fail to set the wrong temperature for your hair type, it amazingly indicates the color match exactly for your type of hair.
Quality What is about hair dry? No more, as claimed by FHI, the negative ions emits from the tourmaline surface lock in water in the hair retaining it the stable moisture condition. Every single product of FHI is made so that it gives you the most comfortable feeling while holding the iron in your hand. It's is very lightweight you can be straightening hair on clients for an hour without feeling that your muscles are getting tired. Another bonus from having an FHI flat iron is that if you suddenly want to start curling hair, and think of using curling iron, they give you everything you need to create that hairstyle in minutes!
Fhi Flat Iron Reviews 2015
Review of Platform Tourmaline Ceramic FHI Heat Flat Irons
The FHI Platform Tourmaline Ceramic iron is a popular choice. It offers the wide range of plate sizes, so you always find the one for your hair type, that is really cool compared to other flat irons there are few options to for plate sizes. The ergonomic design comes with innovative beveled plates and allows you to straighten or curl to whatever wavy styles you desire.
1/2" Plate Width
On Sale for $125.99
The wide range of plate sizes are always helpful, FHI offers everything from the smallest sizes for your hair needs to the some of the biggest you'll ever need. The temperature dial is right on the side of tool housing, making it easy to adjust the setting.
One user and her sister have been using this flat iron and left this review...
My sister and I absolutely love this straightener, we would not trade this this for anything else. It came in on time with everything they said it would come with. We're blackgirls without perms and it does our hair wonders. I was recommended this product and decided to buy it off of Amazon seeing how it is one of my favorite sites to shop. The packaging was more than secure and I really appreciate that because it was a bit expensive. We still use it and have no complaints about it. I would definitely buy from this seller again and recommend all to choose this seller when buying hair products. Thank you
For those who use FHI the first time were impressive with the design, color, and result. One called it this is a curling iron and it works great on her natural hair. The iron gets hot very fast giving me a shiny straight look. If you have a natural hair like me, it is easy for you to straighten it at around 350F, a reviewer says.
Review of Platform PLUS Tourmaline Ceramic FHI Flat Irons
Sold As Low as $139.99
This model only features 1-inch plate width. All the features are the same as FHI Platform, however, it has ultra-curved edges, meaning aside from straightening, it is more suitably designed for curling hair.
Review Of The Run Way FHI Flat Iron
In the video an learn how to curl hair with a FHI Flat Iron
The Runway FHI Flat Iron is the highest quality FHI ceramic flat iron, it's used by Hollywood stars and famous hairstylists. This is truly an evolved state of the art and tech-savvy flat iron that guarantees you the best hair straightening experience. The ergonomic design, modern technological innovation and unmatched performance are the most appealing aspects of this styling tool. Due to high price tag above $500, they are mostly used in elegant salons. The Runway possesses the highest quality ceramic plates with 6 layers.
This Salon-Level Flat Iron Is Usually Priced Over $500
This model has superior ceramic plates, easy digital control and clear display as well visible colors on the LED to point out which temperature are being used.
Review of FHI Heat Flat Iron: EPS Black Diamond Digital.
Made with advanced technology, this hair styling tool will make you feel like you're using a smart device, the FHI Flat iron is the combination of technology and style and known for bringing the grooming industry’s latest developments. If you are addicted to smart devices, this is an ideal device you and for the tech-savvy stylists. The EPS iron features digital temperature control, color-coded for hair type and textures, and unmatched ceramic black diamond plates. The plates generate more 25% moisture-locking ions, drying out your hair will not be a major concern with this device.
The advantage of digital control is that you can change stepwise 1 degree, unlike conventional models there is limited setting( from 5 to 25).
The energy saving feature-sleeping mode will reduce the temperature into half after 3-minutes of non-use, then it will “awaken” when you touch it.
You see a lot of good things about FHI flat iron, there is a minor downside of this flat iron. Unlike other flat irons, EPS Black Diamond Digital doesn’t have the most common problem that comes from the heating such as the temperature of plates is not set exactly as number display on screen or on the dial. However, there are a couple of small complaints about the button for the digital model, some users find it is hard to press. It is not a big deal, above all, they are still a great value for the price.
I've only been using this for a week, but so far I'm very happy. I had a Solia straightener for close to 10 years which I loved, but this is better. It heats quickly, sleeps when inactive (great for me as I sometimes forget to turn off and unplug in the rush of the morning), and has been great at smoothing my very thick hair. I also like the carrying case and extra long cord, which has a Velcro attachment so that you can tie up the excess cord if you don't need it to stretch so far or when putting away. I bought this at the recommendation of my hair stylist and as long as it holds up, I think it was a great purchase.
If you are serious about using the best hair styling tools, you probably have a lot of experience with a variety of flat irons, and are able to compare different brands including Chi flat irons, Babyliss flat irons, GHDs, etc, each one have unique features, but this is one of the All-Star hair styling tools according to most FHI flat iron reviews from real customers. There are fhi flat iron reviews for African American hair, black and natural hair reviews are easy to find, we even have video for you. If you like to, you can read more FHI flat iron EPS reviews here.
Final thoughts about FHI Flat irons.
It is up to you to decide if one of the FHI flat iron models is perfect for your needs or not, we simply wanted to give you the info you need, look at the unique features of these best FHI flat iron tools in order to make it easy for you to pick up the right one.
Facts about FHI Brand
FHI is reviewed as one of the best flat iron brands in the professional hairdressing industry, the man behind this iconic brand is Shauky Glamani, he was a professional hairstylist. In early career his passion and talent translated into the styling products which developed the FHI flat irons commonly used today. He has been involved in manufacturing hair products for more than 32 years.
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Listen... I tested the crown hairs of 10 of my friends. Keep reading to see what I found.
This post is long but informative! I encourage you to read the whole thing to get all the info you need!
Ok so let's jump right into this tea, shall we?
You would think that our crown would be the most protected, less manipulated, and therefore the easiest part of our hair to grow and maintain length. Not so in many cases, hair breakage at the crown is a big problem. In fact, for some of us, it is the most fragile and kinkiest part of our hair. So what is going on up there?
Why Does Hair Breakage at The Crown Happen?
First, I want to say that not everyone is suffering from hair breakage at the crown. If you have a tighter texture up there, it could just be that you have more shrinkage at your crown than other areas of your hair. This could make it appear shorter when it really may not be.
However, because of this fact, you could be manipulating your crown more to help shape your hair into that ever so popular heart shape. If your crown has a ton of shrinkage then you're left with mullet shaped hair (lol) which leads to tons of over-manipulating to shape into a heart (put that hair pick down chile).
The over-usage of tools to shape your hair and volumize is a HUGE culprit in the crown breakage mystery. If your texture is tighter up there, it's probably more fragile and more prone to breakage, so the hair pick doesn’t make it any better.
The Test of 10 Friends - Hair Thinning at Crown or Nah?
So let's back up and talk about the structure of crown hair for a bit, shall we?
I asked 10 of my friends to come over my house and let me examine their scalps and crown hair. Of those 10 friends, 6 had crown issues. All 6 of the ones with crown issues had type 4 hair.
Of those 6, ALL of them had high porosity in that area, more shrinkage, suffered from reduced curl definition, breakage, frizz and dryness.
The 4 ladies without hair breakage at the crown were type 3 or less. Those 4 had normal porosity and didn’t suffer from any of the issues that my type 4 friends reported.
I then kicked those looser curled friends out of my house (just kidding)!
After speaking with the remaining 6 with crown issues, they reported that they use tools to help shape their crowns on a daily basis (over manipulation).
High Porosity Hair & Low Porosity Hair On The Same Head
So I'm about to get "Science-y" on y’all real quick. Let's circle back to porosity: Their porosity was different at their crown than any other area of their heads. They all had high porosity at their crown and normal or low porosity in most other areas of their hair. Strange right?
After they left, I kept their hair in little baggies.
No, I didn’t do voo-doo. I applied a mild protein treatment to each of their strands to see if the porosity would change after this. And sure enough it did!
Their little hairs either stayed on top of the water or floated to the middle. The protein filled in the little areas of their hair that were missing which initially caused their hairs to sink to the bottom. These missing areas contribute to the fragility of your hair strand and increase breakage.
These missing areas are also what causes high porosity hair which causes your hair to easily accept and lose moisture. Protein helps fill in those weak areas and controls your moisture retention rates.
A lot of naturals think they are "protein sensitive" and therefore stay away from proteins. However, our fragile Type 4 crowns seem to benefit best from proteins.
Yes, proteins may not give you that "slip" and they may leave your hair feeling like "straw". They are not meant to detangle they are meant to strengthen. So you may need to follow up behind that protein treatment with a moisturizing conditioner, but your hair will be stronger once that whole process is complete.
ONE WARNING HOWEVER:
Stop using protein when you notice that its cause MORE breakage. Too much protein can also be bad. There is a delicate balance between moisture and protein that needs to be achieved, but once it is, your hair will be stronger.
Why Type 4's Often Have High Porosity Hair at The Crown...
Now let's talk about WHY the porosity in that area is higher in the first place. The hair in that area is growing out a totally different texture than the rest of your hair. I don't know for sure, but I'm going to take an educated guess and say that those of us with Sub-Saharan African roots have developed this trait to help protect our heads from the harsh sun.
There are certain traits that we Africans have that other people don't which helped protect our ancestors from the hot conditions near the equator. Our dark skin, our wide noses, and our hair. So why would our crowns be any different?
If our crown hair didn't adapt and become kinkier to protect us from the harshness of the sun, our ancestors' scalps would've burned from the UV rays. Let's take a moment and appreciate the intricate way in which our God has shaped our bodies to protect us without us even knowing! (Praise break)
I'm more at peace knowingthat there's a real reason for my crown issues and not some genetic anomaly that caused this.
How To Fix Hair Breakage at The Crown
Now let's get into how to minimize the breakage up there and hair thinning at crown. Here are a few things you can do:
1♦ Treat your crown separately from the rest of your hair. Give it its own section on wash day and provide it with mild proteins every now and then. Also, moisturize and seal often. (see this article on Water Washing ONLY)
2♦ Reduce manipulation! Your crown is fragile due to its anatomic structure. The kinkier the hair, the more prone to hair breakage at the crown will be. You'll have to baby it instead of becoming frustrated with it and manipulating it more.
3♦ Which leads to my next point: Try to avoid using the pick so often. Instead of picking it out, you can use bobby pins to shape your hair.
4♦ Provide your crown with Oils that have UV protection to prevent hair breakage at the crown. Macadamia Nut Oil has an SPF of 6 and Red Raspberry Oil has an SPF of 4. Its not super high, but it may be just enough to make a difference.
5♦ Understand that even once it begins to retain length, it will still have more shrinkage than the rest of your hair. And that’s ok.
6♦ Reduce direct heat. Flat ironing and blow drying do not help your crown at all.
I hope you find this helpful! Did you know that UniQurl is launching its very own healthy hair care line specifically targeted for kinky hair? We launch July 2018! Go to www.uniqurl.com to sign up for our email list for updates and discounts!
Until next time Queens,
Alexis Stanley is the CEO of UniQurl LLC, a natural hair care company that is set to launch brand new hair products specifically for women with tightly textured and dry hair. Her goal is to uplift, support, and highlight, women with tightly textured hair who feel they aren't being represented in the beauty space.
If you'd like to know more about Alexis, she can be found on Instagram @lexiluvsit. If you'd like to know more about UniQurl you can follow @uniqurl on Instagram.
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Girrrrrrrl, Teyana Taylor has been doing the media circuit in New York to promote her new show that she will be featuring in along with her husband, Iman Shumpert, and their adorable baby girl.
You see her blonde hair color and cut though?!?!
This woman's hair and style is FIERCE! She gonna have me grabbing some scissors in a minute if she don't stop playin' with my dang emotions, lol.
Everybody knows that Teyana Taylor used to have a head full of lusciously long hair, she would often give love and credit to Mane Choice hair vitamins, and maybe when/if she decides to grow her hair back, that will be her secret weapon again. But for now.... Honeeeeeey, she is ROCKIN' THE MESS outta that cut.
The crazy part is that I've NEVER been a fan of the blonde hair dye on black women, bit just never looked right TO ME (don't bite my head off for my humble opinion), but girrrrl, Teyana is changing my mind. At least she's changed my mind for how it fits her.
I will post a few pics below in the gallery so that you can see what I'm talking about.
Could You Rock This Blond Bombshell Look? Would You?
So now, I wanna hear from you in the comment section below. Could you pull this look off? Would you cut your hair to try this look? Or is this a "Hollywood" look that isn't practical for the normal person out here in the skreets?
Yes, I said "skreets". Don't Judge me...
Anyway y'all... Keep an eye out for her new show coming out soon called "Teyana & Iman", it's on VH1, so we're just gonna have to pray that the show aint super-ratchet. Lord knows I can't mess with none of the "Love & Hip Hop" shows no more. Girl, I feel like I'm disrespecting my ancestors watching that foolery, lol.
Hopefully Teyana's new show will help show a beautiful example of REAL Black love, family and positivity.
Like Drake says, "WE GON' SEE!"
So check out her SUPER CUTE photos that we captured from various interviews, the photo gallery below has them all and even a cute pic from when her hair was super long and full and she was reppin'for Mane Choice Hair Growth Pills.
[Photo Gallery] Teyana Taylor - Short Haircuts For Black Women