Thermal Blowouts vs. Chemical Relaxer

straightWhen it comes to African Americans’ textures of hair, it ranges from wavy, loosely curled to a very tight coil or sometimes kinky. Although these textures create different looks, it provides many  clients with the question of what styling solutions are best for their hair texture.

In early years, thermal straightening and curling was the go-to method to control texture. Later, chemical relaxers were introduced which provided the option for hair to remain straight for a longer period of time.

When chemical relaxers are applied correctly, a professional concomb-brush_-hair-relaxer-applications-800x800siders a few things (1) consultation that considers the client’s lifestyle (2) affordability to maintain (3) correct processing time and (4) professionally prescribed shampoos and treatments.

Thermal blowouts is a term used today to describe straightening or removing curls and waves from uncontrolled hair. The term is new but the overall result mirrors the old fashioned press and curl. The thing that makes it appear different is the marketing, use of oils, as well as new and improved innovation of tools. Overuse of these new styling tools on a daily basis, and sometimes weekly basis, can result in what appears to be over-processed and severely damaged hair.

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The technique of thermal blow drying is a trend that is a result of the times we live in, where having variations of styles, from wavy to straight, is a sign of contemporary American culture.

After polling hundreds of stylists throughout the beauty industry, both services are mainstays. What makes one better over the other is lifestyle and fashion. You decide. A consultation with a professional stylist is recommended when trying to decide the best option for you. Please, contact me if you have any questions.

 

When Cutting Your Hair Becomes a Necessity

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There are many opinions about how often we should cut our hair. The old standard says every six weeks is best for healthy hair. People in the fashion industry say twice a year is standard. Some even say phases of the moon is the best way to determine when the hair is to be cut. However, I want to give you an insider on the truth.

How Long Will a Cut Support a Style? 

If Hair Is Not Trimmed Frequently, Will It Take a Toll on Your Hair?   

As an expert stylist and educator, hairstyles like bobs, bangs and tapered looks will probably require cutting every three weeks to maintain its polished look. I base this on the fact that hair usually grows 1/2 inch per month. Such preciseness for these particular looks, this is necessary.

If your hair is treated with color, relaxers, or thermal styling tools, a minimum of 8 weeks is needed to maintain the health of your hair. If your hair is natural, with no present chemicals, this will vary, depending on your hairstyle.

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There is no one answer to fit everyone, as we are all different. You must find the sweet spots that is perfect for you. When you have questions as to when is the best time to get your hair cut, there are two important factors to consider:

  • When you can no longer achieve the hairstyle you desire.
  • When the ends of your hair is visibly damaged.

For more information, contact your personal stylist. You may contact me as well at eeub143@aol.com.

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Caring for Locs and Twists

There are various styles of locs and twists that appear to be carefree. Dreadlocks don’t need to be brushed and require very little to no trimming. While otherlocs hairstyles require combing to put hair back in place, tucking the hair back into the dreads is part of the maintenance routine. Contrary to some people’s belief, clean dreads lock up and tighten faster than dirty, soiled locs.

Most people who wear this style notice their locs look better when proper maintenance of cleaning and palm-rolling/latching is a part of their styling routine.

If your stylist is not maintaining your look, it is your job to keep them twisted. Caring for your twists requires routine maintenance that involve shampooing and conditioning, re-twisting before bed at night depending on the style and moisturizer to help control the twists. Leave-in conditioners are essential when wearing twists. This controls frizzes and holds hair together for a smooth, coil twist. twists

In order to get the desired style when your hair is twisted, a haircut will provide a foundation for the shape and silhouette that will support twists.

The product selection is far too large to name one that will fit your type and texture of hair.  To minimize buying unnecessary products, you should purchase your products from a hair care professional who specializes in these kinds of looks. Always remember to protect your beautiful tresses, be it locs or twists, by avoiding cotton pillow cases or other products that will absorb moisturizers when sleeping. Silk or satin are highly recommended. For more information, contact me.

 

 

How Often Should You Shampoo Your Hair?

There are many opinions on the frequency of shampooing. However, at the core of it all, the frequency will vary from one person to another.

There are a few considerations that will determine how often you should shampoo your hair. This can vary from genetics, physical exercise, exposure to chemicals, diet, as well as stressful conditions. All hair produces a natural oil called sebum. Shampoo is an emulsifier that captures and traps excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which you then rinse out to clean the hair. Image result for salon retail

Experts say there’s no single answer to how often people should shampoo. You may not need to do it as often as you think. It usually comes down to personal preference. For guidance, take a look at your hair type and styling choices. Hair care professionals have been trained to identify shampoos for your specific type of hair and styling preferences. Purchasing shampoo from your stylist or salon offers the necessary support if you have questions how they best work.

 

For more information, visit a professional hair care salon.

Why A Professional Hair Consultation is Important

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What’s important is not only the hairstyle but also what it takes to maintain the desired look and understand if it fits your lifestyle. Invest in a consultation to maintain style. A good consultation should be a minimum of 3 minutes, no more than 15 minutes.

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Points to consider:

How much time do you have to  style your hair before work?

How to protect your hair during a workout.

What’s the best way to protect your hair overnight?

Is the maintenance within your budget?

The flexibility of the style.