quick hairstyles!

youtuber @TheALGLifestyle shows us some quick and easy hairstyles

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DIY fruity conditioner!

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana (over-ripe is best)

1/2 avocado

1 tablespoon plain yogurt

10 drops Vitamin E oil

Directions:

Cut up banana and avocado and blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply to hair from root to ends, make sure your ends are treated especially generously with this concoction. Put hair in shower cap and leave in hair for an hour or two. For a quicker deep conditioning go under the overhead dryer for 15 minutes.

Banana– is rich in Potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins. This delicious fruit is great for hair and scalp. It improves the manageability and shine of the hair and it helps to prevent and control dandruff. Banana softens the hair and restores the hair’s natural elasticity; it helps to repair hair breakage.

Avocado–  rich in several vitamins, copper and potassium. It contains oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fat. The avocado will strengthen hair and make it soft and silky.

Vitamin E Oil– helps to increase the flow of blood on your scalp which in turn helps stimulate the hair follicles, making them produce hair faster and hold on to your existing hair with a tighter grip.

Yogurt– can soften dull hair and add life and bounce to it. Yogurt is treasure-trove of enriching elements like zinc, calcium, lactic acid, Vitamins B1, B2, B-6 and B-12, protein, and yeast.

You can find this recipie where I found it at: http://blackhair101.com/hair-recipes/tutti-frutti-deep-conditioner-recipe

heat protection tips!

NATURAL HEAT

1. The safest form of drying your hair is drying it naturally with out the extreme temperatures of a blow dryer. When you use the natural heat from your body or even outside it is way better then getting your hair burned. Trust me it’s worth the wait and your hair will thank you!

“The added benefit of not going under the dryer is that your hair bond is not broken down. Too much hot air will blow the hair cuticles so far open that even the best conditioners will fail to make a difference. If this application of heat happens on a regular basis then the cuticle layers will get damaged over and over again and the hair will lose its tensile strength and will break.”

HEAT PROTECTANTS

2. Use a heat protectant!!!!  Heat protectants prevent the breakdown of the proteins in hair, they prevent the hair cuticles from cracking, and prevent the hair from losing water in the hair strand and they allow the hair to maintain its strength after a heat treatment. Using heat that is too high though, can and will negate the effects of a protectant. 

NO WET  ZONE
3. Make sure to towel dry your hair and never use heat appliances on dripping wet hair. Give your hair a chance to air dry. And use it your tools on low to medium heat.

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http://blackhair101.com/hair-care/3-tips-to-prevent-heat-damage-to-black-hair

relaxers are the enemy!

When relaxing your hair make sure you know what you are getting yourself into: hair breakage, hair thinning, lack of hair growth, scalp irritation, scalp damage, hair loss are all some of the things that you may go through after harming your beautiful natural hair. I recommend that if you do decide to relax your hair that you go to a professional first. The damage can be great or even permanent  if you do not know what you are doing.

How “relaxed” is your hair?

“The chemical penetrates the cortex or cortical layer and loosens the natural curl pattern.”

“This inner layer of the hair shaft is not only what gives curly hair its shape but provides strength and elasticity. Once this process is performed it is irreversible.” 

This may not seem to be a lot but once you have done this to your hair you have allowed your hair to become prone to breakage. Relaxing your hair can be addicting and each month in order to keep up with the “straight hair” look you have to get touch ups.

Leaving your hair without a touch up and allowing it to grow out leaves your hair looking extremely unhealthy. You have your new growth and then you see where you had your hair relaxed. By touching it up you are only further damaging your hair.

“Sodium Hydroxide is the strongest type of principal chemical used in some chemical relaxers because it provides the most long lasting and dramatic effects. However, this same sodium hydroxide is found in drain cleaners which well demonstrates the strength of this chemical. It is what is used in products that are referred to as “lye” relaxers. The strength varies from a ph factor of 10 to 14. With higher ph, the faster the straightening solution will take hold, but the more potential the damage. Guanidine Hydroxide is the other common option of relaxer chemical used today. This is what is referred to as “no-lye” relaxers.”

“This label can be misleading to some consumers. It does not imply that there aren’t any strong chemicals used or that the chemicals used are somehow less potentially damaging.”

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heat damage!

Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of your damaged hair is by trimming it. Trying to use all these different products to bring it back to life is only sugar coating the real issue. Cutting your hair isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it will help you grow your hair faster and healthier!

1. Your hair is dead

“Once your hair emerges out into the visible area of your scalp, you are dealing with a dead fibre. It is dead because there are no active growing cells in it. The implication here is that this fibre can only ever either stay in the condition it is as it emerges or wear down over time. There are no active cells within that part that has emerged to fix any damage.”

2.  High heat makes physical and irreversible changes to your hair at a molecular level

“High or prolonged heat can physically and irreversibly change the natural structure of protein . Hair is made up of a protein called keratin. Keratin in hair has a natural twist in it called an alpha helix. This twist is present in all hair straight or curly. If you heat keratin to around 215-235°C ( 419-455F) the alpha helix starts to melt. This is a a physical change and it is irreversible, your hair will retain the shape of the melted keratin at a molecular level. Your hair shows you this molecular damage by not getting back into its natural curl or wave and staying straighter.”

3. All damage to your hair is cumulative. 

“Remember you have no growing cells in the dead part of the hair so if the cuticle is broken, it will stay broken. If you heat treat and damage the cortex, it stays damaged. Your hair conditioner and gentle treatment can help prolong the life of the damaged hair but ultimately it is damaged and the damage will continue to progress.”

hair loss?!

Jojoba

Jojoba oil is great at helping with hair loss. After you wash your scalp thoroughly to add jojoba oil to the bald or thinning areas and it helps to stimulate growth.

Jojoba can also help you if after you have relaxed you hair and see that it seems to be thinning from chemicals or heat damage. It adds volume to your hair to the strands making your hair look thicker.

 You can even mix jojoba oil with other oils and massage it into your hair to help stimulate blood flow which is great if you want your hair to grow.

” Jojoba is an emollient – it fills in cracks that are on the surface of the hair cuticle, i.e. it helps to repair hair damaged by heat and styling.”

How can you use jojoba?

By adding a small amount of jojoba to your shampoo you become one step closer to having healthier hair! Many shampoos strip your hair of moisture and the oil quickly gives back to your hair.

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source: https://www.nenonatural.com/hair-blog/the-benefits-of-jojoba-oil-on-natural-hair