This has been a really tough week for me!! My sister-in-law had brain surgery and my 16-year-old cousin lost her life to a severe asthma attack. I will be doing a post about her story and the foundation that her parents have started in her honor called #BreathofKamari. Rest in Heaven Babygirl ♥ I’ve been getting lots of requests to more natural hair posts so today I thought it would be good to discuss an option for healthier hair that you may want to consider: Steaming!
- When you steam your hair you are creating a humid environment that is just right for moisturizing as opposed to the natural dry air around us. Steaming helps to replenish what may be sucked out during every day routines. Steaming doesn’t have to be to time consuming or done every day, but you will start to see many differences and benefits in your hair if you decide to take the extra step.
- For me, moisture retention is a major deal in my natural hair journey. Retaining moisture is crucial to accomplishing amazing styles such as twist outs, bantu knot outs, roller sets…etc. Why is this? Because when your hair has moisture you are able to obtain and KEEP definition. So instead of a giant puff of frizz you will be able to keep up that day 2, 3, 4, 5 day hair!
- Steaming allows for deeper penetration into the cortex of the hair strand and you’ll see an overall improvement in pliability and elasticity of the hair strands which means no more snapping. When natural hair is wet, it is very fragile but the extra moisture that steaming provides will help prevent this which means growth retention!
- I said this already but I cannot stress enough that if you are looking for loads of definition, the increase in moisture retention will also help to reshape and boost your curls. It will not change your hair texture but it will make your hair look different, better, and healthier.
- This may be the best and most important benefit of steaming. Because you can steam for different purposes you will be able to lift/open the cuticle for various reasons as well. For example I’ve been steaming during my deep conditioning treatment therefore allowing more of the conditioner to get into the strands of my hair. With the cuticle opened from the warm vapor being placed on it, your hair is getting more nutrients than it would if you just added your favorite deep conditioner, slapped on a plastic bag and sat under the dryer for 20 minutes. Steaming prior allows the good stuff in conditioners to get in before it is rinsed off.
- Steaming will promote hair growth!! The reason being is because it moisturizes the scalp which is the canvas for healthy hair growth. A steamer will help to increase the flow of natural oils on your scalp while providing a moisturized atmosphere for your hair and scalp to flourish. Adding this into your natural hair regimen will help you head in the right direction to that bra strap, tailbone, or whatever length hair you’ve always wanted.
What if you can’t afford a handheld steamer? You can still get the benefits of steaming without breaking the bank. Since most hair steamers cost upward of $100 and then you tack on more $$$ we spend on hair products, many curlies just can’t or won’t pay for this added benefit. You can use the “greenhouse effect” Watch this YouTube video by Youtuber TressedforSuccess to find out more
What do I use?
Q-Redew Handheld Steamer Retails for $69
What is Q-Redew?
According to its website, the Q-Redew is a handheld hair steamer that quickly restores moisture, rejuvenates and reshapes hair using warm steam as mist. It will revive and restyle dry hair.
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Do you use a hair steamer?
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Lately I have been buying makeup like it will never be sold in stores again!! With all of the new makeup launches happening almost daily, it’s hard to not just open up the wallet and say “bye bye money!” Where you shop and how you shop becomes important at times like these. Many makeup lovers use Sephora but there are a few secrets to shopping the mega makeup retailer that I wanted to share with you:
- You’re eligible for a complimentary makeover every time you spend $50 or more, so make sure you take advantage!
- The newest and most expensive products are placed at eye level, so make sure you scan the lower shelves because you may find something you like that also happens to be cheaper.
- It really pays to become a Beauty Insider. It’s free and you earn a point for every dollar you spend, get a birthday gift every year, have access to free makeup classes, and also get seasonal promotions.
- You can return makeup that you’ve opened or used as long as you have the receipt.
- All online purchases come with a choice of three free samples!
- You can and should always ask for free samples of any products you’d like to try while you’re at the store. They won’t tell you no.
- If a product gets marked down within 14 days of when you purchased it, you can get a price adjustment.
- You can find foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone with Sephora’s Color IQ, a device that can identify your skin color and pinpoint the right shade for you from over 1,500 formulas.
So the next time you are shopping Sephora online or in-store be sure to take advantage of the perks of being a Beauty Insider!
Hello My Curlies:
It’s been a good bit since I’ve written anything for you so today I thought I’d do a post about a new revelation I’ve discovered during my natural hair journey and my quest for the perfect head of healthy curly hair! I’ve written an article in the past about the Curly Girl Method which is basically where you only use non-sulfate paraben-free products and you pre-poo (that is conditioner wash) your hair rather than shampoo. I like this method and my hair has responded well but old habits are hard to break and going without shampooing my hair has been very hard for me to get use to. Plus I’ve noticed that my curls are not as “poppin” as they have been in the past. The culprit: Product Buildup!! So After some research I found a great technique that I think I’ll give a try:
The Double Shampoo Method
If you’re like me, then you use a lot of styling products on your curls almost daily. This buildup of product on top of product can leave your curls looking limp and lifeless. The only way to remove the buildup is to clarify your hair by using a clarifying shampoo. If you notice that your hair is no longer responding to your favorite products, it’s time to clean your scalp and hair with a clarifying shampoo. It will improve the health of your hair, plus restore the effectiveness of your regular shampoo and conditioner.
Why should we clarify our hair?
You can look at it as starting fresh. It gives us a fresh start to style our curls without old product buildup. However, our curls can feel dry after clarifying. This is due to the low pH found in most clarifying shampoos.
You may remember learning about pH in science class. The literal meaning of pH is potential of Hydrogen. This means that there is a certain amount of hydrogen that occurs in a solution. This unit of measurement can tell whether or not certain types of solutions, such as shampoos and soaps, are acidic or alkaline. When measuring pH a scale of 1 through 14 is used. 7 is a neutral pH or a basic pH. This means that the solution is most like water. 1 to 6 on the scale means that the solution is acidic, like vinegar while numbers 8 through 14 mean that the pH of the solution is alkaline, like bleach or ammonia.
pH Levels and Healthy Hair
Your hair consists of tiny shafts which are made up of scales, called cuticles. Water and alkaline-based hair products cause these scales to open, exposing the interior of your hair shafts. Ideally, you want to close this cuticle to protect it from harmful elements. To do this you’d want to choose a slightly acidic shampoo to close the cuticle and help the hair shaft retain moisture. The best pH level for shampoo is between 5 and 7.
Why following up with a moisturizing shampoo is so important
Clarifying shampoos remove dirt oil and buildup from the hair but since they can be very drying you need to follow-up with a moisturizing shampoo in order to return moisture to your hair. Using both a clarifying and moisturizing shampoo can help cleanse your scalp and keep your curls hydrated and shiny. You can shampoo your hair once or twice depending on your preference, follow-up with a moisturizing shampoo, and proceed with your usual conditioning or deep conditioning session. Using the moisturizing shampoo afterwards can also make detangling easier since your curls have received some moisture at that point.
My top picks of clarifying shampoos:
Kinky Curly Come Clean SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil strengthen Shampoo Quidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Shampoo
My Top Picks of Moisturizing Shampoos:
As I Am Cleansing Pudding Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo