6 Great Benefits of Steaming Natural Hair Plus A Time Sensitive Sale

Hello Curlies:

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 ♥ 12043155_10153760169504767_1587190221659693517_nI’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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?

51RIwgzafoL._SX522_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.

ON SALE FOR LIMITED TIME receive free shipping on any Q-Redew purchase until 9/28!! Click the link above.

Do you use a hair steamer?

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Bring Lifeless Frizzy Natural Curls Back To Its Luster In Two Simple Steps

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.

understanding-the-ph-scaleYou 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  db_file_img_4009_200x200SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil strengthen Shampoo  db_file_img_4237_200x200Quidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Shampoo

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My Top Picks of Moisturizing Shampoos:

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5 Mistakes You Might Be Making With Your Natural Hair And Don’t Even Know It!

Hello My Curlies:

We all have different sleep habits but when it comes to your curly hair night time regime, there are some important things to remember in order to avoid damaging your locks. To make the most of your 8 hours of sleep, and do your best to avoid these 5 natural hair don’ts!

1. Going to bed with your hair loose!

DON’T go to bed with your hair completely out without braids, twists, a bun, or a satin bonnet. I understand there will be times when this can slide just like with removing your makeup but it’s better for your hair to get it night time ready. We put on night clothes to go to bed right? Put your hair to bed as well. Sleeping with your hair entirely loose leaves your hair very prone to friction, breakage and tangles.

 2. Going to bed with loose ends!!

This one I am guilty of doing 90% of the time. I use the pineapple method at night but I leave my ends out. This is NOT a good idea. Whether you pineapple or do a bun tuck those ends!! This will help avoid split ends and prevent further damage to already damaged, brittle, or dry hair.

3. Sleeping on a cotton pillow case!

Never sleep with your hair touching your cotton pillow or sheets. Cotton quickly absorbs moisture and creates friction, leaving your natural hair not only dry, but frizzy. Instead, cover your hair with a silk bonnet or cover your pillow with a satin pillow case.

4. Say bye bye to your nightly Felicia braids! natural+hair+product+guide

DON’T feel the need to do up your hair with highly manipulative styles every night. Think braids and twists. Of course it’s a good thing to twist up your hair at night to avoid tangles and make morning styling way easier but remember to be gentle.

5. Elastic Bands

No elastic bands EVER. Not on your ends or anywhere on your hair. Try to use satin scrunchies but if that is not possible then use fabric bands. The rubber from the elastic bands get caught in your hair causing breakage.

What is your night time curly hair routine?

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