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Patrick Wellington, veteran hair stylist and founder of Wellington Hair Salon, has one simple objective for all his clients – hair that glows with inner health. Formerly a senior stylist at the world renowned John Atchison Hair Salon, Patrick Wellington has over 20 years of exceptional experience styling celebrities, executives, and exclusive clientele who demand the very best in cutting edge hair styling and hair care.

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Fall: The Colors of the Season

One of the very best things about the change in seasons is the change in trends we see in beauty, hair, and fashion. There are different designs that are in, recommended materials that become our faves and what I get most excited about – new popular colors.

Color is all around us and if you like to mix things up, then you too understand why fall is such a great time of the year. The earth around us naturally reflects the beauty that color brings to our lives and what better time to know the hottest color trends for hair, nails, and fashion than right now?

Maybe you don’t get the big fuss about fall colors that other people seem to give a lot of attention to. I respect that, but if you’ve never really tried to understand or just don’t usually care to, believe me, you are doing yourself a great disservice. Learn all the ways that colors can unlock different aspects of who you are. From doing something different with your hair to trying something popping on your nails, it’s time to embrace something new!

So here are some of the most popular beauty, hair, and fashion color trends for fall 2017.

Color Melting

For the ones that keep up with hair trends, this one is right up your alley. Color melting is considered a new way to add color and dimension to hair as it’s a fancy process of highlighting your tresses. In essence, a colorist adds several colors to make them seamlessly blend together, which looks like they are melting together on your hair. Sounds pretty cool.

Vibrant Reds

If you don’t wear red often, change that this fall. Vibrant reds were seen all over the runways in a variety of designs. You can go and grab for yourself a super cute apple red wool coat, or some fire red boots. The trend also looks great on nails too so you can’t really go wrong with some stiletto nails in a sexy red. If you are feeling really bold, go there with your hair too, and turn heads walking down the street.

Platinum

To give you an idea of this color, think Storm from the X-Men comics. Lighter seems to be better nowadays for a lot of people when it comes to their hair and platinum is all the rage right now. Bleaching to the point of gray can be seen all over social media. I get it. It’s edgy and cool and different, but just know, while the platinum look is definitely much sought after, the process by which to obtain the trend can be costly to your hair health in the long run. It’s up to you what you are willing to risk. It sure is pretty though.

Violet

I love to see deep purples on hair. It’s dark and mysterious and fall is really the perfect time to rock this trend. Many fashion and hair experts predict that this season, ebony hair with blends of dark purple will rule and I can totally see that happening. We have seen a lot of blues, both dark and neon, rule the hair world over the last few seasons. I have seen black and white women; straight hair and naturals all rock the color in their own ways. But there is just something about a vibrant, shiny, perfectly purple hair color. It can be chic, dangerous and sleek all at the same time. Violets are also very popular right now for your nails. You can coordinate and rock out with this trend.

I love everything that colors allow us to do in our lives. These are just a few 2017 trends that you can start thinking about incorporating now.

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Hair Care Routines: Changing with the Seasons

You know how in life you have to change clothes, shoes and other aspects according to the seasons? Well, if you didn’t already know, you have to go through the same process for your hair. That’s right, it’s that time of the year to start thinking about winterizing your hair care routine.

I know that it can be a pain in the butt, but if you want hair that stays healthy and strong throughout the seasons, you have to do your part to make sure that happens. It’s not enough to just take care of your tresses with “regular” maintenance kinds of things like shampooing. If you have natural hair, you literally should have two to three game plans to implement in a 12-month period depending on the weather.

Now, because winter can be so harsh on your hair, it is a good idea to look at your routine, do some research and change things up so that you can ensure your hair goals don’t experience a set back during the coldest months of the year. It’s never too early to look at your hair routine and update it. It’s just good practice.

So because fall is right around the corner, which means winter will be knocking on your door soon, let’s talk about how to winterize your hair.

Pre-Pooing

This is just a really good way to give your hair all the moisture it can get. Pre-pooing is a much-needed process and is usually done with a good oil or oil mixture the night before you plan to wash your hair. It coats your strains and serves as a layer of protection from the stripping that can sometimes happen with shampooing. Use your favorite oil and a shower cap.

Protective Styling

Hey, protective styles are not just for summer. No matter the time of year, they work in your favor. Winter is just an ideal a time as any to get whatever protective style you see fit. You know how it goes, it’s cold outside and most people don’t want to get out of a warm, cozy bed. A protective style can give you a little more time to sleep in as you don’t have to really do your hair. It also gives a break from too much tugging and pulling.

Deep Conditioning

It’s not enough to just wash and condition your hair. The elements in the environment can be rough on your tresses and that means deep conditioning is really not up for debate. This is a process that too many women don’t do often enough. It’s paramount to the overall health of your hair as it revives it and gives it much-needed nutrients that may have been lost for one reason or another. Find a product that you like, whether it be one for deep conditioning specifically or just one that your hair responds to well, apply it and sit under a dryer with a cap on your head. It’s a good idea to do this at least once a month during winter.

Hair Sealing

The whole idea of your winter routine is to keep your hair healthy and strong. That’s why using a sealant is one of the best things you can do. A good sealing agent helps lock moisture in as it creates a barrier between the elements and your hair. Shea butter is a go-to for naturals and is great for this purpose.

Winterizing your hair routine is so important and will only serve you in positive ways in the long run.

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Mistakes Naturals Make With Their Hair

As much as naturals want to do what’s right by their hair, that doesn’t always happen. You can have the best intentions and put them to work and still come out with the short end of the stick. It’s a dance when it comes to handling natural hair sometimes and the moves don’t always go over so well. But that’s okay!

It’s beneficial to talk about the mistakes that you make when it comes to your hair because you can use them as learning opportunities. I know that folks don’t often like to admit they are wrong but you only serve to hurt yourself in the long run as far as your hair is concerned. There is no room for egos here because your goal is healthy, beautiful hair. Why would you not want to rectify what you’ve done or learn a better way of treating your tresses?

I encourage anyone who is dealing with their hair on a regular basis and have found frustration in trying to do what’s right for it to stop, look at themselves, and be okay with the fact that they may or may not have made some mistakes. That’s the first step in finding a better way.

Here are some things that naturals do to their hair, many times without even knowing they are doing them. Use the list to see if you need to make some adjustments.

Your Products Are Too Harsh

All is not fair in hair care products and taking care of what’s growing out of your scalp. This is especially true for naturals. It calls for a certain level of attention and a certain caliber of product to ensure you don’t cause damage to your tresses. The best thing to do in this situation is to learn the brands that offer chemical free items; sulfates and parabens are the worst for you. They contribute to all kinds of issues like dry scalp, breakage, and irritation. Put out the extra money and get brands that are tried and true natural hair staples like Shea Moisture, Curls and Carol’s Daughter.

You Don’t Regularly Detangle

You can’t get around this one because if you try to forgo doing it, you will suffer later. Detangling can be a time-consuming process, but it is a process that needs your time nonetheless. It is best done right after you shampoo and condition your hair. Don’t EVER dry detangle it. You can use your fingers or you can use a wide-tooth comb. The most important thing is that you do it because skipping this important step can lead to breakage that didn’t have to happen.

You Don’t Know Your Hair Type

I bet you never realized all the levels there are to being natural. Well, there are many. You won’t learn them all at once, but it takes time and one of the things you have got to know is your hair type. There are different types of curl patterns and textures that call for different types of care. From 3A hair to 4C hair, you need to brush up on your natural hair knowledge. It’s a great start to knowing how to effectively manage your hair.

You Don’t Trim Your Ends

I know – How can cutting your hair really make it grow. It can seem counterproductive but experts have found that trimming your hair is a sure-fire way to help it grow. When you have split ends or raggedy ends, it not only looks bad, it also is bad for your overall hair health. Split ends can also cause breakage so you want to take care of them by getting regular trims.

These are just a few of the things that curly haired beauties do (or don’t do). If you want long-lasting natural hair, you have to look at what you’re doing for it and make some changes if necessary.

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Herbal Oil Infusions for Healthy Hair

Our hair is one of the most important things we deal with in life. Some of us were blessed with tresses that are more manageable and others of us have to go through the fire to get a hairstyle to turn out the way we want. This fact does not mean one hair type situation is better than the other, it just means that we all have different “crosses” to bear when it comes to our hair.

If you are a natural, then you know that there are good days and bad days and the single most important thing to remember when dealing with your natural hair is routine. Having a regimen in place is paramount to your hair being healthy and strong. And one of the best things you can do is incorporate the power of oils as herbal infusions to promote growth.

Everyone has their way of maintaining their hair and that’s a good thing. But it’s also okay to try new techniques and methods because you never know what might affect your hair for the better. Herbal oil infusions are a great way to give your hair much-appreciated nourishment. There are so many things you can do to ensure your hair is good to you.

So here are some ideas and tips about the different kinds of herbs and oils you can combine for a nice infused remedy.

Burdock Root Oil

This is a nice one that is used mostly in hair and skin products. It has many benefits with its golden liquid magic that will improve scalp circulation and that stimulates growth. It can even work to relieve scalp irritations and combat thinning hair.

Stinging Nettle Oil

I bet this isn’t one you hear a lot about when folks talk about hair oils, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the try. Stinging nettle oil is ideal mostly if you are experiencing hair loss as it blocks testosterone from converting to DHT, a cause of hair loss in both women and men. You can get it in the essential oil form or as dried leaves to add to your infusion blend.

Bhringjraj Oil

Considered an ancient Ayurvedic treasure, it has amazing healing properties that are too good to pass up. Ayurvedic medicine is an age-old holistic healing system developed thousands of years ago in India. Bhringjraj Oil was used very heavily in the process and is a great one to use if you want to see some serious hair growth. Commonly used with other oils like coconut or sesame oil, those who have used Bhringjraj Oil long-term have experienced healthier more radiant hair.

Lavender and Argan Oils

These are wonderful to use individually, but to take things up a notch, using them with the herbs/oils mentioned above will give you something different. These two oils are ideal to use as well because they smell so good. Mixing them with any of the ones on this list will give you the benefits of the oils as well as the sweet aroma of Lavender and or Argan oil. They are two of my personal favorites for that very reason.

You can easily make the infusions by combining a herb (oil or dried) with an oil of your choice in a jar. Grab your slow cooker, put a towel inside of it and place the closed jar on the towel in the cooker for about 5 hours. Allow the infused oil to cool and use at your discretion.

Being creative when it comes to your hair can be fun. Try these ideas and see what they can do for you.

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Best Shampoos for Natural Hair

nirmala-ui-boldNo matter what time of year it is, the need for an outstanding hair cleansing routine is non-negotiable. I know what you are thinking, “It’s just shampooing, how much to it can there be?” A process like washing your hair should be simple but anyone who has had natural hair at any point will tell you that all is not fair in shampoo and washing.

I know that we talk a lot about using the right products on your hair on the blog, but that is because it is a big deal. In fact, healthy, strong, growing hair is a matter of what you put on it. So yes, it all comes down to what you do and you should put some thought and effort into what you use. This is, arguably, more important for naturals than anyone else. There is just so much at stake and there is so much “trying” that goes into find the right groove for your tresses.

So today, we are talking about using the best shampoos for your natural hair. And before I get into the list, know that sulfate free products are the way to go. Period. They are gentler and give the best results. Don’t be cheap here. With that, let’s get into some products for you to try.

Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo

Women swear by Shea Moisture and for good reason. They make awesome products that give even more awesome outcomes. From hair to face to body, this is a go-to tried and true brand. Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo is especially great for those who have scalp issues like eczema and dandruff. It clarifies your hair while soothing your scalp. With tea tree oil and salicylic acid to combat flaky conditions, the black soap and willow bark work to detoxify your hair. Try it! It will run you about $10.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

Let us all rejoice for this little miracle product. Trader Joe’s has so many great offerings for everything from food to your pets. Their Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo is one of them. There are no sulfates at all in this coconut-derived formulation. It is specially created for their particular brand- healthier living. The thing about this particular shampoo is that is works to rid your hair of dirt and oil so it leaves it feeling, literally, squeaky-clean. It is going to cost you about $4.

Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Shampoo

If you need some protein in your life, Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Shampoo is a great tool to add to your regimen. This product hydrates and re-energizes your hair. It adds softness and manageability for superior cleaning. It doesn’t dry out your hair and smells pretty good too. It will run you about $12.

Design Essentials Natural Curl Cleanser Shampoo

If you are looking for vitality, this is a great product. Design Essentials Natural Curl Cleanser Shampoo is specifically made for curls and will add a lot of them to your hair. With high quality ingredients like arnica, rose hip and soybean, you get moisture, shine, softness and so much more. It’s an ideal item to add to your hair care arsenal. This shampoo will cost you around $12 to $16.

At the end of the day, your hair is the product of the products that you choose to use on it. Doing your research to ensure you’re giving it the best is paramount. Give your hair what it deserves and it will give you what you deserve.

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How to Keep Your Natural Hair Straighter for Longer,

straighter-for-longerLet’s face it; sometimes as a natural, you want to enjoy the beauty of bone straight hair. There is nothing wrong with it. That is one of the great things about being natural. There is so much versatility and being able to go from curly to straight is definitely one of them.

Now, here’s the thing that all naturals know- keeping your hair straight can be a pain. And more often than not, you will find yourself putting heat on your hair all the time in an attempt to maintain a semblance of your once popping blowout. In fact, a lot of women stray away from straightening their hair because of the damage they can incur by applying heat daily. Furthermore, some just don’t think it’s worth going through the hassle of doing their hair when all it’s going to do is revert back to its curly state.

If you’ve ever had any of these thoughts, I hear you! But believe it or not, there are some techniques and products you can use to not only reach optimal sleekness, but to also maintain your straight mane longer.

Cut Your Ends

Women don’t like to cut their ends because many can’t reconcile getting ride of dead hair with having healthy hair. But the thing about this is that clipping away the split ends will help your blowout look and feel better. Split ends can hide in curly hair, but they are easily seen when straightened. They can make a blowout look unprofessional or raggedy. Trimming your ends is good practice and you will see a difference when your hair is straight and when it’s curly.

Use a Humectant Blockers/Protectant

If you don’t know what a humectant is, it’s an ingredient in hair products that protect draws in moisture. We all know that humidity is one of the worst things for the hair because it pretty much ruins all chances of having a nice style. You can get a heat protectant that also serves as an anti-humectant. This will definitely help prevent curl reversion.

Use Denman Brush

One of the most important things when straightening your hair with a flat iron, is to use a denman brush when blow drying, which helps tremendously. This is a kind of hair tool that is cylinder shaped with bristle coming out of it. The brush works wonders not only for blow drying your hair, but also for getting it prepped for an effective blowout. It takes time being that you should section your hair but it is worth it.

Use an Ionic Blow Dryer

Speaking of blow drying your hair, to get the best results, use an ionic dryer. It helps makes the cuticles of your hair lie flat all while giving it great shine. Remember, when it comes to doing your hair and getting the desired look, it comes down to more than just products and technique. You cannot go wrong with an ionic blow dryer.

Use a Ceramic Flat Iron

All flat irons are not made equally, so if you want to really get bone straight hair, use a ceramic iron. Rusk and FHI have some amazing tools. You also want to use a mini flat iron, as they seem to work best on curly and short hair. The key here too is to work in small sections so that the iron can glide through every inch of your hair.

These tips are the basics but they also work. If you are opting to do your hair yourself, that’s great! But don’t waste time with methods, products and tools that don’t work. Get the most out of your efforts by keeping these things in mind.

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Ginger For Your Hair: The Benefits

the-benefitsHair. It is one of the most important aspects of who we are. So taking care of it is at the top of everyone’s list. If you are a man or a woman, it doesn’t matter. We all want to have great hair.

We live in a world where there are products, ideas and ways to take extra good care of our hair, now more than ever before. If you are a natural or have relaxed tresses, there are specific methods and tips for the hair life you choose to have. At the same time, there are also universal things that work well for all hair types, textures, lengths and patterns.

We talk a lot about natural ways to improve your hair. Avocado, olive and honey are just some of the ingredients by which people swear to help give them amazing outcomes. You can now add ginger root to that list. Yes, this super food is super for all of the ways it makes our bodies better. And when it comes to what’s growing out of the tops of our heads, its results extend to that part of who we are as well.

Here are some benefits and tips for using ginger root on your hair.

Promotes Hair Growth

Who doesn’t need more information about how to make their hair grow? You can never have too much and with ginger, it’s another great ingredient full of powerful enzymes. From Magnesium, to potassium to other awesome vitamins, it will strengthen your hair and make it shiner than ever. Furthermore, it has wonderful circulatory agents, which help increase blood flow in the scalp, which, surprise, makes it grow.

Thickens Hair

A thick head of hair is a great goal and for many, it’s a natural thing thanks to genetics. But you can also take care of your hair with the right ingredients, like ginger, in order to get thick, voluptuous hair. Try it out and see for yourself how this root can prevent thinning.

Prevents Hair Loss

Too many people experience hair loss for different reasons. Ginger root can possibly remedy that problem. It strengthens from the root of your hair. This is especially true for those who have loss their edges. Use ginger with oil like jojoba or olive and apply it to your scalp. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and once you feel a warm sensation, which is indication it’s working, rinse and shampoo with a mild cleanser.

Fights Dandruff

It’s something that a lot of folks have and no matter who you are, it’s annoying. In fact, even the products created to treat it are sometimes ineffective at alleviating dandruff. Ginger is a natural antiseptic and ideal for getting rid of the flaky white stuff. This can easily be done with some ginger, sesame oil and lemon juice. Do it about three times a week to see the best results.

These are a few of the most common hair issues that people experience. You can never go wrong in learning more about taking the best care of your hair. Now, just a note, when it comes to using ginger, it is better to go with the root over the powder. Some people use the powder as an alternative, but nothing beats the fresh essential nutrients found in the root. Whenever you can it’s best to go with the most natural form.

Ginger is something you want in your life. Along with working wonders for your body, it can take your hair to the next level. So go ahead and get some.

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Winter Hair Game: What to Know

what-to-knowFall is here and with the beautiful weather comes a carefree sense of the world. But don’t let the joy of cool sunny days keep you from taking care of your hair properly.

We all know that the elements in the air can affect our hair. And while summer definitely does a number on our tresses, cooler weather can also negatively affect it too. With that, as we zoom right through autumn, it may be time to think about your winter hair routine.

Yes, you need to be ready to change things up to maintain your hair goals; you know, to make sure that your hair will remain strong and vibrant. Changing things up include the products you use as well as your process. If you don’t have anything in place to ensure optimal hair health during the winter months, it’s time to make some arrangements. For a lot of women, that means major adjustments and for others not so much. It all comes down to knowing your hair and giving it the best possible treatment.

So here are some tips to help you prepare for the coldest months of the year.

Pre-Poo

A lot of women have never heard of this method, but pre-pooing or coating your hair with a healthy oil before washing it is a good idea. Doing this with olive oil, coconut oil or a specialized product helps protect your hair from drying out. It will also condition it and serve as a kind of treatment. You can even sit under a hair dryer for good deep conditioning. It is suggested to do this the night before you plan to shampoo your hair. And remember, for the winter months, you want to use a milder cleansing product to cut down on the potential for dryness.

Seal the Deal

It’s important to understand how your hair works and one of the things that matter most is sealing it. After you have taken down any hairstyle, it’s a good idea to coat your hair with a sealing agent in order to lock in moisture. This really works as a great step because it creates a seal between your strains and the elements. Shea butter is an ideal choice. Also almond oil and jojoba oil are excellent go-to’s.

Protective Styling

There is really no specific time of year for which protective styling works best. You can wear one at any time for any reason. I suggest winter for sure (along with summer) as the most ideal time because they allow for better managing of your hair. With a protective style, you can easily moisturize as well as condition. A couple of nice ones for winter include braids, Bantu knots and cornrows.

Wash Less

If you are one who washes your hair often, you might want to scale back on doing so. The number one concern in the winter is dry out. If your hair experiences extreme drying, it can lead to breakage, which ultimately leads to a loss of hair length. If you shampoo twice a week or more, scale it back to once a week or every other week. Don’t go longer than that to avoid harmful build up.

Forgo Humectants

Most women understand the importance of using products that draw in moisture. They are called humectants. But for a lot of people, these kinds of products or ingredients like honey or glycerin, can have a reverse effect. Humectants in the winter can dry your hair out, so watch your tresses when you use them during that time of the year to see how it reacts. If need be, make adjustments. It really is a balancing act.

Winter is definitely coming. Just like we change clothes and shoes to accommodate the changes around us, we must take care to do the same for our hair.

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Why Won’t it Grow? Retaining Length with Natural Hair

retaining-length-with-natural-hairThe life of a natural is filled with all kinds of “good practices” which one should live by in order to achieve their hair goals. The hallmark of most women who have opted for the chemical free hair life is to make sure you have a routine in place that will ensure healthy, strong, flowing hair. But what happens when your tresses aren’t growing the way you want?

Everyone’s hair is different, that is a given. And while there are some tips that work well for a lot of women, those same helpful tidbits of advice don’t always go over so well for others. When it comes down to it, you have to learn your hair and know how to treat it. This is key to getting the length that so many seek.

So what am I saying here? Well, sometimes when you’re hair isn’t growing; you need to look at what you are doing. Often, the very things you think are helping are actually hindering. And then there are things that you do that are just down right harmful to your hair. Here are a few reasons why you are losing your length.

Over Washing

Believe it or not, washing your hair too often can be counterproductive. If you shampoo too much, it will dry out your hair leaving it brittle. Shampooing is necessary, but knowing when and how to wash your hair is key to managing it. This is why some women only wash their hair once a week or once every other week. If you cleanse often and notice drying and breakage, adjust your routine.

Under Detangling

Too many women skip the process of detangling their hair the right way. I am not talking about doing it real quick after washing. It is necessary for your hair to be free of knots in order to prevent problems that could cause length loss later. It can be daunting but to effectively prevent the kind of breakage that comes from a lack of detangling, it is wise to do it a few times a week before you go to bed. Some natural hair enthusiasts suggest sorting your hair in sections and doing some kind of protective styling like bantu knots or twists. That way you have fewer tangles.

Wrong Products

This is one of the main reasons for breakage. Using the wrong products is damaging to your hair and you will not see the results you want. As a natural, sulfate free products are your best friends. The wrong shampoos, etc. will strip your hair and scalp of the natural oils, which weakens it. From there, everything is affected including styling and appearance. Do yourself a favor and opt for the products that clearly state they are free of harmful ingredients.

Insufficient Moisturizing

You cannot get around the fact that you have to use some kind of leave-in on your hair. I know that it can be easy to bypass this step because of time constraints, but you absolutely don’t want to do that. If your hair is left without any kind of product to help keep it moisturized, it will become dry and you will experience breakage. Do not skip this step. And putting some in your hand and just rubbing over the perimeter of your hair is not enough. You need to treat from root to tip.

If you want to keep your hair growing and shinning, remember these tips. There are so many factors that go into taking proper care of your natural hair. While it seems like too much at times, it is worth it when you look in the mirror and see awesome hair that you know you’ve given your all.

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Hair Habits: The Bad Ones that Need to Stop!

the-bad-ones-that-need-to-stopLet’s talk about habits. We all have them. Whether it’s how we eat, how we act or how we spend money, there are some good ones and there are some not so good ones.

When it comes to our hair, the same rings true. In the world we live in now, some of the tips and go-to rituals we’ve been taught don’t hold up to today’s best practices. It is true that many of the habits our mothers, aunties and cousins did are just bad. At the same time, neglect and laziness are also major factors into the hair habits we form. These tendencies don’t just hinder growth, someone women like their TWA’s (Teeny Weeny Afros). They can disrupt everything about your hair including its health, strength and appearance.

So here are some bad things that women do when it comes to their hair. If you find yourself guilty of any of these, change it ASAP. Your hair will thank you later.

Not Enough Washing

This one can be tricky. There is a such thing as over washing your hair as I’ve mentioned before. But under washing your hair is not good either. Don’t go weeks without shampooing. Our hair is exposed to the elements and we have no idea what it goes through on a daily basis. As such, we have to properly cleanse to rid it of nasty and potentially damaging buildup. If you don’t like to wash your hair often, I’d say don’t go no more than two weeks between shampoos.

Sleeping Without Protection

There are a number of women who forego sleeping with the right garment on their heads. This is a no no. Experts suggest sleeping with a satin scarf or bonnet to reduce the friction that is created against your pillowcase when sleeping bareheaded.

Applying Excessive Heat

I know that you want to get your Beyoncé on and trying to achieve her beach waves and dynamite hair is at the top of your list. But using excessive heat on your hair is one of the main causes of damage. It does not matter if you are natural or have relaxed hair; heat is not your friend. Especially when it comes to naturals. It takes extra effort to keep your hair straightened. That usually means applying heat often. Use it as sparingly as possible and if you can, don’t use it at all.

Protective Styling Neglect

It is very easy to forget about your hair underneath your protective styling. Doing so means that you are missing out on a prime opportunity to give it the love and care it needs. The whole purpose of protective styling is to give your tresses a break. I get it. But in the midst of doing that, make sure you are still giving it what it needs to remain strong after the protective style is finished. You want to retain whatever growth you achieved so keeping your hair clean and oiled underneath is paramount.

Skipping the Trims

If you don’t get your ends trimmed, you are doing your hair a disservice. I know that it can be tempting to bypass this step because how can making your hair shorter make it longer? The thing about trimming is that it eliminates the ends of your hair that are split or damaged, which will prevent further splitting; all of this play into your hair’s ability to grow. It also determines its appearance.

Did you finding yourself to be a culprit of any of these? If so, it’s no too late. See where you fall short, make some adjustments and keep it moving.

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