Wednesday, 15 June 2011

What if your hair hates a product?

Natural hair care is a process of trial and error. Finding something which works for you, whether it be a routine or a product, can help you have a smooth and comfortable hair journey.

Natural hair is also extremely diverse so it is no surprise that one product may have a positive effect on one person while having a negative effect on another.

There are a couple of things you can do with products that don't work for you or products that you don't like instead of binning them. The number of things you can do are;

  1. Try looking at other ways of using the product. Chances are the product you're using, is not working for you because of the way you're using it. For example with hair gels, you may scrunch your hair to reduce the crispy feeling the gel gives your hair. For protein treatments you may want to finish up with a moisturising treatment or a simple co-wash to restore that protein - moisture balance.
  2. Try diluting the product. If the product is too thick, either use little of it or dilute it with water or an oil to allow it to be more easily distributed through your hair or scalp. The opposite can be done if the product consistency is too thin - mix it with a butter or use very little.
  3.  Try mixing the product with an oil. For example, oils may be added to gels to reduce the crunchiness of the gel.
  4. Swap products with other naturals at meet ups - this allows you to try new products without having to spend more money. You can also swap the products with any natural outside of a meet up.
  5. Give products away to family or friends - this is if you really don't mind being generous.
  6. Give products to a homeless shelter or a women's shelter - besides clothes, hygiene products are very helpful as well.
Whatever you choose to do with your products, knowing where you stand with it is progress. You can move on to try something different which might just be the product for you.
Happy hair journey ^o^

    Monday, 13 June 2011

    Saving conditioner!

    One great thing about being natural is that you can tailor your hair regimen to suit your financial situation.

    Rinse-out conditioners are thicker and heavier versions of a leave-in conditioner and can be diluted to be used as such. This is a way you can make your rinse-out conditioners last but also have it double as a co-wash (conditioner wash) conditioner and a leave-in conditioner. Use your favourite rinse-out conditioner and either;
    1. Dilute your favourite conditoner with water. This can be 1 part conditioner and three parts water or 2 part conditioner and two parts water - it's up to you what type of consistency you want from the resulting conditioner.
    2. Dilute your favourite conditioner with a choice of oils such as castor, avocado or jojoba oil, again it's up to you to choose the measurements depending on the consistency you want.
    3. Do a co wash but don't rinse out all of the conditioner, leaving some in your hair. 
    The same method can be applied to shampoo's, however this is sometimes done for the following reasons;
    1. To reduce the harshness of the shampoo especially if it contains SLS (sodium laureth sulphates) or ALS (ammonium laureth sulphates)
    2. To make a shampoo as moisturising as possible (oils, conditioners and glycerins may be added to dilute the shampoo and to make it as moisturising as possible).
    Happy Hair Journey ^o^

    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    You don't have to modify the Denman!

    You must be thinking, 'why are you saying that? *sly eye* Do you like getting your hair ripped out?'.

    Well no I do not... but the Denman has a series of brushes called Vent and Free Flow. These brushes have a widely spaced teeth compared to the Classic Styling Brushes range they have.

    A few months ago I did purchase one of the Classic Styling Brushes, the D14 (with five rows) as shown bottom right;

    The Denman D31 (with 7 rows) is the brush on the left. There are less teeth making it more widely spaced compared to the D14. I purchased the D31 very recently and I'm very pleased with it. The Denman D31 is also bigger. So for fairer comparison, I will compare it with the D3 Denman brush (with 7 rows) as shown below:

    Denman D31

    Denman D3

    The Denman D31 packaging has a sticker which says 'widely spaced pins, ideal for thick and afro hair'.

    It's quite obvious that the Denman D31 has wider spaced teeth and less teeth as well. So there is no need to buy any of the Original Denman brushes and then to modify them as shown in many tutorials on YouTube and on other blogs. Just jump straight for the Denman D1431, D31 and D41 if you do like the Denman.

    Happy hair journey ^o^

    Natural Hair Movement Gains Followers...

    ... Among Afro- American Women.

    The article that lead to the writing this article was this one. 

    A couple of problems with the Independent article, in my opinion, is that it completely ignores the natural hair 'movement', within the UK. It either ignores that, or is ignorant of the fact that it does exist. 

    We have had natural hair meet up and events, but currently also British naturals on YouTube and on blogs as well.

    When we will get the same recognition as our sisters across the Atlantic, I do not know. But it would have been nice if they looked into this closer to home.