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Zoom Twisted Bun, Protective Style I did on myself 😊

Twisted Bun, Protective Style I did on myself 😊

11.05.13 80

Questions I get in my inbox and answers…👌 The moral of the story, listen to your hair!!

Xoxo- The Hairy Truth

10.17.13 2

ONE YEAR Since my Last Relaxer && celebrating with PROTEIN

Heyy dolls!! Sooo, As many of you know I have been in the transition to natural phase. It has officially been ONE YEAR/12 MONTHS since my last relaxer Whoooo Hoooo!!! My transition has been fairly unchallenging. I experienced no breakage no extreme shedding…slight tangling in the later months from the curly and straight hair. I stuck to my same regimen…

I shampoo (w/ sulfate free shampoo of course) and deep condition weekly! I maintained my protiein/moisture balance by alternating conditioners from light protein to moisturizin I moisturized and sealed daily or when I could remember or wasn’t busy :(  andddd incorporated clarifying shampoos and hard protein treatments monthly. More importantly…I PROTECTIVE STYLED 99.99999% of the time. This is always a huge factor in length retention! I wore wigs and bunned, and made faux braids the whole time!! I haven’t done any low maintenance styles like bantu knot outs or braids outs… I do however plan to attempt them.

I haven’t done a length check since February 2013 ie: NO HEAT since then. Sooooo I plan to do one today. And to prep for the straightning process in celebration of being 1 year post relaxer a few days ago I graced my hair with a clarifying/puriphying shampoo, hard protein treatment, and deep condition. Protein enhances resistance and rebuilds the building blocks of your hair shaft as it is 75% protein and very necessary prior to any tough procedures like relaxers, texturizers, dye or in my case heat application.

I shall be straightening my hair today so… Stay Tuned for the end result…

***Pics at the top…

TOP RIGHT: Early in my transition spotting some curl pattern

TOP LEFT: 2 days ago prior to my protein treatme nt with about 5-6inches of new growth.

MIDDLE: My Protein products (Clarifying Shampoo, Protein Treatment and Deep Conditioner

BOTTOM: My protective styles throughout my transition, mentioned above

xoxo The Hairy Truth

10.09.13 3

haaaylola:

Beautiful Black Female Celebrities With Braids. 

HOLY…PROTECTIVE STYLE!!!!!

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The Difference Between Shedding and Breakage

By Audrey Sivasothy, author of The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care

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Understanding the difference between hair breakage and shedding is an important part of any healthy hair regimen. Many people use these terms interchangeably to refer to any hair that falls from the head; however, this misinformed language can be a recipe for hair disaster. You must be able to properly differentiate between these two very specific forms of hair “loss” in order to effectively address even the smallest of your hair needs. This article will teach you the difference between hair shedding and hair breakage, and offer strategies to help you combat both hair problems.

What is Shedding

In its truest sense, shed hair is hair that has reached the end of its growing cycle and naturally falls from the scalp along with its tiny, white “root” attached. This is not the actual hair root that is secured deeply within your scalp, but it is the bulb root or base of the hair strand found on the scalp-originating end. It appears white because the hair stops producing melanin (color) at the point in its growth cycle right before it gets ready to fall. If your actual hair root came out along with the hair, you would no longer be able to produce hair from that same place on the scalp ever again! If a hair does not possess this white root bulb, then it is not a naturally shed hair, rather, a broken one. Shed hair tends to be longer in length than broken hairs which are generally short pieces of varying lengths. According to Halal, after a hair is naturally shed, it may take about 130 days for a new hair to fully emerge in its place.

In general, shedding should not be a major concern for you and should be seen as a sign of a healthy, normal, functioning scalp. There is no need to fear shedding unless it is tied to a medical issue. If you notice rapid hair loss from shedding or hair loss accompanied by a host of other problems, please consult a medical professional. Most shedding, however, is simply nature taking its course.

What is Breakage?

Breakage on the other hand is not natural, and is an indication of an imbalance of important forces within the hair strand. Broken hairs do not fall naturally from the head, but are typically a sign of mishandling or abuse. In the stages before a hair ultimately breaks, the hair first becomes discolored and experiences cuticle loss. Eventually, the fibers begin to split and ultimately there is breakage.

So what causes breakage? Hair can be weakened and damaged by anything from rough handing andsun exposure to coloring and straightening chemicals. Breakage is also more common with a hair’s age; older hairs, usually the hairs nearest the ends, have the greatest tendency to break due to normal wear and tear. When breakage isn’t a response to physical manipulation and abuse, it is most often triggered by the lack of moisture in the hair strand. Other types of breakage may be caused by the over- structuring of the hair strand with protein treatments done in excess. A prompt, and proper response to breakage will help you stop breakage in its tracks.

What can I do about shedding?

You must understand that because shedding is a natural, internal process, it may not respond to topical, external treatments. Some have praised garlic shampoos or “garlic scalp rubs” for reducing shedding, but there has been no clear concensus on the effectiveness of garlic as a remedy for shedding. Shedding is also not easily solved by protein or moisture treatments because it has nothing to do with the hair shaft itself, but is a response to hormonal influences on the hair follicle and is dependent on growth cycles. When a hair completes its life cycle, which generally lasts 4-6 years, its final act is the shedding we experience. This cannot be prevented.

Also, our hair naturally cycles in and out of seasonal shedding phases which may last days or weeks at a time in some individuals. Research suggests that peak shedding rates occur during the fall season. A healthy head of hair may shed as many as 50- 100 hairs per day, though I personally believe this amount to be a grand stretch. You should be concerned if your shedding suddenly increases to a rate that was uncommon to you before, or if the shedding seems to be prolonged over the course of several weeks or months.

Do keep in mind that there are special periods in the human life cycle where shedding is naturally increased. For example, women who are undergoing a bout of postpartum shedding after having a baby may have to deal with increased shedding for several months until their normal hormone levels return. Other conditions which may increase your shedding rate are:

*styling methods that place stress on the follicles
*birth control/menstrual cycles/menopause
*pregnancy
*heredity (runs in the family)
*crash dieting/ low protein diets, poor diet
*illnesses with high fever as a prevailing symptom
*anemia, thyroid disorders, and a host of other chronic disorders
*certain medications and major surgeries and treatments like chemotherapy

Please consult with a medical professional to diagnose any prolonged, abnormal shedding or other unusual scalp conditions.

What can I do about breakage?

Obviously, in a perfect world, there would be no breakage. However, we do not live in a perfect world and some breakage is bound to happen. Hair is an extremely delicate fiber, though strong, it isn’t made out of steel! It would be very difficult to prevent every single, solitary strand from ever breaking. One or two broken hairs are nothing to be thoroughly concerned about. However, it is when you start getting hair here, hair there, 7 here, 9 there– over the course of a few days that you want to start getting worried about your moisture/protein balance. If you are getting less than 5-7 broken hairs a day through the normal course of arranging your hair, do not fret.

Your job is simply to minimize the breakage as much as possible. Be as gentle as possible when handling and working with your tresses. Try to think of your hair as the rarest, most expensive fine silk head covering. Only handle it with clean, smooth, well manicured hands. No hang nails, or rough dry callouses! Gently maneuver your way through tough tangles and keep your hair soft and moisturized daily. Tie your hair up at night to protect your strands from your nighttime tossing and turning. Treat your hair with care and you will see less hair where it isn’t supposed to be!

10.04.13 4
Zoom oh hair!!!!!! <3

oh hair!!!!!! <3

09.29.13 7634
Zoom chocolate + protective styling = love!!

chocolate + protective styling = love!!

09.29.13 518
Zoom so pretty!!

so pretty!!

09.29.13 872
First I'd like to say how AMAZING your blog is! There are so many useful tips and hopefully I'll be on my way to a healthy head of hair soon enough! I used the Aphogee 2 Step protein treatment once and I loved the effect it had. With that being said... 1. Is the Balancing Moisturizer all you need or should you do something else after you're done? 2. What do you recommend using in between the time for that treatment (just a good leave-in or should i get the 2 minute reconstructor)? Thanks!

Asked by wrath-of-royalty

Thank you so much hun, I appreciate it!!! The 2step treatment is indeed a bomb hard protein! love it and swear by it monthly. 

1. The balancing moisturizer is not enough in my opinion. The 2step treatment is a hard protein. Therefore you want to balance it out with something moisturizing. While this is the purpose of the balancing moisturizer, in my opinion it isnt enough. I have actually substituted the balancing moisturizer for my favorite super moisturizing deep conditioner. ( KeraCare creme humecto conditioner). It leave my hair super soft and moisturized following a hard protein treatment. You can also use the balancing moisturizer with your favorite deep conditioner. The more moisture the better. 

2. Being that the treatment is a hard protein it should only be used 1x a month and no more frequently. However, as you may kno from some of my old posts it is crucial that you maintain a balance between moisture and protein to keep your hair at it best state. My recommendation to keep this balance is to alternate deep conditioners. I shampoo and deep condition weekly and alternate. So 1 week i use an ultra moisturizing deep conditioner and the following week I use a light protein conditioner and keep alternating. I use the 2 minute reconstructor during my light protein week but also follow it up with light protein deep conditioner like ORS olive oil replenishing conditioner. its a great light protein with amazing slip. If you incorporate this method into your regimen your hair will most definitly maintain its balance of protein and moisture and you will notice the health of your hair flourishing. 

Sidebar- Leave in conditioners should be used after every shampoo and deep conditioner prior to moisturizing and sealing. 

I hope I answered all your questions, feel free to shoot me anymore.

xoxo- The Hairy Truth

09.29.13 3
How can your hair grow by braiding it????? Need answers

Asked by Anonymous

So…braiding doesn’t necessarily grow your hair. First and foremost as long as you’re living your hair is growing. :) Now what your goal should be is to retain the length that you are indeed growing. That is where proper maintenance like washing, conditioning, oiling, moisturizing and protective styling come into play. Braids fall under the protective style umbrella with buns, weaves, wigs, updos and low maintenance styles like braids outs and twists outs. Braids protect your hair by keeping it from being manipulated often and from being exposed to the environment which can in turn cause damage over time. It is hidden therefore free to grow without any outside forces affecting the retention of growth and length. I hope this makes sense and somewhat helped. If you have any other questions, feel free to shoot me a message. :)

xoxo- The Hairy Truth

09.29.13 2
Hey can you follow me back thanx

Asked by shediidthat

Sure!! Thanks for the support!

09.25.13 0
hi! i came across your blog and all its dopeness , name incld :-) lol . if you are willing b/c we are trying to build support and unite Naturals, please please support our youtube channel by subscribing .youtube handle: mysmorgasboard we are promoting natural hair segments b/c we want to share what we feel is important- also we share about many other topics beyond hair too, REALLY! Our web site is the same name-and has so much diverse content. ty! best in ♡, Life, Happiness!

Asked by mysmorgasboard

Thank you! you’ve got my support, Good Luck!!!

09.25.13 0

Texture Pics…Yayy!!

The timeless question that never seems to get redundant…What is my curl pattern?????

These pics were taken about 2-2 1/2 months ago. I am still trying to figure this out. But I’ve done enough research to know that the various textures throughout my head is a normal thing and that I won’t see my true texture until I snip those relaxed ends completely off and even until a couple months after I do that. Off the record I’m going to say the particular curls in these pics might be 3c/4a and this is the standard mix throughout my hair. I could be wrongI Nonetheless I am LOVING my texture! I am currently 11 reaching 12 months into my transition. New Updates coming soon. Stay Tuned.

xoxo The Hairy Truth

09.25.13 4
Zoom mziese:

Working this new do thanks to @KissMyHair I love you💜💋😘💚💙❤️
@curlbox @naturalhairdaily @naturalhairbeautiesofig @

mziese:

Working this new do thanks to @KissMyHair I love you💜💋😘💚💙❤️
@curlbox @naturalhairdaily @naturalhairbeautiesofig @

09.25.13 1

tina-rose:

inmyhead16:

themodernisis:

Young Chaka Khan appreciation post.

Her hair is everything!

She is everything!

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