Care of Natural Hair
05 Apr 2007 04:56
GoldenLady: After 7 years of braids
(extensions) and wigs, my hair is now totally natural (shoulder length). I
want to wear it "out" but my main problem is that the SLIGHTEST bit of
humidity make it shrink! Any suggestions would be gratefully received!
Many thanks and Happy Easter!
05 Apr 2007 04:56
Lady De: It is hard
to suggest to you something to use for your hair. I understand what you are
saying about going out in the wind. My first suggestion is to apply a
moisturizer and a light holding spray. Before you use these two together
make sure that the first ingredient in the moisturizer is not water or it
will defeat the purpose. I use the Olive Oil line because it is more
natural. But go to your local hair supply store and tell them your situation
ask for recommendations. If possible, ask if sample packets to try several
and find the one that suits you best. Good luck!!
Drink That Water!!
07 Mar 2007 06:10
Just a reminder, the season is about to change. It's
getting hot out there. Drink that water, it will help keep your hair healthy
and help to alleviate some of that dryness.
So Drink UP!! Lady De
07 Mar 2007 06:10
01 Sep 2006
blakistan85: Ok so here goes- my problem is
breakage.... I've been told by the lady that used to do my hair and by a
derm that that if a person uses a straightening comb for a long period of
time me) that the hair can loose elasticity and break... which is basically
what my hair has been doing-not exactly breaking off per se but thinning, so
instead of me having an extremely thick head of long hair (24 inches from
neck natural) i have an extremely long head of semi thick hair... i realize
that I shouldn't complain cause i still have thickish long hair but for a
person who never had a hair come out until now ( I'm 21) it is
devastating... so getting to the point i realize going natural will help my
hair to repair it self and so forth... but i have wild hair that is mostly
bushy with annoying patches of straight and curly and is HARD to manage( i
cant really comb it too much due to breakage) so i tried keracare detangling
shampoo which is GREAT...it maintains length and makes my hair easier to
deal with while natural but... the problem is that it looks thin...(which is
NOT ok for a person used to thickness) does anyone know of something i can
use to make my hair after putting in a detangling shampoo???? sorry so long.
THANKS for the help.
01 Sep 2006
Lady De: I read an article on Pastor Juanita
Bynaum who experienced hair loss and breakage. She used olive oil nightly
and rinsed it out each morning. If you're not allergic, do you think this is
something you may want to try?
03 Jan 2006
WaveyGirl: Hey out there. I
got a Wave Nouveau about two months ago. Some times a like it and some times
I hate it. The problem is my hair is shedding like crazy (thankfully I
haven't noticed any bald spots, but still lots of shedding). I would love to
be able to eliminate the shedding as much as possible. Any suggestions? Also
I am not sure what shampoo and conditioner to use. I am currently using
Optimum Care. Any other suggestions?
Jan 2006 09:21 pm
Hey Girl; Been there, done that!! I had the love/hate relationship as well.
I loved it after my retouch and hated it after six to eight weeks but I had
to wait three months between each re-touch. I found that a wave requires
moisture. I tried Soft Sheen Carson's Wave Nouveau "Daily Humectant"
moisturizing lotion from the beauty supply store. It worked for me because
it wasn't very oily and I could really style my hair. I no longer have the
wave, which by the way grew my hair, but I still use the product. My hair
shed some as well, I later realized it was too dry on the ends and began
applying moisturizer to my ends as well.
Should I braid relaxed hair for swimming? Submitted: 07-17-01, 5:46 PM
Malika: I have relaxed hair and I
am about to go to the Caribbean on vacation for 1 week. I am thinking of
having my hair braided so that I would not have to style it every morning.
However, I also plan to spend a lot of time swimming. Is braiding recommended? If
so, how should I take care of my hair after swimming? If you don't recommend
braiding, how should I take care of my relaxed hair after swimming?
Submitted: 07-17-01, 5:46 PM
Lady De and her two daughters swim all summer long! (Well, the girls
swim, Lady De sort of just floats along!!) My girls love having their
hair braided during this time, so the fuss of styling each day is gone.
All three of us have perms. Since I braid their hair myself, I am
careful not to braid so tight that I pull their brains out, which we all
know is frequently done. I don't like strained, tight and consistent
pulling on permed hair! The hair is already in a fragile enough state.
I do recommend a professional if you are going to wear braids on vacation,
as you'll want them pretty the whole time. Tell them what you're
after, then sit back and clench your teeth if your scalp is as tender as
mine! Girl, swim to your hearts desire while you're gone. Just be
sure to use a anti-chlorine shampoo and good conditioner whenever you're
finished for the day. Lady De recommends "ion Anti-Chlorine Swimmer's
Shampoo". Follow the directions on the label. Hope it's available
in your area, if not, ask a reputable beauty supply store for a substitute.
Just be sure it removes chlorine from the hair and nothing else!
This works great for me and mine, so I hope it will be just as great for
you. You can also wash your hair while your braids are in of course.
Ask your stylist how best to do this. Be sure to use a good anti-chlorine
shampoo first. My girls and I often follow this shampooing with a
good moisturizing shampoo, then an excellent conditioner. Their are
lots of different brands available. I caution you to use the anti-chlorine
shampoo whenever swimming is over for that day. We simply cannot
go to bed with chlorine in our permed hair! I am not telling you
anything I have not tried on myself and my girls. Our hair grows
with swimming, so we know this works. Good luck, have great fun,
and do everything I wouldn't do, plus some!!!
Is frequent hair style change bad for my hair?
Leshen: I tend to change my hairstyle
a lot because I use to be a stylist my self. Is this a good thing to do?
I am not ashamed of wearing weave or anything because I am capable of growing
my hair very long but I cut it because I like change. I usually change
styles about every two weeks . I don't do any drastic changes like black
to platinum or anything like that just something like wavy to straight and
short to long or medium.
Submitted: 07-16-01, 3:10 PM
I'm quite sure as a stylist you know the answer to your question. Changing
styles isn't a bad thing. Lady De does it all the time. I am
also not ashamed of wearing my weave, hot curling my hair, wearing it straight,
wavy or even very curly. Right now it is just lightly fluffed. I
love the way black hair care has evolved into a area where we can enjoy
being who we are. It is fun, and that is what you should do is enjoy your
hair. I do. Remember, too much anything can be damaging to your hair.
That is, coloring your hair when you know you permed it recently.
Putting too much gel in your hair when you know your hair can't hold that
weight. Putting a curl in your hair when you just permed it or colored
it. These are things that are damaging because some changes should
be gradual. Other than watching what you do and when you do it, keep
your hair conditioned, clean and girlfriend enjoy your look!! (smile).
What can I do about hair loss after braids?
Ralbert: I had my hair in braids
for 2 years then about 8 months agon I went to a "professional" for a relaxer
well needless to say the left side and back started to fell out. I was
so desperate I got extensions. I don't know what to do next. I can't afford
getting it braided every two months for much longer. HELP!
Submitted: 07-15-01, 2:50 PM
No bad news is easy to say. Sometimes it's best to just start over.
If your hair is uneven, check out the hair styles on our web site.
Pick you something that you would enjoy and have your stylist trim
your hair to fit the style you select. Afterwards, condition your
hair, watch your relaxer treatments. Don't be so quick to get the
next one and when you do get a gentle relaxer. Ask your stylist not
to leave your relaxer in until your hair gets very straight. Maybe
these suggestions will help. Another thing, the hair needs to breathe
just as you do, right now may not be a good time to wear extensions.
What can I do to stop the breakage and thinning?
Obiomandubizu: My hair is breaking
too much and thinning out also. What can I do to stop the breakage and
Submitted: 07-12-01, 9:29 AM
The first thing you must do, if you haven't done so already, is to get
yourself to a professional who can actually see your hair and assess the
problem. Most of us have problems with breaking and/or thinning hair at some point in our lives, due to a variety of possible causes. Heredity is the greatest factor in determining
our hair type. Does this hair problem occur in other family members? Are you stressed out? Are you taking a particular medication that could be causing the problems? Sometimes we have to get to the "root" of the problem, before we find the cure. Sometimes illness can be a major contributing factor in hair loss. As you can see, without being able to see your hair it is difficult
to help, but I'll try, just in case consulting a professional is not feasible right now. Keep your hair washed and conditioned at
least once a week. Do not apply too much tension when washing your hair, instead massage gently. Use a good protein shampoo and conditioner that also contain strengthening agents, but be careful not to over condition. I hate to sound like a broken record,
but this is again where the professional comes in. There are plenty of products available. Seek advice on some of these products at
a beauty and barber supply store if you are unable to get to a stylist. Stay away from harsh, hot blow dryers, hot combs, and curling irons if you can. These will only further damage the hair.
Oil your scalp if you must, but please use something light. You must keep your hair trimmed, at least every two months to prevent split ends. As we all know, split ends cause the hair to become weaker and it will break if left in this state. Be as gentle to your hair as
you can right now. Also, one more very important thing: Be good to your entire body! Eat well balanced meals and try to exercise as often as you can. Good luck and let me know how you make out!
What product should I use on dry and frizzy hair?
Jaqui: HOW I COULD STOP MY HAIR FROM
GETTING FRIZZY AND DRY? I WANT MY HAIR TO GROW BUT IT DON'T GROW
I WILL LIKE TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF PRODUCT CAN I USE FOR MY HAIR.
I cannot tell you which product to use on your hair because we all have
different textures. Take for instance, my hair is thin and fragile, at
the roots it is wavy (no not nappy-smile). It took me a long time to find
the product(s) that are right for me. My favorite is Dudley and the second
is Infusium. However, I have friends that use other products. Talk with
friends about their hair. My girlfriend and I will go to a hair care store
and purchase samples. Some things I liked and some she liked. But
we enjoyed shopping for the products and exchanging stories about the effect
on our hair. At the end, I knew which hair oils, setting lotions,
spritz, shampoos and conditions work best for my hair.
Where might I find tips on wrapping my hair?
Brainchick: Okay, I was informed
by all the stylists I've had on my relaxed, mid-length hair that I need
to wrap it. I took their advice and invested in a hooded dryer at home,
and I try to wrap it after I wash and dry my hair. The problem is that
I'm not all that good, and after I try to take the wrap out my hair is
poofy instead of smoother. I am loosing it with Alternatives oil sheen
and wrapping it with Wrapping Lotion, so what should I fix. Also, where
might I find tips on wrapping my hair? All the magazines and such assume
I already know how. Thanks!
Submitted: 07-11-01, 10:17 PM
You need a patient stylist who will take a few minutes to make sure you
have the fundamentals down pact on how to wrap your hair. I speak
from experience. The same thing happened to me. I promise you
that all it takes is someone who is willing to make sure you are wrapping
your hair correctly, and who will let you demonstrate back to them before
leaving the salon. Wrapping is tricky to explain in an e-mail, but
make sure you wrap your hair immediately after washing and applying the
wrapping lotion, (not after washing and drying as your e-mail states, girlfriend!).
Wrap all the hair in the same direction, starting at the front, (closest
to the forehead), and ending at the crown, (the top of your head).
Make sure that your hair is completely dry before taking it down.
It seemed as though it always took mine forever to dry. This might
account for the poofiness! Good luck!!
Can I add curly perm to relaxed hair?
Raine: I relax my hair but I want
a curly perm put in...what do you recommend? I know that if you relax you
shouldn't put in a curly perm because your hair will fall out but when I
was in high school I relaxed my hair and then about a month later got a
curl put in it and nothing happened...is it safe to do it again?
11 Jul 2001 21:03
It's all about healthy hair. My recommendation is to pay someone to put
in the same type of curls you'd get with the curly perm until your hair
grows out at least to some degree of the relaxer. This way you shouldn't
lose any hair and it will remain beautiful and healthy. I don't know how
old you are but with age comes a lot of changes including the hair. There
are so many products on the market now that will substitute for the actual
chemicals which can do damage to your hair. Caution in this area is a must.
Can you air dry hair using the ponytail method?
Pebs_01: Do you know how to air dry
the hair using the ponytail method? I have heard that you hair could still
come out straight drying your hair this way.
11 Jul 2001 9:05
I was informed that this can be done. However it depends on the hair, usually
if the hair is thick you may need a little help with some setting lotion.
But it is good to blow dry the end of the hair. Let me know how it comes
CSims: I HAVE A PERM IN MY HAIR AND
I WOULD LIKE TO STRAIGHTEN IT.I BOUGHT A HOME STRAIGHTNER BY OGOLVIE BUT
IT DID NOT WORK.AND I DID FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.DO YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I
11 Jul 2001 8:00
Hi There, In the African-American world of hair, a perm is known
to straighten the hair. A perm gives us manageable hair as well as softens
the hair. However, straightening the hair again is damaging. It is hard
to tell you exactly what is wrong without knowing the texture of your hair.
I always try to promote healthy hair. In that I say, find an stylist that
will look at your hair, feel the texture of it, look at the new growth
and tell you what type of perm will give you the look and feel you want.
Some things are too much for your hair to handle. Keep It Healthy!
Valerie: I have a perm on my hair
and I really want to let it go back natural, is there anything I can to
to get the perm off sooner besides cutting it off?
10 Jul 2001 21:03
Hmmm. That's a tricky one girl. I'm afraid there's not much
else that I know of. I always suggest consulting a professional stylist
who can see your hair and advise from there. If this is not possible,
I would recommend wearing a flattering braided or
cornrowed style to ease you back into your natural beauty. If
is not an option, how about simply braiding or twisting your hair
immediately after washing and conditioning, and allowing it to air
dry? You will need to use those tiny rubber bands or something
similar on the ends to prevent the hair from coming loose. Just
remember to cut them off to prevent pulling the hair out. Depending
on your hair texture, this usually produces a cute crimped or waved
style. What about straw curls? Is this an option for you?
the rage here and it prevents those troubling roots from being seen.
Ask your stylist about this style if you are not familiar with it.
best solution right now is to find a style that will work for your
personality as you ease into your new transition. Remember, keep
your ends trimmed at least every two months during the "de-
perming" process to maintain healthy hair. Good luck on your
back to naturalness my sista!
How much do extensions cost?
Mandy: I was wondering how much it
would cost me to get extensions.
30 Jun 2001 19:14
Always ask someone whom you see on the streets, in the Mall or at Church
who did their extensions. Ask several people, look at the hair making sure
you don't see strings of human hair sticking up. Remember, to get a great
look you will pay about $100-$150 sometimes less, but it all depends on
the style you select. Most hair stylists price their time on the length
and thinness of the hair. In other words, the thicker the cheaper, the
thinner the more expensive. I hope this helps. Let me know.
I need to learn how to corn row
Shelly: I am hoping you guys will
be my saving grace my name is Shelly and I have a step daughter who is
African Canadian ( I am Indian from the country) I refuse to keep flat
ironing her hair or hot combing it as I feel that she is just trying to
assimilate herself with having straight hair as the norm I want her to
understand that she can use her hair and have more styles I need to learn
how to corn row braid can you help me?
12 Jun 2001 10:34
Corn rowing is very simple, but it takes practice. May I suggest taking
your stepdaughter to a professional at first or a friend who can show you
the ropes. If not, there are Braid magazines that will give you step by
step guides to corn rowing. A magazine such as this has pictures and guides so
you can't go wrong.