There have been countless amounts of times where clients have contacted me wanting to change their hair. I would then receive a ton of pictures of how a client wants their hair to look. The problem with that is most people do not take their hair type or density (or cut for that matter) into consideration when choosing these styles. The reason people are not taking their hair type into consideration is because they do not know their hair type! Take a look at the chart above to see the type of hair you have!
Now with the majority of my clients being natural, I get a ton of requests for Tracee Ellis-Ross hair styles or short hair cuts with 3A curl pattern. I get it, TE-R is my #hairgoals as well but, I don't have her hair, therefore my attempts to get my hair to look "exactly" (which what most request) like hers is impossible. Yes, of course, you can do crown braids or flexirods (her go to styles) but don't expect the same results if you do not have the same hair.
Also, if you have a 4B hair type (just an example, not singling out anyone) and following a person with 3A hair type and get her cut and do a wash and go juuuust like she did, you will not get the same results. Similar results? Maybe. The exact same? Definitely not. The curl pattern and hair density are different so the style and cut will look different. While some say hair types are not important, I disagree, especially when searching for styling choices. Eliminate the disappointment and find a cut that you like on a person that have your hair type and density.
Moral of the post, in order to get the best possible styling ideas and products search for people that have a similar texture, density and overall appearance that you, too, posses.
I wear weaves and wigs. Lots of them. Just because I wear weaves doesn't mean that 1. I dont have hair and 2. That I do not care for my natural hair while it is in a weave. As you can see from the pics above, I still have all of my edges and my bun is as full as ever!
(When I reference to natural hair in this blog post, I mean hair that grows from your scalp, not necessarily chemical-free.)
I tell my clients all the time, more than likely, there will come a time where you will want to wear your real hair so take care of it in the mean time. Here are five simple tips that will insure your natural hair stays healthy while braided and sewn up.
1. All edges matter. Take care of them.
Edges matter and if you permanently damage them while wearing weave, you permanently lose the opportunity to wear your hair the way you want to. Caring for your edges means tying them up at night, conditioning them regularly and avoid too much heat. Never put your edges in a situation where it has to fight against the weave - they will lose.
2. Although your hair is braided up it still need to be conditioned on a regular basis.
While you may not be able to deep condition regularly and spray leave-in and oil goes a long way.
3. Do not neglect your leave out.
If you must wear leave out, its a must that you care for your leave out. See steps to caring for your edges in number one and apply those same methods to your leave out.
4. Do not leave your weave in too long.
I get it you pay a lot to get your hair done and you want it to last a long as possible. However, as the hair grows out during the install the tension increases and so does the tangling. Avoid extreme tension and tangling by not allowing the weave to stay in for longer than three months with weave tightenings in between.
5. Tie your hair up at night.
Not sexy, right? Well neither is missing edges and balding. With a weave it is so easy to miss steps like covering your head before bed. It's not mine, right? Well, yes, right but when the weave gets all tangled and matted over night you do have to comb it out the next morning. Combing out tangled and matted weave is extra tension on the hair that could have been avoided.
Hope these simple tips help you keep your beautiful hair healthy!
I have seen far too many times when a client sits in my chair and I ask "what do you have on your hair?" And the client lists off a ton of products. Honestly, using a ton of products at once is the quickest why to 1) become a product junkie and 2) to have to unnecessarily purchase more products on a regular basis. Not to mention, you can clog your hair pores and slow down hair growth, and who wants that? If your hair takes more than an overnight sleep to dry, you, my dear curlfriend, are using way too much product.
Some of my clients with the healthiest hair, including me personally, stick with the basics when it comes to product. A great shampoo, conditioner, leave-in, oil (and/or heat protectant if you are using heat) and the styling product of your choice. Know when to say when and insure you can leave the house in the morning with a dry and beautiful style!
A good guideline to keep in mind when using styling products. You can always add more product as needed. But it is best to start with a little product and add more than to over saturate your hair in the beginning and have to rinse some out and waste product and money.
Fine/limp hair - a dime size per quadrant of product should be fine. Your type hair gets weighed down very easily so go gentle on the product application. Apply the product starting from your ends and work your way up.
Medium density hair - a quarter size per quardrant. Your hair type is a little fuller than its fine/limp hair counterpart so more product will be needed to secure your style.
Course - a half dollar size per quadrant will be needed. Also start from the ends and work your way up. Typically this is the driest of all densities because the scalp does not produce enough oils to cover all of the hair.