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How to Have Great Hair and Still Hit the Gym and Pool

How to Have Great Hair and Still Hit the Gym and Pool

How to Have Great Hair and Still Hit the Gym and Pool

Here’s the deal, I can’t speak for everybody, but I’m trying to get summer time fine! We’re already in the late part of March and we only have a few more months to go. I wanna be beach ready and to do that it requires going to the gym and working out. Now the problem with that is, I’m sweating out my hair and my hair extensions. If you are like me and having the same problem, keep reading.
If you are anything like me, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. On some days I have a whole conversation in my head about going to the gym or sacrificing my good health for my hair style. I know.. I know.. lol it may sound silly, but this is an on-going problem. I want to stay healthy but I want my hair to look and stay healthy as well. Is that too much to ask for?!
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 How to Have Great Hair

I have been pretty active for most of my life and I have recently started swimming as part of my workout regimen. While I love this exercise plan and the results I’m getting, I’m hating what the chlorine is doing to my hair. Who knew chlorine could be so freaking drying? It leaves my hair so dry and brittle, I hate it. I know what you’re thinking, why don’t you use a swimming cap? Believe me, I’ve done that and my hair still finds a way to get wet.
While I normally wash my hair once a week, I am finding that my tresses need a completely different cleansing schedule, and different products, too.
Now here comes the good news. Instead of washing your hair every time you have a sweaty head from the gym or decide to take a dip in the pool just use a co-wash. I am not sure who invented this stuff, but it has been like a God send for me. I love it! It helps to cleanse my hair but somehow keep it moisturized all in the same token.  
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I normally like to pair my Co-washing products with my regular conditioners and moisturizing products to keep my hair healthy, shiny and luscious. What I love most about this hair cleansing regimen is that I can also use it on my all of my virgin hair extensions. It works wonders on my
Malaysian curly hair extensions and on my Brazilian straight hair extensions as well. The cleansing is so gentle it’s beneficial to all hair types. So, if you are having the same problem, skip the shampooing and do a co-wash instead. Just shampoo once a week or once every couple of weeks.
How to Have Great Hair
 

5 Shampoo Secrets You Didn’t Know

5 Shampoo Secrets You Didn't Know

5 Shampoo Secrets You Didn’t Know

How often is too often when it comes to washing your hair? To be honest there is no correct answer. Some hair types require more washing than others. Such as some women need to wash their hair once a day while others only need to wash their hair 1 time a week or even just a few times a month. We’ve all heard it before, that black woman shouldn’t wash their hair as much, but it really depends on your hair type, how dry your hair is and how much product you are using on your hair.
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 5 Shampoo Secrets You Didn’t Know

When it comes to cleansing black hair, the schedule can vary depending on if your hair is natural or relaxed and what type of curl pattern you have.  Black hair can often tend to be on the drier side, so shampooing daily is more than likely unnecessary. In actuality, it can be detrimental to the health of your hair because you may striping away vital oils and essentials needed for your hair.
It is critically important to use shampoos and conditioners that are especially designed for your hair type.
General Guidelines for Shampooing Black Hair:
  • You should shampoo your hair about once every 7 to 10 days.
  • When shampooing, your scalp should be the main focus. After all that is the foundation for beautiful healthy hair.
  • Make sure to wash away any buildup, oils, products, and dirt.
  • Shampooing few times per month should be enough to rid your scalp of any soil, dirt or product buildup without stripping away all the natural oils that’s needed for luscious hair.
  • Whether your hair is natural or relaxed shampooing is good for the health of your hair and scalp.
Which Shampoos Are Best?
  • The best shampoos for afro-hair types are those that contain no drying sulfates such as sodium sulfate. There are dozens of cleansers that cater to black hair with “no drying sulfates”.
  • Always look for shampoos designed for dry hair types. Some of my favorite brands on the hair market like are AsIAm, Cantu and Organix.
The key to healthy black hair is to not shampoo too often and to make sure to use high quality products to retain moisture and ensure hair growth. 


Are Your Hair Extensions Safe From Shedding? The Best Way To Protect Them

Are Your Hair Extensions Safe From Shedding? The Best Way To Protect Them

Are Your Hair Extensions Safe From Shedding? The Best Way To Protect Them

Shedding.. How much is Too Much?
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I love the feeling of getting new hair. It’s almost like Christmas! You rush home from your local hair boutique or from picking up your freshly order hair package from the mail box, so you can adore the hair up close and person. You finally get it home and NOW it’s time for the strand test!
So, you run your fingers through your new silky bundles and a few strands come loose. No big deal, right? But just to be sure, you run to the bathroom and grab your favorite paddle brush to do another run-through—Awe man! More strands. You say to yourself, that’s to be expected… It’s not that bad.. its only about 10-15 strands. You’ve convinced yourself not to worry and have your new prized possessions installed anyways.
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About a week or two later, you’re finding large lump sums of hair in every corner in the house. Meanwhile, your boyfriend or  roommate is talking trash about how you have hair all over the place. 
While some shedding is normal, it can be extremely frustrating and annoying, even maddening dealing with constant slipping and hair fall out with every comb-through or finger rack. A woman’s worst night mare is spending a small fortune on hair just to find that it sheds like a mangy street alley cat.
Gentle shedding is normal; However, your bundles or hair extensions should not shed excessively or any more, then your own hair will.

Are Your Hair Extensions Safe From Shedding? The Best Way To Protect Them

Here are a few tips as to why your extensions maybe shedding disproportionately:
  1. BAD QUALITY HAIR VENDOR– Most shedding on weaves are a result of poor wefting construction and processing by the manufacture. You should always opt to buy your extensions from a reputable dealer as much as possible.
  2.  SUBSTANDARD HAIR QUALITY – Highly discounted cheap hair is usually unhealthy, weak, dry and breaks easily. You could be experiencing breakage as opposed to shedding.
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   3. LOW MAINTENANCE – Not taking any precautionary measures to ensure the lifespan of your hair extensions. Try sealing the wefts to help with extending the life span of your hair extensions.
   4. HIGH THERMAL STYLING -Too much high heat lessens the lifespan of your hair extensions
   5. APPLYING WRONG HAIR PRODUCTS – Alcohol base products will result in your hair extensions being dry and brittle causing breakage.
   6.BLEACHING OR COLORING -With no natural oils, your hair extensions will become brittle and dry also resulting in breakage. You must make sure to keep your extensions moisturized at all times.
7. THE ENVIRONMENT – Climate change and hard water can reap havoc on your hair extensions
8.  Cutting or splitting the wefts
9.  Invasive or unnecessary puncturing and piercing of the wefts

 
10. Performing the strand test incorrectly:  When you first receive your hair extension you should use a large tooth comb and gently comb starting from the bottom ends combing downward and working your upwards towards the weft, but always combing downward.  This method gently detangles hair as well as creates less friction. Which allows for you to determine if the hair is shedding in long strands from the weft or short strands (an indication of breakage and not shedding.)
 

Are Your Hair Extensions Safe From Shedding? The Best Way To Protect Them

Good quality hair extensions should only shed very little. In terms, you should only see a few strands in your comb, brush or if you run your fingers through it. When I say a few strands, I mean no more than about 5.
If there are trails of hair all over your house, car and everywhere else you go! This is clearly a sign of excessive shedding and poorly constructed hair.
Until next time my sisters, stay strong but be gentle (with your comb/brush)
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Products to use that immediately stop hair breakage:
*Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment 4 oz (Sally’s $7.89)
*Aphogee Balancing Moisturizer 8 oz (Sally’s $5.99)
*Spring Valley Odorless Garlic Soft gels 1,000 mg 120 count (Walmart $3.94)
a sign of excessive shedding and poorly constructed hair.