Check out this video if you want to learn how to braid cornrows WITH extensions...
Do you have excessively itchy braids? If the braid sprays that you are using are not working then you could possibly have an excessively dry scalp. Not everything works for everyone. Give this product a try! It worked for one of my clients and they love it! It's Palmer's Conditioning Spray Oil. It has natural extra virgin olive oil and keratin and is loaded with Vitamin's A, B, and E. It also contains antioxidants which provide protection to the hair. There are no sulfates either. It promotes being excellent for braids to help keep them soft and shiny, and instantly restoring moisture to the hair. You can find this at your local grocery store or beauty supply. The cost should be around $6!
How to Curl Your Braids…Your individual braids are straight and you are looking for a new style for them? Check out this video to learn how to curl your braids for a cute spiral curl look!
Want to know how to dip and seal your braids (box braids)? Keep reading….After you have finished installing your braids you will notice that they feel stiff and a little hard. Most likely you used the Kanekalon type of braiding hair. This hair is the most popular when it comes to braiding hair. At the end of the installation if you left the ends loose, they will be puffy and kinky. To get the ends of the hair to relax like the picture to the left and soften the braids, first you will need to boil a pot of water. You will also need a towel and a cup with a handle that can withstand the hot temperature of the water. For this method you will need someone else helping you. After your water has boiled, pour it into a plugged up sink. You can do multiple pots of water if you like. Split your braids down the middle from front to back because you will only be working with one half at a time. Put one half of your braids into the sink with boiling water. Now this is where your help comes in because the entire length of the braid will not reach all the way into the water. Your help with take the cup and dip it into the water and pour the water on the higher part of the braids, making sure not to pour any on your scalp. Repeat this until you feel that all the braids have been saturated as high as you can go. Then slowly raise your head from out of the sink, immediately wrapping a towel around the braids but keeping them in a straight down position. Began to pull the towel down the length of the braids while squeezing to help dry and straighten the ends. Repeat this step on the other side. To keep this straight look make sure the braids dry in the straight down position. Any bends during the drying process will cause the braids to have a permanent curl or kink. You can remove these by repeating the dipping process. Now because you were not able to dip all the way to the very top of your head, you may have some frizzes up there. A hot shower with lots of steam will help to relax those. Finally your style is complete! Your ends are sealed, relaxed looking and your braids are soft with lots of movement. You should not have any unraveling but feel free to repeat this method to touch up the style every few weeks. :)
How to remove extension braids? You've had your braids in for a while and now it's time to take them out. This process can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on how many and how long the braids are. You might want to solicit some help from a friend or family member :) To start, if you look down the shaft of the braid, you should be able to see where your hair ends within the braid. You can tell this by a texture difference or excessive frizz sticking out the braid. This is where you can cut, just below where your hair ends, to limit how much unbraiding you will have to do. Once this is cut, grab a rat tail comb and use it's end to stick into the braid to help with unbraiding. Using your fingers on small braids can be very time consuming so this method will help speed up the process. Once you have removed the braid you will notice a hard lump near the root of the natural hair. This is what I refer to as a "dirt knot". This is dirt that has built up while the braids where in the hair. Please use caution when removing this. Improper removal can cause damage and hair loss. Now there will be "some" hair that comes out during the removal of the dirt knot but don't fret! Our hair sheds naturally and this is what was shedding while the braids were in but had no way to fall out. To remove the "dirt knot" generously spray the knot with water or an unbraiding solution that you can find at your local beauty supply store. Work the solution into the knot by massaging it between your fingers. Then with a rat tail comb gently comb thru the knot. Once it is loosened, take a brush with lots of bristles close together and brush thru the natural hair. this should remove anything the rat tail left behind. Once all of the braids and knots are removed, proceed to wash and deep condition the hair. You can do this method with multiple braids at a time to speed up the process.
If you are wanting to play around with hair with no commitment and want a great "do it yourselfer"…watch the video below to learn how to make clip-in hair extensions on your own!
Looking for some "HairInspiration"? :) Check out this video hair look book to give you some great ideas for hairstyles, from extensions, to braids, cornrows and even weaves and etc…Enjoy!
Are you noticing that the ends of your hair are splitting, thinning, even breaking off? If you use a lot of heat on your hair, then that could be the culprit. Heat is not our friend when it comes to styling but most of us can't get away from it. Try a heat protectant on your hair to protect it from current and future damage. There are quite a few choices of protectants. Whether you want to use a popular brand or a natural one, they all do pretty much the same thing. Application of the product may vary from spraying it on your hair right before you put heat on it, to applying the protectant after washing but before blowdrying. There are those that include keratin oil for strength and shine, while also providing the heat protectant element. The price can be as inexpensive as $3 on up to $30. So choose the product that best fits your needs. In the end, your hair is your "crown" so protect it!
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You are about to travel or catch a flight and have just finished doing your hair and don't have time to wait for the straightener or curling iron to cool down. You need to pack it but it's too hot. So you carry it while blowing it and getting burnt because now you are driving while holding it. Or you go ahead and stick it in your bag and it melts something! Did you know that there is a heat resistant case that you can purchase for your straighteners and curling irons? They are fairly inexpensive, comes in an array of colors and your hair tools can be immediately put inside this case after unplugging! It's the best thing ever! When I am done with a clients hair, sometimes on location, this makes clean up quicker and easier for me, not having to wait for tools to cool down. You can find this heat resistant case almost anywhere. Just look in the beauty section :)
If you are looking to cut your own hair at home make sure you invest in a pair of shears. Regular scissors are not good for cutting hair. They are not sharp enough and are not made to easily fit your hands with the type of motions you do in hair cutting. A good pair of shears are sharp and will fit on your thumb and pointer finger. These limbs are the main ones used when cutting hair as they allow you to continuously cut while your wrist is moving in many directions. Hair is sometimes wet when cutting so try to purchase ones that are stainless steel. They won't rust! :) Shears are fairly inexpensive. They usually start at $5 and then go up from there.
How to do a Hot Oil Treatment at home? It's not as hard as you think. First let's discuss the benefits of a hot oil treatment. Most importantly, it moisturizes your scalp and prevents dry hair. It also keeps away dandruff and minimizes breakage and frizz. And lastly, it adds shine, stimulates growth and promotes soft hair. Some oils that can be used for a Hot Oil Treatment are of course the prepackaged oil mixes you can find in your local drug store or beauty supply. But if you are wanting to mix your own recipe according to what your personal hair type is in need of, then some of these may be what you decide to choose...Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Tea Tree Oil or Jojoba Oil. To start heat a bowl of water. Place your oil of choice, in its container, into the bowl for 3 to 5 minutes. This will help to thin out the oil and make the application easier. Next, part your hair into 4 sections. For natural hair try doing this with damp hair. For relaxed hair, the hair can be dry. Its up to you :) Working with one section at a time, apply the oil generously to your scalp first. Continue working down the shaft of your hair until you get to the ends. Twist each section so that it will fit under a shower cap as you let it sit for 30 minutes or so. You can sit under a dryer on low heat if you prefer. Finally, wash out the oil with a shampoo and do a deep condition on your hair, leaving it on for about an hour under a plastic cap. Rinse and style as normal. You should see a difference right away! You can repeat this once a month or more often if your hair needs it. This is also great for using on your scalp if you have braids!
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Looking for a shampoo and conditioner to strengthen your hair and keep it straight longer? If you are natural you know that straightening your hair is a lot of work just for it to start to curl back up a few days later. To keep away from harsh chemicals such as perms that straighten the hair permanently for a long period of time, some people are turning to Keratin Treatments. Keratin Treatments in the salon can cost hundreds of dollars! But a shampoo and conditioner by ORGANIX called "Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy" will help you achieve similar results. You will notice that your hair straightens better, feels stronger, has lots of movement, has a healthy sheen and stays straight longer! Just make sure that when you use the conditioner, you give yourself a deep condition by letting it sit on your hair for at least an hour with a shower cap on.
Clip-in hair extensions are a fun way to experience having a weave without it being permanent! You want to make your hair more full or just lengthen it, or maybe you just want to add some color to change your style up without dying it. Clip-in hair extensions are easy to install. You get anywhere between 7 to 9 pieces in a pack which is enough for a full head installation. They are just wefts with hair clips attached to them. Each piece will have 1 to 4 clips attached to them. You part your hair where you want the extension to go, open the clips on the extension, tuck the clips on the hair where you made the part, and then press the clips closed. And in just a few minutes you have a weave. There are lots of videos on the internet to show you step by step on how to do this. Check this one out here! So enjoy a weave without the permanency!
How to ombre your weave without dying it! That beautiful style that's so popular now called "OMBRE" can be done by you at home! And you don't even have to dye your weave! When you purchase your weave get two different colors. If you are going to have the light color on the bottom for the ombre effect, then make sure it is longer than the darker color. For instance, if you buy two bundles of hair, get the light color in an 18" and the darker color in a 16". As you install the hair working from the bottom of your head up to the top, the hair will create a gradual layered effect which will give the illusion of an ombred look!
How to seal the ends of your extension braids. There are a few different methods. One is dipping the ends of the braids in hot water. Another is burning the ends with a lighter. And lastly, an electric braid sealer will do the job too and a lot quicker. The electric braid sealer is the quickest method of sealing your braid ends. It will also not burn your fingerprints off like how the "lighter" method does :) The braid sealer tool heats up and then with a clamping motion, cuts and seals your braids to the desired length, keeping them from unraveling. It has different size grooves for different size braids and also comes with a handy stand. This tool will help you cut down on the amount of time it takes to complete your braids. And we all know it takes FOREVER to braid. Be aware though that this tool only works on synthetic or kanekalon extension type hair. DO NOT use this on real hair! I repeat...DO NOT use this on real (human) hair!
How to dry your braids quickly without much effort?! Your extension braids have just been installed and dipped. And now it's the long wait of letting them air dry. But you don't have that kind of time! Pulling out your handy hand blow dryer will be a lot of work for your arms, waving that thing back and forth. Why not turn your home into your own mini salon and invest in a hard hat hair dryer? The salons use them and they have them for the everyday consumer home use too. So if you want to relax while you dry your braids, just sit under a hard hat dryer. It's quicker than air drying and will give your arms a much needed break. And of course you can use it for drying other styles as well. So why not grab one and make your life a little easier?! :)
How to grow your hair without doing anything to it?! Leave it alone! You don't always need chemicals, pills or magic tricks to help your hair grow. Using a protective style can help your hair grow. A protective style is a style in which your natural hair is protected from the daily routines of flat ironing, hot curling, coloring, perming, and ect. For example, extension braids, sewin weaves or a simple pony tail allows your hair to rest and thus grows. Simple as that! Go figure :)
How to straighten your natural edges without a perm or burns! We all know that trying to maintain natural hair can be a lot of work. Whether you have a weave or a perm or natural hair, our edges gives us the most problems. No more burning your scalp or your ears trying to get your edges straight! No more resorting to a perm either. And ladies with weaves...your weave is perfectly straight but your edges are not! Try a root straightener (edge pressing stick) that does not burn you and you can get as close to your scalp as you want! This tool hides the heating element inside of a comb barrel that stays cool. It has multiple heat settings and is great on all types of hair. You can use an old style pressing comb or a flat iron for the rest of your hair but for those edges that need a gentler touch, pick up a root straightener (edge pressing stick)! You'll be glad you did :)
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Let me share with you how to get the most out of your conditioner. Following the instructions on the back of conditioners are great but let me give you a little tip...Instead of conditioning for the 3 to 5 minutes that most bottles state, leave it on for at least an hour with a plastic bag or shower cap on your head. This method will allow you to "deep condition" the hair and obtain the full results that the product promises.
So you just washed your hair and already a few days later your scalp is starting to get flaky. You want to oil your scalp, but don't want to put anything on it that will weigh it down. I grew up using that really oily pressing hair grease or the petroleum based hair grease to oil my scalp and it always looked oily or didn't move because of the weight of the grease. Those were the days of old because now I have discovered a product made by "Carols Daughter" called "Hair Balm". It is light weight, non greasy and non oily. The bottle says to use sparingly and rightfully so! A little goes a loooooong way! Use just a tiny touch of it to moisturize each section of your scalp. This can also be used directly on the hair to strengthen it and give it shine while keeping it's manageability. It also cuts down on frizz. Do this every 2 to 3 days in between washes and your scalp should stay moisturized!
The curling wand is a great tool! But what if you don't have one and want to achieve the same look? Everyone has an old faithful curling iron with the mouth clamp right? Just take your curling iron and with the mouth part closed, wrap your hair around the barrel, hold for a few seconds and voila!...You have achieved wand curls without the wand!
You want to try a new hairstyle but are afraid, because the change can be permanent. If you are someone who likes to change your style often, think about purchasing a hair mannequin. This way you can try the new hairstyle without ever touching your own hair! Make sure you get one with human hair so that you can color the hair, curl or straighten the hair and wash it. With these mannequins you can try cornrows or extension braids on them. You can sew in a weave or even bond in a weave. Just remember, if you cut the hair, it won't grow back like "real" human hair! Also make sure you try and match the texture of your hair as close as you can to the mannequins'. The investment for one of these mannequins range from $30 to $150. They are the same ones that are used in cosmetology schools but can be used for home use too. I ordered mine from Amazon.com and Love It!
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