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Share Help! My relaxed hair feels like straw- what can I do?   First of all, do not panic. It’s like when you lose something; the best thing to do is to retrace your steps.   Think back to what you have been doing to your hair. There are common reasons why your relaxed hair is feeling like straw and the good news is that there is a remedy for every one!   Have you been washing your hair more than once or twice a week? If so, this could be drying out your delicate relaxed hair by stripping it of all it’s natural...

Posted on Sep 3 2012 - 9:37pm by Dena
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Share Denise from Austin, TX asked: After my sew-ins, my hair is so tight that I can not stand it. I can’t even lay my head down on my pillow at night because it is way too tight.  What can I do to make this better? Hi, Denise! As a person with experience with sew-ins, my first piece of advice is to seek a new weavologist. It seems to me that your braids are way too tight. When your hair is braided too tight, you will know it. One way to test if your braids are too tight is to do the eyebrow raise test. If you cannot raise your...

Share Protein and Natural Hair Jamie of Jackson, MS asks: How often should protein be used on natural hair? Protein treatments should be used on natural hair when it is needed.  Since the keratin bonds in the hair are not being broken down in order to straighten the hair (which happens with chemically relaxed hair), we naturals do not need to apply protein treatments as often as others.  However, we do need to use some sort of protein in order to maintain the proper balance of protein and moisture that the hair needs. You may opt...

Posted on Dec 30 2009 - 12:05am by Dena
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Share Thicken relaxed hair  Nyah from El Paso, TX asked:  How do I thicken my limp and thin chemically processed hair?  Hi, Nyah! At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will say again– deep conditioning is a critical component in healthy relaxed hair. I am assuming that your hair is thin due to over processing. It sounds that you may have some damage possibly due to relaxing too often or overlapping the chemical. So your first step will need to be to nurture your hair back to health. Nurture your hair by deep conditioning...

Posted on Dec 28 2009 - 11:55pm by Dena
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Share Damaging effects of relaxed hair Rekeisha from Tampa, Fl asked: How do I know if my hair is damaged or not? What are the damaging effects of relaxed hair? Rekeisha, this is a typical inquiry that many black women with relaxed hair have. There are a few red flags that should warn you that your relaxed hair is in trouble. First, split and dry ends result from chemical processing. If your ends are split, get them trimmed immediately, as they will continue to travel and cause more damage. Another warning sign is brittle hair. Over...

Share Shampoos that sulfate free for African American Hair Jala from Jackson Mississippi asks: I would like to know is there a list of shampoos that are free of sulfates? Jala there are many lists on the net so here is a small list of some shampoos that might be good for your hair. This comes from this thread…sulfate free shampoos. I will post some of here on the blog. This is a list of alkyl-sulfate-free shampoos, which means it includes products with olefin sulfonate, a potentially drying surfactant. Conversely, it excludes...

Posted on Dec 21 2009 - 1:34pm by Amina
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Share Cones and Cooperation…what works on our hair? Jill from Hamtramck, MI says: I’m hearing so many things about cones and I see them in some of my hair products: dimethicones, dimethicone copolyol, etc. What are their effects on the hair?  Which ones work on our hair?  Thanks. This is a popular question, the one involving “-cones” [the suffix to identify the Slicone-based chemicals].  Cones are just silicone based chemicals/ingredients that are put into hair products (and other beauty products) to add...

Posted on Dec 17 2009 - 6:09pm by Amina
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Share Help For Porous Hair Angie from East Lansing, MI says: My strands are super dry and no matter how many moisture treatments I put on my hair, I cannot get it to hold water! What can I do?  Help! Angie, the first thing you must do is relax.  Many ladies have to deal with porous hair.  Either the hair holds too much moisture and is mushy or the hair does not hold enough moisture and in result it has a chronic dry feeling to it.  I have had the same issue as you and I am actually just now grasping the relationship between porosity...

Posted on Dec 9 2009 - 1:39pm by Amina
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Share Do I Have to do the Big Chop? Melissa from Harlem, NY writes: After seeing how beautiful natural hair can be, and noticing that I am not able to remember what texture my hair truly is, I have made the decision to go natural!  There is one huge problem though, I do not want to do the Big Chop.  I just got my last relaxer touch-up two weeks ago…and I know it will take a while to grow out, but do I have to get the Big Chop??? Hi Melissa, Don’t fret, The answer is no! You do not have to get the big bad chop!  I transitioned...

Posted on Dec 4 2009 - 5:12pm by Amina
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Share What to do With 4B Hair? Tamara from Oakland, CA writes in: “I have extremely coarse 4B hair, I have no idea what to do with it.  I can barely put the comb through it.  Help!!!” Tamara, don’t panic – help is on the way!  First, do not think that just because you have 4B hair that it is a burden; I have the same hair “type”.  Yes it may be coarse, tightly coiled, and have the slightest curl pattern, but it is a head full of fun waiting to happen!  Despite all of the myths and the fact that...