HEAT AND HAIR DAMAGE If your hair goal is to stay true to your natural curl pattern, be sure to avoid excessive heat like frequent press and curls and blow drying. So if you are interested in coils, two-strand twists, palm rolls, and locs you must first understand that years of heat can alter your natural curl pattern. So choose your hairstyles wisely depending on your ultimate hairstyling goals. A great product for natural hair styles is our Duafe pomade or oil.
GOOD HAIR CARE BEGINS WITH YOUR DIET
As the old adage goes, you are what you eat! So eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, drink enough water, and limit your caffeine and fried foods intake. Also remember to exercise regularly for your body’s overall health. Since your hair grows directly from your body, when you treat your body well, your skin, nails and hair benefit, too. People who suffer from vitamin deficiencies and unhealthy diets can suffer from dry, brittle hair. Here is a list of vitamins that can improve the health of your hair and body: Beta-carotene is essential for hair growth, and is found in green, yellow, and orange vegetables such as yams, winter squash, turnip greens, carrots, kale and spinach. Beta-carotene also is an antioxidant and provides
- vitamin A.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) – Promotes scalp circulation.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Prevents graying and hair loss.
- Vitamin B6 – Prevents hair loss.
- Vitamin B12 – Prevents hair loss.
- Vitamin C – Antioxidant that helps maintain skin and hair health, plus improves scalp circulation.
- Vitamin E – Increases oxygen uptake, which improves circulation to the scalp. It improves health and growth of hair.
* You can save money by, purchasing just a B complex. So you don’t have to invest in each separately …
ALOPECIA There are many different reasons why people suffer from Alopecia like underlying medical conditions or diet. However, excessive pulling, too tight ponytails, braids, weaves, lace-front wigs, micro-mini braids, and over processed chemical services and heat can also cause alopecia, but SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE for causes of Alopecia. So choose your stylists and your hairstyles wisely. Go in for a consultation before receiving services, ask to see pictures of their work. DANDRUFF A dry scalp is usually a sign of dandruff. The usual cause of dandruff is seborrhea dermatitis, psoriasis, allergies, poor diet (too many starches, not enough water, fruits and vegetables) or over use of hair products. Some things you may do to treat the itching and dryness as simple as shampooing your hair. As noted earlier get your body moving and clean up your dietary habits. One of best products for dandruff relief is Duafe Dry Wash. TRIMMING AND HAIR GROWTH Trims help get rid of dry, damaged and split ends which can work their way up the shaft of your hair, causing even more damage. A trim is defined as removing ¼ to ½ inch of hair, nothing more. If your stylist insists on cutting off inches of hair every time you go in for a visit, your hair won’t get longer, so either find a professional who understands exactly how much hair you need removed or find another stylist. Natural hair DOES NOT need to be blown out to be trimmed properly. To ensure proper moisture before or after a trim we recommend Duafe’s Hair Pomade. For dry brittle ends use Duafe Hair Oil as a monthly hot oil treatment before you shampoo. All it requires is 20 minutes and a shower cap! SHAMPOO A good healthy hair habit is to dilute your shampoos before applying to your hair. Shampoos are detergents and therefore have drying elements that can strip your hair of its natural oils. By diluting your shampoo, you will help to promote and retain some of your hair’s natural moisture. The best shampoos are sulfate free. Duafe will be developing its own line soon!
-Washing braids can help to eliminate product build up and debris. It is imperative that dilute both the shampoo and conditioner to bolster these efforts. Do not use Seabreeze, it is too drying for the scalp, a healthier alternative is chamomile tea or Duafe Dry Wash – two great astringents which are not too drying to the scalp.
-For those moments when your hair may have an odor from smoke, exercise, or a hard day of work or play, try Duafe’s DeFunk! A great natural hair deodorizer for those times when you need to be refreshed, but don’t have the time to make it to the stylist!
-After relaxing your hair, please wait two to three weeks before braiding. The shaft of the hair is too weak for the extensions. It is also recommend that you do a hot oil treatment before braiding after a relaxer to ensure that your hair is at its healthiest state.
-Jill loves kinky twists! We use human hair to make sure that it looks as natural as possible. We apply the extensions through twisting rather than braiding, thus also providing a more natural look.
CHILDREN AND HAIR CARE
Combing our Children’s hair…. When combing African American children’s hair, use a wide-tooth comb for the gentlest touch. You can use a plastic pick on short hair. Begin at the tip of the hair and comb out tangles as you work your way toward the scalp. If you begin at the scalp and work your way down, you’ll catch on tangles and cause painful tugging. Use a soft, boar bristle brush to smooth the hairline and work natural oils through the hair. You should avoid ponytail holders with metal parts, hard plastic headbands with teeth and rubber bands. Instead, use covered elastics and elastic headbands to prevent pulling and breakage.
Cradle Cap Sometimes a baby’s scalp is flaky. Most likely it’s cradle cap (also called seborrheic dermatitis) or eczema (also called atopic dermatitis). Both conditions are common in African American infants. Cradle cap shows up in the first few months of life as crusty, white or yellowish patches on the scalp. It’s not pretty, but it’s harmless. Cradle cap will typically go away on its own within a few months, but if it bothers you, try gently brushing your baby’s scalp with a soft brush or massaging it with a warm wet terry cloth towel. For stubborn cases, apply a small amount of coconut or cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then gently use a soft bristle brush to remove the scales before shampooing (dilute baby shampoo with water 50/50). It’s important not to scratch, comb, or vigorously brush the scalp to remove flakes, as this can cause further irritation. If the cradle cap doesn’t improve or spreads to other areas, talk to your baby’s doctor, who may recommend a medicated shampoo (dilute also).
No Extensions or Chemicals for Children Some well-meaning people may suggest you put a chemical process in a child’s hair to make it easier to comb through. It could be a relaxer or a texturizer. Until a child reaches the age of 8, her hair texture may continually change and the scalp is still developing. Harsh chemicals on a young scalp can cause great damage. If you’re having trouble dealing with the natural texture of your child’s hair, wait until she’s at least 12 years old before applying chemical straighteners to it. You also should avoid adding extensions to a child’s hair. Extensions can be too heavy for a tender hairline, leading to hair damage and loss.