Category: Curly Hair

Allow Jane Carter to shower you with her knowledge of curly hair and how to care for it. A curly girl herself, she has learned to tame and trick her curly hair, while at the same time creating all-natural hair care products that are more available to curlies all over the world. Find out interesting curly hair facts and myths, curly hair regimens, and expert advice on how to care for curly hair.

Combat Cold Weather: No More Winter Hair Woes

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When winter weather hits, a bad hair day can last an entire season! As much as you like that nip in the air during winter, your hair is susceptible to a bunch of hair-raising situations that can ruin your entire day. It almost seems as if dry hair and winter is an inseparable pair. This season’s Polar Vortex is the most rigorous, and it is your hair’s number one enemy. Taking care of your hair truly is a year-long process, especially when frosty temperatures have taken over; dry scalp, brittle hair, static electricity, flyaways, limp locks, and split ends are some of the challenges your strands face.

No matter what’s causing your winter hair woes, you can take both protective and replenishing steps. Products that contain fatty acids and humectants are best at moisturizing parched hair; the butters and essential oils Jane Carter Solution products provided an added bonus of longer lasting hydration and moisture retention. The key is in conditioning! Regular deep conditioning, with heat, feeds the hair nutrients and increases the penetration to the cortex. Leave-in conditioner not only protects hair from the elements but also provides a final protective seal on the hair shaft, helping to preserve the moisture and nourishment that you have just fed your hair through conditioning.

Remember, hydrating your hair properly prevents unnecessary breakage, dryness, dullness and frizz. Just as water is necessary to hydrate your skin, it is also just as important for your hair. Hydrated hair is more porous and has a greater ability to absorb nutrients; leaving you with gorgeous hair all-year round.

We want to know and see what your winter hair woes are. Share your photo on our Facebook page for your change to win 3 Jane Carter Solution Daily Hydration products to combat your winter hair woes!

Have additional winter hair care questions? Join me for a LIVE Twitter Chat this Friday, January 31st between 6-7pm EST. I will be answering all your questions regarding product usage, making product suggestions and offering tips & techniques for all of your styling needs. Join the conversation using hashtag #AskJaneCarter.

 

Love Your Hair,

Jane

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A Naturalista-Worthy Gift Set

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During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you may notice that the cold weather has left your hair feeling dry and frizzy. Dry, damaged hair can become brittle and break easily, especially if you tend to overuse chemical processes such as perms, dyes, relaxers and straighteners. Dryness can also be caused by heat styling tools such as blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons. Naturalistas everywhere are looking for a way to add some moisture to their dehydrated tresses. After all, nobody wants crunchy, frizzy hair for Christmas.

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The Q-Redew handheld hair steamer is the perfect tool to add moisture to your hair without washing or oversaturating your curls with a spray bottle.

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It uses a warm steam mist to give your hair natural volume and texture. The Q-Redew hydrates, reshapes and restyles dry hair in minutes. No mess, fuss, or chemicals – simply by using water. Give your curls a boost, restore moisture to dry hair, lift flat hair and transform bedhead into your best hairstyle.

Q-Redew will also reactivate products in your hair, which is another reason it is an excellent addition to your styling routine. Jane Carter has given her seal of approval to the Q-Redew to be used in conjunction with Jane Carter Solution products.

This year, Q-Redew is offering the gift of the hair care products you love along with the styling tool that your hair will adore. Receive a JCS sampler kit with your purchase of a Q-Redew from their website. The sampler kit includes the following favorites:

  • Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo 2oz.
  • Revitalizing Leave In 2 oz.
  • Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner 2oz.
  • Curl Defining Cream 1 oz.
  • Nourish & Shine 1/4 oz.

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The Q-Redew retails for $69.95, and for this special promotion, you will receive the Jane Carter Solution sampler pack (a $17.00 value) for free! Order by 12:00 pm on Saturday, Dec 21st in order to receive this bundle by Christmas.

Act now and take advantage of this holiday offer!

 

Love Your Hair and Happy Holidays,

The JCS Team

Tips for Removing Your Protective Hairstyle

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Protective hairstyles have become the secret to tress success for many naturalistas! Protective styling doesn’t make your hair grow, but they do make it possible to prevent breakage since your hair may be breaking off faster than it grows. What protective styles do is keep your ends “protected.” These styles are more about hair retention; just make sure that no matter which way you wear your hair, that your ends are tucked away.

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To maintain the health of the hair you just protected, you want to make sure the removal process is smooth and breakage. Follow these 4 tips below:

Patience, patience, patience! It’s all about timing! If you’re not in the mood to take your style down, wait until you are. The process can be tedious and requires a gentle touch.

Add moisture to the mix. Your hair will be much more manageable and easier to work with when there is moisture. Use Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner to add ease to the removal.

Start at the ends. If you’re taking out two strand twists or box braids start from the ends of your hair and slowly work your way up until it is removed.

Tangles Happen, Don’t Panic. This is true especially as your hair gets longer. Even if you’re very careful with your hair, knots can still form. Don’t panic, don’t tug, don’t brush it – just breathe! Take your time and simply slowly undo the knot.

Master detangling your hair. Detangle while hair is wet and saturated with conditioner; apply Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner, work through tangles with a wide tooth comb or your fingers.

 

Love Your Hair,

Jane

Dear Jane

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Q:     I have very thick, curly hair that is frizzy and dry. You name it I have had it done in my battle to fight the frizz, chemical straightening, perming, Keratin Treatments, etc. – with no luck.

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A:     Most women with curls and coils have tried tirelessly to straighten their hair and ended up with a frizzy mess, to put it gently. We all know that frizz can be the plague of curly hair; whether you straighten your hair once a day, once a week or once in a blue moon, the most important thing to remember is to keep your locks well moisturized. Healthy hair frizzes less, grows faster and develops less split ends. Taking good care of your hair can make your job easier.

Natural Hold Spray Gel is your key to hydrated bouncy hair. It’s a water-based, alcohol free styling agent. Lightly mist hair with Natural Hold Spray Gel prior to heat styling. As you apply heat from your flat iron, the water in the product turns to steam and infuses moisture back into your hair while leaving it soft and springy with a light hold.

Heat protection, moisture infuser, and holding power all in one!

 

Love Your Hair,

Jane

Terrific Twist-Out Tips

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Twist-outs are one of many hairstyle options one can do to maintain healthy hair. It requires no heat usage, thus preventing heat damage. It can be worn for days at a time, therefore requiring little mechanical manipulation to our tresses. With twist-outs there is no tension on the scalp, and thus no damage to the hair follicle. What’s more? It is a cute hairstyle for any length of natural hair! Here are 3 tips to help your twist-outs last longer…with the use of Jane Carter Solution Natural Twist Out Foam:

 

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  • Wear smaller twists to make them last longer.

For some naturals, twisting down to the very ends of the hair can lead to twist-outs with frizzy ends.  An alternative method is to twist until just before you reach the ends of your hair and then coil these ends around your finger.

 

  • Twist hair when 25% dry.

Twisting on dry hair will produce a twist-out that only lasts for a short period; it’s important to twist on wet or damp hair in order to achieve optimal definition and a longer lasting style. Avoid twisting on hair that is 100% wet; fully wet hair is more prone to breakage via tension while twisting.

 

  • Protect your hair during your beauty sleep.

Minimize frizz by using a satin bonnet; for those with medium to long hair, put your twist-out into 10-12 big twists and cover with a satin bonnet. In the morning undo the big twists and fluff into your style. For those with shorter hair, there is no need to re-twist prior to bedtime.  Simply cover with a satin bonnet; in the morning, remove the bonnet and fluff your hair.

 

You can enhance your curl definition by mixing Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream to the Natural Twist Out Foam. Finish with Nourish & Shine for a boost of moisture and shine.

 

Love Your Hair,

Jane

Is Curly Hair Still Judged?

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There are some women that will not wear their natural hair texture; as in refuse to be caught dead flaunting naturally air-dried curls or waves. Despite the damaging effects of heat-styling  and chemical treatments, there still seems to be a fascination with smooth, sleek hair — and women of all ethnicities and hair types seem to be willing to go to almost any length (or cost) to get straight, shiny locks. We must ask, is curly hair still judged?

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Some think that straight hair is more professional, that it presents as being polished and uniform. Somehow, people perceive curls and waves as non-conforming; going against the grain and having an adversity to authority. I bet you didn’t even know your hair was “saying” all that; we are summed up in one strand of hair!

As absurd as it may sound, I realize that women with textured hair tend to have moments of doubt. Have you experienced going into a job interview or meeting nervous because your hair was acting particularly frizzy that day? Or contemplated straightening your coils for a first date? Even though hair should be the last thing judged, we all know – it happens. The “norm” is the opposite of what some are embracing, even though it’s what naturally grows from their scalps. Ironic.

What are your concerns regarding how you are perceived with curly or wavy hair?

 

Love Your Hair,

Jane