Posts tagged ‘healthy hair’

Porosity Problems?

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Porosity. Let’s talk…porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture, aka water. All hair is naturally porous and somewhat permeable to water; it’s determined by the condition of your hair cuticle. Normal porosity hair knows when to take in moisture and how to hold onto it as well.

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Porosity can be affected by external factors causing damage to the cuticle – either remaining closed and not retaining moisture or remaining open and letting moisture out as quickly as it is accepted. So what exactly damages the cuticles in those ways?

  1. mechanical and heat abuse from combs, brushes, and heat styling tools
  2. excessive sun exposure
  3. over-processing from chemical relaxers and permanent colors
  4. continued use of sodium lauryl or ammonium lauryl sulfate-rich shampoos

Be proactive in avoiding cuticle damage by using the correct products to protect and hydrate!

You can reduce heat damage (#1) by using Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner; it’s lightweight formula allows you to reduce the temperature when flat-ironing or blow drying your hair, the bonus – it also doubles as a sun screen (#2).

Soothe over-processed hair (#3) with the Jojoba and Henna essential oils in Restore Creamy Conditioning Cleanser and rebuild strength with complex Amino Acid and Silk protein in Restore Moisture Mist.

Discontinue the use of your sulfate shampoo (#4) and replace it with Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo SLS-Free; the humectants employed during washing help your hair hold more moisture, which is always a benefit.

Knowing your hair’s porosity can help you choose the right products to keep your hair well-moisturized, supple, strong and shiny. Now you’re in the know and armed with suggestions for the best products for your tresses!

 

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

Nutrients for a Head Full of Hair

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Better looking hair can start at your next meal! When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your strands that count; it’s what you put in your body, too. The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle — from which each strand is born — and the scalp that surrounds it. Just like skin, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of inside health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients.

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  • Step 1 – Drink lots of water. If you don’t hydrate your body, your hair follicles will not be healthy enough to produce the keratin you need to re-grow your hair
  • Step 2 – Drink green tea. According to the Health Journal website, the more green tea you drink the more DHT blockers you get into your system and the more you reduce your chances of balding
  • Step 3 – Massage your scalp…with a small amount of Jane Carter Solution Restore Grow Great Hair.
  • Step 4 – Consume protein. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein that can help re-grow your hair. Eggs also contain biotin, which will help your hair follicles produce keratin and make your hair stronger. Milk, cheese, yogurt and beans also contain a lot of protein. Vegetables that are rich in protein include spinach, artichoke, chickpeas, broccoli, corn and potatoes.

Purchase Restore Grow Great Hair during the month of October and receive 25%OFF. Enter code GGHAIR during checkout.

 

Love Your Hair,

Jane

Heat Styling Essentials

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We all are familiar with it, it’s been a part of our morning or hair routine from time-to-time…it can become addictive, most try to use in moderation but some are weak from its transformation abilities. The flat-iron is hard to say no to on some days! It’s imperative to learn how to safely style your hair when using heat; Jane Carter Solution products provide protection and nourishment for your hair.

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Start with Hair Nourishing Cream; an ultra-light hair finisher that can be used as a daily hair moisturizer, dry hair repair, shine enhancer and tress protector; perfect for all hair types. This wonderful natural-based product renews and moisturizes hair; it’s the first step in blowing out hair to be flat ironed straight. Natural Hold Spray Gel is needed as your started flat-ironing your strands without any alcohol; mist each section of hair prior to applying heat. This product is water based and excellent for protecting your hair from heat damage while smoothing the cuticle and adding shine.

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Visit our YouTube channel to access our Style Guide videos, offering tips and techniques to ensure salon quality styling results.

 

Love Your Hair,

Jane

4 Tips to Maintain Healthy Hair Growth for the Fall

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When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count — it’s what you put in your body, too. The days of cooler temperatures and fashionably warm hats are near; the combination of brittleness from the sun and lack of moisture from the chlorine/saltwater can give you unlimited bad hair days. The colder months can be brutal, and not just on your heating bill…our hair takes a beating too!

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A diet that’s centered on fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, moderate amounts of red meat and whole grains is beneficial for both your hair and your body. Eating a healthy diet will keep your scalp healthy and moisturized, eliminating your nippy weather hair woes. Start your pre-Autumn hair care prep with these 4 tips to maintain healthy hair growth during the chill:

 

Drink lots of water. If you don’t hydrate your body, your hair follicles will not be healthy enough to produce the keratin you need to grow healthy hair.

 

Drink green tea. The more green tea you drink the more DHT blockers you get into your system and the more you reduce your chances of your hair shedding.

 

Massage your scalp. Just as little as 5-minutes at night stimulates your scalp, increases blood flow and can increase the rate of hair growth.

 

Consume protein. Protein will help your hair follicles produce keratin and give your strands strength.

 

What additional chilly weather hair tips do you use to maintain healthy hair?

Love Your Hair,

Jane

Sweat it Out

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Proper inner and outer health is very important in the hair growth process; exercise and eating the right foods are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. Have you ever wondered how does exercise affect your hair health, hair loss, or hair regrowth?

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In general, exercise can help you maintain a healthy head of hair and even help your body regrow hair; one of the best ways to maintain the body that will eventually assist hair growth is to carry out exercise, daily! Regular exercise increases general health and circulation in your body. Increased circulation can stimulate growth in hair follicles. Also, exercise helps reduce stress in your life, and reduced stress helps with overall scalp health.

Along with exercising, you should increase your daily water intake. Water is essential for proper hair growth; when the body becomes dehydrated, which directly impacts hair growth. Water makes up approximately one fourth of the weight of a strand of hair and when hair has the proper amount of water, it will respond by being supple, and shiny. Drink 64-80 ounces of water a day to get gleaming healthy tresses…and keep sweating it out!

 

Love Your Hair,

Jane