Customer Q and A – What Can I Do About Thinning Hair?

Question:

As a woman of color what can I do about thinning hair in the front and the sides of my face, or something to make my hair thicker?

Answer:

I’m assuming that you’re natural or not relaxed.  Thinning can come from a number of things usually thinning around the hairline or at the sides.  The hair around your hairline happens to be the finest, and the most fragile for everybody, regardless of ethnicity and texture. The hairline is the most fragile and finest texture because as the hair grows closer to to the face it gets finer.  As a result of that, any kind of damage that occurs usually occurs there first.  If you’ve been relaxing, doing weaves, or braids for a long extended period of time then you’re going to receive damage there first.  Hopefully, it’s not permanent damage because that happens a lot of time too.  The bulb of the follicle and if you damage the scalp or the root then the scalp just won’t produce anymore hair.  A lot of you know or heard the terms stress spots if you’ve been relaxing your hair.  The scalp is just refusing to produce healthy hair anymore.  So the last thing you want to do is damage the scalp by improper hair care or methods of enhancing or textures that are too harsh for your  scalp.  Remember, the scalp is your largest organ and you don’t disqualify your scalp as different from your skin.  It happens to be the area women focus the least amount of attention to, much differently than you do the skin on body or the face which you give the utmost care.  When it comes to the hair or scalp, you tend to deal with your hair care regimen in a manner that keeps you away from super healthy hair care or styling.  You want to be mindful with your hair care regimen; that you cleanse the scalp with something that is gentle and not drying it out, that you cleanse the scalp at least once a weekend, you refrain from using shampoos that have suds, and if you have a texture that is naturally kinky or curly you want to use Hair Rules Cleansing Cream.  This will help to alleviate any kind of dryness or dry scalp and it is also a way to gently care for the hair so you’re not drying out the hair of the scalp, and the ph balance of about 5.5 which is closest to the skin.  Like I said, stay away from any harsh tension, chemicals, or braids that are too harsh for the scalp which usually take place and pop up around the hairline.  I hope this helps and I hope to see your scalp grow back hair, fuller thicker hair, as a result of this.

Natural Hair Care Guide

Thanks to our friends at Bellasugar for consulting our texture guru Dickey on advice for natural hair. You can view the original post here: Natural Hair Care Guide.

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Whether you’re transitioning from relaxed hair or you’re a stalwart curly girl, the rules of natural hair care can get confusing. Break it all down with tips from Anthony Dickey of Hair Rules Salon (he’s worked on celebrity curls from Minnie Driver’s to Alicia Keys’s). You’ll get longer, stronger, healthier kinky hair after reading this all-inclusive natural hair guide.

1. Do trim four times a year

Ever wonder where those single strand knots come from? They’re actually a warning flag, screaming that it’s time for a haircut. “Single strand knots come from split ends,” Dickey says. “Split ends can be solved by regular cuts.” Try to get trims every three to four months to stop knots before they start.

2. Do get layers

A layered cut works well with naturally kinky textures because otherwise hair can fall in an awkward triangular shape. Your cut should work well with curly and straight styles for flexible styling.

3. Don’t cut curly

“Every strand deserves the same respect as the one next to it,” Dickey explains. Getting your hair cut curly will not promise the shape you desire as natural hair tends to look different every time. Instead get hair blow-dried first.

4. Do style wet

Apply styling products on soaking wet hair for the best (and most elongated) results — it’s like a wet set for your natural curls. Even if you plan to blow-dry hair, begin with soaking wet hair to minimize breakage.

5. Don’t use oil the wrong way

Argan, coconut, olive, avocado . . . oils are a natural woman’s staple. But make sure to use oil to lock in moisture, not as a good conditioning treatment replacement. If you apply it too often, it will only sit on top of the hair shaft instead of penetrating.

6. Do wash more often

“Nothing is going to moisturize your hair like the chemical makeup of water,” Dickey says. Hydrated hair will be more resilient against heat damage, and it will also aid with de-tangling and curl definition. He recommends rinsing hair at least every four days.

7. Don’t blow-dry with a brush

If you’re attempting a straight style, make sure to check the weather first and forgo the dreaded brush. Select one light spritz to fight humidity, and your best tool is a comb attachment. “If you are dexterity-challenged, a comb attachment is the most practical,” Dickey explains. “And there is no extra tension on the hair. It’s always moving, so it’s not burning your hair.”

8. Don’t use pea-size amounts

If you aren’t getting the results you desire, maybe you aren’t using enough product. Other hair types can get away with quarter-size portions. But kinky textures should begin with golf-ball and tennis-ball dollops.

9. Do handle with care

“You know what they say when you hand wash clothes — handle with care,” Dickey says. “Treat your hair like a cashmere sweater.” Your fingers are your best de-tangling tool. If you’re continually running into snags, add more conditioner to help smooth the process.

10. Do turn down your flat iron

Your flat iron should be set between 350°F and 400°F. The only smoke allowed should be steam, not singed strands. Don’t attempt to get a pin-straight blow-dry. Instead use the blow-dryer to stretch and dry hair, then follow up with a flat iron to press. Or you can opt for a roller set instead.

#HairRulesQA – #KinkyCurlingCream is drying my hair out, what am I doing wrong?

Question:

I have 4a/b hair. I followed the steps for kinky hair. I find that after my hair dries I have great spirl curl definition, but my hair is extremely dry for the Kinky Curling Cream. I dont know what i’m doing wrong. My hair is color treated and I sit under the dryer with the Quench Conditioner and I also use the Leave In Conditioner before I apply the kinky cream.

Answer:

Kinky Curly Cream does not dry out the hair.  What could be drying out the hair?  It does hold the hair, so that hold after you work it in and break the bond and it softens up.  There is hold to the curly cream  but in no way does it dry the hair out, it is not formulated that way. It is super moisturizing.  What could be drying it out is, what you could be feeling, is the ends of the hair that can become coarse and hard if you haven’t trimmed or cut them. If your color has been applied over the whole head instead of at the roots , this could also be causing the hair to be dry. Try using the Hydrating Finishing Cream after your hair is dry and let me know the last time you had a trim .  I hope this helps and thanks for writing in.

Dopeness!! New Cut & Purple Hair! @ The Hair Rules Salon! #Natural Hair – YouTube

Dopeness!! New Cut & Purple Hair! @ The Hair Rules Salon! #Natural Hair – YouTube.

Thank you to ABittMoore from YouTube for sharing your love this way!  So happy to see this, your hair rules!

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such a cute style, we wanted to share. Thanks to The Lone Natural for showing how to get this gorgeous look! Your Hair Rules!

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Hairstyles For Curly Hair – How To Style Your Curls

Hairstyles For Curly Hair – How To Style Your Curls.

 

Thank you to Refinery 29 for enlisting our texture guru Dickey on this holiday hair story!

A big thanks to The Lone Natural for naming our Quench Conditioner one of her must have products!

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Its 2013 Lovlies!!! Can you believe it?! I’ve achieved so much in 2012 and so have you. Thanks so much for sticking with me all this time! There will be many giveaways to come and so much more to show my appreciation to you all!
Ok so, here’s what’s been going on. My hair has grown, and now, my routine has changed. I’m learning the importance of moisturizing and sealing my hair and now co-washes are a must have in my schedule. Great hair takes time my dearies!
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Speaking of new routines, I’m no stranger to moisture, but me and the sealing technique have become very close friends. Due to the whole regimen change, I have decided that as part of my “Something New Challenge”, I’m reducing my hair products from a Bigillion to only 5. Just the essentials for 2013 Lovlies. I do not gamble nor do I advocate…

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