<![CDATA[Curls Connect - Blog]]>Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:44:22 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:11:38 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/benefits-of-olive-oil-for-hairHey guys and gals, so it has been a long time since my last blog post. I am super busy with studies and personal stuff but I recently had a question from Katrianna relating to the benefits of coconut oil.

I know that in Trinidad and Tobago getting pure coconut oil can be difficult,, unless you outsource or make it yourself. We usually get the coconut oil that we use around Divali time to fill the deyas. Although it says PURE Coconut Oil, it can smell rancid which may be due to improper storage. Click here to read more on how to properly store coconut oil.

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Some may prefer to use coconut oil that they can guarantee is 100% pure (be mindful there are cold pressed and those that involve heat in the extraction- some prefer cold pressed). In the event that you really don't want to use coconut oil that claims to be 100% pure as you are unsure if it is really natural and pure, you can alternatively use Olive Oil. Olive oil is one of those oils that can penetrate the hair cuticle and therefore, reduce or prevent hygral fatigue which can be damaging to your hair. It can be easily obtained from the supermarkets as well :)

I found this post on NaturallyCurly.com by Samantha Berley that explains using Olive Oil for hair. Hope it is helpful.

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What You Might Not Have Known
It’s a well known fact that, olive oil can be a fantastic conditioner for hair but there are many other things about this essential oil that make it a great go-to for hair care. Olive oil is one of the top emollients that is known to penetrate the hair better than others. That doesn’t just mean that it nourishes and conditions. An olive oil treatment can improve the elasticity and strength of your hair far better than other essential oils.

There are other even lesser known facts about olive oil. For instance, olive oil is not just an average emollient. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. What’s more, olive oil is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, which makes it easier on sensitive skin and hair.


Methods and Oil Treatments
There are a couple of different ways to implement olive oil treatments. The first thing to keep in mind is that olive oil needs a way to absorb into the hair follicle. That is why users like both the wet method and the dry method.

Both methods or treatments begin with warming olive oil. Warm about a half a cup of olive oil in a microwaveable bowl or cup. The olive oil should be warm but not hot to the touch. If you have fine hair or prefer a lighter treatment, add coconut, sweet almond or jojoba oil.

Where Methods Differ
The next part depends on a couple of different things. Some users prefer wet and recently conditioned hair while others want the hair to be dry. If your hair is wet and conditioned, it will lock in the moisture and additional nutrients when the olive oil is applied. The downside is that olive oil is already slightly more difficult to apply due to the hair’s slipper nature. If you apply olive oil to dry hair, it has a similar effect, but many argue it doesn’t lock in as many nutrients as the wet treatment. Even so, it’s less of a mess than the wet method.

Whichever one you choose, place your oil-drenched hair into a shower cap or wrap it with plastic wrap. Let the olive oil sit for between 5–45 minutes before washing out in the shower. This depends on which treatment you use. Olive oil does well with minimal time, but giving it several dozen minutes may increase the effects. Many users recommend hopping in the shower and letting the steam do its thing to enhance the effects of the olive oil on the hair. Once you’ve washed it out, watch your step as the floor will be slick with oil. Towel dry and comb as usual.


Final Thoughts
Although there are arguably more popular essential oils, olive oil is well-known as a culinary ingredient and easy to obtain in any average grocery store. For food and for hair, olive oil has been used since the dawn of civilizations ranging from Mesopotamia to Ancient Egypt and Greece. It’s no wonder then, that olive oil is found in a variety of hair care products. Olive oil penetrates the hair cuticle so that the necessary moisture and nutrients are absorbed leaving your hair not only smoother, but shinier and healthier as well.

Share your thoughts or experiences with us. Do you use Olive oil in your hair treatment? How?
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<![CDATA[Fun in the Sun and Hair Care]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:11:15 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/fun-in-the-sun-and-hair-carePicture

It is Carnival time again in Trinidad and Tobago. For nationals and tourists alike Carnival means fun in the sun! Whether you are jumping up in the band or laying in the sand the sun is going to affect you and your hair. You probably never thought as you slather on the sunscreen on your skin that you should protect your hair but; the sun rays can bleach and over-dry your hair and can result in breakage. 


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THE SUN’S IMPACTS ON HAIR: 

Green People discusses how the sun affects your hair:

Source:Green People 

Everyone knows that the sun damages your skin but have you ever thought how the heat and UV rays might affect your hair?

The sun’s rays are very powerful – we can all recognise that through how fast sunburn can develop on unprotected skin – so it is only logical that they will have an effect on your hair. UV rays cause the most environmental damage to hair, more than blow drying and chlorine, so it is an important factor to consider if you want to look after your hair.

Whilst it won’t be damaged forever – it will eventually re-grow – it will suffer breakages and lack of moisture, leaving it looking weakened and unhealthy. If you wish to keep your skin in good condition this summer, why not complement your beautiful skin with beautiful hair?


How the sun affects your hair

Firstly, let’s examine how the sun affects hair. The most common thing that most people associate with this is the slight lightening of hair after a spell in the sun.

The reason this happens is that hair contains melanin, just like your skin does. Melanin is what gives it its colour but it also hunts down free radicals which would otherwise cause damage. When UV rays reach your hair, they cause the melanin to oxidise and discolour. As the hair is dead and cannot react to the UV rays by increasing melanin like skin, the lower melanin levels are reflected in a lightening of the hair. The lower levels, therefore, also cannot perform their free radical hunting duties so effectively.

Lemon juice is well known for being a natural way of bleaching hair when exposed to the sun and lots of people use it as a cheap way of getting highlights. Unfortunately, whilst it does have a slight lightening effect, it can also cause dryness as it upsets the PH balance of the hair.

Another effect of the sun is that it depletes the levels of vital protein which give healthy hair its strength. This is known as keratin and when it is undamaged, it lies along your strands of hair like tiles on a roof. However, when you weaken the keratin in your hair, some of those ‘tiles’ become broken and shift out of place, causing the hair shafts to weaken and become easily damaged. They also do not reflect light as well, causing your hair to appear dull.

The sun damages your hair in one final way – by sucking the moisture and oils out of it. The moisture level should be around 8% but sun damage, bleaching and other hair treatments can cause this to fall to as low as 2%. When this happens, you’ll end up with split ends and brittle, broken strands of hair.

Here’s a summary of the ways that the sun damages hair:
  • Lightens it by damaging melanin
  • Depletes the protein which gives hair its strength and shine
  • Lowers the moisture levels, encouraging split ends and brittle hair
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HAIR CARE TIPS:

Here are some tips to protect your hair while in the sun:

Source: Schwarskopf

UV Protection: Let the Sun Shine on Your Hair!

Of course, you know how skin care and UV protection go together like summer, beaches and fun. Many forget to include their hair in this protection. However, the hair needs UV protection and extra TLC just like the skin especially when it is exposed to intense sunlight. Read on, we want you to have the hair of your dreams this summer

While hair does not get sunburned, it is still damaged by the sun, wind, salt water or chlorinated pool water. Exposure to these elements disturbs the otherwise smooth cuticle layer of the hair. As a consequence, the hair gets dryer, rougher and more brittle to the point of appearing straw-like. The hair’s colour pigments are bleached out at the same time. Luckily, this is not inevitable. Simply use our winning hair care strategies along with some clever UV guards and your hair will be as splendid as summer’s glory.
  • Push-Button Sun Hats
Ideally, hair should never be exposed to intense UV light. This applies particularly to the midday sunlight between 11 AM and 3 PM. Sun hats, sun bonnets, caps and bandanas provide great UV protection. If head wear is not your cup of tea you can still use hair spray with UV guards. Both hats and hair spray protect against UVA and UVB rays, keep more moisture in the hair and prevent bleaching. It is best to use the UV-protective hair spray before leaving the house rather than after your arrival at the beach, the park or on the tennis court.
  • Diving and Swimming without Unpleasant Surprises
Seawater or pool water can be pretty hard on hair. After a swim in the ocean, salt crystals may form in your hair and increase the damage to your hair. The crystals work like tiny burning glasses, which bundle and focus the sun’s rays. Whenever possible, you should therefore rinse your hair under a fresh water shower after a swim in the ocean. In a pinch, a bottle of fresh water without carbonate will do the trick. Pool water has its own hazards for hair. Disinfectants like chlorine or copper may turn blonde or grey hair green. Here is a quick remedy: Dissolve three regular Aspirin tablets in a litre (1 ¾ pints [UK]) of water and soak your hair in this solution for one hour. Then thoroughly rinse with tap water. You could also cover the green tinge by using a colouring shampoo. A reddish or gold nuance works well for this purpose.
  • Summer Fun without Bleaching Your Hair
Sun bleaches natural and artificial hair colours alike. You can protect the colour pigments in your hair by using a colour guard hair care series with built-in UV filters. Such shampoos, rinses, masks and hair sprays are made to protect against the summer sun. Conditioning agents bring brilliant colours back to your hair by infusing it with proteins and vitamins, while antioxidants and light filters protect the hair pigments from the bleaching effects of the sun.
  • Hair Care after Sunbathing
After a long day in the sun or at the beach, you should gently care for your hair in the shower. Special after-sun shampoos and conditionersare particularly gentle and provide moisture for your hair after a long sunny day outdoors. They also contain natural oils for even more supple and shiny hair. In case the ends of longer hair are slightly damaged, you can apply some hair spray, which temporarily repairs split ends. Your hair is going to look healthier for it. In any case, it is a good idea to cut your hair by about a centimetre (0.4") after prolonged sun exposure to stop split ends from getting worse and also to give your hair more bounce.
  • Nature’s Protection (Fruits and Vegetables)
During the summer months your food should contain especially generous amounts of vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene. As effective antioxidants they neutralize the free radicals, which are more numerous in bright sunlight. Otherwise, these free radicals damage or destroy cells. Particularly rich in antioxidants are fruits, berries and vegetables, such as apricots, berries, grapes, broccoli and spinach.


Hope these tips will help you protect your hair while in the sun! :)
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<![CDATA[Beneficial Butters for Hair & Skin.]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:24:05 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/beneficial-butter-for-hair-skinPicture

Many more people are becoming aware and concerned about the ingredients that comprise the product that they use on their hair and skin. There are many butters and oils that have moisturizing, conditioning, healing, and even sunscreen properties. Here is a list of 10 butters that are good for your hair and skin.

Source: Clutch Magazine Online

Shea, Cocoa, Olive, or Mango may be some of the most common butters known that are beneficial for your hair and skin. Murumuru and Illipe Butters are amongst the more expensive on the market, but there are other less expensive ones available that can be used alone, or mixed with other butters and even conditioner to enhance their properties.

Butter made from fruit, beans, seeds and leaves is produced by hydrogenating the cold pressed oil extracted from them. From oils themselves, for instance Hemp Seed Oil, butter is produced by extracting the oil and combining the fatty acids and unsaponifiables (wax) from the oil. Extracted oils are also blended with Palm Oil, Soybean Oil or other vegetable oils to make butter.


The following is a list of butters that you can use on your body and hair – some of which you may have not heard of.

1. Sweet Almond Butter – its properties are similar to Shea Butter and it contains essential fatty acids. It is great for dry skin/scalp because it hydrates the skin and restores elasticity.

2. Coffee Bean Butter – is natural protection from ultraviolet light and is becoming a popular ingredient in sunscreen products. It is an antioxidant and contains phytosterols which have anti-irritation and anti-inflammatory properties, condition skin and hair and promote moisture retention. It is good for dry skin.

3. Kokum Butter - it has the ability to soften skin and heal ulcerations of lips, hands and soles of feet. Kokum Butter helps reduce degeneration of the skin cells and restores elasticity.

4. Hemp Seed Butter - is rich in essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and helps reduce moisture loss from the skin.

5. Avocado Butter – is a great moisturizing treatment for hair. It makes a good butter for belly balms and lip balms. It can be used as an eye makeup remover and in hair conditioning creams.

6. Green Tea Butter - is anti-inflammatory, anti-cellulite (much cheaper than those anti-cellulite creams on the market – about $9 for 8oz) and has anti-irritancy and anti-fungal effects. It has a high content of polyphenols (antioxidants). It protects the skin from aging and against UV-B rays.

7. Pistachio Butter - rich in fatty acids that moisturizes and softens skin. It has excellent penetrating qualities – good massage butter. It also has a low comedogenicity (doesn’t clog pores).

8. Macadamia Butter - has a high concentration of palmitoleic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid. Our production of palmitoleic acid decreases as we get older so this butter is great for mature skin, as well as and dry skin.

9. Orange Butter – has a high concentration of Bioflavonoids (Vitamin P – that neutralizes free-radicals) polyphenols (antioxidants). It has anti-cellulite and anti-inflammatory properties and other protective benefits for skin, such as a cleansing and toning effect. It can improve oily, acne prone skin.

10. Cupuacu Butter - is similar to Cocoa Butter, but has a softer, creamier consistency. It contains essential fatty acids and phytosterols, and is very moisturizing for skin and hair. It is also a natural protection from UV-A and UV-B rays. It can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis and adds shine and replenishes moisture in hair.

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<![CDATA[Drying Hair: Towel vs. T-shirt?]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:25:58 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/drying-hair-towel-vs-t-shirtPicture
Even though I have curly hair I have never really given much though to what I use to dry my hair. I think I’m a bit late on this but as I’m doing my research (trying to learn as much as I can) I realized there is a buzz about not using your standard towel to dry your curly hair. 

There are now many microfiber towel options on the market that claim to absorb a lot of moisture, reduce or even eliminate frizz and reduce drying time. I have never used a micro-fiber towel hence the word ‘claim’ (If you have used a micro-fiber towel, feel free to leave a comment and share your results).

For those of us who may not want to purchase a microfiber towel fortunately there are other cheaper alternatives. You may have heard of using paper towels or an old T-shirt. I am not a fan of using paper towels (it does not seem environmentally friendly) but the old T-shirt has been said to do a great job in not just absorbing a lot of moisture from hair but also reducing frizz.


So I decided to test out the old t-shirt to dry my curly hair (I have a mixture of 3b and 3c) and see if there really is a difference in using an old T-shirt. I used one of my hubby’s T-shirts :P; my hair is long (middle of my back) so thought that his t-shirt would be big enough to wrap my hair. I made 1 cut along the length of the front on one side from the neck to base of the t-shirt; the two sleeves were still intact (I inserted a little diagram to help you understand).

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Before I shampooed I did a pre-poo treatment with coconut oil, then washed with shampoo, followed with conditioner. I squeezed my hair a little to get as much excess water out before wrapping it in the t-shirt. 

I bent forward so hair falls in front; with the neck area of the t-shirt on the back of my neck I twisted the t-shirt around the length of my hair and then wrapped it around and tucked in the excess in front close to my forehead. (You can tuck it in behind your neck- I guess it depends on the length of your t-shirt). Some of you may say what to do with the sleeves!? I basically ignored it and let it twist together with my hair. 

You may also opt to plop your hair on the t-shirt - click here to read more about plopping hair.   


I left the towel in for about 6-8 mins. Note: I did NOT rub my hair with the t-shirt. After the 8 minutes I just released it and shook my head to help loosen the curls. The t-shirt absorbed a lot of the water from my hair. There was one end of the t-shirt that was still dry, so I used that end to gently blot the ends of my hair. I think for those of you with thicker or longer hair may want to have a second t-shirt to blot out any excess moisture that may be present.

Overall, there was a difference. I did notice less frizz and will definitely be using my t-shirt to dry my hair.

Both towel and t-shirt are made of the same material- cotton so I believe the secret is in the texture of the t-shirt vs. the towel as well as the way we dry our hair. Many of us tend to rub our hair to get rid of the excess water. The towel is rougher as it has micro-protrusions (villi-like structures) on its surface to absorb moisture while the t-shirt is smooth. 

I believe those little fibers on the towel can cause a scrubbing effect when we rub the towel to dry our hair which increases frizz. Instead use the t-shirt and gently blot or squeeze hair unto the t-shirt to get rid of excess moisture.

If you haven't heard of using a T-shirt to dry your hair or just was not sure if to use it, hope my experience will encourage you to at least try it. Happy Curling! :)


Do you use an old t-shirt to dry your hair? What is your drying technique?  
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<![CDATA[Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:42:48 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/benefits-of-coconut-oil-for-hairHappy New Year Everyone!!!

This is my first post for 2012. I have been very busy for the holiday season and also had the flu. It was while I had the flu I re-discovered just how good coconut oil is for hair.

I have heard of how good coconut oil was before but I got a firsthand experience when I washed out the coconut oil I used to keep my hair and scalp moisturized while I had the flu. After washing out the coconut oil my hair was very soft, smooth, had a nice soft shine and my curls were well defined. So now I am hooked! :p (I know you will be too).

After that experience I have been doing some research on the benefits of coconut oil in hair care and wanted to share them with you.

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Many of us here in Trinidad and Tobago may already know or at least have heard of the many benefits of coconut oil especially from our East Indian descendants. My grandmother and father have always said that coconut oil is good to make hair longer, thicker and more ‘black’. Coconut oil has been found to help with hair growth, repair and premature greying.

Coconut oil has been used by Asian cultures for many centuries to remedy a variety of illnesses and to boost health. Recent research notes coconut oil’s ability to penetrate viral cells and fight off viruses that cause flu, hepatitis C, and even HIV, according to the Coconut Research Center.


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Coconut oil is high in fatty acids. The benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. The fatty acids in coconut oil also have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties and hence are used in a lot of skin care products to treat dry, itchy skin and used as hair tonic for healthy and shiny hair.


In hair care coconut oil is used as a natural conditioner for hair to help nourish and moisturize hair. It penetrates the hair cuticle easily and works well with hair natural oils. It can also be used for itchy flaky scalp and is used in the relief of dandruff. It is also beneficial for hair growth and to repair damaged hair. 

The oils and proteins in coconut oil work well to help keep hair from losing protein, which is one of the major contributors to hair breakage and hair loss. When used at least two times weekly, in addition to a stimulating scalp massage, it has been found that coconut oil can help to stimulate proper circulation and keep the scalp moisturized. 

Coconut oil is now being considered as super oil that can be used for all hair types. It is so beneficial is should be a must have in your hair care regime.


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You can use it as a pre-poo (pre- shampoo) treatment; which is basically how I used it. I used Pure Coconut Oil. Here is how:
  • Section hair in about 4 sections (you can section in more sections for thicker hair). 
  • Pour a small amount of coconut oil in palm and rub together. (You can add any essential oils that you like to the coconut oil).
  • Apply coconut oil from roots of ends. 
  • Distribute using fingers or wide-tooth comb. 
  • Massage scalp (optional).
  • Leave for about 15- 30 minutes (I wrapped it and left it overnight). 
  • Wash thoroughly with shampoo.  Follow with conditioner. 
  • Style as desired.
Note: Coconut oil will solidify into a white solid under 25C. You can liquefy it by applying a low level heat or run under warm water (Still in the bottle).

Coconut oil can also be used as a conditioner. Add a few drops to conditioner or deep conditioner.

I hope this was helpful and will help you to have beautiful hair!  

Check out this website to read more on the benefits of coconut oil: http://www.miracle-of-coconut-oil.com/coconut-oil-for-hair.html

Also check out the following videos:


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<![CDATA[Hair Care Products as Gifts for Him & Her this Christmas!]]>Thu, 15 Dec 2011 13:57:13 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/hair-care-products-as-gifts-for-him-her-this-christmasPicture
It is the holiday season with Christmas right around the corner! As you are busy doing your Christmas shopping, you may get stumped as to what to buy for that special someone. 

Everyone wants to look their best and our hair is no exception. Whether it's for him or her Hair Care products can make that perfect gift and can range from extravagant to reasonably priced items.

Many hair care brands also provide gift baskets or gift bags which include a range of their products. You can also buy a variety of hair care products of your choice and put it together for yourself for that personal touch. It’s a gift they are sure to use that won’t end up in a corner collecting dust! 


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Hair care products include a wide range of products that include towels, curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers (with or without a diffuser), shampoo and conditioner, styling products, hair scarves, combs, brushes and hair accessories.

You may have read towels and raised an eyebrow but nowadays there are specially designed towels to absorb moisture from hair while reducing frizz. Hair scarves can be used to enhance a hairstyle or to wrap hair to sleep (again to reduce frizz). You can also purchase a silk or satin bed sheet set. Silk and satin pillowcases have been said to assist in reducing frizz, dryness and breakage of the hair.


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There are several factors that will assist you in deciding which hair care product to buy. 

Firstly, the hair type would be the most obvious. The type of hair the person has; straight, wavy, curly, kinky, relaxed will determine what type of product you should buy. 

For someone with straight hair, they may need a flat or curling iron. Remember, heating products can cause heat damage to hair so why not also buy a heat protectant spray. Someone with curly hair may need a diffuser or deep conditioner.

Secondly, if they have curly hair you will have to consider the type of curl. There are different products for different curl types and texture of hair. See type of curl.

Thirdly, the age of the individual. There are different hair care products for adults and kids. If you are looking for a gift for a kid ensure that the product is either made for kids or is gentle enough to be used by kids.


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Also keep in mind the hair goals of the individual. More and more people are trying to transition from chemically treated hair to natural hair (non-chemically treated hair). You can buy products that will help condition and moisturize their hair. There are many good deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners and moisturizes. 

Other people may be opting for natural and/or organic hair care products that may also be eco-friendly. There are many hair care products that are vegan, eco-friendly, cruelty-free (not animal tested), natural and organic, free from harmful chemicals.

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If you believe the person you are buying for may take it the wrong way as hair care products fall into personal care products... Accessories may be your answer. 

Hair accessories can enhance any hairstyle and comes in many beautiful shapes and colours. These can range from mid to low prices, depending on the intricate designs and elements.  Hair accessories can include; hair combs, pins, clips, bands, clamps, ornaments and feathers. There are a wide variety for kids and adults.

Still not sure what to get? Then why not give a gift certificate to his or her favourite beauty supply store, salon or spa. They can enjoy a professional haircut, massage or spend it on the hair products they always wanted to buy.


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There is a wide variety of hair care products you can give as a gift this Christmas and whichever you choose, once it is given with love the recipient is sure to enjoy it as much as you enjoyed choosing it.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!! :)

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<![CDATA[Frizzy Hair]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:43:13 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/frizzy-hairThe next major hair condition is Frizz! Besides dry hair, most people could relate to having frizzy hair. As discussed before frizz can result when hair is dry. Frizz can also result from breakage of hair, aggressive towel drying, excessive blow-drying and improper detangling methods. Below are some tips on how to combat frizz.
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Dryness:

If your hair is frizzy and dry then you can help combat the problem by moisturizing.  Add moisture by applying a Leave-in conditioner, natural oils and/ or anti-frizz creams. Deep conditioning hair at least once a week with help rehydrate dry hair.




Dryness can be caused by Excessive Washing. See Dry Hair for more tips on how to deal with dry hair.

Final Rinse:

Rinsing with cool water for the final rinse will help close hair cuticles and thus help prevent the frizzy look.

Towel Drying:

Towel drying especially when vigorously rubbing hair between the towel roughs up hair and raises the cuticle making hair look frizzy. When drying hair, blot excess moisture instead of rubbing hair. The texture of the towel itself can be rough on the hair shaft. Some hair stylists and curl experts may choose to use special cloths designed to absorb moisture without raising the cuticles. If you do not have a special cloth then you can use an old T-shirt. The T-shirt has a smoother texture and hence won’t contribute to frizz.


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Brushing:

Brushing hair when wet or dry not only lifts the cuticles and thus makes hair looks frizzier but also can lead to breakage.

Some hair stylists may say to never use a brush on curly hair. If you have to brush or comb your hair use a natural bristle brush such as a boar bristle hair brush or a wide tooth comb with round ends. You can use your fingers to comb through hair when wet. If hair is thick, try applying more conditioner to help detangle hair. This method will help with curl definition.

The boar bristles are similar to human hair and will help distribute sebum throughout your hair without the breakage. It is also soft so it will no damage your scalp.

Wide tooth combs are best to detangle wavy or curly hair without the frizz. The teeth in a wide tooth comb can vary from ¼ to ½ inch apart. Ensure the teeth in the wide tooth comb are smooth and rounded. Rough teeth can snag hair and lend to breakage, they can also damage your scalp.


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Excessive Blow-Drying:

Excessive blow-drying can dry out hair and can remove natural curls or waves in the hair. It is good to give hair a rest from all the heat.

If you have to blow-dry try some of these tips:

Blow-Drying Tips:

Apply a heat protectant product to protect hair from heat damage when blow-drying or straightening hair. The heat protectant product will also enhance the effectiveness of the blow-dryer, add shine and tame frizz.

If you are blow-drying hair straight, start from the roots and work toward the ends. Divide hair into sections. You can use a temporary straightening product such as a cream or gel when blow-drying hair straight.

The blow-dryer should be directed downwards (from root to ends). This will help prevent frizz. Use blow-dryer on low-medium heat. Ensure blow-dryer is about 5-6 inches away from hair to prevent heat damage.

If you are drying curly hair with a diffuser, tilt hair so it falls into the diffuser. A diffuser helps to distribute the heat evenly without disrupting your curls and helps add volume.

For steps on how to blow dry curly hair properly, check out these tips by Beauty Tips here.

To learn more about how to use a diffuser for curly hair check out this article by Naturally Curly.


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Improper Detangling:

Detangling wavy or curly hair can be seen as a task. Improper detangling can cause breakage of hair which will contribute to frizz. It is important to use the right product and tool when detangling. You should also take great care when detangling as aggressive methods will lead to breakage.

Detangling Tip:

Here are some tips and techniques to detangle wavy, curly or kinky hair.

  1. For thicker hair, divide hair into sections. Pin each section up - this will make it more manageable and easier to detangle each section.
  2. Unpin one section.
  3. Ensure hair is properly conditioned and moisturized. Apply leave-in conditioner, natural oil and/ or detangler to section.
  4. Ensure you are using the right tool: fingers, wide tooth comb or natural bristle brush. For thicker hair, you may choose to detangle with a comb or pick with long teeth. Longer teeth will help penetrate the hair. Ensure teeth have smooth ends.
  5. Start from the ends of hair and slowly work your way up to the roots.
  6. After detangling a section, twist and re-pin hair. Unpin another section and repeat steps 3 -6.
  7. Once all sections have been detangled; unpin and style as desired.


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Hair accessories:

Many people resort to the use of hair accessories to highlight a hairstyle or just keep those flyaways under control. If you are using hair accessories try to avoid metal accessories as these tend to snag and pull hair, which can lead to hair breakage.

If you are using bobby pins, try to avoid scraping scalp and use the right size of pin. For thicker curlier hair, opt to use a larger bobby pin as it will be easier to insert into hair.

Alcohol-based Products:

The type of products you use on your hair is important. Try to stay away from alcohol-based products. These tend to dry out hair and contribute to frizz.


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Other tips:

Before you sleep, wrap hair in a satin/ silk scarf or you can sleep on a silk/ satin pillowcase. Satin and Silk will reduce the friction between hair and the pillowcase and reduce moisture lost.


    
Hope these tips were helpful. Have tips of your own? Post it so other Curlies can benefit!

Until next time....Happy Curling! :)


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<![CDATA[Dry Hair]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:14:40 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/dry-hairHey Curlies! So it has been awhile since my last post.

As promised; I want to share with you some information I gathered with respect to the different conditions of hair. Your hair can be dry, frizzy, damaged or a combination of all those conditions. We all strive for healthy hair and the way our hair looks is a good indication that it is not as healthy as it should be. 

Today I will share some info on dry hair. Note this information can be applied to wavy or kinky hair as well. 
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Curly hair seems to be more prone to dryness and frizz. Everyone produces natural oils (sebum) that helps protect hair. Sebum is produced by sebaceous glands in the skin. Sebum would move from the roots to the tips of hair, giving hair a natural sheen and soft texture. 

Curly hair however, due to its S-shape prevents the natural oils from travelling all the way down. No wonder we always have dry ends!

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Dry hair lacks oils and moisture. Dry hair can become coarse, brittle, frizzy and dull in appearance. Below are some of the factors that contribute to dry hair:

-  Genetics:
One reason for your dry hair can be it is in your genes. If you realise that you have naturally dry skin then most likely you will also have dry hair. Your sebaceous glands just aren’t producing enough natural oils to coat and protect hair hence hair is dry.

You will have to apply moisturizers. Natural oils such as jojoba are good to add shine and moisturize hair. The molecular structure of jojoba oil is similar to sebum. There are many other natural oils such as olive oil, almond, avocado, rosemary essential oil, shea oil and herbal oils such as: nettle oil. You can use these together with your store-bought hair products or make your own concoction.


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Over washing: 


Over washing strips hair of its natural oils, especially shampoos with damaging chemicals. Use a mild shampoo or one that is specific for curly or dry hair. 

You do not have to wash curly hair daily. Once a week or as required (If you have oily hair then you can wash more frequently). You can conditioner-wash or co-wash hair in between shampoo washing. This will help keep hair clean without over drying and losing hair’s natural oils. 

We have all grown up applying shampoo to our entire head from root to tips; however, you only need to apply shampoo to your scalp to remove build up of oil and dirt. Use finger tips to gently massage and loose any debris. Do not scratch scalp. 

There are shampoos made specifically to remove product build up. These help purify and remove build up of products (ex. Silicone). 

Curly hair and especially dry hair needs moisture. A hydrating shampoo will help to lock in some of that moisture.

After washing it is important to seal the cuticles by conditioning hair and applying a leave-in conditioner. Conditioner should be applied from tips up. Do not apply conditioner to scalp unless it is overly dry. Deep conditioning at least once a week will also help re-hydrate dry hair.


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- Styling:

Whether it’s with the curling iron, flat iron or blow dryer the heat removes moisture and can damage the sebum layer which can eventually result in dry hair. Excessive use of these heat styling tools can overly dry hair and cause frizz. It is important if you are heat styling to use a heat protector.

Chemical treating hair can also lead to dry damaged hair. Try not to chemically treat hair too often as it will become over-processed and damaged. Ensure that your stylist is properly trained and can evaluate the right product for your hair.

Colouring hair can also damage and lead to dry hair, especially if bleaching hair. Do not colour hair too often. It is good to take a ‘break’ from colouring hair until hair is healthier.


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Environment:

The climate can also dry hair. Living in tropical Trinidad and Tobago with lots of sun and wind, the elements can have its toll on our hair, especially if you are outside a lot. There are some hair products with UV protection. If you have to be outside for a long period of time, wear a hat!

You would think soaking your hair in water will remedy dry hair...right....wrong! Chlorine can also wreak havoc on hair. The chlorine strips hair of its natural oils making it dry and brittle. If you do not want to wear a swim cap then you can use a pre-conditioning treatment prior to your swim. This will help protect your hair while you swim. For the low concentrations in your tap water; installing a shower filter can remove chlorine. Again, applying a moisturizer or leave-in conditioner will help from drying out hair.


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Diet:

You are what you eat or the lack thereof. Your body needs nutrients to maintain itself as well as healthy hair. Essential nutrients for healthy hair include protein, vitamin A, riboflavin, vitamin C, zinc, calcium, iron and biotin.

Dry hair can be an indication that your diet is lacking omega-3-essential fatty acids. Omega-3-fatty acids can be found in salmon, walnuts and flax seed. Eating a well balanced diet will also help with hair growth.

For more information on Foods for Healthy Hair, click here. Also check out Nutrients for Healthy Hair.

For Products for Dry Hair:
Check out the Top 12 Products for Dry, Damaged Hair.



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<![CDATA[Curl Types]]>Thu, 27 Oct 2011 21:00:55 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/curl-typesAs more and more people are trying to understand and care for their curly hair there is one step we all have to complete and that is determining what type of curl you have. Determining the type of curl seems to be important as the product regime will differ for different curl types.

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Some may just class hair into broad classes such as Wavy, Curly or Kinky and then define curls into loose, medium or tight curls; but as you learn more about curly hair you will realize there are different curl patterns within each of those broad classes. 

The Types of Hair tab in Curls Connect tries to list some of the characteristics of straight, wavy, curly and kinky hair. I have also tried to assist you in trying to figure out the type of curl you have.

One of the most popular curly hair classification systems was described by Andre Walker, Oprah's stylist, in his book 'Andre Talks Hair'; he lists them as: 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b according to the texture of the hair. Some Curlies will realize that they may have more than one curl pattern on their head. This classification system has been adopted and modified by other Curlies in order to help understand and care for their hair. 

I think one of the important aspects of the hair classification system is that it not only differentiates between the curl patterns or S-shape (some tighter than others) but also the thickness of the hair strand- the thickness of the strands- fine, medium or thick/coarse.  

It is important to note that different products will have different results on hair of different textures. Heavy products may tend to weigh down fine hair. That does not mean that you can use a lot of 'light' hair product on your hair just because you have thick hair. Remember hair products has chemicals and even though they are supposed to help your hair- too much can damage your hair. It is important to also cleanse your hair from products.

After determining the curl type you would think that then you can choose the product for your hair. But not yet! Our hair can be in different conditions, each conditions would require different products to treat the hair. In my later posts I will try to talk more about the different conditions of your hair and the products you can use.

Until then, happy curling! :)


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<![CDATA[Happy Divali 2011!]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:43:05 GMThttp://curlsconnect.weebly.com/blog/happy-divali-2011Happy Divali Everyone! 

Tomorrow is Divali (some spell it Diwali) here in Trinidad and Tobago. Divali is also known as the Festival of Lights and is a very auspicious event in the Hindu calender. It signifies the victory of Light over Darkness, Good over Evil. I hope by me starting my blog and website around this auspicious time will really signify the start of something special!

This year I don't think we are allowed to light fireworks as we are under the S.O.E. but nevertheless I am sure it will be an enjoyable one, especially for those just looking out for the holiday!

My wish for you this Divali is that the light of Divali shine in your own lives and may it be filled with peace and prosperity.

I love Indian sweets, although I enjoy cooking and baking I have never attempted to make Indian sweets. I will share with you a recipe from TriniGourmet.com to make Burfi, in case you want to give it a try! 

Enjoy and Shubh Divali!

Recipe: 

Trinidad Barfi
Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon grated ginger
4 cups full-cream powdered milk
1 cup thick or heavy cream
multicolored sprinkles

Directions:

1. Grease a 9×9 inch glass dish
2. Combine sugar, water, and ginger in small saucepan
3. Boil for about 10 minutes, just until sugar spins a thread
4. Combine 2 cups milk with cream, mix thoroughly
5. Pour sugar syrup into milk mixture, mix well
6. Stir in the additional 2 cups of powdered milk, mixing well.
7. Push mixture into greased dish using the back of a spoon
8. Decorate with sprinkles (multicolored)
9. When almost set, cut into squares.

Makes 16 squares



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