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Maintaining a Moisture and Protein Balance in the HairHow do you know which one your hair needs?
We get a lot of questions about maintaining a moisture /protein balance in the hair. How do you know which one your hair needs? A moisture / protein balance is crucial for healthy hair, length retention and breakage prevention. Too much of either will cause breakage. After washing and deep conditioning your hair, look at one hair that has shed. Lightly pull the strand of hair. If your hair is spongy or gummy when it is wet, more protein is needed. If (when wet) it breaks right away when you pull (without elasticity) you need more moisture. Our Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning Treatment and/ or Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment will help get your hair into balance. Daily use of our Protein Balance Leave In Conditioner and our Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion along with sealing in moisture with our Hair Growth Oil will help you to maintain a nourishing balance during the week. Maintaining a nice moisture / protein balance is the goal of the Hydratherma Naturals line of products.
Keeping the Hair MoisturizedAs we all know, keeping your hair moisturized and preventing breakage can be a challenge. One great tip is to moisturize the hair immediately after deep conditioning the hair. After washing and deep conditioning with the Hydratherma Naturals products, section the hair in 4-6 sections. While still wet - to each section, apply the Hydratherma Naturals protein balance leave in (protein), daily moisturizing growth lotion (moisture) and seal in with the hair growth oil (sealer). Then, style as usual. These 3 products should be used daily on dry hair to maintain a nice balance of moisture and protein in the hair during the week. It is not necessary to wet the hair before each use. If you are experiencing dryness, this tip will help you a great deal.
Don't Moisturize Dirty Hair. Moisturizing Clean Hair is Optimal.Moisturizing dirty hair with too much product buildup is a waste of time. To moisturize effectively, the hair cannot be dirty. The goal is to have the moisture penetrate the hair strand from the cuticle (outer layer) to the cortex (inner layer). Our water based Hydratherma Naturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion will penetrate the clean hair strand easily. If there is too much product buildup on the cuticle, the moisturizer will not be able to penetrate the shaft which will eventually lead to dryness and breakage. It is so important to keep the hair clean.
Hair Oils do not Moisturize the Hair.Many try to use "hair oils" to moisturize the hair. Oil alone will not properly moisturize the hair. Oil should be used to seal in the moisture "AFTER" moisturizing the hair. We suggest that you moisturize first with our water based Hydratherma Naturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion and then seal in the moisture with our Hair Growth Oil. Water based moisturizers penetrate the hair strand easier and moisturize better. Stay away from mineral oil and petrolatum based products to moisturize because these substances will not penetrate the hair strand.
Don't over Moisture the HairDid you all know that 'over moisturizing' the hair can cause breakage? If your hair is over moisturized, it will feel soft and spongy when wet. Hair in this state will break easily. If your hair is over moisturized, balance the moisture with protein. Our Hydratherma Naturals Protein Balance Leave In Conditioner or our Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment will help balance the moisture / protein levels. Once the hair is balanced, the breakage will stop and length / thickness will be obtained over time.
Tip for Deep Conditioning Extremely Dry Hair.This works well during the winter months. If your hair is extremely in need of moisture I suggest using our Moisture Boosting deep conditioning treatment. In addition to the use of the deep conditioner, add our Hydratherma Naturals Hair Growth Oil to the mix.
After shampooing the hair, section the hair into at least 4-6 sections. To each section apply the Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning treatment and then seal in the moisture with our Hair Growth Oil. Cover the hair with a plastic cap and use our cordless heating cap (you may also sit under a hood dryer for about 15 minutes). Finally, comb thorough and rinse with cool water to close the cuticle. Your hair will be very soft and moisturized!
How to Avoid Split Ends.You can prevent the "severity" of split ends. Using heat, blow dryers, chemical applications and even combing / brushing too frequently will cause split ends to occur more often. If you are suffering from split ends, start with a nice trim. Remember that split ends will break and this will impede your length retention. If your hair ends are severely damaged and thin, they should go. Cut off those thin, damaged and brittle ends. Don't worry, your hair will be thick and beautiful before you know it. Broken ends which are severely damaged and thin, cannot be made healthy again no matter what product you use or how much you deep condition your hair. Your trim doesn't have to be drastic. We suggest that you cut just enough so that the "thinning ends" are removed.
If your hair is natural, please don't ignore your split ends. Although split ends aren’t as noticeable on natural hair, you still want to clip them so that you hair will be able to achieve its maximum length and thickness. Those with natural hair can use the twist and clip technique for split end trimming.
If you do not have chemically treated hair and use heat infrequently, you can trim a lot less often (every 6-12 months). Prevent split ends before they start because you can’t repair them once they occur. Split ends will continue to split up the hair shaft resulting in more hair breakage and thinning ends.
For chemically treated hair, we suggest clipping your ends at every 8 - 10 weeks with very sharp scissors. Chemically treated hair tends to need trimming more often because it is more porous. Porous hair has gaps along the hair strand and this contributes to split ends. Some believe that clipping the ends does hamper hair growth. We don't believe this. Clipping off 1/8 to 1/4 inch every 2-3 months will still allow you to retain length.
What can I do about Single Strand Knots.This typically occurs with curly / kinky hair textures. They are tiny knots that form on single strands of the hair. These knots can cause breakage. This is also a problem that cannot be completely eliminated.
Preventing tangles - This helps a great deal. It is a great idea not to comb your hair daily. Just lightly detangle with your fingers because it is less damaging.
Another tip is to comb/ detangle the hair in sections (with a wide tooth comb) while saturated the Hydratherma Naturals deep conditioners. Our deep conditioners have a lot of slip. This will detangle the hair and prevent knots from forming. Be sure to remove all shed hairs. While shampooing and deep conditioning, it is best to work in sections to prevent tangles and it is also best to shampoo the hair in the shower.
Trim the hair - Sometimes split ends can contribute to single strand knots because the frayed ends become intertwined with each other.
Maintain a nice moisture / protein balance - this will keep your hair in an overall healthier state. Hair that is well moisturized will experience less knots.
Oil rinse - After deep conditioning the hair, apply the oil then squeeze through and rinse.
Search and destroy - This takes time and patience. It consists of sectioning the hair and going through each section looking for the knots. You can clip them or use a small pin to unravel the knot.
Shampoo the scalp and manipulate the hair very little while washing - I always suggest that you apply a dime to a quarter sized amount of the Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Shampoo to the scalp and squeeze through to the hair ends. Shampooing the hair in sections will help with longer lengths. This will cleanse your scalp very well and prevent tangles.
Protect your hair at night - Braiding or twisting the hair at night will help to prevent knotting of the hair. Always sleep with silk scarf or bonnet. If your significant other really objects to this, use a silk or satin pillow case. Sleeping with a cotton scarf or pillowcase will cause the hair to dry out. Cotton is very absorbent and will absorb moisture from the hair.
Shampoo and Deep Condition Weekly.It is best not to go longer than 14 days without washing and deep conditioning the hair. Your hair has to be in its cleanest state to reap the benefits of your deep conditioning treatment. If your hair is not very clean, the deep conditioner or moisturizer will not penetrate the strand because there will be a layer of buildup blocking absorption. If your hair feels dry after deep conditioning, it may not be clean enough. We suggest that you clarify and deep condition again.
Many of us were taught to shampoo our hair monthly when we were young but this only results in dry hair. Just think.... water is the basic and most supreme form of moisture. It is very important to keep your scalp clean and healthy for growth to occur. It is best to shampoo in the shower to prevent major tangling. Apply a quarter size amount of shampoo to the scalp and squeeze through the hair ends. Please don't pile all of your hair on the top of your head and shampoo vigorously! This will definitely cause tangling and breakage.
Weekly deep condition your hair with heat. You may use our Hydratherma Naturals cordless heating cap or sit under a hood dryer for more penetration. Our Hydratherma Naturals deep conditioners do not just coat the hair strand. These conditioners penetrate the cortex layer of the hair infusing moisture into the hair strand. Protein conditioners strengthen the hair (hair is 75% protein) by penetrating the cortex and adding amino acids (simple proteins) to the portions of the hair strands that are weak. If you still don’t have time to deep condition, apply a deep penetrating conditioner to your hair followed by a plastic cap at night before sleeping. In the morning, comb through, rinse out the conditioner and style as usual.
For extreme deep conditioning, add a layer of the Hydratherma Naturals Hair Growth Oil to the hair / scalp in addition to the deep conditioner. Cover with plastic cap and then deep condition with heat.
Tip - While washing your hair, be sure that your nails are trimmed and filed. This will prevent unwarranted breakage and snags. Removing jewelry will help also.
Prevent Brekage and Retain Length Over Time.Dry hair breaks. This is why it is so important to keep the hair moisturized. Some people seem to think that their hair just won't grow. This is not true. What is really happening? The hair is growing but it is breaking at the same rate therefore, no length is retained. It is vital to apply moisture to your hair every day. Our Hydratherma Naturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion moisturizes the hair and the Hair Growth Oil seals in the moisture. Hair that is hard, brittle and dry needs moisture. Hair needs to be moisturized just like our skin does. Moisturizing the hair increases elasticity and decreases breakage. When moisturizing the hair, focus on the hair ends. If ends are dry, they will eventually split and break. Balancing the moisture levels with protein with the use of our Protein Balance Leave In conditioner and /or our Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment will further prevent breakage and will keep the hair balanced. You can't go wrong with this method.
Transitioning from Relaxer to Natural1.Stay Moisturized
Remember to keep your hair well moisturized with the Hydratherma Naturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion as you transition. During the time of transition, your hair will tend to break where your natural hair ends and your relaxed hair begins. This is because your natural hair is more resilient. To curtail breakage, moisture is the key. When transitioning from relaxed to natural, we suggest that you spray your scalp and new growth with the Hydratherma Naturals Follicle Mist. This will soften the new growth and prevent breakage at the line of demarcation. Then follow with the Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion and the Hair Growth Oil to the new growth and hair ends. Very little breakage will be experienced as you transition if you make sure that your hair is well moisturized.
2. Try braids
Braids can be great protective styles if done properly. While wearing braids you can let your hair "rest" for a while as it grows. I do not recommend keeping braids in for longer than 8 weeks. 4-6 weeks would be most advantageous to prevent breakage. Please make sure that the hair is not braided too tightly. This could result in alopecia. While wearing the braids, continue with your weekly wash and deep conditioning schedule. Please don’t forget to take care of your own hair under the weave or braided style.
3. Steer clear of heat damage
If you would like to wear the straight look, be very careful to avoid heat damage. Try roller sets as you transition while blowing out the roots only. If you have to use direct heat, I would suggest using ceramic or tourmaline styling tools because they are far less damaging. Try not to use heat more than once a week on clean hair.
4. Curly styles reign while transitioning
If you are transitioning and wear straight styles all of the time, the humidity will cause a flawless hairstyle to look like a nightmare. Have fun with styles that will last through the humidity. Try bantu knot sets, braid outs, rod sets, straw sets and twist sets. These styles require less manipulation. Just finger comb in the morning and you are out of the door. With styles like these, you can go the gym and still keep your cute curly style!
5. Manipulate you hair very little
I would suggest combing your hair on wash days only and not combing your hair while it is in its dry state. This will cut down on the breakage that you may experience to a great extent. If you are wearing curly styles just finger comb in the morning. If you are wearing your hair straight, comb with a wide tooth comb and try to manipulate your hair very little.
6. Keep a great hair regime
Washing and deep conditioning weekly is still very crucial especially while transitioning. Be sure to maintain a healthy protein / moisture balance with your hair because your hair is in a very delicate state during your transitioning months.
7. Have patience
Transitioning will not happen overnight. It does take lots of fortitude and perseverance so just hang in there! As your hair grows, slowly trim off the relaxed ends and soon all of the relaxed ends will be gone. You can always do the big chop!
Take Hair Pictures / Start a JournalIt is an excellent idea to write down your thoughts and feelings about your hair. What are your hair goals and in what time frame do you want to achieve them? Do you desire thickness, length or both? Take pictures of your hair every month and monitor your hair's progress. It is so exciting to see you hair transform from thin and lifeless to thick and beautiful right before your eyes! Sometimes you may not be able to tell the difference right away but if you look at a picture from a few months back, you will be better able to see a difference. Pictures don't lie!
Take a Look at your CabinetRead the ingredients on all of your hair care products. Don't use products containing petrolatum and mineral oil to moisturize your hair. Products containing these ingredients will only coat the hair and not penetrate the hair strand. Therefore, the hair will not be moisturized. This will result in dryness and breakage.
Monitor your Hair ToolsAlways detangle wet hair with a wide tooth comb. Throw away any hair tools that can break off your hair. Think about old bobby pins without rubber tips, cracked rollers, combs with missing teeth and ponytail holders with metal clamps. All of these utensils with sharp ends will definitely cause hair breakage so please avoid them.
Massage the Scalp DailyMassaging the scalp with our Hydratherma Naturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion, Hair Growth Oil and our Follicle Mist will contribute to increased blood flow. This allows oxygen, nutrients, vitamin, minerals and proteins to nourish the hair root. This will help with thinning / weak areas and will contribute to healthy hair growth. Our Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion and the Hair Growth Oil both contain emu oil which has been clinically proven to promote growth.
Limit the Use of Direct HeatThe use of direct heat should be limited to 1 - 4 times per month. Using direct heat on a daily basis will definitely result in damaged hair. Remember brittle hair leads to breakage and breakage = no length retention and thinning hair. When direct heat is used, remember to use our Hydratherma Naturals Herbal Gloss Heat Protector prior to the direct heat application. We also suggest using only ceramic / tourmaline irons instead of marcel irons. Ceramic/ Tourmaline irons are less damaging to the hair. Another tip for direct heat users is to never use heat on dirty hair. Heat should be used on clean hair only. Don't wait longer than 2 days after washing the hair. Using heat on dirty hair only bakes dirt into the hair shaft. Dirty hair will always burn faster and of course, will cause damage. Limit blow drying to 1 -4 times per month as well.
Protective Styles / Choose Better Styling TechniquesBetter styling techniques- There are many styling techniques that you can use that are less damaging to the hair such as roller-sets, bantu knot set, twist or braid-outs (twisting or braiding the hair, allowing it to set and taking the twist or braids out for a free flowing style), loose ponytails, wrapping the hair, straw sets, molecular steam roller-sets or any other style that doesn't require direct heat.....be creative.
No Wool Hats or CollarsStaying away from wool collars and hats is a good idea if you want to prevent breakage. The constant rubbing of the wool against the hair will surely result in breakage at that particular area. If you must wear wool, I suggest that you line the inside of the hat and/or collar with a satin scarf.
Breakage vs SheddingDon’t be totally alarmed if you see hair shedding. Typically, the hair sheds 70-100 strands daily. Each hair follicle has a cycle of growth which eventually will lead to death. Everyone has a different growth cycle. For this reason, normal shedding varies. Shedding is different from breakage. Check the strands of hair in your comb or brush. If you see a white bulb (hair follicle) at the end of the hair strand, this would be considered normal shedding. If you don't see the follicle this may be considered hair breakage. If you don't comb your hair daily, it may seem like you are experiencing excessive shedding on your wash day. You may just be experiencing normal shedding from the accumulation of hair during the week.
Avoid Sculptured Hairstyles that don't Move and Never Use Hair GlueHairstyles that last from one shampoo to the other are definitely not good for your hair. Remember that you need to moisturize your hair every day. It is not possible to do this with these types of styles. Sometimes we have to sacrifice hair 'style' for hair 'health'. In our opinion, hair glue is one of the worst hair products created. Hair glue coats the hair with a sticky substance which is difficult to completely remove while shampooing. It can easily pull the hair out from the scalp and can cause serious hair breakage. The use of hair glue can be extremely damaging and devastating to the hair and scalp. If you want healthy hair, say 'no' to hair glue. If you want to give your hair a rest by wearing extensions, try sew-in extensions but always remember to take care of your own hair while wearing sew-in extensions.
Exercise and Eat a Well Balance Diet Rich in Vitamins and Minerals / Stay HydratedThis not only benefits your hair but it also benefits your whole body!
Avoid Hair Stylist who don't Value Healthy hair and Keep a Simple RegimenSome stylist focus more on hair 'styling' and less on hair 'health'. Find a stylist who specializes in healthy hair. If you stylist is scissor happy, heat happy or chemical happy, you will never see any results. When taking care of your hair at home, find a simple hair regime that works right for you. A regime that fits in well with your lifestyle. Be patient and consistent. Stick with your regime and don’t give up despite hair “setbacks” that we all go through. Generally, hair grows ¼ to ½ inch per month. Be patient and give your hair that extra TLC. Your hair will love you for it!!!
What are protective styles:Protective styles are styles that protect the hair ends. The hair ends are (protected) tucked away protecting them from drying out. The tucked away ends are moisturized and sealed with oil. These styles require no heat and do not require much manipulation of the hair. Our hair ends are the most fragile because they are the oldest. These styles protect the hair from air exposure and extreme cold / hot temps. There are so many fun options for protective styles...just have fun and be creative with it!
Options:Options are endless!!! Buns, braids, sewin weaves, cornrows, french braids, twists, bantu knots, updos, lace fronts, french rolls, or any other style variation that tuck in the hair ends. Those with very short hair may try twists, coils, corn rolls, braids or wigging it while your hair is braided.
Purpose:- Healthy hair. Give your hair a rest from heat and daily manipulation. The less you manipulate the hair, the less likely you will experience breakage.
- Length retention. The ends of the hair are the most fragile because they are the oldest strands. If the ends are properly moisturized and tucked away, less breakage will occur.