How to Keep High Porosity Hair Moisturized

Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Hair can be low, medium, and high degrees of porosity. However, hair can change porosity due to damaging habits such as chemical treatments, mechanical manipulation and color treatment.

When it comes to high porosity hair, the hair cuticle is highly raised  or even chipped thus quickly absorbs moisture. Sadly, since it’s raised and remains raised, you can lose the moisture just as quickly as it was absorbed. The cuticles being so raised also leads to the strands catch onto each other and becoming easily tangled.

Here are 4 ways of caring for your high porosity hair:

Deep conditioning

This should be done routinely after every wash. Adding some heat to this process can really improve the reach of your deep conditioner. If you don’t have a hooded dryer, covering your hair with plastic cap or a warm towel for 15 minutes is enough. A thick deep conditioner is the best to reach for.

Protein treatments

Incorporating protein treatments in your hair care regimen is important to retain the strength of your hair and reduce breakage. Highly porous hair has holes in the hair shaft and protein temporarily fills those holes and strengthens the hair. Protein treatments can be done once a month. Don’t overdo it since protein is not a moisturizer and should not be treated as such.

Heavier products

Heavy moisturizing products will reinforce your sealing from the butter or oil and help compensate for the missing protective layer.

Sealing with thick butters or oils

Butters and oils such as Caster oils, olive oil and Sea Butter, can help seal the moisture in to your hair without releasing it back to the air. These butters and oils create a barrier between your hair strand and the outside air. So they are great especially during the winter seasons and harsh weather. and great for sealing. Search for sealing oils, instead of moisturizing oils.

6 things your curly hair needs in winter

Winter can be a really drying time for your hair, so during the winter months we should be taking extra care of our strands.

If your hair is becoming dry, brittle, and straw-like due to winter’s frigid air, the following things can be done

1. Deep condition

Deep conditioners are essential in the winter time. Thick deep conditioners usually work best at this time of year. If you are noticing your hair is very dry, increase the frequency of your deep conditioning sessions.

2. A thick leave-in moisturizer

Winter is not the time for the thin, watery leave-in conditioners.

3. Oils or heavy sealing butters

Thick oils such as Caster oil, and heavy sealing butters like shea butter are fantastic for the winter months. They are great for keeping moisture locked in!

4. A satin-lined winter hat

Hats are essential in winter to help you stay warm. If your hat is not satin lined it will not only help to dry the hair out, it can also to cause damage. Adding a satin lining, bonet or scarf into your hats will keep your hair protected and your head warm.

5. Protective styling

Whether it is a bun, braids, wigs, or twists, having your hair in a style that protects your stands and in particular ends is important in this winter. To maintain your hairs moisture, health, and length, “out” styles are not the best option in the winter months.

6. A gentle cleanser

A milder shampoo, instead of the regular shampooing will help retain your hair’s moisture level. Make sure to keep that scalp clean but don’t strip your hair too much during this time of year.

Sustainable bedroom: Basic ideas for making your bedroom low waste

The zero waste lifestyle embraces minimalism, rejects the need for disposable, challenges mainstream consumerism, and encourages people to come up with more sustainable solutions in their everyday life.

No one is perfect, but small changes can bring big changes to your life. Hopefully these tips can guide and encourage you to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever you can.

Here are some ways of making your bedroom a zero waste haven:

The wardrobe:

1. Reduce the number of clothes you have. Reflect on your current wardrobe, choose the ones you love, and donate/gift ones crammed in the closet that you will never use.

2. For the ones that you wear, use them before you pitch them. Get the holes mended by a seamstress (or do it yourself) before tossing them in the trash. Take shoes in to a cobbler before trashing them. Get the most out of your items.

3. Reduce shopping for new clothes. Try only purchasing new pieces either when needed or only once or twice a year. Shop with a purpose. Have a list of what you really need and stick to that. This will reduce the likelihood of compulsive buys.

4. Give priority to thrift stores and hand-me-downs. Search for sustainable fashion brands. Try to avoid “fast fashion” chains. Buying fewer and better quality pieces is so much better in the long run than the cheap disposable clothes, since they will have a longer lifespan and are easier to repair.

5. When clothes reach their end of lifespan, donate the wearable ones to thrift stores. For those not fit to be donated, find a textile recycler that will turn your old clothes into paving materials, carpets and more.

The bedroom:

6. Buy a sustainable mattress. They may seem like an investment but it’s really worth it.

7. Reduce the amount of furniture in the bedroom. Having a minimalist approach in your furniture not only helps in your zero waste journey but also less items means less cleaning needed.

8. Buy antique or second-hand furniture for your bedroom.

9. Use washcloths, cloth cotton round, biodegradable Q-tips and other reusable alternatives to your single use products.

Remember to always use what you have and buying less in general is better.

Low-waste living

A low-waste lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. Trying to make significant lifestyle changes quickly, there is a chance that they might not stick very well.

The journey to a lower waste lifestyles can seem challenging, so taking it at your own pace is the best way to make it stick. So if you’re any bit interested in living a zero or low waste lifestyle, here are some key things to keep in mind:

Why are you making this shift?

Get specific with “why” you have decided to make a shift to a zero or low waste life, so that you can return to your reasoning on a daily basis as your inner motive.

Pay attention to how much you waste

The easiest place to start is to assess how much waste you are making and where you’re making the waste. Focus on this area first. It can be plastic water bottles, plastic straws, single use garbage bags, Q-tips, or anything else we give little thought to during our daily life.

Even if you can’t solve every aspect of that area right away, you can start to prioritize the steps you want to take.

Prioritize

You might realize that you are throwing away a lot of trash by getting takeout often, to-go coffee and plastic bags for each shopping trip. Prioritize making your coffee at home and bring it with you in a reusable coffee cup. Pack your lunch at home in a reusable lunch box.

If you are a product junkie and realize that you are throwing away lots of shampoo bottles, soap bottles, and makeup packaging. Look into the more sustainable alternatives like soap bars, shampoo bars, bamboo toothbrushes, and reusable cotton rounds.

By looking at the bigger picture of the waste in your life, you will have a better idea of where to make the changes. It may be overwhelming and perhaps make you feel a bit guilty, but this process makes the whole switch so much more doable.

Replace Items (When they run out!)

You don’t need to buy all your zero waste alternatives at once! Purchase zero waste alternatives once your non-zero waste items run out, because buying something then throwing it out unused is pretty wasteful too, right?

It’s a process

It won’t happen overnight, and it may take some time to go fully zero waste if that’s your goal. Everyone’s zero waste journey is different. So don’t compare yourself to other people.

Zero Waste Alternatives to Everyday Products

Here’s a list of zero waste swaps for you to begin your zero waste journey in all areas of your life.

Going zero waste does not mean throwing away everything you own and buying sustainable alternatives. These zero waste products are great for once your current items run out.

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  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Reusable produce bags
  • Reusable water bottle/ tea cup
  • Glass jars for food storage
  • Dual compartment trash can
  • Compost bin
  • Biodegradable Bamboo toothbrushes
  • Metal straws
  • 100% Organic Cotton Swabs
  • Natural & Organic Deodorant
  • Edge Safety Razor
  • Eco-Friendly Shampoo Bar
  • Eco-Friendly Conditioner Bar
  • Biodegradable Elastic Hair Ties
  • Natural Wooden Hair Brush
  • 100% Natural Plastic free lip balm
  • Natural Cotton Rounds Reusable
  • Bamboo Makeup Brush Set
  • Natural Liquid Dish Soap
  • Reusable 100% Natural Dishcloths
  • Reusable Coffee Cup
  •  Sparkling Water Maker
  • Eco Friendly Reusable Beeswax Food
  • Biodegradable Phone Cases
  • Reusable Lunch Bags
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Common Mistakes that Damage Hair

Keeping hair healthy, shiny and bouncy is a priority for many of us.
With all the washing, styling, heat tools, and handling that we do to our hair, it may be harder to maintain healthy hair. Even when we try to cut down on what damages our hair, many women still see split ends, breakage or dryness.
Here are some common mistakes that you might be making with our hair that can cause damage without us knowing:

1. Washing Every Day

Washing hair too often can strip your hair of its natural oils. These oils protect your hair, keep it healthy and shiny.

2. Using the Wrong Shampoo

The wrong shampoo for your hair type can dry out the hair and scalp, cause tangles, frizziness, and split ends. Sulfate-free shampoo or mild shampoos are a better choice for some hairtypes as they are more gentle on the hair.

3. Not Deep Conditioner Regularly

If your hair is dry, chemically processed, bleached, or dyed, skipping the regular deep conditioning treatment will do your hair no favors. Deep conditioning will keep your hair moisturized, healthy, shiny and reduce breakage/split ends.

4. Brushing When Wet

Wet hair is much weaker than dry hair. So trying to brush your hair or run a small toothed comb through your hair when its at its weakest can cause breakage and damage. Instead opt for a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to detangle your hair.

5. Towel Dry

Regular towels can cause frizz and all kinds of other damage. Instead opt for a cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towl, can make a huge difference. Also, its best to be gentle when trying your hair as it is weak when wet.

6. Hot Tools

Straighteners, curlers, and blow-dryers can all lead to severe damage when used too often or at a too high heat. Don’t just crank your heat tool to the highest setting. It’s best to start low and go higher if needed. Also, never use hot tools on wet hair! You may just end up burning your hair.

7. No Or Wrong Heat Protectant

Using a heat protector on your hair when styling will protect hair from heat damage. Heat protectants can also seal in shine, calms frizz, and keeps hair from becoming dry. Skipping a heat protectant is a huge mistake if you want healthy hair.

8. Too Many Chemical Processing

If you must chemically process (relax, perm, etc.) your hair, try and stretch out the treatments as much as possible. The more often that you do these processes, the greater the probability of breakage or damage.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair

Coconut oil is many people holy grail oil for skin, hair, nails, cooking, and many others. Coconut oil can be used to achieve shinier, thicker and longer locks because it is enriched with lots of nutrients and moisturizing qualities.

Here are some other benefits that coconut oil has that you may not know:

Itchy Scalp and Dandruff:

Coconut oil is effective when treating an itchy scalp and dandruff, as it is an effective moisturizer.  Applying a small amount of coconut oil on the scalp can moisturize the skin and can help with dry scalp flaking. oconut oil consists the properties of a sebum, which is a reason why this oil keeps the scalp moisturized preventing problems like itchy scalp and dandruff which are a result of the production of fungus and bacteria on the surface of the hair. It is an effective way to keep lice at bay as it has anti-parasitic properties.

Lice Prevention

According to a study published in the European Journal of Pediatrics, the use of coconut oil can prevent lice. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, and the scalp, helping to repel lice by keeping their eggs from attaching to the hair. Coconut oil should however, never be used in place of an actual lice treatment if there is an infestation. Coconut oil should only be used to help prevent lice.

Hair Growth

In combination with a healthy diet, drinking enough water and taking care of your hair, coconut oil can assist with hair growth. It can help hair to grow, healthier, longer and thicker. The nutrients within the oil penetrate the hair shaft improving the overall health of the hair and scalp.

 

Universal Red Lipsticks

Red lips are beautiful all year round but they have an certain charm during the winter months. Personally, I’m one of those people that believes that everyone can pull off a red lip. There of course are colors that are more flattering to some skin tones and undertones, but there is one for everyone. If you don’t feel like going on the hunt to find your perfect red according to your complexion, then these universal reds will be your best friend as!

1| MAC – Ruby Woo

2 | NYX – Perfect red

3 | Fenty – Unsensored

4 | MAC – Russian Red

5| Smashbox on Matte Liquid Lipstick – Disorderly

6| Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color – Pioneer

7| Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid – Rebel Red

These reds are sure to be a valued piece in your collection. Instead of having to worry about if they fit your skintone, all you have to do is pick if you want a light or dark hue.

Tips On How To Transition To Natural Hair

Making the decision to transition from chemically processed hair to natural hair can be a big decision. Not only does hair hold so much value for many, but can effect our self-esteem, relationships, professions, but it can also change our daily routines. This can be why so many choose to go the transitioning route rather than the big chop.

After the decision has been made, there can be so many emotions about the decision. This new journey can bring questions, excitement, doubt and fear.
As expected, you may be in search for all the information that you can get.

Here are some tips on transitioning to natural:

1. Stop chemically processing and dyeing your hair – As the first step to transitioning. This one might seem super obvious but it has to be said.

2. Reduce the use of heat tools – Using heat tools to style or dry your hair can cause damage to your already weak hair. It can also cause the hair to lose moisture and cause heat damage, leaving the hair limp.

3. Pre-Poo Your Hair – Using a coconut oil in the hair before shampooing can help to protect the hair and prevent the drying effects of clarifying shampoos.

4. Avoid sulphates – Common in shampoos, the purpose of sulphates is to clean your hair of dirt, dust and residue. In doing this, it also strips the hair of its natural oils (sebum), leaving the hair dry and more prone to split ends and breakage. There are tons of sulfate free shampoos and conditioners on the market, so with just a quick read of the ingredients, you can find one that’s right for you.

5. Keep your scalp clean – Hair cannot grow properly out of a dirty scalp. Proper scalp care is important to maintaining healthy hair.

6. Detangle properly – Don’t try to detangle your hair when its dry or you just may end up pulling out/breaking your hair. Instead, use a conditioner with lots of slip to detangle your hair. Using a wide-toothed comb or your fingers, start from the ends of your hair and work your way up to the roots. As your new texture grows in, the two texture will become more difficult. Handle your hair with care, as it is prone to breakage at the demarcation between the new texture and the chemically processed texture.

7. Regular deep conditioning treatments – Hair needs moisture, and as curly/kinky hair is more prone to dryness, so it’s important to incorporate one into your hair routine. Deep conditioning treatments can help fight against dryness, split ends, breakage and elasticity loss. Properly moisturized hair is easier to manage and maintain. 

8. Protective Hairstyles – Protective hairstyles are great for protecting the most fragile parts of your hair. Avoid styles that apply tension to your edges, or other fragile areas.

9. Moisture – Without moisture hair cannot thrive. When your hair starts of feel dry, add a water-based moisturizing product.

10. Regular trims and dusting – Hair that is thinning and split is hair that has lost its protecting layer and has difficulties growing. With regular trims or dusting, you can slowly get rid of the relaxed ends without any drastic changes to your length. It also promotes length retention and health. Try to trim your hair every 6 weeks to 3 months.

11. Use a satin/silk pillowcase or bonnet – Many have already been doing this with fully relaxed hair, but it’s also something that should be said. Cotton pillowcases or bonnets strip the hair of it’s moisture, leaving it dry, prone to tangles and single strand knots. Satin and silk won’t absorb the moisture out of your hair or cause frizz.

12. Cotton towels – A cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel will absorb water faster, reduce frizz and friction.