The Hair Bakery™ teams up with J'Flhair for trusted natural hair care knowledge
These days, there are many natural hair bloggers sharing their tips on how to care for natural hair, yet are often not licensed cosmetologists. With all this advice going around, The Hair Bakery™ thought it was time you heard from our extraordinary hair care expert, Jamilah, a licensed cosmetologist and owner of J'Flhair Serious Hair Studio with over 30 years of experience in the hair care industry. Jamilah has taken time to get familiar with The Hair Bakery's products while dropping knowledge during our live Hair Demonstration event. Check out some highlights from our conversation on all things natural hair care... (with a little bit of paraphrasing :))
Can I dry out my natural hair with excessive washing?
Yes, depending on the type of shampoo you use. There are a lot of naturals who are concerned their hair will be dry if they wash too often. Co-washing is often done to avoid this, however, it is important to stimulate the scalp and "wake-up" those hair follicles, which is typically done while washing the hair. Blood circulation is critical to hair health. So, if you're loosing circulation or avoid combing your hair daily, massage your scalp with your finger tips to stimulate your scalp on a regular basis.
Furthermore, using the all natural moisturizing shampoos from The Hair Bakery™ will help to replenish the natural oils in your hair which helps to keep your hair moisturized.
How do I know if I've gotten rid of all the dirt and debris when washing my hair?
After your first wash, feel your hair to see if it feels like grime may still be there. Also, the manner in which your shampoo lathers on your hair after a second wash can tell you if dirt is still present. For instance, if there is not much of a lather, dirt could still be present, then you should repeat the wash.
Additionally, if you wash your hair and it appears to be a gray-ish like film present, chances are, your hair has not been properly cleansed and you should repeat your wash.
How Do I Reduce Hair Shed During My Detangling Process?
Naturalistas with tightly-curled patterns (coily) often find detangling leads to excessive hair shed. Using The Hair Bakery™ Coconut Cream Detangler, which consists primarily of flax seed gel and a special Marshmallow Root blend, makes detangling much easier and provides the "slip" needed for minimal hair shed. Use the appropriate amount for your hair texture to get optimal slip to make detangling more manageable (no pun intended ;-) Just make sure you section your hair and apply the detangler a section at a time. Most importantly, when detangling, begin with the ends of your hair and work your way up the hair strand of each section. This helps to prevent ripping out your hair during the detangling process. Alway, use a wide-tooth comb while detangling, as your hair is most vulnerable while wet. Alway use the least amount of force as possible during this process.
What hairstyles should be avoided when suffering FROM hair problems i need to hide?
Certain hairstyles should be avoided depending on the level and type of damage you have. For instance, if your hair is thin, you should avoid wearing high tension styles, such as braids. As your hair begins to grow fuller, you will be able to wear your natural hair more freely versus blow drying or braiding it. The recovery process is easier for your hair if you can avoid certain hairstyles all together. But if you can't, there are options that maybe less damaging to your hair. For instance, wearing wigs that can be taken off at night to allow for continued hair and scalp maintenance can be a great substitution for high tension styles.
How Do I avoid/minimize heat damage?
Every hair texture burns or damages at any heat temperature over 410 degrees. The most common way that people damage unknowingly is by blow drying their hair when it is soaking wet. Recall that hair is at its weakest state when wet and holding a dryer to your hair in that state can wreak havoc on your tresses. When blow-drying one's hair, it is highly advised that you allow your hair to air dry before blowing it dry. This technique is critical since heat damage can not be reversed. The only remedy is cut the hair (we know, sad :( ...but true!).
Can coloring my natural hair cause damage?
You should go to a licensed professional experienced in coloring. Additionally, keep in mind that natural hair is already extremely porous, so you should avoid coloring products with high levels of ammonia. Hair color chemicals are a type of alkaline (not as strong as a relaxer, but still an alkaline) so it will change your hair texture a bit. For instance, if you continue to manipulate the hair by straightening it after coloring, you can change your curl pattern more so than if you wore it in its natural state.
We thank Jamilah for taking the time to share her expertise and participate in our live Natural Hair Demonstration Day and hope you have enjoyed us sharing her with you! Don't forget to subscribe to become a Hair Bakery Insider. We'd love to keep in touch with you.
Peace, Love and Pomade!