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My Top Ten Tips for Hair Growth..

Are you tired of stagnant hair that is dull, thin, breaking, and lifeless? Here are a few tips to help revive your hair!

  1. Deep Condition.

Deep condition! Deep condition! Deep condition! I cannot stress this enough! There are so many benefits to deep conditioning. Deep conditioning replenishes the moisture in your hair that has been lost. With that being said, it is VITAL to deep condition or to use a hair mask at least once a week to ensure the health of your hair. Using a deep conditioner does not grow your hair, but it makes your hair more moisturized. This makes your hair less susceptible to breakage which helps you to retain length.

  1. Low Manipulation/No Manipulation.

Another key element of retaining the length that you earn is to use low manipulation and no manipulation hair styles. Low manipulation hairstyles are styles such as braid-outs, twist-outs, and Bantu knots. These are styles that do not require much manipulation and it keeps you from messing with your hair and causing breakage. No manipulation hairstyles, also known as protective styles, are styles that keep your hair tucked away and unexposed to the elements of the seasons or even clothing. These are styles such as wigs, weaves, buns, braids, and twists. Protective styling decreases the amount of breakage that you might receive by avoiding all manipulation.

  1. Limit Heat.

Heat is very bad for our hair when it is used excessively. Heat draws out moisture from the hair shaft making it dry, brittle, and susceptible to breakage. Using the minimum amount of heat as possible can help you to retain length and to see the growth that you are earning. To minimize heat, try roller setting your hair instead of flat ironing. You can also try other protective styles.

  1. Styling Tools.

Use wide tooth combs. Wide tooth combs help to minimize breakage by easily detangling the hair. Try changing up your hair styles. When making a pony-tail be sure not to to use rubber bands to pull your hair back.  Instead of using rubber bands, use silk strips to make sure that your hair isn’t being pulled too tight.

  1. Be gentle.

Treat your hair like a newborn baby. The ends of your hair are the oldest part, therefore they need TLC (not the singing group lol). When you are combing and brushing your hair make sure that you are not tugging or pulling too hard at your hair because this can lead to breakage.

  1. Healthy Living.

In order to have healthy hair, you must have a healthy lifestyle. This is the only step that can actually affect the amount of growth that you receive each month. Getting the right amount of nutrients in your daily diet can help to produce stronger and healthier hair. In addition, both exercise and hydration are important.  Exercise helps to increase blood flow. This helps to stimulate the hair follicles, which could help to increase hair growth. Staying hydrated is also very important because it can help to moisturize your hair from the inside out.

  1. Check Ingredients.

Be an ingredient reader. Do research on ingredients and how they affect your hair. Try to avoid products with petroleum or mineral oil, because these products can clog hair pores and prevent growth. Also, both petroleum and mineral oil sit on top of the hair shaft which blocks moisture, preventing the hair form thriving.

  1. Trim As Needed.

This tip is pretty self-explanatory, if you do not need a trim then don’t get one. You will never be able to see growth if you are constantly cutting it off. However, you must know when to let dry and splitting hair go. Never hang on to splitting hair. Find a stylist or a friend that is knowledgeable about trimming hair to help you with the process. Only take off what is needed.

  1. Create a regimen and stick to it.

Hair loves consistency. Know what you are going to do with your hair on a weekly basis and stick to it! This can help your hair to thrive.

10. Be Patient

Patience is a virtue. You will not see overnight results. However, if you are consistent, learn your hair, do research, and find products that work for you, your hair will reach its full potential. If you seriously are tired of having limp and lifeless hair make a change to your hair lifestyle.

Are you on a hair journey? Let EEM see how your hair is doing. Use the hashtag: #EEMHealthyHair. Happy Hair Journey!

All Hail the Vixen Sew In!!

Goodness, weaves are evolving at a very alarming rate.  Just when buying our weave in bundles started to feel normal, the ever elusive “Vixen Sew In” hit the scene.  All over social media were photos of women with what I was sure was weave, but it was styled in French braids, pig tail buns and other styles which can’t be worn with a normal sew in.  Then I finally saw someone on Twitter name the secret, the vixen sew in.  When I saw it I was completely floored.

Someone was creative enough to try to do a sew in separated into four sections and the results were beautiful!

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Vixen sew ins are achieved by separating the hair into four sections, cornrowing each section in a beehive pattern, sewing a net on top of each section then leaving hair out around the perimeter of each section.  These sections create parting, which allows for much more versatile styling.  The question is, is the vixen sew in right for you?

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                Ultimately that’s for you to decide.  I don’t think it is the best option for me right now.  Since I have natural hair and short natural hair at that, I don’t think it would turn out well for me.  Plus I’m committed to staying away from heat for the rest of the year.  But if you have relaxed hair or you’re natural but have been taking good care of your hair and think you can handle the two textures then by all means go for it!  Remember to take care of the hair that’s being left out.  Use heat protectant, deep condition and moisturize so that you can prevent damage.  This is probably not a style that you want to overdose on either, blending the same strands of hair over and over will eventually wear out those strands.

                Nonetheless, I have to commend whoever thought of this new sew in method.  Hopefully one day I’ll be able to try it.  Have you tried the Vixen Sew In yet?  If so, please share your experiences in the comment section!

 

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

 

Image Sources:  1. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/315392780127026115/

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Foods That Lead to Healthier Hair

Healthy-Balanced-DietThere are so many articles, YouTube videos and unwritten rules on how to keep your hair healthy.  So many of these spoken and unspoken hair rules only cover what or what not to apply to the hair directly.  It’s not always about what you put on your hair that makes it healthier; there are ways that you can gain healthy tresses from the inside.  Here are some foods that have what it takes to support your body in maintaining strong, beautiful hair. 

  1. Salmon- Salmon has Vitamin D and protein, which are both instrumental in maintaining strong hair. However, the really vital ingredient in this tasty fish is the omega-3 fatty acids.  Your body doesn’t produce these fatty acids on its own and 3% of your hair shaft is made of them! 
  1. Walnuts- These are the only nuts that contain the ever so vital omega-3 fatty acids. They also have biotin and Vitamin E.  Without biotin we could lose our hair!  Walnuts also contain copper which keeps our hair color looking radiant and glossy. 
  1. Eggs- Eggs are full of essential nutrients and minerals such as zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron. Iron is vital because it carries oxygen to the hair follicles.  Lack of iron is a common cause of hair loss. 
  1. Greek Yogurt- this low fat dairy option is very high in protein. This is why some DIY protein treatment recipes include yogurt as an ingredient.  It also has Vitamin D.  Recent research links this vitamin to hair follicle health, but scientists haven’t exactly figured out how it works. 
  1. Blueberries- This sweet berry contains Vitamin C which is vital in preventing hair breakage. Vitamin C very important to scalp circulation and provides support for the small blood vessels that feed your hair follicles. 
  1. Poultry- Your hair is mostly made of protein and meat is a major source of it. Foods rich in protein provide your body with the building blocks needed to build hair.   Poultry also contains zinc, iron, Vitamin B which all play a part in maintaining healthy strands
  1. Spinach- This vegetable has iron, beta carotene, folate and Vitamin C which all works together to keep your hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.

If you look at this list above, you may notice that every major food group is represented.  What’s the bottom line?  Eating a healthy, balanced diet not only helps your body but also leads to beautiful, healthy hair!  

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

Source: http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair?page=1

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Beauty Tools Every Woman Should Have

When it comes to hair and make-up, tools can make a huge difference in the results you get.  You don’t need to have every makeup brush and hair product ever made to get the results you desire; you just need a few staple items.  Here’s my list of hair and make-up tools you simply HAVE to have in your beauty arsenal.

Kabuki Brush

tumblr_mbae7gUQ1W1qdetvy (1)If you use powder foundation this brush is a must have!  Kabuki brushes flawlessly buffer makeup on your face.  No caked up make-up, no uneven application.  You can spritz it with water if you want a dewy effect and you can even use this brush when you are done with your overall make-up application to finish your look.  This is also a great brush for translucent powder and touch ups.  Want one without the huge price tag?  Elf is a great place to look with brushes starting at $1.

Razor Comb

razor combThis is a must have tool for anyone who wears weaves or makes u-part wigs.  This should never be used on your real hair, immense damage will follow.  But when you need to revive an old weave or old bundles this is your best friend.  Razor combs make amazing layers and help create the perfect styles that frame your face perfectly.  If you want to try cuts at home this is the perfect tool as well.  It’s easy to use when you want to turn a long weave into a cute, sassy bob.

“Dupe” Make-up Sponge

soniakashuk_beautysponge2So I actually have no idea what this thing is actually called but the version Ulta sells is called the Dupe so let’s just go with that.  Now I only found out about this miracle make-up sponge when a make-up artist used it to apply my liquid foundation.  It was like an epiphany.  I don’t know how I survived without a Dupe in my life for so long.  To use it, you submerge it in water until it expands and ring it out so that it’s only a little damp.  Then place a pea sized amount of foundation on the back of your hand and dab the flat portion of the dupe in the product.  Then in gentle dabbing motions apply the foundation.  This tool not only applies liquid foundation flawlessly but it also helps your foundation last longer by making the most out of small amounts of product.  No more caked on make-up, the Dupe is a GODSEND.  Don’t spend an arm or leg on this however; I got mines from an Atlanta beauty supply store for $3.

BB Crème

black-radiance-bb-cream-display-walgreensSo when BB Crème first hit the market shades were really limited and only one drugstore brand sold it.  Now everyone seems to be coming out with their own version of the miracle product which makes it more affordable and easier to obtain.  Maybelline, Smashbox and even Garnier have BB Crème and women of color finally have brands that cater to them with the addition of Iman’s BB Crème and most recently Black Radiance’s BB Crème (which by the way, is the most affordable version of the product I’ve seen yet!).  The reason I say every girl needs a BB Crème is because it’s great for running errands or a day of classes and other instances where you don’t want to look too made up.  Before we had to choose between a clean face and foundation, now we have a happy in-between!  My favorites are Iman BB Crème on a pay day (priced at $20) and Black Radiance during saving periods (priced at $6).

Flexi Rod Curlers

Naptural85_042512_02Flexi rods are a great way to achieve luxurious curls without using any heat.  They come in all sizes and they create strong curls that last with the help of a setting lotion or other styling agent.  They’re also used to preserve curly styles.  Whether you’re natural, relaxed, or weaved up, you should have a box of these in your home.  Start your collection by buying a few packs at a time at the beauty supply store.  Purchasing multiple packs at once can really break your pockets!

Silk or Satin Scarf

DON11066-2TWhile this isn’t exactly a beauty tool, it is a must for any woman of all hair types.  This is especially important for women of color.  Yes, you with the bandana wrapped around your head!  Cotton pillow cases and bandanas can quickly suck in all the moisture from your hair and dry it out.  Make sure to always wrap your hair at night in a silk or satin scarf to keep that moisture where it belongs.  Your hair will thank you for it!

 

Are there any must have tools you swear by that aren’t on this list?  Share in the comment section below!

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

 

All images found on Google Images.

Styling Ideas for Braids & Twists (With the Help of Pinterest)

It’s summer time and for many naturals or ‘transitioners’, it means it’s the perfect season for a favorite protective style for many; box braids and twists.  These styles are very popular and can be styled in an infinite number of ways.  I looked through everyone’s favorite visual discovery tool, Pinterest, for some cool styles.  Here are my favorites and directions on how to recreate them on your own.

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To achieve this style, the basic idea is to create a large cornrow around your head.  Start with a section of braids just above your temple.  Begin to braid along your forehead.  Once you begin to approach your opposite ear, add other braids to your cornrow gradually.  Continue to braid around your ear and stop once you reach the back of your head.  Next to where your braid begins, grab a section of braids above your ear and pull them back to meet the end of the braid in the back of your head.  Secure the two sections with a hair tie.

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This style, unless you don’t know how to braid, doesn’t require much direction.  Split your braids into two halves, each half over opposite shoulders.  Split one half into three sections and begin to braid.  If one section shortens, regroup the 3 sections with what’s left and continue to braid all the way down.  Secure with a rubber band or hair tie.  Repeat with the other half.  Additionally you can move all of your braids to one side and make one large braid over your shoulder using the same method.

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This style is a great style for going out or for date night.  You begin by putting all of your braids in a high ponytail at the very top of your crown.  Split the ponytail into three sections.  Braid each section individually.  One by one, take each braid and wrap it around your towards the back of your head and secure it with a bobby pin.  You want to stack them on top of each other as shown in the ‘pin’ above.

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Finally, make great use of hair accessories when you are wearing braids or twists.  Scarves, headband flower crowns and many other accessories look wonderful with braids and twists.  You can wrap a scarf turban style like in this ‘pin’ or you can add trendy flower crowns to any of the styles above!  Feel free to get creative!

Looking for more ideas?  Pinterest is a great place to find creative styles for braids and twists from all parts of the internet and social media!

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

 

*All images are screenshots from my own Pinterest boards containing styles that I found while browsing Pinterest.

Choosing a Hairstylist

Stylist-ClientSo you’ve moved to a new area, or grew tired of that hairstylist that just wasn’t working out.  Somehow, some way, you’ve found yourself searching for a new regular hairstylist.  Choosing a new hairstylist is a very important decision that shouldn’t be rushed.  You need to be able to trust your hairstylist.  They should be knowledgeable but they should also be open to hear your concerns.  Any hairstylist that doesn’t listen is not a good hairstylist.  Here are a few ways to find a good hairstylist.

Word of mouth is probably the most solid way to go.  There is a reason why so many stylists offer referral discounts; because they know the power of a strong referral.  If you have a friend or coworker whose hair always looks nice, ask them who does it.  If you’re looking for a stylist who specializes in a specific service, ask around.  Asking around for a hairstylist is the best way to get an unbiased opinion.

Social media is also a great way to find a stylist.  Many hair stylists have Instagram pages that are dedicated solely to showcasing their work.  Facebook helps many people connect with businesses and services, and hairstylists aren’t an exception.  If people like their hair they will most likely post a photo of it.  They may even tag the stylist in the photo.

Reviews are also a helpful resource.  Many online sites such as Yelp and Google+ have reviews from people who have used the service.  By looking for salons and reading reviews, you may find a stylist.  Often people will mention who did their hair and what they thought of the services performed.  One thing to keep in mind is that reviews tend to be either extremely good or extremely bad.  People don’t usually write reviews if they had an okay, usual experience.  People take time to write reviews when they feel strongly about something; if they have an excellent experience with the stylist or a horrible experience.  This can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.

All in all, remember to take your time and talk to people.  Go with your gut and don’t settle.  Settling is the fastest way to end up searching for yet another hairstylist.

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

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