3 Important Hair Care Tips for the Winter


The environment can have the most damaging effects on your hair in both the summer and winter, but in the winter it’s often worse because people generally don’t take as many precautions to protect hair. One of the negative effects of the winter months is dryness. Dry hair means fragile hair which doesn’t help when you’re trying to retain hair growth. So how do we combat dryness this winter? Be proactive and care for your hair by following these tips.

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1. Treat your Hair Once a Week

Your hair needs the proper nutrients to remain strong this winter. A deep conditioning treatment once a week, replenishes the moisture lost by the dry heat inside and the cold winter air outside, and it promotes hair growth.

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2. Consider Getting a Humidifier

As it gets colder, we have no choice but to turn on the heat as high as possible. It keeps you warm, but you it also keeps your hair and skin dry. A Humidifier helps you avoid the dry air from the heater in your home.

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3. Seal in moisture using the L.O.C method.

If you haven’t added this to you hair care regimen already, make sure you begin, and you’ll see the difference in the moisture balance of your hair. It’s one thing to add moisture to your hair,but keeping it in is even more important.

L.O.C. stands for Leave -in/liquid, Oil, Cream

Leave in- The leave in conditioner is water based. Pick the leave in conditioner that works well for your hair. Some of our customer favorites include, Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner and Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave in Conditioner.

Oil- A sealing oil is the type of oil you’ll follow up with. Great sealing oils include, but aren’t limited to, Jamaican black castor oil, jojoba oil and shea butter. The oil you pick will be based on your hair type. For very thick hair, Jamaican black castor oil will be a great match. For finer hair, jojoba oil’s light consistency will help seal in moisture without weighing your hair down.

Cream- This is the final step to the L.O.C method. Any cream, butter or moisturizing styler can be used to help seal in all the moisture applied to your hair. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie,  Miss Jessie’s  Curly Pudding and Cantu Coconut Curling Cream are great examples of creams that will not only help you define but keep your hair moisturized.

When it comes to your hair, this winter, don’t hibernate on it. Be proactive and take care of your hair. When you’re consistent with the care, your hair will thank you.

So, tell me, have you used the L.O.C method? What products do you use? Leave a comment below.

The Sponge Method: how to create coils and add more definition to your hair.

I came across a method of defining my curls recently, and because I enjoyed the results, I thought I’d share it with you. It goes by many names, but I will refer to it as the sponge coil method.


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As you can see from the picture above, this method gives my hair great texture and definition. It is easy to do and presentable for any occasion.

WHAT YOU NEED:

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  1. Sponge with holes, like the one pictured above.
  2. Your favorite styling gel or curling pudding. Here I used Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer
  3. Hair oil such as argan oil or black castor oil
  4. Finishing spray (optional) To add shine and conditioner, I used the Taliah Waajid Hydrating Curl Shine

All products featured in the image above are available at iDa! 

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Apply the hair oil and styling gel to you hair. make sure to give it an even distribution
  2. Use sponge and go in a circular motion around your head. Make sure you rotate sponge in one direction only, or you might unravel the coils you create
  3. Once you have achieved the coils you desire, you can finish the look  with a finishing mist (optional)

This method of styling takes no more than 5 minutes! Below I’ve included a video I believe will be very helpful if you want to give this method a try.

This video demonstrates how to create sponge coils and what the hair looks like after styling  

Give it a try, and you can give me a feedback by leaving a comment below.

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Video courtesy of FueshaSpeaks

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Prom Season: How to Get Ready For Prom Night

It’s that time of year again.

High school juniors and seniors are preparing for the biggest night of the year…Prom. It’s a night to dine, dance and create everlasting memories with friends.

Besides a dress, the shoes, and all the accessories you need, what else do you need to know about prom? Here are  tips to help you enjoy your night!

Take Care of Yourself 

  • HYDRATE. It’s a habit we should all have, drinking water regularly. Water helps your skin look its best. Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled and this can be improved by simply adding water to your day everyday. It’s also important to stay hydrated on your special night, with all the dancing you will be doing.
  • BE ACTIVE. Looking your best is part of what makes prom a great night, and there’s no better way to prepare than to get some physical activity in for as little as 20 minutes a day. It can be anything: dancing, biking or yoga. Keep your body active.
  • EAT WELL. Nutrition plays an important part in looking and feeling great. What you put into your body will affect how you feel and how your body reacts. Make sure you add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
  • SKIN CARE. On your big night, the last thing you want to worry about is a zit on your face. Make sure you take care of your skin. Exfoliate, wash and moisturize your face everyday. This will give you a fresh and bright face on your big night.
  • MANI/PEDI. Other than the face, your hands and feet are very important. As most prom nights are during spring, you can’t ignore your feet while wearing open toed shoes. You can scrub your feet with pumice stone in the mornings and follow up with shea butter for moisture. Shea butter can also be applied to your hands during the night and day for sift skin. You’ll be ready to go even before you manicure and pedicure appointment.

Other Preparation Guides

  • MAKEUP RUN-THROUGH. Make sure you know what look you are going for on your big night, but most importantly make sure you go through a run through either with your artist or yourself.  Some colors make not work for your skin tone or the color of your dress. You want to be sure it’s exactly the look you want. A run through will also help you estimate the amount of time you will need the day of.
  • HAIRSTYLE RUN-THROUGH. As with the makeup, ask your stylist if you can do a practice run of your style before your big day.  You can also determine what accessories would pair nicely with the style. It is better to find out that the up-do you intend to do is not right two weeks in advance than hours before your night.
  • DRESS FITTING. After you’ve picked your dress, make sure to do last minute fitting a week in advance. Adjustments can still be made then, but not the day off. Make sure the dress fits well and will be comfortable. You don’t want to keep adjusting your dress instead of enjoying prom.

The last and most important tip is to enjoy your prom night! Enter the prom with a positive, happy attitude, ready to enjoy the night and be with your friends and classmates. Remember to just have fun!

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