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Look good, but not at the expense of your hair

Yes, I know you did not get to the top of your game by looking [at best?] average; it is important after all, to always ‘REPRESENT’ and be the best at what you do! AND you must/should look good even as you play the game. Unfortunately, looking good does challenge the health of your hair. It is very difficult to stay within the rules that can guarantee you healthy hair while still looking great. For instance, those women who just love the ‘Ghana-weave’ hairstyle, soon realize that though it looks very beautiful [and somewhat sexy!], it can also be dangerous for your fragile hairline. And a thinning hairline is the bane and cross of ALL black women all over the world today. No matter how ‘full’ your hair may seem at this point in time, there comes a time in the life of all females when they have to contend with thinning issues either at the crown or the hairline. And it is MORE distressing when the thinning occurs around your hairline where there is no hiding place.

So how can you make sure that your hair stays relatively healthy even though you don’t want to compromise on style? The trick is to aggressively plan and work out a hair regime that will take into consideration the following factors:

1. What type of work do you do? Some employers do not like certain looks- dreadlocks for instance. So if you fall into that category, you will not be able to use dreads to give your hair a break once in a while. However, you could still fix a weave or wear normal-sized braids when you need to give your hair a break or stretch out the periods in between touch-ups. If you are always on the move, then you need low maintenance hair that you can manage easily as you fly across continents and change flights. Your destination could help narrow down your options. For instance, braids and weaving styles are more appreciated in the USA, but that does not mean a good flawless don’t-look-like-a-weave- weave-on won’t get you compliments. In countries where you will be in the minority, a weave may help you not stand out so much. That does not however preclude you from trying whatever you want to, provided you can carry it off confidently.

2. Do you have the time for your hair? If you are the type that never has more than an hour to spend at the salon, then you need to consider a hair style that is low maintenance, not stressful on your hair and not taking up all your time. The reason I say so is because once you opt to have chemical work done to your hair, it is assumed that you will have the time to treat it right; otherwise, it will not look vibrant, shiny and healthy. You must not venture near chemical procedures if you do not have the time to spare to properly care for your hair. This means an endless round of treatments ranging from protein to ‘body-building’, lubricating to hydrating treatments. Every visit to the salon after chemical applications means that you will go under the dryer, on the average, about 2 to 3 times per visit [excluding drying time with rollers]. Each treatment will require from 15 to 20 minutes under a hot dryer; of course, you already know that hot irons are a no-no [except in emergency situations which should not be more than 3 times a year!]. So, yes, you will also have to have your hair roller-set in the traditional way since that is still the safest procedure for your hair; and yes, that means more drying time. My sister, ‘yanga’ get pain!

3. Do you have the patience to sit through all that is required for healthy hair to ‘maintain form’, emerge and remain? If you don’t, please opt for styles that give you a long break from salon rituals. You may wish to try braids, weave-on or a wig. But please do not say that you do not like or ever wear extensions, and yet refuse to take your post-perm hair care seriously. There is no way you will have healthy hair if you only go for ’retouches’ religiously every 6 to 8 weeks, or even if you are doing retouches 3 times a year. You still need to have regular deep conditioning treatments to keep hair stable. And NO, in satisfying the need for these treatments, oil ‘steaming’ will not suffice as a serious treatment for improving texture or growth. You will have to do much more than that. I am yet to see any hair that has suffered from regular treatments. It can only do your hair a lot of good.

4. Finally, do you have the resources to provide superior hair care for your hair? And I am talking here about your hair care provider and the category of products you use; generally, you get what you pay for! If you do not have a clue as to what your hair needs, you need to speak with a professional hair consultant to point you in the right direction. This person should be able to decipher what your hair type is and what the special characteristics of your scalp are. This goes a long way in determining what products you should be using to get the hair to look its best. But even if you are not using a hair-professional, arm yourself with premium quality products and learn how to apply them appropriately to get the best results. The only thing left to do is to make sure that you get the right products for your scalp and hair conditions. In other words, if you have fine hair texture, you should not be using heavy oils; so a hot oil treatment would do your hair no favors whatsoever, except to make it look limp and lifeless. If you cannot afford good hair care, I suggest you go for styles that will give you a hair-holiday so that you do not need to spend money more than once a month on your hair. That leaves you with the option to braid, weave or ‘wig’ it.

Keeping your hair out of sight as much as possible will help to make sure it is not traumatized and damaged. The name of the game is to disguise, but in doing so, you must look for what suits you without compromising on your taste and style. Your wig must not look like a cap because it is crass; the weft of your weave must not show because it is crude; choose extensions only in colors that suit your skin tone and not because it looked good on your friend. Remember that 2 women who appear to have the same dark complexion may still have different skin tones.

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR HAIR

You can learn more about your hair for your own information or if you run a salon business. For your hair’s health, with the three month scheme, you watch us handle your hair and you gain first-hand experience about what makes your hair thrive and what makes it break. You learn the basics: how not to apply mousse to your scalp for instance. At the end of the period, we guarantee that you will not engage in bad hairdressing practices.

If you run a business, take a crash course in learning how to make the business profitable, in spite of the sharp practices of/from hired stylists. You also need to understand the basics of practice and procedure; the new client is looking for a little bit more from her salon. You have to give more if you want them to keep coming back.

For more, Contact angels studio HAIR ACADEMY:

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