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Basic guide to achieving the Hair of your dreams (2)

We continue our comprehensive but basic guide to achieving the healthy, beautiful and bouncy hair of your dreams;  Black hair is difficult to handle, slow to grow, with a tendency to excessive dryness, and easily susceptible to  damage-sometimes irreversibly. There are techniques that you need to combine with good products to achieve  great-looking hair. Black hairdressing has it’s own science, theory and practice; and you would do well not to treat  it as you would Caucasian hair. You also need to know what are good and bad hairdressing practices, because styling  your hair in a certain way could lead to breakage or damage.

The only way to beautiful black hair is not to wait for the rot to set in; you must avoid damage ab initio so that  you do not have to go through the stress of trying to restore your damaged locks. If you follow these basic rules,  you will be living healthy hair. Your hair will be so much better if only you can listen to it. Close your eyes and  feel the texture of your hair, rubbing the strands of the hair between your fingers. If you are not listening and  feeling your hair, you cannot allow it to be its best. The secret lies in continually conditioning the hair without  respite, so that the hair’s shock absorbers would have been prepared for any attack by any negative hairdressing  procedures. No specific generic products are mentioned, but some general terms have been used such as cholesterol  conditioner or peppermint shampoos that are easy to identify.
This guide is simple and easy to use. These golden rules are simple to understand. Learn them over and over so that  they become second nature to you.  ENJOY..


Once you can communicate your needs and wants, do have reasonable expectations. You know, your hair  comes with it’s own DNA, it’s own hereditary history and it’s own drama. Therefore, you must not expect your hair to  look as good as your friend’s, whose father and mother come from a long line of people with gorgeous long thick  locks. If you did not know it before, then you better know it now—genes matter! There is no point expecting luscious  locks when the entire family has no history of exciting hair on anyone dead or alive. Do not expect the stylist to  manufacture new follicles from which hair will grow; do not expect any cream to add hair to the bald hairline you  inherited from daddy or mummy. That is your lot in life, and if you want to avoid the bald hairline of your  ancestors, I suggest stopping all forms of chemical procedures early enough, especially before you hit the age of 40  years.


I know that sometimes a bargain may give you good results. But from experience, this does not work with hairdressing  practice. You need to know that no cream can grow a single hair for you, especially if all other enabling factors are  absent. These include good genes, good food, good products and a real understanding of the hair and scalp. Avoid  inferior products because they complicate life further; avoid fantastic claims because they cannot be supported with  science. Do not assume that because your scalp is tingling after you applied a menthol-based cream, then a strand of  hair will just pop out of your scalp.

Feel-good factors form a great part of formulations for the skin and hair, so  do not be fooled. The menthol is meant to also make you feel good, and that is what makes you feel it is working. You  cannot seriously expect a conditioner worth three dollars to be as effective as that worth thirty dollars. A lot of  research, time and effort go into developing new products, and this is normally reflected in the price of the  product. Therefore, you go cheap at your own


Do not experiment or allow your hair to be used as a guinea pig. If you have a winning formula, stick with it. Why  change just for the sake of change, or because the new packaging is brighter or because the girl on the new pack is  prettier? You need to be sure about a product’s performance and delivery before you alter the status quo. If you feel  your product is mediocre, still stick with it unless and until you have evidence that the new magic product you have  discovered is really as magical as it is supposed to be. Some ladies will insist on trying some new thing because it  has Beyonce on the new package. They do not know that it is only a fantastic endorsement deal for her, and nothing to  do with how effective it is. It is the same way that people think the possession of NAFDAC number by a product is  evidence of its efficacy rather than the real meaning, which is that it is safe to use. So if ‘AGOYIN SHAMPOO’ works  for you then stay with it, at least until you start to perceive deterioration in the texture of your hair.


This brings me to this important tip- you must know when to stop!  If you can be realistic with your requirements, you will be able to recognize when you have crossed the rational  line, before charlatans take advantage of you. When you are not realistic, you will find yourself buying and using  all types pf strange concoctions prepared by those I call the ‘treatment mixers’. They will mix just about any  combination of things to justify collecting your money. Look objectively at all the factors that you ought to be  considering, such as your lifestyle, your diet, your genetic history, your hair type, and of course, all those bad  hairdressing practices you subjected your hair to all these years you have been growing up and experimenting with  different fads. You will then realize that damage inflicted over a period of three years cannot be willed away,  prayed away, wished away nor wiped off in three weeks.


Do determine the characteristics of your scalp and especially your hair. In fact, it is the logical  place to start for any serious woman who desires healthy, vibrant hair. Is your scalp dry or itchy and flaky? Is your  hair fine in texture? Is your scalp sensitive and your hair difficult to straighten? You need to understand what you  have, so that you can work with it to achieve your dream hair. When does your hair thrive, and when does it have a  bad day? What things did you use on the hair that gave you a result that you liked or did not like? How does your  hair react and cope with chemical applications? And which procedures would you rather avoid in your quest for healthy  hair? The more informed you are about the pros and cons of your hair, the more information you can ultimately give to  your stylist and the more control you can exercise over the proceedings.

Use superior products only. Once you determine the essential  characteristics of your hair and scalp, stick to superior products that are really suited to your specific needs.  Remember that once you can get a winning formula, you do not want to change it. So for best results, read the labels  before you buy. Or better still, get your professional stylist to recommend products for you; avoid salons that are  contract-tied because they can only offer you products from a certain manufacturer. The product you need may not be  in the range offered by the manufacturer with whom your salon/stylist has endorsements. From experience, good  products exist in all ranges but it takes an experienced professional who has had extensive contact with a wide  variety of products, to narrow the selection and give you the best options.


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