Stop Your Hair Breakage Now!

older African American woman hairBlack hair. It can be so beautiful when it’s cared for. But what’s one of the absolute, number one complaints of most Black woman, regardless of whether their hair is relaxed or natural? How to stop so many little pieces of that hair from ending up in the sink, on the pillowcase, on the back collar of a shirt, etc.

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To maintain healthier and stronger hair that sees less breakage, there are five primary things you need to do:

Keep Your Hair Clean. Shampoo your hair as needed. If your work out often, work outside or are often in an area where dirt, odors, smoke or excessive residue is in the air, you should shampoo your hair at least once per week. Use shampoos that are suited to your hair type, texture and condition. If your hair is relaxed, color treated, dry or has any other special needs, take extra care to ensure that the shampoo is not only gentle.

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Keep Your Hair Strong. Use the right conditioner. If your hair is weak and breaking off, you will need to use a protein based treatment to add strength back to your fragile hair.  Hair is approximately 85-90% protein and will need protein to restore what may have been lost.

Keep Your Hair Moisturized. Always follow a protein treatment with a moisture treatment to soften hair that has been strengthened and often hardened by protein. Your hair needs moisture, particularly when it is exposed to chemical treatments and heat appliances. Use a moisturizing hair dress between shampoos. Deep condition your hair, at least once per week to keep hair soft and flexible. Hair is approximately 10-15 % moisture and when moisture is lost hair become dry and brittle and will surely break off.

Keep Your Hair Detangled. Friction is the number #1 cause of breakage in women regardless of culture, hair type or texture. Hair is a fiber and when fibers rub against each other, they create friction and often tangle. Tangled hair often becomes torn and ripped out. Leave in conditioners are excellent for their detangling benefits. Better quality leave-in products provide a much needed layer of protection to the hair that can last long after the conditioning service.

Keep Your Ends Healthy. Pay attention to the ends of your hair. If you notice split ends, cut them off immediately because splits can go all the way up your hair shaft. Think of it like a run in your stockings, it cannot be repaired and will continue to expand with daily wear and tear. The only way to rid yourself of the split is to remove it before it goes up the hair shaft.

More Tips To Avoid Hair Breakage:

• Comb your hair once daily, with a large tooth comb. No broken teeth – they can rip and tear hair strands.
• Use a baby brush for smoothing your edges because edges are naturally very fragile.
• If hair is natural use a boar bristle brush, never nylon, because it can cut hair strands.
• If your hair is relaxed, use a paddle brush, plastic and rubber with balled tips to protect your strands.
• Avoid using excessive and repeated heat. Use curling/flat irons and blow dryers only when hair is clean, and only when absolutely necessary, such as for special occasions.
• Sleep in a satin cap or on a satin pillow case.
• Eat a balanced diet and take vitamins to keep hair healthy and strong from the inside: vitamin C, vitamin E and silica vitamin B, zinc, copper, protein and Biotin, to name a few.

 

Visit the BlackDoctor.org Hair Care center for more articles and tips. 

Jacqueline Tarrant is a beauty expert, consultant, columnist, founder & CEO of Style Infinity Products & The Hair Trauma Center in downtown Chicago. Jacqueline Tarrant has pioneered effective methods to help men & women re-grow hair with her multi-layered approach to hair loss, known as Quadra-Follicle Stimulation. Jacqueline’s expertise on hair care and hair health is expressed monthly in national columns that reach millions through various publications. With numerous Style & Beauty appearances nationwide on Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, & the Fox Network; Jacqueline’s credits also extend throughout print in such publications as Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Essence & the Wall Street Journal.

Her reputation as a renowned Educator, Trainer and Platform Artist has taken her throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

Summer Dieting Done Right!

A large family sitting at a picnic table for a July 4th barbecue(BlackDoctor.org) — Once summer hits, most people find themselves much busier than usual. Endless barbecues, business lunches and fundraisers, end-of-the-work-week drinks and dinners, and even more partying on the weekend – all while you’re trying to diet. Sound familiar?

Do Diet Plans + Busy Social Calendars Always = Pounds That Won’t Go Away?

Trying to sync your diet plan with a packed summer social calendar could be like mixing oil and water — a frustrating, if not impossible, effort. Sooner or later it becomes obvious why those pounds are sticking around instead of melting away.

You can control portion sizes and calories when you’re making your own food. But enter a room with a buffet table, an open bar, and circulating trays of bacon-wrapped shrimp, and who can keep track?

5 Tips for Sticking to Your Diet at a Social Event

Here’s how to keep your weight-loss plans on track with even the busiest social calendar…

1. Never arrive hungry. Hunger will weaken your resolve. The best approach is to eat before you go, like a snack or mini-meal that’s light, filling, and healthy. “Take the edge off your appetite by eating a piece of fruit, a low-fat yogurt, soup, or a salad before leaving home,” advises Molly Gee, RD, MEd, a nutritionist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

2. Be polite, but firm, when turning down food. “First say ‘thank you’ and then say ‘not right now, maybe later,’ or whatever seems to be appropriate,” says Gee. If you’re not sure you know how to politely turn down your hostess’s carefully chosen goodies, do some role-playing with a trusted friend, colleague, or the mirror.

3. Avoid temptation. When you first enter a room, take note of where the buffet table, bar, and dessert table are — and avoid them. “Out of sight, out of mind is important in this situation,” says Gee. Even if you see something tasty on a pal’s plate, you will have to navigate across the room to get it — giving you time to reconsider.

4. Invite a healthy diet date. Attend your special event with someone who can support you in your diet. “Invite someone who will help you make healthier choices,” says Gee. Tempting as it may be to invite a pal who will give you her salad in exchange for your roll and dessert, Gee cautions against this approach: “It’s not nice to suggest that someone else become the over-indulger on your behalf.”

5. Manage your overall calendar. For some people, eating events seem to pile up like cars in rush hour. Gee emphasizes that you have control over all of this — not only which events you attend, but what you do at those events and what you do in your non-event time. “Focus on the events and activities around food and exercise that you can control,” Gee advises. Schedule in the diet-friendly moments for healthy eating and exercise that you need.

Don’t Forget To Actually Have Fun!

Above all, keep your outing eating in perspective. “One eating event will not wreck your health. It’s more important to consider your eating and exercise habits on most days,” says Gee. “The key is to acknowledge that you are making a choice to include some extra calories at this eating event. Do it, enjoy it, and then go back to your usual healthy lifestyle afterwards without that burden of guilt.”