Category: Best Styles for Long Hair

Reason fo Hair Breakage

If you have ever had troubles with hair breaking, do not get discouraged. There’s a lot you are able to do to solve it once you know what to do to stop it and prevent it from happening again.

Split Ends
If your hair is split it becomes very much weaker at the ends. As you comb and brush it and even occasionally when you do not, little pieces break off. It might not appear like much but over time it adds up and can get so bad that you have to get precious inches cut off. Read more

Black Hair Braiding – Braids for Black Hair

The world would definitely be a different place without black hair braiding in it. Braids are black women’s official summer, maternity leave and bad hair day hairstyle all rolled into one (hehehe).That’s how important they are in so many of our lives!

Braiding is a big part of black culture coming from Africa, even before the days of slavery. Intricate braids were worn by black women as a symbol of beauty and status.

That tradition has carried on to our  present time. However these days braids  worn mainly for style purposes and are a hit  among people of every race, creed and color!

A few of the top reasons you and other women might have to consider braids are:

  • They’re easy to maintain
  • Less upkeep than wearing straight styles
  • Usually cheaper than other styles in the long run
  • Weather and moisture resistant
  • They give the hair “a break” from styling and chemicals

There are many different black hair braiding types and techniques you can investigate and try out. All these styles can be done by a professional at a black hair salon or you can even learn to do them yourself!

Box Braids
These are individual braids that are done on all of the hair and about the size of a pencil in thickness. These are the most used braided style and have very flexible styling options. Synthetic hair is usually used for this technique.

Goddess Braids
These are large braids that are usually cornrowed into intricate updo’s with elaborate details. They are usually done with synthetic hair.

Micro Braids
Also individuals, these braids are very small and are usually just plaited in an inch or two and the rest of the length of the brain left loose for a free flow look. Human hair is usually used for this technique.

Tree Braids
This technique gives one of the most natural looking finishes that almost makes it seems as though the hair is growing right out of the scalp. Human hair is usually used.

Twist Braids
This kind of braid is twisted rather than plaited and it gives a different style pattern to the braid but with all the flexibility of box braids. These kinds are also very easy to remove. Straight or kinky textured synthetic hair is usually used for this technique.

Yarn Braids
As the name suggests, yarn is used to do this technique. It’s used in the same way as synthetic hair would be with individuals. This technique is particularly good if you’re thinking about transitioning seamlessly to dreadlocks.

Cornrows
This is a style that doesn’t use individuals but instead makes the hair sit right against the scalp in whatever row patterns your imagination will lead you to. These braids get messed up the fastest, but also take the least amount of time to do. People usually cornrow their natural hair, but extension hair can be added for length.

There are a few more things to consider before you make a decision on which to choose. 

  • Time required to put them in
  • Time needed to take them out
  • Length of time you can wear them
  • Amount of upkeep required
  • Possible damage to your hair
  • Type of hair you can use to do them
  • Level of skill needed to do them
  • Cost

Of course, you can control all of these things (especially the price) if you learn how to braid your own hair. The best hair braiding instruction videos I’ve ever seen are from Braids by Breslin. Everybody who uses her videos say that the techniques she teaches are very easy to learn and understand and I totally agree. If you want to learn how to braid your own hair or anyone else’s like a pro they are your best bet!

Once you’ve covered all your bases and you’ve selected a black hair braiding style that’s right for you, jump right in! And hey, if you don’t like that style you can always take them out and start over. Who knows, you may become so good at it you want to start doing it professionally!

Happy braiding!

 

Hair Washing Steps

1. Softly and exhaustively comb out and detangle your hair with a broad tooth comb.

2.Saturate hair with water with before shampooing – this is more significant than you might understand.

3. Apply a dime or quarter-sized amount of shampoo depending upon your hair’s length. Work it into a lather. Employ to, and focus on the scalp – shampoo is for the scalp, conditioner is for the hair.

4. Massage scalp deeply to invigorate it and loosen flakes that might be there.5. Exhaustively rinse hair till all traces of shampoo are gone. This ought take about 1 and a half to 2 minutes. If required, part your hair and check to make certain it’s all out.

6. Gently squeeze to excess water out of your hair.

Do:

• Contain your time when washing your hair. Remember the strands are delicate and will break under too much pressure.

• Part your hair into smaller sections and wash it. It’s easier for you if your hair is really thick. This also cuts down on tangling.

Don’t:

• Use hot water to wash your hair. Warm water is best for shampooing and rinsing.

• Pile your hair on top of you head and swirl it around. It’s your crowing glory, not a dirty rag! This encourages crazy tangles that’ll take hours to get out…

There is a myth going around that black women should not wash their hair regularly because it will dry out.

Nonsense!!

Foor good and healthy hair care it should be washed and conditioned a maximum of every 5 days. Every 3-4 days is best.

Your Hair Breakage Solutions

The only way to manipulate and end breakage is to create your hair harder. Your hair troubles can be resolved if you follow these tips and include them in your hair regimen.

Use Protein Re constructor Treatments
Using a effective protein treatment will reinforce your hair durability and create it better capable to stand up against chemicals and harsh products.

Use Moisturizing Conditioners

Moisturizing conditioners less likely to snap under pressure of everyday combing and brushing.  Read more

Typical Hair Growth Rates

Hair typically grows at a rate of ¼ inch to as much as 1 inch a month depending on the above factors.  The maximum length your hair can grow to depends on your hair growth rates and also the length of your hair growth cycle.

To get an idea of how long your hair can grow you have to do two things.

  1. Figure out how much your hair grows per month.
  2. Try to guess how long your hairs growth cycle is.

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Hair Growth Rates

Understanding what hair growth rates are and what it means to your own hair goals is very important.

Everyone’s hair grows…yours too, even when it doesn’t seem like it! If you have a relaxer and you’ve ever had to get a retouch, or if you wear braids and have had to have them redone, those things show without a doubt that your hair is growing. Read more