Your Hair Guide to Gorgeous Hair

I was just reading my new issue of Sophisticate's Black Hair for November and I ran across some very good tips when it comes to styling your hair. This information is great for those of us who are on a budget and do our hair at home. It covers flat ironing, how to build volume, how to maintain colored treated hair, how to keep moisture in the hair, how to get shiny hair, how to wear your hair weaves, the three must have tools you need for your hair, and hints for blow drying the hair. Check it out!

5 Rules for Flat Ironing Hair

1. Keep the hair moisturized. Be sure to use a deep conditioning treatment with protein and moisturizers to keep the hair healthy

2. Use a heat protectant spray. This will act as a barrier between the hot flat iron and your fragile strands.

3. Wait for your hair to dry. Never operate a flat iron on wet or damp hair...unless it is designed for that purpose.

4. Work slowly and in small sections. Take your time to smooth any bumps or curves.

5. Wrap it up at night. Keep your hair sleek and smooth without having to flat iron it daily by wrapping stands with a silk or satin scarf.

4 ways to Build Volume

1. Hairspray. Misting the root area of the hair helps to stabilize the strands for extra lift and control.

2. Hot rollers. Setting tresses on hot rollers (or Velcro rollers) creates texture and lots of body

3. Mousse. Find a volumizing formula of mousse to apply throughout the main for an uplifting textural boost.

4. Teasing. Whether you want a volumized upsweep or a full and loose mane, a little bit of backcombing goes a long way.

3 Tips for your Coif Color

1. Cleanse Hair with a moisturizing shampoo. It's essential to hydrate strands, since a colored mane can become dry and brittle.

2. Condition hair regularly, using a double penetrating process. This means applying a deep conditioner, then allowing it to sit on the hair for 10 minutes under a hooded dryer with a plastic cap on. This will allow the conditioner to thoroughly penetrate the strands.

3. Get Roots Retouched as needed, or at least once every six weeks. A semi-permanent hair color glaze is another good option to help keep your color looking vibrant.

5 Hints for Mane Moisture

1. Rinse-through Conditioner: After cleaning follow up with a crème rinse conditioner to help moisturize.

2. Leave-In Conditioner: Opt for a moisture rich leave-in formula to help prevent dryness and smooth tangles.

3. Deep Conditioner: This highly moisturizing product works best when left on the mane covered with a shower cap and warmed through body heat or a hooded dryer.

4. Hot Oil Treatments: Apply once a month to help open the hair cuticle and hydrate where it's needed most.

5. Protein Treatments: For breakage or shedding, use a protein treatment about twice a month. Follow with a moisturizer.

6 Tricks for shiny hair

1. Hydrate. Be sure to moisturize with conditioner after cleansing

2. Rinse your hair with cool water to close the cuticle to lock in moisture

3. Take Care...Damaged hair won't glow, so try not to over process or heat style strands too often.

4. Get Glossy. Opt for a clear, cellophane color gloss at the salon to achieve a lustrous finish.

5. Opt for Steam. Try the cutting-edge steam treatment, where a pro adds moisture to the mane using water and steam.

6. Go Ceramic when styling strands, opt for curling and flat irons with ceramic-coated plates which help hold in moisture.*

* When the coating starts to wear off of the ceramic plates it’s time to replace it. The bare plates are not good for the hair.

3 Must Have Tools to Own

1. Wide-Tooth Comb: After showering, use a wide-tooth comb to through damp hair to aid in detangling and separating curls. It also comes in hand while styling.

2. Small flat iron: Achieve both straight and curved textures with a small flat iron. Its size makes it easy to maneuver, too.

3. Boar Bristle Brush: To smooth edges and help control flyaways, wield a boar bristle brush. The natural bristles are gentle on tresses, causing less breakage and tangling than other brushes.

4 Tips to Weave-Wearing

1. Find a Good Weave Expert. It's crucial to locate the best person possible for applying your extensions to ensure the best service possible.

2. Choose a texture that best matches your own hair for the most natural looking results.

3. Don't forget about your natural tresses. Be sure to show them some TLC by oiling the scalp and massaging the product in to stimulate the scalp.

4. Schedule your appointment. After about two months of wear, it's important to revisit your weaving expert to have the extensions removed and hair re-braided to include new growth.

3 Hints for Blow Drying

1. Prep Tresses. Be sure hair is properly shampooed and conditioned with moisturizing formulas prior to any heat-styling, including blow drying.

2. Protect Strands. Coat your hair with a leave in conditioner or heat protectant mist to help create a smooth texture while guarding against heat damage.

3. Work in Sections. Start at the nape working upward in small sections to ensure all tresses are dried thoroughly. It's helpful to us a paddle brush to aid in separating strands as you go.

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