CAN VELATERAPIA AKA ‘HAIR BURNING’ MAKE YOUR HAIR STRONGER?

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Brazilian Victoria’s Secret model, Barbara Fialho seems to think so, as she shared her a secret technique to keep her split ends at bay. The treatment, known in Brazil as ‘Velaterapia’.

What is Velaterapia?

Velaterapia, which is also known as candle cutting, is a technique in which a trained hair stylist uses the flame of a candle to burn split ends and begins with the stylist sectioning off dry hair, then twisting small sections until fly aways. The split ends then come poking out of the main hair twist. The hairs that are left out are quickly burned away with a candle flame.

Today, when we have split ends, our solution is to take pair of scissors and cut them off. The flaw in this technique is that the cortex of the hair is exposed leaving it susceptible to future damage. Perhaps this is why we need to trim so frequently. If the theory of singeing the hair to cauterize it holds true, then the hair is sealed at the ends preventing further damage from traveling up the hair shaft.

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This method seems new but, upon further research, singeing the hair has been around for ages. Although the naysayers describe the technique as dangerous and ineffective, those who partake in the hair burning ritual have nothing but great things to say about how smooth and healthy the hair is following the treatment and how much easier it is to retain length.

After giving me a quick lesson in pronunciation and assuring me I would still have hair, Ricardo began twisting the small sections of my hair. He then burned the spilt ends section by section, leaving my hair ashy with rather smelly dreadlocks. My cameraman found that amusing. After my hair was burned with the candle, Ricardo washed my hair thoroughly and applied a deep conditioning treatment. This, he explained is the most vital step to the process. Velaterapia utilizes the flame and essentially cauterizes the hair. After the ash and dead split ends are washed away, the freshly flamed hair follicle is more receptive to nutrients, hence the deep conditioning treatment. While I was admittedly wary of Velaterapia, I was so shocked by the results. My hair was incredibly soft to the touch and completely smooth!
Donovan Longo (Latin Times)

In another testimony shared on a hair forum, a woman stated that she conducted this method on one side of her hair and the search and destroy method on the other. In her words, she preferred her singed side compared to the other side of her head where she trimmed over split hairs one by one.

Conclusion

As interesting as this process might seem, we are wondering if it will be the best method for textured or relaxed hair as tutorials showing specific results on this hair type are yet to be found.

Sources:
RELAXEDHAIRHEALTH

LATINTIMES

What do you think about Velaterapia technique?

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WHAT IS A SILK PRESS + HOW TO PREVENT HEAT DAMAGE

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A silk press is simply a temporal hair straightening process which requires blow drying hair in sections before going over with a flat iron (preferably Chi or Ceramic) for a smooth even finish. Products specifically designed for ‘silk’ straightening (usually indicated on label) must also be used.

This process is believed to yield best results especially when straightening naturally curly, coily and kinky hair with little or no damage while leaving the hair light and bouncy instead of weighed down and oily like traditional press systems.

Despite the overall safeness of this method, many curly haired women have suffered heat damage through this process as they neglected certain steps during the straightening process.

Want to prevent heat damage during straightening process? Here are 5 steps to follow:

1. CLEANSE

Ensure that hair is properly clarified, conditioned, detangled and moisturized before embarking on the silk straightening process.

Out of Clarifying shampoo? Apple Cider Vinegar or Baking Soda mixed with water are cheap and effective methods to clarify hair after shampooing.

2. DEEP CONDITION

For extra dry hair, try deep conditioning hair for 15-20 mins before beginning the straightening process, as properly conditioned hair is less likely to suffer heat damage.

3. SILK PRODUCTS

Products specifically created for the silk straightening process must be used for maximum results. Related Article: 5 Best Temporary Hair Straightening Products For Curly Girls

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*Recommended: (From left- right) Chi Silk Infusion, Bio-Silk Silk Therapy and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

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*Based on readers reviews (left-right) Supersilk Professional Fortified Silk Amino Acid Professional Smoothing Solution and Supersilk Professional Silk Amino Acid Professional Solution

4. HEAT PROTECTION

Don’t forget heat protectant serums and sprays.

No heat protectant serum? Try light weight natural products such as Shea butter, Jojoba and Coconut which contain heat protecting properties.

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5. SEEK A PROFESSIONAL

Visit a hair salon or seek the services of a professional when trying out this process to avoid preventable damage to your hair.

Why do this?

Hair stylists are better experienced with the different hair types and textures, heat and product requirements and would most likely know what’s best for yours.

Have you tried the Silk press method? Do do you have any other tips on how to prevent heat damage to natural hair?

5 BEST TEMPORARY HAIR STRAIGHTENING PRODUCTS FOR CURLY GIRLS AND NATURALS

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Style versatility is important for most curly girls as many love the flexibility that comes from wearing hair in different styles. One of such ways is to spot the sleeked back/straightened look similar to those with naturally straight hair.

This however poses a problem, as most naturals would love the ability to switch in-between styles without permanently altering their textures intentionally (with relaxers) or unintentionally (via heat damage).

Now that this problem has been identified, we have come up with our list of the best reversible straightening product for you.

Here are our top 5 picks:

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1. Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Blowdry Cream
Price: $25 (N4,200)

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2. Ojon Super Sleek Hair Straightening System
Price: $39 (N6,500)

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3. Mixed Chicks Straightening Serum
Price: $26 (N4,300)

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4. Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Hair Straightening System
Price: $32 (N5,300) via Olori.com.ng

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5. Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System
Price: $16.70 (N2,750) via Olori.com.ng

**Based on consumer ratings and reviews.
*Prices may differ

QUICK TIPS
1. Do not forget to apply heat protectant spray to hair (where not included in products) before straightening or blow drying to prevent heat damage.

2. Keep in mind that this list is highly hypothetical (based on customer ratings not actual trials by our team) and you may have to try more than one of these products to get your desired results.

3. Follow instructions to the ‘T’ as specified on products for best results as some of the ingredients in this products do not work well with others not included in the brand lines.

Have you tried any products on this list? Please share your experiences.

ALL ABOUT THE PIXIES

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Getting a pixie cut is an fun way to switch up your looks without doing too much. This hair style can be worn either by cutting ones own natural hair (if you want a more permanent look) or by installing a weave.

When choosing a pixie cut style, it is important to take into account your face shape and length as this would help you achieve the most flattering cut. Flatter styles complement longer and narrower faces, fuller styles shorter faces.

Still confused about the pixie cut for you? Here are some pictures to guide your selection.

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Quick Tip
Wear the pixie cut with smokey eyes or cat-eyed winged liner for an edgier look.

Have you tried the pixie cut? Please leave your comment below.

4 D-I-Y MOISTURIZER RECIPES FOR LONGER HAIR

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Curly hair (by curly, we mean all hair that falls into the category noticeable bends on strands) requires more moisture than other hair types in order to grow and thrive.

Sometimes, it is never enough to just book weekly salon touch-up treatments when it comes to this hair type as daily conditioning and moisturizing treatments are needed to ensure hair retention and overall health.

Homemade moisturizers are simple and cost effective methods of achieving your overall hair goals. Here are 4 easy natural d-i-y hair moisturizer recipes you should try.

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1. Castor and Coconut Mist

The beauty of distilled water is that it is “soft” water; it does not have the negative effects (e.g., stiffening of the hair strand) like hard water. Meanwhile, castor oil can improve the shine or sheen of your natural hair, which is a plus for you castor oil lovers out there. As for coconut oil? Well, you all should know about its strengthening and moisturizing benefits by now.

Ingredients:
2 oz distilled water
2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
1 tsp castor oil
a few drops of essential oil (e.g., lavender, jasmine, orange)

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake vigorously to blend. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use. Shake before each use.

*Keeps for about 2 weeks.

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2. Coconut Water Mist

Coconut water is high in potassium (hundreds of milligrams), which is generally involved in water softening and may possibly help to soften the hair. Glycerin is a well-known humectant (i.e., a substance that retains moisture) and works well in humid environments.

Ingredients:
2 oz coconut water
0.5 oz glycerin
a few drops of essential oil (optional and of your choice)

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake vigorously to blend. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use. Shake before each use.

*Keeps for about 1 week.

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3. Strengthening Green Tea Mist

Green tea (tea, in general really) contains L-theanine, which can penetrate deep into damaged hair and restore mechanical strength. Olive oil acts as a great moisturizing oil.

Ingredients:
2 oz cool steeped green tea
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
a few drops of essential oil (e.g.lavender,tea tree, rosemary)

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake vigorously to blend. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use. Shake before each use.

*Keeps for about 1 week.

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4. Aloe Vera Mist

Avocado oil is a monounsaturated oil, which may readily penetrate into the hair strand . It, along with aloe vera juice, can make for a very moisturizing combination.

Ingredients:
2 oz aloe vera juice
2 tsp avocado oil
a few drops of essential oil (e.g. lemon, rosemary, tea tree)

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake vigorously to blend. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use. Shake before each use.

*Keeps for about 1 week.

P.S. If you are concerned about the short life span of these moisturizers, you can add a product that prolongs their shelf lives. However, since we prefer that all the ingredients within these homemade recipes are kept 100% natural, we have chosen not to include any of them.

Reference:
BLACKGIRLLONGHAIR.COM

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NEW HAIRSTYLE TECHNIQUE ALERT: CROTCHET BRAIDS

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Crochet braiding is not a hair style that is as new as one might think, as some women have been getting crochet braids for years with human hair or with tracks of hair that look like there are individual braids attached.

Crotchet braids were and are still preferred by individuals who didn’t want to sit too long and get individual braids in their hair. It was fast and convenient.

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HOW ARE CROTCHET BRAIDS INSTALLED?

Crotchet braids are usually applied to the hair by literally crocheting hair extensions with a latch hook tool, in between your own corn rowed hair. Some women use the braiding technique as an alternative to the traditional sew-in hair weave. Purchase Latch Hooks in Nigeria

With the increase in the desire for safer and healthier hairstyles, the natural hair community has evolved this familiar hair style into something versatile and beautiful. Women are becoming more creative with their styling techniques and the crochet braids look very realistic.

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Below, you’ll find one of the best crochet braiding tutorials on YouTube from The Chic Natural

FINAL NOTE

The crotchet braid hairstyling technique is a great option for someone who is transitioning or just needs a break from styling their own hair every day. You get the natural hair look, without having to manipulate your own hair (To be honest, one might not be able to tell crochet braids from natural growing hair.) You can also even wash and treat your scalp, which is something that is difficult to do with a sew-in.

Reference:
BLACKGIRLLONGHAIR

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9 METHODS TO RETAINING COILY AND KINKY HAIR LENGTH

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There is no denying the fact that curly hair is beautiful and full of character, hence, it’s appreciation by many these days. What makes hair curly? Well, it’s simple! Genetics! Though some people invest in relaxers and straightening treatments to smoothen out their natural curly locs and make it more manageable, there are some who would rather wear their hair natural and avoid the damage that comes with these processes.

Types of Curly Hair

There are various types of curly hair, from springy hair types with elasticity to more rigid tightly curled types with lots of shrinkage. Related Article: Know Your Curly Hair Type.

Though hair care method is similar for all curly hair types, the tightly curled types require more TLC to retain length and grow as they are drier, less elastic, and more prone to breakage.

Do you have this hair type? Not to worry, here is a list of things that will ensure you retain length.

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1. Keep Hair Moisturized:

It’s important to keep hair moisturized to ensure growth and retain hair length. Water is the major moisturizer for curly hair types. When combing through tightly curled hair, ensure you section out damp-wet hair before combing. Never comb hair dry!

During styling, using a spritzer to dampen hair infuse moisture ensures that you retain length.

2. Finger Combing and Detangling:

Finger combing hair is a gentler detangling tool and must be favored over the use of combs if you are looking to retain length. Not content with this? A wide tooth comb can also be used. (Always remember that this must be done on wet-damp hair.)

If you have already achieved substantial hair growth, invest in a Detangler for easier smoothening of coils and kinks when detangling.

3. Trimming:

Split-ends are the terrible for hair retention. Tightly curled hair is naturally frizzy and locating actual split -ends may prove a tad difficult. To solve this problem, ensure you get your hair professionally trimmed every 6-months, no sooner, as the goal is to retain length.

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4. Leave-in:

Invest in a great leave in conditioner to restore elasticity and slip to the hair. It’s recommended that you always apply leave-in conditioner before styling your hair.

5. Natural Oils and Sealants:

Oils such as Jojoba, Coconut and Argan are great oils that penetrate into the hair, adding moisture. Use a combination of these oils with your leave-in to properly condition your locs.

Sealants on the other hand are products that lock in these moisture adding products and ensuring that benefits are retained. Some natural sealants include Shea butter, Olive Oil etc.

6. Deep Conditioning:

Hair comprises of a natural protein called Keratin which bonds the hair and gives it elasticity. Protein based Deep conditioners and Reconstructors as well as natural protein products eg. Eggs, Avocados etc are a great way to restore keratin levels and elasticity in the hair that may be stripped off due to styling.

Be careful not to over-do these treatments as too much protein can have a negative effect on the hair, making it too rigid and prone to easy breakage.

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7. Supplements:

Many curly heads swear by the use of specialized supplements which contain Biotin, Omega 3’s, Folic acid and other vitamins and minerals to improve hair length and retention.

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8. Protective Styling:

Choose low manipulation styles such as twist-outs, Bantu Knots, Braids, Weaves, ponytails and buns etc for length retention. Also minimize the use of blow dryers and flat irons because the excessive use of these lead to heat damage and can adversely affect length retention.

9. Satin Bonnet:

Always sleep with a silk or satin bonnet/ scarf if you are blessed with tightly curled natural hair as this helps retain moisture and reduce the friction causes breakage when hair comes in contact with bedding during sleep.

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