CHARLOTTE’S TIPS FOR HAIR CARE AND HAIR LOSS (Applies to all hair types)
1) I have been blessed to experience a lot through my music, stage, and international modeling career and have great tips that I learned and created along the way. These tips are to help and encourage you. Use what you desire and throw out what you don’t want to use.
2) I encourage you to ALWAYS research and check out the information for yourself. All that to say, check out what I offer regarding tips that have helped me and make the best decision for yourself using wise counsel & your doctor’s advise where needed.
3) Please always consult your physician before changing or stopping any counsel they are providing. Anything that I have done physically or with my doctors has worked for me and may not work for you. Again, I am only suggesting tips that have worked for me. I am not suggesting in anyway, shape or form to do these tips in lieu of whatever advice your doctors are telling you. Use these tips at your own risk knowing in my case they have worked.
HAIR and HAIR LOSS TIPS
EYE BROWS and LASHES:
As I have aged, I noticed some changes on my face. I have noticed less hair growing around my eyebrow and graying eyelashes. Here is a tip I use daily. One of the best oils I have used is Vitamin E. You can purchase it for 2 bucks at the Dollar Store. Each evening after I wash my face, I use a Q-tip to dab a little oil on my eyebrows. Then I will use another Q-tip to lightly rub over my lower and upper eye lashes. I found that over time my eyebrows have grown out and there is little to no gray eye lashes. Just wonderful!
SCALP and HAIR:
Hair loss…what a drag! For some men, being bald is super sexy. There is nothing like a beautiful bald head….I love them. However for a woman or man who does not want that look or dislikes swirling around those last five long strands of hair to cover that whole head of scalp….something way more is needed. Something like..hum..well..hair.
I have gone through many different styles and lengths in my lifetime. I have used perms to straighten my hair, gone natural, had weaves, wigs, and have even shaven my head bald due to an illness. In my modeling and jazz singing days, I was the queen of hair down my back one day and then hair only to my shoulders the next.
THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT HAIR
- Remember the opposite of dry is moisture NOT oily. For black hair, think water, light oil, not grease
- If your hair doesn’t move when your head moves….you’re hair dressing is too heavy or their is too much buildup and oil in your hair.
- Usually your hair type is the same as your skin type (i.e. If you skin is oily, your hair is more than likely oily)
- Trimming the ends helps hair
- Suave works well to rid hair of oil build up and strip hair. Make sure to follow with a shampoo that moisturizes to put moisture back
- The test of clean hair really is the squeak
Tip 1: Get the build up out of your hair and scalp. I found that a cheap bottle (get it at the Dollar Store) of suave shampoo (don’t get the conditioner) strips your hair of buildup. I can’t speak for anything else suave shampoo does, but I buy it for one reason only…to strip my hair of oils, build up and to literally get it squeaking clean. A lot of moisturizing shampoos don’t leave the squeak because they do not strip your hair of buildup.
I actually use three different shampoos every time I wash my hair. I first use Motions lavish shampoo (keeps my hair in great condition with silk and keratin protein), then I use suave to strip my hair of oils and build up to get that squeak, finally I use Silk Elements luxury moisturizing shampoo to get the moisture back.
Tip 2: Suggest using a separate conditioner instead of a 2-1. Think about it. How does one shampoo thoroughly leave your hair squeaky clean (stripping of build up, oils, etc.) while fully putting back moisture and conditioning like a good conditioner does? There might be something out there that you have found, if so go for it. No matter how moisturizing a shampoo is the goal is to take out and remove. A conditioner’s job is to put moisture back in and condition.
I switch between two conditioners. Weekly I use Silk Elements (Mega Cholesterol) conditioning treatment. Then every other week I use Motions CPR treatment conditioner first then put the Silk Elements on top. I let it stay on while I finish my shower then rinse it out.
Tips 3: Treat your hair/scalp like the rest of your body. Keep in mind, you body doesn’t stop at your hairline. If you have really dry skin, more than likely you have really dry hair. If you have oily skin same thing no different.
My skin is so dry that if I don’t put a moisturizer on my face immediately after I wash it, my face will start to tighten up and turn white (in other words ashy looking). Like the rest of my skin, my scalp gets dry as a bone as well. The key is to keep my scalp moisturized (remember the opposite of dry is not oily, it is moisture). What happens with the scalp happens with the hair. In other words, if I have a dry flaky scalp, guess where those dry flakes are going to show up.
All that to say, make sure to pay attention to your scalp. Also, make sure when you wash your hair you are using your fingernails to scrub your scalp and loosen any buildup or dry patches you have. It also stimulates the scalp.
Consider using lightweight products that you can put directly on your scalp. If you have dry hair, try hot oil treatments and make sure to apply it to your scalp (make a part across your hair, apply oil, then make part across next section of hair, etc….do this all the way to the back of your head) as well as your hair.
Tips 4: Here is a cheat for those of us with graying hair lines. Don’t you hate it when your hairline starts to show a little gray even though you might have colored your hair a few days before? I was in Sally’s beauty and the woman turned me on to a sho
rt-term cheat. Keep in mind this will wash out when you shampoo your hair and is not meant to cover a large area. It is for tiny “I’ve got some generic color in a crayon pencil to cover my gray” areas. The product is called “Tween Time” by Roux. It is an instant hair color touch up stick that will cover grays. Pick which color matches your hair. You can get it at Sally’s beauty.
Speaking of hair colors, Sally’s has some wonderful hair colors without peroxide called demi color. My scalp goes crazy with any other type of hair color. These are gentle and work wonderfully with no problems.
Tips 5: Do you have dandruff due to a dry flaky scalp or oily scalp? A cheap product that works is the generic version of T-Gel. You can get it at Wal-Mart. It is basically a tar shampoo. It does not have the best smell but it really cleans that junk out of your hair. Also T-Gel has another great use for facial breakouts. But we will talk about that in a later blog about having great skin.
When you towel dry your hair; make sure to squeeze your hair instead of rubbing it with the towel. When you rub your hair not only does it help to tangle it but it pulls out your hair as well.
Here are some products that I use on my hair for hair growth:
- The greatest thing since sliced bread for growing hair (to me) is BIOTIN. You can get it at Walmart (better price there). A dermatologist tuned me into this after I needed to shave my head (long story). LOVE IT! Great for nails also
- I also take prenatal vitamins (only because of the extra vitamins) good for hair and nails
- HairSil Accelerator Treatment (really good for hair loss! Can get it at Walgreens)
- If you have to use a hair dressing, DOO GRO (Yeah, I said it) hair vitalizer
Here are some products that I use on myhair for sheen and strength:
- I mix in a spray bottle (Vitamin E, Baby Oil, and Olive oil) and spray it lightly over my hair AFTER I spray my hair lightly with water
- Kid’s organics Shea butter hair lotion. A barber buddy of mine uses it on his kid’s hair-GREAT!
As always, if you have questions, comments, suggestions on topic areas or would like to share some of your story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
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