Thursday, December 23, 2010
Protecting the hairline from stress and damage is an important part of hair care. Tight braids, tight ponytails, relaxing, brushing, weaves, and other harmful practices can contribute to a damaged hairline. Traction alopecia is a word for hairline damage caused by overstressing the hair with tight, pulling styles.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
We've all heard of the hair-typing system that looks a lot like 3a, 4b, 2c, etc. This is called the Andre hair typing system. The numbers 1 through 4 designate the curliness of the hair pattern - 1 being straight, 2 being wavy, 3 being curly and 4 being very tightly curly/coily/kinky. The letters a, b, and c designate the curl size within that number - 3c having smaller curls than 3b, 2c having smaller waves than 2b, 4b having very small coils or a zig-zag pattern smaller than that of the 4a hair type. The Andre hair typing system simply tells you the size of your curls, and how they look altogether. You can check it out here.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
The ends of your hair are the oldest part. They've been through the most combing, detangling, managing, etc. They are also the most fragile. It is vital to protect your ends to keep them from getting split or damaged, to avoid fairy knots and tiny tangles, and to retain length. Here are some great ways to protect the ends of your hair.