Open Mic with Hair Garden!

Hello, lovely people! I’m here to let you all know I will be going live with Harriet West-Moore of Moore Galore Hair Products! We will be on YouTube this evening at 7pm Eastern time!

We will be having discussions about some trends in the natural hair world and also having an open floor for your questions! If you could join us, it would be great! I’m looking forward to seeing you there! You can find the link below!

Moore Hair Products Galore Podcast

Hello everyone! I’m excited to share the podcast, Moore Hair Products Galore! I had the honor of being a guest last week and want to share the episode with you. She discusses natural hair care, products and even some history!

It was my first time being a guest on a podcast and I had a great time! I’m looking forward to doing it again and hopefully maybe doing a podcast of my own one day!

Podcast link:

Moisturizers vs. Oils: Which Is Best YOUR Hair?

Moisture (water) vs. Lubrication (oil)

Merriam-Webster defines moisture as “liquid diffused or condensed in relatively small quantities. To moisturize is to “make something less dry”.

One of the main complaints/concerns I get regarding natural hair is moisture retention. Many people feel that their hair is “too dry” or “doesn’t stay moisturized”.

When most people feel like their hair or scalp is dry, they usually reach for is their favorite oil or butter. This is because ever since we have been have been learning about our hair, we’ve been told that our hair needs oil when it is dry. A lot of us grew up with the tradition of oiling/greasing our scalps especially if we had dry scalp issues.  The irony in that situation is that if our hair and scalp is actually dry, it is too late for oil and any addition of oil can actually make the situation worse.

Dry scalp (not to be confused with dandruff) is simply the absence of moisture on the scalps surface. Adding oil to a dry scalp will simply lubricate and seal the skin and make it appear healthy, however, you still have not moisturized it.

If you’re thirsty, do you reach for water or a milkshake?

When it comes to treating dry hair (and scalp) we are dealing with moisture vs. lubrication. Moisture comes from water and water-based products. Moisture creates pH change, which can soften and swell the hair.  Lubrication comes from oil and oil-based products. Oils provide lubrication, which cuts down on friction and can create a seal.

Determining which products can and can’t penetrate the cuticle of the hair depends on their molecular composition.

Water molecules are smaller and tightly bonded together.  Oil molecules are larger and have longer molecular chains.

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Water chemical make up

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Olive oil chemical make up

Water is polar, meaning it contains positive and negative charges. This is what gives water its pH properties that affect and contribute to the condition of your hair. These pH properties are those that cause the softening and swelling of the hair cuticle helping product gain access the cortex.

*Oils on the hair and scalp can give one the impression that their hair is healthy because it gives off sheen which gives off the healthy appearance of being properly moisturized. *

Oils do not contain these positive and negative charges. They contain chains of fatty acids which can nourish the hair as well as coat and/or seal the hair.

Now that we understand the basic make-up of oils and water, let’s take a look at their characteristics and the part they play in hair care.

Water evaporates, oil does not. Water is more readily absorbed by hair and skin; oil will mostly rest on the surface.

This is why there is a connection between moisture and oils. Once there is moisture in the hair, it can temporarily be sealed in (before it completely evaporates) with an oil or butter extending the time that the hair feels moisturized.

On wash day after you’ve completed your conditioning/moisturizing routine is the best time to apply a small amount of oil or butter to the hair and scalp to boost moisture retention. At this time, your hair and scalp has gotten a fresh does of moisture in the form of water and other pH balancing products such as conditioners and leave-ins.

Many people with kinky, curly and/or cottony textures will complete their moisturizing routine by sealing their hair and/or oiling their scalps. However, I do not recommend this for all hair types. These hair types typically have a flatter surface (due to a more oval strand shape) and can be finer. Addition of oils to fine hair, especially low porosity hair can be overkill and keep much needed moisture out of the hair.

I personally recommend oils when the hair is about to go through a high friction or high stress style such as braiding or twisting, especially with extensions. The cuticle around the twists and bend of the individual hair strand are more vulnerable and susceptible to damage so additional lubrication in these areas can be helpful.

My personal hypothesis is that when using oils (that don’t go rancid) when styling can be helpful, especially with some braids and some loc styles and depending on the situation. This is because some oils can prevent moisture from entering some styles and prevent the growth of some bacteria and fungi. I would personally oil my natural hair before entering a pool or the ocean etc. I would oil it if I knew I would be outdoors or in heavily wooded areas for an extended period of time to protect from the elements (and buggies!)

I think I have rambled on enough. I just wanted to share a little information with you. I plan on updating more often so I look forward to interacting with you all. See you next time!

Hair Garden Nursery’s 1st Giveaway!

Hey loves! Watch the video below for details! Contest only open to participants in the US. Thank you!

Refreshing Red Haircolor!

Greetings, to to all! Got a haircolor video to share! I’m so forgetful when it comes to taking a photo of the final look! I promise I’m going to do better!

I lifted her roots to a level 6/7 and refreshed her red color using two parts #Igora L-89 and one part #Chi 8RR with 30 volume. I rodded her with red, yellow and pink perm rods for a tight long lasting curl. Check it out! I hope you like!

https://youtu.be/Vq6yhx–imI

Big Chop and Braids!

Greetings, everyone! I wanted to share a short video of a big chop I did earlier this week!

I had a client with natural hair that had been wearing sew-ins and for a while and had damaged parts of her hair from using flat irons. She wanted all the damage gone and the rest of her hair cut to an even length. We followed that with feed-in braids to give her a low maintenance style while growing re-growing her hair.

https://youtu.be/SgIGqF7HO44

I used shears to cut her hair and used Hair Garden’s Mint cleanser and Mango Punch Conditioner. We are looking forward to returning her to a full, healthy head of hair!

Please post any questions or comments and thanks for visiting my blog!

Hairstyles for Natural Hair (video)

Greetings, lovely people! I put together a compilation of some of my favorite styles that I have done over the past year or so. Check it out and like and share if you liked anything you saw!

Alcohol in Your Hair Products: The Bad, Good and the Facts

Hello, beautiful people! When I first went natural, I felt like I couldn’t use anything on my hair because all of the moisturizers seemed to always have alcohol in them! Sometimes as the first ingredient!

After further research, I learned that not all alcohols are created equal and that some would actually be helpful in helping me achieve moisturized hair! I wanted to share that information with you all! Hopefully, it will make you look at some of your favorite moisturizers differently!

https://youtu.be/SAgE47MuaF0

I am looking forward to doing more videos like this! If there are any topics you would like for me to cover, please let me know. I would really appreciate it! Thanks for stopping by!

-Aphropuphs

Crusty Edges? Could Be Seborrheic Dermatitis!

Greetings, everyone! I had been trying to think of a common issue that many are facing with their scalps to do a video on. Then it came to me! Seborrheic Dermatitis!

It’s something that I have dealt with on and off for many years and was finally able to combat! It’s a very common skin condition that mostly affects the area where the forehead ends and the scalp begins. Many things can trigger this but it’s many due to a pH imbalance on the skin and in the hair follicle.

I wanted to share the little bit I know about it with you! Hopefully, you will find some helpful information!

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