Bad Curly Habits

By: Zenobia Harris

 

Fighting the temptation to pull at dangling knots, twirling your hair around your fingers to the point of tangles-- we all have bad hair habits that we need to break. There are some bad hair habits that aren’t too damaging while others can be completely detrimental to the hair health. Here’s Curl V’s top list of bad hair habits that all curlies should break.

 

Bad Hair Habit #1: Yanking/pulling out hair knots

Pulling knots out of your hair can cause some serious damage. It can be annoying (and downright frustrating) to be in the middle of detangling your hair when a pesky knot gets in the way. The urge to pull at it is there, but don’t! Yanking out a knot of hair gets rid of the unwanted clumps, yes, but it also causes split ends which can lead to bad breakage if care isn’t taken. So instead of using your hands, try to carefully and gently pull the knot apart with a comb. If that doesn’t seem to help, it’s usually best to opt for a pair of hair shears or scissors instead. You are much less likely to have split ends that way than if you just pulled hair knots out freely.

 

Bad Hair Habit #2: Detangling from root-to-tip instead of tip-to-root

This is a big curly no-no. Detangling curly hair can take some effort because of the nature of the curl. Curly hair is much more prone to tangles, breakage and knots than straight hair, because it is usually woven around other strands of curly hair, making it slightly more difficult to pull apart. That’s why it’s important to take your time during the detangling process. Detangling from the tips of your hair to the roots is essential, because this method puts less stress on the hair and reduces the chances of having a lot of breakage. Not to mention, it’s also slightly less painful, too.

 

Bad Hair Habit #3: Pulling hair too tightly in up-dos

The last bad hair habit that everyone, regardless of hair type, should break is pulling hair too tightly. Besides causing a massive headache, pulling your hair too tightly into up-dos puts a large amount of stress on your hair follicles, and it can literally pull your hair out at the roots. Aside from causing balding and sparse edges, it can also leave your hair brittle and frizzy from breakage. Another problem is the type of hair band being used to pull the hair back. Hair bands with metal clasps can add to the damage by causing snags and causing hair to get tangled into the band. Always remember to be gentle with your hair with any style. Try to invest in ouchless hair bands or even satin scrunchies and hair ties to eliminate some of the stress on your hair when it is pulled back. If you’re worried about a certain hairstyle being too frizzy or loose without your hair being pulled tightly, try using a gel and/or a hair balm to aid in slicking your hair back. This too can relieve unnecessary tension by smoothing your hair without it being pulled tightly from the scalp.

Your hair, just like anyone’s hair, deserves the utmost respect and care. No matter how you choose to rock your coils, remember that sometimes a little tender love and care is needed to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.  

 

Curly Hair Hacks

By Zenobia Harris

Curly Hair Hacks

 

Having curly hair doesn’t always mean that styling and maintenance has to be extra difficult and time consuming. Curl V wants to give you a few hair hacks to make your day-to-day hair routine much simpler.

 

The first tip is to use saran wrap on your sink and shower drains while detangling your hair. It’s no secret that detangling days can lead to big hair messes in the bathroom. Sometimes, those clumps of hair can lead to a clogged drain. One good way to ease the headache of post-detangling cleanup is to cover your sink or shower drain in seran wrap. This will keep hair out of the drain and save you a whole lot of time cleaning up afterwards.

The second tip is to “double-pineapple” your hair. Many curly people are aware of the meaning behind the term “pineapple” (it’s not just a fruit). For those people who don’t, the pineapple method involves pulling all of your hair into a loose high ponytail in order to preserve your curls, especially at night. However, there are some problems associated with the original pineapple method that can easily be fixed with the double pineapple. If you have short or super thick, curly hair, it can be hard to pull all of your hair into a high ponytail and expect it to stay there all night. This method can also apply undue stress on the edges. Another problem is that high ponytails can over stretch the hair, especially towards the back of the head. So when you finally take your hair down, sometimes the curls in the back are stretched almost to complete straightness which may not produce the look you were hoping for. The best way to safely stretch and protect your strands is to do two ponytails-- one high ponytail at the top of the head and a low ponytail at the bottom. This will preserve your curls without completely straightening them or over-stressing the hair, and you have better chances of maintaining two pineapples than one.

The third tip is to rinse out your conditioner with cold water only. When washing your hair, it is important to utilize both temperature settings for different reasons. You should use warm to hot water to rinse your hair while shampooing, because hot water opens the pores in your scalp and the cuticles of your hair. This allows the shampoo to really clean the scalp and hair, and it allows the conditioner to moisturize your the strands and penetrate the hair shaft. Rinsing out conditioner with cold water helps seal the cuticle of the hair thus sealing in the moisture and shine provided by conditioner and water. It also helps prevent frizz by helping to close and smooth the hair cuticle.

Thanks for reading! Keep posted for more #curlvapproved tips and tricks! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @mycurlv.

 

Superfoods for Hair Health

Superfoods

 

Hey there Curl V enthusiasts! Last week’s blog post featured five great foods to improve your hair health. This week, we’re giving three more awesome foods that provide your hair with amazing benefits. Here’s a list of three superfoods you should be eating for gorgeous hair!

 

Blueberries

Blueberries make a delicious snack, but these berries are also packed full of a chemical called proanthocyanidins that aid in stimulating and accelerating hair growth. Blueberries are also a great way to prevent premature graying which is often times the result of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Blueberries help prevent this by restoring the nutrient in our bodies. Of course you can absorb the nutrients and vitamins found in blueberries through consuming them, but they can also make a pretty nourishing hair mask. For a smooth hair mask, blend a handful of blueberries (not too many) with some sort of oil like coconut or olive oil. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and rinse well.

 

Spinach

We’ve all been told to eat our greens at some point in our lives, and there are lots of good reasons behind doing so. Leafy greens like spinach, for example, are rich in vitamins and minerals like folate (a type of B vitamin) and iron. Iron is very important to our bodies because it aids red blood cells in carrying oxygen throughout our bodies. People who are anemic and have iron deficiencies often suffer from fatigue and hair loss. Spinach is a great way to replenish the body’s iron supply, because it is an iron-rich vegetable, thus helping to combat hair loss and other side effects associated with iron deficiencies. It is also rich in Vitamin A and C which are major proponents in stimulating hair growth, Just like blueberries, spinach can be blended up into a delicious smoothie or even used as  a hair mask to moisturize and feed your hair. A cup of spinach with a spoonful of oil and honey is enough to make a repairing mask that will leave your hair smooth and soft.

 

Walnuts

Tree nuts like walnuts are a great source of protein for your body and your hair. Walnuts are also full of fatty acids and B-vitamins, but the key vitamin to think about when associating walnuts with healthy hair is biotin. Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7, keeps the hair strong and prevents thinning and brittleness. It is also a key ingredient in Curl V’s Hair Vitality Complex. The word “biotin” stems from the Greek work “biotos” which means “life” or “sustenance.” Because biotin plays such an instrumental role in our overall health, it only makes sense that walnuts are listed on our list of superfoods for healthy hair.

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Kelp

By: Zenobia Harris

 

The Curl V Hair Vitality Complex is filled with all natural ingredients to nourish your hair from the inside. Each ingredient serves a special purpose within the system. Sea kelp, a vitamin-rich seaweed, has a variety of uses and benefits that make it an important part of our Vitality Complex.

Sea kelp can be found along the coasts worldwide and has a variety of nutrients that it absorbs from its salty, aquatic environment. Some of the nutrients provided by sea kelp include vitamins A, B-12, B-6 and K as well as the amino acid l-lycithine which promotes healthy hair growth and reduces shedding.

Sea Kelp has benefits that work from the inside out with disease fighting properties that may help combat certain types of cancer and promote cardiovascular health. Sea kelp can also be found in a number of facial and eye creams for its anti-aging properties. Kelp has many other known benefits to the body including regulating metabolism, serving as a natural diuretic and antibiotic, and it is also a great source of iodine.

Kelp is especially important for people who suffer from hair loss due to thyroid or other health problems. It is such a dynamic ingredient and provides many benefits to our overall health and wellbeing. This is why sea kelp is such an important part of the Curl V Hair Vitality Complex.

By: Zenobia Harris

Many people may not associate emotional health with physical. However, these two forms of health are intrinsically linked to one another, and therefore how we deal with emotions from day to day impacts our overall well-being.

 

For example, happiness promotes a healthy heart and immune system, while stress and anger promotes--well--the opposite.  Negative emotions like stress can impact  everything from our blood pressure, weight,sleep, digestion, and in some cases, it can bring about extreme hair loss with your hair becoming brittle and shedding more than usual.

There are three types of extreme hair loss that can be linked to stress: telogen effluvium (TEL-o-jun uh-FLOO-vee-um), trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh), and alopecia areata (al-o-PEE-she-uh ar-e-A-tuh).

Generally, our hair will grow for a few years and rest for a few months which results in shedding and regrowth. Telogen effluvium, a type of non-scarring alopecia, occurs when certain medications or some sort of hormonal or metabolic stress pushes hair follicles into a premature resting phase. The hairs may not fall out suddenly, but could come out at a later time when combing or washing the hair. Generally the hair grows back in most cases within six months time.

Trichotillomania, or hair-pulling disorder, is an impulse control disorder in which one pulls out hairs from the scalp, eyebrows, or other parts of the body. This disorder can develop after a person is placed in a situation of high stress or anxiety. It can start in childhood and last well into adulthood if left untreated. Therapy and medications are the best ways for a person with trichotillomania to deal with the disorder.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that results in the body attacking the hair follicles which causes extreme hair loss. There are many factors attributed to alopecia areata, one factor being severe stress. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in large amounts sometimes all over the body. This type of hair condition is unpredictable, and hair can grow in and fall back out at any point in a person’s life.

Extreme cases of hair loss require professional medical attention, but there are some things that can be done to prevent light to moderate hair loss aligned with stress. There are many simple life changes that one can make that can reduce your stress levels and thereby help reduce the damage that stress can have on your strands. Things as simple as getting a good night’s sleep, eating the right foods, expressing our emotions in appropriate ways, therapy and even meditating can all bring about positive changes in our life and our hair health. Curl V values the importance of healthy, positive living, and we are dedicated to providing our customers with a way to maintain a healthy head of hair and lifestyle.

By: Zenobia Harris

 

At Curl V, we understand the struggle of maintaining healthy hair when you’re always on the go. Whether you are the parent of a child with curly hair or you’re a student yourself, there are many quick and easy ways to style your hair while maintaining hair health. Now that school is officially in session, here are a few #curlvapproved tips to maintaining your hair’s health and vitality even on your busiest days.

Tip #1: Give protective styles a chance.

Whether it’s two strand twists, braids or a high bun,  protective styles can be a lifesaver when preparing for those long school days. Hairstyles like the ones listed above can last for several days at a time with little to no extra maintenance. If you know you are going to be rushed for time, put your hair in a protective style the night before and leave it in for a couple of days. Not only will you find it easier to get out of the house (or dorm) in the morning, you’ll also find that it is a great way to retain length and prevent other damages to your hair like split ends and breakage.

Tip #2: Sleeping on a satin/ silk pillowcase

Sometimes, wrapping your hair up at night can be a big hassle after a long day of school and homework. On those days when you forget or are simply too tired to even look for a bonnet, a satin pillowcase can protect your hair at night even when you forget to. Bonnets and many head wraps are made with special material that allows the hair to slip between the fibers without snagging. Because these pillowcases are made of similar fibers, you don’t have to worry too much about having super dry, damaged hair in the morning. 

Tip #3: Always carry an extra hair band and/or bobby pins.

Depending on how active you are during the day, sometimes a quick hair touch-up may be necessary. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have extra bobby pins or a hair band. Always carry these extra styling tools in your purse or bookbag, so that it is easily accessible should you need to change or adjust your hairstyle at some point during the school day.

Tip #4: Get Curl V!

Whether you are trying to maintain your hair health or improve it, Curl V has got you covered. Curly, straight or wavy-- it doesn’t matter. Our Hair Vitality Complex is for everyone and all hair types. Whether you are rocking braids or a bouncy fro, Curl V is the key to healthy hair this semester. Get your 30:60:90 starter supply today!

The Long and Short of It: Daily Hair Care for Every Length

Whether you are relaxed, transitioning, have just done a big chop or are years into your curls, here are simple, tried and true daily care tips for every texture and length. 

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Cleansing

  • Product: Co-wash; sud-free or conditioning shampoo.
  • Method: Thoroughly dampen hair, gently massaging the scalp to soften any buildup and oils. Apply cleanser to scalp only and gently massage with pads of fingers and not nails. Avoid aggressive circular or jerking motions, especially near the edges. Rinse, allowing cleanser to travel down the remainder of the hair. Try to limit washes to one lather (if you use product properly, this is possible. See, styling below.)
  • Frequency: Co-wash every 6-8 days. Shampoo once a month.

Styling

This one is easy. We aren’t purists, we realize that people want to do different things with their hair and we love that. But of course, the most important thing is to be sure that any method or style you use, protects the scalp and cause minimal damage. Hair grows back; a damaged scalp can be permanent.

  • Apply styling products starting a half-inch from the scalp. This keeps this scalp clear and extends time between washes.
  • Use less product. We all want our curls to pop or poof, and those of us with long hair are tempted to slather it on, but too liberal an application of any product, particularly those with oils in them, can actually make your hair drier and more brittle. It also weighs it down and can lead to limp, boring curls. To get definition and retain body, apply product to soaking hair and squeeze out excess, or dampen hair and apply diluted product. Stick to water-based products and start light, working to a moderate application if needed. Sometimes less is more.
  • Stop oiling your scalp (we know, we know. Our grandmas told us too). But as great as it was to sit at our mothers and grandmothers and aunties feet and have our scalps oiled, the fact is, oil is not a moisturizer. Water is a moisturizer. Most products have some kind of lubricant in them, so what you apply to your hair will eventually make it to your scalp. Oiling your scalp just adds to buildup and means more frequent washes.
  • Keep a spray bottle with equal parts aloe water, water and a squirt of your fav conditioner and mist daily to moisturize hair.
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Cleansing

  • Product: Co-wash. Skip the shampoo.
  • Method: Thoroughly dampen hair and scalp. Apply a rich co-wash or conditioner all over the head and massage for no more than 1-2 mins using the pads of the fingers. Do not scrub.
  • Frequency: Co-wash once every 5-7 days.

Styling

  • Apply diluted product with fingertips, avoiding the scalp. If you have a very low cut, apply diluted product to damp head.
  • Stick to water-based products. Oils will remove body and cause awkward flattening and clumping of looser textures and make kinkier textures stiff and block moisture.
  • Mix equal parts aloe water and water and mist hair daily for shine and moisture.
  • Special note for the TWA: That elastic “no pull” band you use to pull your hair into that lovely puff is no good. Elastics, even flat ones, pull the edges and cause stress to the follicle. Go for styles that leave your edges unhindered.

These simple steps will lead to less daily damage and increased overall health (you will also save on product, which is always a plus). 


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"With Curly Girls In Mind": Is Curl V Right for You?

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