It took me awhile, but I’ve learned the importance of taking care of me and, I found that I LOVE being pampered!
Most of us have come to the realization that we need take to time for ourselves and have adopted some type of self care or pampering routine — including downtime, body care, hair care, skincare, mental and emotional care, exercise and diet.
This article is part of a collaborative series on a variety of areas having to do with self care.
Today we’re starting with haircare — brought to us by Licensed Cosmetologist, Jameelah Baker
# Self care — Listen! Your Hair is Speaking!
Often as women we come to the salon to get a regular shampoo, blow dry, style and we’re off! However, it’s important to remember that, periodically, our hair needs specific care outside of our normal routine. Let’s see what our hair is saying.
Issue: Shedding or tangling when combing or brushing your hair. Solution: This can be a sign that a protein treatment is needed along with a trim.
A lot of the times, we don’t want a trim because it takes away from the length. But the longer we wait to get a trim, the more unhealthy the hair will be and the more breakage will occur. I recommend trims every 4-6 weeks along with a protein treatment if you notice excessive breakage or shedding.
Issue: Scalp is drier than usual or flaky Solution: This is a sign that a scalp treatment is needed.
Scalp treatments help combat dryness of the scalp and minimizes excessive dandruff flakes. I recommend scalp treatments for every service, if your scalp consistently shows these signs or after a take down of extensions or braids.
Issue: Dry or Chemically Treated Hair? Solution: Deep Condition
Moisture deep conditions are strongly recommended for dry hair and when you receive a chemical service. You should receive a deep condition service every 2 weeks.
There you have it! The hair has spoken and given us a short guide to deep conditions, scalp treatments and trims:
Shedding/Tangling – Protein/Trim – Every 4-6 weeks
Consistent Dry Scalp/Flakes – Scalp Treatment – Every Service*
Dry Hair/Chemically Treated – Deep Condition – Every 2 weeks
*This is also recommended after taking down braids or extensions.
It is vital that we pay attention to our hair language and what its telling us. Be sure to book these services if you notice any of these signs. These services are offered for all hair types.