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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Fact or Fiction? #4 - Curly hair myths, debunked!

September 14, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


I have not published a Fact or Fiction? post in such a long time, but this is, actually, my fourth beauty myths post. These posts are meant to debunk common beauty myths and misconceptions. For this fourth (4th) post, I chose to focus on curly hair. 


I have a loose curl pattern (2c/3a) and, I have been wearing my hair naturally, on and off, for over a decade. I haven't straightened my hair in almost two and a half years! Needless to say, I learned quite a few tips and tricks along this journey. I found a lot of helpful information online, but also a lot of misinformation such as:


1. Do not wash your hair more than once a week.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


There is no one golden rule when it comes to hair cleansing. If you don’t wash your hair enough, it will become flat and greasy. If you wash it too often, it will be dry and frizzy. You should wash your hair when it needs to be cleansed.



2. You only have curly hair if you don’t have to scrunch it.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


Some people believe that if your hair is not curly while wet, you don’t have curly hair. Wet hair is elongated and weighed down with water. Thus, the curl or wave pattern is hidden. This is why shrinkage happens, where curly hair often looks shorter when dry.


women with curly hair

3. You can use high heat to diffuse your hair without causing damage.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


Many believe that since the diffuser attachment diffuses the heat, it will not cause damage. Unfortunately, the truth is that heat always leads to some damage. If you must use heat, use it as little as possible, and always protect your hair with a heat protectant.



4. Wash your hair with conditioner only.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


Applying conditioner on wet hair and rinsing it out is moisturising hair, not washing it. If you want to cleanse your hair, you need to use a shampoo, cleansing conditioner or a co-wash. These products contain ingredients that help remove dirt, impurities and product buildup. 



5. Silicones and sulphates damage your hair.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


This is a core rule of the Curly Girl Method (CGM) and a huge misconception:

Silicones coat the hair and cover up the damage. As they build up, the most efficient way to remove them is by using sulphate shampoo. However, sulphates strip natural oils, causing dryness, frizz and damage. Thus, creating a vicious cycle. According to the CGM, you should never ever use them.


Silicones are not inherently bad for hair; water-insoluble silicones do build up on the hair shaft and are difficult to remove, however, water-soluble ones are easily removed with gentle shampoos, including sulfate-free shampoos.

Sulphates can be damaging to your hair. But they can also have some benefits; without cleansing sulphates, sebum quickly builds up on the scalp. This buildup will lead to a lot of itchiness, flakes, and over time this can lead to hair loss. Sulfate-free shampoos are an excellent option for most curlies, but if you feel the need to use a shampoo that contains sulphates, you can do so. The secret is to dilute it with water, only apply it to the hair roots and, alternate its use with a more moisturising shampoo. 



6. You must follow the Curly Girl Method.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


I think the Curly Girl Method is a good starting point for learning how to take care of curly hair, but it’s not the end-all-be-all of curly hair care. The truth is, it takes a lot of trial and error to find what works for your hair.


Curly hair is stunning, unique and sometimes hard to manage. Which one of these curl myths surprised you the most?








Sunday, January 03, 2021

Favourite curl creams / leave-in conditioners of 2020

January 03, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! 

In this first post of the year, I want to share with you some of my favourite hair care products.  As I previously told you; I've been wearing my hair, exclusively, in its naturally wavy/curly state (2c/3a) since June 2019.  Using a curl cream or a leave-in conditioner is an important step in my curly routine, one I cannot skip.  

Here are the four (4) hair creams I purchased and repurchased in 2020...

curl creams and leave-in conditioners


The reason I use four different leave-ins is that I rotate between them, and use the cream that my hair needs on that particularly wash day.  Your hair should maintain a balance between moisture and protein and finding and maintaining the balance between these two is critical for achieving and maintaining healthy hair.  Neither protein nor moisture can work well without the other.

When my hair feels a bit dry and is in dire need of moisture, I use the Garnier Fructis Aloe Vera Air-Dry Cream.  This product is very moisture-rich and it does an amazing job at hydrating dry hair.  It is ideal for dehydrated hair, highly moisturising, with aloe vera extract and vegetable glycerin.

On the other end of the spectrum, if my hair feels over moisturised and needs protein, I use the Garnier Fructis Hydra Liss 10 in 1 Air Dry Cream.  This product is rich in protein and it also acts as a heat protectant.  In fact, it claims to be a ten actions in one product; heat protection, anti-frizz, anti-humidity, anti-breakage, anti-split ends, repairs, moisturises, softens, gives shine and does not weight down hair.  This leave-in treatment is enriched with argan oil and liquid amino-keratin.

I use the Suave Professionals Curl Defining Cream (with natural shea butter and pure coconut oil) when my hair is balanced and doesn't need more moisture than protein or vice versa.  Coconut oil does not contain proteins itself, it is composed of approximately 50% lauric acid which helps restore and strengthen the protein structure of your hair.  This product enhances my natural curl pattern and helps fight frizz while adding moisture and shine.  I only use a small amount of this cream as it tends to weigh down my hair if I use too much.

The Garnier Fructis Hydra Ricci Air-Dry Cream, has a little bit of hold, that the other three hair cream I use do not.  It does a good job at defining my curls, however, I still need to use a mousse or gel on top for hold (as I do with any cream I use).  This leave-in treatment is enriched with pistachio oil and in fact, it spells just like pistachio.

These products are very affordable and work well for my hair type.  If you use strictly CG (curly girl method) approved products, you can try the Garnier Fructis Aloe Vera Air Dry Cream; it is the only one of the four hair creams I mentioned that is silicone-free.  

Personally, I do not use sulphates or silicones in my shampoos and conditioners, but I don't mind using silicone in my stylers.  Here in Malta, the air is very humid all year round and the silicone in my stylers create a barrier against the moisture in the air.  I tried following the curly girl method to a T but my hair loves silicone curl creams and leave-in conditioners. 


What are your favourite leave-in hair products?


Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness.




Saturday, May 25, 2013

Oily scalp and greasy hair!

May 25, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you have an oily scalp,  it can be tough to keep your hair from getting greasy.  Here are some easy things you can do to reduce greasy hair...

Cleansing & conditioning tips:
  • Wash your hair frequently but not every day.  It's recommended that you only wash it every 2-3 days.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo once a month.  This type of shampoo is designed to remove any build-up of grease and hair product.  Do not use a clarifying shampoo every day though, as this will over-strip your hair, causing it to produce more oil in response.
  • Try to use a conditioner just for the lower half of your hair.
  • If your hair is dry at the ends and oily at the roots then condition your hair first and then shampoo your roots.
  • If your hair is very oily, you may be tempted to not use conditioner.  However, if you have long hair, it is best to condition the ends to stop them from drying out.
  • Rinse your hair with warm water and then close the cuticle with cold water to add shine.  Try a small amount of apple cider vinegar as a final rinse (1 tablespoon per 8 fl oz /236 ml of water).  The smell goes away as the hair dries.
  • You can also use dry shampoo to make your hair look less greasy.
Styling:
  • Don't use too much styling products or you'll weigh your hair down and residue could accumulate.  Stay away from “wet look” gels, because they will make your hair look greasy when it's not!
  • Brush only as much as needed to make your hair neat.  Do not over-brush your hair as brushing  increases oil production.

  • Avoid touching your hair as much as possible.
  • Avoid straightening your hair.  The heat from the blow dryers and straighteners makes your scalp produce more sebum.
  • Embrace your curls!  Sebum moves more slowly through curly hair.  This is why curly haired people tend to have dry hair!  If you've have natural waves or curls, flaunt them! J
What causes "oily hair"?      
Excess sebum on the scalp causes "oily hair".  Here are some factors that can accelerate oil production:
  1. Intense heat and humidity 
  2. Sweating
  3. Puberty and other hormonal changes 
  4. Some medications that affect hormones
  5. Touching and playing with your hair frequently
  6. Frequent brushing
  7. Pollution
  8. Stress

Often greasy hair is an issue only during puberty and with time the problem fades, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
I hope you find this helpful!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Silicone-based hair care products

October 20, 2011 3 Comments
Silicone in hair care products? 

Silicone can be found in a great number of shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products.  Silicone covers the hair with a thin water-proof layer (does not penetrate the hair).  Thus, the hair absorbs less humidity, helps lock in moisture, and it makes your hair look smooth and less frizzy.  So, should you use silicone-based hair care products?  Keep reading to find out the advantages and disadvantages of silicone.

Advantages: 

It makes your hair look really good, for a while (read the disadvantages). Silicone adds shine and softness and also reduces fizz.

hair shampoo and conditoner bottles

Disadvantages:

Silicone does not penetrate the hair (its molecules are too large to be absorbed into the hair shaft).  If you use hair treatment and masks and do not see the results, this is probably why.  Silicone is not water-soluble and you can’t wash it out with regular shampoo.  Ultimately, product build-up will make your hair look dull, flat and dirty.  So, if you use silicone-based products, use a clarifying shampoo once a week!



In most cases, any chemical that ends in _cone or _one is silicone.  However, not all silicones are the same.  Some are heavier than others.  Dimethicone is the heaviest of all silicones used in hair care products.               

Personally, I do not use silicone in my hair anymore.  Silicone used to weigh down my hair and make it look dull and flat.  Now my hair looks so much different; it’s wavy and has a lot of volume!

Still, I can’t say that all silicones are bad.  Some people will find silicones too heavy for their hair, while others will love the way it makes their hair look and feel.  You have to try different products to find out what’s best for your hair.   

So tell me, do you use any silicone-based hair care products?  If so, I want to know about your experiences.

XOXO
Euphrasie85