I’ve been involved with hair for nearly 40 years and counting. In this time I’ve experienced many types, textures, density, curl patterns and characteristics of hair from a multitude of people of all ethnic backgrounds. I have developed some beliefs about how often you are shampooing relates to the condition of your hair.
With new clients I always begin with a chat; with me seated on the comfy couch and them seated on my stage relaxed into the oversized client chair. One of the first questions I ask is – ‘How often do you shampoo your hair?”
this topic of shampooing and actually hair care in general– is an area where
ethnicity does make a difference.
is typical for White, Asian a few Latin or Black people to shampoo on a daily
basis. I’ve even encountered those that shampoo
twice a day. Often due to exercise or
their work environment like working in a restaurant leaves your hair smelling
like old food and grease.
Shampooing Less Can Be Better For Your Hair
Black people (women) don’t shampoo more than once in a week sometimes even up
to once a month. Those wearing braids, dreads, a weave, or have a lot of hair
requiring big time commitment to wash and styling fall into this category. I know many think, yuck! Actually it can be good for the hair and
absolutely saves on time. Unless there
is a scalp issue going on then not shampooing for an extended amount of time
would not be beneficial.
(with short hair) in general are not affected because the hair is cut
frequently. Men with longer hair or
growing longer would also benefit more less shampooing.
is my belief and opinion that optimal
shampooing schedule for most hair types should be done every 7-10 days. New clients are always in shock with this, in
the beginning. After they hear my
reasoning and the benefits they soften and agree to give it a go.
bodies are amazing in all that they do, create, organize and protect…truly
amazing. The oil (Sebum) that everyone
hates and attempts to wash away is what our bodies produce to protect us,
basically from ourselves.
do a lot to our hair; expose it to harsh chemicals, hot tools, sun and our
pollution. For instance the new color
fade of gray hair –this hair is basically fried, dried out and very porous. It NEEDS the sebum. And By The
Way –sebum is an excellent protector and conditioner; it rivals any one on
the shelves at the store. If utilized in the correct way. The
vital thing about sebum protecting and conditioning is that it must get off the
scalp and onto the hair thru to the ends.
great ways to move sebum from the scalp is with our hands/fingers or brushing. There was a good reason women used to brush
their hair everyday some 100 strokes. It moved the sebum throughout the hair
shaft and left the hair shiny and healthy also this brushing stimulated the scalp,
which increased growth rate of the hair.
Ease Into A New Shampooing Routine
suggestion is to add a day to your present shampooing schedule, for two weeks
or so. Then add another day for the next
two weeks, and so on until you reach somewhere between 7-10 days between
shampooing. Doing it gradually like this,
lets your body adjust how much sebum it produces. You also should be using your
fingers to move sebum thru to the ends daily. Before you shampoo give your hair
a good brushing. Be patient –you have had this frequent shampooing schedule for
a long time, it will take some time to adjust.
Ironically people will begin to tell you your hair looks great, when its
pass a week dirty (after your body as made its adjustments to how much sebum is
Now, as your washing schedule changes, so must your styling methods. Has the days go by and your hair gets oiler, move into braids, ponytails, buns or try to slick one side back. Rotate how you style it. And these are not involved styles they will not take more time; they are just different than your norm. Come on, you can do it give it a try. If you don’t like your hair using the suggested schedule, create what works for you. Your hair will show you how happy it is when you utilized what your body makes for your protection.
Natural Products That Nurture Hair
like clean natural shampoos, like Dr.
Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap or
vinegar shampoo. Sometimes I use one of the above 1st wash, then
depending on how many days it’s been since wash and if there is product built
up in hair, I’ll shampoo a 2nd time using perhaps another shampoo.
shampoo is the ideal time to use Earth Tonic’s Herbal Hair Tea to instantly
infuse your hair with pure vitamins, minerals amino acids and emollients. Moisture
Balance Herbal Hair Tea helps soothe, moisturize & protect dry hair. It also adds body & thickens hair,
promotes growth and slows or stops hair loss.
It is a excellent natural detangler while soothing the scalp and
enriching lifeless hair.
There is no need for any other conditioner! Using this method there is no residue left in the hair and it soft and nourished looking and feeling it’s natural best!
It gives you the advantage of knowing how to take care of your hair. This means you can maintain it using the right ingredients and products in a way that benefit your hair so that you can achieve your best hair.
Hair is composed
of 5 elements:
Nitrogen, Sulfur and Carbon.
Which form a
tough protein called keratin formed by 18 amino acids.
Hair has trace minerals:
Manganese, Calcium, Iron and Lead
Hair is made up
of two separate structures: the hair
follicle, which exists below the skin, and the hair shaft, which is the hair that we see.
follicle is the living part of the hair. It is the point from which the hair
grows. A hair follicle anchors each hair into the skin.
The terminal part
of the hair follicle within the skin is called a hair bulb.
hair bulb is the structure formed by actively
cells produce the long, fine and cylindrically shaped hair fibers.
hair bulb has special cells, which produce the pigment that gives hair its color called melanin.
which are receptors for the male hormones, are located on the cells of this
dermal papilla that feeds from the bloodstream provides nourishment to form new hair and is found at the base of
the hair bulb.
bulb is the stocking-like structure that surrounds the papilla and germinal
matrix. It’s fed by the capillaries. The bulb is home to several types of stem
cells that divide every 23 to 72 hours, faster than any other cells in the
body. It also contains hormones that affect hair growth and structure during
different stages of life, like puberty.
Adjacent to the
hair follicles are glands. The most important one of these glands is the sebaceous gland, as it produces and
secretes the natural oils called sebum
which lubricate the hair.
The hair shaft—the hair that we can see—is actually dead. It’s made up of three layers of keratin, a hardening protein.
layer: This is called the medulla.
Depending on the type of hair, the medulla isn’t always present, only seen in
large and thick hairs.
layer: This is called the cortex,
which makes up the majority of the hair shaft. Both the medulla and the cortex
contain pigmenting cells that are responsible for giving hair color. The cortex provides the strength and texture
of a hair fibre aswell as holding in moisture to help it
feel strong and resilient.
layer: This is called the cuticle,
which is formed by tightly packed scales in an overlapping structure that
resemble roof shingles serves as protection to the hair. And the cuticle layer determines how shiny or dull the hair
Considering the structure of the hair you
can understand what is involved in how hair grows and what is necessary to
nourish hair. With hair being made of amino acids and trace minerals it would
make logical sense that adding substances with these elements would be
beneficial to hair.
Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea is made solely of organic minerals, vitamins and emollients that are small molecular substances that can travel through to the hair follicle, the living area of the hair.
Herbal Hair Tea does not contain any
polymers, preservatives or other ingredients that could diminish, hamper or
block absorption of the vital nutrients. Herbal
Hair Tea makes your hair it’s natural best!
Herbal Hair Tea contain the ‘life force’ of the plants &
the Sun; they are full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and emollients. The hair easily absorbs the Hair Tea because
they share many of the same elements.
Hair is composed of
–Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulfur, Carbon creating
Amino Acids –Protien
Trace minerals –Cooper, Zinc, Manganese, Calcuim, Iron and
Herbs are a effective way to boost hair growth, restore
moisture and enhance its texture and shine naturally. Because of their natural composition vitamins,
minerals and moisture are able to penetrate
the hair cuticle into the cortex with plant nutrients which are both gentle
and nourishing for the hair and scalp.
Herbal Hair Tea
instantly infuses your hair with essential goodness without chemicals or
additives that could impede absorption and or cause build up that creates a
host of negative side effects.
You can use them for
a variety of reasons: to moisturize and condition hair, restore luster and
bounce, soothe scalp irritation, relieve dandruff, provide deep cleansing, or
stimulate the scalp to boost hair growth.
The tea can be applied warm or cold, using applicator or
spray bottle to dry or wet hair. Can be used to re –hydrate, or as protectant
after washing, detangler. Tea can be
stored in frig up to 2 weeks in airtight container. The tea is left in as final rinse leaving
light fresh scent and soft, style hair as desired.
With Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea you know exactly what you are putting on your hair.
Natures’ Medicine Kit –Hair conditioning can be ‘as simple as a cup of tea’.
They provide myriad healing benefits, with no side effects. Stinging nettles have a cornucopia of nutrition, which can easily be utilized every day.
Nettles are a good general tonic of the female reproductive system, excellent for young women just starting their monthly cycle, as well as women entering menopause. Stinging nettle helps to keep testosterone circulating freely and keep you feeling sexually vital. See how the plant has female energy, nature gives clues to her gifts.
Nettles are an incredible source of nutrition, making them an ideal way to maintain overall health, and assist the body in times of illness or stress. They have a high content of iron, calcium, and silica, as well as other trace minerals. They are rich in vitamins, chlorophyll and they are even a substantial source of protein.
Chlorophyll helps to build and replenish our red blood cells, boosting energy and improving well being almost instantly, and can be used to treat anemia. The nettle also helps boost the immune system, and it contains anti-inflammatories and natural pain relief, being of huge benefit to people suffering from rheumatic disorders and arthritis.
A cup of nettle infusion contains 500 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of bone- building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc. Drink nettle tea once a day, or between meals when used for more intense healing; builds energy, strengthens the adrenals, and is said to restore youthful flexibility to blood vessels.
Stinging nettle – It is an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. For flexible bones, a healthy heart, thick hair, beautiful skin, and lots of energy, make friends with sister stinging nettle. It may make you feel so good you’ll jump up and exercise.
Whether in teas or in tinctures, traditional practitioners of herbal medicine have used nettles to make the eyes brighter, the hair shinier, and the blood clean and potent. Nettles are also used to increase the strength and length of hair in beauty regimes. In fact, some herbalists swear by organic nettles ability to actually stimulate hair growth in balding men!
Stinging nettles protects against hair loss and can also be used to enrich hair and skin, as a wash, rinse or taken internally.
At Studio Joi, Stinging nettle is the base of the famous ‘Hair Tea’ used to finish and leave in after your shampooing. It is also used in custom designed treatments for your hair, give a call today to schedule an appointment to have a treatment designed for your hair.
Split Ends? No Problem, here’s a solution, Cutting off the dead ends allows hair to repair itself. Get rid of the dead weight by dusting the ends. All hair is susceptible to split ends regardless of whether you chemically process your hair or if it is natural. Split ends can’t be permanently repaired despite the claims from some specially formulated haircare products. These products can only temporarily glue split ends together so they appear repaired.
As for the frequency of hair dusting? It’s just like a normal hair trim, every couple months, but it also depends on how much heat styling and coloring you do to your hair. Hair gets damaged because of weather, coloring, bad haircuts, hot tools, and just the age of the hair. Dusting used to maintain health in severely damaged hair should be done every few weeks, which lessens the need for trims.
Maintaining healthy ends will help with retaining length. It will help with breakage, which is often the true culprit of your hair not growing. The key to trimming hair is knowing what needs to be trimmed and what doesn’t.
Dusting involves cutting under a 1/4 inch off of the ends of the hair to keep them in the best possible condition. Trimming often removes a larger amount of hair, so for those that are conscious of keeping their hair long dusting is a good alternative.
You may have trouble finding a stylist who offers hair dusting as a service because, it’s incredibly time-consuming, requires focus and skill and is almost like a second haircut after your strands are shaped and trimmed. Studio Joi offers Dusting as a stand alone Treatment to help grow and keep your hair vibrant and long or as an addition to any other service.