Get to Know your Hair. 

To learn the truth about your hair, have a talk with yourself.

Here are some questions to ask yourself.

What does your hair like?

What doesn’t your hair like?


Where are my hair’s weak areas?

Discern the reason why the weakness.

Is it the nature of your hair to be weak or are you doing something to create it?

Discover your options.

Set realistic Hair Goals! 

Appreciate and make the best of what you have!

If you need some guidance with discovering the answers and options to these questions call 415.332.3044 or email Studio Joi | joi@studiojoi.com

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Shampooing

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?”

Now this topic of shampooing and actually hair care in general– is an area where ethnicity does make a difference.

It 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

Most 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.

Men (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.

It 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.

Our 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.

We 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.  

Two 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

My 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 produces).

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

I 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.

After 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!

order online @ http://www.earthtonics.info

Written by joi @ studio joi

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Hair Structure Basics

Understanding the structure of hair empowers you.

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:

Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulfur and Carbon.

Which form a tough protein called keratin formed by 18 amino acids.

Hair has trace minerals:

Cooper, Zinc, 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.

Hair Follicle

The hair 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.

  • The hair bulb is the structure formed by actively growing cells.
  • These cells produce the long, fine and cylindrically shaped hair fibers.
  • The hair bulb has special cells, which produce the pigment that gives hair its        color called melanin.
  • Androgens, which are receptors for the male hormones, are located on the cells of this structure.
  • The dermal papilla that feeds from the bloodstream provides nourishment to form new hair and is found at the base of the hair bulb.
  • The 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.

Hair Shaft

The hair shaft—the hair that we can see—is actually dead. It’s made up of three layers of keratin, a hardening protein.

The innermost 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.

The middle 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.

The outermost 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 will look.

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!

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Multi-Vitamin Shot For Your Hair!

Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea

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 Lead

Hair Tea is composed of

Minerals:

Amino acids, Manganese, Magnesium, Calcium, Silica, Iron, Cooper,

Vitamins:

A, B1, B2, B12, C, K, E, Thiamin, Pyridoxine

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’.

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Studio Joi ~ GIVING Back

 

To anyone that sees this post:

You may nominate 1 person that you feel NEEDS

Joi Love

Some pampering

Attention to their beauty & well-being

Studio Joi is Giving

1 of the following

Color tup

Hair Dusting

Custom Designed Natural Treatment & Style

From the nominee’s 3 will be chosen 1 each day 18-20 April

 

Response at the following link  www.studiojoi.com

With an email including nominee’s name and whatever you’d like to say about why you’ve chosen this person.

one love

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Stinging Nettle Benefits For Females

Stinging Nettles Are A Universal Herb.

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.

 

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Save Your Length With Hair Dusting

 

SPLIT END TREATMENT ~ DUSTING

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.

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