LaToya Jones

Healthy Hair Care From A Professional Hairstylist

Healthy relaxed hair

Today's Toya's Tip comes from the following question:
"How often should I get a relaxer?"
This is a question that I get asked A LOT. I am all about healthy hair so a lot of people come to me who are looking to get their damaged hair back healthy. One of the top questions women ask me about their hair is how often should they get a relaxer. My answer to this can be quite extensive but for the sake of this blog post I will give you the short version. We have all been trained to get our touch up relaxer at 6 weeks like clock work. However, since I became a hairstylist I have been thinking more and more about this. Here is my reasoning. The normal, average head of hair grows at a rate of half an inch per month. Once the hair is relaxed, it is a permanent action to hair that has already been relaxed does not need more relaxer as this is what causes damage and breakage. However, when 99.9% of us get a relaxer, the stylist doing the relaxer is processing at least 2 inches of hair. This means that 1.5 inches of the hair is being over-processed. If you break this down, every time you get a relaxer at 6 weeks that extra 1.5 inches of hair gets overlapped at least 4-5 times. As you continue to do this for years and years, eventually the hair becomes weaker and much thinner. That is why a lot of times your relaxed hair is thick at the root and thin towards the ends. It's because the hair on the ends has been over processed to death as the hair on the roots has not. So, my theory is that if as a stylist I am processing 2 inches of hair, why not wait until the clients have at least 2 inches of new growth before getting a touch up? This equates to 16 weeks in between touch ups. I follow this rule for my clients and my relaxed clients have thick hair from the root to the tip, and their hair is long! So, I recommend getting your relaxers every 4 months. This sounds like a lot, but trust me, your hair will thank you!

damage from over-relaxed hair

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How To Grow Your REAL Hair While Wearing Wigs (week 22) 

This week I did not document the entire process of what I did because I am in vacation mode. This post was done the day before I was going on vacation and that was all that was on my mind at the time. I do however explain exactly what I did and even if you have not been following this series you will not be lost. This week I took my hair completely down from being braided up. I first shampooed it with the Silk Hydration by L. Jones Extreme Clean Shampoo. Next, I followed that up by shampooing with the Extreme Moisture Shampoo. Then I conditioned with the Replenishing Conditioner and let this sit for about 5-10 minutes (no heat). After rinsing that, I towel dried and generously applied the Leave-In Conditioner. I combed that all the way through my hair, put my silk scarf around my edges (to lay them down) and let the rest of my hair air dry. The next day I blow dried the rest and went and had it braided straight to the back.

protective style while wearing wigs
Once my hair was braided, I applied the Silky Regrowth Oil to my scalp and massaged it in. After that, I put my wig cap on and applied my wig for the week.

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This week I wanted very little heat to be applied to my hair which is why I let it air dry first. That way I did not have to apply much heat to get it to 100% dry. My hair typically does not dry completely when I air dry it but when I blow dried it I only had to use medium heat for not even five minutes. I try to only apply heat to my hair when it is absolutely necessary. Below is the wig I wore for the week while on vacation.

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Today's Toya's Hair Tip comes from the following question:
"How do I get soft, silky, & shiny hair with lots of body? 
We all want that hair that moves whenever the wind blows, is super shiny, and is ultra soft and silky. Well today I am here to tell you exactly what to do to get the hair that you have always wanted. First, in order to have soft hair, silky hair, shiny hair, and hair with body, it all starts with the hair products that you use. Silk Hydration by L. Jones products were created for the sole purpose of giving you hair like this. First, you would start with the clarifying shampoo called Extreme Clean because it gets all of the dirt, oil, and any product build up off of your hair. This gives you a clean slate of hair to work with. Second, you would shampoo again with the moisture shampoo, which is called Extreme Moisture. This begins the process of depositing the good moisture back in the hair. Next, you would move on to the conditioner, which would be the Replenishing Conditioner. This softens the hair up dramatically. To add even more moisture, next you would add a the Leave-In Conditioner. After that, you simply dry your hair and style. Once you get done, spray a little shine spray (Miracle Potion no9) on your hair and just like that you have lustrous, silky, soft, and bouncy hair!

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 For week 21, I decided to be lazy and not shampoo my hair this week. That means, I had to still keep it moisturized. After all, nothing should come between a girl and her healthy hair, including laziness! So I kept the braids up and applied my growth stimulating oil directly to my scalp and rubbed it in. This is essential in keeping my scalp and the follicles moisturized. Another tip to keeping the hair moisturized is to lightly spray some Silk Hydration by L. Jones Leave-In  Conditioner directly to the braids. If you do this be careful not to get them soaking wet, only a light mist is required.

After this week I will definitely take my hair completely down and shampoo as well as deep condition. Until then, this is my look for the week. This is my red head bob and I call her "Bridgette". The hair used is from L. Jones Hair Collection. Check out the video for week 21 below. While you are watching be sure to subscribe to ToyaJTV.

Week 21 video:

Many of us women, no matter whether we are relaxed or natural, have babies and toddlers who are natural. For relaxed women, some of us have been relaxed for so long that we often question what we should do with our kids' hair. I personally have two boys with very thick, curly hair and like most of all the other women I know, I love how my kids' hair looks when it is wet. When it is wet, it looks perfect! But then it completely dries and we have a completely different situation on our hands.

After having my second son (the one featured on this post), I noticed that every time I would shampoo his hair he would get the worst dandruff and severe cradle cap. I could literally see him beginning to break out. This lead me to actually turn the bottle around and read the ingredients. Until this point I simply trusted the brand's name and never questioned them. However, once I began to research the ingredients in them, what I found shocked me! I found sodium hydroxide which is used in relaxers to the hair straight, sulfates which are extremely harsh and irritating to the scalp, and quaterium 15 which is also know as FORMALDEHYDE which is used to embalm dead bodies! Really?? I could not believe companies were putting this stuff in products that were targeted to babies. No wonder my baby was experiencing so many issues with is scalp. After literally going to the store and looking at every baby product's list of ingredients and not finding ONE that did not have harsh ingredients in them, I decided to make my own. This is what lead me to create the Baby Collection of Silk Hydration by L. Jones. 

 In the baby shampoo, I use distilled water as my base which already has any impurities already removed. Also, instead of using a soap based cleanser I use a fruit based cleanser that is derived from apples. To thicken the shampoo, I use a food grade thickener and instead of scenting it with perfumes I use an essential oil. All of these things were designed with my little one in mind. I know he is only one of many babies who have sensitive skin so I knew I needed to make a shampoo that was super gentle and safe. But I did not want to stop there, babies also need conditioner although their hair is so fine that they do not need anything heavy unlike us adults. So for this reason I also made a cream rinse which lightly conditions and detangles the hair. When I first started using the Gentle Cleansing Shampoo on my little one, his cradle cap went away in TWO DAYS! The red breakouts and irritation on his skin went away, and his scalp stopped constantly itching. I have never used anything different on him since! Since the conditioner is so light, I even leave it on instead of rinsing and it defines his curls so well!  Once his hair air dries, his curls still stay defined and do not look dry. I am in love with this combo and am actually a bit disappointed that I didn't come up with this with my first child! I even went on to make him the face of the Baby Collection because it was his story that inspired the creation of the baby line. So to all you other mothers out there that can relate to my baby's story, I want to encourage you to always look at the labels and see what ingredients are in the products you are using on your baby. Be sure only safe ingredients are being used! Or, you can simply order some Silk Hydration by L. Jones Baby Collection products for yourself!

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