LaToya Jones

Healthy Hair Care Tips For Relaxed & Natural Hair From A Professional Hairstylist. Hair blogger, lifestyle blogger, and influencer teaching healthy hair through great products, lifestyle, and healthy living.

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10 reasons to deep condition your hair
Being a relaxed hair blogger and also a professional hairstylist, I get asked on quite a regular basis how to manage dry hair. I also get asked a lot what you should put on your hair daily. Today I want to talk all about this. First, I want to address the question of what you should put on your hair daily. The truth is that you should not have to put product on your hair daily. If you are using the right shampoos and conditioners for your hair, a daily hair dress is not necessary. And, speaking of conditioners, that is how you manage dry hair.

Deep conditioning is the answer to dry hair. Especially if you have relaxed hair, you should be deep conditioning at least twice a month, but weekly is highly encouraged if your hair is dry. I recommend that women with relaxed hair alternate between moisturizing treatments and reconstructive treatments weekly. Doing this does wonders for your hair! Here are ten reasons why you should be deep conditioning your hair:

  1. Improves wet combing (detangles)- Deep conditioning is great for wet combing. I recommend applying deep conditioner to your hair then gently combing your hair from the ends and working your way up. 
  2. Gives the hair body- Have you ever wondered why your hair does not move the way you want it to? It needs body. Deep conditioning will do that because it increases the moisture.
  3. Reduces frizz- Often, frizz is the result of lack of moisture. Deep conditioning reduces frizz drastically.
  4. Softens hair- Dry hair is often very brittle and hard. Deep conditioning will soften the hair. If you are using a great deep conditioner (like this one) you'll notice your hair become softer even while it is still wet.
  5. Adds moisture- Chemically treated hair, whether it is from a relaxer, permanent color, or both, is prone to more dryness. When you deep condition you are adding moisture back inside the hair, making it healthier.
  6. Adds slip- Slip is how your hair feels when wet. The more slip you have when wet, the better your hair feels dry. Deep conditioning increases the amount of slip you have.
  7. Increases elasticity- Elasticity is your hair's ability to stretch. When your hair is dry, it does not have much elasticity, therefore it breaks much easier. The hair has lots of elasticity when it is properly moisturized.
  8. Restores shine- Dullness is a result of lack of moisture. Deep conditioning puts the shine back in your hair.
  9. Adds volume- If your hair always seem flat, that is because you don't have a lot of volume. Volume also helps the hair to have more body. When you deep condition, the volume in your hair increases.
  10. Slows split ends- No one likes to trim their ends, however it is not something you should avoid. You can, however, prolong the time in between your trims when you deep condition.

These are some of the many reasons why you should always deep condition your hair. The deep conditioner I use and recommend is the by L. Jones Intense Moisturizing Treatment. It does all ten things on this list. Also, the Creamy Custard Reconstructive Treatment is great for damaged hair because it helps restore and repair damage. Whether your hair is damaged or not, it should be getting deep conditioned. If your hair is already healthy, deep conditioning will help maintain its healthiness. Deep conditioning is definitely a great addition to your healthy hair care routine.

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How to develop a hair care regimen for healthy relaxed hair

In order to have healthy relaxed hair you must develop a hair care regimen. Relaxed hair can be healthy, thick, and grow long! Developing your own personal hair care regimen for your relaxed hair is an important step when you are on a journey to healthier relaxed hair.  It basically outlines everything you do to your hair, lets you visualize what you are currently doing (or not doing), and allows you to make improvements in areas that need it.  Everyone has a hair care regimen even though you may not realize it.  Your everyday hair care routine is basically your regimen.  If your regimen needs improving, and you would like help in doing so, I definitely have something that can help you!

I created The Healthy Relaxed Hair Journal, which will help any woman with relaxed to have a hair care routine that is customized for you to end up with healthy, growing, relaxed hair. It outlines the recommended times you should get a touch up, when you should and should not apply heat, and much more. In this journal, you will write down the hair care items that you are using, what you are doing to your hair at night, and when you get your touch ups. When you physically write down what you are doing to your hair, it allows you see areas that may need improvement. It is also what I personally use for my hair care routine.

Weekly Routine

I recommend shampooing your hair once per week. Shampooing your hair once every two weeks is also acceptable as well but once per week is what is preferred. This is because after one week your hair not only has product build up, but it also has an accumulation of oils that your scalp produces on its own. Also after one week, your scalp can start do flake and get dirty. Shampooing weekly can remedy all of that.

What I use:  To make sure my hair is as clean as possible, I use by L. Jones Extreme Clean Shampoo. This shampoo gives the hair a squeaky clean feel and removes all dirt, oil, and product residue from the previous week. After that I follow up with the Extreme Moisture Shampoo which starts putting moisture back in the hair. Then I move on to the conditioner and use the Replenishing Conditioner. Next, I use the Leave-In Conditioner to help me detangle, moisturize, protect from any heat.

At that point, I style as usual.

Normally I don't add any more oil but if I do, I only add a dime sized amount of Silky Serum Oil. After that, I typically do not add any more oil since I add so much moisture in the shampoo and conditioning process.

Your hair care routine may vary depending on what your hair needs.

Nightly Routine

Every night, I wrap my hair with two, yes I said two, things.  I use my silk wrap cap first, and lastly I apply my satin scarf on top of that.  This is what works for me, because I found that only using a silk scarf alone did not get the job done.  I would wake up and it would either by half way off my head or completely off, which defeated the purpose.  The mesh wrap cap that you see in a lot of beauty supply stores covers basically from ear to ear and connects in the middle of my forehead.  This still leaves the top of the head and the nape exposed.  Leaving the nape exposed leaves the hair more prone to rubbing against the pillow and sheets while sleeping, which can result in the ends splitting and/or breaking while the rest of the hair is protected.  The silk wrap cap is much wider and also longer, so it covers everything the mesh cap covers as well as the nape.  The satin scarf then covers my entire head.  I do moisturize and seal, but not nightly. My method of moisturizing and sealing does not weigh the hair down, check it out here.

Relaxer Touch-Ups

I recommend not getting more than three touch ups per year. That equals up to getting your relaxer once every four months. I typically get about 1-2 relaxers per year, which equals me getting them every six months, or every 24-26 weeks. The last time I got my relaxer was my longest stretch, which I got at around ten months due to I was wearing braids and did not see a point in getting a relaxer until after I got my braids out. I do not do my own relaxers, instead I have another stylist do it for me. I would recommend getting a protein treatment about two weeks before a relaxer if your hair is damaged or colored, to give your hair the added strength to ensure no breakage when you get your relaxer.

Work Out Routine

While working out, I wrap my hair.  I work out in the evening, so I keep my hair wrapped until the next morning.  If you work out in the morning, and sweat profusely in your head to where your hair is soaking wet when you're done, I suggest pulling your hair in a high ponytail and wrapping your edges down.  This will allow your edges to remain straight. Then you can blow dry the rest of your hair and wrap. Otherwise, you will need to shampoo it multiple times a week, just be sure to use moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioner (this is a great one).

Once you get used to developing your hair care regimen for your relaxed hair, you will notice healthier hair. If you need a crash course about how to get your relaxed hair healthier, check this out, it will help.

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Hair breakage and hair shedding may look similar when you see the strands of hair on your bathroom floor but they are two totally different things.  Hair shedding is a normal process of the growth cycle, while hair breakage is cause for concern.  If you are not able to tell the difference, don't worry because you are in the right place! Let's take a look at the following hair tips below:

Hair that is shedding is normally long strands and often have a bulb on the ends.  If this is what the hair on your floor resembles, you should be in the clear.  Breakage looks more like shorter hairs, but they could sometimes be longer depending on the cause of the breakage.  Hair that is breaking will never have a bulb on the ends.

There are a few reasons why your hair will suffer from breakage.
  • Overlapping of chemicals- This is one of the main reasons why I do not recommend anyone do their own relaxers, as it almost always results in overlapping.  Overlapping is when you apply relaxer or color to hair that has already been relaxed or colored.  This results in weakening the hair, causing the hair to be damaged.  The end result is hair breakage.  When applying your own relaxers it is very hard to see the line of demarcation (line where the new growth meets the already processed hair).  This line is the weakest spot in the hair and overlapping causes hair to be more prone to breakage in that spot.  While you may not experience hair breakage the first time you overlap, you are still causing damage and over time it will definitely happen.
  • Heat damage- Too much exposure to flat irons and curling irons is another cause for breakage.  I recommend using heat on the hair no more than once per week after it has been shampooed.  Also, always use a styling tool with an adjustable temperature gauge (like this one) and keep it on the lowest setting that your hair will allow.  Having the tool up too high can cause hair breakage even when you only use heat once per week.  It is also a good idea to opt for styles where no heat is required when possible.
  • Dry hair-  When the hair is dry it becomes brittle and is much more prone to damage.  Always keep your hair moisturized by using hair products (like these) that will keep your hair hydrated, and drink at least 48 ounces of water daily! After all, water is the number one hydrator, so drink up!
  • Straining hair styles- Any hairstyle that puts strain on your hair by pulling it too tight causes hair breakage.  Braids, sew-ins, and ponytails are notorious for causing breakage around the edges.  Be extra careful to the sides and edges of the hair when wearing these styles as the edges are the weakest part of the hair.  It doesn't take much for them to break, and takes even longer for them to grow back. Continuous trauma to the edges of the hair can lead to alopecia, in which the hair may never come back. When wearing any type of protective style, be sure to use the by L. Jones Silky Growth Oil as well as the Cooling Hair Mister Braid Spray around the edges to keep them moisturized which reduces chances of breaking.

Hair breakage is 100% preventable.  Taking better care of your hair will prevent it and can also stop it.  So the next time you see excessive amounts of hair on your floor, analyze it to see if your hair is shedding or breaking, then take the proper action to get your hair back to its healthiest state.

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How often should you trim your hair?

Many women hate the idea of trimming their hair but the fact remains that it is an absolute necessity. Trimming the hair is needed in order to stop the split ends from continuing to split up the hair shaft, resulting in damaged hair. Therefore, trimming on a consistent schedule is important in your healthy hair journey.

So, how often should you trim your hair? I recommend trimming your hair (professionally) every three months. If you don't have good hair practices, for example, if you do not wrap your hair nightly or roll it up, etc., you will need to trim sooner.

If you have great hair habits (wrap or roll nightly, use heat wisely, etc) then you definitely can go three months before your next trim. Once you get on a schedule, you will notice that only a minimum amount needs to be trimmed.

Need help getting a consistent schedule for your hair care routine? The Healthy Relaxed Hair Journal can help! Click here to get yours.

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Have you ever had a goal for your hair to grow but it just seemed like no matter what you tried, things were not working out the way you planned? I get it! Many women have asked me how they can grow their hair faster, longer, thicker, etc so today I'm here to answer this question. As a relaxed hair blogger and professional hair care specialist, hopefully I'll be able to give you more insight and help you to reach your hair goals. Today I'll be giving my top 10 reasons why your hair won't grow. This is not an exhaustive list, meaning these are not the only reasons why your hair may not be growing, but the ones I'm going over today are the most popular and more than likely cover the issues you may be having.

Here is my professional list of reasons as to why your hair won't grow:

  1. Not trimming- Not trimming your hair is one surefire way to feel like your hair is not growing. Why? Because when split ends occur, and they always occur, they need to be cut immediately. When this is not done, they continue to split up the hair shaft. If split ends continue to split that means you will have to get more cut, which of course makes your hair even shorter than you originally planned. Cutting off your split ends is the only way to "fix" them. If this is done on a consistent basis, you'll be able to keep most of your length and see more growth.
  2. Not using high quality products- Believe it or not, the products you use play a major role in your hair care journey. Products that contain things that are harmful to your hair can cause it to dry out and break. Use products like these and stay away from products that include sulfates, parabens, etc.
  3. Too much heat- When flat ironing and/or curling your hair, it is important to do it correctly. You should only be flat ironing your hair with 1-2 passes only. Going over the same piece of hair multiple times, even with the heat on low, can cause premature breakage. Instead cut the flat iron up to a higher temperature that will allow you to go over the hair only once to get the desired look.
  4. Trimming too much- If you are having to get a trim every time you get your hair done, then you are essentially cutting off everything that you grew. Therefore you'll be in a constant state of feeling like your hair isn't growing. It is always growing, but if you are constantly cutting off your growth, you'll always be at the same length, or shorter. 
  5. Having the heat tools up too high- In addition to going over the hair with multiple passes with the flat iron, it is also just as important to not have the heat up too high. This will cause the hair to burn, get weaker, and eventually break. One way to tell if the heat is up too high is if you smell burnt hair. If it smells like it's burning, try cutting the heat down a bit.
  6. Constant rubbing in hair- Do you have a habit of rubbing your hair? It could be that you always are getting your side swept bangs out of your face. Or you may be always pulling your hair over to one side. You may not even notice that you do it. Either way, doing this constantly can cause breakage in that area. I had a client who always rubbed her edges with her fingers but never could figure out why they were always much thinner than the rest of her hair. Once I pointed it out to her (because I actually saw her doing it), she became aware of it and started to change. 
  7. Avoiding protective styles- When trying to make your hair reach a new level of length, protective styles are a great thing to help. Braids, for instance, can be left in for sometimes twelve weeks at a time and allow your hair to grow at least an inch and a half without you interfering. This is because with protective styles, you are not touching your hair at all and are simply allowing it to do its own thing, which is grow. This is why many women who wear protective styles all the time have hair down their backs.
  8. Using heat too often- Heat can be your hair's friend if used correctly. Heat should only be used once per week or less. There is never a time when using heat daily is acceptable. Doing this always, always, always leads to breakage.
  9. Not stretching your relaxer- I always stress relaxer stretching. In short, when you don't, some of your hair that has already been relaxed gets over processed and that leads to.... you guessed it. BREAKAGE! If you are relaxed and are not stretching, I encourage you to start. You'll see a major difference. Try to stretch at least sixteen weeks in between relaxer services.
  10. Not protecting your ends- When your ends aren't protected, they split faster, which means you'll have to get it cut sooner. The best way to protect your split ends is by wrapping your hair every night. You can also roll it, or put a satin cap on. 

Once you are able to look at the list above and see what you may or may not be doing to your hair, you'll be well on your way to making the necessary changes to growing your hair and becoming your own hair goals!

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The Healthy Relaxed Hair Journal

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