LaToya Jones

Healthy Hair Care From A Professional Hairstylist


This week I was on VACATION! I was so excited to be on vacation because my family has not taken a real vacation in two years due to me having the baby. The first year I was pregnant and the second year he was too small to travel (in my opinion) so I went two years of having stay-cations instead. We headed up to an indoor waterpark and I knew that I wanted to take my wig that was vacation friendly. If this hair gets wet, it will air-dry to a nice wave.


Since it was my vacation, I did not shampoo my hair while we were out. As a matter of fact, I didn't do anything to my real hair this week, I didn't even look at it! But, in my defense, if most of the time you are doing what you need to do to your hair in keeping it healthy then you can afford a cheat week every now and then with no real consequences. Therefore, I did not stress over the fact that I went an additional seven days without doing my normal hair routine.


I actually started to skip this week and not even post it but I know that there are other women out there that have weeks where they may not do anything to their hair either. I want you to know that it is ok, it's just like having a cheat week with your diet. As long as you pick back up the next week and continue with your healthy hair regime then you will be just fine.



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Wow, I guess what they say about time is really true. It flies by when you are having fun. And I have been having a blast with this series. I definitely see how people get addicted to wearing weave and wigs all of the time. The only thing we need to remember, and yes I say we because I am talking to myself too, is to take care of our real hair underneath the bundles.


I used the following Silk Hydration products this week on my real hair:




`This week I took my hair completely down first with my fingers. I only did this because I could not find my comb right away. But after I got them down, I then used my wide toothed comb to detangle it from the root to the ends. This is what gets the hair that has already shed out of your hair. If you simply shampoo after taking down braids using only your fingers then you hair will get very matted and tangled. We do not want that so take the extra step of combing through your hair completely. Doing this also makes it easier to detangle once you have already shampooed and conditioned.


Once I blow dried the hair, I then braided up myself (unfortunately) and then oiled my scalp and massaged it in. Remember that massaging helps to stimulate the blood flow in the scalp which helps with hair growth. So massage your scalp as often as you can. For the rest of the week I will leave my hair alone with the exception of oiling my scalp at least two more times this week.

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Welcome to week 14 of the series! This week I have really started noticing my hair growing just by looking at how much new growth I have. It is really thick at my root. It is so thick that I need another word to describe it. I chose to wear London again this week just because I'm so obsessed with red hair right now so I just love her! 


This week I used the following Silk Hydration products on my hair:

This week I wanted to focus more on the moisture so I decided to leave the Extreme Clean Shampoo out of my routine. Sometimes you can let your hair tell you what it needs and this week I felt my hair needed more concentration. You can look at and feel your own hair to see if you ever need to go off your normal schedule.



I had my hair braided up this week by another hairstylist so more than likely I will leave these braids up for two weeks. However, things are subject to change so we will just have to wait and see. After my hair was braided, I them oiled my scalp before putting my wig cap on. Lastly I put London on work her the entire week.


If you will notice, I am not doing anything extra special to my hair each week. I have found that the most basic routines that don't require a lot of manipulation with your hair are the most effective. If you keep doing these effective things on a consistent basis you will have significant hair growth. Your hair is designed to grow all on its own so it does not need much help from you. Just keep it clean and let it do it's own thing!

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Most of my natural clients have so much hair that it is absolutely ridiculous and this client is no exception. Don't get me wrong, I think that thick hair produces some of the best looking styles but my goodness it takes a lot of hard work to get those styles! This particular client normally gets a straight look because because we are currently in the process of growing her hair back out from a bob and having it straight gives us a better guide on how long it has gotten. Every now and then we curl it just to try something different and today was one of those days. She does not have a relaxer so she gets a silk press so that she can have that relaxed look. When natural clients want to have curls a lot of them can not simply get a roller set like their relaxed counterparts. Instead I curl it with the flat iron and they have to maintain it at home to keep the curls.

                    

This picture was taken as I was about to blow dry it.  This is what her hair looks like when it is soaking wet. I gave her a good shampoo and conditioner, then also applied Silk Hydration by L. Jones Leave In Conditioner to give an additional layer of moisture.  I finished blow drying the hair then began the silk press process using the Toi flat iron.



I curled her hair with the flat iron to get the curls you see here.  I really only curled the ends of the hair because she did not want it too curly but it appears to be curled all over because she has layers. To keep it curled she can use the flexi-rods to curl it at night. This client likes for it to fall through the week so she wraps it up nightly. She also sprays it with the Miracle Potion no9 maybe once or twice during the week to enhance the shine and control any frizz.


This client normally shampoos her hair on a weekly basis so this style will last that long until she either shampoos it herself or comes back to the salon.






Week 13 is here and as of right now, I am OFFICIALLY at the half way mark in this series. I plan on going up to 26 weeks which would roughly equal 6 months. This series has been going great so far! Even though I have not had a relaxer in about 37 weeks and have a LOT of new growth, I can tell that my hair is growing, even in what I considered to be problem areas. My edges that came out due to postpartum alopecia are growing back wonderfully. What used to be pieces of hair that only stuck straight out are now hanging down and are bang length. Here are a few things that I have been doing that have contributed to my hair growth:
  • Weekly stimulating my scalp
  • Oiling my scalp multiple (at least 3) times per week
  • Using Silk Hydration products
  • Not using heat from flat iron
  • Not getting a relaxer while doing the series.
One note I would like to point out about the last bullet point is that it is not required to NOT get a relaxer in order for your hair to grow. However, my logic is simple. If I am not going to be wearing my real hair anyway, what is the point of getting a relaxer? My hair is going to be braided up for 6 months so getting a relaxer right now would be pointless. Once I am done with the series and am ready to start wearing my real hair again, please believe I will most definitely be getting my relaxer again. The only bad thing is that it seems to get thicker and thicker as the weeks pass by but that is why I try my best to always let someone else do the braiding for me. I can handle the shampoo and conditioner, as well as the blow dry. But, braiding my own hair has never interested me. As a matter of fact, I don't like it at all but sometimes that is not an option for me and you just have to do what you have to do.


This week I used the following Silk Hydration by L. Jones products:



Unfortunately, like I mentioned earlier I had to braid my own hair this time. Also I did not start braiding until late at night so in order to cut down on time I braided my hair larger than I normally would. This is not something done on a regular basis but I was tired so it is what it is!


This week I chose to wear the same wig I wore last week. I just really love this red hair plus I didn't prep the wig that I had in mind to wear so there it is. It is a good thing that I have many wigs (yes I make them all) to choose from. Like I stated before, I'm loving this series. I see why people love weave so much. It's so versatile, and easier to maintain but I am kind of missing my real hair just a teeny tiny bit. I am more curious to see exactly how long my hair is so far but I'll wait until the series is over. Remember ladies, the goal of this series is to GROW your hair while wearing wigs so it is important not to neglect your real hair underneath. Maintaining it is crucial in order for the series to be successful.


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