LaToya Jones

Healthy Hair Care Tips For Relaxed & Natural Hair From A Professional Hairstylist

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We all know that moisture is a wonderful thing for the hair to have and maintain. However, when it comes to protein many women simply skip adding protein to the hair altogether. The truth is that healthy hair needs an equal balance of both protein and moisture. Too much moisture can leave you with hair that can become limp and lifeless because it has no structure. Too much protein can leave you with dry hair that breaks more easily because it has no elasticity. Hair that is damaged either has too much of one of these things, or not enough of both. You can compare it to planting a flower. The flower needs to be planted in great soil, but it also needs to be watered as well. Both of these things work together to produce something beautiful.

honey oat moisture shampoo

When it comes to damaged hair, I have noticed a drastic improvement when the hair is treated with products containing BOTH moisturizers AND  protein. I created the by L. Jones Protein & Strengthening Repair Collection for that very purpose. This collection contains items that are infused with moisture, minerals, and protein in an effort to repair hair that is damaged. If you have ever used any protein products before you may notice that they leave your hair very hard and you often have to immediately follow up with a moisturizing product to stop the hair from being so hard. With the by L. Jones Protein Strengthening & Repair Collection you get the best of both worlds in one bottle.

honey glaze moisture conditioner

The Honey Glaze Moisturizing Conditioner is a deep conditioner that is used to add moisture to the hair as well as strengthen it. It does not contain actual protein but it does contain ingredients that can penetrate the hair follicle and restore damage from the inside out. It smoothes the outer layer of your hair follicle leaving you with smooth, shiny, easy to manage hair. This is great for hair that has been chemically treated like relaxed and colored hair.

pre poo hydrating hair mud mask

The Pre Poo Hydrating Hair Mud Mask is fantastic for relaxed hair. It also does not contain protein but it does contain several minerals that benefit the hair. These benefits include the following:

  • softens the hair
  • conditions the hair
  • helps the hair appear thicker & fuller
  • helps stop shedding & hair loss
  • removes dead skin cells from scalp
  • removes toxins & metals from the hair
  • encourages hair growth
  • helps retain moisture
  • prevents itching
  • reduces dandruff
  • increases circulation
  • helps repair porosity
  • improves frizziness
  • makes hair more manageable, shinier, and smoother
The Hydrating Hair Mud Mask can also be used after the shampoo as well and can also be used directly after a relaxer service. Since creating this product I find myself using it EVERY single time I shampoo my hair. I simply wet my hair, towel dry, apply the mud mask, cover with plastic cap (30 min minimum), the rinse and proceed with my hair routine as usual.

vanilla milk leave in conditioner

The Vanilla Milk Leave-In Conditioner does include just enough protein to keep the hair strong and just enough moisture to keep the hair moisturized, soft, and detangled. It also acts a heat protectant as well. All of that goodness in one bottle!

2-week old roller sets still look good with the right products

The Protein & Strengthening Repair Collection is great for relaxed hair because relaxers tend to weaken the hair somewhat due to breaking down the bonds in the hair. Adding protein helps tremendously by making the hair stronger. Also if your hair is damaged, this collection nurses the hair right back to health by giving it everything it needs.

When it comes to moisturizing and sealing, it can be very confusing on whether or not to do it. Even as a hair care professional, I have not always moisturize and sealed my hair but have had a change of heart lately. With any hair, especially relaxed hair, it very important to take care of the ends of the hair because the ends of the hair are the oldest. Maintaining the integrity of the of the ends is crucial to retaining your length.

Great products to moisturize & seal for healthier hair

When moisturizing and sealing your relaxed hair, you only need a very small amount of product. Using too much will weigh your hair down and not cause it to have body and movement. I like to use one spray of Leave-In Conditioner to add moisture, then one drop of Silky Growth Oil to seal it in. Remember, it's only the ends of the hair, so a little goes a long way.

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Top 4 Professionally Proven Ways To Grow Your Edges Back In 6 Months

A lot of women having thinning to no edges at all for a number of different reasons.  I've had some clients who tell me that they have always had extremely thin edges since their childhood.  Others have experienced damage to their hair and their edges got the worst of it.  Whether or not you can grow your edges back mostly depends on what happened that made them fall out or thin out in the first place.  The good news is that most of them time, you can get your edges back healthy.  Here are a few things that you can do to grow your edges and hairline back.

applying oil to the scalp can help the edges grow back
  1. Stop putting tension on them- Hairstyles that are too tight on the edges like ponytails and braids are the number one culprit as to why women begin to lose their edges.  The edges are the most fragile part of the hair so wearing tight hairstyles makes the hair more prone to breakage. When wearing ponytails, don't make it a habit of wearing them continuously.  If you really need to wear one, put all of the hair except the edges in the ponytail. Once you have all of the other hair secured, then gently brush the edges in to blend.  That way, when you are putting the hair in the rubber band, your edges are not being pulled, and it will take the strain off.  This will allow your edges to not break as much resulting in them looking thicker and healthier.
  2. Just say no! (to hair glue)- As a healthy hair specialist, I do not provide any services for my clients that involve hair glue, period.  You especially don't want to put any glue on your edges because again, that is the most fragile part of the hair. Continuously putting glue in and taking it back out always leads to breakage! Trust me, I've seen the damage that it can do.  Also, continuing to cause damage over and over to the edges makes it harder to grow them back and can sometimes lead to permanent balding in that area.
  3. Stimulate the blood circulation in that area-  This is the most effective way to regrow your edges.  Increased blood circulation in the scalp allows the hair to grow faster.  You can do this by gently massaging your scalp (or having it massaged).  It is recommended that you do this with a growth oil (like this one). Do this on a regular basis and you could expect to see growth of at least 1/2inch per month.  
Hair growth oil used to help stimulate hair growth

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There are many foam wrap/setting lotions on the market but how do you know which one is best? When I'm in the salon, I like for my clients' hair to be very soft, silky, and manageable. I absolutely am not a fan of of foam wraps and setting lotions that get hard, flake up, or make the hair feel very stiff. For this reason I have finally decided to formulate my own foam wrap for by L. Jones based on what I like for my own hair as well as my clients' hair.

The Whipped Honey Foam Wrap is a foam wrap setting lotion that can be used on relaxed hair as well as natural hair to mold the hair down, smooth the hair when wet setting, and give the hair very soft and defined results when doing twist outs! It does not make the hair hard, does not flake up/turn white, and it does not make the hair feel stiff or leave a residue on the hair.  And the moment you smell this foam wrap, you will want to lick it off of because it smells just that good!

Whether you are wrapping your hair, rolling, or twisting, this is the perfect foam wrap.  It is sulfate free, paraben free, and also helps you comb through and detangle your wet hair easier. If you want to try this product for yourself, head over to to place your order. I'll even give you $5 off your first order when you sign up for the by L. Jones newsletter!

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How to comb your relaxed hair while it is wet

In today's Toya's Hair Tips I wanted to share how to comb your relaxed hair while it is wet. Anytime your hair is wet it is much more fragile than your dry hair. For this reason, you want to always be sure to comb your wet hair with caution and care.

Use Leave-In Conditioner to detangle wet hair

First, you want to always prepare your hair to be detangled by softening it up and adding detangler to the hair. You can do this with products like these. Next, you want to always use a wide tooth comb when your hair is wet. This will help you avoid unnecessary breakage. Lastly, always comb your wet hair by starting at the ends, then working your way up. Doing all of these things will ensure that you don't cause any preventable breakage to your hair while it is wet.

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