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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When your hair is damaged, it needs a bit more love than usual. Damaged hair needs extra special attention in order to properly nurse it back to health, especially hair that has a chemical like relaxers and permanent hair color.

Today's tip is to handle your damaged hair with care. What I mean by that is to go above and beyond so that your hair can properly get back in shape. You can do this by doing the following:

  • Shampoo weekly
  • Deep condition/reconstruct every time you shampoo
  • Trim on a consistent schedule
  • Avoid heat and opt for non-heat styles

If you simply do these four things, you will see drastic improvements in your hair. Once your hair is back healthy, keep that same energy instead of slipping back in to the bad habits that caused your hair to become damaged in the first place!

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Deep conditioning the hair is most definitely part of having a great healthy hair care routine. The best deep conditioner for relaxed hair as well as natural hair is one that adds tons of moisture, producing soft, silky, bouncy hair that of course is not dry. Here are some characteristics of what makes the best deep conditioner for healthier hair:

  • Moisturizes
  • Softens
  • Adds slip/silkiness to the hair
  • Reduces itching and flaking
  • Add shine to the hair
There are many deep conditioners on the market but how many are made by actual hairstylists? How many are made by hairstylists that have HEALTHY relaxed hair? How many are made for professional use but are available for home use? Well, the by L. Jones Intense Moisturizing Treatment is!

The by L. Jones Intense Moisturizing Treatment is a deep conditioning treatment that is packed with seven different oils and many conditioning agents. It leaves the hair feeling ultra moisturized and it brings dry and brittle hair back to life. It can be used on relaxed hair as well as natural hair. To use, simply apply from roots to ends, apply plastic cap, and let sit for 30-45 minutes (preferably with heat, but heat is optional) before rinsing. The result is much softer and much more manageable hair. For damaged hair, use weekly for one month for the best results. 

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I absolutely love doing buns because they are the perfect go-to style whether you are having a bad hair day or you simply just want to put your hair up. There are several ways to do a bun, including using a sock. Today I want to tell you all about how to do the perfect sock bun!

The purpose of using a sock is to make the bun look much fuller so that even if your hair is short, you can give the illusion of it being much longer and thicker. No one wants a teeny tiny bun so the sock helps to eliminate that problem. It's fairly simply, you

  1. put your hair into a ponytail, 
  2. put the sock on top, 
  3. comb your hair over the sock,
  4. and voila, you have a bun!

I also have a step by step tutorial here for those that need more detailed visuals.

Happy bunning!

I have spoken to many women who put heat in their hair way more often than they should, some every day, without even thinking twice about causing any damage to the hair.  Then they turn right around and ask me why their hair is breaking and doesn't seem like it is growing. Of course, for a professional hairstylist the answer may seem quite obvious, but I have learned to not assume what people may or may not know. As a healthy hair expert it is my job to educate women on proper hair care etiquette so I simply err on the side of caution and teach like it is your first time hearing it.

I have seen hair grow quite well when heat is removed from the equation, because as mentioned earlier, it can often be misused and have the adverse effect of causing damage. So, for the next eight weeks I am going to be doing a no heat challenge where I will be styling my hair for basically two months straight without using a flat iron or curling iron. This is a great way to give your hair a break and allow it to have a bit of a growth spurt.

This week I am doing a curly, rodded updo. I chose this style because I am five months post relaxer so my new growth is literally out of control. With rods, I can easily blend the two textures without relying on heat. I chose to do an updo to make it easier for me to maintain and because this week I preferred a style that was not touching my neck (Alabama weather in the summer is no joke)!

Products I used from the by L. Jones line were:

I set my hair on some flexi rods (blue and orange), let it dry, then pinned it up. For a detailed tutorial on how to flexi rod your own hair click here. The same technique is used but on blue and orange rollers, and instead of leaving it down, simply pull it up with bobby pins.

This style did great although I did have to touch it up on day two. Check out the video below to see exactly what I'm talking about.
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10 shocking secrets you didn't know about dandruff

Many of the clients in my salon have asked me what causes dandruff and how to get rid of it. The truth is that a lot of women, myself included, have suffered from dandruff and/or flaking at some point or another. But what exactly is dandruff anyway? Dandruff, also technically known as Pityriasis simplex capillitii, is a common issue among both women and men. It is a common myth that dandruff comes from having dry scalp, but that is not necessarily true.  Dry scalp can result in flaking, but most forms of dandruff are not caused by dry scalp. It is very possible to have an oily scalp and have dandruff.  The definition for dandruff is small pieces of dead skin in a person's hair. It is actually the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. The scalp is also considered to be skin, and skin cells are constantly renewing themselves. Therefore, when the new skin cells emerge, the old ones are pushed to the surface of the scalp, causing dandruff appear.  Some people shed more dead skin cells than others, which results in more dandruff appearing. Dandruff often causes itching, but most dandruff can be cured or kept under control with more frequent shampooing, sometimes with a shampoo formulated especially for dandruff.  I recommend my clients with mild cases of dandruff shampoo weekly with a clarifying shampoo (like this one), and follow up with a moisturizing shampoo (like this one)

what causes dandruff and how to get rid of it.

Now that we know exactly what dandruff is, I want to go over ten shocking secrets that you didn't know about dandruff. You may notice that your dandruff is not what you would consider to be mild.  In that case, there are different kinds of dandruff or you may have an underlying condition.  Excessive flaking could be caused by seborrheic dermatitis, a fungal infection, psoriasis, or possibly head lice. Let's take a closer look at each of these that you may not know about dandruff.

  1. Seborrheic dermatitis-  This is a more severe type of dandruff in which the skin becomes inflamed and flaky.  People with seborrheic dermatitis notice larger, greasier flakes.  It can also affect the skin in other areas such as ears, eyebrows, forehead, cheeks, and armpits.  You may also notice that the head feels tight, tingly, sore, and/or itchy.  If you notice that your scalp becomes red, swollen, and none of your home remedies have worked, it may be best to see your doctor.
  2. Cradle cap- is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis that only affects infants.  It normally clears by the time the baby reaches age 1. Until then use this shampoo to help with the cradle cap.
  3. Malassezia (fungal infection) This is a yeast-like fungus that lives on the scalp and can be caused by an allergic reaction, stress, illness, changes in hormones, or just not shampooing often enough.  It feeds on oils secreted by your hair follicles (sebum) and can irritate your scalp.  It can resemble seborrheic dermatitis in the way it looks.
  4. Psoriasis- Psoriasis can lead to the most serious form of dandruff. It is accompanied by an accumulation of dead skin cells that appear as thick, silvery scales. Psoriasis can also occur on the knees and lower back, but most often happens on the scalp.  It results in a very rapid shedding of skin cells, and when this happens on the scalp, dandruff appears.  However, unlike seborrheic dermatitis and malassezia, it is not contagious.
  5. Head lice- Head lice is NOT dandruff, however, they can appear to look similar.  Head lice attach their eggs to the person's strands of hair.  The eggs are tiny like dandruff, but it is not a form of dandruff.  If you try to brush the hair or shake the head and item easily comes out, most likely this is dandruff.  If the item is mostly uniform and looks oval shaped, it is most likely head lice.  Dandruff flakes are not uniform, instead they are all shapes and sizes. Head lice on the other hand is uniform and oval shaped.  Lastly, if the item is mostly only close to the root of the hair, it is most likely lice. Dandruff can be located at the root as well as further down the hair shaft. If you suspect you have head lice, treat this immediately at home! Don't go to your stylist asking them to treat if for you..
how to get rid of dandruff

Other facts about dandruff:

  • It's contagious!- It is not wise to share combs and/or brushes with anyone because dandruff can spread. Also if you have dandruff, wash your combs and brushes with hot water and soap.
  • It can be worse in winter, extreme temps can aggravate dandruff- Winter months have much less moisture in the hair. If your flaking is caused by dry scalp, winter months will make it much worse unless you shampoo weekly with moisturizing products (like these).
  • Kids can have dandruff also-Yes your kids can have dandruff and you can spread it to them if you share combs and brushes.
  • Keeping the scalp covered does not reduce chance of getting dandruff-Some people believe that if you keep your hair wrapped or covered that it will help with your dandruff. This is false!
  • You may need to see your doctor for severe cases- If your dandruff seems abnormal to you head to your dermatologist to get to the bottom of the issue.

Dandruff is very common, I even experience it myself.  But I find that shampooing my hair weekly keeps it to a bare minimum.  So the good news is that it can be cured! Now that you have been introduced to what causes dandruff, you can more clearly identify which case yours falls under, fight it, and get rid of it for good.

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