LaToya Jones

Healthy Hair Care Tips From A Professional Hairstylist

The secret to having healthy, relaxed hair

As a professional hairstylist, one thing I see more often than I would like is women with relaxed hair who also have damaged hair as a result of getting their relaxers every six weeks.  If you get your relaxer every six weeks then it is not a coincidence that your hair is damaged. If you want to have thick, long, healthy relaxed hair you will HAVE to stretch your relaxers out. There is no other way around it. In the picture above, the two young ladies are clients in my salon that are relaxed. I only relax their hair about every 4-5 months. In that time, they will have grown on average about 2-3 inches of new growth.

relaxed hair with braids just taken down, about to be relaxed

For the other client I have pictured above, she is also relaxed and still has lots of hair because she stretches her relaxers out to five months.  See how much hair she has?  Yes, even with all of this hair she still managed to stretch her relaxer out to five months.  If she can do it, anyone can!  I started prepping her hair by basing her scalp really well.  She previously had some braids so I also began detangling her hair.

This series shows how to not only grow, but to actually take care of your hair while wearing protective styles, including weaves, wigs, and braids. It will work with any protective style you choose although I chose wigs as my protective style of choice. Many people have asked me why I wear weave so much even though I have a head full of hair. I always tell my clients that wearing weaves and wigs should always be an option and not a requirement.  Plus, its always nice to be able to change my look whenever I want. Underneath your protective style should be a head full of healthy, hair. If your hair is already damaged, you can't simply get a protective style, leave it in for a few months, remove it and expect your hair to magically be perfectly healthy again. It simply does not work that way. Instead, you hair should already be healthy before you put the weave in and it will help grow your hair. In this series I wore wigs for six months straight and was able to grow my hair and take care of it in the process. Here is a list of each week of the series.

Week 11

(no preview pic for week 17!)

This series was so much fun for me! Remember, all hair can be good hair. If your hair is healthy, you have good hair! 

All hair products used came from: by L. Jones (
All hair came from: L. Jones Hair Collection (
3 ways to wrap your hair

Wrapping your hair is the number one way to protect your ends and make your hairstyle last. However, some people struggle with wrapping their hair up at night.  I have heard some women say they just do not know how to do it, some say it does not look right the next morning, and others say their hair is just too flat when they unwrap their hair.  Today I am going to share three ways to wrap your hair that I think you will benefit from.

1.  The old-fashioned way- This is the tried and true way that I personally use every single day.  You simply wrap all of your hair around your head and put your scarf on.  It does not require any sleeping cute or anything like that.  You can sleep as wild and hard as possible and not be concerned with how your hair will look the next morning.

wrapping your hair (the full wrap)

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2.  Roll & Wrap-  This method is for those of you who do not like for your hair to be too flat the next day.  You can roll the crown of your head and wrap the rest around.  This will give you a little height in the top without making it too curly.  When you take it down, wrap the curled part in with the straight part then comb down as usual.  This method still allows you to sleep your sides comfortably. If you sleep on your back it can be a bit uncomfortable depending on the size and type of rollers you use.

3  Semi wrap-  This method is for short hair that may not wrap all the way around the head.  You can simply take your wrap cap with the velcro closure and put it around your sides and nape and connect it in the front.  This will allow you to sleep comfortably without having to mess your hair up.  For added protection you can also add your full scarf on top.

for short styles, place wrap cap on sides and back to protect style. 
Wrapping your hair is the simplest, yet most effective thing you can do to protect the ends of your hair while simultaneously preserving your style yet I know a lot of women who do not do it. Hopefully these tips will help you and you can continue on in your healthy hair journey.  Happy wrapping!

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3 reasons why you keep picking the wrong hair products for your baby

It can be overwhelming when trying to pick out the perfect hair products for your baby, especially with so many choices that are available. And we all know that certain hair products that do wonders for one person may do nothing at all for someone else, which can be super frustrating! With my own kids I even use different products (except the shampoo) for each because although the texture of their hair is similar, it is not the same and each one of them require different things for their hair. Today I am going to give you three reasons why you keep picking the wrong hair products for your baby.

The inspiration and face of by L. Jones Baby Collection

1. You are trying to use what everyone is using: I made this same mistake with my kids. I used the shampoo (in the pink bottle) that I was given in the hospital on them. I then continued to buy the product because at the time I thought that products was basically the standard as to what to use for babies. I mean, after all they give it to you in the hospital so it has to be fantastic right? Wrong! Once my little one was able to start taking baths and I was using those products on him I could instantly see him turning red. But it couldn't be this fantastic product that was given to me in the hospital right? I mean, after all, don't all mothers use this stuff? Well, once I actually turned the bottle around and read the ingredients and researched the ones that I was not familiar with, it became very clear to me that I was using the wrong products on m baby. The product had so many strong, stripping, and harsh chemicals in it that it was causing my baby to break out and have a horrible case of cradle cap. It was at this moment that the lightbulb in my head went off and I realized that just because the hospital gave this to me and it seemed as though everyone else was using this product did not mean that I had to use it for my own child.

2. You are going by recommendation: This can be a mistake because everyone does not have the same texture of hair. And even if you do have the same hair texture as someone else, you hair may require different things. For example, you both may have a more wavy type of curl pattern instead of a tight curl but one person may have extremely dry hair, while the other may have oily hair. So what the person with the dry hair recommends may not be the best decision for the person with the oily hair. If you are asking someone to recommend a great product for you, make sure they have the same texture hair as your little one and also be sure that your little one is experiencing the same issues with their hair as they are.This will increase the chances you will also benefit from the same products

3.  You are randomly picking from the shelf: The problem with this is that sometimes it works, but many times it does not. Instead, identify what your child's hair is lacking. If it is lacking moisture for example, look for products that add moisture to the hair. Also, look for products that are free of sulfates, parabens, dyes, formaldehyde, sodium hydroxide, artificial color, and  preferably uses essential oil instead of perfume to scent due to it is more natural. For example, the Gentle Cleansing Shampoo in my line (by L. Jones) does not include anything on the list I just mentioned. It is sulfate, paraben, sodium hydroxide, formaldehyde, artificial color, and perfume free. The cleansers are also derived from apples making it a fruit based cleanser. Most cleansers are derived from coconuts which is fine, unless your child is like mine and is allergic to ALL nuts, coconut included! So, when comparing the list of things my little one needs for his hair with the benefits of the Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, I can be confident that it will work for him. This is the approach you should take when choosing hair products for your baby.

by L. Jones Baby Collection hair products

Often times choosing hair products, especially for your baby can be a game of trial and error. But if you compare the needs of your child's hair to the shampoo you are considering buying, then you will have a better chance of finding the perfect product for them without wasting much money.

See the video for the story behind why I chose to create my own line of baby products:

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One common thing that a lot women need in their hair is moisture.  There are several ways to give your hair the moisture it needs, from deep conditioning, to moisturizing treatments, to daily conditioners.  While I'm flat out opposed to greasing the scalp (see why here), I am however, a big fan of oil, especially oils that actually help the hair grow. Hot oil treatments and just applying oil when needed can be fantastic for the hair.  Here is my list of the top 10 essential oils to apply to the hair and the benefits of each.

Coconut Oil- Coconut oil has a lot of anti-fungus, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial properties so it fights fungus and infections and aids in scalp health and hair growth. It can actually penetrate the hair shaft due to it containing lauric acid and improve the overall health of the hair. In addition to helping the hair grow longer and thicker, coconut oil is also great for dandruff, itchy scalp, and lice prevention. It is also a great oil for breakage, as it can bind itself to weak spots in the hair, temporarily making it stronger.

Lavender Oil-  Lavender oil is a great oil for normal hair, dandruff, and is an alternative treatment for lice. When massaged in the scalp, it helps to improve blood circulation which aids in faster hair growth. Lavender oil also helps to stop hair loss.

Rosemary Oil-  Rosemary oil helps with scalp stimulation and increased blood circulation in the scalp as well which helps the hair to grow faster. It is also said to prevent premature graying! Rosemary oil is also great for flaky and itchy scalps as it helps with dandruff.

Argan Oil-Argan oil is very beneficial to the hair. It helps stimulate the scalp causing more hair to grow that is actually shed. Other uses include taming frizz, stopping dandruff, protecting the hair from heat tools, adding moisture to the hair, protecting the hair from the sun, and more.

Peppermint Oil- Peppermint oil is said to help improve blood circulation to the hair follicles which can help prevent hair loss an improve hair growth. It also helps with dry and itchy scalp. A little peppermint oil goes a long way as it is the most concentrated of all the essential oils. Peppermint oil is also great for aromatherapy.

Ylang ylang Oil- Ylang ylang oil does not necessarily help promote hair growth, but it does help fight things that prevent your hair from growing. For instance, it has antiseptic properties that help kill irritants and germs that cause hair loss. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation in the scalp which can cause hair loss. Ylang ylang oil is also said to help reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Lowered stress equals less stress related hair loss!

Castor Oil- Castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-microbial properties making it beneficial for hair growth and preventing hair loss. It is used regularly to help grow hair thicker, longer, and make the scalp healthier by keeping it nourished. There are many studies that have shown a direct link between castor oil and hair growth.

Burdock Root Oil-Burdock root oil helps to increase hair growth and help stop hair loss and even help with hair that is thinning. It also contains vitamin A and other essential fatty acids which help strengthen your scalp.

Jojoba Oil- Jojoba oil can help hair cells reproduce themselves very quickly, causing the hair to grow faster. It is a great hair softener and detangler.  Extremely dry hair will crave this oil for moisture as it can mimic sebum which is produced by our own bodies.  Jojoba oil can moisturize the hair without leaving an oil residue so it is good for all hair types.

Almond Oil-  Almond oil is said to aid in hair growth, sometimes resulting in up to four inches in three months with regular, continued usage.  It contains vitamin E, which provides nourishment to the scalp.

All of the oils mentioned help aid in hair growth. So what would happen if someone made a master blend of all of the mentioned oils above to create a super oil that grew your hair naturally? Well I have done just that with the by L. Jones Silky Growth Oil! It is a combination of all of the oils listed above. You can use this on your hair three times per week if you are trying to grow your hair longer by applying it directly to your scalp and massaging it in. CAUTION- If you wear your hair down a lot it can and will cause your hair to be heavy if it is not applied to the scalp only. I personally use it when the day before I am about to shampoo my hair by applying to scalp and letting it sit overnight to ensure follicle penetration. The next day, I shampoo as usual (with these products). Order this Silky Growth Oil today if you are interested in naturally growing your hair faster.

See the video on the Silky Growth Oil here:

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