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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Medications that can cause hair loss

Medications can affect different people in different ways. One major side effect of many medications is that they can cause hair loss. This can be devastating to some women, especially when just simply having our hair done can cause our confidence and self esteem to rise. If you have been noticing that you hair has been shedding shortly after you have started taking some medications I have some good news for you as well as some bad news. The good news is that the hair loss you are experiencing is completely reversible! The bad news is that the hair loss will continue as long as you are on the medication, no matter how many by L. Jones moisturizing treatments and deep conditioners you do. The reason for this is because the side effect to the medication either causes your hair to prematurely go into the resting phase and fall out, or it interrupts the cycle of hair growth in which new hair doesn't continue to grow as the current active hairs go into the resting phase. Both of these things affect not the hair itself, but the way the hair actually grows. So doing things to strengthen the actual hair follicle is not helpful for allowing the growth pattern to resume to normal.

Here are 20 medications that can cause hair loss:
  1. High blood pressure medications
  2. Steroids
  3. Thyroid medications
  4. Antibiotics
  5. Birth control pills
  6. Antidepressants
  7. Weight loss drugs
  8. Anti-clotting drugs
  9. Cholesterol lowering drugs
  10. Hormone replacement drugs
  11. Drugs that treat breast cancer
  12. Acne medications
  13. Mood stabilizers
  14. Drugs that treat Parkinson's disease
  15. Chemotherapy drugs
  16. Epilepsy drugs
  17. Parkinson's disease
  18. Gout
  19. Testosterone replacement therapy
  20. Anesthesia
As I stated, these drugs have the potential side effect of hair loss. Not everyone will be affected, but women who commonly experience hair loss after taking medications are usually taking something on the list above. Remember, the only way to stop the hair loss is by not taking the drug anymore. I am NOT saying to go against your doctor's orders and stop taking any medication that you were prescribed. Your health is what is important! I am saying that if you are noticing severe hair loss after you have started taking medications, to talk to your doctor and discuss possible alternatives.  

As devastating as hair loss may be, it is not the end of the world. As long as L. Jones Hair Collection continues to be available, the possibilities are endless.  There are also plenty of wigs available that look great and very realistic. Never sacrifice your health for anything, not even your hair.

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How to handle your hair during COVID19
Does being quarantined due to COVID19 have you concerned about what to do with your hair? I have been getting a lot of inquiries and calls asking for hair advice. Even if you don't know how to style your own hair, you will be fine! All you need are the basics.
Don't worry about styling!

Here are my tips for you.
  • Don't worry about styling- The majority of the country, with the exception of essential personnel, is at home. Therefore, styling is not required. Simply focus on keeping your scalp clean and your hair moisturized. A lot of you know how to shampoo and condition. If you don't, here is a tutorial 
Unsure about what to use on your hair? You really only need the basics. Don't try to over complicate things. Here are the four basic things you need. These rules apply whether you're relaxed or natural. They even work if you have braids, dreads, twists, locks, etc.
  1. Shampoo- The first step to cleansing your hair and scalp is shampooing. The shampoo you need depends on your hair. I always start with a clarifying/deep cleansing shampoo. This is important because it gets rid of all of the dirt, oil, product residue, buildup, etc. I always recommend clarifying shampoo. If your hair is dry, follow the clarifying shampoo up with a moisturizing shampoo. I use this one. The moisturizing shampoo allows you to begin the process of adding and layering moisture back inside of your hair.
  2. Condition- After you shampoo, it is imperative that you shampoo your hair. Conditioning softens and moisturizes the hair. There are different types of conditioner. There are some that help you maintain the level of moisture you already have (like this one). Others are deep conditioners which are great for increasing the amount of moisture in the hair. This is great for dry hair and for hair that has chemicals. If your hair needs extra moisture, I recommend this deep conditioner. If your hair needs extra moisture AND it is damaged you'll need a reconstructive treatment like this one.
  3. Leave-In- I always recommend using leave in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners help moisturize your hair even more. Dry hair is damaged hair. Leave-ins give your hair an extra layer of moisture. This leave-in conditioner also helps detangle and includes a heat protectant, giving you three benefits in one.
  4. Seal- After you add all of this moisture inside of your hair, its important to keep it in. Sealing your hair helps trap the moisture inside of your hair. When using sealants it's important that you use something lightweight so your hair won't be too heavy and weighed down. I use and recommend this one. Some people use grease as a sealant. Grease is very heavy and I don't recommend it unless you are wearing a style that does not have body.
Air drying your hair is OK!
These are the basics of what you need. All of these items are available at After you do the four things mentioned above, then you can simply tie your hair down with a satin scarf (like this one) and let it air dry. Styling is not necessary, especially when you cant leave the house right now. This should be great news to those of you who aren't the best at styling your hair. 

Extras: If you don't mind an extra step, you can also use this time to oil your scalp. I love using this growth oil because in addition to helping the hair grow, it also helps with dandruff, flaking, and circulation of blood flow. For those of you that have twists, dreads, locks, or braids, using this braid spray will also help nourish your scalp as well as keep the hair moisturized.
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.

Here is the video to go with this post:

The Healthy Relaxed Hair Journal

Is Your Hair Always Dry?

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