LaToya Jones

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

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Welcome to week seven of the "Can my relaxed hair be healthy" series! Every year I say that I'm not going to do another relaxer stretching series, yet every year I seem to begin another one! This week (see last week here) I decided to wear my hair straight because I have been doing "no heat" styles for the past five weeks and I have been missing my straight hair. So, I broke out my Toi by L. Jones flat iron, my Silky Serum Oil, and let the magic happen. One thing I love about stretching my relaxers is that the further along I get in my stretch, my hair looks better and better while straight. When the hair is freshly relaxed, it is almost too straight, which is why I always like to leave some texture in my hair. That texture gives the hair its body and movement.

The products: The products used this week came from by L. Jones Products. I used the following:

The process:

First, I shampooed my hair twice with the Extreme Clean Shampoo. Since I know I'll be wearing my hair straight, I want to remove it from anything that could potentially weigh it down. Next I conditioned with the Replenishing Conditioner to add the moisture back to the hair. Once I rinsed that out, I then sprayed generously with the by L. Jones Leave-In Conditioner. After that, I blow dried with a very small amount (dime sized) of the Silky Serum Oil. This gives the hair that automatic shine when flat ironing. To finish, I sprayed (sparingly) some Miracle Potion no9 on the hair.

The maintenance:

The maintenance is one of the things I love about flat ironing my hair! All I did was wrap it with my satin scarf every night. I did not apply any more heat to my hair for the remainder of the week.

The video:

Check out the video for this week here.

Can my relaxed hair be healthy? (week 6)

This week for the "Can my relaxed hair be healthy" series I have finally reached the six week mark (see week 5 here)! I still can't believe that I used to get my relaxer touch up every.six.weeks! Wow, when I think back on what I used to do to my relaxed hair (even under the care of a professional hairstylist) it makes me cringe. Lucky for me my hair, even being relaxed, has always been thick, so most people would not be able to tell if I had experienced a little bit of hair loss. To them it would just look normal. However, it is definitely true that once you know better, you should do better and I have done just that with my relaxed hair care regimen.

Low manipulation styles are great for growing relaxed hair?

The products: Here are the by L. Jones products I used this week.

Hair products great for adding moisture to relaxed hair

The process:

I rolled my hair with the purple flexi rods (pictured below) and sat under the dryer for a little over an hour. I used to hate sitting under the hair dryer but now I seem to get so much work done while I'm letting my hair dry that I don't mind it as much. Relaxed hair does not take as long to dry, especially when it is still pretty much freshly relaxed.

Flexi rod set on relaxed hair

After letting my hair completely dry I then took all of the rollers down and pulled them apart. The great thing about doing flexi rods on relaxed hair is that you don't have to use very many rollers. I only used about six or seven rollers total for my entire head. All you have to do is take large sections of hair and it will come out just fine.

Finished look, flexi rod set on relaxed hair

The video:

Check out the video of week 6 here:

Week 5 (Can my relaxed hair be healthy?) Series

This week on the "can my relaxed hair be healthy" series, I decided to do a twist set. I'll just say that this week was definitely not one of my favorite weeks. I had to sit under the dryer for several hours in order for it to be completely dry, then on top of that, I was not very thrilled with the results. Twist sets on relaxed hair have a completely different look from twist outs on natural hair. I am a huge fan of twist outs on natural hair but doing them on relaxed hair, especially relaxed hair that is still pretty much freshly relaxed is not the business! Anyway, it looked decent for about two days, then it became something that I pinned up, then it became a ponytail and finally when I simply couldn't look at it any longer, I went ahead and shampooed my hair again! I think next time I'll try a braid out instead.

The products:

This week I used the following by L. Jones hair products..

The process:

This week for my twist set, I  twisted the hair while it was wet, let it dry, then untwisted my hair. Again, I do not advise doing this on freshly relaxed hair or hair that is less than twelve week post relaxer. The hair is just way to straight before twelve weeks and does not stay twisted tight enough while it is wet, which doesn't equal the results you wanted once it gets dry.

The video:

Check out the video on ToyaJTV for this post below.

Healthy Relaxed Hair

Every day, women all over are deciding to ditch the "creamy crack" also known as relaxers and just wear their hair in its natural state.  If you are one of these "natural" women, I think that is great. I've heard many reasons why women want to get rid of their relaxers, ranging from they want healthier hair to they want less maintenance.  I believe that no matter what you decide to do with your hair, chemical or natural, that it can be healthy.  With that being said, if you want to go natural, yet you still want to wear your hair straight ALL the time, and have no desire whatsoever to wear your hair in its natural state, you may want to stick with the relaxers.

Natural Hair In Its Natural State

There are some women whose hair texture allows them to not get relaxers and still wear their hair straightened with no extra effort at all.  In these cases, a relaxer is not needed due to the hair texture giving them the freedom to freely go straight or curly without manipulating the hair much. But in reality, the majority of black women have hair that requires a lot of extra work to get it straight if its not relaxed.  And once it is straight, keeping it that way is another factor to keep in mind.  Basically it leads to a lot more work!

Natural Hair That Has Been Silk Pressed

So going natural but still wearing it straight all the time is pointless in my opinion. However, I do understand that there are many women who want to wear it straight but just do not want the chemical. Others simply cannot do the chemical at all. I have had clients that literally break out severely after relaxer services so it is just healthier for them to not get relaxers at all.

Relaxed Hair

If you plan on wearing your hair actually in its natural state and wearing styles that you could not otherwise do if you were relaxed, then going natural makes a lot more sense.  It also makes sense to be natural if you wear weaves and wigs exclusively. Your natural hair can handle the stress better. But going natural just to say you're natural often leads to going right back to relaxers anyway.  If you are thinking of going natural but don't plan on ever wearing your hair in its natural state, stick with relaxers, just do it the healthy way. Your hair can still be relaxed, long, thick, and healthy! Remember, all hair can be good hair. If your hair is healthy, it is good!


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Can my relaxed hair be healthy? (week 4)

Week 4 of the "Can my relaxed hair be healthy" series turned out to be bittersweet for me. Last week (see week 3 here) I did a roller set. This week I did a roller set on the large green flexi rods and absolutely loved it. Then, two days later the weather and my hair did not play nice with each other and my hair lost the battle! So, let the record show that it is not just women with natural hair that have to beware of humidity and rain. Women with relaxed hair have to be just as careful! I did, however, get to document what I did to my hair in my Healthy Relaxed Hair Journal and thank goodness that I got to snap a few pictures before the rain and humidity got the best of me. Always remember that relaxed hair can very much be healthy as long as you take proper care of it!

Healthy relaxed hair

The Process:
This week I did the following:

  1. Shampooed twice, once with the Extreme Clean Clarifying Shampoo, then once with the Extreme Moisture Shampoo
  2. Conditioned with the Replenishing Conditioner
  3. Used the Leave-In Conditioner
  4. Rolled with the green flexi rods
  5. Sat under the hooded dryer until dry (about 2 hours)
  6. Pulled rollers apart with my fingers using Silky Serum Oil
  7. Sprayed with Miracle Potion no9

Healthy relaxed hair with flexi rod set

The Products:
 relaxed hair products from

The maintenance:

To keep the curls (for the few days they lasted) I rolled it back up at night. Under normal conditions, this helps the curls last the longest. If you simply put a satin bonnet on, the curls will eventually fall. Normally, when I am wearing a flexi rod set on my relaxed hair, I like to keep it looking curly for the entire time so I always roll it back up at night. Plus, it's so easy to roll up because I only need about six rollers for my entire head.

The video:
Check out the video for this post below:

The course:

Want to learn how to get this exact look? I can teach you how! I have this course available online at by L. Jones Academy (click here).

Learn how to roller set your own hair like this!

The Healthy Relaxed Hair Journal

Is Your Hair Always Dry?

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