Hair Growth: Dreams vs. Realities

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An essential part of your healthy hair journey is having realistic expectations of how fast or slow your hair can grow. No matter what your current hair length is everybody has a dream goal for their tresses to grow depending on where your hair length is you may desire one or all of the following for your  goal:  neck length, shoulder length, arm pit length, bra strap lap, mid-back length or longer. Remember two myths about black hair are that black hair fails to grow and if it does it will not grow past neck length.  Neither of these myths are true because black hair just like any other hair grows which means that you can set realistic hair growth goal for yourself to reach.

Realistic expectations of hair growth will motivate you to keep making healthy decisions for your tresses throughout your healthy hair journey. How many times have you looked at your hair and felt discouraged because you think “it’s not growing”. Let’s realize our emotions are attached to our hair and when you think your hair isn’t growing you may feel discouraged, frustrated, defeated or even break down and cry an “ugly cry”…everyone has had these moments or even days.  The dream is that many of us want to grow out our hair length to as long as we possibly can. To help you focus on your hair dreams  realistically and fight against  the feelings of defeat,  this article we will discuss the cycle of hair growth, the reality of the average rate in which hair grows, uncover what may be keeping your hair from growing and gives some tips on how to promote hair growth.

So how does hair grow and how long can it grow in a year?  There are ways to achieve longer hair growth along your healthy hair journey and part of the growth process is being able to understand what phases your hair is going through so you are armed with the knowledge on how to care for your tresses during all phases.  There are three phases to hair growth:

Phase 1- The hair growth phase is known as the (anagen phase);

Phase2- The resting phase known as the (catagen phase);

Phase 3-the shedding phase (telogen phase).

Phase 1-About 85% of the hair on your head is in the hair growth phase at any given time and this is the phase when the cells produce new hair which leads to the roots of the hair (papilla) absorbing moisture and nutrients to stimulate the hair follicle to make your tresses flourish. The longer the hair stays in the hair growth phase the longer it will grow. The hair growth phase can be extended or shorten depending upon your hair care regimen and healthy lifestyle choices. Hair grows on average about ½ inch per month which is about 6 inches per year. You’re probably thinking 6 inches per year for hair growth is just another myth but it’s a fact that hair can grow this much in a year especially with the use of natural products in the Flourishing Tresses natural hair care line. Black hair can sometimes grow slower depending upon the texture of our hair and the natural wavy curly pattern of our hair. Our natural curly hair pattern can make it seem like hair is growing even slower because the hair is curly and not stretched or straightened out.  Keep track of your hair growth on video or in writing so you can track your progress.

Phase 2 the resting phase can last up to two weeks. During this phase shrinkage occurs because the hair root is at rest from taking in nutrients. Although hair is not growing during this phase the hair follicle pushes the shaft of the hair upward and this is when new growth becomes visible around your edges.

Phase 3 the shedding phase is the end of the hair cycle and begins once the resting phase is over. In this phase , the old hair is being replaced and pushed out by new hair so you will see shedding. Don’t confuse shedding hair with broken damaged hair. Shedding hair is hair that has reached the end of its growing cycle and falls out naturally from your scalp along with a tiny white root ball at the end. Shedding is a natural part of the cycle in the hair phases and should not be a cause for any alarm. Shedding can last between several days or over a few weeks but will be different for everyone. You can shed an average of 50-100 hairs per day but don’t panic because remember the hair growth phase starts right after this phase so your hair has a natural cycle to produce new hair.  Shedding may increase according to the following leading factors: pregnancy, birth control pill, menstrual cycle, menopause, poor eating habits, styling methods or chemical processes that weaken or damage the hair follicle, anemia, thyroid disorders and certain medications.

So how can you make your hair growth dreams come true and work towards the goal of growing at least 6 inches of hair a year? Be realistic about your hair growth dream now that you fully understand the phases of the hair cycle and how much growth to expect per month. Realize no hair care line can do miracles to grow your hair by you just putting it on your head. Your hair grows all of the time and you can increase your hair growth potential by using Flourishing Tresses natural hair care line because our products contain ingredients and essential oils that promote growth. Next, moisture is the key inside and out so use our Transcender Conditioner to moisturize your hair along with our Unique Fighter Hair Serum and drink 8-10 glasses of water daily (no sweet drinks). Good hair health also goes along with eating healthy meals that are rich with nutrients and maintaining regular health checks. Finally, use protected hair styles daily to protect your tresses so can achieve your desired hair growth length. As you continue on your healthy hair journey you will be the best judge of what your hair needs to promote growth and we are available to support you.

Please feel free to email us at customerservice@flourishingtresses.com or go to our website at www.flourishingtresses.com .

The myths of coarse, curly, and kinky textured hair and how wrong they truly are.

For years black women and women with coarse hair have been dealing with a multitude of myths surrounding their hair and how to care for it. These myths have been handed down to us from generations of women who learned how to care for their hair by their mothers and grandmothers. We are going to dive right into what is true out of these hair care myths and what is wrong about these myths, and how these myths are hurting the health of our hair and now our daughters’ hair.

 

The very first myth that women with coarse and kinky hair are told is:  We as women of color have different and inferior hair to other women of different races and textures, such as Caucasian, Indian and Asian women. This is not true, although the appearance and the texture of the hair is completely different it is actually the same. Hair is made up of a hard protein called keratin no matter what race you are and what your hair texture is we all have three layers of this protein. The biology of our hair is the same as we are all born with 100,000 hair follicles on our scalps and the only true difference is each person’s curl pattern. Our curl pattern whether it be straight or curly is just that a pattern and it doesn’t make one texture  better than the other because in the end, it is all made up of the same thing.

 

This next myth piggy backs on the previous myth that different races have better hair. Our next myth is: If your black and you have long flowing hair or spiral curl textured hair then you must be mixed with white or have “Indian” in your family somewhere. This couldn’t be further from the truth there are plenty of women of multiple races including black women that have long flowing hair and they are not mixed with anything. Today in Africa and around the world including America you can see so many different textures of hair and some hair is long and straight while others are short and curly but both parents and grandparents are black with no traces of any other race. It is unfortunate that black women are the main perpetrators of this myth because they are not taking care of their own hair to get it to the lengths that they wish they could achieve. These same women think that if you are partially white then that is the only way in which your hair will thrive and grow long and strong which is where the term “good hair” comes into play. The statement “good hair”, only came to be a common statement from slavery times. When the slave owners where producing biracial babies and their hair was easier to maintain and the slave owners treated them better then the slaves that had kinkier hair. In today’s day in age nobody is a slave and we have no owners and any hair that comes out of our hair no matter the texture is considered “good hair” as long as it is healthy.

Another hair myth that has haunted the black community for years is: Black/African American women’s hair can only grow to a certain length which is shoulder length or shorter.  Although this has been touched on somewhat so far, it is important to understand the origin of this myth and why it is untrue. For centuries black women and women with coarse hair have been looked at as having a hair texture that is unable to grow past a certain length. The reason why this is thought to be true is because it is not often that women of color understand how to care for their hair properly and it starts to break off before it gets past a certain length. Women of color tend to have shorter hair when they are not educated on how to properly moisturize their hair and what hair process and styles to stay away from that are causing their hair to break off before they get to their desired hair length. When a woman properly cares for her hair and uses the correct products then her hair will grow to however long she wants it to be.

 

If there was one myth that I constantly here as it pertains to growing hair long no matter what race but especially women of color is that: My hair is short and will not grow past this length because of my genetics. Although genetics plays a role in everything that deals with your body, it is up to you to figure out how to work with the genes that you are given. It is so easy to say that because all the women in your family have short hair this means that you are also going to have short hair but that is untrue. The hair has a life cycle that consist of a 3 phases which are , the growing phase, transitioning phase and the resting phase. When the hair is in the growing phase this phase can last 3 to 5 years and this phase occurs to 90 percent of your hair at a time. On average no matter what race you are your hair will grow at least 6 inches a year. Genetics only tends to play a part in your hair phase when it comes to how long your actual growing phase last, but not how long your hair grows in that stage. So if your hair is in the growing stage for the minimum of 3 years and on average your hair grows 6 inches that means that you have at least 18 inches of hair that has grown. The key here is learning how to retain this length so that you can see the results of the growing phase. Unless you have a medical problem everybody and I do mean everybody is growing this amount of hair in this time frame, it’s just that we are not always seeing it due to chemical processes and bad hair care habits.

 

This next myth is actually going to cover a few myths surrounding the use of chemical relaxers. The first relaxer myth is that women that use relaxers their hair doesn’t grow. Well this is completely untrue because if their hair did not grow then what exactly are they relaxing every few months? The answer is their new growth, but you usually do not see too much of their growth because if they are not taking care of their hair than the processed hair starts to break off and appears to not grow. When women that have relaxed hair  and take care of it and treat it with extra love aka moisture and care they can have long flowing healthy beautiful hair.

The second relaxer myth is that if you go too long without getting a relaxer your hair will somehow magically start falling out of your scalp. Once again this is a negative, women that go without relaxing their hair every 8 weeks actually have what’s called the line of demarcation and this is when there are two visible hair textures that are on their head. There is the relaxed hair texture and then there is her actual hair texture that is coming from the scalp that has not been touched by a relaxer. If both textures are moisturized and gently manipulated and not combed and brushed aggressively the hair will not fall out. The assumption that the hair will fall out comes from that line of demarcation which is the weakest part of the hair because the two textures are struggling against one another. One texture is weaker because of its natural proteins being stripped while the other is thicker and stronger. There is no way that stopping the usage of a chemical process on your hair will hurt your hair if anything using a relaxer too often or  incorrectly can hurt your hair more than stopping the use of regular relaxers.

 

Stepping away from the use of relaxers, there is the myth that if you go natural your hair is so much healthier than a woman that uses relaxers. The use of relaxers of course damages the hair as it is stripping down the protein in each hair shaft to make it straight but going natural doesn’t automatically mean that your hair is going to be healthier. Natural hair is for the most part healthier but it can be harder to maintain than relaxed hair for the mere fact that more moisture and care needs to be given to this hair because of the curl pattern. Usually when a women decides to go natural they discover that their hair is dryer and it takes longer and more tlc to maintain it. Sometimes women fall off the track of keeping their tresses moisturized and then their hair starts to break off and their scalp also becomes dry and this happens to both natural and relaxed ladies. It is truly not about natural versus relaxed but rather about who is keeping their hair healthy. Even naturally ladies struggle with hair breakage and unhealthy scalps.

 

As black women try to find their way thru learning how to care for their hair there are some myths that are baffling such as: In order to grow black/African American hair you should not wash your hair because dirty hair grows hair. Not only is this not true it is quite disgusting and unhealthy for your scalps health. This myth came from some half truths that have been told over the generations. A part of this myth came about because the hair needs to have moisture and as the days and weeks pass the hair gets more oily and therefore is less prone to breaking because of the oil that is coating the hair shaft. It is of course important to have your tresses moisturized but there is a better way to get them moisturized then allowing the sebum (your hairs natural oils) to build up on your scalp. When there is a buildup of oils on your scalp then it is blocking your pores on your scalp and preventing your hair follicles to grow. Your hair follicles need a nice clean area to grow and clogging your pores with weeks and for some of you ladies sadly a month of dirt, oil, and other products is only irritating your head and not allowing you scalp to breath. It is best to cleanse the hair every week with natural sulfate and alcohol free shampoos and conditioners such as the products offered by Flourishing Tresses.

 

Overall these are just a few of the myths that surround black women’s hair and they are hurting our tresses from flourishing the way that they should. To know the myths is one thing but to know the truth about them and fix what you’re doing wrong is another. Hopefully this article will help you to clear up some of the misconceptions you may be having. Flourishing Tresses only provides your hair with natures best ingredients to help it flourish and fight against all these myths. For any questions pertaining to this article or hair care questions in general that you would like answered please feel free to email our company at: customerservice@flourishingtresses.com

Is it better to do your relaxer at home or go to a salon?

Relaxer/”creamy crack”

For years it has been somewhat of a ritual for women to go to the beauty salon every week or at least every other week. Often times we go to get our hair fried, dyed, blow dried and flipped to the side. Many times we leave feeling our best and looking amazing, but there are plenty of times where tears occur when we get home and truly look at the final product. Whether it be the stylist cut too much hair off or the color you requested is not exactly what ended up on your head, we have all experienced the best and the worst of entering a salon and getting treatments done. But do we as women go to these salons and spend our hard earn money because we like being pampered or are we just too afraid to do our own hair at home? Treatments such as relaxers scare some women so bad they couldn’t imagine doing them at home themselves; while other women wouldn’t dare waste their money on a process they could do at home for a fraction of the cost. We are going to explore which is better to do a relaxer at home or at the salon or perhaps there isn’t really that much of a difference at all.

Relaxers where first introduced as a way to tame unruly hair over 100 years ago in the year 1877 by Garrett A. Morgan. These relaxers where not commercially produced until 1971 and these were lye relaxers. Lye relaxers are made with harsher chemicals and strip the hair of its natural moisture and cause the hair to thin and break. It wasn’t until 1981 when the first no-lye relaxer was created that people were able to use a relaxer without losing a majority of their hair to breakage and thinning. This relaxer had less harsh chemicals and does not strip the hair as quickly.

 Garrett A. Morgan

Women have been going to the salon for decades now to get their relaxers done to lay down their edges and hide their natural texture from showing. But with the invention of Garrett A. Morgan’s hair relaxing comb men and women have been straightening their hair at home for years and well before salons even carried such a product. But why have women all of the sudden taken heed to going to the salon to spend crazy amounts of money to get a process done that they could very well do at home?

Well many women believe that if they go to the salon and get this chemical relaxer with a professional that they will not have bad breakage and damaged scalps. It is true that when you go to a salon that you are supposed to be dealing with a licensed beautician that should know how to chemically treat your hair. These stylist are professional for the most part and many women have never had an issue with their relaxers being done at the salon. But for everything good there is always a flip side of bad. There are horror stories of women going to a salon to get a basic relaxer and leaving with burns in their scalps and their hair fried off. This can happen when you are dealing with a stylist that is either new, not paying attention to their process times, or using a relaxer that has been mixed up prior to your arrival and has been sitting in the open.

The best rule of thumb is that if you plan on going to a salon to get your hair done that you must make sure that you are paying attention to what your stylist is doing. If you smell the relaxer and it smells like spoiled rotten eggs then this is the number one sign that the relaxer is old and should not be placed on your head. If your stylist does not fully wash your hair out with a neutralizing shampoo and conditioner to restore the protein of the hair then you should not be going to this stylist for this process as they are not taking the proper steps to secure the health of your hair. Another thing to pay attention to is making sure that all of the relaxer is properly washed out of the hair when your stylist begins to dry your hair. If your hair feels stiff than you should stop he/she and advise them that you still feel the relaxer is still in your head. If you do not pay attention to this, then you will have after chemical burns caused by a relaxer just sitting on your scalp and this could also cause baldness over a period of time.

Relaxer damage

Doing a relaxer at home can actually be a cheaper alternative then going to the salon and paying $50-$60. Many box relaxers range from $6-$20 which is a fraction of the cost. But are you risking the health of your hair by doing this process at home? These at home “box relaxers” are only as dangerous as the person using them. In other words if you have not fully read the directions on how to apply the relaxer and wash it out then you have a high risk of burns and inflamed scalps and thinning breaking hair. Just like at the salon only you are in control of your hair in the end so you must pay attention to the process times and making sure all of the relaxer is washed out. Women choose to do their relaxers at home because they want to be in control of the final product. There are nightmare stories of women getting the relaxer in their eyes and burning their skin but this too can happen when going to the salon.

In the end it is truly up to you and how you want to spend your money. Do you want another person to apply a relaxer or would you rather do it at home? Of course there are going to be a group of women that say doing a relaxer at home is a guaranteed way to rip all the hair out of your head. But this is not true at all most relaxer horror stories involve a professional stylist and the customer not paying attention to what they are they doing. Along with the tips in this article please make sure that you pre-treat your hair before you have a relaxer. Pre-treatments include doing a protein treatment to build up the strength of your hair and making sure you do a deep condition of your hair before and after the relaxer. Flourishing Tresses Natural Hair Care Line actually has Transcender a natural conditioner that can serve as both a light protein treatment as well as a deep conditioner before and after your relaxer. Please make sure you are not over processing your hair by applying the relaxer to already relaxed hair. The best way to prevent over processing is to use Unique Fighter Serum by Flourishing Tresses on the already relaxed hair. You just need to saturate the already relaxed hair with this serum and it will protect it from the relaxer double processing it which leads to breakage. You can also add some of this serum directly to the relaxer if you want to texlax your hair. Texlaxing is when you just want to tame your curls but you don’t want to straighten them completely. This process can make the hair a little bit more manageable without destroying your natural texture.

If you have any other questions or concerns please leave us a comment or email us at customerservice@flourishingtresses.com. Also don’t forget to get your natural hair care needs at http://www.flourishingtresses.com.

Essential and Carrier Oils For Your Hair

The owner of Flourishing Tresses first began this natural hair care line after she started reading the labels on her hair care products and realized that the ingredients were doing more harm than good to her tresses. It was her mission as a natural hair care company owner  to only use natural products and allow her customers to understand what they are putting in their hair. Education of what should be in your hair will actually help you in your healthy hair journey and allow your tresses to get the nutrients it needs. Below is a list of all the ingredients that we put into our hair care product line and what the benefits are of each ingredient.  This is a list of what is in Flourishing Tresses natural hair care line and some of the benefits of each product listed.

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Tee Tree Oil— Tee tree has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that alleviate the scalp from dryness, itch and dandruff. This essential oil keeps your scalp healthy while also moisturizing it.

Peppermint Oil—This oil is not only refreshing and leaves your scalp having a good tingling sensation but it also stimulates the blood in the scalp thus promoting hair growth.

Cetyl Alcohol—This is not an actual alcohol that is a chemical and it most certainly does not dry out your hair like real alcohol. This ingredient is derived from coconut oil and other natural oils. Cetyl alcohol is a lubricant that is used in our shampoo and conditioner to make the hair soft and smooth and bind the oils together.

Shikakai—This ancient Indian herb means “hair fruit” and that is exactly what it is, fruit for the hair. This plant is a natural cleanser that is used to cleanse the scalp but it still leaves your natural oils, unlike sulfate shampoos that strip your hair. Shikakai is a mild cleanser that has a naturally low pH, and is a natural detangler that helps promote growth, and aids in preventing hair loss.

Burdock—-This plant increases the shine and moisture of the hair and gives limp hair the body that is needs without making hair that already has volume too full.

Vegetable Glycerin— This ingredient is a hygroscopic which means that it is able to absorb water from its surroundings. This is important because it puts the moisture back into the hair making the hair soft and smooth.

Olive Oil—This is oil is fantastic for moisturizing your tresses and helps fight against split ends especially in cold winter months when the hair is much more prone to breakage do to the lack of moisture in the air. Putting this oil on the scalp also helps with dandruff and dry spots on the scalp when it is rubbed directly onto the head.

Avocado Oil— This is oil is derived from the avocado fruit, and is perfect for a conditioner because it has vitamin A, E, D and potassium in it. This is one of the best oils that you hair can have in it because it nourishes the hair giving it extra moisture that textured dry hair needs to thrive.

Horsetail—- This mineral rich herb is great for conditioners because it contains silica which is an important protein for the hair that helps it repair damaged follicles. Horsetail gives the hair the luster and shine that it needs to grow long and strong.

Marshmallow  RootThis herb softens the hair while providing it with slip which makes it perfect to moisturize the hair.

Slippery Elm Bark—-Slippery Elm Bark is great for hair growth because it strengthens the follicles and helps rid the hair of split ends and hair loss.

Lavender —- Not only does this plant smell amazing but it is great for your tresses.  This plant promotes hair growth and controls hair loss and treats track alopecia.

Shea Butter—This is a rich source of moisture  because it has rejuvenating minerals and vitamins. This butter helps to keep your tresses feeling soft and shiny.

Coconut Oil—This is the ultimate oil for textured hair because it benefits your tresses more than any other oil. This oil penetrates the hair instead of just laying on top of the hair which allows this protein filled oil to reconstruct poor damaged follicles.

Castor Oil—-Castor oil comes from the seed of the castor plant. Rubbing this oil improves the circulation in the scalp therefore allowing the hair to grow in areas where hair might be missing due to chemicals or undue stress from tugging and pulling and causing track alopecia.

Grape See oil—This oil is made from the extracts of grape seeds and is a light weight oil the gives the hair moisture and shine without weighing the hair down.

Almond Oil—This oil comes from the pressing of almonds and is best used on the scalp to promote growth especially on areas that are missing hair due to chemicals or track alopecia.

Wheat Germ OilWheat germ oil increases circulation in the scalp and stimulates hair growth.

Lemongrass Oil—This oil helps people with dry scalp and oily hair while soothing the scalp.

Vitamin E—This nutrient helps to prevent hair loss by nourishing the scalp and it prevents gray hair from forming.

Organic Aloe Vera Juice—Aloe Vera fights frizzy hair and it helps to seal the cuticles of the hair.

 

Pectin—This increases the thickness of the product and allows for all the oils to combine together naturally. Pectin comes from the inner portion of a citrus fruit.

Lavender Oil—- Not only does this plant smell amazing but it is great for your tresses.  This plant promotes hair growth and controls hair loss and treats track alopecia.

Orange Oil—This essential oil comes from an orange and offers a wonderful natural fragrance and is also great for regulating the production of sebum in the scalp.

I love my Kinky, curly, naturally wavy hair and if you don’t, well…I don’t care!

Embrace Flourishing Tresses

Embrace your Flourishing Tresses

We at Flourishing Tresses understand the struggles of having such unique hair textures that’s why we created a hair line specifically for women that struggle with their hair texture. Hair is a major part of who you are whether you want to admit it or not. Hair can either make you have a good day or make you feel like crawling back into the bed and hiding your head until it cooperates with you tomorrow. For certain hair types it is hard to embrace your tresses because it may not be socially acceptable to some and you may not know how to take care of it properly.

 

With curly or even kinky hair it is a daunting task to figure out what works with your hair and what doesn’t. There are plenty of days where you probably wish you could trade hair with your fellow peers. But this shouldn’t be the case having textured hair is beautiful, and there are a plethora of styles that you can do. Your hair can be curly one day and straight the next or you could rock an Afro or do a beautiful Bantu knot out and have your curls on display for the whole world to admire.

 

Have you ever been in a “professional” environment and felt that people were judging you just based on your natural hair? Sadly judgments happen quite often when you choose to set yourself free and walk out into the world and be happy to embrace your unique tresses. For many women they feel like to be accepted especially in cooperate America that they must have their hair straight and pulled back into a certain hair style. Often time’s women find themselves changing their hair to a relaxer just to appease their co-workers and their comfort rather than their own comfort. Having a relaxer is great and for many years’ women have been getting them and they do make your hair look amazing if the hair is taken care of properly and not over processed. Relaxed hair can grow just like natural hair and sometimes grow even longer and healthier. But the question is still, do you relax your hair for you or for the comfort of others?

 

When deciding to stop using the “creamy crack” it is more than just the process of quitting the use of a chemical product, but it is quite often a freedom feeling and for some an emotional bond they must release. Some women feel that they are rediscovering who they are and it even builds their confidence back if they were lacking it when it pertains to their hair.  Other women feel like they are reclaiming their African roots or any other ancestry roots that had their natural hair types. Most females tend to go natural and they realize how much they love their natural curly or kinky texture and feel that they have wasted so many years making their hair conform to corporate standards that sometimes they set for their selves.

Love your hair!

 

It is a process to go from being relaxed to being natural. It is a daunting task to unlearn bad habits and stop using the “creamy crack”. Flourishing Tresses is a company that actually has products that can be used to transition your hair from relaxed to natural without feeling like you have to do a big chop and get rid of all your relaxed hair. The Flourishing Tresses Formation hair gel will keep the edges of your hair looking and feeling amazing. If you choose to stay relaxed our products work for you as well, but no matter what, do not ever change your hair just to fit the standards of society. You don’t have to straighten your hair or have loose curls to have “good hair”. Good hair is when you have hair growing out of your head and not necessarily the texture. It is all about how you tame your tresses and the products you use that reflex in your tresses.

 

Visit us soon at www.flourishingtresses.com to help you either transition to natural hair or maintain your beautiful relaxed hair!

 

Take care of your childs coarse kinky curly textured hair

Take care of your childs coarse kinky curly textured hair

This is a picture of Flourishing Tresses owners several years ago before the hair company was founded. This was just the beginning of learning how to maintain these tresses. Most women that have young girls or even boys with coarse textured hair are not sure how to care for it. But Flourishing Tresses makes it simple with their natural product line and informational articles on how to use them.

Our Daughters Hair:

It is important to understand that most women are currently struggling with their hair because as a child they were not taught how to properly tend to their tresses. As young girls we were told that we need to put grease in our hair to slick down our edges, and “good hair” was only reserved for that small select group of girls that we grew up with. Often times we have our mothers putting micro braids in our hair and pulling our hair so tight that our foreheads are protruding.

All of these things have left us with an ever disappearing hair line and dermatological scalp issues that we end up having to seek the help of a doctor to cure. Well it is time to stop the bad cycle and start teaching our young daughter how to care for their hair. The one thing that we at Flourishing Tresses definitely hate to see is a little girl on the playground with fuzzy braids and dry hair. Women must learn that children pick up habits young, and it is best to teach our daughters early that taking good care of your hair can help you later in life.

I am sure that at one point or another you are someone you know has stated that when they were young they used to have long hair, but they can never show you a picture that has that long hair, all your left with is looking at their sad too short lifeless hair in front of you. Don’t you want your daughter to actually be able to say this statement and it be true and have healthy flowing hair as an adult? There are a few habits that need to be broken or never even start when it comes to our babies’ hair.

The first thing is teaching our daughters that their hair is perfect and that there is no inferior hair or race of hair. Also we must teach them that taking care of their hair is not something that should be taken lightly or only for hairstylist to do for us. It is never too early to start them on a hair regimen which should include weekly shampoos with sulfate free products such as the ones offered by Flourishing Tresses, deep conditioning, and the use of proper moisturizers that do not contain petroleum jellies “hair grease” or mineral oils.

Ladies and of course for some of you fathers that are taken care of your daughter hair, please avoid the use of barrettes, hair bands, and any other hair item that is going to put undue stress on your child’s hair. There is nothing worse than having a child that has no hair line in their adult life because their mother or father has ripped it out of their head at such an early age. Of course these items can be used but not so tightly. There is no need to pull your daughters hair so tight that her eyes become slanted this is a clear sign that her hair is too tight and that you are putting stress on her tresses and are quite possibly giving them a headache in the meantime. If we teach our daughters that they are capable of doing and caring for their own hair then we can revolutionize the way textured hair is perceived in the future by showing that yes it too can grow and be healthy just like other children’s hair. There is no reason why children with textured and curly hair should not have long flowing hair throughout their life because most of these children enter the world with more head on their head than any other child.

Water and Kinky Curly Textured Hair

Love Water

It is important to understand the significance of water when it comes to making sure that your hair is healthy. Most people that have coarse or kinky curly hair tend to avoid water, for the fear of what it will do to their hair. Certain hair textures tend to shrink up when there is water that is put on it. Women find themselves avoiding water near their hair especially if they have a weave in it or their hair is relaxed. Many individuals do not want their hair to get out of control and start to kink up. But water believe it or not is this textures best friend.

I am sure you are shaking your head and saying “not my hair, it hates water”. This is not the case at all in fact your hair loves the water because this is the best moisturizer that your hair can receive. You may not like what your hair looks like once the water has hit your tresses, but that simply means that you need to add a natural product to seal in that water and maintain your unruly tresses. There are a few misconceptions when it comes to Afro-textured hair and water and in this article we are going to discuss this and why you need to have a better relationship with water for the sake of your flourishing tresses.

It is important to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Let’s make this clear that your body is made up of 70-75% water which means that it needs these 8 glasses a day to survive and make sure that all of your organs work properly. Stop drinking pop, put down that bottle and start having sugar less drinks.  For the people that say that they are not going to drink water because it is nasty and doesn’t taste good, well water doesn’t have a taste. So if your tasting something in your water either drink bottled water, get a water filter, or clean your glass you’re drinking out a little better! Drinking this minimal amount water will actually make your hair grow.

Staying hydrated is the key to getting your hair to grow because it not only hydrates your vital organs but it also helps increase your circulation overall. Having circulation in the body is important to growing hair because it increases red blood cells. Red blood cells help the hair follicles get the proper circulation it needs to stimulate your head to make the hair grow and get out of the resting phase in the cycle of hair growth.

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When it comes to water and getting it on your hair, that is completely different then drinking it and for some this is a concept that they rather not attempt on a regular basis. But your hair will thank you if you simply hydrate your hair and lock in that water. It is important to wash your tresses at least at minimum of once a week. Now I am sure you’re thinking that water and kinky hair coming in contact once a week is going to kill you, especially if you have a relaxer. Well here is a myth buster if you have relaxer and wash your hair once a week it will NOT rinse out the relaxer or make your edges start to kink up. The relaxer is a chemical process and no matter how many times your hair comes in contact with water it will not wash out the relaxer. The hair is permanently straightened until it grows out more from the roots.

Once you wash your hair once a week it is important to use natural products that are not harsh on your hair to lock in that moisture. Flourishing Tresses natural hair care line has Metamorphosis Shea Butter and Unique Fighter Serum that will keep each follicle of hair moisturized. It is also recommended to keep a spray bottle of water with you to keep your hair hydrated as most hair tends to get dry during the week if the proper amount of moisture is not applied which can lead to breaking and unruly shedding. Please feel free to email customerservice@flourishingtresses.com if you have any questions or post a comment down below.

Flourishing Tresses

Flourishing Tresses

Flourishing Tresses

Flourishing Tresses owner has always been admit about her health and wanting to gain knowledge as to how to improve her body. While going on a healthy eating journey she found herself looking up the benefits of eating almonds since this had become her new found health snack. With many hours of research she found out that not only are almonds great for your body but even better for the growth of your hair. As an African American female she struggled with her hair and unfortunately became content with having short brittle hair, until she found out that almonds help to improve the health and shine of suffering tresses. From this point on the owner of  the company began researching other foods that she could eat that would help grow her tresses and discovered an entire world of oils and herbs that can be mixed together as a topical treatment that would restore her hair back to its natural health and shine. Since knowledge is power, she began to read the labels on her favorite hair care products and found that they were filled with sulfates, petroleum’s, mineral oils and alcohols that were aiding in her drying out her short brittle hair.  Her tresses were on life support and the only way to revive them was to try using natural products that did not contain such harmful ingredients. With many trials and errors and using other companies natural products she discovered that these other products still were not working because she still had to add other oils to their products to get the results she desired. It was time to create her own hair care line that had all the oils her hair craved and thus Flourishing Tresses Natural Hair Care Line was born with the perfect formulas for shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers and hair sealants. She has decided to share her hair care line with the world because she is tired of women of color and certain hair textures getting a bad rap that their hair is less appealing, untamed, unprofessional looking, and cannot grow past neck length. With this line she is helping women break down these biased hair stereotypes.