Massaging Your Scalp For Hair Health

Unique Fighter Serum

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When you think of growing your hair most people consume their efforts with trying to figure out what to do with the hair they currently have. But did you know that the best way to improve your overall health of your tresses is to start at the root? Your scalp is where each hair follicle is generated so why not make sure that you are taking care of that part of your hair first?

Having a healthy scalp for your hair to grow out of is just as important as when you’re growing a garden to make sure that your soil is perfect and ready to nurture your flowers. When it comes to your tresses it is no different than a garden, you must make sure that your scalp is ready to nurture and help flourish your tresses. Some individuals fail to pay attention to their scalps health and then they wonder why their hair is either not growing or their hair seems to be weak and break easily. Taking a look at your scalp frequently to ensure that it is free of break outs and dry patches is important because if you don’t see there is a problem with your scalp, how are you ever going to fix it?

There are a few things that you can do to improve the overall health of your scalp, of course for people that are experiencing dermatological issues they should seek the help of a professional rather than trying to concur major dermatitis problems by themselves. For individuals that may have minor problems such as dandruff, itchy scalp (non rash), and oily scalps, and problems increasing the growth of their hair should consider doing a few miniscule things to improve their hair and scalp health.

Massaging your head is essential to increasing the circulation in your scalp.  By increasing the circulation in your scalp you are amplifying the amount of red blood cells that form in your head. I am sure you’re wondering why the increase of these cells are important, well they are because an increase in cells means that there is growth and rejuvenation occurring. When rejuvenation occurs your scalp produces more hair follicles. Making sure that your scalp is being massaged on a daily basis is imperative when you are trying to increase the amount of hair you receive each month. Although massaging your head helps the hair growth phase did you know that massaging with carrier and essential oils can actually help to improve the circulation in your scalp and even get rid of some minor dermatitis issues you may be having.

Peppermint oil is an oil that helps improve the circulation in the scalp and it also acts as a natural cleanser for your head. Using tea tree oil will treat dry itchy scalps and it clears it of miniscule dermatitis issues, while chamomile oil helps with inflamed and itchy scalps. If you are suffering from dandruff or if you have a child that has lice than using lemon oil will help to reduce the dandruff but also reduce the risk of getting lice as the lice will not want to live an area that has this oil on it. If you’re looking for something that will help to promote your hair growth than it is recommended that you use almond and castor oil to help prevent hair loss and increase your circulation. By rubbing a mixture of these carrier and essential oils into your scalp on a daily basis it will not only help to improve minor scalp irritations but in just a matter of months you will start to see your tresses flourishing. With Flourishing Tresses Unique Fighter Serum you will find these carrier and essential oils along with of plethora of other oils will help to improve the overall health of your scalp. This oil has grown in hair for people that have either thinning hair or areas of the scalp that are failing to thrive. You will see the difference in your scalp if you simply massage your head a minimum of three times a weak with Unique Fighter Serum. To purchase this oil please visit our website at www.flourishingtresses.com. The best way to massage your scalp properly to get the best result is to start in the front of your head and put oil on all ten fingers and rub each section of the head in a circular motion. If you want to be precise count to about fifty on each section working your way to the back of the head ensuring that you are reaching every part of your scalp with the Unique Fighter Serum.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to either leave a comment down below or send us an email at customerservice@flourishingtresses.com. Make sure that you visit our website at www.flourishingtresses.com as we often have free giveaways and sales that will help you continue on your journey to having healthy flourishing tresses. As always Have A Happy Healthy Hair Journey!

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Does my shampoo clean my hair or strip my hair? Is there a difference?

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When you think of shampoo you think of that nice lather that foams up on your hair and scalp and removes all of the day and weeks dirt from your scalp. What if your shampoo is doing more than it is supposed to be doing? You may be enjoying the sensation of the foam and suds running down your tresses but are you really doing more harm than good when it comes to cleaning your head and scalp?

 

Often times when we think of any type of cleanser we refer to a product that will produce some sort of foam or suds because we have been taught that when a product reacts this way it is cleaning. But did you know that you can clean your hair and scalp just as efficient without the harmful detergents that cause the foaming in your favorite shampoo? I am sure that you are thinking why does it matter if my shampoo foams or not? Well most of the time the detergents and sulfates that are in our favorite shampoos are causing our tresses and scalp to become overly dry and limp.

 

When you look at the label of many popular shampoos you will see sulfates & detergents that are listed as the active ingredient. These ingredients are harsh and do not know how to gently clean your hair but it only knows how to strip your tresses. Think of it this way, when you see the commercial for dawn soap and they are cleaning the ducks off with the soap it is able to clean the oil off the feathers because the power of the detergent. Your favorite non sulfate free shampoo is the same way, it is powerful enough to not only clean the oils and dirt out of your hair but it strips all of your natural oils that your head produces naturally and needs to keep your tresses flourishing.

 

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Your scalp produces what’s called sebum; it is the naturally derived oil that flows down your tresses to moisturize the hair follicles and keeps them from getting brittle. Most people are able to produce the proper amounts of sebum to help their hair grow and stay healthy, but if you have any type of curl pattern in your hair than unfortunately this sebum that your scalp produces naturally is not able to flow down your tresses to naturally moisturize your follicle to the tip. So if the sebum cannot travel down to the bottom of the hair than that means it is not moisturizing you’re tresses naturally. The reason for this is because your natural oils only know how to travel straight down the tresses without “road blocks” a road block would be having spiral, kinky or even curly tresses. If your hair is naturally straight you have no problem with your natural oils traveling down your tresses because it doesn’t have to try and maneuver through waves it has a straight path. If your hair is not naturally straight you will have to add other oils and moisturizers that you’re naturally producing oils (sebum) cannot reach. So when you are now adding non sulfate free shampoos to your daily or even weekly hair maintenance, you are stripping even the external oils that you need and you are essentially working against your naturally producing sebum. So what does this lead to? Well breakage and overly dry tresses and dry flaky irritated scalps.

 

Refresher Shampoo

Flourishing Tresses Refresher Shampoo

The only way to solve the deficit you have with having curly or wavy hair is to keep as much moisture in your tresses as possible, while gently cleaning out the oils and dirt that you don’t need. The best way to do this is to buy sulfate free shampoos. Flourishing Tresses has their sulfate free Refresher Shampoo that is made with acacia concinna. This ancient Indian herb gently cleanses the hair but leaves your natural oils alone and it also stimulates hair growth. This fruit for the hair is able to clean your hair and not strip it from the moisture that it needs to thrive, especially for men & women that have curly or even coarse hair. It is important to understand that a shampoo that lathers is not just cleaning but stripping the hair. Having foam and suds does not, in any way equate to the only way your hair can get clean. Most of us are just used to the lather and are not aware that our tresses can be cleaned in a much more natural way that is not only good for our tresses but also helps to increase the circulation in our scalps which entices hair growth. Flourishing Tresses Refresher Shampoo doesn’t lather, rather it gently cleans the scalp and tresses without stripping it which leaves your hair still feeling full of life and moisture. Remember if your stripping the hair of oils your hurting your and making it prone to breakage and split ends.

 

If you have any other questions or concerns please leave a comment below or email our company at customerservice@flourishingtresses.com. Visit our website at http://www.flourishingtresses.com  to get all of your hair care needs! Have A Happy Healthy Hair Journey!

 

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Flourishing Tresses LLC is offering our customers to be a part of the launching of our website. We are striving to make sure that we are interacting with our local and national hair communities so we have created a contest, to not only get to know the people that want to get their precious tresses flourishing but also from the people that are seeking a new hair care product to add to their healthy hair regimen. This contest is fairly simple and should be fun to do and fun for us as the company to partake in with you. There are a few rules that you must comply with in order to win and there is no purchase necessary. But first let’s talk about what the prize is because we know that you will love winning it!

So the rules to winning the prize are pretty simple, but keep in mind that all rules must be followed otherwise you will not qualify to win and you will have to wait until our next contest to be a part of the drawing. 1) The first thing is that you must create a video telling us why you have chosen to use natural hair care products instead of products that are manufactured with chemicals and fillers. 2) Tell us if you are on a hair journey and if you are on a healthy hair journey tell us why you have chosen to be on one. 3) Let us know why you think that you will benefit from actually winning this prize. For example you haven’t found the correct products for your hair type yet or you want to try out our brand to see if it is better than your current favorite hair products company. 4) Let us know what your hair texture is. For example are you relaxed, natural, transitioning to natural, or you currently are not decided on whether to stay natural or even stay relaxed. 5) Tell us what it is that you are looking for in a natural hair care products company. For example do you want a company that only caters to a specific hair type or do you just want to be able to finally settle on a product that works for your lifestyle.

After you have created a Youtube video please link it to this video by either doing a video response or tagging it to us on Facebook. Also you will need to like us on Facebook and Twitter and Subscribe to us right here on Youtube. This way we can keep track of who is doing the contest and it will also help you to know when we have chosen a winner. We will cross check to make sure you have subscribed to us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. If you have not connected to us by at least one these social networks, you will not qualify for the prize at all and unfortunately we will have no way to know if you have won.

Flourishing Tresses will do a drawing on Youtube by collecting the names of all the people that have completed the steps to become eligible for the contest. These names will be put into a container and on Youtube a name will be drawn out and read on the video. Once the video has been aired we will notify the person by their Facebook, Twitter or a message to their Youtube email to let them know that they have won. The winner will have 4 days to respond to our message to provide us with their correct contact information so that they can receive the gift card. The gift card is still subject to the terms and regulations as mentioned on the companies’ website under “terms of use”. If the winner does not respond to the message that they have won within 4 days they will no longer qualify for the prize any longer and a new winner will be drawn on another video. This winner will be subject to the same exact rules and timeline to reply back to the company with their appropriate contact information.

Each video will get their name put in the container one time. If you have made a purchase with the company and made a video then you qualify for your name to be put into the drawing twice. For every completed order you will get your name put into the drawing. This does not include you getting your name put into the drawing for each item you purchase but rather how many order tickets that you have that have been paid for already. The gift card cannot be exchanged for cash value and is a digital gift card that can only be used at http://www.flourishingtresses.com. Please keep in mind that this is only open for residents of the USA as we do not offer shipping overseas at this time. This contest closes on May 30, 2013 at 10:00pm EST. Flourishing Tresses YouTube account is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAoUDyXPGWw&noredirect=1

Are you putting the correct amount of protein & moisture on your tresses?

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When learning to tame our tresses one of the first things that people will say is that you need to moisturize your hair to prevent breakage and dry scalp, which is true. But, how much moisture is too much moisture when it comes to making sure our tresses are flourishing? Sometimes it is hard to find a balance between dry hair & greasy hair. It is important to listen to your hairs needs and learn that too much of a good thing could actually be hindering your successful hair journey results that your are seeking.

The average person that is not paying attention to their hairs health tends to under moisturize their hair. On the other hand for some individuals that are just learning how to take care of their hair better, they  become heavy handed and over moisturize their tresses with the belief that having a ton of conditioning agents and pomades in their hair will prevent breakage and make it grow long and strong. Will there has to be a balance between under moisturizing & over moisturizing. The best way to find this balance is to learn about your current hair health.

Did you know that your hair is made up of protein? Your hair is actually made up of about 90% protein and this is important to know if you plan on restoring or even maintaining the health of your tresses. Since your tresses are made up of protein it is important to balance the amount of moisture you put in your hair with the amount of protein you put in it. The reason behind this is that when you are doing chemical processes on your hair such as relaxers, color treatments, over-brushing and washing with products that have sulfates & detergents in it, you are actually stripping your tresses of not just moisture but the protein it needs to stay healthy. When you have too much moisture in your hair not only does your hair feel greasy but it can make your hair susceptible to breakage, but also becoming weak, gummy, & stretchy. Now I know for many of you, you are thinking that doesn’t make sense how can too much moisture break my hair off? Well too much moisture is not allowing your hair to have an even balance of protein which it needs to stay strong up against products and the elements. On the flip side too much protein can cause the hair to become hard and sometimes even harder to get a comb or brush through it.

When your hair is stripped of moisture it is common knowledge that your hair feels dry and brittle and is prone to breakage. But what happens when you hair loses its correct amount of protein? Well your hair can actually stop growing in certain places and cause bald spots. Now of course the entire reason why you want to learn about the health of your hair is to make sure that it is growing. There is no reason why something as simple as protein balance should stop you from reaching your hair growth goals. There is a simple test that you can conduct on your hair that is very simple to make sure your hair is balance & doesn’t have too much protein or too much moisture.

There are two ways in which you can test the protein and moisture balance in your hair. The first thing you need to do is to just feel your hair to see if it feels rough or brittle. If your hair feels brittle and dry it may need protein in it or even moisture. The first test is to take a piece of hair that has fallen out of your head such as a piece of hair in your brush or even a hair follicle that you have shed. Hair sheds all the time on a daily basis so there is no reason to go ripping your hair out of your own scalp to perform these tests.  What you are going to need to do is pull on that hair until it snaps and breaks. If the hair snaps instantly then your hair is brittle and needs moisture. When stretching the hair and it keeps stretchy without breaking or returning to its original length then you need protein in your hair and you have too much moisture. If your hair stretches and returns to its original form then you are doing a great job at maintaining healthy hair because your tresses are properly balanced.

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The second test is to once again take a piece of hair that has already fallen out of your head and get a glass of water. Put the strand of hair in the glass of water for a minimum of 2-3 minutes. If your hair is floating then this means that your hair has low porosity and may have a hard time absorbing moisture. But on the other hand if you see that little strand at the bottom of the glass because it has sunk then this means you have what’s called high porosity. Porosity looks at how damaged your hair is and if your hair is able to even accept moisture properly. If your hair sinks your have high porosity and the strand is damaged and once your hair gets to this point it is hard to restore the health of these strands. If your hair floats in the middle of the glass of water then this means your hair is healthy and your hair regimen is working perfectly for you.

If you have high porosity your hair is weaker and it may even feel gummy when its wet and it may take a long time for it to dry. The hair at this point tends to hold onto any moisture that it can to fill the gaps that are in the hair follicle from damage and protein loss. Protein actually fills the hair follicle preventing it from having gaps in it and allowing it to properly take in just the proper amounts of moisture and preventing brittle hair.  Once your hair is damaged there is unfortunately not much you can do to restore it since hair is not a living organism. You can always do light protein treatments by using Flourishing Tresses Transcender Conditioner. You can do a hot oil treatment with our Unique Fighter Serum to try and restore some protein in the hair. Although this is a temporary fix it will make your hair feel better but it is best to slowly start trimming the hair to get rid it of the damaged hair eventually.

If you have any other questions or concerns please email us at customerservice@flourishingtresses.com or leave a comment down below. To purchase the products mentioned in the article please visit our website at flourishingtresses.com .

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.