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How to Quickly Grow Your Hair ft. Winstonee

As I mentioned in my previous post, my hair tends to grow VERY quickly but I realize that many folks have the opposite problem. Sometimes your hair won’t go quickly enough! Well, you’re in luck as I’ve some tips to share with you courtesy of YouTube personality Winstonee.

In the clip below you’ll gain the inside scoop from Winstonee on what techniques he uses to help grow his hair. And if you look at his other videos, you’ll see the proof in his mane.

Some of the tips you may be familiar with, while others may be new to you. The important thing to remember is that for most of us, it’s all about trial and error. Not everything is going to work for everyone. For instance, Winstonee talks about dry-detangling, which I personally find horrible. Give me a ton of conditioner on wet hair and finger detangling any day. But again, to each his own. Listen to your hair and learn what works for you. These steps, however, are a great starting point. And there’s some good hair education in there as well.

Enjoy and happy growing!

 

My Updated Hair Care Regimen – Fall 2016

Greetings all!

Since we’re (theoretically) entering a new season  I wanted to take a moment to share with you my latest hair care regimen, fall edition! In the following handy little infographic you will see my current hair care regimen if you’re looking for some insight into my process and the current products that I’m using.  While the process doesn’t change much, there is some variety of products depending on the season. Once winter hits, I’m sure I’ll be updating it.  For now, enjoy the fall regimen below!

It should also be noted that I previously deep conditioned my hair weekly with  Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Intensive Restoration Treatment. I have not been doing this lately so that’s why it’s not including my current regimen. As the weather gets cooler and dryer, I’m sure I’ll be deep conditioning again to take extra special care of my hair.

Click the photo below to enlarge!

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Back to Basics: Hair Care 101

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From time to time I get asked how I take care of my hair so well and whenever I do it’s always a huge compliment! I’m always very grateful to hear people think that I have great hair. There was a time when I didn’t think my hair was so great, especially when I grew out my fro for the first time. It’s been a challenge for me to get used to all the attention (both positive and negative) and it’s been a growing process overall.

Today I want to share with you how I actually do take care of my hair. You’ll see some of the same steps on my hair care regimen at the link on the top right-hand corner of the page, but today I just want to give you a little bit more insight into my process and how you can take good care of your hair so that you are always looking your best.

First off, let me start by saying that one term that you’ll hear about in hair care, and black hair care in particular, is wash day. “Wash day” is exacty how it sounds; it’s the day of the week that you wash your hair.  Yes, I know that sounds disgusting at first, but the truth is that no matter your hair type you really shouldn’t be shampooing your hair more than a couple of times per week, barring any special scalp conditions.  Washing your hair more often with traditional shampoos can rid your hair of it natural oils and moisture.  This can leave you with chronically dull and dry hair. But because we have to use shampoo from time to time, there are some easy ways to minimize it’s effects.

First, only use a sulfate shampoo when you feel your hair is especially dull and gunky.  Sulfates have been found to dry out your hair and scalp and can cause irritation. And for those of you with sensitive or scalps, you might want to try and avoid altogether.  I like conditioning washes like MITCH Double Hitter as they don’t dry out my hair or scalp but make sure I feel clean.  This particular option also helps detangle my strands which is helpful when you have kinky or coily hair.

So now you magically find yourself on wash day…what comes next? It’s time to condition!

There are a lot of conditioning options out there but there are three basic types you should know about for the second part of your hair care routine.  They are rinse-out conditioner, leave in conditioner and deep conditioner.  Here’s a quick breakdown of the three types:

Rinse out conditioner: this is your typical conditioner that you can find in most drug stores or in your local grocery store. After washing your hair you apply a rinse out conditioner for a few minutes, usually about 3 to 5 minutes, and then you rinse it out completely.  It’s usually best to do this with cold water.

Personal recommendation: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. You can read my review at this link.

Leave in conditioner: leave in conditioner is just how it sounds. This type of conditioner is usually applied after you rinse out the conditioner and it’s meant to be left in your hair before your styling product.  The amount you should use varies on your hair length and texture.  For my currently cropped mane I use about a nickel to quarter sized amount.

Personal recommendation: Kinky Curly Knot Today.  My hair LOVES this stuff and its one of the best on the market, in my opinion. See more information at this link.

Deep conditioner/hair mask: this type of conditioner comes in the form of many different names. It’s often referred to as a deep conditioning mask, a hair mask/masque or something else. Usually this type of conditioner requires that you leave it on your hair for more than 10 minutes and sometimes you get the best results by using heat as well. If you ever get treated in a salon, they’ll often put you under a hooded dryer for this part.

Personal recommendation: Pantene Pro V Intensive Restoration Treatment.  Read my review at this link

I should say that this sounds like a lot but I don’t typically use all of these products at every wash. I usually wash 2-3 times per week to remove product gunk and cleanse my scalp which is prone to buildup.   Usually, I only deep condition about once a week on the infamous “wash day” and while I do use shampoo on other days I don’t go through the whole shebang as it were.

So in essence wash day looks like this:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Deep condition
  3. Leave in conditioner
  4. Gel or cream based styler
  5. Use pomade once hair is dry

While non-wash days look like this:

  1. Rinse out conditioner
  2. Leave in conditioner
  3. Gel or cream based styler
  4. Use pomade once hair is dry

So there you have it! There are my not-so secret tips to keeping “good” hair. Don’t forget to check out my hair care regimen for more insight into my process.

Product Review: Frederick Benjamin

Sophisticated. Modern. Light.  These are the three words that come to mind when I think about Frederick Benjamin products. After years of working in the industry, Michael James founded Frederick Benjamin as a bit of an homage to his ever so-stylish grandfather.  When I came across Frederick Benjamin products, I was instantly excited about the brand’s emphasis on providing multicultural men with modern and sophisticated products, which is missing from the current marketplace.  Frederick Benjamin meet MANE MAN!  Today, I’m thrilled to share with you my first impressions of the Frederick Benjamin hair care line.

Shampoo (Invigorating Cleanser): I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of using the shampoo. All of Frederick Benjamin’s products are designed for normal to dry scalp and hair and the second ingredient in this product is Sodium Laureth Sulfate, a product that many natural hair care enthusiasts (including myself) try to avoid as much as possible.  Many people claim SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) is drying to hair and since most traditional shampoos use it, I found it very surprising that I didn’t find this shampoo drying at all.  I actually found it to be quite gentle on my scalp (and my self diagnosed dermatitis).  The combination of oils left my hair and scalp feeling clean, nourished and not stripped of natural oils.  Overall, a very good product. Oh, and it smells minty too!

Conditioner (Invigorating Moisturizer):  Like the invigorating cleanser, Frederick Benjamin’s conditioner also has a minty, natural smell.  I personally don’t find it overwhelming and unlike some other mint-based products I’ve used, once I started using the conditioner, I actually started to feel my scalp tingle a bit.  I definitely got the feeling that something was happening up there (my head) and it was a pretty enjoyable experience. My only real qualm about the product is that it didn’t have a lot of slip so those with longer and thicker hair may want to take extra care to be patient when detangling. That being said, on my second try, I used a bit of Tresemme Naturals Conditioner with it and was then able to detangle with relative ease.

Daily Hydrator (Styling Creme): By the time I applied the styling creme on wet, clean hair my scalp was tingling away.  And I mean TINGLING! This product is super lightweight which made it surprising that I enjoyed it as much as I did, especially because I tend to favor heavier creams and puddings for styling.  I really love the softness that I get once this dries, and it dries relatively quickly.

Overall Impression: So far I have thoroughly enjoyed using Frederick Benjamin products. This line provides me with soft and touchable hair while providing lasting moisture and hydration.  In my book, Michael James has absolutely filled a gap in the male grooming market and I’m excited to continue using the products and see what he comes up with next!