Friday, September 23, 2016

Hair Growth

From time-to-time I see ladies who are experiencing thinning at the crown of their heads. This can be attributed to several different reasons such as heredity, stress, excessive tension, medication, medical procedures, nutrition & lack of maintenance.

We, as ladies, tend to allow issues to progress with our bodies & with our hair before we take action. Unfortunately, we oftentimes assume that our hairstylists are miracle workers the 1 day we decide that enough is enough & go to a professional.  Think of your beauty specialist, beautician, hair designer or hair stylist as you would your doctor.  We are licensed cosmetologist trained in hair, skin & nails. Most of us concentrate on hair care; therefore, we should take better heed to the "prescriptions" our professionals are "prescribing" for the health of our scalp & tresses.

Some "prescriptions" your beauty professional may suggest are moisturizers, drinking more water, vitamins, trimming ends, routine shampooing & conditioning, professional shampoo/conditioner, deep conditioners, treatments, less heat at home, protective styles or a break from protective styles to name a few.

So, let's make sure we are taking the health of our scalp & hair seriously, since our scalp (& subsequently our mane's) are apart of our personal hygiene & health. And, while on the subject of hygiene, it's not a good idea to leave protective styles such as sew-ins, quick weaves, braids & crochet braids in for extended amounts of time. Also, keep in mind, that protective styles need to be shampooed on a regular basis & oftentimes I use an antiseptic on the scalp to begin the cleansing process.

Lastly, YouTube is not the end all be all on hair care. Now, there are some very good tutorials online, but let's make sure we are checking with a professional before we are following some of the advice we view. This is especially a good idea since a lot of the videos I've come across online are uploaded by non-professionals. Some of the protective styles are fine, but I'm more concerned with non-professionals "teaching" others to use chemicals in their hair. I do think social media sites can offer great tips to make one's hair routine easier, but let's make sure we are going the proper route & visiting a professional salon. This could make the difference between a head full of beautiful hair & contemplating cutting it all off & starting over.

I look forward to your thoughts & comments on this post & remember you can always email me at

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hydration II

Ladies & Gents (& youth), the season is changing & our hair (all textures) can easily become dehydrated, dry & brittle which can cause breakage...mild breakage for some yet more severe for others, unfortunately.

To combat dryness you can refer to 1 of my previous blog posts on Hydration here on Hair Talk by D'va Styles. But, 1 of the main things I hear from clients, other than not drinking enough water, is not moisturizing their tresses.

Now, this is more of a "textured' hair issue more so than  a fine hair problem unless you are experiencing thinning. People constantly tell me during a consultation that they are using oil sheen or a serum on their hair & for some odd reason feel that either of these are suitable {hydration} products for the hair. This is not so. Oil sheen & serums are meant for shine Only. They do not penetrate the hair shaft. I encourage clients to apply their hair moisturizer before bed so the hair has an opportunity to absorb the great properties (ingredients) it has to offer. Then to "seal the deal", tie your hair with a satin or silk scarf or bonnet at night. This will also protect your style or help create a style for the next day, especially if you wrap the hair around your head & train the hair to fall a certain way. You can also do pin curls & take them down in the a.m. for volume, a feathered look or curls if you wear your natural or relaxed hair straight.

I hope this encourages more women to properly hydrate their hair with the proper product. As I don't buy my staple products from a beauty supply store, I am unable to recommend tried & true products to achieve this goal. However, I do retail quality products such as my 100% Natural D'va Styles Hair & Skin Natural Oils & Butter that can be shipped to you if interested along with other brands that will help you retain more hair.
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~D'va Styles