Black Hair Care: The Truth About Brazilian Blowouts & Thinning Hair

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black woman with curly hairHelloBeautiful!

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I am a recent Kidney Transplant patient of 2 years and was having some hair loss the first year and now my hair has began to grow, but it is hard to maintain my hair and keep moisture. I am taking anti-rejection medication at a high dose because of my fast metabolism. Now with the need to return to steroids because of rejection, which increases my blood sugars and medication for that, I don’t know what to do about my hair. I am tired of braiding it and wearing hair extensions.

What do I do from this point forward?

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Shawnice

Hello Shawnice,

It’s common for women to experience changes in their hair due to medication or health. It’s important to consult a professional stylist, preferably one with experience in caring for stressed, fragile hair. Your hair definitely needs moisture & strength in order to grow healthy. Drink LOTS of water and eat a well balanced diet, including fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein. In terms of styling, it seems you prefer low maintenance styles. Twist-outs are ideal because they last and offer excellent styling versatility! Simply shampoo and condition, apply a wet styling product, twist hair in desired size, allow hair to dry, and then untwist. I’d recommend Design Essentials®: Moisture Retention Conditioning Shampoo Express Instant Moisturizing Conditioner Natural Twist & Setting Lotion Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion I hope you continue to have a healthy recovery. Keep us posted on your progress.

Peace,

De’

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Hello Natalie,

I need some advise on getting my hair to thicken up. I’ve had manageable thin hair all my life, but lately I’ve noticed that it’s really thin. I’ve been wearing weaves constantly the last two years and would like to go all natural without any pieces to give my hair that full look. Is there any products out there that can actually thicken your hair?

Davina

Hello Davina,

Changing the type of hair we have is rare. But what we can do is make the best of the hair we’re naturally born with. A huge part of being natural is embracing our natural hair type and texture. I believe you’ll notice a difference in the appearance and fullness of your hair by not wearing weaves as often, and allowing your naturally beautiful hair to breathe. Also, proper hair care can help your hair naturally thicken. By proper hair care I mean- using nourishing shampoos and conditioners that don’t strip natural oils or leave a residue, applying minimal heat, and choosing hair styles that don’t compromise the overall integrity of hair. Since you’ve stated you have thin hair, heavy products aren’t best for your hair. Try this combination of Design Essentials® products: Organic Cleanse Deep Cleansing Shampoo & Natural Curl Cleanser Express Instant Moisturizing Conditioner HCO Leave-In Conditioner Silk Essentials.

Peace!

De’

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Good morning!

I have two questions….I am growing my hair back natural…I have very long hair and a good portion of it is relaxed…I don’t want to use heat on it all the time to keep it straight until it grows to a length I am comfortable cutting the relaxed hair off and I’m not sure if I can use a texturizer on relaxed hair so that it all looks the same…what can I do? Also I need a good oil sheen I loved Pantene’s, but its discontinued I have tried pink oil but it leaves my hair dry…have tried Cantu it’s to heavy…tried Profective but I don’t like the smell of olive oil…any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

Cammiell

PS. I’m mixed so I have strange hair.

Cammiell,

There’s no such thing as strange hair. But I know what you mean! Have you heard of Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System? It’s a new suite of reconditioning products designed to make hair stronger, healthier, and more manageable. The Transitioning Mousse will be perfect for you! Here are the details: It’s designed to smooth naturally curly and frizzy hair types, creating easy straight-to-curly styles and relaxed-to-natural transitions. The Transitioning Mousse is ideal for you since you’re naturally curly, transitioning to natural hair, and desiring a smooth look. You’ll love that it reduces hair swelling and provides lasting smoothness and strength. It’s a professional product so you can only receive the service in a salon from a professional stylist. Check out some more great info on the system as well. http://www.designessentials.com/styling-systems/strengthening-therapy-systems/transitioning-mousse I think you’ll be VERY happy with the results.

Peace,

De’

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I recently decided to get the Brazilian blowout. I’ve had it now for about 3 months. I’ve noticed that my already fine hair has become even thinner and seems to have broken off a bit. Since the blowout treatment has just about grown out, I’ve asked my stylist to revert back to pressing my hair rather than using the ceramic flat iron.  Any other suggestions to growing my hair back. I know the obvious is to reduce the amount of heat I use.

Thank you!

Tiffanie

Hi Tiffanie!

You’re definitely headed in the right direction. The use of ceramic or titanium irons are completely fine. But monitoring the frequency of heat applied, and using the best temperature setting for your hair will help increase its fullness. Since hair has natural memory, try styles that bump up the volume (rollers) or texture (twist outs, flexi-rods) to help your hair remember fullness is the way to go! Here’s to big hair.

Peace.

De’

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Hello, my name is Sharron and my 6 year old daughter has beautiful hair it is very thick and fine at the same time. Right now the way her hair is I would never be able to put it into one single ponytail. That is how thick it is. There’s two big problems that I am having. One is that she is extremely tenderheaded and the second is that her hair tangles VERY easily. I’ve tried everything. Please help.

Thank you in advance.

Sharron Cleveland, Ohio

Hello Sharron!

Hair care can create a very special bond between a mom and daughter. The important thing to remember is to be gentle and consistent. When shampooing and conditioning, choose products that will infuse moisture and detangle. Try Design Essentials Moisture Retention Conditioning Shampoo and Express Instant Moisturizing Conditioner. Also, use a wide tooth comb which works best for detangling thick hair. Section the hair, and then detangle in even smaller sections, start at the ends, working your way up to the roots. As far as styling, try individual twists or braids which are great for little girls and super cute too! But, if you’re up for styling her hair daily, then use Design Essentials Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion to soften and detangle. It’s great for daily moisture and works wonders on hair that may tangle during nighttime sleep. Hope this helps!

Peace.

De’

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