Spring into Your Hair Care Regimen!

Although we are still very much in the winter season, spring is right around the corner!

Natural hair care during Spring months can feel tricky as you begin the process of moving away from your Winter hair care products and practices. For the last few months, you more than likely spent your time trying to compensate for those harsh, cold winds and indoor heat that stripped your hair of hydration. Your hair care regimen probably revolved around deep conditioners and moisturizing shampoo rituals.

Now that Spring is almost here; it is time to shift your focus. You will now have to compensate for the increased exposure of your hair to the powerful rays of the sun. Sun damage to hair or extreme heat exposure becomes a greater concern for most natural hair mavens. Many of us with natural kinks, coils, and curls tend to shy away from the sun because of all of the bad things that we know can happen with excessive exposure. However, the critical piece of the puzzle we may be overlooking when it comes to sun exposure and the impact it can have on our hair is the adjective “excessive.”

Many naturalistas have an awareness for what will occur if we dare to spend too much time under the sun, but did you know there is a positive side to allowing a bit of sunlight to shine down on your tresses?

Vitamin D for Hair Growth

The sun is a natural source of vitamin D, and our hair thrives on this nutrient. With the proper amount of exposure to sunlight, we can naturally increase the levels of vitamin D within our body and create an environment that supports healthy, natural hair growth.

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Research demonstrates that vitamin D helps to create new follicles, stimulating new hair growth and also helping to improve the overall thickness of our hair. You can find vitamin D also in cod liver.

Hair loss often occurs as the result of various vitamin and mineral deficiencies including that of vitamin D. Studies show that hair loss can be a symptom of vitamin D.  As you can see, it is a fine line that we have to walk when embarking on exposure to the sunlight.

Too much of this good thing can break down our hair proteins and contribute to the loss of hair protein. Natural hair is particularly vulnerable to too much time in the sun due to its structure, density and propensity to coil. When we lose protein, our hair does not fair well. It becomes weaker, losing its elasticity and vibrancy and prone to frizz and dryness.

 

 

How Can You Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage during Spring Months?

Remember, some sun exposure is okay for your hair. It is a natural source of vitamin D. Even if you are exposing your hair intermittently to the sun; you will still want to take precautions to protect it during Spring months.

Best Products for Preventing Sun Damage to Your Hair

What are the best products for preventing sun damage? Your hair care ritual will make or break your hair. With this thought in mind, you will need to choose products that will shield your hair shaft from the inadvertent loss of moisture and protein. Look for products that contain the following ingredients:

 

Shea butter is an excellent natural and affordable natural hair product that you can use to create a protective barrier over your hair against the sun and is fabulous for also helping to treat hair that has existing heat or sun damage.

 Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is a fantastic natural sunscreen for hair that can assist in locking in moisture but also providing our kinks and coils with a natural UV protection.

Almond oil and coconut oil is another great resource that not only does an amazing job of protecting your hair from all forms of heat, but they also help to spare your hair from the loss of moisture while helping hair to remain vibrant.

There you have it; vitamin D is a potent nutrient that can contribute to hair growth. Spring is an excellent time of year to give your mane exposure to a natural source of vitamin D –the sun. Intermittent sun exposure will not damage your hair –primarily if you utilize hair care products such as shea butter and other essential oils. Always take precautions when spending time in the sun but don’t feel like you cannot take advantage of the positive results the sun may bring to your hair.

These are just a few tips you should put into practice. Remember moisture and consistency in your hair care regimen is the key to having healthy hair all year long!

Put these solutions into practice today and watch for positive results. If you have more questions or need extra guidance, don’t hesitate to contact our Hair Coaches!


7 Haircare tips during the winter months

''How do you care for natural hair during winter months? Winter hair care is a must-have for naturalistas if they want to prevent natural hair damage from occurring during the coldest months of the year. Temperature swings, high winds, and dry indoor air can weaken your natural curls, kinks, and coils leaving them brittle and susceptible to damage and breakage.''

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In addition to dry hair, you cannot neglect the health of your scalp. Winter days and nights can trigger scalp irritation, inflammation, dryness and other conditions that disrupt your hair growth cycle, slowing down the rate at which your hair grows. In some instances, hair growth can come to a complete stop if vital nutrients are unable to move into the region due to poor circulation.

If you are to achieve and maintain a healthy mane of natural hair all year round, you have to take a proactive role in protecting your tresses and scalp.

Here are seven things you must do for your hair and scalp during winter months.

#1 Wash Your Hair Less during Winter Months

Your hair washing practices set the tone for how healthy your hair and scalp will be. At the first sign of winter –and occasionally Fall (i.e., a temperature 12° C), change the frequency in which you wash your hair. Depending on your level of activity or daily product use, you should keep the rate in which you wash your hair during those colder months to no more than once a week.  

It’s a balance of maintaining a clean but hydrated scalp. Winter months are brutal as they can rob our hair and scalp of moisture.  Excess washing can make a bad situation worse, causing ends to split and your scalp to flake from dryness or worse.

#2 Get Your Pre-Poo Practices in Check

Whatever your current pre-poo practices are entering the winter season –amp them up! Your hair cannot get too much moisture during this time. Your pre-poo regimen is vital for healthy natural hair success. It is an excellent way to infuse moisture into your hair before initiating the second phase of your cleansing process. Apply your pre-poo before every shampoo and leave it in place for a minimum of thirty minutes.

#3 Choose a Moisture-Rich Shampoo

Always keep in mind that the key to healthy hair during winter months an endless supply of moisture and your choice of shampoo cannot be the exception to this rule. Use a moisture-rich shampoo that has the right formula of ingredients to help your hair receive and lock in moisture while simultaneously hydrating your scalp to spare it from dryness. 

#4 Deep Condition Your Hair Regularly

Deep condition your hair regularly during winter months. Your hair will thank you. Deep conditioners contain vital nutrients that have properties that enable them to penetrate the hair shaft and fill in the gaps were the hair structure is most at risk for breaking down.

As long as you use natural conditioners that contain the right blend of vitamins, minerals and essential oils your hair should remain soft and smooth despite the harsh conditions in and outdoors.

#5 Use a Leave-In Conditioner with Every Wash during Winter Months Image

Do not skip the use of a  leave-in conditioner following your hair cleansing process. Lock in natural hair moisture with a leave-in conditioner. You need products that contain the right mixture of ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera to protect your hair structure, repair the shaft, and seal in moisture.   

#6 Turn Down the Heat

Turn down the heat on your favorite heating tools or look for ways to not use heat at all. Heat from your flat-iron or curling wand coupled with the winter climate and indoor heat can create the perfect storm for dryness leaving hair weak and ripe for breakage or damage. This tip is not to say that you should go outdoors with wet hair; However, look for natural ways to dry your hair. 

#7 Keep Away from Hair Products that Dry Your Hair

Finally, you should take inventory of the hair care products in your natural hair product arsenal. You must avoid those hair care products that will trigger any loss of moisture. For example, some gels are excellent for summer months, but most gels are not your friend during winter months because of their drying ingredients. Instead, you want to choose moisturizing creams, mango butter, shea butter and moisture-sealing oils that will help to keep your hair texture soft and manageable.

You must steer clear of products that contain any of the following elements:

  • Ethanol alcohol
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Polyethylene Glycol

These are just seven things you should do protect your natural hair during winter months.  Remember moisture and consistency in your hair care regimen is the key to having healthy hair all year long.

Put these solutions into practice today and watch for positive results. If you have more questions or need extra guidance, don’t hesitate to contact our Hair Coaches!

 

 


Why your hair is dry and how to fix it

Dry hair is a naturalistas archnemesis. No natural hair diva wants to step out of her front door rocking kinks and coils that feel crunchy or rivals the look of a brillo pad.

The good news is that you have the power to reverse dry hair issues, but getting to the cure may require you to identify the root of your problems. In this blog we will discuss why your hair is dry and how you can probably fix it

Why is My Hair Dry?

Why is my natural hair dry? In your mind, you are doing all the things you should, but, your natural curls are telling another story. Don’t panic just yet. Let’s take a closer look at what might be happening with your tresses.

Here are three reasons your hair may be lacking moisture.

#1 Hair Porosity Mismanagement

One major cause of dry natural hair is using the wrong hair care products for your hair porosity. Hair porosity can make or break your hair; Care of low porosity hair should always include the perfect blend of protein-free products and a protective leave-in conditioner. Meanwhile, high porosity hair demands protein-rich products to restore its structure. Mismanagement of your hair porosity may diminish your hair’s ability to hold moisture.

Solution: Check your hair porosity and use those natural hair products that fit your hair porosity needs.

#2 Environmental Factors

What you do and where you go can affect moisture levels in your hair. Working outdoors beneath the rays of the sun can rob hair of its natural moisture. If you enjoy taking a dip in the pool or ocean during summer months, chlorine and saltwater can strip hair of hydration. Couple this environment with seasonal temperature swings and it’s a recipe for disaster. (I welcome you to the Netherlands my sisters & brothers :) )

Solution: Protect your hair from chlorine and saltwater during summer months by wearing a swim cap and shield it from the sun.  Your shampoo and conditioner regimen will be vital to your success. Use products that are excellent for natural hair and replenishes moisture from root to tip.   

#3 Not Drinking Enough Water

Finally, check your water intake. Are you drinking enough water?  Merely applying products to your curls and scalp will not guarantee your entry into healthy natural hair utopia. Your dietary choices and yes, the amount of water you consume is vital.

Solution: Your daily water intake should be half of your body weight in liters. For example, if you weigh 63 kilos, you should drink 2 liters of water.

Put these solutions into practice today and watch for positive results. If you have more questions or need extra guidance don't hesitate to contact our Hair Coaches!


Who is Daffie?

Who is Daffie?

She’s an entrepreneur, daughter, sister, neighbour, colleague, friend and a continuous learner. She was born and raised in the Netherlands, but her roots (not just hair roots!) derive from all over the world!

She is fascinated about the human body and how it functions from head to toe. When she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she used say, “I want to be a scientist consultant with a very successful business!” These were big dreams for a little girl, but are now starting to become a reality.

With a great concern for the future of our society she explores ways to contribute to a brighter tomorrow. She believes that the building blocks of a healthy body, mind and society starts with making healthier choices for yourself. Due to her passion for handicrafts from scratch using essential elements she contributes to a healthy and toxic free society.

Seeing things with a different perspective and always consciously observing her environment has had a great influence in creating the Daffie be Proud brand.

Her learning journey will never stop, her drive to grow stronger and wiser will never end, and by wearing her heart on her sleeve she will never refrain to share her knowledge.

 

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Hi, I am Daphne Baloe

The experiential hair expert

Owner and founder of Daffie Be Proud

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