The Cure for Split Ends

IMG_4790A split end is just as it sounds; a hair strand that has split at the end. There are many products out there that claim to “repair” split ends, but honestly, it’s only a temporary fix. Think of a split end in this way: If you split your nail, you are able to use tricks like dab it with nail glue, file it smooth and polish it. After all of that, it will appear that your nail is whole again, but it is not. It is a temporary fix and the nail is even more delicate than before. At the slightest bump, that nail will split again. A similar scenario would result in the same case for the split ends in your hair. You would be able to disguise the appearance of the hair and use products that will temporarily merge the ends together, but at the end of the day, the hair will still be damaged.

You can do your best to prevent split ends by keeping your hair properly moisturized, limiting the use of heat-based styling tools, manipulating the hair as gently as possible during styling, and keeping it free from tangles. Though these tips will not guarantee that you will never get split ends, it increases the probability for healthy hair with little to no split ends. Once your strands are damaged and split, the cure for split ends is a pair of shears. That’s right….you have to cut the damaged hairs off. There’s no other way around it. In fact, any other story told can be chalked up as a myth. I’ll repeat it. The only cure for split ends is to cut off the damaged ends.

On a good note, hair will continue to grow, healthy or not. If you take the steps to protect your hair and treat your ends, it will grow long and healthy. If you do not take the steps to preserve healthy hair, the hair still grows, but the growth will appear to have halted because of the damage taking place. Rule of Thumb: Work to prevent damaging hair effects and trim your ends regularly. Now you have the preventative tip and the cure.

Naturalistically Speaking,
Natural Lee Lee

The Baggying Method?

ImageI was reading someone’s website article today and there were questions and comments about the baggying method. In case you have never heard of this method, it’s supposedly when an individual shampoo and conditions the hair. However, in the conditioning phase, a bag is placed over the hair and the conditioner is allowed to sit for a length of time before the conditioner is rinsed out.

As a former professional hairstylist, we frequently used this particular “method” that is now a coined as the term “baggying” by those with natural hair as a service with a specific purpose. However, when we provided this service, it was simply called “deep conditioning.” I’m not certain why someone named it baggying since the process is exactly the same as a deep conditioning treatment. Therefore, to clear up any confusion, if I ever mention deep conditioning as a process, that means, place a plastic cap over the hair. LBVS. Sitting under the dryer for a number of minutes, typically 20-30 is ideal, but allowing the body to generate its own heat will work as well.

Deep conditioning is an important process, but it certainly should not be a very frequent process. As a stylist, deep conditioning was recommended after relaxers to restore balance and moisture, to replenish moisture on dry and/or brittle hair, to strengthen damaged hair, etc. It was not used each time any service was provided for every client.  If a patron’s hair was relatively healthy, a regular conditioning process was all that was needed and applied. Here’s a tip: Too much of any good thing can be bad. Therefore, don’t overdo the “deep” conditioning (baggying) treatments. Providing your hair what your hair needs when your hair needs it is a better approach. This is true for all types of hair, not just natural hair. I hope this helps ladies!

Naturalistically Speaking,
Natural Lee Lee

 

Ology Dish Liquid

Ology Dish Liquid“Hey mom, don’t forget to pick up more dish detergent.” Those were the dreaded words I read via text messaging as I was cleaning off my car from the tenth snowfall of the day (okay, that’s an exaggeration). What she didn’t know was that I was ready for nothing more than going home, taking off my wet clothing, showering, warming up, and calling it a night. But noooo, she just couldn’t let me have my moment of sanity.

She didn’t wash dishes the night before because I couldn’t bear leaving the house to venture out in the Winter Wonderland, so I couldn’t let more dishes pile up because of my laziness…once again. Sigh. I scanned my brain quickly to strategize an escape from my car to a storefront’s door. All of the parking lot spaces are far away from the door except…..I got it….Walgreens!  Yes, I could park by the door, run in, pick up the soap in a jiffy, and head home.  Yes, that was the best course of action, only I wasn’t certain that Walgreens had dish soap and if they did, it would probably cost an arm and a leg, but I told myself it was worth a shot since I really didn’t want to go anyplace else.

While Walgreens did carry dish soap, it was a rather small selection. However, I was pleasantly surprised that they carried a “plant based” dish soap by Ology. While I’ve used other Ology products (and I think it’s exclusive to Walgreens), I’ve never seen the dish soap, so I was intrigued and overjoyed. I’m into all things natural, so it’s never a hard-pressed sell for me to try any naturally derived product. The results?

Ology Dish Liquid lived up to its claim on the bottle. It cut through grease and grime without us having to soak our dishes overnight and it left our glass-made  dishes sparkling. For a natural product with no harsh chemicals, I definitely cannot complain. It had a price tag of double that of a normal bottle of detergent which will definitely warrant me to coupon scout for future purchases, but it’s definitely a winner in my book. Next time you’re out, pick up some Ology products and let me know what you think. Hopefully, you’ll appreciate using natural products that gets the job done.

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Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap

Meyer's SoapOn my quest to replenish my bottle of Kiss My Face Natural Foaming Hand Soap, I was thoroughly disappointed. My disappointment was two-fold. First and foremost, I thought I had purchased that particular product at Target, but I was at Target for an eternity, rummaging through all of their beauty products, and couldn’t find it to save my life. My second disappointment was not knowing where I purchased that soap if I didn’t buy it at Target. Uh oh, I guess I better change that to three-fold because that meant I had to search for a new product and reading through labels for a product that’s all or nearly all-natural could take hours! Thankfully, it only took minutes, about 20 or so, but it was worth it because I found Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap.

Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap caught my eye because of its basic look. Typically product packaging with bare looks don’t use any or many chemicals and have biodegradable packaging. As I picked up the bottle for a closer look, viola, I was right… “Hardworking, naturally derived ingredients and essential oils” were right on the bottle!”
There were two fragrances available, ‘Honeysuckle and Parsley.’ After reading their more than impressive website about their product, their story, and their ingredients glossary, I purchased four bottles at $3.69 per bottle. That wasn’t bad when compared to all of the other chemically-filled options ranging from $2.49-$3.29 per bottle. I will always prefer to pay the extra few cents if it means I’ll get a better product.

As for the product itself, I’m quite satisfied. I used the Honeysuckle Hand Soap first and was pleasantly surprised. It has a light aromatic fragrance that lingers long after hand washing is over and my hands didn’t feel tight and dry like it would by using a regular hand soap.  It wasn’t foamy, like the Kiss My Face Soap, but gentle nonetheless. I think I found a winner with Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Soap and the bonus is that I remember where I purchased it.  If not, at least I can search for this blog post and find out…LOL. Toodles.

Natural Lee Lee

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Florida Bound Snowman

Image 1This photo showed up on Facebook a couple of days ago and I couldn’t help but crack up laughing as well as cherish it. The day after I saw that photo, I thought about it again. It was at that point that I seriously wished I had hitchhiked with that Florida bound snowman as I shoveled what seemed like football field posing as a driveway that was full of snow for the second time in a matter of hours.

I contemplated buying a snowblower a few times this winter, and I was certainly kicking myself in the butt for not buying one while I was moving a snow mountain with a garden shovel. What was the point of the snowblower now? Winter is almost over, I think….I hope. To add, there’s no point in purchasing a snowblower if I am going to move to a warm and sunny climate by next winter. The only thing is, I don’t know if I’m kidding myself or not. I’d like to think that I’m seriously going to sell my house (or rent it), find a job elsewhere (hopefully online), and relocate before the next winter season.  It’s a tough task, but somebody’s got to do it; especially if the Midwest is expected to have more of these dreaded winters.

I suppose short-term, I could search for a plane ticket to ease my mental, physical, and emotional health from all of the damage the extended snow days this winter has granted us, but it seems easier to wish I was able to hitchhike with the snowman. Well enough of wishful thinking.  As I write, there’s more snow falling right now. Instead of sitting here ranting, I actually need to prepare myself for another DIY Winter Workout. It’s actually the only benefit to shoveling multiple times.  Until next time….

Natural Lee Lee