Hello and welcome to #TalkItTuesdsay with Jay, an unbiased place where we can share our struggles and receive feedback from other healthy hair enthusiasts. The theme is healthy hair so no topic is off-limits.
Last Week’s #TalkItTuesday with Jay Recap!
Achieving Sleek Hair While Blow Drying
The question was presented, how to get sleek results when blow drying. There were several awesome recommendations that included:
- Tying down edges overnight to achieve a sleek look [Kris @ Beautifuly Curled]
- Using heat protectant with blow dry using the tension method [Juditherese @ Juditherese’s Haircare Blog || Candice @ Healthy Hair Diary]
My blow drying skills do not rival that of a stylist but using tension is key. The below is an awesome video byReniece @ Reniece & Company demonstrating the tension method. I follow the the same method to tension blow dry my relaxed hair and it works! So, if you have relaxed hair and are reading this post, give it a try!
Box Relaxers vs. Professional Relaxers
Box relaxers vs. professional grade relaxers is a topic that we has been touched on for several weeks now. The lovely Reniece shared some great information about this topic:
“Regarding lye relaxers and box relaxers on the hair: I feel that lye relaxers are better in the long run with more consistent results. Sodium Hydroxide (which has a high pH) is the primary active ingredient. Box relaxers use Calcium, Lithium, or Guanadine Hydroxides and are generally milder (with a lower pH) but they can leave a noticeable calcium build-up on the strands. The hair begins to look and feel rather “grainy” and dry. So I prefer the formulas of lye relaxers instead of box relaxers. However, there’s one very mild, yet effective (box-like) relaxer that I loved when I did a lot of relaxing – it’s Optimum Multi Mineral Relaxer. There’s no mixing required and it did not leave build-up on the hair over time. My fav lye relaxer of choice was Design Essentials Regular.”
A few weeks ago, the question was presented about split ends. Specifically, can split ends travel up the strand? Reniece also graciously answered this question:
RENIECE: “Hey there. I do not believe that splits can travel all the way up the hair shaft without at least one piece breaking off quickly on the way up. I do believe that the strand can begin to develop splits that can be low or high in the shaft. I have seen splits at the ends of strands and at just about any other location on one hair strand; but I’ve never seen a full-length strand split into two wholesome pieces. Does this make sense? I think I need to draw a description to better explain it. Let me know your beliefs on this.”
JAY: Thank you for your input. I have never seen a split travel all the way up either and that’s what I shared with the reader who asked the question. I believe the hair would be fragile and susceptible to micro tears like you mentioned. I suppose if left unattended, the hair could chip its way upward but to me, that’s different than a traveling split end which I’ve never, ever seen.
RENIECE: “You’re very welcome. You said it perfectly. The hair could chip its way upward. I totally agree!”
Speaking Up at the Salon!
We all took a moment to share some war stories about the difficulties of having to stand our ground at the salon. The salon experience should be stress free and filled with pampering. We should not feel stressed and strained with haivng to speak up and stand our ground. How do you handle a salon experience gone wrong – do you speak up or sit quietly because you do not want to make a scene? I am a combination of the two. I will speak up when things are way out of hand. However, I find myself not speaking up as much as I know I should. [Nerline @ Chic from Hair to Toe || Yahya @ Pocanontas’ Hair Secrets || Andrea @ Lengthening Locks chimed in on their past experiences].
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