Self-care is The Best Care
When you treat your hair, it shows. Whether it’s deep conditioning, a hair mask, or a traditional wash, always show your hair some love. Your hair can’t correctly flourish if it isn’t receiving the proper nutrients it needs. Most hair treatments and masks contain many essential oils that work great for your hair.
Your Hair Needs Treatment, But You’re On a Budget
Everyone can’t afford salon prices for hair treatments every month.
Even if you’re budgeting, your hair deserves to look its best at all times. No matter if you’re only spending $10 or less or spending under $20, each strand of your hair can look luxurious.
There are so many conditions that affect our hair like constant styling, heat tools, and continuous weather changes.
Hair Treatments and Masks are Essential
Masks and procedures don’t replace your weekly conditioners and shampoos, but they’re crucial to hair growth and strength.
There many options to choose from when selecting a hair treatment. You can use essential, hot oil or a hair mask to help with hair growth, hair strength, hydration, and repair.
How to Use Hair Treatments
Most hair treatments come in a mask form and are thicker than the traditional conditioners we use.
It’s recommended to leave them in your hair for at least 15 minutes to allow the product to work fully. Remember to rinse the product out thoroughly after letting it work through your hair and style it to your choice.
Treat your Hair Right On a Budget
If money is tight, but you still need to repair your hair, many different brands are affordable.
Don’t break the bank while trying to take care of your hair, your local beauty supply stores and drug stores have products that will give you the hair results you need. Check out these secret weapons that are budget-friendly and good for your hair.
L’Oreal Total Repair 5
This is a drugstore favorite and is less than $10. That’s a steal and a win for every budget. This is a hair repair mask that works to fix a year’s worth of hair damage. With just one use, this hair mask works to restore split ends, rough cuticles and to restore moisture to dehydrated strands.
Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage brand Deep Conditioner
This product works best after shampooing and conditioning. The deep conditioner works to restore strength and softness to damaged hair. The product contains all-natural and organic ingredients and is less than $20. Natural and affordable, how amazing is that? Treat yourself!
Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
The well-known brand can be picked up at almost every beauty supply store and a local drug store.
Mixed with argan oil, sea kelp extract, and avocado oil, the masque treatment works to hydrate your hair. You can leave the treatment in for as little as five minutes or give yourself an intense experience and leave it in for up to an hour.
If the results aren’t enough to convince you, you can purchase the product for only $10.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Recovery Mask
Give your hair some much needed TLC with this hydration restoration treatment.
Working best for brittle and overworked hair, this weekly treatment works in minutes. The recovery mask contains sweet almond oil and olive oil. Both essential ingredients work to penetrate hair shafts and help your hair shine.
You can grab this product off the shelves for less than $10; we love savings!
OGX Macadamia Oil Intensive Mask
If overly dry hair is your primary concern, this product is right for you. With essential products like macadamia oil and bamboo extract, this treatment works to restore moisture. For less than $10, this hair product is budget-friendly and works to keep your hair hydrated.
Giovanni Smooth as Silk Xtreme Protein Hair Infusion
A treatment used to strengthen your hair.
If you continually have to snip your ends, you’ll want to get your hands on this protein-infused treatment. This product is blended with an all-natural soy protein and macadamia oil to restore your hair without drying it out.
This product is available at local drug stores for less than $10.
Dr. Miracle’s Temple and Nape Gro Balm
Dr. Miracle is a household name brand that can be picked up from your local beauty supply store.
This treatment focuses more on the scalp and restoring your hair from the roots. With ingredients like aloe vera, protein, and antioxidants, this treatment helps with hair growth.
Stay in budget and add this product to your collection for less than $10.
Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Mask
Drench your hair in honey and propolis. The two main ingredients are believed to have healing powers.
This treatment mask works to repair damaged hair. This household name won’t break the bank, available for less than $10. Repair your hair and stay within budget at the same time.
Tresemme Botanique Nourish and Replenish Hair MaskMixed with coconut milk and aloe vera, this treatment helps to hydrate your hair. It’s free of parabens and harmful dyes. Grab this product for less than $10 and give your hair the love it deserves.
All Hair Masks Are Different
Every hair mask isn’t the same. Depending on the type of hair you have, and the issues that are going on will determine the treatment you purchase.
Hair treatments are focused on a particular need and work from the roots to the ends of your hair. Each treatment contains different ingredients that produce various results.
Saving Money and Treating your Hair
Taking care of your hair feels great and saving money while purchasing the products necessary to do so is also great.
Taking care of your hair outside of the salon should never break the bank, and the products mentioned above work to restore your hair and keep money in your pocket. In between salon visits and your routine hair washes, hair masks will help to rejuvenate your hair’s health and keep you looking and feeling your best.Continue reading
Myths About Hair Extensions Put to Rest
Along with Bigfoot's existence, aliens walking amongst us and all of the other crazy things we hear: hair extensions have also fell victim to myths about hair extensions.
I'm here to set some of the myths about hair extensions straight. We have all heard some of the facts and myths about hair extensions. Hair extensions are the go-to, the convenient, versatile, and the style that has women all over the world going crazy. To some, hair extensions may be a no-no, but for most of us, we LOVE our extensions. We love our extensions for many reasons, and we do not mind wearing them regardless of what the nay-sayers have to say.
Facts about hair extensions sometimes tend to get overshadowed by the myths that are out there. Facts and myths about hair extensions can be subjective based on someone's personal experience. There are always those customers who may buy a bad batch of hair and just give up on hair extensions altogether.
Then you have those who do their due diligence and are not afraid to pay for quality. Those who do not mind paying for quality will tell you that the myths they have heard or read have been false and haven't affected them.
Let's take it back to school real quick; myths are defined as invented stories, ideas, or concepts. Myths about hair extensions have been around since the beginning. Take the following myths with a grain of salt because everyone's experience is not the same.
Do note that myths about hair extensions have not stopped any business in this ever-growing industry.
Myth # 1: Hair Extensions Damage Your Real Hair
We have all heard this and ran for the hills, admit it it's ok.
I know when I first learned about hair extensions, I just knew they would pull out all of my hair. Not only do we hear this myth about hair extensions, but people also make it worse by saying that our edges will be gone! Ladies, I know how we feel about our edges, we need those and have to save those at all costs. You even have some extremists that believe that just because of its "fake" hair that factor alone will cause damage to your hair.
Fact: Nothing can damage your hair if it has a strong foundation. PERIOD. When you are installing any form of hair extensions, how it is installed makes all the difference. The braid foundation must be tension free and not stressful for your hair.
Also, your hair must be in a healthy enough condition to even consider wearing hair extensions. Along with the braid foundation, there are additional measures one can take that are foolproof and will protect your hair and braid foundation. Underneath sew-ins you can request your stylist to use a weaving net to protect/cover braid foundation.
Myth # 2: Hair Extensions Prevent Your Hair From Growing
This may be the biggest myth yet; many people believe that wearing hair extensions causes your hair not to grow.
That has to be the craziest thing, simply because hair extensions are a protected style before they are anything else. Naysayers believe that because you have "fake" hair sewed into your hair that it automatically ceases any hair growth. Another part of this myth is that the hair extensions cause tension on your real hair and that contributes to hair not growing. People who believe this myth about hair extensions do also think that they are downright uncomfortable and painful to wear.
Fact: To set this myth about extensions straight, let's present one crucial point. The stylist you choose makes all the difference rather your hair grows or stops growing because of hair extensions. If the hair is sewed-in correctly and taken out correctly, your hair will not be damaged and also will thrive underneath. The stylist should be taking care of your real hair in between weave installs as should you.
Merely greasing your scalp, washing and conditioning hair all before installation can make the difference in hair growth and hair loss. When hair is tucked away and left alone, it does tend to grow on its own. Hair without any help grows half an inch each month so just imagine how much it will grow if it's braided away for a few weeks.
Now when it comes to hair extension being comfortable, that is solely based on one's experience. Having your hair braided and something sew in your hair can be uncomfortable. This is not happening the whole time you wear the extensions. Again your stylist makes this myth false or true so choose your hairstylist correctly.
Myth # 3: Hair Extensions Won't Blend With Your Real Hair
Some people believe that just because it's "fake" hair, it won't match your hair. They think it will show and be visible. This myth holds some truth because of the texture of hair that one chooses to wear. Also, this myth about hair extensions holds truth because of the style of install you decide to get.
Fact: The right texture can make or break an install, especially if it is a partial installation. Partial installs are when you have hair left out to blend on top of extensions. There is nothing wrong with wearing a partial sew-in. However, please be aware that the texture has to match the hair left out. There are no ifs and or buts about it ladies! You feed into this myth about hair extensions by buying hair that does not match nor mimic your real hair that you choose to leave out.
For example, when I decide to wear my hair out with an install I prefer Peruvian or Brazilian hair extensions.
Peruvian and Brazilian hair extensions, in my opinion, tend to be thicker and mimic African American hair straight very well. On the other hand; if I were to purchase Chinese hair extensions and get a partial sew-in, it would not blend. So do not add more fuel to the fire ladies, don't give this myth about hair extensions any power: get the right texture of hair ladies!
Myth # 4: Hair Extensions Cannot be Versatile
People think that just because hair is sewn into your hair that you can only wear it the way it was installed and that's bogus. They don't believe that you can wear your hair extensions just like you would your hair.
To some, hair extensions are wigs that can only be worn in the way bought.
Fact: Just because extensions are sewn into your hair, that does not mean that you cannot wear your hair extensions how you want to. There are now other methods of wearing hair extensions that create more versatility than before. There are several sew-in techniques that one can request that can allow you to wear your hair in a high ponytail, wear bangs, etc.
Myth # 5: Hair Extensions are Hard to Maintain
We have all seen some cheap and some overly expensive hair extensions so that could fuel this myth. We as humans can look at the price of something and assume that if it's costly, it's high maintenance. Myths about hair extensions being hard to maintain are definitely in the top 3 of misconceptions. This misconception has grown into a myth about hair extensions that seems not to want to go away.
This myth about hair extensions still thrives today after countless articles and customer reviews going against it.
Want to know the reason I think this myth thrives so much?
I think a lot of people are still uneducated about hair extensions regardless of them wearing them or not. If you buy a plant, but you are not aware of how to care for it, guess what? It will die! The same goes for your hair extensions.
Fact: Hair extensions are not hard to manage even after a salon installation. We go to the salon because we do not know how to properly do our hair ourselves or simply because of laziness and convenience. Hair extensions are merely most times than not, for convenience.
There are so many tutorials online and on YouTube that will help DIY extension care.
Stick to the Facts!
As the saying goes: you get what you pay for what you get.
Yes, if you are buying cheap extensions they are harder to maintain. You pay for quality, but with any hair extensions you buy; how they are installed, the care that you take of them, and how long you plan on having them play a factor. It's important to know the best weave for your budget.
It is my hope and duty to explain some myths that are out there and set the record straight with the facts. We all know that with anything new, there is always a gamble; the same goes for wearing hair extensions. Taking risks brings rewards. Get your hands on a beautiful hair bundle and keep it close! Or should I say, you latch on and run to the salon! Either way, there are also two sides to every story: the facts and the myths.
It is up to you to decide what you want to and what not to believe.Continue reading