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How to Determine Curl Pattern

Everyone's hair is different and requires specific needs and techniques to keep it healthy, moisturized and manageable. There's a lot of great information out there but may be difficult for what applies to you without knowing your curl pattern. This simple guide will help you get better acquainted with your hair so you can take the best care of your hair. THE TEST Take samples of strands (in stretched and shrunken state) from the five different parts of your hair (front right, front left, middle, back right, back left). You may notice that you may have various patterns throughout. Curl patterns can be changed either permanently or temporarily. When permanently changed through over-manipulation, heat or relaxing, you are weakening your hair...

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Proper Techniques When Deep Conditioning

Deep conditioning is an important part of ones hair care routine. If healthy hair is what you want to achieve, neglecting this step can leave hair stagnant, brittle and weak. Most people aren’t aware of proper techniques when deep conditioning, so we’ve created some easy steps that you can incorporate immediately.   Be consistent Consistency is key in every aspect of life, including your deep conditioning routine. I know, life is super-fast paced and when can we find the time to do anything extra? Multi-tasking often times works for most who can’t find the time. If hair is damaged, repair will take time and energy, but overtime, will get healthy and into shape. LaJAshley conditioners can also be used in...

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Ingredients to Avoid and Why?

Sulfates Sulfates are commonly found in shampoos because of their highly foaming and detergent abilities. Most of us have been accustomed to thinking that for a shampoo to be good it must have a lot of foam.  Sulfates come in many forms but the most common and harmful is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Sulfates are known to strip hair of its natural oils and break down the protein its made up of -that's the squeaky clean feel you get after washing your hair- making hair brittle and unhealthy. The Journal of the American College of Toxicology states that sulfates can potentially damage the immune system, causing rashes, dryness and irritation on your scalp.  Cocamide DEA According to the FDA, Cocamide DEA was noted...

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