KIM KARDASHIAN AND HAIRFINITY HYPE HAIR GROWTH

KIM KARDASHIAN & HAIRFINITY HAIR GROWTH HYPE

It wasn’t long ago Hairfinity came to London to launch their hair vitamin with no other celebrity endorsement than Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe.

kim kardashian and hairfinity

kim kardashian and hairfinity

As a person this would mean nothing to me as I know major businesses hype up their products with celebrity endorsement in order to increase awareness and of course grow their brand.

As a hair expert and educator, this cannot be ignored for various reasons.  Clients with major hair problems who are struggling to grow their hair have now been fed with imagination and make believe that their hair will grow like Kim Kardashians’ and in no time too.

kim kardashian in hair extensions

kim kardashian in hair extensions

This is fraudulent – running with people’s imagination and feeding them with lies. If this were about anti-aging and health care; advertising standards would have been after this company with laws to force them to tell the truth about their product.  I find this line of advertising a bit too much to deal with at least for the ignorant.

I have no personal problems with Kim Kardashian. She is absolutely gorgeous and I adore her in her own right. Her business acumen is also enviable in every way. She has grown an empire that is beyond imagination. What I will not agree with is lying to the public especially on hair growth. If she was asked to give celebrity endorsement for hair extensions or wigs, she would have been perfect for the job. For someone who’s image like the rest of the celebrities including myself occasionally depend on wigs and hair etensions; need to tell the truth to their audience and stop feeding people with tales and lies.

 

kim's hairloss

kim’s hairloss

For another point, Kim is struggling with her natural hair as the excessive hair extensions has taken a toll on her hair. Would Hairfinity tell us that her hair problem have been solved hence the need for the hair vitamin? If this is the case then we have to see the roots of her hair to be convinced and for how long did she take this tablets to give her the growth she needed.  If there is no truth about this, then this is simply unfair to gullible people who believe every hype that is thrown at them.

Reading so much about Hairfinity gives me reason to wonder what the hype is all about. This product contains same vitamins as the rest of the hair growing pills so using Kim does not bring anything new to the table –

B-Vitamin complex nourishes and supports a healthy scalp and hair growth. Biotin helps produce keratin, increases hair elasticity, and protects the hair from becoming dry. It also helps thicken the hair to give the appearance of fullness. Antioxidant supplements such as Vitamin C are believed to stimulate hair growth by enhancing the immune function and improving scalp health at a cellular level. Vitamin D helps prevent hair shedding which is critical to a voluminous fuller head of hair. Silica (Horsetail Extract) helps to maintain collagen and hair elasticity to help keep hair lustrous. The sulfur provided by MSM is required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.

 

GENUINE ADVISE TO GROW HAIR

 All of us seek beautiful hair and especially now every woman want to be like the celebrities hence Kim Kardashian is chosen to be the face of Hairfinity. We can all help our hair to stay healthy and grow without going the route of popping too many expensive pills like Hairfinity. If you are not one for hair extensions and wigs which gives quicker result like Kim, then there are things you need to do to avoid the hype and grow your hair naturally.

 

It starts from inside with eating the right food. Healthy food inside makes us beautiful and healthy on the outside. This is what Hairfinity and the rest hair growing tablets will not tell you. This is called hype and business marketing.

 

healthy foods

healthy foods

Some of the simple things you need to include in your daily life include the following:

  • Eat protein rich foods as hair comes from a protein called Keratin.
  • Drink lots of water as it is not only for the functioning of the body but also flushes out toxins.
  • Healthy fats – olive oil, canola oil, omega 3 fatty acids etc
  • Fruits and vegetables are all some of the things to consider and many more.

 

Best Vitamins for hair growth

  • Spinach – contains iron, zinc and essential minerals
  • Carrots – contains Biotin (essential vitamin for hair regrowth)
  • Onions – rich in zinc, iron, biotin
  • Sweet potatoes – contains beta carotene
  • Tomatoes – contains anti-oxidants
  • Garlic – contains sulphur
  • Beetroots – contains lycopene (stimulates hair growth)
  • Curry leaves – contains keratin
  • Oranges – beta compounds

 

While we do not support hype and confusion on how to grow hair, we also know that the hairstyles you wear, the products you use on your hair and the attention you give to your hair will all add up to either help your hair grow or completely damage your hair.

 

For more information or advise, please contact us.

 

www.worldofbraidingacademy.com

www.hairextensionsandbeauty.com

 

joyworldofbraiding@gmail.com

info@worldofbraiding.com

 

+44 1702 339 858

 

About Joy Phido

Joy Phido and her 4 children

Joy is an award winning Natural Hair fashion educator and designer. She is a celebrity natural hair designer and trainer to celebrity stylist. She is the CEO of World of Braiding & Extensions Ltd.

Joy is a graduate of Business, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH), a business entrepreneur, educator, trainer, teacher, Natural Hair & Extensions Designer & Carer, Natural Hair Consultant, NLP practitioner and motivational speaker.

Joy can be seen working with celebrities at photoshoots or for special events and usually the go to person at the back stage of various fashion and beauty events – ranging from working behind the scene at Rita Ora’s Rimmel photoshoot, the Ethnic Fashion Show Southend, Essex Girls Football to major events as Blackstyles Weekend, Miss England, Miss West Africa, Afro Hair & Beauty Fashion show etc.  Training for major organisations such as Newham Summer School, Harrow Youth Council, Hackney Family Learning, American School in London, Newham Adult Education London etc

She has been braiding since the age of 5 and teaching natural hairstyles – Hair Braiding, Weaves & Extensions since 2003. Prior to setting up World of Braiding & Extensions.

She has spent 12 years in Natural Hair Education and Designs and 15 years in various Corporate responsibilities and careers with varied organizations and in various continents;  Currently teaching the world from the internet as a Youtuber with over 8millions views and counting Joy brings on a wealth of knowledge ranging from being a mother in Business, a wife, a business owner who started from Africa and now runs her business in the West etc. You have a lot to gain from this wonderful, full of energy and ready to share knowledge woman.

Some testimonial about Joy.

“The good thing about your videos is that you are so bold and honest because you know exactly what you are talking about.Besides,you just don’t focus on braiding hair,but also on all the other aspects of it(customer service,what to consider to be successful in the business,natural hair care…)That was just firing me up!
I was getting better everyday and started braiding at home (mid May 2013), all by Faith! I wasn’t professional at all,but was working hard on that!I’m proud of my improvements today and can’t thank you enough for your insightful videos.We haven’t met yet,but I consider you as an African sister who just wants everyone to succeed .I see your business is prosperous and by God’s Grace I’m hoping mine will expand as well.And of course,I hope to work closely with you in order to get there!
By the way ,I just watched the video on tree braids with the Bundle of Joy.That hair looks amazing! And it doesn’t look silky at all,is it? It just makes me  want to use it 🙂
Well,thank you so much for your time ,Joy! Please check my pictures out when you get a chance and your advice would be greatly appreciated.
God richly bless you!
Mintcha”

 

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WRONG HAIR EXTENSIONS AND HAIR CHOPS

WRONG HAIR EXTENSIONS AND  HAIR CHOPS – TERRIBLE COMBINATIONS

While our mission in this industry is to train students across the world on the best practices that help with natural healthy hair services in order to grow our client’s hair and avoid damage, we are still appalled at the experiences some clients continue to receive from unqualified salons and stylist.

Take for instance these two clients we had to attend to recently.

This client, received her service from a well known salon in the City I practice in – had been to this salon to get a Keratin Blow dry service.

wrong keratin blow dry

Wrong keratin blow dry

20140115_145248 20140115_145318This treatment did not only blow dry her hair but completely ruined and damaged her hair by turning some parts frizzy while what she wanted was a bone straight hair. The service destroyed her hair by cutting it into patchy parts and there was no other way she could restore her hair back. While this was bad enough, the Salon offered to give her treatments and ended up giving her what they called “egg and oil treatment”. This made the hair worse off. In the end they claimed to give her a track extensions service which became one of the worst attempt at track extensions I have ever seen.

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embarassing hair extensions

embarassing hair extensions

My question is why can’t some people get over their pride and educate or empower themselves with skills they need in order to support their client’s needs? People should be willing to invest in skills that will earn them money.  The Courses that equip you with skills are available every where but most people will rather sit at home and watch youtube to gain skills that they end up charging money for. This is ridiculous and it ends up damaging the reputation of the industry. The example above did not come cheap. This client paid £70 to get her hair ruined and equally kept paying for the subsequent services which did not help give her the image she requested from this Salon.

The second example is this other lady. She paid good money and went into another Salon to get a hair cut. Lo and behold she did get more than she bargained for – it was more like a HAIR CHOP.

Meaningless hair chop

Meaningless hair chop

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Now this to me is beyond understanding. She may have been given a junior stylist who is learning to cut hair but in my training, I will rather my students make mistakes with a mannequin than a paying client who will be traumatised with a wrong experience.  After chopping this client’s hair off, she was left with no other choice but to come to me for hair extensions service.  In the end, she paid money to get her hair chopped off and now has to pay money to get hair extensions service. This is what they call double jeopardy.

Please get into this industry with the best of intentions. Be a source of support to your clients than a source of pain and trauma. Be a Hair Care Practitioner where your Code of Conduct will be caring for your client’s hair and not damaging your client’s hair.

Have you had similar experiences as above with your hairdresser or stylist or as a Stylist, have you had difficult clients who expect more than you can offer? We will be happy to hear from you.

About Joy Phido

Joy a mother with her four children

Joy a mother with her four children

Joy Phido is a qualified licensed hairdresser /cosmetologist.  She is an internationally established Master Extensions and Natural Hair Educator and Practitioner.  As the Artistic, Creative Master Director at World of Braiding Joy is inspiring women and younger generations to embrace not only natural hairstyles but to get into the Business in order to create wealth for themselves in the hair industry.  Joy is a mother with 4 children and has first-hand experience on how difficult it is to work and run a family especially in the Western world.  After working in corporate Nigeria as a banker and corporate England in telecoms, Joy tried her hands on buy and sell businesses which failed. She eventually realized that to succeed in business; you need to have a skill in your hands first. In addition to her natural passion and skill in hair designing, Joy took series of professional training from across different continents and now has the mission to give students real skill of running a hair Business. As a way of sharing her knowledge and encouraging other women in business, Joy has been active in conducting seminars, workshops, events etc across various continents.  She can be seen on Youtube sharing her knowledge and skill with over 5million views and over 50,000 subscribers. She has written e-books and produces DVDs for sale to help her clients understand the industry better.  This is why World of Braiding has become a success and it is this passion of owning your own skill that motivates Joy in helping people who come to World of Braiding & Extensions for training.

Joy has a BSc in Business Admin, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with UK Hairdressing Council, has over 20 years Natural Hair & Extensions experience.  She is also a qualified teacher, an NLP practitioner and has varied career experiences.

Before setting up World of Braiding & Extensions, Joy started teaching Braiding, Weaving & Extensions with the Newham Council Adult Education Department (Newceys) for 5 years at 4 Centres with some classes as big as 30 students. As the Chief Executive, Trainer and Artistic Director of World of Braiding & Extensions, her passion is to make Natural Hair and Extensions a professionally recognised hair beauty skill that can be practiced by anyone.

Joy’s passion for natural hair is also associated with the fact that she experienced hair damage with chemical relaxers which made her start wearing natural hairstyles thereafter.  She can be seen as a Doctor  for healthy natural hair where all her children wear natural hairstyles.  She is also a Natural Hair & Extensions Business Mentor and adviser helping students & practitioners.  

She brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to this training to enhance your learning.  World of Braiding & Extensions is constantly exhibiting at Hair events, taking part in major projects and designing hair for fashion shows and events. 

A HAIR RAISING EXPERIENCE WITH A CANCER PATIENT

A HAIR RAISING EXPERIENCE WITH A CANCER PATIENT

A HAIR RAISING EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH CANCER PATIENTS

You may think you have seen it all in your industry then something else comes and tops all your various experiences put together.  This particular day was one of those days.

Late this evening and completing training with a student; rolls in an elderly couple – maybe husband and wife. Husband was holding the hands of the wife who could not walk properly but the husband was also being supported by a walking stick.  They were struggling through the door so I ran to help. I rushed a chair for the wife and she sat down in a heap. “How can I help?” I asked. “We want help with a wig.” She had on her head a scarf that was held in place with some other hairband.  So she takes off the scarf and I noticed there were very thin strands of hair here and there on her head.  I was in shock but did not show it. So they went on to explain the situation.  “We are going to a family party but we need to have a wig so she can look presentable to the family. She is suffering from Cancer and the chemotherapy has taken away her hair. Can you help us?”  So we went into the usual details, and luckily we found a wig that was a perfect colour for her.

We went through the process of trying it on.  Pop comes the wig cap to protect the little strands of hair she had on – I had to pick just any colour as it was for a trial and this turned out to be a black wig cap under a blond wig.  Tried on the wig and she loved the look and the colour. Only problem was it turned out to be too long. Being synthetic wig, we could not cut it to avoid changing the original shape so we held it in place with a lovely hair clip and she was very happy with it. Now she wanted to pay for the wig but I had to change the wig cap as it was black and showing underneath the wig. Eventually found a colour that was okay for her wig colour and I had to change the black to the new colour. This required that I remove the black cap to replace with the new cap because she wanted to go with the wig as she was fed-up with the scarf she came in with.

When I took the wig cap off; this is when it really hit me what I was dealing with – CANCER & CHEMOTHERAPY. Within the few20131216_155536

Wig cap of Cancer patient

Wig cap of Cancer patient

Wig cap of Cancer patient

Wig cap of Cancer patient

minutes we had tried the wig on with the black wig cap and now that I needed to change it to the right colour, the few strands of hair on her head had fallen off and stuck onto the wig cap. Imagine my shock of the reality of what cancer could do to someone. Losing every strand of hair on the head can be really traumatic. I was close to tears but had to hold myself together as this brave lady has been facing this trauma for so long. According to her, all she wanted was to have hair on her head.

In-between our sorting out the right wig etc, the husband had to go and park the car properly as the traffic warden was about to give them a ticket.  So to kill idle time, I wanted to find out how she had been coping with this sickness.  It was cancer of the eyes, she said. It started over a year ago and in-between this, she had gone through so many types of chemotherapy treatment which had not worked to cure the cancer but had taken away all her hair in the process.   It has been a very traumatic journey for her and all she does is live by the day to see what happens next.

To say the least, I was dazed throughout all this. I have seen quite a few Cancer patients in my salon but this one sort of really touched every nerve in my body.

It makes you look at and analyse life again. I see people who constantly do everything they can to damage and remove every hair strand they have on their head deliberately or how do you explain someone bleaching her hair constantly with all types of colour. Some of them change their hair colour weekly – green, red, blond, honey blond, purple etc and then come to you to give them hair extensions after the hair starts drying out; breaking off and falling out. And here is a woman who did not contribute to this hair falling off her head wanting just to have her hair back on her head. How do you explain this?

This is the irony of life and every day I am faced with similar situations, I simply shudder and analyse life again.

We will like to hear your experiences if any with Cancer patients or if you suffer from Cancer and going through same experiences as our client above. If you have been affected by anything in this article, please feel free to contact us and we can chat with you to give support.

 

Contact us:

Tel:             +44 1702 339 858,     mob:             +44 7946 439 057      

info@worldobraiding.com

www.worldofbraiding.comhttp://www.worldofbraidingacademy.com

CAUCASIAN HAIR EXTENSIONS GONE WRONG

CAUCASIAN HAIR EXTENSIONS GONE WRONG

HOW NOT TO WEAR OR INSTALL HAIR EXTENSIONS

On this day I had one of my shocking experiences of working with the most damaging glue extensions on Caucasian hair.

My usual day starts and I was in training with students, then the office phone rings at about 11am so I answered.  An extremely traumatised young teenager is on the other end of the phone.  “Can you please help me take out my hair extensions?”  “Of course we can take out hair extensions” I answered back. “What type of extensions is it?” I asked her. She then confirmed that it was glue extensions. So I took it for granted that a glue extensions is normal and can be taken out easily as I teach it and have dealt with all types in my experience of working with extensions.  Afterall, I am an expert here so it will be easy and I gave her an evening appointment as I would be done with training by then.

Copydex in hair extensions

Copydex in hair extensions

About 12 midday, a young 16 year old walks into the Centre and introduced herself.  She said she was on break from school so wondered if we could take it out at that time.  It turned out she had tried everything possible and nothing was shifting this extensions with the glue in it.

 

My Students in training had settled down with their training, so I thought I could get on with it and save myself working late hours.  I then asked her to sit down and we started.

Wow! What a shock and horror when I found out the type of glue extensions I was dealing with. I had never dealt with anything like it in my over 10 years of working with Caucasian hair extensions.  The young girl’s hair had matted and tangled in a ball of mess where the glue had pulled her hair strands together.  I was in such shock it took me some minutes to decide what to do to help.  I had nightmares of not being able to help this young client and asking her to cut her hair.  I recollected my thoughts and got on with it using all the various glue remover products I knew.

I asked my students to have a look and tell me how they could have dealt with similar instance.  Luckily one of the students in training was Caucasian and owned a salon too. She then confirmed to me the type of glue that was used in this extensions.  She had experienced it in her salon hence she has come to train in the right ways of adding extensions.  The type of glue used is called COPYDEX which has nothing to do with hair but lots of rogue hairdressers are cutting corners, watching youtube, applying this glue on young people’s head, charging a lot of money for it and causing so much damage to these ignorant teenagers who simply want long hair.

It took nearly 3 hours to take out this extensions completely; the young girl was visibly traumatised and could not obviously go

Copydex in hair extensions

Copydex in hair extensions

20131202_123414 20131203_100349 20131203_100407back to school.

In the end, her hair was saved, thanks to the fact that I am extremely experienced with hair and love it so much to avoid damage where necessary.  I had to give her lots of healthy hair products to help her treat her stressed hair, gave her lots of advice on types of extensions to avoid and the ones that are healthy.

If you wear extensions, please do not wear this type of hair extensions and if you offer the service, please do not offer this to anyone. It is purely inhumane and I will advise clients to sue you for the trauma and stress they go through in experiencing this nightmare.

TIPS TO CHOOSING A HAIR EXTENSIONS STYLIST AND TYPE

  • Do not wear a type because you know someone who is wearing it.
  • Seek good consultation with your stylist and ask a lot of questions on how it will affect your hair.
  • Find out how the extensions will be taken out as it is not just about the beauty of the hair but how healthy and how it will come out too.
  • Find out how it can be maintained and cared for – what are the processes, can you take care of it or do you need frequent appointments etc.
  • Ask your stylist to show you images of work they have done in the past and confirm if this is okay for your hair type.
  • Confirm if your stylist will take it out and have an idea of how much it will cost to take it out.
Caucasian Track Extensions

Caucasian Track Extensions

Have fun with your hair extensions. Enjoy the freedom of having long hair that you can manage easily.

We will like to hear your experiences with hair extensions services. If you have been affected by anything in this article, please feel free to contact us and we can chat with you to help.

 

Contact us:

Tel:             +44 1702 339 858,     mob:             +44 7946 439 057      

info@worldobraiding.com

www.worldofbraiding.comhttp://www.worldofbraidingacademy.com

  

About Joy Phido

Joy a mother with her four children

Joy a mother with her four children

Joy Phido is a qualified licensed hairdresser /cosmetologist.  She is an internationally established Master Extensions and Natural Hair Educator and Practitioner.  As the Artistic, Creative Master Director at World of Braiding Joy is inspiring women and younger generations to embrace not only natural hairstyles but to get into the Business in order to create wealth for themselves in the hair industry.  Joy is a mother with 4 children and has first-hand experience on how difficult it is to work and run a family especially in the Western world.  After working in corporate Nigeria as a banker and corporate England in telecoms, Joy tried her hands on buy and sell businesses which failed. She eventually realized that to succeed in business; you need to have a skill in your hands first. In addition to her natural passion and skill in hair designing, Joy took series of professional training from across different continents and now has the mission to give students real skill of running a hair Business. As a way of sharing her knowledge and encouraging other women in business, Joy has been active in conducting seminars, workshops, events etc across various continents.  She can be seen on Youtube sharing her knowledge and skill with over 5million views and over 50,000 subscribers. She has written e-books and produces DVDs for sale to help her clients understand the industry better.  This is why World of Braiding has become a success and it is this passion of owning your own skill that motivates Joy in helping people who come to World of Braiding & Extensions for training.

Joy has a BSc in Business Admin, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with UK Hairdressing Council, has over 20 years Natural Hair & Extensions experience.  She is also a qualified teacher, an NLP practitioner and has varied career experiences.

Before setting up World of Braiding & Extensions, Joy started teaching Braiding, Weaving & Extensions with the Newham Council Adult Education Department (Newceys) for 5 years at 4 Centres with some classes as big as 30 students. As the Chief Executive, Trainer and Artistic Director of World of Braiding & Extensions, her passion is to make Natural Hair and Extensions a professionally recognised hair beauty skill that can be practiced by anyone.

Joy’s passion for natural hair is also associated with the fact that she experienced hair damage with chemical relaxers which made her start wearing natural hairstyles thereafter.  She can be seen as a Doctor  for healthy natural hair where all her children wear natural hairstyles.  She is also a Natural Hair & Extensions Business Mentor and adviser helping students & practitioners.  

She brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to this training to enhance your learning.  World of Braiding & Extensions is constantly exhibiting at Hair events, taking part in major projects and designing hair for fashion shows and events. 

 

CAUCASIAN HAIR DAMAGE CAN ALSO BE SELF-INFLICTED

CAUCASIAN HAIR DAMAGE CAN ALSO BE SELF-INFLICTED

caucasian damaged hair

caucasian damaged hair

Wow, what a big business move we made by relocating our business about 40 minutes away from the hassle and bustle of metropolitan life in the City of London.  It was one of those moves you make with a clear hope that you are going to have a healthier, better quality life after the stresses associated with major city life.

So we moved into the heart of Essex in England but luckily for us, Southend-on-Sea is a very bubbly City.  It offers us the best of both worlds in the sense that we are close to London which is only a train ride away within 40 minutes; a tourist town where it is usually busy without any stress and to crown our fun; an exciting seaside town with all the trimmings – series of shopping malls all within walking distances, a train station within 2 minutes’ walk, a children’s adventure Island and a beautifully designed seaside beach within 2 minutes’ walk.

On carrying out our business research, we knew it was a City with less Black clientele – 5% to be close, and yet we were not worried as all the other factors above where okay and our business catered to all races.

naomi-campbell-bald

naomi-campbell-bald

So far our business move has brought me closer to a very interesting discovery. Self-inflicted hair damage is a problem for all-races. This is because prior to our move, my understanding of hair damage has been focused on Black hair where this is what you tend to read about a lot on the internet and in newspapers.  With a clientele of mostly Blacks at the time, I believed this to be true as well.  This is where our move to Southend-on-sea has brought me a different understanding of hair damage on all hair types. It has created a different experience regarding working with Caucasian hairtypes.

On this particular Saturday morning at about 8am, my telephone rings and I answer it.  Prior to this call, I was getting prepared for a Festival event in the neighbourhood where we had been invited to braid the hair of 200 young girls in professional FA Football so preparing and putting all the materials required in my bag was an absolute necessity. I was very busy and did not want to forget any item as in events of this nature; the least forgotten item may become what ruins the whole event.

So when this telephone call came, it was simply an inconvenience that was going to distract my morning.  All the same, I answered the phone and a man on the line asked the question “what time do you open your salon?” I told him the time which is 10am.  Then there came a heavy pause on the line which I could tell were signs of desperation. So I probed and enquired if he was okay. Then it all came out as he answered.

“We are in front of your salon, my wife desperately needs help with her hair extensions, and could you come and help us.”  I can tell a cry for help when I hear one and this was one of those times.  So I told him to wait for me as I was going to be with him within 5 minutes.

Yes he waited and when I got to him, what I saw was an absolute shock – a young Caucasian lady with the whitest coloured hair I have ever seen. This hair was damaged, stringy and platinum white. I was in shock for several minutes. My immediate reaction was a mutter underneath my breath – “here we go again” and this is because I have seen incidents like this several times over.

Bad glue gun hair extensions

Bad glue gun hair extensions

On checking the state of this hair, it was extremely short – less than 2 inches natural hair attached to a very long length hair extension. I asked her to sit down and tell me what had happened and how I could help. She had bleached and coloured her hair several times over which had damaged her hair and now she needed the length back so she had gone to get a hair extensions service from a salon where they had added all this volume and length of 30” extensions to her about 2” natural hair but it looked so ridiculously fake. The worst part was that they had used black glue to add this platinum white beach blond extension onto her hair which was very visible considering her hair was very short.

How could I help, I asked? She wanted me to take out the extensions because the black glue was very obvious and did not let the extensions look real which made her feel self-conscious and look extremely ridiculous.

On further discussions, I found out that she had bleached and coloured this hair several times which had completely damaged her hair making it become very short. In a bid to recapture her locks, she had gone on to add the glue gun type of extensions to an already damaged hair.  This method is very damaging and not encouraged especially for damaged hair.  So this method had finally ruined her hair beyond repair and now she wanted me to help her take out the glue as the person who put it in, did not know how to take them out.  This is what I call self-inflicted hair loss.

caucasian hair color

caucasian hair color

This is not a one-off experience.  Prior to this lady, I have seen so many hair loss problems among Caucasians caused by series of bleaching, colouring and additions of unrealistic hair extensions.  Most times, the hair comes in looking like spaghetti straws – absolutely lifeless and in colours that could be seen in the rainbow colours.  Some of the clients say to me, that they have coloured their hair so many times, that they have no idea what their natural hair colour looked like.  Put the television on and the number of adverts on hair colouring will get the message across, then walk into the beauty isle in any super market and you will be confronted with these colours. We have discovered too that nearly every Caucasian girl in Essex wants to be blond just like the girls in TOWIE (a television series called – the only way is Essex) hence the continuous drama just like the lady above.  I have seen instances where the extensions have been applied with bonding glue up to the hairline.  Another instance was where the glue was applied directly on the scalp to hold the hair together etc, etc.

britney spears damaged hair

britney spears damaged hair

There was also another major incident where this teenager walked in with her Mum. Her hair was so damaged, I had no idea what was on her head. It looked so frail, thin and extremely short that she used bobby pins to hold the hair together. She had bleached and coloured it so much that the hair was extremely lifeless and needed these pins to be held in place.  What they wanted from me was a wig and as is normal in Essex, she wanted a blond wig. At this time, we had not stocked blond wigs so she wanted to have any colour wig fitted on so she could decide on the design to choose from.  She sat down and we fitted a red coloured wig on her head. This wig was absolutely perfect on her head and the colour suited her face very well. The design also suited her so much; you would think it was her own hair. From the fit, her mother was so impressed, she told her daughter “This is really great!  You do not have to colour your hair any more as we can buy whatever colour you want in wigs without damaging your own hair.” Then it finally dawned on me that the hair colouring and bleaching was one of the major reason responsible for Caucasian hair damage and this has always been self-inflicted hair damage as the decision to colour comes from the wearer. And there are so many more of instances like this that I meet most days as I operate from Essex. This brought home the memory of Black women and hair relaxers which just like colouring, is causing most of the Black hair damage and yet is another case of self-inflicted hair damage.

Track Extensions

Track Extensions

If any of the issues mentioned in this article has affected you, or you have an experience you will like to share with us, please feel free to do so.  Also email us if you need our advice on any issues in this article.

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Joy a mother with her four children

Joy a mother with her four children

About your Trainer

Joy Phido is an internationally established Natural Hair and Extensions Educator, Specialist, & Designer.  Joy is a mother with 4 children and has first-hand experience on how difficult it is to work and run a family especially in the Western world.  After working in corporate Nigeria as a banker and corporate England in telecoms, Joy tried her hands on buy and sell businesses which failed. She eventually realized that to succeed in business; you need to have a skill in your hands first. In addition to her natural passion and skill in hair designing, Joy took series of professional training from across different continents and now has the mission to give students real skill of running a hair Business. This is why World of Braiding has become a success and it is this passion of owning your own skill that motivates Joy in helping people who come to World of Braiding & Extensions for training.

Joy has a BSc in Business Admin, a qualified NVQ Level 3 Hairdresser, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with UK Hairdressing Council, has over 20 years Natural Hair & Extensions experience.  She is also a qualified teacher, an NLP practitioner with varied career experiences.

Before setting up World of Braiding & Extensions, Joy started teaching Braiding, Weaving & Extensions with the Newham Council Adult Education Department (Newceys) for 5 years at 4 Centres with some classes as big as 30 students. As the Chief Executive, Trainer and Artistic Director at World of Braiding & Extensions, her passion is to make Natural Hair and Extensions a professional skill as well as help stylist understand how to make money while designing glamorous clients.

Joy’s passion for natural hair is also associated with the fact that she experienced hair damage with chemical relaxers which made her start wearing natural hairstyles thereafter.  She can be seen as the Doctor  for healthy natural Afro hair where all her children wear natural hairstyles and she is no stranger on the internet writing from her blogs, teaching on Youtube with step-by-step videos to constantly enrich students’ knowledge with over 3million views and over 18,000 subscribers.  She is also a Natural Hair & Extensions Business Mentor and adviser helping students & practitioners not only on how to get into the industry but how to become successful and prosper in the industry.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to this training to enhance your learning.  World of Braiding & Extensions is constantly exhibiting at Hair events, giving talks in conference, taking part in major projects and designing hair for fashion shows and events. 

 

 

TOP 10 HEALTHY OILS FOR THE NATURAL BLACK AFRO HAIR

 

TOP 10 HEALTHY OILS FOR THE NATURAL BLACK AFRO HAIR 

By Joy Phido – Master Natural Hair & Extensions Educator, Consultant & Designer

Natural Afro Hair

Natural Afro Hair

Over 17 years ago when I fully got interested in commercial hair experience, I became more and more interested in finding out what is in our hair products and what will help it become healthy. This interest has helped me in my business of offering natural hair service to my children, friends and clients alike.

The height of my interest became more intensified when I started reading books on what is causing damage to the natural hair especially the Afro Black Hair and as someone who had chosen to practice and teach the Natural hair techniques, it was obvious that I had to understand products and how they help the hair stay healthy.  After continuing to read books, research on the internet, watching videos etc, the messages where complicated, confusing and challenging especially when you consider that most people are not focusing on working with the Black Afro hair type. I decided to invest time and money to take up trainings in the Natural Cosmetics manufacturing which I completed this February 2013 to qualify and earn my CPD in Natural Cosmetics manufacturing.

My understanding and continuous experience is that the more we embrace our natural hair, the more we should learn about natural hair products which work to give us best results. My training has exposed me to read more on the labels of hair products.  A major blow to my understanding was the continuous use of Petroleum in the ingredients of our products.  Extensive research and knowledge exposed the fact that Petroleum comes from what is also known as Rock Oil / crude oil. Due to its quick availability and cheap sources, these oils are used in the form of Mineral oils known as Paraffin and Vaseline.  This is a topic for another write up but for now, the truth is that we should look elsewhere for sources that work for our body without too much processing in the form of thousands of ingredients found in nature that can be used in hair, skin and food products. These ingredients work to make every hair type healthy.

While watching our videos and DVDs, we have shown our Hydration Moisturising Mix spray which is a natural oil mix and the questions we constantly get are what is the content of our oil mix.  This mix was made from my constant work with natural hair and the fact that I get good elasticity and quick moisturising result from these hair type instead of Braid sheen or heavy cream moisturisers. Below is a list of my 10 favorite ingredients in natural hair ingredient oils and what they provide for our hair.  Remember these are oil mixes which should only be used in the form of sprays and not as creams.  You can use any combination of the oils to create your mix depending on the benefits you are expecting.

TOP 10 HEALTHY OILS FOR YOUR NATURAL AFRO HAIR

1. Castor Seed Oil  

castor oil seed

castor oil seed

castor oil

castor oil

This is a fatty, thick, sticky, liquid, stable oil which does not go rancid easily. It protects against weather and wind. It makes the hair shiny and provides water protection which is why it is a humectant.  It has anti-fungal properties which cleans the scalp, and help the hair follicles clear and prepare itself for better hair growth. Some people say it helps to grow their hair so apply it to eye lashes and to the hair temples to increase the thickness of thinning edges.

2. Jojoba Oil

jojoba oil

jojoba oil

This oil is the best oil for hair and skin.  Its properties are numerous to mention. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is the nearest to sebum which is nature’s natural oil attached to each strand of our hair. Jojoba therefore trick nature to think that it has produced enough sebum especially for black hair as our hair is naturally dry. Because it is very similar to your natural hair oils, jojoba oil can be used to balance oil production at the scalp, aiding overproducing glands that cause oily hair and also treats hair problems such as dandruff, seborrhoea, dry and damaged hair.  It has a very protective quality for hair as it is a humectant which helps it to hold moisture perfect for adding to damaged ends. It is easily absorbed by the skin and is used extensively in hair care. It softens and improves suppleness.  Jojoba is also non-greasy and will give your hair a healthy, natural shine and add volume to your hair.

 

3. Avocado/Avocado Oil

This oil is very rich with vitamins A, D, E, and contains more potassium than bananas. It is easily absorbed into the skin and hair and

avocado oil

avocado oil

avocado oil is a quick way to get multiple nutrients onto your scalp for improved hair growth.  Very good when the skin and hair is dry, tired and lacks lustre. It spreads well and very quickly and thoroughly absorbs, giving shine and softness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Argan Oil

Argan oil

Argan oil

 

 

This oil is very rich in Omega 6 essential fatty acids which stimulate, protect and regenerates helping to make the skin and hair soft, supple and elastic. Argan oil will add shine, tame frizz, help straighten your hair, or enhance your natural curls. It is seen in the industry at the moment as one of the wonder oils to use as is noted in all mixtures – infused with Argan /Moroccan oil.

 

 

 

 

5. Olive Oil

Traditionally most natural vegetable oils are good for food, skin and hair and Olive oil is one instance where this is most prominent. It

Olive oil

Olive oil

is very rich oil in nutrients hence very prominent in Mediterranean diets.  Due to its fattiness is very good for dry hair, stops trans-epidermal water loss helping to maintain moisture making it a humectant. It has nourishing, softening and protective properties.  It is good for treating dry hair, dry damaged scalp, irritated and sensitive scalp.

 

 

 

 

6. Sweet Almond / Almond Oil

Almond oil

Almond oil

You will occasionally be confronted with Sweet Almond or simply Almond oil.  I usually buy anyone I find. You can take your time to understand what the difference really is but for hair, I love Almond oil.  By massaging a few drops of almond oil into your scalp adds a healthy glow to your hair.  It helps make your hair stronger, thicker and adds shine as well as nourishing and smoothing hair cuticles. Almond oil has also been known to facilitate hair growth, making it strong and thick and controls hair breakage.

 

7. Vegetable Glycerin

vegetable glycerin

vegetable glycerin

Natural Hair products containing vegetable glycerine act as strong humectants—meaning, they attract and bind water to themselves acting as a remedy for hair problems. Vegetable glycerine also creates a layer of oil over the hair strand, thus aiding in the retention of moisture.  To stay away from frizz in curly and afro hair, regular application over time is beneficial as it does not allow the hair to dry out or tangle.  Glycerin for hair is really amazing. Try combining it with aloe vera juice to create an even better moisture spritz!

 

 

 

 

8. Sunflower Oil

This oil contains high levels of Omega 6 essential fatty acid, has high vitamin E and high lecithin content – a natural emulsifier.  It has a

sunflower oil

sunflower oil

nourishing effect on the skin and hair. It absorbs quickly without leaving a sticky feeling. It is also used to treat seborrhoea and structurally damaged hair. Sunflower oil in a product helps other active ingredients to absorb quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Grape Seed Oil

grapeseed oil

grapeseed oil

 

 

Grape Seed oil is high in Omega 6. It is a long oil and so offers excellent lubrication qualities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Neem Oil

Has a very powerful antibacterial and antifungal property which is very useful for the hair. Treats head lice and dandruff.

neem oil

neem oil

I have tried to concentrate on oils that are easily seen and readily available to buy from Natural food shops and markets. As some of these ingredients are indigenous to other countries, I suggest you buy them from “fair trade,” companies where the people who make the product are paid fair wages!

Where possible, use Organic and unrefined versions of these ingredients as they work best and ensure the retention of nutrients.

However, any version is better than applying chemicals or petroleum products on your hair.

 

 

Are there other oils you have worked with that give you great results?  Why not share with us some of your personal experiences on oils and what they do for you.

If any of the issues mentioned in this article has affected you, or you have an experience you will like to share with us, please feel free to do so.  Also email us if you need our advice on any issues in this article.

Tel: +44 1702 339 858, mob: +44 7946 439 057

info@worldobraiding.com

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Follow us on Social media:

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Skype – joyphido

 

 

Joy a mother with her four children

Joy a mother with her four children

About your Trainer

Joy Phido is an internationally established Natural Hair and Extensions Educator, Specialist, & Designer.  Joy is a mother with 4 children and has first-hand experience on how difficult it is to work and run a family especially in the Western world.  After working in corporate Nigeria as a banker and corporate England in telecoms, Joy tried her hands on buy and sell businesses which failed. She eventually realized that to succeed in business; you need to have a skill in your hands first. In addition to her natural passion and skill in hair designing, Joy took series of professional training from across different continents and now has the mission to give students real skill of running a hair Business. This is why World of Braiding has become a success and it is this passion of owning your own skill that motivates Joy in helping people who come to World of Braiding & Extensions for training.

Joy has a BSc in Business Admin, a qualified NVQ Level 3 Hairdresser, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with UK Hairdressing Council, has over 20 years Natural Hair & Extensions experience.  She is also a qualified teacher, an NLP practitioner with varied career experiences.

Before setting up World of Braiding & Extensions, Joy started teaching Braiding, Weaving & Extensions with the Newham Council Adult Education Department (Newceys) for 5 years at 4 Centres with some classes as big as 30 students. As the Chief Executive, Trainer and Artistic Director at World of Braiding & Extensions, her passion is to make Natural Hair and Extensions a professional skill as well as help stylist understand how to make money while designing glamorous clients.

Joy’s passion for natural hair is also associated with the fact that she experienced hair damage with chemical relaxers which made her start wearing natural hairstyles thereafter.  She can be seen as the Doctor  for healthy natural Afro hair where all her children wear natural hairstyles and she is no stranger on the internet writing from her blogs, teaching on Youtube with step-by-step videos to constantly enrich students’ knowledge with over 3million views and over 18,000 subscribers.  She is also a Natural Hair & Extensions Business Mentor and adviser helping students & practitioners not only on how to get into the industry but how to become successful and prosper in the industry.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to this training to enhance your learning.  World of Braiding & Extensions is constantly exhibiting at Hair events, giving talks in conference, taking part in major projects and designing hair for fashion shows and events. 

 

TOP 7 REASONS FOR BLACK WOMEN’S HAIR LOSS /DAMAGE

TOP 7 REASONS FOR BLACK WOMEN’S HAIR LOSS

/DAMAGE

&

HOW TO PREVENT THEM

 

Naomi Campbell hair loss

Naomi Campbell hair loss

I constantly get bombarded with questions as to what is causing Black women’s hair to break so much, get damaged and often times leading to hair loss.  I encounter women from all over who give me so many reasons for their hair damage and I will like to share some of these reasons with you and aim to offer some solutions on how we can prevent some of these problems.

It is a known fact that we are a race obsessed and addicted with hair beauty.  Our obsession & addiction with hair comes mostly from the fact that we cannot manipulate our hair as easily as other races can with their hair and this in itself puts us in a difficult situation.  This addiction has therefore put us in a position of love/hate with our hair as we do not seem to understand it.  It has turned us into Slaves for our hair as we will do anything to have the image we hope from our hair hence we really do not care in most cases how much we contribute to damaging it.  Our obsession has turned us to spend whatever money we can lay our hands on into creating the hairstyle we seek.

Surveys have shown that the Black woman spends 6 times more than any other race on hair. It has also been shown that we rate our

black women images

black women images

hair more important than most things in our lives including forfeiting paying our mortgage or getting an eduction in order to have the good hair we seek. See Good Hair Documentary by Chris Rock.  A survey from www.marketresearch.com confirmed that by 2013 we will spend $4.2 trillion on hair and accessories.  It has also been confirmed that the hair loss industry is worth more than $9billion.

But why are we spending so much money on hair and if this is the case are we achieving the good hair that we seek?

By the nature of our hair, we have discovered that our hair is unique and has qualities such as: dryness, frizz, matted strands, tangles, shrinkage, breakage, lacks moisture and ability to absorb moisture etc.  These qualities of the Black hair are the reasons we generally seek so much solution to our hair problems. But are these problems natural or are they man-made problems that we have been forced to inherit?

In the process of seeking solutions, we resort to everything we can think of to help us such as: straightening with hot comb; blow dryers; flat irons; chemical relaxers; perms; Brazilian & Japanese blow dry; colour treating; Braids with synthetic & human hair; Weaves with synthetic, human and virgin human hair;  twisting; adding different types of extensions etc etc.  All these styling – excessive manipulation, heating, chemicals etc all lead to one thing our hair – Hair damage & Hair loss.

When damage and hair loss has occurred, we further go on more trial and error spree and have to spend so much more money to try and understand how to solve our problems.  Most times the problem starts from the people styling our hair; suggesting products; training us in hairdressing /cosmetology schools, manufacturing our products and advising us about our hair as these people generally do not have any idea what our hair really is.

Here are the Top 7 reasons for hair loss & damage in Black women & how we can prevent them:

1. DRYNESS & LACK OF MOISTURE:  The Black hair is generally dry because when it grows from our scalp, it coils

dry Afro hair

dry Afro hair

around itself.  This coily nature of our hair does not allow the natural sebum which is the natural oil from our scalp to travel down the strands of our hair.  We are therefore expected to constantly hydrate and moisturise our hair in order to bring in moisture and stop the dryness.

Rather what we then do as Black people is to apply more heat to our hair and this heat continues to make the hair dryer hence leading brittle hair that  snaps and breaks at the least touch.

SOLUTION: Start hydrating your hair today and watch out to see how it will start detangling itself when you try to comb it without breaking.  A simple mixture of bottled spring water and natural oils will do a great job than any expensive over the counter product.

2. USE OF EXCESSIVE HEAT: 

blow drying hair

blow drying hair

I hear people saying that they cannot work with their hair unless it is completely blow dried and looking bone straight.  Unfortunately these people are not helping themselves with their hair health. As mentioned above, anything that takes away moisture from the Afro Hair is not a friend of this hair type.  It simply dehydrates the hair and allows it to be prone to breakage. Breakage most times is what people see but really cannot explain what led to the breakage.   Breakage is the reason our hair does not retain length and the problem we face is length retention rather than hair not growing.

SOLUTION: Stop the heat; apply more water oil solutions into your hair and it will be a lot easier to manipulate.

3. DAMAGING INGREDIENTS IN OUR HAIR PRODUCTS:

There are people who have never deliberately tried damaging their hair but continue to notice that no matter how good a product claims, they still notice that their hair is dry, brittle, difficult to comb and style or grow.  The problem is not usually the fault of the client.   This is one of the biggest mis-selling and cons in the general hair industry and in particular the Black hair industry. Our biggest enemies are in the gentlest looking glossy advertised products in our bathroom such as the shampoos, conditioners, hair creams etc.  This is one area where I am most passionate about as clients are being conned constantly into parting with their hard earned money only to end up with problems they were hoping to solve.  I will be writing more on this particular point as this is an area where my enquiries most come from.

various shampoos

various shampoos

SOLUTION: In the meantime, stay away from most shampoos, conditioners and creams and stick to the ones that say – Sulfate-free shampoos, Silicon-free conditioners and creams/ moisturisers that have as part of their ingredients natural items that you can relate to.

4. HARSH & POISONOUS CHEMICALS IN OUR HAIR RELAXERS:

Due to the above problems that the damaging ingredients in our shampoos and conditioners have caused and also with the image expectations we tend to build for ourselves especially in civilised world; most of us end up relaxing our hair with very harsh poisonous chemicals – Sodium hydroxide, ammonium thioglycolate, formaldehyde etc.  These chemicals do not help us in any form.  This is a topic I have personally taken upon to research and read about.  This is by far one of the biggest reason for our hair loss.  It gets more complicated as it permanently depletes our strands of hair of its protein content.  It gives an illusion of easy to manage hair but our women still end up asking to wear extensions in the form of Braids and weaves after completely making their hair weak and vulnerable with relaxers.  You would expect that after a chemical relaxer process that Black women will be happy to show off this relaxed new hairdo.  Unfortunately this is not usually the case.  They go further to add extensions in the form of Braids & Weaves which then beggars the question, why did you relax your hair.  This is double jeopardy and stress on this fragile strand of hair. I have no idea what the purpose of a relaxer is if you will still end up in weaves, braids & extensions.  Please take your time and think your actions to yourself.  If you wear Braids, Weaves etc on a natural base of hair, you will have good textured hair to add your extensions and the hair is usually able to take the pressure but when it has already been weakened with chemicals and you add extensions, you deliberately set your hair for damage and hair loss. These poisonous chemicals also sip into your blood streams as has been proven by so many researches due to the natural function of the skin with the ability to breath with the example of cigarettes patches and exhale with the example of sweating. You are not helping yourself with this self- inflicted damage and the only reason this form of manipulation for Afro hair exist is because it is the only quick way other races can think of solutions for the Black hair.  See the Book, Hair Bible by Philip Kingsley.

SOLUTION: Time to stop these poisonous chemicals which cause you nothing more than hair loss and health problems.

5. TIGHT AND UNCOMFORTABLE HAIR STYLES:

tight braids

tight braids

While I may be an educator on natural hair styles, I am completely aware of the damage that hair stylist are inflicting on clients with some of these hair styles.  This is such a problem in our society as untrained illiterate hairstylist believes that hair beauty equals tightness on the scalp.  They have no idea what consulting with clients mean or what it involves to match a client’s hairstyle with their natural hair features.  Most clients complain that a basic hairstyle that should not require too much force and stress ends up causing so much pain that they end up taking the hair out.  This is most times made worse when this client has probably damaged her hair with chemical relaxers and now wants to hide her hair damage with extensions.

SOLUTIONS: As a hair client, please seek professional service and be willing to pay for the expertise and advise that your professional natural hair stylist offers. Also make it clear to your client when a hair style is making you uncomfortable.

As a hair stylist, please take up training and get your knowledge, experience and education up to speed so you do not continue to contribute to causing more hair damage and hair loss to your clients. I am tired of hearing about stylist who only wants to sit by their computers and learn from youtube.  My advice to you is that no one is going to sit on youtube and give you all the knowledge you need to be a good professional hairstylist completely free.  If they do, there is something they are trying to sell to you. Also remember that what we do is not taught in Hairdressing & Cosmetology schools so you need specialist training like we offer at World of Braiding & Extensions’ School of Professional Natural Hair & Extensions Business.

6. USE OF DAMAGING HAIR ACCESSORIES:

For example Lace wigs: We tend to follow trends blindly as a race. The trend that brought the lace wig also brought with it lots of hair loss and hair damage.  Lace wigs were originally made for cancer patients who had lost all their hair due to chemotherapy.  I have attended to lots of clients and know friends who followed this fashion which has now caused them so much hair damage and in some cases irreparable damage.  As is expected with most fashion trends, I always say to my clients to weigh /consider the beauty and health consequence of a hair style. I had clients who desperately wanted to follow the fad trend as well and I am glad they listened to my sound advice.  Most stylists again simply want to have money in their bank account and do not care about advising their clients.

SOLUTION: Watch every hair trend and seek professional advice before taking them on.  They may cause you a lot of damage in the long run.

If you find you have a stylist who is not prepared to advise you when need be, please stop using this person and move on to someone who will.

I will also recommend to clients that you learn to listen as well because there are those who simply are prepared to do whatever it takes to have a certain look without caring about the consequences and the health hazards it presents.  For example, there are currently people wearing layers and layers of Virgin human hair at all cost.  Please look at the health of your hair before subjecting yourself to this self-inflicted pain as a time will come when there will be no hair for you to stitch the hair extensions unto.

Other accessories to avoid include tight ponytails, iron hair pins and clips, less tugging, pulling, tucking etc.

7. WATCH YOUR FOOD INTAKE:

healthy foods

healthy foods

Due to the unhealthy lifestyles we are forced to live with – synthetic foods, processed foods, genetically modified foods, toxins in the air etc, our body is constantly battling with toxins and stress which do not encourage healthy body for hair growth.  Hair grows from inside and hair is a fiber that is part of our cells which grows from the subdivision of our cells in the hair follicles.

SOLUTION: To solve this problem, we need natural healthy food that the body can easily break down for digestion in order for our hair to grow.  The foods we need for good hair growth are fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts and wholemeal foods.

We also need lots of water for detoxification, lubrication of food for digestion, aid digestion and reproduce the cells for hair growth.  At least 2.5litre water every day.

World of Braiding & Extensions Group of Companies is made up of 4 major Service areas.
1. World of Braiding & Extensions Professional Natural Hair & Extensions Business School which offers education, knowledge & skill to students around the world with the mission to – get women into work & business.   We train our students with the best ways to apply all the different natural hair & extensions techniques.
2. World of Braiding & Extensions Professional Natural Hair & Extensions Centre offering healthy hair & extensions service on client’s hair with the passion for healthy signature natural hair glamour.  We consult with all clients before taking on a service of hair extensions.  We care for your hair and ensure there are no damages.
3. World of Braiding & Extensions Black Hair Education & Solutions Center where our focus is to train Black women in the understanding of their natural hair and how to care for it to avoid damage & hair loss.
4. World of Braiding & Extensions Natural Hair Accessories & Extensions center.  Providing all the materials you need to care for your hair.
If any of the issues mentioned in this article has affected you, or you have an experience you will like to share with us, please feel free to do so.  Also email us if you need our advice on any issues in this article.

Tel: +44 1702 339 858, mob: +44 7946 439 057

info@worldobraiding.com

www.worldofbraiding.comhttp://www.worldofbraidingacademy.com

Follow us on Social media:

http://www.youtube.com/worldofbraiding,

http://www.facebook.com/worldofbraidingandextensions,

http://www.twitter.com/worldofbraiding,

http://www.linkedIn.com/joyphido

http://www.tumblr.com/worldofbraiding

Skype – joyphido

 

 

Joy a mother with her four children

Joy a mother with her four children

About your Trainer

Joy Phido is an internationally established Natural Hair and Extensions Educator, Specialist, & Designer.  Joy is a mother with 4 children and has first-hand experience on how difficult it is to work and run a family especially in the Western world.  After working in corporate Nigeria as a banker and corporate England in telecoms, Joy tried her hands on buy and sell businesses which failed. She eventually realized that to succeed in business; you need to have a skill in your hands first. In addition to her natural passion and skill in hair designing, Joy took series of professional training from across different continents and now has the mission to give students real skill of running a hair Business. This is why World of Braiding has become a success and it is this passion of owning your own skill that motivates Joy in helping people who come to World of Braiding & Extensions for training.

Joy has a BSc in Business Admin, a qualified NVQ Level 3 Hairdresser, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with UK Hairdressing Council, has over 20 years Natural Hair & Extensions experience.  She is also a qualified teacher, an NLP practitioner with varied career experiences.

Before setting up World of Braiding & Extensions, Joy started teaching Braiding, Weaving & Extensions with the Newham Council Adult Education Department (Newceys) for 5 years at 4 Centres with some classes as big as 30 students. As the Chief Executive, Trainer and Artistic Director at World of Braiding & Extensions, her passion is to make Natural Hair and Extensions a professional skill as well as help stylist understand how to make money while designing glamorous clients.

Joy’s passion for natural hair is also associated with the fact that she experienced hair damage with chemical relaxers which made her start wearing natural hairstyles thereafter.  She can be seen as the Doctor  for healthy natural Afro hair where all her children wear natural hairstyles and she is no stranger on the internet writing from her blogs, teaching on Youtube with step-by-step videos to constantly enrich students’ knowledge with over 3million views and over 18,000 subscribers.  She is also a Natural Hair & Extensions Business Mentor and adviser helping students & practitioners not only on how to get into the industry but how to become successful and prosper in the industry.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to this training to enhance your learning.  World of Braiding & Extensions is constantly exhibiting at Hair events, giving talks in conference, taking part in major projects and designing hair for fashion shows and events. 

 

TOP 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHEMICAL HAIR RELAXERS

TOP 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT  CHEMICAL HAIR RELAXERS

By Joy Phido – Chief Executive, Natural Hair & Extensions Educator & Specialist

World of Braiding & Extensions

1.       Hair Relaxers contain poisonous chemical such as Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide,   Lithium Hydroxide, Guanidine Hydroxide and ammonium thioglycolate.  These chemicals are alkaline and range from a pH factor of 13 to 14 on the pH level.

Hair Relaxer

Hair Relaxer

Hair Relaxer

Hair Relaxer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.   When these chemicals are applied incorrectly, left on the hair for too long or left in the hands of untrained hands, they melt your hair leading to burnt scalp, hair damage and complete hair loss.

Burnt and damaged scalp from chemical relaxers

Burnt and damaged scalp from chemical relaxers

Damaged and patchy scalp from chemical relaxers

Damaged and patchy scalp from chemical relaxers

Relaxing her own hair

Relaxing her own hairChemical Relaxer service in a salon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Chemical relaxers are corrosive and eat into anything they come in contact with. For this reason, manufacturers instruct that the stylist applies gloves on their hands before applying the chemicals as it will cut into your skin when applied with bare hands. For the hair strands, they penetrate into the hair Cortex and eat off the protein (keratin) in the strands giving the hair a permanent change that renders the hair limp and lifeless

4. Although the instruction says you should protect the hands when applying chemical relaxers, there is no instruction on how to protect the scalp.   For the reason that the scalp is exposed, when chemicals are applied, they absorb into your skin tissues through the scalp, to your cells and into your blood stream thereby exposing your health to chemical toxins from sodium hydroxide etc.  The dosage of this exposure is constantly increased depending on the number of times you retouch and apply your relaxer.  It is also a known fact that this is one of the occupational hazards of beauticians and hairdressers as they are constantly inhaling these chemicals when working with them.  These chemical have however been linked to tumors and cancers.

 

5. Considering the fact that we are constantly exposed to a barrage of external and environmental pollutants, the least we can do is help ourselves to reduce the amount of chemicals we knowingly and willingly put in our body. You are therefore personally responsible for putting toxic cosmetic chemicals into your body through chemical relaxers. With the world now developing a greener conscience – cutting down on carbon emissions, considerations for climate change, concerns about genetically modified food etc, shouldn’t you therefore need make a conscious effort to protect yourself from exposure to these chemicals by either completely cutting away from them or by decreasing your usage of them?

 

Burnt scalp from relaxer

Burnt scalp from relaxer

Damaged, exposed and wounded scalp

Damaged, exposed and wounded scalp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are natural hair and protective alternatives to chemical processing of the hair which create beauty.

Would you like to know some of them? Follow and like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/worldofbraiding or contact us to find out more.  If you already wear natural hairstyles, we would like to hear from you on how you are getting on and if you need help on how to care for them.

 

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HOW EXTENSIONS CAN DAMAGE YOUR HAIR

HOW EXTENSIONS CAN DAMAGE YOUR HAIR

So we have relocated World of Braiding & Extensions to the heart of Essex (Southend On Sea)  – if you live in England you will be familiar with TOWIE –(The Only Way Is Essex) – a programme on Television where Essex girls show

TOWIE GIRL

TOWIE GIRL

their love for everything extensions – hair, nails, tanning, night life etc.

The only way is essex

The only way is essex

This is where our story today starts.  A client walks in the shop and is desperate for help. I was late getting to the shop as my day was going to be a video production day and not for clients.  But this is one of the perks of being on the high street where clients walk in without appointments. So I get a phone call to desperately come in as someone needed help.

I walk in to the shop and saw her sitting looking glum and very sad.  I wondered what was wrong but as is customary of our service, I ask her if she was okay and she replied back that she was not okay.

I settled down and came to her to hear what the problem was.

Her story.  She had got her hair into glue gun extensions the previous day but had not slept throughout the night.  This is because the stylist who claimed she was an expert at extensions had put the extensions in completely wrong.  The extensions glue had been applied directly on her scalp and it was so tight that she had headaches all night with her scalp gone sore and constantly throbbing.  Details of the story.  She had got to this shop at 9.00am and after hours of wait, arguments and eventual agreement,  finally got attended to in a process that did not feel right. She was expected to pay for all the materials needed for the hair extensions process exclusive of the fee she was going to pay for the service. She had to wait in the shop while the materials were bought.  In the end the process was completed at about 11.00pm.   Her head was sore.

Bad glue gun hair extensions

Bad glue gun hair extensions

She woke up the next day in agony and immediately ran back to the salon with the intention to take it out but it was closed and she had no idea when it was going to be opened.  She was now desperate and started going from salon to salon asking who could take out the extensions.  No salon could help her as all they tried did not take out the extensions but her hair.  Her head had gone red and sore as the glue stuck to her scalp firmly.  To cut a long story short, we were able to take out the bad hair day extensions using only the best glue removers in the industry without causing her any pain or hair loss.

This is a familiar story we have seen with our 3 months experience in Essex.  Young Caucasian girls getting different types of extensions done by untrained inexperienced stylist.  Among lots of the cases we have had to attend to, another case which was quite pathetic was a situation where a stylist had applied bonding glue on a client’s head all the way to the hairline which was very visible to an onlooker.  When it goes wrong they desperately come seeking help.  When you offer professional service, they claim it is expensive and they run off to cheaper salons.  The result is damaged hair and these girls will go bald before they are 30 years old.  We are happy to help but we will be happier to attend to these clients without having to mop after other people’s mess.

Badly done glue gun extensions

Badly done glue gun extensions

Some other known cases include – Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Britney Spears, Coleen Rooney, Naomi Campbell etc.  Hair extensions when not done professionally or with care can seriously lead to traction alopecia and alopecia areata.

What is Hair Extensions:   Hair extensions are the addition of virgin, artificial fibers or anything that is not your own hair into your hair.  This way of achieving long hair has become very popular recently among all races. In the past extensions was only popular with Black girls but now this is no longer the case.

Lots of people still struggle to understand hair extensions.

What are the different ways of adding Hair Extensions:  There are different ways of adding hair extensions.  They range from:

Braiding with extensions – single plaits with extensions, cornrows with extensions, twist with extensions etc.

Weaves extensions – full head sew-in extensions, track sew-in extensions, interlock sew-in weave etc.

Weft Bonding extensions – cap weave with weft bonding, line bonding on tracks etc

Fusions strand-by-strand extensions – glue gun fusions extensions, micro beads /ring/micro loop fusion extensions, pre-bonded heat gun fusion extensions, cold fusions etc

Other types are known as Units –  regular wigs, Clip-ins, Velcro,lace front wigs, frontals etc

What makes a difference between types of hair extensions will depend on how healthy they are applied, how natural and realistic they look when compared to the natural hair, how comfortable the hair extensions feels on the client’s natural hair, how durable they last in-between salon visits, how much they cost to get the service done, the products used to achieve the result, how informed; experienced and educated your stylist is etc.

Why do we need hair extensions: 

Length – We need hair extensions for instant length of hair (our hair grows up to 13cm per year – which depends on a healthy lifestyle, the healthy food we eat, the quality products we use, genetics, age, health etc.).

Volume -We need extensions to give our hair volume

Change of Colour/Highlights, easy styling of our hair, for beauty, durability, for versatile look especially for people with celebrity lifestyle etc.

What causes hair extensions damage: 

Don’ts of Hair Extensions:

  • Don’t apply the wrong type of extensions on your hair without detailed consultation with your stylist.

  • Don’t become addicted to wearing extensions and not take a break occasionally to rest your hair – this is because the hair gets stressed from constant abuse – pulling and tugging.

  • You will have damage if you do not treat your natural hair with care – using good quality products – shampoos and conditioners, applying the right treatments – deep condition & treatment, split end trims and cuts etc.

  • You will have damage if you do not use professional service to take out your hair extensions etc.

Do’s of hair extensions:

  • Work with professional stylist who are well trained and have the love of your hair at heart.

  • Have a detailed consultation with your stylist and understand what type of extensions will suit your natural hair without causing you damage.

  • Learn to take advice – I deal with clients who simply do not listen to advice as they mentally take on an idea of what they should look like.

  • Treat your hair extensions with care as if it was your own hair as well as treat your own hair with care.

  • Do not wear your hair extensions for too long as it affects the health of your hair.

  • Use professional service to take out your hair extensions.

  • Give your hair a rest from extensions occasionally and give it good treatment when not in extensions.

  • If your hair is damaged, do not use hair extensions.  Wait for your hair to get back to good health before applying hair extensions.

World of Braiding offers healthy hair extensions techniques as our client’s hair health is our passion and concern.  We consult with all clients before taking on a service of hair extensions.  We care for your hair and ensure there are no damages. We also train you with the best ways to apply all the different hair extensions techniques.

 If any of the issues mentioned in this article has affected you, or you have an experience you will like to share with us, please feel free to do so.  Also email us if you need our advice on any issues in this article.

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Joy a mother with her four children

Joy a mother with her four children

About your Trainer

Joy Phido is an internationally established Natural Hair and Extensions Educator, Specialist, & Designer.  Joy is a mother with 4 children and has first-hand experience on how difficult it is to work and run a family especially in the Western world.  After working in corporate Nigeria as a banker and corporate England in telecoms, Joy tried her hands on buy and sell businesses which failed. She eventually realized that to succeed in business; you need to have a skill in your hands first. In addition to her natural passion and skill in hair designing, Joy took series of professional training from across different continents and now has the mission to give students real skill of running a hair Business. This is why World of Braiding has become a success and it is this passion of owning your own skill that motivates Joy in helping people who come to World of Braiding & Extensions for training.

Joy has a BSc in Business Admin, a qualified NVQ Level 3 Hairdresser, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with UK Hairdressing Council, has over 20 years Natural Hair & Extensions experience.  She is also a qualified teacher, an NLP practitioner with varied career experiences.

Before setting up World of Braiding & Extensions, Joy started teaching Braiding, Weaving & Extensions with the Newham Council Adult Education Department (Newceys) for 5 years at 4 Centres with some classes as big as 30 students. As the Chief Executive, Trainer and Artistic Director at World of Braiding & Extensions, her passion is to make Natural Hair and Extensions a professional skill as well as help stylist understand how to make money while designing glamorous clients.

Joy’s passion for natural hair is also associated with the fact that she experienced hair damage with chemical relaxers which made her start wearing natural hairstyles thereafter.  She can be seen as a Doctor  for healthy natural hair where all her children wear natural hairstyles and she is no stranger on the internet writing from her blogs, teaching on Youtube with step-by-step videos to constantly enrich students’ knowledge with over 1.5million views and over 6,000 subscribers.  She is also a Natural Hair & Extensions Business Mentor and adviser helping students & practitioners not only on how to get into the industry but how to become successful and prosper in the industry.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to this training to enhance your learning.  World of Braiding & Extensions is constantly exhibiting at Hair events, taking part in major projects and designing hair for fashion shows and events. 

14 COMMON MISTAKES OF AFRO HAIR

Joy Phido’s

Observation on the Natural Hair revolution and re-awakening

14 COMMON MISTAKES TO UNTANGLE THE COILS OF AFRO HAIR BEAUTY  

AFRO HAIR IS DIFFERENT BUT NOT INFERIOR

I get contacts everyday by black people who are struggling to grow, maintain, understand and glamorise their natural Afro hair.

These people vary in their needs. I have being counselling, advising, supporting and generally helping these people across the world. What I find is that people may live in different locations in the world but their Afro hair problems are consistently familiar and similar to each other.  

Take for instance the enquiry I got from this client.  

Damaged Afro Hairline

Damaged Afro Hairline

She has been struggling in silence with a damaged hairline problem for over 10 years as there was nowhere she could seek help. Typically when I get these enquiries I ask for details of the problem including images. The image I received from this particular client was very shocking to say the least. The story was that she had chemically relaxed her hair and had started wearing weaves constantly. Her hairline had completely disappeared due to the combination of relaxer and tension from tight cornrows causing her traction alopecia.  This problem has now made her lose her self-esteem and confidence in herself. She now desperately needed help.

The client I worked with yesterday had similar problems. Her chemical damage was so severe she developed in addition to traction alopecia; another hair loss problem – alopecia areata and had now resorted to wearing wigs which was also not helping her situation.  Another client had a complete hair loss problem – alopecia totalis where improper chemicals application had completely dissolved all her hair strands leaving her bald. She had gone to the famous Harley Street Clinic for hair loss & replacement treatment and was asked to pay £12,000 for hair replacement.  Very expensive strands of hair – wouldn’t you say? Harley Street, London is known for its rich hair replacement clientele – Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant is an example?  The cases of hair problems I deal with every day abound and these problems will continue to repeat themselves for as long as there exist ignorance and misunderstanding of Afro hair in our community.  From my continuous exposure and experience of working with these clients, I have concluded that the causes of these problems come from one major source – HOW TO UNTANGLE THE COILS OF AFRO HAIR.  

Healthy Afro Hair

Healthy Afro Hair

My interest in hair has been born out of a passion to see healthy growing glamorous natural hair.  My personal experience is that I had my long glowing glossy healthy hair to chemical relaxers and now chosen to grow my hair natural.  I have also seen close friends and family members lose hair to chemicals.  I do have a personal understanding of the journeys the natural hair presents and have therefore undertaken to help everyone who is experiencing problems with their hair. With this in mind, I don’t only design glamorous natural hair but I help to protect, maintain and encourage my clients to grow their natural hair. Before we look at the problems, mistakes and solutions of Afro hair, let us understand the uniqueness of this hair type.

Characteristics /Understanding of the Natural Afro Hair

Afro hair is different but by no means inferior to other hair types.  However, because Afro hair is generally misrepresented, misunderstood and wrapped in mystery clients who wear this hair do not appreciate it. Your natural Afro hair is beautiful, can be managed and should be loved like any other hair type.  There is no mistake about Afro hair.  It grows from a small pocket on the skin /scalp called follicles like other hair types and its texture is also determined by our genes which we inherited from our parents.

The Hair Follicles

The Hair Follicles

Our first most important duty therefore is to know and understand our natural hair as it grows out of our head.

  • Our tightly coiled hair comes from a flat oval shaped follicle which grows this way out of our scalp.
  • It is designed with a tight pattern of spirals and coils in shape. These patterns are coily not curly. 
  • The degree and type of coils varies – slight coils, moderate coils, extremely coily.  According to Andre Walker’s hair type analysis (Oprah Winfrey’s celebrity hair stylist), this coils  fall into the Type 4 – A,B and C definition of patterns.
  • We generally mistake our degree of coils to mean coarse and this mistake is what leads us to use harsh heat and chemicals to solve what we see as a problem.
  • In our degree of coils, and like other hair types, we also have fine, medium and coarse texture.  It is important that you find out what your true texture is so you can be empowered and be in control to educate others about your hair.
  • Afro hair is generally dry because the natural oil which moisturises all strands of hair from the scalp does not travel the strands of Afro hair due to the spiral and tightness of the coils.
  • This dryness is what makes the Afro hair brittle and prone to easy breakage. The continuous breakage therefore stops it from retaining length and growing long.  Moisture and suppleness is therefore one of the main ingredients lacking in natural Afro hair.
  • The spiral tightness of our coils causes it to tangle very easily which also leads to breakage.
  • Natural Afro hair is called various names – kinky, coily, nappy, woolly etc.

First thing to do therefore is to accept your hair as it grows from your scalp.

The natural Afro hair is one of those cases where appearance is deceptive.  The tightness of our coils makes it look thick, strong, woolly, heavy, full etc which gives an illusion that it can withstand stress but in reality it is extremely fragile due to the spiral gaps and this is what leads to its breakage at the least stretch. This highlighted uniqueness has offered a special requirement of the Afro hair which must be addressed in order to have healthy hair like other hair types.  The problem therefore is not our hair but the WAY WE HANDLE OUR HAIR.  The solution is therefore to find ways to handle our hair to enhance its beauty without damage or stress.

Our hair requires gentle tender loving care.

Afro coily textured hair types therefore require special care, products and styling needs.  We have to be smart and avoid the mainstream glamorous marketing and gimmicks which tend to trick us into buying products and hair styles that claim to work for all hair types.

My conclusion is that since there are no schools teaching about natural Afro hair type which has led to lack of understanding of our hair type, there are series of mistakes that have been practised over the years which has led to and will continue to exist causing our hair type untold damage.  As seen in the documentary – “400 years without a comb”, the systematic damage, abuse and hatred of the Afro hair came from years of mental, physical and political stereotyping and conditioning for the black person to learn to reject their own hair.  Racial pride and self-esteem were thrown away at this stage in our history and will probably equally take a long time for us to learn to love our hair again.

While we battle with ourselves to love our hair as it grows from our head, these are 14 of the most consistent /recurring common natural hair mistakes that I have noted. To be able to grow, maintain and enjoy our hair type, we need to avoid these mistakes.  Free your strands; love your hair.

 

Mistake No. 1. – Using Chemical Relaxers on Afro Hair

Generally black people think God made a mistake when he created the Afro hair. We think the solution to our spiralled tightly coiled hair is to use chemicals on our hair.  The reason we do this is because we think it will help us comb through our hair easily.  Our expectations is based on the continuous exposure and visual images of straight hair models we see which has made us have unrealistic demands of our hair. We generally think our hair should comb the same way as these other hair textures. We call this easy and manageable hair.  Relaxing our hair is not a solution. It is a temporary solution as the hair that continues to grow out remains tightly coiled Afro hair.  This exposes more problems as what the chemicals do is break our hair structure – releases /relaxes the tight bonds in our hair.  When this happens, we lose the keratin protein in our hair and our hair loses its elasticity and no longer responds to the basic stress we would normally subject our hair to.  Most of us have experienced the effect of these dangerous and harsh chemicals in our hair which also seeps into our body.  Relaxers contain(sodium hydroxide or calcium hydroxide), curly perms (ammonium thioglycolate), Keratin /Brazilian treatment (formaldehyde – a highly toxic carcinogen). You may get the straight hair you desire but these processes do not grow, protect, maintain or give you healthy hair.  From the examples above, some people repeat their hair damage process. They damage their hair, they get advice, cut the hair and promise they will stop using chemicals; they grow out long natural hair and then go back to the same process again.  My recommendation therefore is understand your natural coily hair and its needs rather than forcing it to change its structure. Work with it; find out how to make it work for you – look for products that work to enhance your hair, seek expert advice and save yourself the stress of quick fix solution that ends up becoming expensive damages, causing you to lose your self-esteem and self-confidence etc. We have written a lot on the effects of chemical relaxers in our hair blog. http://www.worldofbraiding.wordpress.com

Mistake No. 2. – Rough handling and Harsh Hair Habits – forceful combing.

Afro hair may look strong & tough but this is not reality. The first problem you hear the Afro hair client complain about is that their hair is dry, tight and difficult to comb. This is the reason most Mothers continue to damage their children’s hair.

  • Use the correct wide tooth comb to comb your hair.
  • Never comb dry hair as it tangles and breaks.
  • Moisturise the hair before you comb
  • Be patient and comb hair from the ends/tips to the roots and slowly too. When you come across tangles, take your time to detangle it.
  • Never use the same tools you use on other hair types on your Afro hair.
  • Do not force your hair to become straight.  This damages your tight coils.
  • It will simply fluff, stretch out and bounce back. Remember when we wore Gerry-curls or curly perms – you did not comb your hair straight, you simply guided your curls into place and shape. The same should apply with Afro hair and we should not expect differently.  It is called curly /coily hair and not straight hair.

Mistake No. 3 – Wrong Accessories – holding in tight ponytails, tight iron clips, rough hair bands etc are sure ways to break and damage your hair as they clip on the edges and snap the strands of hair. The less manipulation you do with your hair, the less it will break. Learn to treat your hair like a precious delicate material and go easy on the tight rough accessories.  

Mistake No. 4. Lack of moisture – Water is a tight coil’s best friend.  Our hair is naturally dry and tight.  The best way you can show your hair love is to spray water / moisture into your hair daily. Afro hair comes alive when it is wet as moisture releases and relaxes the strands and tangles that happen when it is dry. When our hair is moisturised, it is easy to untangle and section.  We need moisture or hydration on our hair just like we also need it in our body.  Again stop using the hair examples of other races where they do not need moisture and are constantly blow drying their hair.  Afro hair is different.  We need moisture. Simply put – Afro hair is the opposite of straight hair.  Everything our hair needs is what their hair does not need. While other hairs are weak when wet and strong when dry, our hair is strong when wet and weak when dry. While other hair types wash their hair everyday due to too much grease, we do not wash our hair everyday as we need moisture due to dryness. Stay with the moisture to have strong healthy hair.  Remember Jerry curls again. We kept it moist and wet and our hair grew long.  Same applies here. Tip is have a spring water in a natural oil mix and put in a spray bottle. Spray this on your hair daily so it is not left dry again.  Remember, all your hair products should contain water.

Mistake No. 5. – Not cleaning / shampooing your hair.

Our first set maintenance process is to wash, condition and moisturise. We need to clean our scalp of natural oil build-up, dust and dirt from the atmosphere, sweat from our scalp, product build-up etc. Natural Afro hair clients tend to listen to the old wives’ tales that you should not wash your hair too much as it is difficult to moisturise afterwards.  Yes it is naturally dry but with daily moisturisers, we would be fine after a wash.  Washing your hair less frequently however, has its consequences as it leads to scalp diseases – dandruff, eczema, fungal infections, lice etc. The dandruff and dirt blocks your pores and hair strands which suffocates them from coming out of the follicles. According to Madam C J Walker (1867 – 1919). “See your scalp as a garden and your hair strands as the plants. If you do not clear the weeds (dandruff and other diseases), they stop your plants from growing.” The same applies to hair follicles as they get suffocated when the scalp is infested and infected with scalp conditions.  The only solution is to maintain clean hair habits.

Mistake No. 6 – Using wrong products

I have spoken to clients who say the only product they know is petroleum products.  Sometimes I wonder what planet they live in. Products make a big difference to our hair.  Product is one of the areas where black hair has been conned and misled over the years.  Other races manufactured products which were good for their own hair type and marketed same products to Afro hair clients.  Our bathroom and bedroom is ridden with them.  This is why the black race is known to spend 6 times more on hair beauty than any other race. The problem is we are gullible and buy based on the beautiful image of a model on a product.  This product will not help us in any form and so we get tired and go to buy another.  As we carry on, we discover our bathroom is full of products we have no use or value for. Our demand for good hair, vulnerability and insecurity has always been picked up over the years and so the power of marketing comes to play a major part in our pockets. Going forward, read the label and note the ingredients.  Afro hair only needs mostly natural products. If you do not understand the name of the ingredient then it is not meant for you.  Your hair is part of you and feeds on the things you feed on too.  There is a saying “if you cannot put it in your mouth; then do not put it in your hair”.  Watch out for the following products:

  • Alcohol – it dries out our already dry hair
  • Sodium lauryl sulphate – it is simply detergent which is giving us lots of foam and make our hair squeaky clean by also taking away our natural oils.
  • Petroleum – clogs our pores and attracts more dust from the atmosphere. 
  • The tip is look into your kitchen for natural oils. 
  • When you apply products to your hair, make sure your hair is wet as this is the time it absorbs the products. 
  • Remember your products should contain less oil and more water in the form of lotions.

Remember our ancestors grew their hair with natural products and so can we. There are lots of natural product companies which have perfected what is good for our hair.  Look out for them and use them. Stay away from the fancy names and products that claim to be good for all hair types.  They have to be specific for your natural hair type.  Clear your bathroom.  You do not need the junk in there. They are not good for your hair. 

Mistake No. 7. Improper shampoo techniques – Working with Tangles.  Detangle your hair before you shampoo it.  If your hair is tangled and you start washing, it will get tighter and more difficult to comb.  Natural Afro hair requires specific shampoo techniques.  Tip is to group the hair into sections, wash them in the sections and follow the natural flow of the strands. Do not roughen the scalp and over manipulate the hair strands. Use the balls of your finger tips and do not dig into your scalp as it affects your follicles.  Over manipulation of the strands lead to tangled strands and it leads to breakage. Do not over wash as hair gets too clean and loses natural oils.

Mistake No. 8 – Your hair is your health – Not eating the right foods. Your hair is part of your body.  The mistake lots of people make is they think hair grows from outside of the body hence they spend so much money on buying products and hair extensions. They do not remember that hair grows from the cells in our follicles and it is this cells that push up to become the hair we see. Eating the right foods will help your hair to be healthy, strong and grow. Tips are eat less processed foods and stay more with organic, unrefined foods – protein as hair is protein, fruits and vegetable as they contain vitamins and nutrients.

Mistake No. 9 – Ignoring Deep Conditioning

Afro hair needs deep conditioning and hot oil treatment from time to time.  These treatments help to restructure, condition, soften and make our hair supple.  Use shampoos and conditioners made for dry and sometimes damaged hair as they help to restore moisture in our hair.  Use them to keep your hair soft and in good condition.

Mistake No.10 – Use of wrong styling Hot Tools –

Afro hair does not need heat to look beautiful. We have coily hair. Hot tools give straight strands and this again is from us imitating other hair types. Why do we need to straighten coily hair?  Stay away from blow dryers, straighteners, curling tongs, hot stove etc.  They apply too much heat on our hair and with continous use, our naturally dry hair gets drier and damaged leading to breakage.

Mistake No. 11 – Not Trimming our hair. Hair grows and gets damaged with continuous exposure to the weather – known as weathering.  This leads to dry tips which is caused by exposure of the cuticles to tearing causing the cortex to be exposed.  This exposure of the cortex is what is known as split ends.  If the cuticle has torn and exposed the cortex, this has to be trimmed off otherwise the tear travels down the strand of hair causing more damage and breakage to our hair. All hair goes through this process and Afro hair should not ignore this.  Tip is to trim your hair at least once in 3 months.  Be your own best judge. Watch and see how thin the hair gets and then trim off the dry scraggy part.

Mistake No.12 – Wrong hair Styling methods – Wrong hair styles is one of the worst mistakes natural hair make.  I have seen clients manipulate their hair with wrong hair styles which prove to be their biggest problems.  Tightly holding the hair edges in cornrows, plaits and weaves leads to hair damage. This gets worse when clients had previously applied relaxers in their hair and then go on to wear braids, Ghana cornrows and weaves. These styles cause so much damage when the hair is left with untrained stylist who do not understand our hair strands and its fragility.  Tip, is always work with trained stylist who understand the best hairstyles for your hair and want to encourage your hair’s growth. Also insist that your hairline is not held too tightly when wearing braids, weaves and extensions. Other protective hairstyles you can wear without damage include – two strand twist, bantu knots, natural braids, cornrows, flat twist, cornrow twist, coils, locs, afro puff.

Mistake No.13. Not protecting your natural hair.  Once you have achieve good length in your hair, you may want to wear it loose to show off to your friends.  Unfortunately, the Afro hair is not the best friend of too much wind especially during winter when there is no humidity in the atmosphere. For you to retain your length, you need to protect your hair especially the ends – where you notice dryness quicker because it rubs against your clothes, pillows etc. Keep them out of site and they will retain moisture better.  At night you also need to wear satin scarf, satin bonnet, or pillow case in order to retain the moisture in your hair.

 

Mistake No.14 – Wrong hair extensions.I am a big fan of hair extensions.  I believe if you wear natural Afro hair, you

Single plaits human hair extensions on natural hair

Single plaits human hair extensions on natural hair

may not have the instant length to manipulate into different styles overnight. It takes patience and time to achieve length. This is where the hair extensions come to help us.  I call it “fake it till you have it”. Not everyone will have long natural hair.  There are many factors to consider – genes, age, stress in our society, expensive healthy foods, ill health, medication etc. In the meantime, why look miserable, lack confidence and self believe if there is an option for you.  I get enquiries from people who work is professional offices wanting to fit in and not feel out of place because they are trying to grow back their natural hair which is taking time to settle down and give them the look they want. My solution is wearing glamorous healthy hair extensions. But remember, a good hair extensions must sit on a healthy base of natural hair. Do not use extensions to hide your hair damage. They also help to protect our natural hair when done with a competent well trained specialist like we do at World of Braiding & Extensions.

Our rule however, is that you wear only the best quality hair extensions. Get a detailed consultation that explains the best hairstyles for you and offers you not only glamour but healthy natural growing hair at the same time. We call it grow healthy natural hair glamour. We help you achieve glamour with natural healthy hair.  Tip is do not leave your braids for more than 3 months with occasional touch up of 4 – 6 weeks and weave extensions for more than 6 weeks with regular shampoo and maintenance.  When hair extensions last longer than these periods, it starts to loc up, break and cause damage. Stay away from tight hairstyles that are painful and cause you hairline damage.

Here’s to happy hair days.

 

If you have been affected by any of the issues mentioned in this article, book your free consultation today as we are available to answer your questions. Joy will directly consult with you. Our consultation is about Education, Information and Understanding.  It is very important you understand your natural hair and all the options open for you to work with. We make recommendations and suggestions on what is realistic, works for you and in your best interest.

ABOUT JOY PHIDO 

Joy Phido (SRH)

Natural Hair & Extensions Specialist, Consultant, Designer, Educator

Entrepreneur, Speaker, Business Coach/ Adviser, Mentor, Author

BSc Hons – Business Management, NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing,

City & Guilds Level 3 – Teaching, ILEX Level 2 – Legal Secretary

Diploma – Hair Weaving, Certificates in Natural Hair & Extensions,

Before going into hair business, Joy has had years of  various career experiences with varied organizations including Corporate Nigeria, Lagos city banking career, to Corporate England, London city telecomms career.  Joy’s mission is to design, grow and glamorise natural hair as well as help ordinary women gain financial freedom with employment or set up micro businesses.

Joy is available to speak at your next event.  Please call to book.

World of Braiding is World’s No 1 PROFESSIONALLY ACCREDITED NATURAL HAIR & EXTENSIONS ACADEMY.

Contact us:

Telephone:             01702 339 858     , Mobile:             07946 439 057

Email: info@worldofbraiding.com

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