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Hair steaming treatment video II

This is especially for really curly hair.

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Deep conditioning steam treatment video I

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Hair Steaming

In the previous post I mentioned about hair steaming and elasticity. In this post I will explain about hair steaming.

What is hair steaming?

Hair steaming is the process of conditioning the hair using steam. Using steam helps your favourite oils and conditioners penetrate the hair shaft and follicles more deeply, infusing your strands inside and out with moisture. Steaming stimulates the scalp by causing increased blood flow and circulation. It helps to loosen and relax the scalp.

What are the benefits of steaming?

Your natural hair can become healthy.  

It helps to stop split ends.

It repairs damaged hair.

Moisturizes and leaves hair soft.

Can help hair grow faster.

Where can I get  this done?

Either at a hair salon or at home. Hair salons here in England can charge as a little as £25.00 for steam treatment. It all depends where you live and where you go.

It can easily be done at home and you may find reasonable priced hair steamers online.

What hair types can a hair steamer be used for?

A hair steamer can be used on any hair type that needs additional moisture, hair that is falling out due to dryness or hair that is dry or crunchy feeling. It is also great for hair that is falling or breaking due to chemical abuse. It may take a few treatments to see results, especially if the hair is excessively dry.

What if I don’t have a steamer? Are there any alternatives?

Yes, you can apply your hair conditioner as usual and wrap hot towels around your head which should first be covered with either cling film or a plastic cap.

You can also use an upright standing hair dryer and you must cover the hair with cling film or a plastic cap to stop the heat from burning your scalp and to keep the moisture in.

There are a number of heat conditioning caps on the market that you can use as an alternative to a hair steamer.

 How to do do a steam treatment

  1. Wash the hair thoroughly with a shampoo for your particular hair type.
  2. Apply a protein conditioner to the entire hair and work it into the roots. Alternatively you can use warm natural oils such as olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil. Warm the oil in a glass heat proof bowl, above boiling water. Rub it into the hair and scalp.
  3. Dip a towel into very hot water, wring out the excess water and wrap it around your hair. Put on a plastic shower cap over the towel. Sit under a hooded or bonnet dryer for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Wash out the conditioner with cold water to close the hair follicle thus locking in the moisture. Repeat this process every two weeks or at least once a month.

 Videos on how to do home steaming treatments and alternative hair treatments will be shared on this blog so keep a look out.

 

You can do this treatment on your child’s hair too, especially if it’s damaged.

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Hair consultation I

Yesterday afternoon I took my friend’s 13 year old daughter to have a hair consultation. She is mixed with African and European heritage. It was not as straight forward as anticipated and we found ourselves going to 3 different places before finding a hair salon that had a hairstylist available to do a consultation and one that gave the advice we were looking for. We stumbled across Mahogany Hair and Beauty Centre just as we were about to call it day and they gave us helpful and informative advice, beyond what I expected. Just by looking at Jessica’s hair they already knew what had been done to it, what she’s used and the type of hair she has.

  • She had used chemicals on her hair (relaxer) which has damaged the ends.
  • The use of gels has caused the hair to be fairly dry at the top.
  • Her hair is coarse and coiled.

Advice given

  • Let the relaxer grow out completely and never relax the hair again because it damages it. She has very nice soft natural hair.
  • Steam hair fortnightly and condition hair regularly. Steaming the hair will bring back elasticity which usually is broken through relaxing hair. Elasticity is where you can stretch strands of hair without it breaking apart. It gives the hair body, bounce and curl formation. If you find strands of your hair falling when you brush or comb it it’s because your hair lacks elasticity. It needs treatment.
  • Plait hair every night before bed, even if it’s in two pig tails to keep it in tact and bring strength to the hair. Plaiting regularly is very good too.
  • Don’t use styling gels that have alcohol in them to slick the hair back because it makes the top edges of the hair dry. They gave us some sample alcohol free gels and moisturizing creams to try instead.
  • As she is growing, her hormones are changing and so will her hair.
  • Keep a hair journey/journal taking weekly or fortnightly pictures of the hair to see the progress and what changes are occurring.

I will be keeping you updated with Jessica’s hair and how the advice given is helping her hair return back to its natural state and be healthy again.

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After identifying hair type…What’s next?

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In the previous post it was explained to you the different types of hair a mixed race person can have and for you who checked it out, no doubt you ‘identified’ the hair type of your child.  So what do you do now?

Visit a hair salon and get a consultation. A hairstylist can take a good look at the hair and confirm the hair type and check if it’s damaged as well as what the hair is lacking e.g. moisture and how to take care of the hair. We recommend this rather than simply taking a guess or taking the word of a friend or family member who isn’t a qualified hairdresser. A hair consultation should not cost you anything (but ask the hair salon you visit first).

Points to bear in mind: The hair stylist should possess a sound knowledge and understanding of your child’s hair type. A question put forward to a prospective stylist by a client should be answered swiftly and concisely, and in a manner which you can fully understand.

Don’t let them get stuck into your child’s hair straight away and start treating it! You should have a full and thorough consultation before any service is carried out. This is imperative! You should not feel forced to have any treatment done on your child’s hair there and then. All you want is a consultation first!

The consultation should cover a wide range of subjects; health, previous treatments, allergies, lifestyle, etc. This is in order for the stylist to build a profile of the client which will enable the stylist to offer the correct hair service for the client.

Without a thorough consultation you could be heading for a disaster.

Overall you should expect a professional attitude, good advice and tips, good recommendations for products for your hair type and a hairdresser that listens to your needs.

If you are not satisfied with the advice given then by all means visit another hair salon. Ask friends, colleagues or family members if they know of any good hair salons, particularly ones they use themselves.

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Different hair types

Mixed race hair comes in all textures, curl types and conditions such as; tight curls lose curls, afro curls, ringlets, fine, coarse, dry and frizzy. Once you have identified the kind of hair your child has, you can start researching ways of dealing with it through regimes and hair care routines.

Straight to minimal wave
Straight to minimal wavy

Description: (often known as type 1)
Comes in a variety of textures from thin (fine) to thick (coarse).
Hair grows down from the scalp.
Typically has trouble keeping curls in especily if it’s coarse.
Tends to lack body or volume.
It is less prone to frizz.

Open wave
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Description: Open wave known as type 2a looks almost identical in appearance to type 1 but with barrel curls at the end.
It is defined by a loose big open wave.
It straightens easily using a warm temperature straightener or simply by brushing it straight.

Wavy / loose curls
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Description: Type 2B, Distinct S-shaped curls with uniform wave pattern.
More tight then open wave and can be brushed straight aswell.
Some body volume or end curl and is less prone to frizz.
However, damaged type 2 hair can lose its waves and can end up with a type 1 frizzy appearance.

Curly
Curly hair

Description: Curly (Type 3) ranges from a variety of curls from ringlets to loops; spirals to corkscrews. They are 3 different types of curly hair.

biracial-hair Description: Type 3A Well defined by a loopy “S”.
Springy, naturally big, loose and often very shiny.
Hair grows out straight or loosely wavy, and then makes big, full curls.
Can be straightened easily.

0000womanhair1lt8 Description: Type 3B Well-defined, springy, bountiful curls that range from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews.
Hair grows out with a tight wave and curls at the ends
Can be straightened but not so easily as type 3A.
Generally isn’t particularly shiny and its texture can be quite coarse.
Use gels and creams to reduce frizz and add definition.

very curly Description: 3C Very curly: defined S curls shapes forming into coils.
Curls can look either kinky or very tightly curled.
Type 3c hair maintains its curliness when wet and maintains a tight curl when dry.
Voluminous with strands packed together.
The very tight curls are usually fine in texture.
Blow drying hair straight is a challenge and not as easy as type 3A and 3B but can be done.

Coiled
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Type 4: Often referred to as kinky hair.
Can be thin, thick or a combination of both.
Has some volume. Likely to be compact and less movement than curly hair.
Some frizz and easily tangled.
Can be easily damaged by excessive combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening.

There are two types of coiled hair

4a-hair Description: 4A Tightest curl, forming a tight coil. Much tighter than 3c hair .
Characterized as a skinny, thin curl.
When short, it looks undefined, but curls when wet.

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Description: 4B Has cotton like feel and considered to have a Z pattern as the coil is so tight, there is no definition.
Curls directly from scalp
It does not curl naturally in wet nor dry state.
Very fragile and must take great care when working with it.
Texture ranges from fine; thin to wiry; coarse with lots strands densely packed together.
Hair often shrinks up to 75% of the actual hair length.

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Welcome to Beautifully Mixed

This blog was created for the purpose of giving you guidelines of how to manage your child’s hair and all issues related to mixed race children.

Many parents of mixed race children struggle when it comes to looking after their children’s hair. Some parents end up using products that are too strong for the hair and wash it everyday which can cause damage. Some use products that leave their child’s hair brittle and dry, while others don’t use anything at all!

Mixed race hair comes in all textures, curl types and conditions such as; tight curls lose curls, afro curls, ringlets, fine, coarse, dry and frizzy. Once you have identified the kind of hair your child has, you can start researching ways of dealing with it through regimes and hair care routines.

On this site we will help you have an idea of the type of hair your child has and how to manage it in the best way possible. There will be a product recommendation section; how to treat and style your child’s hair section, as well as a section on important do’s and don’ts.

Also coming soon to the blog will be a video blog, expert and personal advice from mixed raced people themselves as well from parents of mixed race children so do keep a look out for more.