Shelly's Tips for Healthier, Longer Hair
1. Invest in a very wide tooth, high quality rubber or "bone" resin seamless comb, and a 100% boar bristle brush. Seams in poor quality plastic combs can catch and damage your hair. Hairsense makes the very best resin bone comb
2. Avoid brushing your hair from root to tip. Use your boar bristle brush to smooth hair only. Take this comb and brush with you for your stylist to use at the salon. I use my Denman brush to stimulate my scalp and encourage growth, twice daily for 30 seconds. I run the brush vigorously, through to the scalp, over my edges, the sides and top of my head to the nape, as though I am smoothing my hair. The Denman can also be used to detangle wet and conditioner soaked hair using the technique mentioned in #6. In this case, brushing won't result in broken or damaged hair.
3. Keep your hair hydrated daily with Shelly's Hair Drink, a lightweight, ultra-hydrating moisturizer, followed by Shelly's Hair Balm. Pay special attention to your ends, as this is where most damage and breakage occurs. Because it curls and coils, our hair is more fragile and prone to breakage, and due to these beautiful kinks and curls, scalp oils also do not travel easily down the hair shaft. Shelly's Nourish Hair Drink and Hair Balm are a very effective moisturizer and oil treatment for relaxed hair, dry, breaking, color treated and heat treated natural hair.
4. Use a moisturizing shampoo and a moisturizing deep conditioner, every time you wash your hair. Supplement occasionally with a protein conditioner followed by your moisturizing deep conditioner. Follow with your favorite leave in conditioner, mixed with a bit of my balm for extra nourishment.
5. Towel dry your hair by gently blotting it with a soft, smooth cotton towel. I prefer a smooth dish towel rather than a terry cloth towel. Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously when towel drying.
6. Make sure that your hair is completely saturated with conditioner before detangling with your wide tooth comb or Denman brush. Moisturizing conditioners with a lot of "slip" work best for me. Part your hair in four or more sections. Slowly detangle your hair in smaller sections, according to the thickess and length of your hair. Thicker hair requires more sections. Take your time. Work through the tangles gently from the bottom up, holding the section firmly and moving your hand up the section as you go. Holding each section prevents putting strain on the hair. Do not tug. Use small, gentle strokes to coax the tangles down and out. Finer hair sometimes detangles better by combing from the scalp downwards. Use the same technique and move your hand downwards as you go. Air dry, blow dry or roller set as preferred.
7. When blow drying or flat ironing, use the lowest temperature setting possible to get the result you want and to prevent damage. ALWAYS select a flat iron with precise temperature controls, not just low, medium and high. Select a blow dryer with a low, medium, high and cool setting. This can make a huge difference in the health of your hair. Healthy hair begins to burn at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. Afro-textured, relaxed, permed and color treated hair need an even lower temperature to avoid permanent damage. I blow dry on a medium setting. I never flat iron my hair above 360 degrees. Always use a high quality heat protector.