Are you walking in your purpose?

For some it’s what you’ve always felt or gravitated towards. For others, you may have not paid enough attention to it. Or, you have allowed life to blind you from it. Whatever the case, we were all made with a purpose.

By knowing what purpose is and what it is not, will allow you to begin to live a purposeful life. Get your pen and paper as I help you begin your journey to greatness.
Purpose is:

1-what comes easy

2-a gift or talent

3-soul fulfilling 

4-your contribution to society

5-your definition to success
What purpose is not:

1- what someone else thinks you should be doing

2-chasing money

3-acquisitions 
I hope these key points help to open your heart and mind so that you become the person you are destined to be. 

I will be sharing what I think is my purpose and how I am beginning to walk in it. Comment below and let me know if and how you are walking in your purpose. 

Share your story, as it may inspire someone else to walk in their purpose.

What is it???

As you’ve read our previous blog post (If you haven’t, please do. We discuss some very insightful haircare basics) we want you to know the basics about your hair texture and how to efficiently care for it.  Relaxers are an option many women today struggle. At Mane Results Salon, we welcome natural and relaxed hair guests. We are here to guide you while offering you the best haircare advice. 

When it comes to haircare options, there’s no “one size fits all”. With that being said, relaxers aren’t for everyone or every hair texture. 

But if you do wear relaxers or are contemplating if you should, there are some things we think you should know about the nature of them.
So what is the main component in a relaxer?

Most store brought relaxers contain calcium hydroxide which is the chemical that relaxes the hair. 

This chemical is not preferred by most salon professionals. It creates a calcium buildup on the hair and does not seal the cuticle well. Calcium makes our bones hard so what affect do you think it’ll have on your hair? Exactly, you’re left with hard dry brittle hair. 

Because the cuticle is never fully sealed, there’s the risk of over-processing the hair. By the time you relax it again, the previously relaxed hair is usually bushy. So what do you do? Although the chemical won’t relax the cuticle any further, you apply the relaxer to the previously relaxed hair. This becomes a repeated cycle. Then you wonder why your hair is dry and brittle prior to breaking.

Now this is not to say this is the case with all hair types that receive these type of calcium based relaxers. I have seen cases over the years of women that have used calcium based relaxers and their hair is fine. But I will admit it’s been very few.  

Most of us as salon professionals opt for sodium hydroxide based relaxers.  We tend to have more flexibility with how far to straighten the hair.  Straighter isn’t always better. But that’ll come with a later blog.
Sodium hydroxide relaxers will seal the cuticle causing the hair to remain in a longer lasting relaxed state. Because there isn’t any calcium in the product, the hair isn’t left hard, and the texture is softened.
So what does a relaxer really do?

Simply put it rearranges bonds within the cuticle. This causes the hair to be repositioned into a straighter state. 

I like to use my phone cord analogy. You know the old school spiral phone cords. If you were born after the 90’s you’re probably not aware there was a thing called a land line. All others clearly know I’m talking about, lol. 

Anyhow, when the phone receiver is on the phone base, this represents your hair in its natural state without any relaxer. When the phone is answered (or the receiver is stretched away from the phone base) represents the hair’s natural texture and it’s elasticity.  When relaxer is applied, it causes the elasticity to be broken down.

The further the cord is stretched away from the phone base, the straighter the cord becomes. The longer the relaxer is left on the hair, the more the elasticity is broken down causing the hair to become straighter.  

If the phone cord becomes stretched away from the phone base too much, it will eventually break. If the relaxer if left on the hair too long, the hair will begin to break.
Contrary to most women’s belief, relaxers aren’t meant to straighten the hair. They are simply meant to assist with manageability.

If you feel like your hair is damaged due to improper relaxing, the relaxer itself, or if you’re considering getting a relaxer, please visit your local salon.  
Self diagnosing is never encouraged.
Seek professional counsel.

Your hair will thank you in the long run.

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Natural Hair?

Why did you opt to go natural?

– For healthier hair? 

-To get away from chemicals? 

-For more growth retention? 

-Because of the trend? 

Whatever the case, you’re natural and preserving that texture is what I assume you desire.


So why are you straightening your hair?
Straightening it to check for length or for a trim is acceptable. However, a blow dry can assist with either of these needs. But to straighten it for the sake of wanting SILKIER hair is not ideal. You run the risk of heat damage. Heat damage can do what a relaxer does-permanently straighten your hair.
If you are natural and visit a salon with a request to be straightened, be aware that your natural curl may be compromised.  If you visit a salon, any salon, make sure you disclose to the stylist that you wish to preserve your natural texture.

After you’ve left the salon, it is only a matter of time before your hair starts to revert back to its natural state. Some textures revert back sooner than others.  This is not the salons fault.  The salon is not liable for how long your hair remains straightened.  Your texture determines that, and also how much product, which product, and how much heat was applied.If your hair is very curly or kinky, it will not stay straight for a long period of time. Finer or loose curled textures will retain a flat iron longer. You have to be realistic and understand that you cannot expect long lasting straight silky smooth hair without the POSSIBILITY  of heat damage.

This is not to say this happens to all naturals. Don’t be frightened about the possibility.  Medicines have side affects that MAY happen, death being one of them, but they rarely do.  The chances of you incurring heat damage is very rare, but you must be aware it’s a risk you take when you opt to straighten your hair.

If you are natural you chose to be natural for a reason and more than likely it was to protect your hair from chemicals, to eliminate heat damage, or to simply prevent daily manipulation rituals. 
Enjoy being natural. 

Beware of heat. 

When you feel the urge to have a straighter look, opt for extensions. 

Your hair will thank you in the long run……

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Hello beautiful….

 

Mane Results Salon would like to welcome and invite you to join us as we embark on our new blogging journey as we inspire the TOTAL woman!

As women we face so many issues that affect how we feel. Our mental, spiritual, and physical being all relate to our overall well being. We want to keep you encouraged to LOOK and FEEL your optimal best.

Being in an industry where we are connected with so many different women on a daily basis, we’ve listened to many concerns.  From hair to relationships, are you aware women utilize salons as theirtherapeutic  social powerhouses? Besides pampering, women visit salons to socialize  and engage with other women.  We want to offer you a positive way of connecting outside of the salon.

Along with our own knowledge, we will have guest blog appearances from our network of salon guest and friends.

Invite a friend and tell someone to Subscribe so they may follow along as well.  We are sure our discussions will enhance your body/mind/spirit, transforming you into the TOTAL woman.

 

The END all, tell all….

How old are your ends?

A pixie wearer may have 6 month old hair ends, that are well in tact and blunt.  While someone with mid back length hair  has 3-year-old ends that are a little more parched and distressed. 3 years might not seem like a long time,  but with manual manipulation and the forces of mother nature,  that can bring about much unwanted end trauma.  We’ve listed some key points to help you assist and nurture those ends so they are well maintained.

1-Manipulation

Combing, brushing, relaxers, perms, color, swimming, wind, the sun,  towel drying, your cotton pillow: all of these are things that can affect your hairs ends drying them out causing them to split and or break.   Some of them are self-inflicted and some are simply acts of God.  Whichever they may be,  you can and should protect your hair from such.

2-Conditioning

As the hair grows longer the ends become older.  And just like anything else old, they become fragile and require more tlc than the hair closer to the root.  With that being said, conditioning efforts should always be concentrated on the ends. Deep conditioners, whether natural or chemically straightened, either protein or moisture related will aid in stronger ends resulting in hair growth retention.

3-Heat

Heat is not your hairs friend if health and length retention are your goals. Here are a list of key things to remember if you must apply heat to your hair:

-Less is more.

-ALWAYS use a heat protectant.

-Only use electric tools with an adjustable dial and one that maintains its temperature.  If you are suffering from heat related hair breakage in a particular area, it’s probably due to where you start.  Some heat tools are really hot if they sit or prior to use. Usually where you begin, if its alway in the same area, houses the most breakage.

-The finer the hair the lower the temperature.

– Color treated hair and chemically treated hair should refrain from heat unless it’s from a professional.  Learn to opt for other hairstyles in between salon visits so you don’t become accustom to using heat.

-Always start out with a low setting, about 250* and increase as needed for smoothness

– Freshly washed hair is really the only time you should apply heat.  Otherwise, you’re simply singing all of the elements from the air and dirt into the hairs cuticle layers.

-When all else fails and you still incur  damage, there’s nothing left to do but to trim your hair.

 

4- Trimming

If the ends of your hair are see thru, let them go!  Your hair won’t stand a chance at staying hydrated nor holding those lustrous curl.  A nice, blunt, sealed end allows the hair to retain its’ moisture, and curls.  The more manipulation, chemicals, and heat you expose your tresses to, the more often you will need to plan a date with your frien-emy, the scissors.

 

We hope we’ve addressed some of your hair concerns as to why your ends are in a continuous bad state.

Healthy ends mean healthier hair resulting in a longer hair. 

Feel free to leave your comment or questions below.