There are a number of questions that people ask me over and over again, and so I've started this FAQ page to try and address the most common ones. If you don't see the answer to your question here, please feel free to email me
General Hair Questions
What’s your hairtype?
I've looked at the hair-types charts, and none of them really describe my hair accurately... It was a mix of curly and wavy when I was little, but since I've relaxed it it's more of a wavy texture now. here are a couple pics of my hair without any products - soaking wet on the left, and air-dried on the right:
How often do you wash your hair?
Typically, I wash my hair 1-3 times a week. Most weeks it's twice, but if I have an event to go to, I may wash it again.
How long does it take to blowdry your hair?
If my hair has recently been relaxed, it can take an hour. If it hasn't, then it can take 2-2.5 hours.
How often do you use heat?
Generally, every time I wash my hair, I blowdry and straighten it. I also (rarely) use my straightener in between blowouts, on a lower setting.
How often do you get your hair cut?
What’s your night regimen?
I really don't have one... I don't wrap my hair or put anything special in it... Sometimes I put it up in a ponytail or bun so it's out of my face, but they usually fall out while I sleep anyway.
My hair is dry, what can I do?
This may seem obvious, but moisturize! Some women use oils, creams, on a regular basis to "seal" their hair. I don't do that, because I hate having hair that's greasy, stringy, oily... you get my drift. Instead, I use super-moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, and leave-ins only when I wash/blowdry my hair. åMy absolute favorites are:
- Conditioner: Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner | Body Shop's Banana Conditioner | It's a 10 Miracle Hair Mask
- Shampoo: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Creamy Shampoo | Aussie Moist Shampoo | Body Shop's Banana Shampoo | It's a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo
- Leave-in Moisturizers: Moroccan Oil Treatment | Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Spray | Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector Balm
What kind of results can I expect?
See this post
My hair is [insert length] long, will these curlformers work for me?
A good rule of thumb to follow when trying to figure out which length curlformers to buy is this: The Long length is for shoulder-length hair and shorter. The Extra Long length is for hair longer than shoulder length. When in doubt, go longer... it won't make any difference.
Will curlformers work on my hair?
If you were to wash your hair, then braid it or put it up into a bun and let it dry, would your hair retain the waves/curls? Curlformers do basically the same thing, by holding your hair in the curl shape while it dries. If you answered "yes" to the above question, then yes, curlformers will work for you! "Wet-set" curls like these tend to last longer for me than ones created with a curling iron or straightener. The only exception are Caruso Steam Rollers
Can I use a dryer with curlformers?
According to the Curlformers website, you can sit under a hooded dryer to help speed up the drying process. Just make sure to let them cool down completely before taking them out to let the curl set.
How long does it take to put the curlformers in?
It takes me about 45 minutes to do my whole head, including blowdrying my roots first... Just enough time to watch an episode of Gossip Girl =)
How many do you need to do your whole head?
About 36 of the extra wide/long ones is enough for my whole head.
Why are the curlformers 2 different colors?
To signify that they curl in different directions. One color curls left, and the other curls right.
They're so expensive! Is there a cheaper version?
They're SO UNCOMFORTABLE to sleep on! Is there a more comfortable alternative?
I'm not black - can I still relax my hair?
Of course. If your hair dries straight or wavy, I don't recommend that you try relaxing first... look into other options first. And always, ALWAYS test new chemicals on a small section of hair (preferably from the back of your head).
Can you put relaxer all over your hair?
You can if you have what's called "virgin" hair. Virgin hair is hair that has never been relaxed before. This can mean your whole head if you've (1) never gotten a relaxer before in your life, or (2) if you have gotten a relaxer before, but you grew out or cut off all of the relaxed hair. New growth is also considered virgin, and needs to be touched-up to match the texture of the rest of your relaxed hair - I demonstrated this here.
Can I relax my hair and not have it stick straight?
Sure. You can use a mild strength relaxer, or look into trying a texturizer. STRAND TEST FIRST!
Do you worry about thinning edges since you start relaxing at the front?
I don't because I'm careful not to overprocess my hair, no matter where it is on my head. Overprocessing (leaving the relaxer on for too long) can lead to hair damage, distress, breakage, and loss.
How often do you relax?
How do you style after relaxing?
Have you ever/can you color relaxed hair?
My sister got highlights 6 weeks after relaxing her hair, and they all broke off.. Some major damage was done to her hair, and she ended up having to cut it off - see that post here.
Are you mixed?
There are a whole bunch of ethnicities represented in my family tree, but it's nothing so simple as "My mom is white and my dad is Black". I have Spanish, French, Cherokee, White, Black, and Bahamian blood running through my veins, and those are just the ones I know about!
See this post
My hair is damaged/not growing, what can I do?
Reconsider the products that you use. I used to used the ORS Hair lotion while blowdrying, and I thought it was doing a great job of moisturizing my hair... until I tried Moroccan Oil. Your hair may be having moisture problems even though it feels fine, but breakage is a clear sign that all is not well. Why don't you try some new products for a month, and see how that works? I'd recommend Garnier Fructis' Triple Nutrition Shampoo, Conditioner, 3 Minute Miracle and Nutrient Spray (when blowdrying). The absolute best conditioner I've found is Moroccan Oil's Moisture Repair conditioner, and I use the Moroccan Oil oil while blowdrying (along with the nutrient spray). The 3 minute miracle is a deeeeeeeep conditioner, and is perfect if your hair needs a serious moisture infusion... Try slathering it on (dry or damp hair), wrap your head in a plastic shower cap, press n'seal, or cling wrap, and sleep on it. I'd also recommend that if your (or stylist's) straightener allows temp adjustment, take the heat down a step or two... I know that my stylist's straightener is always set way higher than mine ever is at home. Just use enough heat to get the results you want, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised that the current level isn't entirely necessary. Get regular cuts, but if you're growing out a hackjob, just let it grow for a year... seriously. I got a TERRIBLE cut a few years ago, and went cold turkey (haircut-wise) for a full year before getting it cut again (see my hair journey post). My hair grew very long, and my (new) stylist was able to cut out a great cut from my overgrown layers. I definitely had split ends etc during that growing period, but it was worth the wait, because the cut I got at the end was perfect... everything I wanted it to be. If you aren't satisfied with your stylist, stop the next girl on the street you see with a hair type similar to yours, and a great cut. Ask her where she goes, then go there for a consultation. That's what I did, and I've never looked back. Finally, about stimulating growth... you can try supplements. There's different ones you can take that people say made their hair grow faster and thicker. Search amazon.com and check out some reviews. I personally have never tried any of them before. I've also heard women have had good results with Castor Oil, but I haven't really looked into that either.
What’s your nutrition/diet for hair growth?
Sorry to say that I don't have one... I'm an addict for carbs, and I don't think that helps anything except my butt lol. I do drink a lot of water though.
Who besides you does your hair?
See this post