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Less is more when it comes to styling products

July 19, 2013 -- Urban Salon Finder

Unfortunately, the perfect amount of styling product that works best in your hair can only be determined through trial and error.  When trying a new product, first apply a dime-sized amount to a section of hair and then observe.  If it looks good, then continue applying the same amount to each section of your hair until complete.  If you haven't achieved the desired effect, try increasing to a nickel-sized amount and apply to another section of hair.  Compare results.  If you still aren't satisfied, try increasing to a quarter-sized amount and then compare results.  At this point, if it still isn't working, then maybe it isn't the right product for you.  Sometimes, in cases of frizz or lack of shine, the problem is best corrected with proper cleansing and conditioning, not by over-applying a styling gel, pomade, serum, oil, or etc.  Remember to always keep your expectations realistic when it comes to styling products and know that less is more.

Only oil or grease your scalp as needed

August 02, 2012 -- Urban Salon Finder

A healthy and clean scalp naturally secretes oils for lubrication, so there is no need to grease or apply oil every day.  Sometimes different factors, such as extreme weather conditions, can cause the scalp to feel dry, so you may need to use a product.  Oil is great for relieving dry and itchy scalp--just apply a few drops to your fingertips and gently massage onto the affected area.  The days of applying pomade directly to your freshly washed scalp as a routine are long and gone--only oil or grease your scalp as needed.

Two options for moisturizing and sealing natural hair between washings

February 06, 2013 -- Urban Salon Finder

There are so many different ways to moisturize natural hair that one can get confused about which regimen to choose.  Unfortunately there is no exact answer, and the only way to find what works best for your hair type is by trial and error.  One option is to apply about a nickel-sized amount of a light lotion or cream leave-in conditioner.  These are usually labeled "daily conditioner" and list water as the first ingredient.  You could then seal your hair with a nickel-sized amount of grapeseed, almond, or jojoba oil--all which are very effective.  Another option is to mix 1 tablespoon of the conditioner with 1 pint of distilled water and put it in a spray bottle.  Spritz your hair to moisturize and then seal with the oil of your choice.  Remember to concentrate mostly on your ends and to wash your hair frequently to avoid product buildup.