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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Surprising Dos And Donts after taking out your braids

Surprising Dos and Don’ts after Taking Braids Out
Hair care after taking braids out is a bit more complex than simply not perming. Many women with natural hair think they’ve done all they need to through their decision to forego the chemicals, but there’s much more to know. It also isn’t all about picking the right products for your hair. Read on to learn the dos and don’ts for hair care after removing braids.
Skip Shampoo after Taking Down Your Braids
Shampooing is usually the first step many take after getting all those braids unraveled, but they might be doing more harm than good. After having your hair up in braids for a month or more, it’s normal to crave giving the hair a good washing. However, first make sure the hair has been properly detangled. Immediately washing the hair can cause matting, which can lead to brakeage.
Use a Moisturizing Detangler
If your hair has been up for quite some time, you’ll most likely see plenty of residue in the hair where each braid began. While some of this can be avoided using the right braid care products while the braids are up, there will always be at least a bit of this found on hair that’s been up in braids for a while. This residue can make detangling difficult. Protect the hair and make the detangling process easier by using a light spritz of water and some coconut or olive oil.
Use Multiple Combs
Many women complain about it taking hours to comb out their hair after taking down braids. One of the problems is the combs they use for the job and when they use them. First start loosening larger tangles with your fingers, then follow with a large shampoo comb. Each time you get the hair to where the comb runs through it smoothly, change to a comb with smaller teeth until you can comfortably pull a medium tooth comb through the hair.
Use the Right Shampoo
After all of that work detangling, the last thing you want is to use a shampoo that dries out your hair, getting it all tangled up again. The importance of choosing the best shampoo for your hair type can’t be stressed enough. If you don’t know which shampoo will be best, learn how to read product labels and understand which ingredients are helpful and which should be avoided. You can always contact a professional hair stylist you trust for help.
Don’t Rush the Deep Conditioning
It takes time to take the braids out and then detangle the hair, but the post-braid deep conditioning treatment is not something to rush through. Many worry about over-conditioning their hair, but the real problem is in over-moisturizing. A good deep conditioning treatment for natural hair can be done in thirty minutes, but no less.
Braids have almost become the standard for women who want to grow their own natural hair and skip the harmful chemicals. But what many don’t realize is that improper carecan cause just as much damage. When you wear braids, the growth of your hair depends heavily on how you care for your hair after taking braids out.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Is Your Shampoo Too Drying?

Our hair can get pretty dry, especially during the colder, drier months. One thing you can do combat dry hair is to examine the way you wash your hair. 

Are you are using a shampoo that has ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate. Sulfates are harsh detergents that can dry out your hair and scalp. 

What should you use instead? Use a shampoo with milder ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate TEA lauryl or laureth sulfates or one that says "sulfate free". If you have very dry hair or naturally curly hair, try using a cleansing conditioner or moisturizing shampoo (check the label to make sure there are no harsh sulfates). 

When you wash, spread the cleanser over your fingers and massage it into your scalp. Unless you have heavy product buildup in your hair, you don't need to worry about getting the cleanser through your hair. If you do have product buildup smooth any left over cleanser through the length of your hair carefully working out the buildup. Don't rub or scrub, as this will damage and dry out your hair. Hair breaks and splits easily, so be gentle with it to minimize breakage and dryness.

Make you rinse well by parting the hair all over and letting the water run over your scalp as you massage away any buildup.

Have you made the switch to a sulfate free shampoo or a cleansing conditioner? Did you notice less dryness? Did scalp dryness and irritation disappear? Leave a comment and let us know. Try a new cleanser today and let us know how it worked for you! 

(source: http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/beauty-tips-products/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-shampoo-109166)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Which Style Are You?

What are your favorite styles? Braids, twists, micros, natural styles? Are you looking for a new go-to style for the fall? Maybe you have an idea of the look you want but you're not sure which style to go with. Whatever you're after, there's a style for you! Here are some fun style profiles that could help you decide which is the right one for you.

Box braids : : 

Trendy, low maintenance style with some styling variety. Big buns and variety of other styles can be created with box braids. They can be at a more manageable below the shoulder length or a longer celebrity style waist length.

Mini Senegalese twists : :

Chic look with more styling variety. Buns, ponytails, half up styles and more can be achieved with this style

Kinky twists : :

Versatile look that can be either cute and playful or pretty and sassy. This style looks most chic around shoulder length with smartly coiled ends.

Natural styles : :

All-natural beautiful look with lots of choices from twists, cornrows and comb coils, to natural braids and locs. Natural hair care can become more low maintenance with these styles.

Tree Braids : :

Can totally change up your style with a fresh new look. Tree Braids can give the look of having hair out and down while covering and protecting your own hair. There can be lots of styling variety, about as much as you would have with your hair out. This style can give you even more styling variety by adding more length and fullness. You can achieve a look that is cool and sophisticated, fun and sassy, sleek and straight, or curly and wavy with lots of volume.

Be sure to gently cleanse, condition and moisturize your scalp and roots with every style.

The best thing about your hair is that its yours and you can always change it up to suite your taste!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Before You Braid

box braids

Ready to set up an appointment? 

Great! Doing braided styles and weaves is a great way to protect and grow your own hair. But before going to your appointment, it is important to make sure your hair is in great shape for us to work with. If your hair is properly prepared, you can avoid breakage and dryness that can keep you from retaining the length and health of your hair.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Our New Apps

Download our new apps to easily connect with you right from your phone. As part of our ongoing effort to better assist you in learning more about Natural Hair Care trends, we are releasing our app through Google Play and Amazon Market. Feel free to follow the ling to install them at convenience. Having said that, our Native Website (mobile website) will also work fine with other devices such as Ipad/Iphone, Win Phone, and Black Berry.

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About Nubian Chic

Natural hair care salon created to provide the best in natural hair styling. We are natural hair professionals that truly care about your hair. Conveniently located on W Parmer lane in Austin Texas, Nubian chic commits to providing you with unique chemical-free services in a friendly and welcoming environment.

If you are looking for a natural hair and braid salon, look no further. We are the best at what we do. We strive to provide impeccable customer service while guaranteeing sophisticated and creative natural hairstyling. We believe that by maintaining a close relationship with our clients, we can achieve that goal. We understand that just as each client is different, so their needs are different, so we consult with you first to determine what works best for your hair.

Come see us for a free consultation. It is with great pleasure that we welcome you into our NubianChic world. We look forward to serving you. Let us nurture your natural hair!

Protecting your hairline while wearing braids

The most common complaint about braids is the belief that it causes receding hairline and traction alopecia. The only reason why people who wear braids lose their hairline is because they do not know how how to care for their hairline while in braids. Braids are 'low-maintenance', and not 'no-maintenance' and the hairline, as the most fragile part of the hair definitely needs some tender loving care.

I am someone who has worn braids 80% of the time for the past 15 years, and I still have my hairline intact, and I would like to share some tips on how I maintain a healthy hairline while wearing braids.

1. Do a hot oil/deep conditioning treatment to your hair before installing braids. This gives your edges the extra strength it needs to withstand the tension of installing the braids.

2. Never let your braids be put in too tightly. Tight braids does not mean your hair will last longer, as some people may think. it only puts stress on the root of your hair, and causes hair loss. Also, your stylist does not have to braid every strand of your edges. Leave out tiny wisp of hair and brush it down with a boar bristle brush.

3. Give your edges a break from braids. If possible allow one week after taking out your braids to allow room for your hair to rest before putting your braids back in. change your braid style every so often to switch tension in a new direction. Consider alternating individual braids with cornrows, tree braids, goddess braids and other styles that put less stress on the hair.

4. Get a touchup around your edges every 4 to 6 weeks. This is one of the most single important thing to do to your hair while in braids to preserve your hairline. As the new growth appears, the weight if the bulk hair around your hairline tends to weigh on the new growth causing breakage, so touching up your line helps eliminate that problem . Avoid long braids as it is too heavy for your edges, If you must wear long braids, consider having a part on your braids, and leaving out some of your side edges..

5. Avoid wearing your braids in tight ponytail. Wear your braids in loose ponytail toward the back of your head. Do not sleep with your hair in ponytail.

6. Keep your hairline moisturized and oiled. personally I used Tropical isle living red pimento growth oil on my edges every morning to further strengthen my hairline.