Hair Care Education

Hair Health

Maintaining healthy hair is a matter of treating it like pure silk (and it never hurts to sleep on a satin pillowcase for total smoothness). Follow these tips for shampooing, blow drying and general care for ultra-healthy hair.

For healthy hair, shampoo every other day or even every third day with a cleanser that is specifically designed for your hair type or hair care need. Hair is fibrous, like cotton. If you wash a cotton T-shirt every day, it will fade and become dull. The same goes for your precious locks.

Prior to shampooing, while hair is still dry, brush hair from root to tip preferably with a natural bristle brush, stroke hair in all different directions paying special attention to the scalp. This stimulates hair growth, blood flow, and relieves flaking or itching.

After shampooing use a conditioner that is designed specifically for your hair type or hair care need. Apply a generous amount, or as needed, based on hair thickness. Leave the conditioner on for approximately 3-5 minutes and rinse out thoroughly using cool water (or at least cooler than what you used when washing your hair). The use of cool water to rinse hair will help seal the cuticle enhancing moisture retention and shine to your hair. If using a hair mask, leave the mask on for 10-12 minutes and follow the above noted process for rinsing.

When you emerge from the shower, don’t wrap your hair in a towel/turban for more than 5 minutes. The towel/turban will draw out moisture, opening your freshly conditioned/sealed hair cuticle, causing your hair to become frizzy and untamed. It is recommended to use a smooth surfaced absorbent towel instead of a terry cloth towel to pat hair dry.

Always comb your hair (don’t brush it) when wet. Add a leave in conditioner developed specifically for your hair type or hair care needs and use a wide tooth comb to help with detangling. Detangle hair gently starting from the ends first then move toward the roots, combing hair throughout. When tying hair up in a clean, upswept ponytail, ensure to always wear soft bands/hair ties without metal tags that won’t snag, pull, or break your hair.

Prior to blow drying your hair, apply three small drops (use less for short or thinner hair types) of leave in conditioner or treatment, like the Roots Nutra-Blend Hair Oil to keep the cuticle sealed. Rub the oil in the palms of your hands or spray directly onto hair approximately, 10-20 inches away from hair. If applying from palms, apply in a downward motion from mid-shaft to ends (do not apply it to your scalp). Apply two more small drops when the hair is almost dry or before using a flat iron. Finish with one more drop applied in a downward motion from mid-shaft to ends, to add shine when you’re finished blow drying.

If going for a more natural look; apply your favorite product or the product that is best designed for your hair type and just style and go!

What’s Your Hair Issue?

Transitioning Hair

So you’re going natural but you don’t want to do the BIG CHOP? To explain things in the easiest way, transitioning to natural hair is the process of growing out your natural texture before cutting off the chemically treated or damaged ends.

Do yourself a favor and don’t set a deadline to grow out those sad and damaged tresses. This process takes time so stressing yourself and your tresses out, won’t do either of you any good. A good time frame, until you see some real progress, is approximately 4-6 months. This of course depends on several factors such as; the amount of existing damage you already have, hair condition, how you treat your hair moving forward, and let’s not forget the dreaded genetics portion of things. Some hair has a growth threshold and unfortunately, due to genetics, you might not be able to grow it past this threshold. Some women may have to cut their ends more often to see their healthy, beautiful, naturally grown hair.

Review the steps below so you may travel your transitioning journey as simply and peacefully as possible:

  1. Find your favorite go-to transitioning hair style.

    The goal is to blend a few VERY different textures of hair into one. Try a bantu knot out or a natural girl’s favorite, the twist out.

  2. Detangle when hair is wet.

    Always detangle hair when it is wet, slippery and conditioned with a wide-toothed comb. Start at the ends and work your way up to the roots. A deep moisturization conditioner or hair mask, similar to the Dax Roots Hair Mayonnaise, is recommended for this procedure.

  3. Keep your scalp clean.

    You’ll have to do some experimenting, but cleanse your scalp anywhere from every 2 days to every 2 weeks. This is highly dependent on how much oil your scalp naturally produces and of course how much build up you have from products used to create your go-to transitioning hair style. Some recommended products for a bantu knot out, twist out or even a braid out would be the Dax Roots Olive Cream, Dax Roots Bergamot Butter, Dax Roots Jojoba Oil, Dax Bees-Wax, and the Dax Roots Nutra-Blend Hair Oil which works great as a finishing product to add shine and help nourish those dry, damaged tresses.

  4. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

    Dry hair breaks. Nothing beats water when it comes to moisturizing hair, but you can also add your favorite hair products on top to seal it in. Some recommended products include, but are not limited to, the Dax Roots products and the Classic Dax Conditioners.

  5. Deep conditioning is a necessity.

    Hair masks are a special treat! Naturally curly hair doesn’t always need protein, and normally a deep moisturization hair mask will do just fine. However, in the case where your hair is porous and does NEED protein, I would recommend a deep conditioning hair mask and conditioner such as the Dax Roots Hair Mayonnaise. Now keep in mind that if your hair is not porous, this conditioner might leave your hair hard since it has proteins in it but it will also provide a moisture boost as well.

  6. No More Heat, please…

    Try air drying all of your hair styles instead of using any heat tools to dry or style your hair. This will minimize breakage and further drying out of your tresses.

  7. Protect those edges.

    Stay away from transitioning styles that put too much tension on your temples and the nape of your neck since the hair there is usually finer, thinner and more delicate. Putting too much tension in these areas will cause your hair to break much easier!

  8. Find your gentle side.

    The fine line where your natural texture meets your straight hair is called the line of demarcation. This fine line is THE weakest part of your hair. Take your time when you detangle and style your hair. Being too rough and losing your patience will surely cause some very unwanted breakage.

  9. Cut processed ends a little bit at a time.

    This piece of the transitioning puzzle will depend greatly on the length you had to start with. Get a good trim each month or as frequently as you feel you might need one. After some time you will notice how your hair is looking and begin to see how often your hair needs to be trimmed. Please remind your hair stylist to use shears and not regular scissors!

These tips are designed to help you nourish your hair and guide you through your transitioning process, ultimately leaving you with your naturally curly hair. Good luck and congrats on your natural, transitioning journey. If you have any questions, we are here to help!

Dry Scalp

Build-up

To avoid build-up on hair, use daily products sparingly and shampoo at least once a week.

Hair Growth

To promote hair growth, use:

DAX Hair Do’s

The 50’s Look

For Hold – From Strongest to Lightest:

For Shine – From Most Shine to Least Shine:

The SPIKY look

Place desired amount of DAX product into hands and rub between palms until even. Apply to clean, damp or dry hair. Use fingers to part hair into sections and stretch hair up into spikes. Air-dry or blow-dry on low to create an intense spiked look.

Create WAVES

Place a liberal amount of DAX Wave & Groom between palms and apply to clean, damp or dry hair in the direction of the hair style. Cover hair with a stocking cap or scarf for a minimum of 30 minutes or overnight. Remove cap and brush hair in the direction of desired wave pattern. Best if used on short hair.

The SLEEK look

Placed desired amount of DAX product into hands and rub between palms until even. Apply to clean, damp or dry hair to slick and style hair. Use a comb or brush to smooth hair for an extra sleek look.

STRAIGHT hair

To press or flat-iron hair straight use:

LOCS or TWISTS

Create twists by either grabbing random sections of hair or by parting hair carefully in a pattern for a more precise look. Twist hair with DAX locs and twists products into 2-strand twist. Repeat this until all hair is twisted.

One way to create dreadlocks is by twisting hair as directed above and re-twisting the roots often using DAX locs and twist products. Depending on your hair texture and length, your hair will take 3-6 months to lock. The straighter and finer the hair, the longer it will take.

Freeform dreadlocks are formed by simply not combing your hair ever again.

 

Using DAX Wave and Groom

Remove DAX Waxes with Dax Removing shampoo and Restoring conditioner