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Patrick Wellington, veteran hair stylist and founder of Wellington Hair Salon, has one simple objective for all his clients – hair that glows with inner health. Formerly a senior stylist at the world renowned John Atchison Hair Salon, Patrick Wellington has over 20 years of exceptional experience styling celebrities, executives, and exclusive clientele who demand the very best in cutting edge hair styling and hair care.

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How To Measure Hair Growth

meauring hair growthIf you have natural hair, you’re probably looking forward to those moments when you can quantify how long your hair is growing!

But first a few facts about hair growth to keep in mind!

  • Most people grown an average of ½ inch of hair a month. That’s about 6 inches a year!
  • Everyone needs trims, even the person with the healthiest and longest head of hair.
  • If you don’t trim, your split ends could damage your hair and lead to breakage.
  • Occasionally, your hair will experience a “growth spurt” but don’t think that means your hair will grow at that rate for the remainder of the year.

There’s nothing wrong with setting hair growth goals for yourself, just make sure those goals are realistic! You’ll need to be gentle, stay moisturized, and stock up on patience! Now, either you’re just starting our you’ve noticed a bit of growth in your hair. Let’s get to how you accurately measure the results.

What You Will Need:

  • a tape measure
  • a spray bottle of pH balance water (ex: Fiji)
  • A comb

Start by separating your hair into 6 sections. Spray and detangle each section with the pH balance water and veggie glycerin (?). Hold your measuring tape to your scalp and slide the tape down the cuticle of the hair, gently straightening the hair straight to get maximum length. Repeat and firmly hold with your fingertip to mark growth down to the nearest quarter inch.

Tip: If you don’t have a tape measure, use a piece of string to measure your hair. Place the string where you’d place the tape measure, making sure to notice where your measurements are. Then take that string and compare it to a ruler.

Write down the results in your healthy hair journal! If you’re looking for a great place to start, measuring your hair every 30 days or once a month will yield fairly accurate results! Don’t forget to take pictures along the way to get a visual of the progress.

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Alopecia Areata – How Your Stylist Can Help

alopecia areataA surprisingly common disease, alopecia areata typically happens in individuals in their twenties. Characterized by balding spots on the scalp due to hair loss, this form of alopecia has no know cure other than time itself. If you’re suffering from such a circumstance, having a knowledgeable stylish on your team can help you endure!

First Point of Contact

While your hair stylist typically isn’t a licensed dermatologist, often times they are the first person to notice something different about your hair! Typically, the hair loss doesn’t happen right away but rather occurs over several months. A stylist that is familiar with your hair will be able to tell if there is significant thinning or a change in texture.

Camouflage Agents

Scalp camouflaging agents reduce the color contrast between an individual’s current hair color and the color of the scalp and produce a less visible scalp and an overall perception of increased hair density. Fortunately, there are many different options on the market from spray fibers to powder cakes to hair extensions as far as camouflage agents go.

Creative & Trendy Styles

If you’re experiencing the patchiness that comes with alopecia areata, something as simple as a creative hair style can camouflage the hair loss areas. Typically, going for a shorter style will actually help because the shorter hairs have more lift and facilitate camouflage. You could also try parting your hair in a different way or experiment with bangs!

Complete Coverage

The most popular styling option is wearing wigs to completely cover your hair with synthetic or human hair wig.

Otherwise, you could start investing in a few cute hats, scarves and wraps. For example, a trendy way to cover your hair is to wrap a scarf around your head in a trendy, top knot turban. Get creative and you’d be surprised how many different and stylish ways you can rock your current do!

If you’re suffering from alopecia, there are many internet support groups that you can join to help ease the emotional pain caused by hair loss. Organizations such as the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and The American Hair Loss Council support these issues through research into the disease as well as emotional support groups.

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5 Inspirational Natural Hair Journeys

natural hair journeyIf you’re on the fence about going natural, we’ve curated a few inspiration natural hair journeys that could help you make your decision!

Rissikat Blade

Model Rissikat started her natural hair journey with a short, spunky relaxed hairstyle as a result of her big chop! She admits to feeling shy about photographing her hair for the first three months, but you’ll soon see how much her hair changed just after a year of growing it out. Through a concentrated effort and lots of patience, her ‘frow turned out to be very beautiful!

Reneé Kennet

Reneé took on the challenge of transitioning from natural hair that was heat damaged from straightening to a healthy hair. After years of breakage and thinning, she decided to take on the challenge of washing her own hair after years of over styling at the salon. Over the course of a year, she slowly cute away the damaged, heat damaged hair to reveal her naturally beautiful curls.

LovelyLove

Username LovelyLove on Youtube shares her natural hair journey from being natural as a child to being rocking a short, relaxed style during her college years. She used braids as a method of transitioning to her natural hair. After about 5 months, she did her own big chop, removing all of her relaxed ends. At the end of her inspirational video, she says that all of the protective styling, moisturizing and trimming lead to hair that she loved!

KristySarah

Can we say, we love Kristy’s curls! She says that the best thing she could have done for her hair was cutting off the split ends! If you need a little curly hair inspiration, this is definitely a video to watch! From her experience, using too much heat and chemicals can slow down or reverse any progress you’ve made with your hair.

Posh Syd

Documenting the year after her big chop, Posh used a variety of protective styles from wigs to braids to grow her hair.  We just love the nickname she gave her hair, brown sugar! You can especially see the beauty of her natural hair when she does a twist out! We love it!

If you’re ready to go natural and rock your natural hair, I’ve got a great quote from Beyoncé for you:

“There’s no drum-roll or trumpet that goes off when you’ve made the biggest decisions of your life – sometimes you don’t even know you’ve made them.”

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New Year, New You!

new yearHappy 2015, everyone! Today, I’ve got six resolutions you should be making in order to achieve longer and strong hair this year.

Take More Time

It’s so easy to rush out the door and not take a bit of time to love on our hair. This goes far beyond styling back to the basics of being gentle with your precious strands.

Invest In Good Products

And by invest, I don’t mean buy the product that costs the most. Take your time to read the ingredients and see if they are something you’d like to put in your hair. With all the products on the market, it may seem daunting. But with a little trial and error (and coaching from your favorite hair stylist), I’m sure you’ll find the best thing for you.

Stop Listening To Non-Authorities

Everyone and their mother thinks that they know hair. Overtime, you’ve probably heard tons of different and conflicting pieces of hair advice from everyone you know. Stop listening to them. Make the decision to only accept the opinions of those who have authority and can vouch for their hair expertise.

Take That Compliment

It’s ok to accept a compliment on how great your hair is looking! So take it with a smile and save it away for a rainy day. Because maybe your hair doesn’t look as good that day and you need a little positivity boost!

Trim, Trim, Trim

If you want healthy hair, you must get trims regularly. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it! By trimming, you’re removing the brittle and split ends that could eventually destroy the entire strand of hair. Schedule regular appointments and your hair will thank you!

Try Something New

Whether it’s a new styling tool or hair accessory, step out of your comfort zone a little bit and try something new. You’ll never know how well your hair could react to something if you don’t try it! Take a chance on finding that secret sauce that your hair just loves!

Any other tips we missed? Tweet us your new year hair resolutions!

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Winter Beauty Tips

unnamed (3)Winter reeks heck on not just your hair but your entire body! The harsh winds and dry air make our skin and hair dry out, making conditions like eczema and psoriasis worsen. Try our winter beauty hacks to make life a bit easier on your body!

It all starts with what you put in your body! Amp of the amount of water you drink to keep you hydrated and to keep your eyes from looking puffy! Next, eat food products that have natural fats in them to keep your skin supple and prevent it from drying out. No, those new cronuts will not make the cut. Instead, try apples, avocados, and nut products.

There are so many gadgets these  days that can make life a whole lot easier! One of them being a humidifier! Not only will this help relieve winter sinus problems, your dry skin will be soothed during the night by sleeping with a humidifier on. Not only will your face look more supple but your hands and lisp won’t feel dehydrated either.

Relieve dry skin by moisturizing your body from head to toe after showering. Start with your hair and use a great butter or oil to lock in the moisture. Move to your face and apply a great day time moisturizer with SPF. Yes, you still need SPF in the winter because the sun can still cause damage to your skin. Next, use a light but moisturizing lotion or body butter over your entire body, paying attention to typical rough areas like elbows and knees. Finish off your routine by adding your favorite lip balm to your lips to prevent them from chapping. For extra preventative measures, it’s also a good idea to carry a hand cream with you during the winter to freshen up after you wash your hands.

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Sensitive Hair? Here’s the Dish On How To Deal!

Sensitive Hair? Here's the Dish On How To Deal!It doesn’t matter if you have thick and luscious hair or you’re struggling with thinning strands, anyone can have tender head and hairline. Don’t fret! We’ve got a few styling tips that will help you through your days of sensitive hair!

  • Don’t pull your hair back too tightly! At least try to minimize the amount of stress you’re putting on your tender tresses. Try pinning your hair away from your face instead or loosely gathering it into a style. Staying away from tight buns will reduce the tension.
  • When shampooing and conditioning your hair, try washing in sections to avoid pulling and tangles during your wash time.
  • If you’re natural, try to do your manipulating and styling while your hair is wet! After you wash, put your hair into what ever look you’re going for, making sure that it’s not too tight. As you go through your week, refresh the style by spritzing with water to refresh, detangle, and restyle.
  • Sleep with a silk! Seriously, it’s ok to treat your self to a bit of luxury for your hair’s sake! Pick up a silk scarf, cap, or pillow case to prevent further damage of your hair.
  • Detangle with your fingers first! Combing and brushing can wait until you can successfully run your fingers through your hair.
  • Give your scalp a little massage. And while you’re at it, add a bit of natural butter like shea or mango to nourish your scalp.
  • Avoid products with alcohol in them, such as gel and mousse, as this can dry out your scalp. Stick with styling products that do not have alcohol, such as leave-in conditioner and styling spray.
  • Over all, moisture will be your best friend! Use a natural plant oil like almond oil or coconut oil to feed your skin and restore the natural balance to your scalp and hair.

If you’re still having problems with your sensitive hair, then it may be time to switch up your style! Ask your favorite hair stylist for a few suggests to get you on the path to healthy hair that doesn’t bother you.

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Save Your Thinning Edges

Save Your Thinning Edges

What are edges? Well, the sound exactly like they mean: the baby hairs along your hairline. While there are many reasons why your edges may be thinning and damaged, today we are going to discuss some ways to save those edges!

If you choose a protective styling method there are a few things to consider. If you want extensions in the form of Braids, twists, or faux locks, ask your stylist to make bigger parts around the edge of your hair line to reduce the stress of the braid on your edges. A bigger part will allow your edges to be better supported against the tension of the braided extension. Alternatively, if you want an extension that is silky and flowing, consider wigs instead of sew in tracks. With advancements like lace front wigs, you can achieve the same look without going adding additional stress to your edges. Just stay away from glues, tapes, and combs that can damage your thinning edges beyond repair. Instead, use bobby pins to decrease the stress of your hairline. It’s also a good idea to not wear your wig while at home to allow your hair to breathe.

It’s best to try to eliminate unnecessary tension overall when it comes to your edges. Avoid tightly wound protective styles and buns. Instead, try braid outs, curl sets, bantu knots, or loosely braided and combed up-dos. Remember to pamper your edges with moisture when manipulating it into styles.

Another method to ensure healthy looking edges around your hairline is to stimulate them. Try to massage your edges every morning and night to help promote growth. There are many growth simulating products on the market right now so make sure to get a recommendation from your hairdresser for the best product for your hair type.

Regular Protein Treatments are another great way to repair your thinning edges. These protein treatments rebuild the bonds of the hair follicle. Depending on the severity and condition of your hair, you should consider getting a protein treatment once a month. Due to the strength of the treatment, however, it is not recommended to try at home if you’re not skilled. Instead, rely on your hairstylist or hair professional!

Lastly, pay attention to what goes into your body. You’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat?” Well, this idea reflects itself in your hair as well. Consider taking a daily multivitamin that contains biotin which helps stimulate hair and nail growth. In addition, keep a balanced diet that’s rich in vegetables, lean meats, fish, and fruits. Something as simple as a reduction in sugar could make a world of difference towards healthier hair!

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Tips For Pulling off a Short Hairstyle

unnamedHave you been thinking about going shorter for a hair style? Now’s a great time to try it out! Pixie cuts and bobs have been trending this year making this the ideal moment for hair liberation! If you’re a bit nervous or hesitant about letting your long locks go, here are a few tips for pulling off a short hairstyle:

Ignore all the rules you’ve heard about certain hairstyles for face shapes. Your hair stylist is the artist. Let them consult with you about which hairstyles and colors would look great on you as a person!

Don’t be afraid of color! It’s worth your while to add some soft highlights or go a shade or two lighter if your stylist recommends it. Or you can go all out with an entirely different shade! It’s your time to shine.

Styling tools can be your best friend! Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you don’t have to do a little something to style it every morning. Don’t be afraid to use a little pomade to add texture or use the blow dryer to add volume. If you’re using heat, make sure to also protect your hair with heat protectant!

The great thing about shorter hair is less hair product! Cut back on the amount of shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products you use daily to save money and keep your hair from looking oily.

Remember, the shorter you go the more upkeep you’ll need! It’s funny how fast your hair seems to grow when you’re rocking a shorter hair style. If you’re going super short, like a pixie cut, get a touch up trim every six to eight weeks.

If you’re going shorter, makeup is a must! Your entire face will open up with a shorter cut so add a bit of glam to your makeup! Keep your look soft and feminine with bold lashes, lip colors, and blushes.

We hope these tips will help you before taking the plunge and going for a short hairstyle. It’s going to take some getting used to but remember change can be good! Embrace it!

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Tips On Living a Balanced Life

6568709563_a8f2669895_oAre you overwhelmed with work so much so that you hardly spend time with your family? Does your life seem out of balance? Are you drowning in anxiety, fear, and stress that leaves you feeling incomplete and unsatisfied?  Achieving a balanced and spiritually healthy life is no easy task. Here a few ways that you can get on the path to a better, healthier you.

Get Exercise

Just move around a little. It doesn’t have to be much, at first. Try taking a walk down your street or walking through a park on the weekend. You’ll be surprised how rejuvenated you’ll feel. All you have to do is take that first step. The rest will come naturally!

Sleep

I know that other things can seem more important than sleep, but trust me when I say sleep is vital. Your body needs about 6-8 hours a day routinely. Sleeping 4 hours during the week then maxing out on the weekend isn’t a good substitute. If you’re not sleeping properly, you’re adversely affecting your memory and attention to detail. So, getting a consistently good nights rest, your body, mind, and lifestyle will thank you.

Learn To Relax

Sit down, clear your head, and stop thinking about all the things on your “to do” list. It’ll get done later. Sometimes, you just need to let go and allow your muscles to finally rest. Take five minutes to sip some tea or meditate to relive stress, fight depression, and lift your spirits.

Try A New Hobby

Have you always wanted to take a dance lesson? Or our your golf clubs getting rusty? Try something new! It gives your brain a chance to focus on something enjoyable that you wanted to do instead of all the stressors of life. Plus, having a new hobby gives you something to look forward to after the nine to five job.

Smell The Flowers

Lastly, something as small as literally stopping to smell the flours can change your mood. Fragrances like jasmine, lavender, and rose can relieve stress as a form of aromatherapy. Keep a fresh jar of flowers near your workspace as a friendly reminder of all the little, good things you enjoy in life.

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From Relax Hair To Natural Hair: Transitioning Basics

12748938774_e0e1cb4594_oSo you want a lusciously curly afro? Well it doesn’t happen overnight. Many people have a transition period, which means they allow their natural hair to grow out while keeping their relaxed strands intact.  Your other option is known as the “big chop,” meaning you cut off all your hair all at once. If you don’t want to cut all your hair off at once, consider transitioning from your chemical treated hair to natural hair using the following tips.

Introduce New Products One At A Time

With your new hair texture, you’ll be tempted to try a bunch of new hair products to encourage your natural hair growth. While trying new products is fine, just stay away from introducing multiple products at once. You’ll want to be able to definitively note which products are working for your hair and which aren’t!

Pay Special Care To The “Line Of Demarcation”

The “line of demarcation” is the part of your hair where you stopped using relaxer. Your relaxed ends are attached to your new growth! This point in your hair is very brittle, so be sure to be extra gentle with it as to not cause damage.

Deep Condition

At least weekly, deep condition your curls with moisturizing conditioners to help strengthen and soften the new growth. Deep conditioning on a regular basis will also prevent breakage in the relaxed hair.

Keep Your Scalp Clean

The follicles where your hair grows out need to be free to breathe! Every other week, try cleansing using apple cider vinegar or a clarifying shampoo. Follow with a hot oil treatment or a super deep conditioning treatment to ensure that you’re retaining moisture without suffocating your strands.

Trim Your Ends

About every four to six weeks, go in for a trim! While this may seem counterproductive to keeping your length, a light dusting will eliminate split ends. A split end in your relaxed hair could unravel the strand all the way to your natural hair and cause breakage.

Avoid Heating Tools

Using items like flat irons and blow dryers can cause unnecessary damage to your transitioning hair, especially along the line of demarcation. Not only that, using heat on your natural hair could cause heat damage; even the smallest amount of heat damage can make your hair texture feel worse than it is!

Don’t Assume Your Hair Texture

In the early stages of transitioning and growing natural hair, your follicles are still damaged from the constant relaxers. This can make your texture feel course and dry, which is why some people stop transitioning. Give it time! Typically, it takes three to six months to start growing 100% healthy, natural hair.

Ignore The Haters

Unfortunately, there will be those who try to discourage you from wearing your natural hair, claiming it to be unprofessional or too much work or even ugly. Don’t listen to them. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Be confident in your new style and ignore the unwanted opinions of others. Remind yourself why you wanted to transition in the first place. Keep this knowledge as a motivator to continue with the decision to go natural. Remember that you have a lot of support from other places. From forums on the internet to friends to your hairstylist, surround yourself with people who will encourage you instead of bring you down!

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