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About: Patrick Wellington

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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Best Shampoos for Natural Hair

nirmala-ui-boldNo matter what time of year it is, the need for an outstanding hair cleansing routine is non-negotiable. I know what you are thinking, “It’s just shampooing, how much to it can there be?” A process like washing your hair should be simple but anyone who has had natural hair at any point will tell you that all is not fair in shampoo and washing.

I know that we talk a lot about using the right products on your hair on the blog, but that is because it is a big deal. In fact, healthy, strong, growing hair is a matter of what you put on it. So yes, it all comes down to what you do and you should put some thought and effort into what you use. This is, arguably, more important for naturals than anyone else. There is just so much at stake and there is so much “trying” that goes into find the right groove for your tresses.

So today, we are talking about using the best shampoos for your natural hair. And before I get into the list, know that sulfate free products are the way to go. Period. They are gentler and give the best results. Don’t be cheap here. With that, let’s get into some products for you to try.

Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo

Women swear by Shea Moisture and for good reason. They make awesome products that give even more awesome outcomes. From hair to face to body, this is a go-to tried and true brand. Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo is especially great for those who have scalp issues like eczema and dandruff. It clarifies your hair while soothing your scalp. With tea tree oil and salicylic acid to combat flaky conditions, the black soap and willow bark work to detoxify your hair. Try it! It will run you about $10.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

Let us all rejoice for this little miracle product. Trader Joe’s has so many great offerings for everything from food to your pets. Their Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo is one of them. There are no sulfates at all in this coconut-derived formulation. It is specially created for their particular brand- healthier living. The thing about this particular shampoo is that is works to rid your hair of dirt and oil so it leaves it feeling, literally, squeaky-clean. It is going to cost you about $4.

Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Shampoo

If you need some protein in your life, Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Shampoo is a great tool to add to your regimen. This product hydrates and re-energizes your hair. It adds softness and manageability for superior cleaning. It doesn’t dry out your hair and smells pretty good too. It will run you about $12.

Design Essentials Natural Curl Cleanser Shampoo

If you are looking for vitality, this is a great product. Design Essentials Natural Curl Cleanser Shampoo is specifically made for curls and will add a lot of them to your hair. With high quality ingredients like arnica, rose hip and soybean, you get moisture, shine, softness and so much more. It’s an ideal item to add to your hair care arsenal. This shampoo will cost you around $12 to $16.

At the end of the day, your hair is the product of the products that you choose to use on it. Doing your research to ensure you’re giving it the best is paramount. Give your hair what it deserves and it will give you what you deserve.

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How to Keep Your Natural Hair Straighter for Longer,

straighter-for-longerLet’s face it; sometimes as a natural, you want to enjoy the beauty of bone straight hair. There is nothing wrong with it. That is one of the great things about being natural. There is so much versatility and being able to go from curly to straight is definitely one of them.

Now, here’s the thing that all naturals know- keeping your hair straight can be a pain. And more often than not, you will find yourself putting heat on your hair all the time in an attempt to maintain a semblance of your once popping blowout. In fact, a lot of women stray away from straightening their hair because of the damage they can incur by applying heat daily. Furthermore, some just don’t think it’s worth going through the hassle of doing their hair when all it’s going to do is revert back to its curly state.

If you’ve ever had any of these thoughts, I hear you! But believe it or not, there are some techniques and products you can use to not only reach optimal sleekness, but to also maintain your straight mane longer.

Cut Your Ends

Women don’t like to cut their ends because many can’t reconcile getting ride of dead hair with having healthy hair. But the thing about this is that clipping away the split ends will help your blowout look and feel better. Split ends can hide in curly hair, but they are easily seen when straightened. They can make a blowout look unprofessional or raggedy. Trimming your ends is good practice and you will see a difference when your hair is straight and when it’s curly.

Use a Humectant Blockers/Protectant

If you don’t know what a humectant is, it’s an ingredient in hair products that protect draws in moisture. We all know that humidity is one of the worst things for the hair because it pretty much ruins all chances of having a nice style. You can get a heat protectant that also serves as an anti-humectant. This will definitely help prevent curl reversion.

Use Denman Brush

One of the most important things when straightening your hair with a flat iron, is to use a denman brush when blow drying, which helps tremendously. This is a kind of hair tool that is cylinder shaped with bristle coming out of it. The brush works wonders not only for blow drying your hair, but also for getting it prepped for an effective blowout. It takes time being that you should section your hair but it is worth it.

Use an Ionic Blow Dryer

Speaking of blow drying your hair, to get the best results, use an ionic dryer. It helps makes the cuticles of your hair lie flat all while giving it great shine. Remember, when it comes to doing your hair and getting the desired look, it comes down to more than just products and technique. You cannot go wrong with an ionic blow dryer.

Use a Ceramic Flat Iron

All flat irons are not made equally, so if you want to really get bone straight hair, use a ceramic iron. Rusk and FHI have some amazing tools. You also want to use a mini flat iron, as they seem to work best on curly and short hair. The key here too is to work in small sections so that the iron can glide through every inch of your hair.

These tips are the basics but they also work. If you are opting to do your hair yourself, that’s great! But don’t waste time with methods, products and tools that don’t work. Get the most out of your efforts by keeping these things in mind.

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Ginger For Your Hair: The Benefits

the-benefitsHair. It is one of the most important aspects of who we are. So taking care of it is at the top of everyone’s list. If you are a man or a woman, it doesn’t matter. We all want to have great hair.

We live in a world where there are products, ideas and ways to take extra good care of our hair, now more than ever before. If you are a natural or have relaxed tresses, there are specific methods and tips for the hair life you choose to have. At the same time, there are also universal things that work well for all hair types, textures, lengths and patterns.

We talk a lot about natural ways to improve your hair. Avocado, olive and honey are just some of the ingredients by which people swear to help give them amazing outcomes. You can now add ginger root to that list. Yes, this super food is super for all of the ways it makes our bodies better. And when it comes to what’s growing out of the tops of our heads, its results extend to that part of who we are as well.

Here are some benefits and tips for using ginger root on your hair.

Promotes Hair Growth

Who doesn’t need more information about how to make their hair grow? You can never have too much and with ginger, it’s another great ingredient full of powerful enzymes. From Magnesium, to potassium to other awesome vitamins, it will strengthen your hair and make it shiner than ever. Furthermore, it has wonderful circulatory agents, which help increase blood flow in the scalp, which, surprise, makes it grow.

Thickens Hair

A thick head of hair is a great goal and for many, it’s a natural thing thanks to genetics. But you can also take care of your hair with the right ingredients, like ginger, in order to get thick, voluptuous hair. Try it out and see for yourself how this root can prevent thinning.

Prevents Hair Loss

Too many people experience hair loss for different reasons. Ginger root can possibly remedy that problem. It strengthens from the root of your hair. This is especially true for those who have loss their edges. Use ginger with oil like jojoba or olive and apply it to your scalp. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and once you feel a warm sensation, which is indication it’s working, rinse and shampoo with a mild cleanser.

Fights Dandruff

It’s something that a lot of folks have and no matter who you are, it’s annoying. In fact, even the products created to treat it are sometimes ineffective at alleviating dandruff. Ginger is a natural antiseptic and ideal for getting rid of the flaky white stuff. This can easily be done with some ginger, sesame oil and lemon juice. Do it about three times a week to see the best results.

These are a few of the most common hair issues that people experience. You can never go wrong in learning more about taking the best care of your hair. Now, just a note, when it comes to using ginger, it is better to go with the root over the powder. Some people use the powder as an alternative, but nothing beats the fresh essential nutrients found in the root. Whenever you can it’s best to go with the most natural form.

Ginger is something you want in your life. Along with working wonders for your body, it can take your hair to the next level. So go ahead and get some.

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Winter Hair Game: What to Know

what-to-knowFall is here and with the beautiful weather comes a carefree sense of the world. But don’t let the joy of cool sunny days keep you from taking care of your hair properly.

We all know that the elements in the air can affect our hair. And while summer definitely does a number on our tresses, cooler weather can also negatively affect it too. With that, as we zoom right through autumn, it may be time to think about your winter hair routine.

Yes, you need to be ready to change things up to maintain your hair goals; you know, to make sure that your hair will remain strong and vibrant. Changing things up include the products you use as well as your process. If you don’t have anything in place to ensure optimal hair health during the winter months, it’s time to make some arrangements. For a lot of women, that means major adjustments and for others not so much. It all comes down to knowing your hair and giving it the best possible treatment.

So here are some tips to help you prepare for the coldest months of the year.

Pre-Poo

A lot of women have never heard of this method, but pre-pooing or coating your hair with a healthy oil before washing it is a good idea. Doing this with olive oil, coconut oil or a specialized product helps protect your hair from drying out. It will also condition it and serve as a kind of treatment. You can even sit under a hair dryer for good deep conditioning. It is suggested to do this the night before you plan to shampoo your hair. And remember, for the winter months, you want to use a milder cleansing product to cut down on the potential for dryness.

Seal the Deal

It’s important to understand how your hair works and one of the things that matter most is sealing it. After you have taken down any hairstyle, it’s a good idea to coat your hair with a sealing agent in order to lock in moisture. This really works as a great step because it creates a seal between your strains and the elements. Shea butter is an ideal choice. Also almond oil and jojoba oil are excellent go-to’s.

Protective Styling

There is really no specific time of year for which protective styling works best. You can wear one at any time for any reason. I suggest winter for sure (along with summer) as the most ideal time because they allow for better managing of your hair. With a protective style, you can easily moisturize as well as condition. A couple of nice ones for winter include braids, Bantu knots and cornrows.

Wash Less

If you are one who washes your hair often, you might want to scale back on doing so. The number one concern in the winter is dry out. If your hair experiences extreme drying, it can lead to breakage, which ultimately leads to a loss of hair length. If you shampoo twice a week or more, scale it back to once a week or every other week. Don’t go longer than that to avoid harmful build up.

Forgo Humectants

Most women understand the importance of using products that draw in moisture. They are called humectants. But for a lot of people, these kinds of products or ingredients like honey or glycerin, can have a reverse effect. Humectants in the winter can dry your hair out, so watch your tresses when you use them during that time of the year to see how it reacts. If need be, make adjustments. It really is a balancing act.

Winter is definitely coming. Just like we change clothes and shoes to accommodate the changes around us, we must take care to do the same for our hair.

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Why Won’t it Grow? Retaining Length with Natural Hair

retaining-length-with-natural-hairThe life of a natural is filled with all kinds of “good practices” which one should live by in order to achieve their hair goals. The hallmark of most women who have opted for the chemical free hair life is to make sure you have a routine in place that will ensure healthy, strong, flowing hair. But what happens when your tresses aren’t growing the way you want?

Everyone’s hair is different, that is a given. And while there are some tips that work well for a lot of women, those same helpful tidbits of advice don’t always go over so well for others. When it comes down to it, you have to learn your hair and know how to treat it. This is key to getting the length that so many seek.

So what am I saying here? Well, sometimes when you’re hair isn’t growing; you need to look at what you are doing. Often, the very things you think are helping are actually hindering. And then there are things that you do that are just down right harmful to your hair. Here are a few reasons why you are losing your length.

Over Washing

Believe it or not, washing your hair too often can be counterproductive. If you shampoo too much, it will dry out your hair leaving it brittle. Shampooing is necessary, but knowing when and how to wash your hair is key to managing it. This is why some women only wash their hair once a week or once every other week. If you cleanse often and notice drying and breakage, adjust your routine.

Under Detangling

Too many women skip the process of detangling their hair the right way. I am not talking about doing it real quick after washing. It is necessary for your hair to be free of knots in order to prevent problems that could cause length loss later. It can be daunting but to effectively prevent the kind of breakage that comes from a lack of detangling, it is wise to do it a few times a week before you go to bed. Some natural hair enthusiasts suggest sorting your hair in sections and doing some kind of protective styling like bantu knots or twists. That way you have fewer tangles.

Wrong Products

This is one of the main reasons for breakage. Using the wrong products is damaging to your hair and you will not see the results you want. As a natural, sulfate free products are your best friends. The wrong shampoos, etc. will strip your hair and scalp of the natural oils, which weakens it. From there, everything is affected including styling and appearance. Do yourself a favor and opt for the products that clearly state they are free of harmful ingredients.

Insufficient Moisturizing

You cannot get around the fact that you have to use some kind of leave-in on your hair. I know that it can be easy to bypass this step because of time constraints, but you absolutely don’t want to do that. If your hair is left without any kind of product to help keep it moisturized, it will become dry and you will experience breakage. Do not skip this step. And putting some in your hand and just rubbing over the perimeter of your hair is not enough. You need to treat from root to tip.

If you want to keep your hair growing and shinning, remember these tips. There are so many factors that go into taking proper care of your natural hair. While it seems like too much at times, it is worth it when you look in the mirror and see awesome hair that you know you’ve given your all.

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Hair Habits: The Bad Ones that Need to Stop!

the-bad-ones-that-need-to-stopLet’s talk about habits. We all have them. Whether it’s how we eat, how we act or how we spend money, there are some good ones and there are some not so good ones.

When it comes to our hair, the same rings true. In the world we live in now, some of the tips and go-to rituals we’ve been taught don’t hold up to today’s best practices. It is true that many of the habits our mothers, aunties and cousins did are just bad. At the same time, neglect and laziness are also major factors into the hair habits we form. These tendencies don’t just hinder growth, someone women like their TWA’s (Teeny Weeny Afros). They can disrupt everything about your hair including its health, strength and appearance.

So here are some bad things that women do when it comes to their hair. If you find yourself guilty of any of these, change it ASAP. Your hair will thank you later.

Not Enough Washing

This one can be tricky. There is a such thing as over washing your hair as I’ve mentioned before. But under washing your hair is not good either. Don’t go weeks without shampooing. Our hair is exposed to the elements and we have no idea what it goes through on a daily basis. As such, we have to properly cleanse to rid it of nasty and potentially damaging buildup. If you don’t like to wash your hair often, I’d say don’t go no more than two weeks between shampoos.

Sleeping Without Protection

There are a number of women who forego sleeping with the right garment on their heads. This is a no no. Experts suggest sleeping with a satin scarf or bonnet to reduce the friction that is created against your pillowcase when sleeping bareheaded.

Applying Excessive Heat

I know that you want to get your Beyoncé on and trying to achieve her beach waves and dynamite hair is at the top of your list. But using excessive heat on your hair is one of the main causes of damage. It does not matter if you are natural or have relaxed hair; heat is not your friend. Especially when it comes to naturals. It takes extra effort to keep your hair straightened. That usually means applying heat often. Use it as sparingly as possible and if you can, don’t use it at all.

Protective Styling Neglect

It is very easy to forget about your hair underneath your protective styling. Doing so means that you are missing out on a prime opportunity to give it the love and care it needs. The whole purpose of protective styling is to give your tresses a break. I get it. But in the midst of doing that, make sure you are still giving it what it needs to remain strong after the protective style is finished. You want to retain whatever growth you achieved so keeping your hair clean and oiled underneath is paramount.

Skipping the Trims

If you don’t get your ends trimmed, you are doing your hair a disservice. I know that it can be tempting to bypass this step because how can making your hair shorter make it longer? The thing about trimming is that it eliminates the ends of your hair that are split or damaged, which will prevent further splitting; all of this play into your hair’s ability to grow. It also determines its appearance.

Did you finding yourself to be a culprit of any of these? If so, it’s no too late. See where you fall short, make some adjustments and keep it moving.

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Porosity: How to Care for Your Hair

how-to-care-for-your-hairLet’s talk about moisture! I know we often speak about the products to use and ways to make sure your hair has it; but there is another aspect of moisture that can greatly determine your success in managing it. It is called porosity and knowing where your hair falls on the scale will increase your ability to get the results you want.

Before going any further, let me start off by saying that there is no level of porosity that is better than the other. The term, when referring to your tresses, simply has to do with your hair’s ability to retain moisture. Out of the three types- low, medium and high, not one will give you brownie points with the universe. Knowing your hair’s porosity serves to help you better understand how to maximize your efforts. Because when it comes down to it, no one wants to spend a bunch of time doing things that don’t work.

The following are the three levels of porosity and include how to best manage each one so you can slay.

Low Porosity

If you have low porosity this pretty much means that you hair repels moisture. This can be an issue because it also means that your hair probably dries out quickly. The way the hair cuticle is shaped, it resists penetration. The key to making sure your low porosity hair is healthy and strong is to understand the right products to use. You don’t want to have a lot of buildup, which low porosity hair is prone to. So make sure you use products that are rich in ingredients like Shea butter and jojoba oil. Also incorporate humectants (ingredients used to reduce the loss of moisture) that will attract and hold moisture.

Medium Porosity

This porosity requires the least amount of maintenance since the cuticle is looser. It allows for a variety of things as far as your hair is concerned. Medium or normal porosity hair gets the right amount of moisture while releasing just enough for a great balance. Hair at this level is the easiest to manage, whether relaxed or colored and holds styles very well. When it comes to your regimen, you can keep it simple with the basis. This includes deep conditioning about once a month and washing it a couple times a week. Also, you don’t really have to use protein treatments. Your hair has all it needs.

High Porosity

Hair that is high porosity is the result of genetics and/or damage. When you have high porosity hair, this means there are gaps in the cuticle. That allows too much moisture, which leads to frizz. This is especially true in humid weather. You have to take extra care when dealing with this type of hair because even doing something as innocent as swimming can damage it. The key here is to seal your cuticles so that they won’t absorb extra moisture, in particular from the air in humid climates. It gets a little tricky because the fact that it can take in moisture easily also means it can lose it just as quickly. Use leave-in conditioners and moisturizers that seal your hair. Furthermore, hair products that are heavy, like creams or gels, can help fill in the holes in your cuticles as well.

Knowing your porosity is a great step in taking your hair care to the next level. Once you understand how porous it is, you can make better choices that lead to better hair.

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Natural Tips: How Often Should I Wash My Hair

natural-tipsIn the world of natural hair, it seems like new rules pop up everyday about best practices. From what to use, how much to use, and when to use, ideas and expert opinions are all over the place.

One of the most debated aspects of being natural is how often one should wash their hair. This is an important thing to understand because although washing your hair sounds like a no brainer (everyone does it), the process is a little different when you have natural hair. And by different I mean the frequency ranges based on your tresses.

Learning your hair is the number one way to do what’s right by it. There are a number of factors to consider when determining the proper cleaning protocol. So to help you get a better grasp on what might work best for your hair, here are some recommendations on how to determine how often you should wash it.

Manageability

If you find that your hair is not styling the way you want, it might be due for a wash. If there is product build-up, a lot of times it can cause your hair to lack styling flexibility. When this happens, wash it and make sure to moisturize afterwards.

Coarseness

Depending on its thickness, you may not want to wash your hair more than once a week. Coarse hair on a natural can be an indication that it has low porosity, which means it repels moisture. This isn’t a bad thing. It just means you need to deal with it a little differently. The same goes for other types of natural hair. Some women can wash their hair everyday, every other day, three times a week and so on. The key here is to pay attention to how it feels. If it’s dry or brittle to the touch or quickly dries out, maybe you should wash it less.

Climate

Believe it or not, where you live can greatly impact how often you should wash your hair. The same also rings true for the change in seasons. Our hair reacts to environments differently based on temperatures and what’s in the atmosphere. Some natural hair experts suggest that a good rule of thumb is to wash your hair at least once a week if you live in warmer climates and bi-weekly if you live in colder areas.

Lifestyle

This is a big one. If you lead an active life style, then there is probably a need for you to wash or co-wash your hair more often. This is especially true if you work out a lot. The buildup that comes from sweating, etc. can affect manageability as well as cause odor. Also, the buildup covering your scalp makes for a not so pleasant situation that can lead to flakes and even breakage.

Length

In the world of naturals, hair length can be a touchy subject. How long your hair grows has to do with genetics and care. Generally, it’s easier for women with short hair to wash it more often. It takes less effort and there isn’t a lot of tangling. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should increases your washes because remember, you don’t want to dry it out. With that, if you have longer hair, there’s a chance it needs to be wash more than once every two weeks. Take that into consideration, think about all the ways your hair can be “contaminated” and act accordingly.

When it comes down to it, only you know your hair. Take these tips, along with your experience, and determine what’s best for you.

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Length Retention: It’s Within Your Reach

Let’s talk about length. When it comes to hair, for some women, it does matter. There are those who prefer shorter hair for their own personally reasons, but a majority of women seek after ways to grow their hair and keep their hair.

In the natural world, having long hair is a big deal. Black women have spent decades trying to grow their tresses and for those who do, keeping their length can be just as challenging as getting it. Of course not every natural faces the pits falls of hair that just won’t grow. That is thanks to a combination of things including genes and routine.

With that, there are things you can do to reach your desired length as well as retain it. For some, it takes a little more tender love and care. In the end, it doesn’t matter how you get it, all that counts is that you do.

So here are some ways to get and retain length as a natural.

Protective Styling (PS)

This is a go-to for women who rock their natural hair. From wearing braids to wigs to other creative ways to lessen the stress on your hair, protective styling is a viable option. Allowing your hair to remain, for the most part, untouched for a period of time allows it to rest in a sense. Couple your PS with the proper products and you have a winning combination for growing your hair.

Consistency

So now that you have a length that you are happy with, how do you maintain it? The foundation of strengthening your hair, no matter the length, is your routine. You have to be consistent. Don’t go weeks or months without doing the basics like protein treatments, deep conditioning and oiling. These are important habits to incorporate and keep up on a regular basis. Your hair and its continued growth depends on how you treat it.

Scarf

If you don’t sleep with a scarf on your head, you are sabotaging your efforts to grow and retain growth. Just about every stylist recommends a satin scarf, as it is less harmful to you hair. Invest in one that fits and one that you know will stay on as you sleep. If you don’t like wearing a scarf, getting a satin pillowcase is also an option. Either way, treat your hair like you care by protecting it at night.

Oil Your Ends

You may find yourself paying a lot of attention to the root of your hair and ignoring the ends. If you use heat often, your ends are one of the most vulnerable places prone to breakage. Keeping them oiled will reduce split ends, tangles and knots.  You can use the tried and true oils- avocado, olive and coconut. You can also use one of your favorite products formulated specifically to reduce breakage. Just make sure you don’t neglect your ends.

Go Deep

I cannot stress how important it is to deep condition your hair. This is not a step that needs to be left out of your routine. If you don’t do it, start STAT. The great thing about this step is that you can definitely tailor it to the function of your hair. Use products that you know work well to deep condition your hair. You can also choose the “Do It Yourself” option. There are countless recipes online from which to choose, so get to digging and get to conditioning.

Everything in life is a process so give yourself some time to reach your hair goals. With hard work and a plan, you’ll get wherever you’re trying to go.

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How to Deal with Problem Skin

Problem SkinIn the game of life, as much as you try to have the perfect EVERYTHING, things just don’t always work out that way. You spend hours on your hair- humidity destroys it in two minutes. You watch countless YouTube videos on how to apply your makeup; the first sign of sweat and your hard work melts away. It’s like life is always playing the “gotcha game.”

One of the things that people have difficulty getting under control is their skin, especially black and brown women. Having dark spots and dealing with problem skin is, well, a problem. You try to eat right, you drink a lot of water, you wash your face at night and you use a moisturizer but you still don’t have clear, beautiful skin.

It is something known as hyperpigmentation, a condition that happens as the result of insect bites, acne scars, pimples, friction and even pregnancy. All of these occurrences and more can cause patches of skin to become darker than the normal surrounding skin.

While it doesn’t seem fair, some folks just have better luck than others. Of course there are things that you can do to rectify your issues so know your situation isn’t hopeless.

Here are some product suggestions and tips to help you better manage your problem skin.

Proactiv

Believe it or not, this system is very effective at helping to get rid of acne. I have used it for over 15 years and each time I have a breakout that just doesn’t seem to go away, I turn to Proactiv. It does wonders. The great thing about it too is that it works on different kinds of skin. If you have dry, oily or combination skin, it garners tremendous improvements. For this acne treatment, the infomericals aren’t just pulling your leg.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap

This product was created for problem skin. When it comes to natural ingredients and getting something that is all around good for you, you can’t go wrong with Shea Moisture. From hair products to body washes, it’s a great company. Their Shea Moisture African Black line has a bar soap, a facial cleanser with scrubbing beads, a lotion, a body wash and a problem area skin moisturizer cream. Using these will help reduce your problems and leave you with glowing skin. The African scrubbing face wash has been my go-to for the past few months and I could not be happier with the results.

Ambi Fade Cream

When I was a child, my grandmother used to swear by Ambi Fade Cream. She would rub it on my knees to help even out my skin tone. As an adult, I learned that Ambi really is a great product that helps to fad dark spots and discolorations. It has a two percent concentration of hydroquinone and some vitamin E to help with moisture. Ambi comes in normal and “for oily skin” formulas.

Palmer’s Skin Success Eventone Fade Milk

Another great way to even your skin, get rid of dark spots and soften all at the same time is by using Palmer’s Skin Success Eventone Fade Milk. It is ideal for your body and face because it uses alpha hydroxy acids, which takes away dead, uneven skin cells. The fade milk also contains vitamins C and E to brighten and protect the skin.

As far as other methods to consider in your quest for clearer skin, understanding the  causes of your hyperpigmentation will help you better treat it. Along with the above mentioned suggestions, you can try chemical peels, Micro Dermabrasion and exfoliating scrubs.

There is nothing that can’t be fixed with a little patience, effort and commitment.

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