Tips & Tricks

How Do I Grow My Hair Longer & Faster?

Growing long hair requires patience and gentle care. Average hair growth is a ½ inch per month, so don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Keeping your hair moisturized, implementing protective styling, proper detangling, and time will give you the progress that you seek to achieve.

Any Suggestions for Style Ideas for Short Hair? 

Most of us feel we are limited when our hair is at a shorter length, but there really are an abundance of short natural hair styles that you can choose from. Hair styles include comb or finger coils, afro pony tails faked with a stretchy headband, two strand twists, rod sets, and more.

Do I Have to Do the Big Chop to go Natural?

No, you don’t. If you are uncomfortable with a shorter hair style, then you can slowly transition and when you are ready you can cut the remainder of chemical processed ends off. We love crotchet braids styles to help facilitate the transition.

How Do I Style My Transitioning Hair?

During this phase, daily combing is not recommended. The two textures of natural and relaxed hair cannot coexist for long and the natural hair will win. Protective styles like twist outs with the ends curled, braids, straw sets, etc… can help your natural hair grow without being damaged. Remember braids should not be tight, or left in too long and you should eventually cut off your relaxed ends. This is the most challenging stage. It requires patience but you can do it.

What Are the Best Products for Natural Hair?

Natural hair likes natural products. This is the reason I created “Free To Swim” natural products. You do not have to spend a lot of money to get quality products, in fact, you can find some of the best products right in your kitchen. Products like Olive Oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, jojoba, Apple Cider Vinegar to name a few. During our consultation, we can recommend some natural products to help moisturize your tresses.

How Do I Keep My Natural Hair Moisturized?

Use products that will restore your hair’s PH balance. Try “Free To Swim’s” Moisture Loc Leave-In Conditioner. You can buy PH testing strips or you can educate yourself about ingredients that restore your hair and skin’s balance. Once you have an understanding of ingredients that do this, purchase products with these ingredients. All natural PH restorers include Aloe Vera, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Flax Seed Gel, Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar, and Shea Butter, just to name a few.

Do I Need to Trim My Ends If I Have Natural Hair?

Trimming ends is a way to promote healthy looking hair. With harsh chemicals like relaxers and permanent color, excessive heat from straightening tools and even rough detangling your natural hair may break causing split ends. If this is the case then yes trim as needed.

Can I Shampoo My Locs?

Yes, with any hair care regimen clean hair and a clean scalp are necessary for a healthy head of hair.

Do I Have to Cut Off All My Hair to Grow Locs?

There are several methods for starting locs including two strand twists, interlocking, comb twists and loc extensions. Let’s talk about what method would be best suited based on your hair texture and lifestyle. Some do not require cutting off your chemically processed hair.

Should I Use Products with Bees Wax to Help Lock Quicker?

I do not recommend any products with Bees wax or petroleum because they are not soluble in water. As a result, they can build up on your hair, weigh it down and take away your natural shine. Always ask your stylist what products are being used in your hair.

How Do I Care for Thinning Hair?

I am seeing more and more clients choose a natural hair care option due to hair loss or thinning. The causes of hair loss vary and after my consultations with new clients, some of the commonalities are medications for diabetes, thyroid, or high blood pressure, female reproductive issues, harsh braiding or weave practices and/or poor diets. By no means should you stop taking a prescribed medicine but you can consult with a medical professional including Internal Medical Doctors, Dermatologist, Holistic Doctors, and trichologists about your hair loss.

What Do I Say to Someone Thinking About Taking the Loc Journey?

I counsel my new loc client’s thoroughly. I’m interested in what their natural hair journey story is and why they chose to take the loc journey. I like to share the different stages of traditional locs. Specifically, the baby, teenage, adult and elder stages; how each one has unique characteristics, its challenges and ultimately build self-awareness and acceptance of their hair. Ex… Baby locks take patience and need to be nurtured, teenage locks can be rebellious and are still in the developmental stage etc…. If you’re having trouble with your locs, I would ask questions about diet, hair products used, health issues, work environment and expectations.

When Can I Color My Locs?

I recommend you color your locs after the loc process has started. There are different levels of color including rinses, demi permanent, semi-permanent, and permanent. Each one affects the hair shaft differently. The condition of your locs and scalp should be healthy prior to performing a color service. Remember color is a chemical.

Can I Cut My Locs?

Yes. I cut my locs about 6 inches every year! Locs can be cut into layers, blunt cuts, shaved etc…

The thickness does play a part in how the locs are cut, but the sky is the limit!