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Rosemary Warm Oil Treatment for Dry Hair

May 25, 2018

Warm oil treatments have been tried & true over the years, reason being because the temperature of the oil opens up the cuticles of the hair to receive the nourishing oils to promote healthier hair.   The Benefits Rosemary: Increases hair growth by stimulating the scalp, which is accompanied by it’s antioxidant properties that promotes “microcirculation” to the scalp.   Castor Oil: Scientifically it’s proven…

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Skip The Shampoo & Go For The Clay!

If you’re looking for a new way to cleanse your hair and remove product build up, you should try cleansing your hair with clay. Now before you decide to roll your eyes and say “yeah right, girl bye“, here me out! Clay is a HUGE benefit to our hair, it helps to define our curls, it naturally has it’s own slip which makes it easy…

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Amodimethicone For Extra Conditioned Curls

Shine, slip, and conditioned curls… Next time (sometime this week) you’re in the hair aisle gazing over the ingredient list look for amodimethicone.   Yes it’s not so favorable cousin is dimethicone, and no it’s not that bad.  Amodimethicone is one of the few dimethicones that can be easily removed with a surfactant based shampoo. It is found mainly in conditioners and leave-ins for it’s…

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Q&A#2: MY HAIR WILL NOT STAY MOISTURIZED! IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR ME? WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?!

Yes there is always hope!! First identify how your hair soaks (or doesn’t soak) up product.  I had to do this for my own hair, because I got tired of product just sitting on top of my hair and not really getting in (low porosity problems!). My recommendation regardless of porosity level is to start off with spraying your hair with water FIRST! This will…

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Carbomer For Curl Definition!

Let’s talk about CARBOMER! Chemically carbomer is a polymeric chemical composition, or in other words its a structure containing multiple units bonded together.   In the lab when we’re creating hair care products we use this to increase viscosity (thickness) of a product.   In styling gels, carbomer will most likely be either the second or third ingredient.  We like carbomer because it creates JELLY,…

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Q&A#1: How Often Should I Use A Clarifying Shampoo?

Definitely not every week!   Clarifying shampoo’s are designed to really really clean the hair, which is a good thing, but not a good thing too often.  I would recommend using a clarifying shampoo when your hair feels weighed down from tons of product, the shampoo will rid the extra gunk. A lot of times our hair seems to stop responding to our favorite products…

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Curly Chemistry: Negatively Charged Hair

There’s a saying that “opposites attract“. That is truly the case between people, magnets, and our hair! Did you know that your hair gives off a negative charge while our hair care products have a positive charge? When a shampoo is applied to your hair the charge will pull dirt away from the hair strands, however with conditioners the positive charge will prevent static electricity which will decrease frizz!  This includes ease of combing and softer hair.  Electric charges promote healthier hair, yay science! (happy dance)…

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Dimethicone For Curls!…Seriously.

May 24, 2018

In a school environment where a particular student is put down repeatedly, dimethicone would be that poor student. Dimethicone has been apart of the “AVOID AT ALL COST” list for healthy hair care enthusiasts for years! However, in all honesty I think a lot of the opinions that have gone forth are misinformed and do not quiet understand how this underdog ingredient actually works. -The…

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Tonya S.

Tonya S.

Welcome! I'm a cosmetic chemist specializing in natural hair care. I teach women how to get results with their hair care regimens from a science perspective and understand ingredient labels based on their hair needs so they can save time and money!

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