Shrinkage can be your best friend or worst enemy. If you are struggling to retain length as a natural, shrinkage could be the problem. I used to love the big fros that I’d get after humidity shrunk up my twistout. However, I didn’t like the extra knots and tangles that came along with it. One year I decided to wear my hair in stretched styles to see if that helped me retain more length, since I wasn't retaining it when I was wearing my shrunken fros. Overall, stretching and protective styling helped me get over my length plateau and made my wash days so much easier.
WHAT IS STRETCHING?
Stretching is the act of elongating your hair with various techniques. It lets you maximize your hair’s length without the use of a flat iron. Stretching your natural hair is essentially the same as pulling a slinky a part- the coil is still there, just not so eager to bounce back immediately.
Stretching has many benefits that are important for those looking to retain length:
HOW CAN I STRETCH MY HAIR?
There are many ways to stretch your hair without heat:
5. Roller Sets: you can rollerset your natural hair just like relaxed hair. Rollersetting you natural hair will produce a blowout look without the heat damage.
6. Super stretch: you can combine any two method to get the ultimate stretch. I have two favorites:
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I’m sure you’ve noticed how dry and scaly your skin tends to get in the winter. I turn into an alligator. It's not fun at all, especially when combined with the inevitable dry itch that comes from the winter air sucking moisture out of your skin. Exfoliation is always touted in the summer because that is when we are wearing the least clothes and our skin to appear smooth and radiant. However, it is just as important in the winter if you want to avoid the dull, crispy skin that comes every year.
What is it?
Exfoliation is the act of removing dead skin cells. Your body naturally removes dead skin cells, but at a rate governed by an internal clock. If too many dead skin cells build up before that time, you are left with dull, scaly skin. You can remove these dead cells yourself with the help of a body scrub, loofah or a dry brush.
Your skin benefits from your products the most when there aren’t any dead skin cells in the way. Exfoliated skin allows your moisturizer to penetrate deeper, thus allowing you to experience the full benefits of the product (ex. nutrients can penetrate your skin at deeper levels and your skin stays moisturized longer).
Exfoliation also speeds up cell turnover, which is great for those looking to improve their skin’s overall appearance. Cell turnover is when your body replaces damaged skin cells with healthy ones. The cell turnover rate for babies is every 1-3 weeks- that’s why their skin is so soft and their skin tone is so even. As we age, our cell turnover slows down. This can lead to dull skin and body acne triggered by the accumulation of dead skin cells.
As you can see, exfoliation is essential for maintaining moist, glowing skin in the winter. Exfoliation:
Which method do I recommend?
Exfoliating in the shower with a body scrub is my favorite method.
That way involves exfoliating and adding moisture at the same time. Terrene Fusions Coffee & Himalayan Salt Scrub moisturizes with Shea Butter while the Himalayan Salt and Coffee granules remove your dead skin. The caffeine content in the coffee also helps diminish the appearance of cellulite. It’s an indulgent treat to use in the shower before starting your day.
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WHAT ARE THEY?
Silk Amino Acids (A.K.A SAA's or Liquid Silk) are a staple additive in many of Terrene Fusions’ hair products. They are derived from one of the softest fabrics in the world- silk. The amino acids are extracted from proteins in the silk worms’ cocoon. These proteins are extracted after the silkworm has completed metamorphosis (which is when the worm turns into a moth and leaves its cocoon). This keeps the worms/moths alive while we get the benefits of the silk proteins from their cocoons.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
The low molecular weight of silk amino acids allows them to easily penetrate the outer layers of our hair. These amino acids bind to damaged sections of our hair’s cuticle and form a protective layer. It easily binds to our hair’s cuticle so effortlessly because our hair is already made of amino acids. How would you retouch a wall with chipped paint? Paint over the chipped spots with the same, or a similar paint color. Then you’re left with a wall that looks crisp and new. In a way, that’s what silk aminos do for your hair. We are left with hair that is softer, less frizzy, easier to style and noticeably shinier with continued use. These benefits are why silk amino acids are so popular in the ingredient lists ofproducts used for hair smoothing treatments, like silk presses. You’ll often find them in Terrene Fusions' shampoos, conditioners, leave in conditioners and hair creams.
WHEN TO USE
Silk amino acids are gentle proteins, so it’s safe to use products with them regularly. Just be cautious if you are protein sensitive; other stronger proteins may be in your products and cause a protein overload. It is especially beneficial to use silk amino acids if you are trying to increase your hair’s natural sheen. This is because the appearance of your hair is dependent on the health of your cuticle. Raised, damaged cuticles reflect less light, making the hair appear dull. Smooth, healthy cuticles reflect more light off of each hair strand, making your hair shinier overall.
Speaking of shine, the bends in curly hair also influence how much shine you have. The tighter the curl, the less shine because light has less flat spots to reflect off of. So, kinkier textures like mine get a sheen versus a glossy shine. Think of it like this: It's easier to see a consistent reflection in the ocean when the water is still. The more the water starts moving, the more waves it gets. This produces a less uniform reflection, like the one below. Your hair is the ocean in this scenario. That's how and why shine varies on different textures of hair.
especially recommend using products with silk amino acids if you are planning to flat iron your hair. I tried this for the first time two weeks ago and my hair was shinier than it’d ever been after flat ironing in the past. I used Terrene Fusions Olive & Aloe Clarifying Shampoo followed by Terrene Fusions Moisturizing Deep Conditioner. Both products contain silk amino acids. It’s important to use as little product as possible. when flat ironing your hair to avoid weighing your hair down. So after washing, I just followed up with a heat protectant and a homemade lightweight leave in containing water, aloe, and a few drops of grapeseed oil. My hair was super soft, shiny and moisturized after flat ironing with a heat setting of 430°.
PRODUCTS CONTAINING SILK AMINO ACIDS
1. Replenishing Deep Conditioner
2. Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
3. Olive & Aloe Clarifying Shampoo
4. Mango Shea Cocoa Moisturizing Hair Lotion
5. Moisturizing Detangling Cream
If you are trying to tame constant frizz or increase your hair’s natural sheen, silk amino acids are definitely the way to go.
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