Fash­ion diva fix my look

The Manica Post - - Fashion / Dateline / Relationships - Ann Ruthen­burg Ann can be mes­saged only on 0772933845, or emailed on Anas­ta­sia. africa@ gmail. com or found in Meik­les Depart­ment Store Hair and Beauty Salon Mutare.

HELLO Mutare, I am so ex­cited at the feed­back we are get­ting from the makeovers we are do­ing. I can­not wait to show­case our next makeover dur­ing Easter. Every­one de­serves an­other chance and every­one has a story.

Here we tell your story whilst show­ing you that your sit­u­a­tion is not who you are.

You can look the best that you can, by mak­ing a de­ci­sion. Mes­sage the Fash­ion Diva if you want a makeover and if you have a story to tell that we can use to give some­one out there courage to face each day.

In the mean­time, I can­not ig­nore my faith­ful read­ers who dili­gently write in ask­ing ques­tions.

So in be­tween these makeovers I may have to an­swer a rel­e­vant ques­tion or two.

Today I am an­swer­ing a ques­tion on Cro­chet braids and on whether braids are good for the hair.

Braids have been around from the be­gin­ning of time and if done well and the right way, they are great for hair growth and thick­ness.

Whether they are done us­ing your own hair or ex­ten­sions, they are an ex­cel­lent style choice for nat­u­rals of any length.

You can use them when you’re grown tired with your hair and want to leave it alone for a while, or when you just want to change up your style or colour. With min­i­mal main­te­nance, you can keep them for weeks at a time.

What is bet­ter than a plaited braid in my opin­ion is the cro­chet braid. Any­one that has had the cro­chet braid will know that I am telling the truth there.

The cro­chet braid for those who do not know; is when one puts a braid or weave on to hair that is plaited for a weave.

In other words the ex­ten­sion is not plaited on to your hair, it is cro­cheted onto your hair.

It is gen­tler, does not pull on the hair or dam­age the hair. It lasts as long as the corn­rows on the hair last, or as long as the hair does not slip out.

So why do braids break the hair?

Well there are many rea­sons, but these are the main ones are

◆ Plait Ten­sion — pulling the hair too tight and

◆ Braids that are two heavy for the type of hair and

◆ Plaits that are too thin and

◆ Braids that have been left for months on the hair with­out un­do­ing.

Here are some help­ful hints to take be­fore in­stal­la­tion to give your­self both a smoother braid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and less dif­fi­culty when come take down.

Han­dle any pre- ex­ist­ing is­sues

This step can (and should) be taken far­ther in ad­vance than the oth­ers. You want your hair to be in the best pos­si­ble shape when you braid.

If you have dry scalp (dan­druff), get a sham­poo to fight the flakes. If your hair feels weak, strengthen it with pro­tein treat­ments.

Any hair-re­lated prob­lems you have will only worsen af­ter leav­ing your hair more or less alone for two months. Try to set­tle any is­sues at least two weeks be­fore you braid.

Wash and con­di­tion

This sill be the last time you have ac­cess to your loose hair for sev­eral weeks. Be sure to give your scalp a good scrub, re­mov­ing any residue that might be there. This is much eas­ier to do with­out a head full of ex­ten­sions.

Use a clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo to re­move dirt and oil from your hair. Con­di­tion af­ter­wards to add mois­ture back to your hair.

Your con­di­tioner might also have other prop­er­ties that your hair needs: mois­tur­is­ing, pro­tein, etc.

Deep con­di­tion leave in treat­ment

This is your last chance to add ex­tra strength and mois­ture to your hair be­fore you braid it.

This fi­nal con­di­tioner will also spend the most time in your hair, so use this step to in­ject any ex­tra in­gre­di­ents that could ben­e­fit your hair. This will add ex­tra slip to your strands, which will aid with the in­stal­la­tion process.

De-tan­gle thor­oughly

De-tan­gle your hair as much as pos­si­ble, for two rea­sons. If you haven’t de-tan­gled your hair enough, your stylist will, most likely with one of those fine-toothed combs that spell break­age for nat­u­ral hair.

Avoid the pain, the ex­tra time, and the pos­si­ble break­age by de-tan­gling your hair your­self, us­ing tools that are Black hair-friendly.

Af­ter all, the per­son who loves your hair the most, and will give it the most TLC, is you.

Black hair is prone to tan­gling, and you will not have ac­cess to your loose hair while the braids are in.

Af­ter eight weeks, you’ll have ac­cu­mu­lated quite a bit of shed hair come take down ( hu­mans shed, on av­er­age, be­tween 40 and 120 hair strands a day), in ad­di­tion to how­ever much tan­gled new growth you’ll have.

Hair that was well de-tan­gled be­fore in­stal­la­tion will be eas­ier to comb through again dur­ing take down, mak­ing for a shorter (and less frus­trat­ing) de-tan­gling ses­sion.

With proper prepa­ra­tion, in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance, braid ex­ten­sions can last up to eight weeks be­fore they need to be re­moved.

Pre­par­ing your hair for in­stal­la­tion is the first step to mak­ing sure you get the most out of your braided style by rock­ing it for as long as pos­si­ble. — Fash­ion diva Ann Ruthen­burg.

What is bet­ter than a plaited braid in my opin­ion is the cro­chet braid. Any­one that has had the cro­chet braid will know that I am telling the truth there.

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