In some cultures, hair is considered a sign of beauty or even wealth. Hair loss and thinning tops the list of men and women as they age. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow. 35 meters of hair fibre is produced every day on the average adult scalp. The average scalp has 100,000 hairs.
Hair loss or thinning can occur for many reasons including stress, deficiencies and underlying illnesses. Nutritional deficiencies are linked to hair loss. While factors like age, hormones, diet and genetics affect hair growth, optimal nutrient intake is key.
If you’re concerned about losing your hair incorporate a consistent regimen where you eat foods high in these nutrients or take supplements that support hair growth.
1. Vitamin A (Hair needs Vitamin A to stay moisturized and grow.)
All cells need vitamin A for growth and hair is no different. Vitamin A also help the glands produce sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy.
Sources: Sweet Potato, Eggs, Yogurt, Spinach, Kale, Carrots and Pumpkin.
2. B-Vitamins (Helps carry oxygen and nutrients to your scalp which aids in hair growth.)
The B Vitamin Biotin is best known for hair growth. A biotin deficiency leads to hair loss. B Vitamins also help create red blood cells which carry oxygen and nutrients to the hair and scalp.
3. Zinc (Plays an important role in hair tissue, growth and repair.)
Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It also keeps the hair glands around the follicles working properly. Consuming too much Zinc can contribute to hair loss so it is important to get your Zinc from whole foods.
Sources: Oysters, Spinach, Lentils, Beef and Pumpkin Seeds
4. Vitamin D (Low levels of Vitamin D is linked to Alopecia.)
Research shows that vitamin D may help create new follicles — the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow. A vitamin D deficiency is also the cause of Alopecia or hair loss.
Sources: Sun exposure, Fatty Fish, Cod Liver Oil, and Mushrooms.
5. Vitamin E (Helps prevent oxidations stress and boost hair growth.)
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals and prevents oxidative stress to boost hair growth.
Sources: Avocados, Almonds, Spinach, and Sunflower seeds.
The headscarf is a go to accessory on bad hair days or if you're on the go. With a slick ponytail, and a headscarf the possibilities are endless. There are so many different ways to sport the look and it fits any occasion: Poolside, Cocktails, Brunch or if you want to look cute at bedtime.
All styles were create on a slick ponytail. Terrinique our Jelle Coconut Styling Gel and Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend to secure hair neatly back.
1. Secure it around your ponytail and let it hang.
2. Try it around the crown of your head for a 70's vibe.
3. For something more elegant, tie it with a bow on top.
4. Match your favorite PJ's while neatly securing your hair before bed.
Shop our new Kurlee Belle Signature Headscarf here.
Ever wondered why your hair is straight or curly? Genetics have a lot to do with it. The shape of the hair follicle, which is inherited from our parents is the determining factor in whether our hair is straight or curly.
If your follicle is round, hair will tend to grow straight, while an oval follicle will give wavy hair and a hooked or elliptical-shaped follicle will give you curly hair.
Straight hair follicles are vertically down into your scalp, while curly hair follicles tunnel at an angle. This is the main reason why straight hair is less dry than curly hair. Because curly hair grows at an angle it is difficult for natural oils to spread through the hair. Straight hair on the other hand, does not have this issue since the follicle is vertical.
This is also why curly-haired people don't have to wash their hair as often as straight haired people. While this is a great benefit of having natural ringlets, curly haired-people also may encounter scalp irritation and dandruff more. To combat this issue, we recommend using a moisturizing shampoo like Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo, made with Apple Cider Vinegar, that does not strip the hair of its natural oils while cleaning the hair and scalp.
Has your hair changed its texture? Did it go from curly to straight or vice versa? #CoolFact: Our genes for curly hair can turn on and off making our hair grow straight when "off "and curly when "on".
What scientists have figured out is the genes responsible for our hair texture can get turned on or off.
Genes can turn on and off for lots of different reasons mostly because of hormones. Several hormones have been implicated causing changes in hair texture. Changes in age, nutrition, temperature, sun exposure and various other factors can cause our bodies to change the amounts or types of hormones we make.
Some women report that their hair became thicker and glossier during pregnancy. This might be a result of increased levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body. Has this ever happened to you?
Confused about your curl pattern? That’s why we’re here. Your follicle shape, which is determined by genetics, is what defines your curl pattern. So you can literally attribute your curls to your mom or dad.
Your DNA might cause you to have perfectly round (Straight Hair), oval shaped (Curly Hair) or both (Wavy Hair) follicles that lead to curly hair. The flatter or more oval-shaped the follicle, the curlier your hair; the more circular the cross-section, the straighter your hair.
Most people with textured hair have more than one type of pattern on their head, so you may have a combination of kinky, coily, wavy, and curly. Identifying your curl shape and pattern (or patterns) is best determined while your hair is wet.
🌀 Type 2 or Wavy hair is bendable, can be fine to coarse, and have a definitive S pattern that lays closer to the head.
➿ Type 4 or Coily/kinky hair, is naturally very dry and spongy in texture and can be soft and fine or coarse and wiry. Strands form very tight, small curls of zig-zags right from the scalp and are prone to major shrinkage. Best Products for Coily Hair, click here.
The sub-classifications of A to C are based on the width or diameter of your wave, curl, or coil pattern. Type As have a wider pattern size, Type Bs medium, and Type Cs the smallest of the three. The real beauty of identifying your hair type is that you’re better at understanding how to care for your texture so you can have more versatility.
Did you ever feel like your hair looks thin? You could have low density hair.
Simply put, hair density is the number of individual strands per square inch on your scalp. The average person has approximately 2,200 strands of hair per square inch on their head and sheds between 50 and 100 hairs per day.
Hair density is the thinness or thickness of the collective group of hairs on your head. While on the other hand, hair thinness or thickness refers to the circumference of each strand. For example, someone could have very fine hair (strands) that is very dense (meaning they have a lot of fine hairs per square inch) or they could have thick, but low density hair (meaning they have thick strands but not so many per square inch).
HOW CAN I TELL THE DENSITY OF MY HAIR? The easiest way to assess the density of your hair is to look at your ponytail. Gather your hair into a ponytail and measure the circumference of your tail. If your ponytail is less than two inches, you have low density hair. If the circumference is two to three inches, you have medium density hair and if it’s four or more inches you have high density hair.
If your hair can’t fit into a ponytail, another way to tell your hair’s density is by looking at your scalp. If you can easily see your scalp without touching or moving your hair around, you likely have low-density hair. If your scalp is somewhat visible from the top of your head, then you have medium density hair. And if your scalp is barely visible then you have high density hair.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE LOW-DENSITY HAIR? For low density hair, you’ll want to steer clear of heavy creams and butters that will weigh the hair down and reduce volume. Use products that make the hair look fuller and contain thickening agents like our Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner. It is a lightweight conditioner that contains a thickening agent for added volume. Braided updos, spiral curls, perm rod sets, and flat twist out are great options for low density hair.
For Medium density, you can use heavier products to give your hair more weight so that it hangs. Styles like Wash N’ Go’s are perfect for medium density hair. Twists and braids too. Our Kurl Defining Creme and Jelle Coconut Styling Gel is your perfect match.
If you have High Density Hair, heavy products like gels, creams and butters will hold your curls together and give more volume. Layered hairstyles are great too. Try our Hemp Flaxseed Curling Jelle to elongate your curls.
Medium to High Density Hair Styled with our Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner.
Hair thinning or hair loss is terrifying for both men and women. When it comes to preventing hair loss, the key is to get in there early. Here are some helpful tips to help if you're battling hair loss.
1. Stay Calm 🧘🏽 Increased stress levels coupled with changes in hormone levels can cause hair fall. Stress can push hair follicles into a “resting” phase so that they don't produce new hair strands.
2. Massage Your Scalp 💆🏽♀️ Massaging your scalp causes blood vessels under the skin to dilate, generating more blood to the area. The stimulation stretches out the cells of hair follicles which causes these follicles to produce thicker hair strands. Try it, especially on your thinning areas.
3. Be Gentle ☁️ Always detangle wet hair with a slippery conditioner or leave-in conditioner. Great hair every day requires gentle hair detangling before drying and styling; otherwise, you risk hair breakage. Using the right hair tools in your beauty regimen makes all the difference.
4. Use the Best Products 🧴 Search for products that meet your hair care needs. For example, if you are experiencing dry, brittle hair, do regular deep conditioning treatments with Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment, moisturizing masque. If your edges are starting to thin out, we recommend applying our Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend, twice daily to restore hair loss.
5. Hydrate 💦 Did you know that 1/4 of your hair shaft is comprised of water? That’s why is it important to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!! Not drinking enough water (around 6–8 glasses a day) can lead to dry, brittle hair that snaps or falls out more easily. In contrast, staying hydrated helps to optimize hair growth and retention.
Struggling to detangle your curly, kinky or coily hair? Don't worry, you're not alone. When someone without curly hair says to us 'why don't you just brush it' we instantly get flashbacks from our childhood of our mother trying to fix the tangled mess on our head. As beautiful as curly hair is, it needs ALOT of loving and tender care - otherwise you end up looking like Hagrid.
We've tried and tested different detangling methods in our time to share with you our top detangling tips without damaging your tresses.
How you detangle natural hair is equally as important as the products you rely on to keep your tresses frizz free and hydrated. Regularly detangling natural hair will help keep your curls healthy and defined!
We recommend only detangling your hair when it is wet or damp (preferably in the shower) and lathered in a deep-conditioner. When your hair is wet it is softer and has more slip to easily glide through any knots. If you run a brush through your dry curls, you're basically breaking down your spirals with each pass through.
When detangling you want a tool that’s going to allow you to detangle with gentle tension. A brush that isn't designed for curly hair can damage your texture and break curls. Which is why we're excited to announce our new Kurlee Belle Flexible Detangling Brush!
This detangling brush has been specifically designed to glide through tangles with ease for frizz free hair and suitable for all hair types. It features a comfortable non slip rubber handle and is waterproof so you can use it in the shower.
How To Detangle With A Detangle Brush
Hold the detangle brush in a vertical manner and gently brush wet hair from tip upwards. Detangle brush can also be used for styling with a hair dryer.
Adjust the brush depending on the length of your hair:
FOR SHORT OR THIN HAIR: Adjust slider to first line.
FOR LONG OR THICK HAIR: Adjust slider to second line.
Just remember if it's hurting you it's hurting your curls! Take it slow and be patient. Do you have any detangling tips that have helped you?
Conditioner is a curly girls hair care NECESSITY.
Type 3 and 4 hair is unique in that it often does not hold its natural oils and without natural oils, hair becomes dry, potentially leading to significant hair follicle damage.
You may already be aware that conditioner can make your hair softer, shinier, and more manageable. But you might not realize that the type of conditioner you use and how often you apply it can also make a big difference.
There are four distinct categories of conditioners - rinse out conditioners, leave-in conditioners, protein deep treatments and moisturizing deep treatments. But what are the differences? Let's battle them out and see who reigns supreme.
Rinse Out Conditioners vs. Leave-In Conditioners
The classic rinse-out conditioner is applied to wet, freshly washed hair and rinsed out after a minute or two. The main purpose of a wash-out conditioner is to close the cuticles of the hair follicle and restore any moisture that may have been lost after shampooing.
Leave-in conditioners are applied to damp hair and left in the hair, without rinsing, to retain moisture. They may seem like an extra, unnecessary step in your arsenal of products and many naturals choose not to use them at all however they actually serve many purposes.
A good leave-in conditioner will help
define your curls and gives you immense shine as well as replenish and boosting your hairs moisture especially in between shampoos.
So, can you use your rinse out as a leave in? Yes, rinse out conditioners can make a good alternative when you've run out of your leave-in and don't have time to pop down to Sallys, however we wouldn't recommend making this part of your regular wash day routine.
The reason being each conditioner is formulated differently and serve different purposes. Rinse out conditioners are often made with heavier ingredients which you don't normally find in leave in conditioners because they weigh the hair down too much and can result in a build up of product when used excessively.
Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. So take the time to invest in both a good rinse-out and a leave-in conditioner.
Protein Deep Treatments vs. Moisturizing Deep Treatments
Deep treatments are not a new technique and if there's one tip stressed in the natural hair world it's the importance of deep conditioning. We won't bore you with why you should use a deep treatment, but do you know the difference between a protein and moisturizing deep treatment and do you really need both?
Our hair needs a healthy balance of both moisture and protein to thrive, retaining strength and elasticity. Figuring out whether your hair needs protein or moisture can sometimes be a little confusing, especially if you are just starting out on your natural hair journey.
If you have color treated hair or your tresses feel limp, stretchy or you're experiencing breakage you may be in need of a protein treatment. Our hair is made up of protein and protein treatments can help strengthen weak strands from heat styling and increase the elasticity of our natural hair and appearance.
If your hair is feeling dry, dull or straw like and your curls won't clump together it's time for a moisture boost!
Hair strength depends on cuticle integrity and amount of water in the fibres. Without water, your hair becomes dry and brittle and much more prone to breakage. Moisturizing Deep Treatments help attract and balance water levels in the hair fibres to improve strength and elasticity.
When it comes to our skin care routine we invest time, money and a lot of effort to keep ourselves looking fabulous. Even our hair tresses themselves get a lot of love and attention!
But have you stopped to think about your scalp? Our scalp is the soil in which our hair grows. It holds approx. 100,000 hair follicles, so in order for your scalp to function properly, it needs a bit of TLC.
Whilst skin care often addresses concerns such as fine lines and pigmentation, scalp care prevents concerns like dryness, flaking and hair loss.
Taking care of your tresses and taking care of your scalp are two different things..
So, if up until now you haven’t given your scalp a second thought, it’s time to invest in some super scalp saviors that will nourish and protect those curly tresses you work so hard to maintain!
STEP 1: CLEANSE - SHAMPOO
Your hair follicles can easily become blocked due to dead skin cells, product buildup, and sebum, which inhibits hair growth. Proper application and distribution of shampoo on the scalp followed by circular movements to deeply cleanse the scalp and lather are key when shampooing your hair.
A good shampoo should do two things -
1. Cleanse and clear any build up and
2. Nourish and hydrate.
Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo contains apple cider vinegar for deep cleansing which will purify the scalp and removes any residue build up from styling products. It also contains shea butter which will deeply moisturizing while repairing damage to the hair and scalp.
STEP 2: MOISTURIZE - SCALP MASK
Scalp care goes beyond just shampooing your hair. Just like you'd use a mask on your face, a scalp mask is packed with problem-fighting ingredients that will boost your scalp health.
As the name suggests,Honey Ginger Protein Treatment contains ginger which is a natural anti-inflammatory and has antiseptic properties for healthy hair and a healthy scalp. It also contains peppermint, a natural moisturizer that eliminates dandruff and deeply moisturizes.
STEP 3: INVEST - TREATMENT
The most important step when investing in scalp health is a quality treatment. The idea of putting oil on your scalp may seem scary but could actually counteract over-active sebum production and stimulate healthy hair growth by starting at the follicle.
Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend contains Moringa which is great for cleansing pollutants and delivering moisture deep into the scalp to prevent dryness and flaking.
Pro tip: Cell regeneration is at its peak when your body is in a state of rest, so using your treatments and serums are best at night!
Healthy tresses begins with a healthy scalp. So, no matter what your curl type, it is important to give your scalp the care and attention it deserves!