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WIDE TOOTH COMB by Scunci
Start at the hair line and go down the back of your head to the tips!
VIDEO showing how: JJJ Measuring and combing floor length hair
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PRE CONDITIONING: I always put some sort of barrier on my hair before
washing.Here are 3 ways:
I do one of these depending on how much time I have.
1. Coconut Oil on dry hair at least one hour before washing.
3.Conditioner on wet hair from the ears down.(the quickest way)
This is a good way to use up those conditioners that are laying around!
Trying to protect the length by creating a barrier. These oils and
conditioners rinse off with one shampoo and I don't
have any residue, just clean softer hair. I shampoo
twice but avoid the length during the first shampoo,
concentrating on the scalp area.( for more info
see Shampoo section)
OILING: I mainly use Spectrum virgin unrefined coconut oil.PHOTO More details on coconut oil
When oiling, my hair is always dry so the coconut oil can penetrate. I NEVER put oil on my scalp!
I only put oil on the length from ears
down, concentrating on the ends.
I don't over oil or use a lot. I want to be able to rinse the bulk of it
out easily and quickly.
I also use Jojoba oil to add shine and to tame my hair after washing and
Only 1 or 2 drops of jojoba oil in palm of hands on dry hair.(use for makeup removal too)
Some oils, like olive are hard to rinse out because it is a very heavy
oil.I tried it a few times.
(make sure your olive oil is REAL. Recent tests showed fake
olive oil!) read about it HERE
OILING BETWEEN SHAMPOOS: I use smaller amounts of coconut oil and
concentrate on the ends.
I mostly do this in the winter when the air is dry.Controls static too.
When I started my longer hair journey in 2005 (hair tail bone length/36") I
learned to wash much less
( advice from a long hair specialist ) and try stretching washes to once a week.
Since 2005, I have washed my hair
once a week. (for years I washed twice a week) Washing less meant less stripping
of the natural oils and less wear and tear from combing, drying and handling in
The best thing for your hair is actually your own natural oils!
I went from washing it 104 times a year to 52 times a year! See the washing poll HERE
It took some
getting used too! Sometimes I wash sooner, 5 days if I have too and
sometimes I wash every 8th or 9th day but never longer than 10 days! (10
days is rare) It all evens out!
HERE IS AN ARTICLE I MADE A COUPLE YEARS AGO -Do's and Dont's/Tips
I pre condition the length every time to create a barrier.(see info in pre conditioning)
I shampoo twice, but only allow the
shampoo to run down the length ONCE during the 2nd shampoo.
I never scrub the length or pile it on my head, I just leave it hanging down.
I wash my hair in the shower and simply lean over and concentrate on the
scalp area during the first shampoo.
I use warmer water for the 1st shampoo and cooler for the 2nd shampoo.
I always use a shower water filter now and this has helped so much with
SHAMPOO BRANDS:My favorite right now (since 2013) is Organix Cherry Blossom Ginseng. PHOTO
I use a couple others once in a while from this line including the Organix
Macadamia Oil Shampoo PHOTO and the Organix Keratin
Oil Shampoo PHOTO and Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo PHOTO (2010-2012)
I avoid SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) or SLES (sodium laureth
sulfate) surfactants/foaming agents that strip oil and are
harsh on scalp and dry out hair.(check the label for ingredients)
animal testing with Organix line.
These are not "Organic" or chemical free.
I tried organic shampoo like Jason & Avalon Organics brands but couldnt handle the smell
DILUTE SHAMPOO! I have been diluting my shampoo with purified water since
I mix 20% shampoo into 80% water in a big empty shampoo bottle.
This helps distribute the shampoo and I tend to use less. Shake it up
before use. I make enough for 2-3 shampoos.
DRY SHAMPOO:I started using dry shampoo in 2013. I tried many kinds and my
favorite is Batiste PHOTO
My hair starts to get a bit oily on day 4 and this is when I sometimes use
Batiste uses rice starch where most others use aluminum starch! LOVE IT!
I use conditioner after every shampoo. My hair loves silicones and I need
them for combing out my hair when wet.
I rinse out the shampoo and squeeze out as much water as possible. Now I
get my Neutrogena triple moisture
daily deep conditioner (my new favorite and the best I have ever used for
I put a generous amount on from the ears down and clip it up for 5
I rinse it with cool/warm water and only for 15-20 seconds leaving some in
My hair feels so slick and soft and its not hard to comb out.
I hardly ever use the matching conditioner that goes with the shampoo!
Using silicone "cones" has been so important in minimizing damage from
detangling. I stay away from coney serums.
Those suffocate the hair in my opinion. I only use a wide tooth comb to
detangle.I use T-Shirts to put my hair up
and soak up some water before I comb, but only for a couple minutes, I need my hair
to be very
wet when I comb it out with my wide tooth comb.(never a brush) Once in a while I comb it in the shower with conditioner in.
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Look for the JAR, Not the thinner regular Nexxus conditioner in the bottle!
USE A CLARIFYING SHAMPOO BEFORE USING ANY DEEP TREATMENT!
Deep treatments are more expensive and you want the full benefit!
This insures the best results since the product can't penetrate hair if there is a buildup of silicone or hair products.I use Neutrogena anti residue Shampoo (strong-a little goes a long way) PHOTO or Suave clarifying shampoo PHOTO or any shampoo with harsh sulfates!
(Harsh sulfates: SLS,SLES,ALS) I never use baking soda or vinegar!
How often? This varies with the seasons. In the winter I use it every 3-4 weeks and in the summer I do 5-6 weeks.
OR if my hair seems like it needs it. Nexxus is a little more expensive at $14-$18 a jar.
(Nexxus is my favorite so far and it really is worth the money!)
The heat cap(Mastex Brand) opens the hair cuticle for deeper conditioning PHOTO
Sometimes I am lazy just leave deep conditioner on without the cap, wrapped in a towel.
Other deep Conditioners I use sometimes are:
L'OREAL Natures Therapy Mega Strength-(Sally's Beauty $12) PHOTO Nuetrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask (less expensive $6-$8) PHOTO
I have a couple more deep treatments I want to try...
Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrating Conditioning Balm( very pricey $25+)
UPDATE! I TRIED THE MIRACLE 7 and loved it! MY REVIEW
I will let you know how I liked these and if they were worth the money.
Deep conditioning is a very important part of my hair care!
COMBING: I use a wide tooth comb 99% of the time and I really love WTC (wide tooth combs)
I have tries several brands and my favorite brands are: MADORA/George Michael # 116 ,Scunci (discontinued),HairSense #210 and Swissco brand. My COMB collection can be seen in this PHOTO ALBUM. I always comb wet hair and never brush PHOTO Hair is fragile when wet and it stretches.
Inspect combs for seams and sharp edges.
I like combs better with no handle, although I have some of each.
Links to favorite combs:
I avoid combs made of horn or bone.
BRUSHING: Since 2005 the only brush I used was a Boar Bristle Brush (BBB)
but... hardly used one at all until 2010 although I had 2 brushes.
I only used a wide tooth comb for nearly 5 years! (this shocked them at the salon lol)
This changed in 2009/2010 when I went to a long hair salon (George Michael Salon) and the use of a BBB was explained and emphasized to me by them and also a hair expert friend I know online who worked under George Michael. BBB distributes the oils and smoothes the hair unlike anything. It is also wonderful for scalp stimulation.( My GM BBB PHOTO ) Bend at the waist and brush 50 strokes.
(work your way up from 10) I brushed it for a while, but as my hair grew to extreme lengths it became harder to go
from scalp to tips in one stroke!
Stopping halfway creates tangles,so I had to stop for now
Until I trim my hair back quite a bit, I am only able to brush part of the length while holding it.
I do notice that doing this smoothes the hair and helps remove lint that causes knots!
YES, lint and dust creates knots! This is one problem with adding oil to the hair, it attracts dust and lint!
Plus I only wash weekly so I must BBB the length more often! I wear hair up daily too!
The BBB is wonderful for removing dust & lint.I have a softer bristle brush for this purpose.
Most of the time I can SEE the lint/dust ball in the center of the knot.
I actually have a photo for you HERE I have tried the Tangle Teezer and I just dont like it.PHOTO Maybe my hair is just too long for it because it doesn't work at all. Plus the noise it makes is terrible and I just can't get used to that ripping sound. I gave mine to a short hair family member, they love it.
BBB are not hard to find in stores since they have become more popular.
I like to examine it and feel the stiffness of the bristles. BBB is not for everyone.
If you have very fine hair or curly hair, be very careful!
I prefer to use a blow dryer on my hair. For me, it's safe and quick with
less tangling and handling.
I REMOVE AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE BEFORE USING THE DRYER!
GET THE WATER OUT!
Removing as much water as possible before I dry helps speed up the whole
I personally don't like having wet hair so try to get it dry
right away. I use T-Shirts instead of towels! I love using T-Shirts over towels
because towels can be heavy and rough!
I cut off the bottom of a large cotton T-Shirt (cut from arm to arm and
then cut one more time to make one big strip.)
I wrap this around my head with my hair clipped up and tie it. Comb after 5
minutes and then re-wrap for 10 minutes with another dry T-Shirt. I take my hair
down and divide it in half, parting it down the back. Now I take another dry
T-Shirt and squeeze my hair for 5 seconds going down the entire length. PHOTO
I work with half of my hair at a time.This works great. 5 PHOTOS
USING THE BLOW DRYER:
I work mostly from the under layers and try to avoid the outer layer of
hair. I leave it divided and parted down the back. PHOTO
I USE "WARM" NOT HOT. Most hair dryers these days have 3 settings,
COOL,WARM and HOT. PHOTO Use your common sense and you can use a blow dryer with
NO DAMAGE! I dry in several 3 to 5 minute sessions and let my hair rest for a few
minutes in between. Keep the dryer about 10-15" away from the hair. I repeat this process
until my hair is 90% dry.The last drying session I bend forward and do all of
Hair dryers these days have a cool shot button or a cool setting. I finish by using
cool/room temp air, this helps the cuticle lay flat. With a hair dryer you can aim the air where you need it with
less handling in my opinion! Always aim the dryer DOWN to help the hair scales
lay flat.(this is not rocket science lol, just common sense!)
AIR DRYING / FAN DRYING
Once in a while I do AIR DRY. This takes more hair flipping and handling to
get it dry. My under layers are hard to dry and can take several hours or
overnight to dry.
Outside on a sunny day is a nice time to air dry BUT, I don't like anyone
watching me (neighbors) and am quite the spectacle doing this!
Indoors I can use a floor fan and be in private. These air drying methods
do need more handling and flipping of the hair which lead to more tangles,
combing and work.
ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU HAIR DRYERS ARE DAMAGING JUST MIGHT BE WRONG! (How are THEY using one?)
ANY TOOL CAN BE USED THE RIGHT AND WRONG WAY, REMEMBER THIS! (blasting hot air is wrong)
USING THE HAIR DRYER ON COOL AND WARM ONLY IS SAFE IN MY OPINION!
My hair actually stays more tangle free, smooth and straight between washes
when I blow dry!
TEST YOUR BLOW DRYER. I can hold mine 1" away from skin while on the WARM setting and it doesnt burn at all.
The hotter the air, the further you need to hold the dryer. (common sense!)
Links to help you!
Save your long hair from the risk of a salon visit too!
I ONLY TRUST LONG HAIR SALONS
JJJs Self Trim Photo Album
LEARN TO TRIM YOUR OWN HAIR!
Please visit Faye's self trimming page for directions on trimming shorter hair ( Mid back/BSL/waist length) She also has directions for several cuts like rounded and v shape with photos to help you.
WAIST LENGTH/Hip length hair self trim:
"Le Jardin d'Isa et No"
V, U and straight cut instructions with photos.
WARNING TO OLIVE OIL USERS: 69% is fake! Article!
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Jojoba,Sweet almond,Grape seed,Avacado, Vitamin E,Coconut
Personally, I prefer Jojoba & Coconut oil.
unrefined/organic oils only
(but I never apply oil to my scalp!)
How often do you wash your hair?
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Everyones hair reacts differently to different products. What works for one, may not work for another. Everyone has their own specific needs for their hair type.
Depending on your hair care routine, you need to adjust and experiment as to what works FOR YOU!
Please keep that in mind!
Posted here is what works FOR ME because so many of you wondered! I try to keep my routine very basic with few products.
Thanks for reading! JJJ
My hair care has WORKED! I was able to reach ANKLE LENGTH!
Here are photos of 2 ways at 68". Which one do you like best?
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