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My Hair, My Way - January Class
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My Hair, My Way - February Class
On Sunday, January 26th, Jaha Academy had its second DIY class and the first one of the year! My Hair My Way is a new series of classes that Jaha Academy has launched aimed at teaching all ages how to do their hair outside of a salon. While Jaha is a natural hair salon which focuses on natural hair care, we also like to always apply that through educating our clients and making sure they're prepared for their natural hair journey outside of the salon. Sunday was a splendid day of self-education, natural hair care, and self-love. It was a fulfilling experience for our attendees and a joy to know that they had the abilities to give themselves a salon-level hair-do.
Two of our attendees were all natural high-schooler Cami and Ms. Tanya, a fairly new all natural client and a new graduate from nursing school. Ms. Tanya came in with two strand twists still in her hair, not knowing that we were not only going to teach her how to style her hair, but also how to shampoo it and care for it daily. It was no problem, though; Ms. Tanya came ready and willing to learn! She was also preparing for an interview, so we had to keep that in mind while advising her. Cami came in, still rocking her twist out from the last visit. We took her back to do a pre-shampoo comb-out, meaning that we went through her hair and pulled apart any of the curls we saw with our fingers. This makes shampooing, especially combing out during conditioning, much easier and prevents knots in the hair. Note: Do not comb through dry hair. The strands are too dry and brittle and are likely to break off. Make sure that when you're combing, hair is damp and conditioned to prevent breakage.
While we were finger combing through Cami's hair, Ms. Tanya was taken up front to the shampoo bowl, twists still in, for her shampoo. We taught her how to give herself a vinegar treatment shampoo, meaning she shampooed her hair with our ACV (apple cider vinegar) and one of our shampoos. The ACV Rinse is very good for deep cleaning because it removes product buildup, eliminates dandruff, balances the scalps pH and is good for overall hair health. The ACV Rinse is one of the scalp treatments that Jaha Hair Studio offers to its clients. Ms. Tanya also suffers from an excessively itchy scalp, so the vinegar both relieved and deeply cleansed. Instead of shampooing Ms. Tanya with the entirety of our hands, we focused solely on the scalp to keep her two strand twists from coming out. She sat with the ACV rinse for 15 minutes.
We had both ladies stand over the sink as one would if they were shampooing hair at home outside of the shower. We taught them both how to shampoo their own hair, explaining to them the process of how to methodically approach cleansing their scalps. Cami gave herself two good, thorough shampoos, and afterwards, we brought her back to comb her hair out. Ms. Tanya was brought back to begin working on her style, her way. Ms. Tanya was taught how to rod her two strand twists for voluminous curls!
Design Essential's Curl Enhancing Mousse was used as the setting agent to rod Ms. Tanya's hair and to two strand twist Cami's. Just a small amount was applied to the strands. This product is great for holding without hardening or drying hair out while still maintaining a soft and natural texture. Our attendees used this for their styles and both came out with a beautiful texture and look. Ms. Tanya finished rodding her entire head, tightening the rod just about to the root, and was put under the dryer for about 30 minutes. Cami was taught how to give herself a twist out, the style she normally requests when coming into Jaha Hair Studio. While everyone had a stylist available to assist, the ladies did the entirety of the work. We taught our attendees how to shampoo, comb out, rod hair, two strand twist, and spend time on their hair to perfect a style.
Both styles came out wonderfully; Ms. Tanya even managed to pin her curled two strand twists up into a pinup for her interview. Both women learned a lot about their hair; how to manage and care for it outside of the salon.
We'll be having our second Jaha Academy class this Sunday, February 23rd!
Come to a Jaha Academy class and you too can learn how to manage your hair your way!
One of our friends at Natural Chocolat did a wonderful product review on one of Jaha's most famous treatments: The Herbal Treatment! You can read the rest of the review over at Natural Chocolate
I recently had the opportunity to review a set of products from Jaha Hair Studio's. Jaha Hair Studio is a company based in Silver Springs, Maryland specializing in natural hair care styling and products. Today I will be reviewing Jaha's Scalp Stimulant and Jaha's Natural Herbal Rinse. I started by using Jaha's Natural Herbal Rinse. When I opened up the package I could immediately smell the herbs in these products... (read the rest here!)
With the New Year settling in and Snow storm Hercules making its descent on us, one question that Jaha regularly gets is how can I protect my hair during winter? The air is definitely drier and it’s getting very cold outside, almost too cold to come to a salon (apparently Canada is about as cold as Mars’ North Pole)! So knowing what to do with your hair to protect it during the cold winter months is pertinent to good hair health.
Keeping your hair moisturized is the first thing you want to think about when protecting your hair during the cold winter months. Making sure your hair gets enough moisture is very important when it comes to protecting your hair in general. In the wintertime it becomes even more necessary to consider.
Here are some pretty good tips that I will use other posts to expound upon, but that you can use on a daily basis.
1. Cover up wearing a hat or scarf. Silk is very good for the hair because it doesn't pull on your hair strands and it doesn't soak up moisture. Cotton scarves can pull hair strands out and can be very drying as cotton absorbs oils from your hair. This is one of our lovely clients showing off her stylish headwrap. It's beautiful and quick to do, and a good example of how you can keep your hair wrapped. (expect a post on hair wraps in the future!)
2. Make sure you’re using a good moisturizer like coconut oil or almond oil. Coconut oils is great because it adheres to the hair strands really well by coating them and filling in the follicles for a smoother and shinier feel, and deep, penetrative moisturizing. You want something penetrating your scalp and not just sitting on it. Shea butter can be too heavy, and is known to cause build-up, so be wary of it. (*Note: Coconut oil melts at 72 degrees. This means that the coconut oil will harden when it’s less than 72 degrees. All you need to do is rub it between your hands to get it back to its oiled state. The hardening won’t happen in your hair; it will penetrate and protect hair strands from cold, dry air).
3. Moisturize the ends of your hair. This can’t be stressed enough. The ends of our hair take the most beating as they are at the very end of the strand and hardly get oil when it’s applied. They are the most exposed and in the winter time and, if not tucked away in a protective style or covered with a hat or scarf, can become very dry and brittle. This eventually leads to breakage.
4. Put your hair in protective styles. A protective hairstyle is one that protects the ends of the hair from damaging agents such as heat, manipulation, and debris. Protective styles promote hair growth, and reduce the risk of damage and split ends. Examples of Protective styles include buns, flat twist up-do’s, Mohawk styles, wigs, cornrows, and braids.
5. Deciding to get braids depends on the state and condition of the hair. These can cause too much tension and cause breakage around the edges if done too frequently, so try to get them every once in a while. Another thing to remember about braids is that it’s important to keep the scalp and hair clean while it’s in braids. The braids, while they are extensions, are still connected to your hair and scalp.
6. Come to Jaha! We specialize in natural hair care, so we have a number of scalp treatments for protection and damage.
These are all things that are good year round but especially in the winter time. What are some tips or suggestions you have or live by? Sharing is caring!
It has always been my dream to have a big bushy Afro!!! Because I know the limitations of my natural texture, I have decided to help myself out with a custom-made U-shape wig... Pictures to come soon!
Susan Peterkin-Bishop is an award winning business professional with over 16 years of experience in management principals, marketing, and business development. Skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects of hair care and cosmetology.