Silk vs Satin

Silk

Silk (Photo credit: Cheryl Harvey)

So I’ve been pushing the use of the Satin bonnet, scarf and pillow case, but I noticed that Momma Kim Kimble has been promoting Silk.

I thought I’d take the time to give you a quick overview of why both are good options and let you hash it out in the comments, because overall, I’d like to know which seems to yield the best results, or if results vary by hair type. I also want to know if you agree with my theory.

Silk is a product that has the same properties as hair, excluding the disulfide bond. Meaning you cannot perm or relax silk strands. It’s that biological composition that drew many synthetic hair manufacturers to the use of those stands to create some of the weaves that we know as synthetic/ curling-iron safe. This also means that the nourishing oils that your hair requires are also carried on the silk strands. There’s no cuticle on a silk strand so it won’t “rough” your hair passing over it.

Satin however is a completely synthetic material. The benefit of it not being natural is that it will not share the oil with your hair, it will allow it to remain on your hair. The draw back is if you have oiled your hair and scalp beyond it’s need, unlike Silk the satin will not assist in balancing the moisture.

The decision on which to use comes down to these factors: desired style in conjunction with maintenance habits. If your desire is to have very lustrous hair, and you apply professional stylist recommended amounts of moisture a Satin bonnet may be a great fit. Alternately if you have that same desire but you are heavy with the moisture product, a Silk bonnet may help tame the excess oil.

Hopefully this helps you decide which path is best for your hair journey. As always, ask questions when it stops making sense marellewrites@gmail.com . Enjoy!

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Slip Free Scarf…

Satin bedding

Satin bedding (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s start off acknowledging that there is no such thing unless it’s a bonnet with unbearably tight elastic.

The lies people tell to sell product is unreal. We tried this contraption which is sold at the superstore that shall not be named “W____art” and there has been a nightly struggle to wake up and find the thing ever since. My suggestion would be to use a variation of a loc-sock to keep your hair covered at night, or break in a satin bonnet and see how that goes. Those hair store square satin scarves will work much better than the long rectangle.

I purchased the no-slip scarf  because I needed something to line my hair for a decorative scarf style. The first day wearing it, I ended up with a massive headache because the stretch material pulled much more than I anticipated. It was a subtle but steady tightening, which ironically is what caused it to come off my head by gradually slipping back.

I would have faired better getting satin bedding and pillow cases, at least then the only thing I’d have to worry about are the fitted sheet popping up on the ends of the mattress.

I don’t ever want to bash someone’s product directly but hopefully you’ve put enough together to avoid the scarf with preposterous claims.

 

As always, ask questions when it stops making sense. Got a crazy product story? We’d love to hear about it.

Hair Won’t Kill My Vibe…

English: Birch Bay has some of the warmest wat...

English: Birch Bay has some of the warmest water on the Pacific Coast, making the crescent-shape bay a favorite place for swimming during summer season. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the Summer season approaches there are some things to remember that will let you make it all the way to Fall without dry-outs or breakage. We’ll keep it short and sweet (We’re vacationing as well).

1. Water- Of course you need to drink it and often, but tis the season for getting in pools. Both chlorine and salt water pools will dry out your hair, but don’t let that stop your from enjoying yourself. Prior to getting in the water, take that Shea butter that we talk about and love and coat your hair well. Giving your hair this oil barrier will help slow the drying effects of the pools, lakes and oceans.

2. Riding- Plane, Bus or Car if you’re traveling this summer season, your head is on a seat and the moisture is being slowly sucked out. Stop by your local drug store in the hair aisle and next to the satin scarves you should be able to find a satin pillow case. Add this to your travel kit. We understand that you can’t always have on your scarf, sometimes the style is just too cute to keep under wraps, so place that pillowcase over the headrest and arrive in style.

Keep it simple, don’t think so much about your hair on holiday that you forget to have fun. Hair should not be a chore, just add a few good habits at a time. As always ask questions when it stops making sense. Enjoy!

That Kind of Hair Day

English: Erykah Badu; Live in Bruges, Belgium ...

English: Erykah Badu; Live in Bruges, Belgium – 2006; (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nobody is exempt from a not so easy to deal with hair day (we’re trying to avoid “bad hair”). No matter your texture, curl pattern, color or length, sometimes our hair just refuses to comply. Here’s a few go to looks, sure to counter cantankerous tresses.When in doubt, wild it out.

Lucky for all of us the Bohemian look is in right now. On the days that nothing will tame your hair, use some type of ornament (headband, flower) and rock it with confidence. Nothing says I meant to do this like adding a finishing touch. This should be reserved for the weekend if you’re not able to get some professional assistance.

Tai Chi the Situation.

Try not to fight your curl pattern on these days. Try to put your hair in the most calm state possible. Condition, rinse and style. Notice that I did not suggest shampoo. Unless you’ve switched to a sulfate free product sometimes shampoo only makes the situation worse. This is the technique that you read about on other blogs and websites called Co-wash. During this process massage the hair rather than rough manipulations to allow your texture to reveal itself. When you’re ready to rinse don’t completely remove all product, leave some conditioner behind to help keep your hair pliable. Part your hair and two-strand twist it down while it’s wet, make the twists the size that your hair will roll into easily without much tension. You can air dry and wear this style for a day or two and continue to add moisture, once it seems that your hair has calmed you can take down the twists and wear your hair curly. You’ve turned one difficult hair day into two great styles.

Walk away from the scissors.

If you feel like your ends may need to be clipped call in the Pro’s. There are some people who will tell you to go through your hair and clip your single strand knots, but for days like this keep the scissors out of your hands until you return to a more comfortable state. This feeling has led many to secondary and tertiary big chops all over the world. The problem that many of us have found is that the problem increases from uncooperative hair to ends that won’t curl down. If your regular stylist is not available, go to a mall salon and get a deep conditioning treatment. You may discover that there’s no need to cut and you’ll most likely walk away with a style you can live with until you get a better idea.

Scarf styles.

There are many ways that one can wear a scarf. This is not the time to get your sleep scarf and head to Wall-Mart only to end up the subject of another blog. We try to keep a few pieces of nice light  decorative fabrics around to play with a few looks. Some of us here at OohMyHair.com go for the Erykah Badu look, while others go more T-shirt bun India.Arie. Be creative, there are some fabrics that are thick enough to make the African headdress look that was so popular in the 90’s. Remember to line your scarf with satin (do this also with your hats), no need to lose moisture while you’re taking some time out to think of a new style.

Above all else carry your head with confidence. Even Oprah’s had some not so great hair and she’s got a team dedicated to just that. Don’t beat up the mirror or curse your ancestors, just own this moment (because it won’t always be like this) and strut your stuff. Take what could have been an Eww my hair day, and flip it to an Ooh my hair day.

As always ask questions when it stops making sense. Enjoy!