UM alumni Rochelle Boreland, founder of Rochelle Yanique, Inc. hair care consulting firm, visited the ladies of Black Female Development Circle on Sunday to talk about proper relaxed hair care and extensions care.
I am a part of the organization Black Female Development Circle (BFDC) at my school, and a couple members thought it would be a good idea to bring in their hair stylist to teach us about hair. A lot of the things she said about taking care of relaxed hair I had heard before, but learning about extensions was fun!
Some hair care advice from Rochelle:
Co-wash your hair once a week. Co-washing means washing your hair with conditioner only. Yes it still gets clean, but this method of washing will add more nutrients to your hair instead of stripping then adding nutrients (as with the shampoo and conditioner method). When you wear extensions, wash your hair with only conditioner. Then let the hair air dry. She likes Hello Hydration from Herbal Essences and Aussie Moist conditioners.
Moisturize! The oils she recommended were Moroccan oil or argon oil when your hair is wet. She said shea butter is good too, as well as Olive Oil Hair Lotion for your edges. And don’t forget to moisturize your real hair if you wear extensions (weave).
Avoid heat. Meaning avoid blow dryers and flat irons as much as possible, she says no more than once a week. She recommended Marcels Red Wax, Nexxus Humectress, and other Chi and John Frieda hair products as heat protectors for your hair (as well as to help your style last longer).
Take Hair, Skin, and Nails supplements if you want to grow your hair. She said biotin makes the hair grow all over. But I recommend fish oil supplements. Yeah, the pills are kind of big, but there are so many benefits: my hair is definitely getting longer, my nails stronger, the pain from my cramps was reduced, and they are supposed to help with your mood.
If you want color, add color extensions to your hair. She said never color your hair, always color your extensions. But from my own experience, adding color is OK as long as your professional hair stylist deems it so; my hairdresser colored the underside of my hair for me, and it looks really good! Still, I want make a dramatic change to my hair, hence, I need colored extensions.
Want more hair care advice from Rochelle? Visit her website at www.iamrochelle.com.
What other hair care advice have you heard?