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Protective Styling

A hairstyle that helps protect the ends of hair from dehydration and damage, by eliminating the need for mechanical manipulation, (combing, brushing, picking, etc.) and shielding against environmental exposure, (i.e. sun, heat, cold, wind). Some examples are buns, braids, twists, and ponytails. Pony Puff: A hairstyle whereby the hair is pulled back at the crown, […]


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Do’s and Don’ts of Protective Styling: Protection, Maintenance and Restoration

Isn’t our hair just…GLORIOUS!? Its ability to stretch, bend and curl into any style we desire. Our hair is the definition of versatility. Braided to the scalp, twisted or locked, from curly to straight in a matter of minutes, we transition from one style to the next to match our mood, the weather or an […]


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Wash-n-Go

A term referring to a relatively quick and easy styling session whereby a defined finished style is achieved without twisting, braiding, knotting, rodding, etc. Hair is first cleansed and conditioned. Finger coils/curls are then defined with gel or styling cream and allowed to air dry or dried using a diffuser attachment on a blow dryer […]


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Shea Butter

Shea butter is an ingredient which revitalizes hair by adding moisture. Best in it’s pure form, it also can be used as a conditioning agent as well as a pomade for styling.


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Shingling

A form of Wash n’ Go styling whereby a styling curl cream or curl gel is liberally applied section-by section to clean, very wet hair. As the styling product is applied to each relatively small section of hair, the section is smoothed between the thumb and forefinger, in a downward motion from root to tip. […]


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Plopping

Hair is carefully lowered and loosely wrapped in a clean t-shirt or soft cotton material, while bending from the waist. Performed after cleansing, conditioning and/or applying a liberal amount of styling gel or cream, it helps to absorb excess moisture from the hair. It’s thought to decrease drying time, reduce frizz, and enhance natural curls.


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No Poo

A non-foaming, non-detergent cleanser, typically a conditioner, used to remove dirt, oils and styling products from the hair and scalp. Used to help hair retain moisture and softness.


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Finger Coils

A hairstyle achieved by taking small sections of wet or very damp hair and twirl the sections around the finger one by one until they are tightly spiralled from root to tip. Tiny styling combs can be used for finger coils. Typically, a gel is applied prior to coiling for longer-lasting hold and shine.


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Clarifying

The process of cleansing and removing a build-up of oils, styling products, tap water minerals and/or medications from the hair. Typically performed with specialty shampoos or baking soda rinses.


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Accordian Technique

This involves scrunching wet hair similar to the movement of playing an accordion. It is a wash n’ go styling technique that produces well-formed, highlydefined finger coils/curls.


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