Shampoo and Cuticle Damage

Did You Know?

Shampooing can be very damaging to your hair. According to Dr. Ali Syed, a shampoo with a pH level higher than 5.5 will cause an imbalance in the pH level of the hair and "rough- up" the cuticle layer. It will also strip the hair of it's natural oils. A stripped, rough cuticle layer sets the stage for combing and styling damage.

The cuticle layer, which tightly binds the fibers of the cortex layer and accounts for much of the hair's strength, can be dissolved by shampoo detergents to some extent. High pH detergents and products break down the cuticle layers of the hair shaft, therefore, exposing the hair cortex (hence a damaged weakened hair shaft). Coconut oil has a high affinity for the proteins in the hair, meaning it's great for preventing protein loss (cuticle chipping, damaging/abrasion due to washing and wet combing). Once you apply it to your hair, it prevents the constant swelling and shrinking which means less stress on the hair shaft.

Tips from Dr. Ali Syed:

• Cleanse only with high-quality conditioning/ detangling shampoos, formulated especially for excessively curly hair. Make sure that the pH of the shampoo is properly balanced, within the range of 4.5 and 5.56.5. Avoid harsh detergent formulas (those in the alkyl sulfates group, such as sodium lauryl sulfate) that strip the hair of its natural oils.

• While shampooing, try not to tangle the hair. Massage the shampoo into a rich lather throughout the hair and scalp, using the pads of your finger tips, not your fingernails. Be sure to rinse the hair thoroughly to remove all traces of shampoo.


Can your hairstyle handle the heat?

You might have the best hairstyle ever and absolutely love it. But if it turns into a frizzy big mess when it even hints of raining, then you need to deal with the frizzies. Just about everyone has some sort of issue with the frizzies. It tends to happen more as you get older and your hair begins to change textures.

Fortunately there are a lot of hairstyle products available today to combat the frizzy hair. To find the best product for your hair, you will have to experiment a bit. A great way to get started is to ask your hair stylist what he or she recommends to keep away frizzy hair. The stylist will know what type of hair you have, including the texture and thickness.

Once you have found a hair product that works, you may have to change it every so often. After awhile some hair products just don't do the trick anymore. Not sure if it is build up of product or what - but changing to a different brand every so often

How I Blow Dry On Cool Air

This video will demonstrate how I speed up my air drying time with the help of blow drying on cool air. This method helps to close the hair cuticles and leave the hair shiny.

What I did:

  1. Deep Conditioned on Dry Hair with Creme of Nature Nourishing and Strengthening Treatment with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and Honey for 20-30mins with heat.
  2. Co-washed with Aussie Moist Conditioner
  3. Sprayed S-Curl No Drip Activator as a Leave-In Conditioner



The Great "Egg" Debate

In the world of all things hair, there seems to be a huge discrepancy where eggs are concerned. Those who experience dry damaged hair, tend to look for a way out, the natural remedy of using eggs normally comes to mind.

Eggs are commonly known to strengthen the hair, stop breakage, make the soft, shiny and thick! First hand, many of us have experienced these benefits while at the same time, some have not. Some state that egg does nothing for their hair, it just coats their strands and never stops the breakage, in comparison to store bought conditioners. At the same one, one must remember that everyone's hair is different!

Throughout my journey, I've come across information which allows me to believe that there are 2 distinct sides to this whole matter. Here are the most common arguments for and against egg as a treatment for hair:

Arguments For Egg:

- Contains a lot of protein and conditions the hair
- Strengthens the hair
- Increases thickness
- It's natural
- Rich in Vitamin A, D and E (vitamin A helps in the production of sebum which works to cure dandruff, vitamin E helps increase the absorption of oxygen and vitamin D helps promote hair growth)
- The yolk makes the hair glossy/shiny

Arguments Against Egg:

- It's meant to go in us, not on us.
- Doesn't contain hydrolyzed or quanternized proteins (small enough to penetrate hair, less than 2500MW).
- Egg protein molecules are too large to repair/change/penetrate the hair.
- Doesn't change the condition of the hair - just coats the hair strand.
- natural/unprocessed proteins have a negative charge, hair has a negative charge as well, therefore there's no natural attraction to adhere to the hair.
- No lasting effect.

Is the source of the protein not as important as the size of the protein particle and its ability to enter and remain inside the hair shaft?

What side are you on?

Are you "For" or "Against" Egg as an effective protein treatment?

Your thoughts/comments/suggestions are welcome!


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Tyra Banks "My Real Hair. Finally!"

OMG! Ever since yesterday, everyone has been talking about Tyra Banks' hair being revealed on her show. I'm quite impressed with her hair. I think it's beautiful, actually. I'm a wig wearer too and I believe versatility is great. I'm so happy that Tyra has revealed her gorgeous hair for everyone to see.

Here is a video revealing more photo's of her hair. Check it out!


EXCULSIVE! EXCULSIVE! Interview with Sunshyne

I would like to Introduce another side of Me!

This interview was conducted by a fabulous Hairlista member by the name of Mrs HairGrow. Check out the exclusive interview with your girl Sunshyne!
EXCULSIVE Interview with Sunshyne

Many Hairlista's question who is the gorgeous woman behind Sunshyne has been helping women of color, race, and even a few males on with their journey to healthy hair from her youtube videos, her blog site and of course

I’ve sent over ten IM’s questioning Sunshyne about hair care. I’ve asked questions from oils, moisturizers, protein, slip, and braidouts. I was soon I was going to receive a note saying “LEAVE ME ALONE”! LOL

Well I never receive anything negative from her, just respect! Her notes begin with, “Hey Hun”….and from there you feel like you could ask her anything. Well, I finally broke down and asked her if I could interview her. I wanted my hairlistas sisters to know Sunshyne behind the beautiful hair. This interview becomes intimate from family talk to Sunshyne’s future with her career.

Before she seals and moisturizes her hair, grab her silk scarf; massage her scalp she prepares herself for her first online interview with me!

Mrs. Hairgrow: Where were you born?

Sunshyne: I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Mrs. Hairgrow: I am so use to calling you “Sunshyne”, what is your full name?

Sunshyne: My name is Valerie Bremang. Unfortunately no middle name for me :(

MHG: Wow nice name, sounds a bit famous to me.

MHG: Describe your family? (Brother, sisters, mother and father ETC)

Sunshyne: I have an older sister; she's a Hairlista member as well by the name of Melyssah. I also have a younger brother.

MHG: I’ll have to go add her as my friend!

MHG: You have such beautiful hair, come on Sunshyne tell me what your are mix with, be truthful…. LOL what’s your background?

Sunshyne: My father is Ghanaian and my mother is Jamaican. So I'm a Ghamaican I guess...LOL.

MHG: Thanks for your honesty. I am glad you answered the question truthfully. Now readers no that black women could grow beautiful hair down their back.

MHG: What is your favorite food, being of the background, I know you like to eat good food?

Sunshyne: Oh there's so many. I would have to say Pizza, Ackee & Salt Fish with yam, dumplin and banana :)

MHG: Sound delicious!

MHG: What is your religion?

Sunshyne: I'm Christian. Jesus is my saviour.

MHG: Yes he is. I am a Christian too, so it feels good to know my long distant sister praise the Lord too.

MHG: What is your favorite bible verse, scripture etc.?

Sunshyne: Psalms 23, Psalms 121, Matthew 6:33, Matthew 7:7, Psalms 37:3-6...just to name a few.

MHG: Girl you make me want to grab my bible and get into some bible studies…great scriptures.

MHG: Where have you traveled?

Sunshyne: To be honest, I haven't traveled much. The places I have been to were Jamaica, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. I will be doing more traveling in the near future.

MHG: Well you are always welcome to come to California! Maybe you could do my hair or something…LOL

MHG: Do you like to dance?

Sunshyne: Yes! Especially in front of the mirror late at night :)

MHG: Now you know someone is going to take that statement and run with it.

MHG: Who would you compare yourself to when it comes to fashion?

Sunshyne: Oh that's hard. I wouldn't compare myself to anyone in particular because I don't follow fashion like that. But I would say that I'm a mix of maybe, Beyonce, Ciara and Kim Kardashian. I love skinny jeans, with some heals, big handbags with shades. However, I have days where I dress real down and comfortable i.e. Track suits, hoodies, shorts, t-shirts, runners etc. I can switch it up real fast.

MHG: Sounds like you have great taste…I LOVE IT.

MHG: Do you have any children/boyfriend/girlfriend (depending on your sexual preference)?

Sunshyne: Hahaha, let's just say I'm free as a bird...LOL

MHG: How tall are you?

Sunshyne: Average height, I'm 5'5 ft

MHG: If you had to choose a body part to enhance what would it be and why?

Sunshyne: I would say my legs. I would want them to be a little more firm and toned. I'm pretty much content with everything else.

MHG: Glad to know you are confident about yourself. Most women don’t carry that.

MHG: What is your favorite movie?

Sunshyne: Love and Basketball is my all time favourite movie.

MHG: I love that movie too! My hubby has told me that I resemble Sanaa! Great choice.

MHG: What is your favorite color?

Sunshyne: Red!! I love earthy warm colors.

MHG: What year did you begin your hair journey and why?

Sunshyne: I began my hair journey in October 2007 because I wanted to take matters into my own hands and nurse my damaged hair back to health. I saw countless photos of ladies who achieved long healthy hair on websites and forums, so I knew it was possible for me too.

MHG: Have you ever thought about being a stylist?

Sunshyne: Yes I have. I will be getting my license shortly.

MHG: Well I need to make my way to Canada and make an appointment with you. That would be a hellava way to go for hair. LOL

MHG: Why are you so compassionate about helping others with their hair journey?

Sunshyne: To be honest it wasn't intentional. I just wanted to document my hair journey via my blog and it just took place naturally. I've educated myself and gained a lot of knowledge, I feel as though I should share all that I've learned to make it easier for others who are just starting their hair journey. I wanted to give people something I never had when I started my journey back in Fall 2007. I guess it's true what they say, sometimes you find your passion or your passion finds you.

MHG: Well I thank you for helping me.

MHG: If you were stranded on an island and only could take three hair products with you, what would they be and why?

Sunshyne: I would take a cheapy moisturizing conditioner to co-wash with i.e. Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship, a daily moisturizer i.e. Wave Nouveau Moisturizing and Finishing Lotion, and a shower comb to detangle my hair.

MHG: Congrats on your new hair length…would you ever cut your hair into a short style, if so why/why not?

Sunshyne: Thank you so much!! I'm really excited. I would definitely cut my hair in a heartbeat. I love short hair. I used to have my hair cut in bob similar to T-Boz from TLC and I would style it in a Mohawk, kind of like Rihanna's hair nowadays. It was so much fun and it fit my face well. However, I'm committed and dedicated to growing healthy long hair at the present moment so I won't be cutting my hair any time soon.

MHG: What is the worst thing you would say people do wrong to their hair while you read others hair regimens?

Sunshyne: The worst thing I notice with people's regimens would be the lack of daily moisturizers, not waiting long enough between relaxers and the excess usage of protein based products.

MHG: Ladies make a note of that!!!!!

MHG: What do you love about yourself?

Sunshyne: I love my sense of humor (anyone that knows me WELL, Knows I laugh all the time...very loud and hard!) my energy (fiery), my personality (outgoing & warm), oh and my hair of course! LOL

MHG: What do you dislike about yourself?

Sunshyne: My forgetful memory!! Honestly, it's so bad some people think I have amnesia. I'm working on it though.

MHG: Too funny!

MHG: I know you have a sweet smile and attitude but have you ever been incarcerated?

Sunshyne: You will not find me there. LOL

MHG: Would you ever go natural? Why/why not

Sunshyne: Yes I would. After I get to my goal of reaching Mid Back Length (MBL) and maintain it for a couple years, I will eventually transition to natural. So, that's a few years down the road. Right now my primary focus is attaining my goals while being relaxed.

MHG: What is your opinion on relaxers/natural hair?

Sunshyne: I feel that both natural and relaxed hair is beautiful. Heck, hair in general is beautiful once it's taken care of properly. There's a lot of controversy between relaxed ladies and natural ladies, but I just don't understand why. Everyone has the choice to do what they want to do with their hair. I mean, at the end of the day, it really shouldn't matter. It's just hair.

MHG: How long do you want your hair to be and why?

Sunshyne: Mid Back Length is my ultimate goal. I feel as though it's a length I would be most comfortable with. I would shoot for WSL, but I haven't made up my mind as yet, we'll see.

MHG: Some hairlistas call you their “lifesaver” through their hair journey, who would you consider YOUR “lifesaver”?

Sunshyne: My mother! She is my everything. I've had a lot of up's and down's with my mom, but through it all she's always been there for me. I appreciate her so much.

MHG: I love my mommy too.

MHG: Being from Canada I know there are people their that speak French etc. Do you speak any other language besides English?

Sunshyne: Jamaican Patois..LOL. I'm just playing! English is my first and only language.

MHG: That is a sexy language though…I’ll share a story with you later about a guy I use to date who was Jamaican and Puerto Rican.

MHG: What is your daily hair regimen (short version)?

Sunshyne: Moisturize in the morning with either Wave Nouveau Moisturizing Finishing Lotion or Scurl No Drip Activator in sections (important). I then seal with either Hollywood Beauty Castor Oil or Hot Six Oil. I style my hair, with my fingers only, into a sleek bun. I brush my edges and nape with my boar bristle brush. I add accessories i.e. stretchy headband and go!

In the night, I will take down my bun, moisturize and seal in sections (important) with either Wave nouveau or Scurl No Drip Activator then seal with Hot Six Oil or Hollywood Beauty Castor Oil. I then put on my satin scarf & bonnet and head off to bed. That's it

MHG: Sound pretty simple and straight to the point.

MHG: Do you have any favourite quotes, sayings, words you go by?

Sunshyne: Yes I do actually. Here are a few off the top of my head: .
  1. What goes around, comes around .
  2. We are just souls on this earth having a human experience. .
  3. Cherish each moment, and live life to the fullest, because all we have is now.

Well Sunshyne, I want to Thank you for sharing so much information with me. It has been a pleasure getting to know you. I feel I have gained a long distant sister! I’ll let you get back to your hair and dancing in the mirror….LOL

Many Blessings and thanks again.

I hope my Hairlistas sisters enjoyed getting to know Sunshyne.

Wet Hair Comparison Pics

Just finished co-washing so I decided to take some photos of my hair wet.

Find more photos like this on HAIRLISTA INC. Healthy Hair Network


Good Heat Protecting Products

If you regularly blow dry, curl and flat iron your hair, it is very important to protect your hair from the extreme heat.

Some curling irons and flat irons can reach very high temperatures. If you do not apply a heat protecting product to your hair, you may end up with damaged hair.

Below are 2 good heat protecting products available at your local drugstore:

Pantene Ice Heat Protection Spray

L'Oreal Studio Line Hot Straight Heat Protection

Celebrity Short Hairstyles

The short hairstyle is very trendy and edgy for women celebrities today. It shows that you are very confident with your looks and are willing to take major chances to change things up.

Check out the latest celebrity short styles at HR Hairstyles and find one that you are brave enough to try. There are many new additions to the short look this year, including long side swept bangs and layers that graze the face for a sultry look.

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