Sunday, August 24, 2014

6 Steps To Caring For Your New Virgin Hair Extensions

First of all I'd like to recommend purchasing your hair and getting all of your hair care needs taken care of here at Salon Chanterre By Eric.  If that isn't possible please follow these few steps to ensure the long lasting life of your virgin hair.   

1. Always try to seal the weft of your hair and co-wash it upon arrival.  This cleanses, gives more bounce & body and prevents unnecessary shedding (shedding is minimal but does happen as it is real human hair just as our own, so anything you expect from your natural hair, expect from virgin hair.  It's up to you to take care of it by following these steps)

2. Always comb the hair from the tips to the roots in small sections to get rid of tangles with a  wide tooth comb. 

3. Wash the hair every 1-2 weeks. Virgin hair gets product & oil buildup just as our own so it’s important to keep it clean. Try mixing a bit of Keracare 1st lather (to strip the hair of any product) with the hydrating detangling shampoo (to keep it moisturized and soft) this keeps the hair from drying out & easier to detangle.

4. Deep condition after washing to keep the hair soft and healthy with Keracare Humecto conditioner.   Let it soak into the for 15 minutes before rinsing out with cold water.

5. Try to reduce the amount of heat your hair is exposed to by air-drying instead of blow-drying. After curling on low heat (using a heat protector) or roller setting the hair, try pin curling or rolling it with flexi-rodds (bendable rollers) at night to maintain your style. If you are wearing a wavy or curly type pattern to the hair you may try plaiting it or leaving it out but ALWAYS  wear a silk bonnet or loose scarf on your head while sleeping,

6.  Avoid heavy or oily products, as it will weigh down the hair. A SMALL drop of argon or lavender oil helps keep it frizz-free and soft.  (do not use oil if you are wearing fusion hair extensions!) in this case try using an oil free glossifier

If you have any questions or are unsure of a product please contact me at or reach out to someone who specializes in hair extensions for additional virgin hair care tips.  (famous quote.....The only stupid question is the one not asked)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Eye Lash Extension Care

Just wanted to reinforce the importance of taking care of those beautiful new individual eyelash extensions. With proper care your natural lashes will remain healthy and strong. Some important points to remember on how to care for your eyelash extensions:

  • Do not immerse lashes in heavy water for 12-24 hours (light mist is fine) - this will actually remove any chemicals from the glue and lessen any chance of reactions. Technicians: Use the Lashfresh Hydramist, and gently brush gently through lashes after application. 
  • Avoid running water directly on your lashes when in the shower - do not stand with your eyes/lashes directly under the shower head. After shower brush/comb gently through your lashes starting at the middle and going upwards. Do not comb from the root of the lashes - this may cause your natural lashes and extensions to be pulled out prematurely. 
  • Avoid hot steam or sauna immediately afterwards. Allow enough time for the glue to bond to the lashes.
  • Do not rub your eyes/lashes.
  • Sleep on your back! Not only good for the lashes but keeps wrinkles away.
  • If wearing mascara only use water based mascara and apply only on the tips of lashes to create more volume.
  • If applying mascara do so from middle to tip, avoid root area.
  • Keep lashes hydrated. Hydrated, conditioned lashes are happy lashes that will remain healthy and flexible and not dry out.
  • Do not be afraid to touch your lashes. Lashes need to be cleaned especially if wearing makeup daily.
  • Use water based eye makeup remover - a gentle liquid or foam wash with either a q-tip or lint free cotton pad.
  • Do not use a mechanical eyelash curler. This can cause lash breakage.
  • Do not pull on your lashes (this may cause your natural lashes to come out prematurely)
  • DO Lie and say they are yours:)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My Love For Coconut Oil....& It's Many Uses

Coconut oil is my favorite super food.  Not only is it a rich moisturizer, it’s versatile, it’s antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, has a decent amount of antioxidants, and has the best aroma!

You can get it at any good health food store in the cooking oil section, just make sure it's raw, organic, virgin coconut oil.  Here are some of its amazing uses.

1. For cooking at high heat, stir-frying, roasting and frying in general. I use it in the oven for potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, asparagus, broccoli, and even as a butter replacement on many foods.

2. As a deep-conditioning hair treatment. Coconut oil is better able to penetrate the hair than is mineral oil and sunflower oil. 

3. To take off eye makeup. Put a little on a cotton square and sweep it over your eyes gently. It even works on waterproof mascara.

4. As a face moisturizer. Some acne-prone women use it because it’s naturally antibacterial, calming, and moisturizing.

5. As a body moisturizer. I use it morning after my shower and it last all day.

6. As a day-time hair tamer to get rid of frizz and a scalp moisturizer to prevent dryness.

7. Gluten-free and vegan baking. It gives these foods a really great flavor.

8. To lower blood sugar levels in diabetics. Do not use in place of your regular meds, but it definitely helps.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


All hair grows an average of ½ inch per month, but it's how you treat your hair that determines how much you'll retain. Some women swear by vitamin regimens that call for popping pills all day long, while others cut their hair according to the phases of the moon. There's no mumbo-jumbo involved in hair growth. All that's required is your commitment to healthy hair practices and treating your hair with TLC. Here are 11 tips you can use to grow your hair longer and stronger:

1. Follow a Healthy Lifestyle
Before we get to the outside, we need to take care of the inside. Yes, what you eat, drink and how you treat your body has an effect on your hair. You need to eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, drink enough water and exercise regularly for your body's overall health. Since your hair grows directly from your body, when you treat your body well, your skin, nails and hair benefit, too. People who suffer from vitamin deficiencies and unhealthy diets can suffer from dry, brittle hair.

2. Get Regular Trims
This sounds counterproductive if you want your hair to grow longer, but trims help get rid of dry, damaged and split ends which can work their way up the shaft of your hair, causing even more damage. A trim is defined as removing ¼ to ½ inch of hair, nothing more. If your stylist insists on cutting off inches of hair every time you go in for a visit, your hair won't get longer, so either find a professional who understands exactly how much hair you need removed or learn to trim your hair yourself. Depending on the chemicals you have in your hair as well as your daily routine, you may need a trim anywhere from every six weeks to six months. The better you care for your hair on a day-to-day basis, the less often you'll need trims.

3. Use Moisturizing Products
Because black hair is often dry by nature, it's best to use products that replace needed moisture. This includes using shampoos and conditioners formulated for dry and/or damaged hair. These products don't have to come strictly from the "ethnic" hair aisle, either; many mainstream brands make hair products for different types of hair, from oily to dry.

4. Low Manipulation
There's no need to brush your hair 100 strokes per night before going to sleep. In fact, the less you do to black hair, the more it flourishes. This ties in with the next step, protective styling, since many of the hairstyles that fall into that category become low-manipulation 'dos once they're in place.

5. Use Protective Styling
Once your hair is a certain length, you might want to wear it loose all the time to let everyone know just how long it is. You want to feel the wind blowing it to and fro, but wearing your hair in protective styles more often than not will help you retain that precious length. Protective styles keep your ends – the oldest and often driest parts of your hair – from rubbing against clothing, pillowcases and car seats. By keeping these ends up and out of sight, you hold in the moisture your hair needs and prevent dryness that can lead to breakage. Protective styling also applies to nighttime care; a silk or satin hair cover or pillowcase is better for the health of your hair than cotton.

6. Stay Away from Heat
While occasional flat iron and curling iron use is usually fine (so long as the heat isn’t too high), you should minimize heat styling as much as possible. Choose hairstyles that don't rely on so much heat, as well as gentle styling methods like wraps, wet sets and twists.

7. Use the Right Tools
With all of the hair styling tools and accessories out there, it can seem overwhelming. What do you buy? The best tools and accessories for black hair work with its natural texture. They don't pull on it, but are gentle. When you lose less hair to tools and accessories, that's more hair you keep on your head.

8. Condition, Condition, Condition
This is crucial for having healthy hair. Besides the right shampoo and conditioner, use leave-in conditioners as well. You also need a good deep conditioner; use it at least once a month. Well-moisturized hair is less prone to dryness and breakage, leading to more hair retention.

9. Relax with Care
Chemical abuse is one of the biggest causes of hair damage in black women. Everyone isn't going to go to a professional to get her hair relaxed; even some who do may find that the stylist isn't putting hair health as her top priority. When it comes to growing relaxed hair longer, you can't relax too often, but when it's time for a touch-up, get one because the longer you wait, the greater the chance of breakage occurring where the relaxed hair meets the new growth. Overlapping a relaxer onto previously relaxed hair is another major cause of breakage. If you choose to wear your hair relaxed, it's best to find a competent stylist and stick with him or her – the fewer people you have applying chemicals to your hair, the better.

10. Go, and Stay, Natural
If you currently relax your hair and see a lot of breakage and damage, consider stopping chemical processes altogether. Many women have rediscovered their natural texture after years of straightening. Learning to work with your hair in its natural state may take getting used to; some women don't know what their real texture is like because their hair has been permed since childhood. While cutting off all of your relaxed hair sounds like the last thing you want to do to gain length, getting rid of chemically processed hair at once, instead of trimming away as your new growth comes in, is the easiest way to return to your roots. It also leads to less breakage and less frustration in dealing with two different textures.

11. Wear Gentle Styles

Our hair is not as tough as it may appear, so you need to choose styles that keep its fragile nature in mind. Too-tight ponytails and braids worn over extended periods of time will eventually lead to breakage. Hair styling should never be painful! Think: Be kind to your hairline and choose hairstyles accordingly.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Best Hair Growth Vitamins, Minerals & Plants

The hair vitamins, minerals and plants extracts for maximum hair growth are....

Vitamin B7 or Biotin: renews cells and attaches to fatty acids, preventing them from attacking the hair follicles

Vitamin B6: binds to testosterone receptors and helps block their effect on hair

Magnesium: blocks inflammatory markers associated with hair loss

Zinc: helps produce sebum, the scalp’s natural conditioning oil

Pumpkin Seeds: contain oils that block testosterone, plus vitamins and minerals that aid in hair growth and health

Nettle Root: blocks DHT and romatase, both of which are associated with alopecia

Saw Palmetto: blocks 5-alpha-reductase enzyme from producing DHT

Gotu Kola: shown to add length and density to hair

Lavender Oil: used externally on the scalp with other essential oils and shown in laboratory tests to increase hair growth up to 44%

Hairfinity is one of the best multivitamins I've encountered.

Most of these natural supplements have benefits far beyond what they do for hair growth, such as skin, nails and even mental health.