Quarantine Hair Rulebook: How to Give Your Hair Some TLC

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Let’s face it— the basics of haircare are pretty boring. The golden rules of cleanse, condition, moisturize and keep your hands out of your hair can’t be all… right? The COVID-19 quarantine has women all over trying to understand the dos and don’ts of hair care so that they survive this pandemic, without damaging the hair they have. To help us make it through this challenging time healthy, Jessica Geiger @jgeigerhairstudio, created a quarantine hair rule book to help us survive quarantine hair!

Rule #1 Eat Healthy Diet

Lets admit it, being in the house has your desire to snack at an all time high. We aren’t here to tell you to stop snacking. You should consider healthier options for your daily meals in efforts to keep the health of your scalp a priority. Instead of potato chips, try eating almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. These snacks are actually full of vitamins and nutrients that support healthy hair growth. This is just one way to ensure your quarantine hair makes it through these weeks ahead.

Rule #2 Don’t Wash Too Often

We get it you have some extra time on your hands and you want to take extra care of your hair. Daily shampooing isn’t ideal for any hair texture. Avoid any shampoo that contains sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS); it’s the ingredient that gives shampoo lots of lather, which is perfect for stripping natural oils out. It’s the opposite of what you want for well-moisturized, quarantine hair and will cause serious breakage.

Rule #2 Deep Condition Regularly

Looking for a way to use your time wisely? Now is the time to give those deep conditioning treatments a try. Build a regular routine around conditioning your hair. If you want your deep conditioner to work double duty and make your hair feel super soft and smooth, heat it up. Also, try adding a few drops of the VoiceOfHair PureFix Hair Elixir to your deep conditioner for lasting moisture.

Rule #3 Avoid Color & Cutting

Cabin fever is real and can make you do some crazy things. Women across the world are picking up scissors and dying their. This is not the way cure your bad case of quarantine boredom. Take this extra time to keep your hair strong and healthy. Avoid trying anything new until you can consult with a professional.

Rule #4 Take Multivitamins

Build habits that produce results. Now is the time to get on a schedule and build a habit of taking your daily vitamins. You want to ensure your body has the necessary nutrients for your hair to flourish. When it comes to you hair there are several key vitamins you need to keep your hair healthy and flourishing. Be sure that your multivitamin that contains at least 25mcg of biotin, vitamin D and B12, zinc and iron. Liquid multivitamins also work great because they’re easy to consume and at least 90% is absorbed into your bloodstream, compared to those in pill form, where only ~20% are absorbed.

Rule #5 Protect Your Hair

One of the perks of working from home is that you can rock a head-wrap without penalty. Head-wraps, bonnets, and scarfs are perfect for protecting your hair from damage. Wrap your hair at night with a satin/silk scarf or use a silk pillowcase; cotton rubs against the hair and takes away moisture. You can also wear a wig to give your hair a rest. If you opt for putting your quarantine hair in a wig be sure to tuck those ends! Keep in mind that hair should not be loose under a wig and it’s imperative to braid your ends and tuck them under your hair to prevent splitting and breakage.

Rule #6 Avoid Wet Styling

Styling your hair while wet can be super tempting, but I want to discourage you from doing that! Our hair is extremely fragile when it’s wet because it can stretch more, which makes it susceptible to breaking. When we are too rough with our wet hair we can damage it; this can give the appearance as of hair shedding when the hair is actually breaking off. Wet styling works best when doing roller sets (flexi rod sets or perm rod sets). You can apply styling foam to the damp hair, smooth it out and then roll it before sitting under a dryer or air drying your hair. Just be sure to be gentle during that process!

Rule #7 Don’t Keep Protective Styles Longer Than 8 weeks!

Don’t be tempted to keep your pre quarantine style in for the duration of social distancing. Leaving in styles such as braids and extensions for more than the recommended 6-8 week can cause your hair to become dry and brittle (since they aren’t able to be moisturized properly), which can result in serious breakage and damage. The pulling from the weight of the style especially around the edges can often lead to traction alopecia (hair loss). When it’s finally time to remove your protective style, comb your hair thoroughly from ends to root before shampooing. If not, your hair will be severely matted and you’ll be required to cut it off.

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Brandelyn Green is the Founder of VoiceOfHair, a platform to help women of color find the best hair care products, regimens and hairstyles! Since starting VoiceOfHair in 2014 she has grown the social media platform to over 1MM+ on Instagram and Facebook. As a natural who is also a salon goer, she wanted to create a platform where people could find the best products, hairstylists, advice and trends.
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  • Thelma J. White says:

    I am 71 and on dialysis. I have lots of grey hair. I apply the oil 3 times a week. My hair is not soft like use to be.
    I’m thinning that’s why I purchased your product. Do you think it will help me?

    • Brandelyn Green says:

      Hello Thelma!
      Thank you for your comment! Yes, our oil is formulated to seal in moisture so that your hair feels soft and moisturized, as well a promote growth.

      Here are a few tips to make sure you get the best results:

      1. Take a before photo to track your progress and remember that hair grows about
      1/2″ per month so try to be consistent and apply 3x-5x a week to scalp (for hair growth)
      and massage for 60 seconds to stimulate blood flow to scalp.

      2. If you have dry hair try using the LCO method – where you first apply water or a leave-in
      conditioner (L), then applying a cream product like a styling cream (C) and then followed by
      the hair elixir oil to seal it in (O).

      3. For short hair styling or silk presses, you can use it as a finishing oil to add shine. Or applyin
      a few drops before straightening your hair. Make sure to apply it to your hands first and then redistribute
      throughout! A little goes a long way!

      Let us know if you have any questions or concerns along the way❤️

  • LeVonne Bailey says:

    Thank you!

  • Brazzlie Jones says:

    Thank you for this great information. I am working with alopecia. So it’s good to get great news on how when and what. For my hair.

  • Tasha says:

    Great product. I’d Highly recommend it. I will mix some in with my deep conditioner next time. I use the drops on my scalp and through my hair 2-3 times a week…love the smell. So glad I ordered it..need to order more. I’m enjoying the break from the blow dryer and flat iron, Dominican blowout. It’s been 2 months since I had my hair professionally done. I wash and deep condition my hair then do the 2-3 strand twist. Keep it pinned up after taking twists out.

  • Angela Hill says:

    I’d like to reorder the elixir, I have the elixir and I think it’s helping my hair I’ve tried my products on my hair, I think this one is helping

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