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How to take down braids extensions.

Posted by Yinka Areola on Saturday, November 25, 2017,

Getting braid extensions make life so easy. Many of my clients get hooked on it because of the ease of getting ready in the morning and maintaining a regular work out routine without having to deal with hair each time they workout. Once your hair is completely hidden away inside braids, daily maintenance is a breeze and only takes minutes. Of course, there comes a time when the extensions have to come out. You need to remove braids carefully and slowly to avoid damaging your own hair.

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Let's talk about Lye or No-Lye Relaxers..

Posted by Yinka Areola on Wednesday, August 23, 2017,

We've all heard about Lye or No-lye relaxers and how one is better than the other. I will explain how these two affect your hair.

Before I go any further, I will like to define pH.
In Chemistry, pH (potential of hydrogen) is a numeric scale that runs from 0 to 14. 0 been the most acidic and 14 been the most basic of an aqueous solution. 7 is neutral.

About Lye Relaxers

The active ingredient in a lye-based relaxer is sodium hydroxide (NaOH). The pH level is higher in a lye relaxer than a no-lye re...


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Should I relax my hair before braiding my hair?

Posted by Yinka Areola on Sunday, July 9, 2017,

I get this question all the time! My answer is a big fat NO!

Since I have a degree in Chemistry, here's a brief Chemistry lesson to explain my answer. I promise I won't bore you with formulas.

The hair strand is composed mainly of protein called keratin. Chemical bonds are the building blocks that give hair its texture and strength. The bonds cross-link the hair’s protein molecules to impart strength and rigidity to the hair.

The easiest way to think of this is a ladder. The steps or rungs are...


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