Thursday, 12 April 2012

Hair Science - Your Vote

I decided to get a little more efficient and prepare in advance. I would like to ask what would you like to see next on the blog.

I am currently working on
-sulfate free shampoos (are they really gentler)
-the science as to why dry detangling work for some hair
-why do midshaft splits form, how can they be reduced
-is deep conditioning a myth (part 2 ...dum dum dum)

What else would you like to see in the coming months?

45 comments:

  1. The topic on dry detangling and seep conditioning please! Many thanks!

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  2. I would like to see a post on why midshaft splits occur because I recently found one on a shed hair. Also, more on porosity.

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  3. i would love a post about the sulphate free shampoos cause i've been faithful about using sulphate free poos since i was relaxed and now that i'm natural but i am starting to get curious abour poos with sulphates.

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  4. I would like to see "Is deep conditioning a myth" on the blog next.....BTW, do you deep condition, or find it especially useful for your hair?

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  5. Great site!
    I'd like to read about sulfate free shampoos, since I dislike them,thank you!
    Sara xoxo

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  6. Sulfate-free shampoos, please.

    But an extra would be what's the hype about co-washing.

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  7. Midshaft splits please!!! I have hundreds of them and I am super careful with my hair but they just keep coming! Please cover this topic.

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  8. More on sulfate-free shampoos, please. BTW, I am so thankful for the timely and very useful info you provide. For the record, I would be willing to purchase your book (just sayin') AND continue to follow your free blog.

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  9. I vote for:
    -why do midshaft splits form, how can they be reduced
    -the science as to why dry detangling work for some hair

    The latter does work for me, but with oils (no water), if that's what you suggested by "dry." I did watch the youtube from your other post--I do the technique same as her (for many years). Water makes it tangle more (in my case)! I am certainly curious as to why (I do have some ideas on it though).

    Thanks!!

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  10. Count me in on the sulfate-free shampoos, specifically those that contain surfactants that are potentially more harmful than SLS/SLES/ALS/ALES (i.e C14-16 olefin something or another).

    Also, a review of the LOC method and whether it really works. Also a more detailed description on what kinds of products to use in the 3 LOC layers. Thanks for all you do!

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  11. Can you do one on scab hair and if it does or doesn't exist (I personally think it does). And also after reading your post on oiling the scalp and dandruff, I decided to use lotion. It has helped a lot and I don't get anymore dandruff and my scalp doesn't itch, but I wanted to know if it really harmful or not.

    Thanks!!! And I love your blog.

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  12. I'd like more information on if there are any differences towards the hair utilizing refined oils vs.unrefined oils. It seems like in the Natural hair communtity some feel if you don't use "particular" things/brands you won't get the same effects. Also if there is a true difference that will impact the hair using castor oil vs. JBCO.Thank you, I'm fairly new to your site,but it has been very imformative.I like that you are fact based rather than opinion. This is definately needed.

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  13. From Butterflysoulfire:

    I'm interested in seeing posts on mid-shaft splits, boar bristle brushes (are they really as damaging to the hair as some people claim? do they add shine and smooth the cuticle, if so how?), castor oil (it's known to be a humectant but does it actually enter the hair shaft like coconut oil or is it more of sealant like shea butter, is there really any difference chemically between black jamaican and regular?), post partum hair loss (why it happens and can it be prevented), the science behind heat-less hair curling--with rods, twists, curlformers etc.(why does it work?)

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  14. mid-shaft splits please!

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  15. Definitely more on sulfate-free shampoos,they might work for some people, but sometimes I think there's abit of hype involved.

    A post on Mid-shaft splits sounds cool as well

    I read deep conditioning part 1 and thought the case was closed. So part 2 should be intriguing

    @Anonymous 6:02 PM, there's already a book:"The Science of Black hair" by Audrey Davis Sivasothy available on Amazon, although the price is a little high for a paperback. Nonetheless, this doesn't mean all the topics on haircare have been exhausted, so Jc can still write one :)


    Sue

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  16. -why do midshaft splits form, how can they be reduced
    -is deep conditioning a myth (part 2 ...dum dum dum) both sound good. I'd also like some science view on pre-pooing.

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  17. I would like to know if there really is any benefit to trimming hair with hair scissors versus regular scissors. This might be a great topic for the microscope!

    When I'm at work, I tend to look at my ends and when I see any sort of knot or split I grab my work scissors to snip them off. I can't stand seeing them, so they've got to go!! I wonder if regular scissors make as clean of a cut as hair scissors purport to do. Or, is it more detrimental to the hair to not use hair scissors?

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  18. I want to know if my hypothesis is correct about mid- shaft splits. I think the kink in the hair is weak to begin with and the twist in the hair splits with almost any handling. I really want to know how to stop them.

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  19. I would LOVE to see more scientific information on hair growth. We so many naturals who swear by protective styling, or growth aids and I have tried all the above. I am curious to know if length is really more of a genetic thing? Speaking for myself my hair has reached the same maximum length now as it did when I had a perm...

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  20. I would like a post about sulfa allergy in medications for ex: UTI's and is it the same sulfa used in our hair products and if so is it safe to use in small dosages if allergic to sulfa? :)

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  21. The benefits of hot oil treatments

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  22. Hi I entered the question about allergies to Sulfur, can you correct the name spelling of the word Sulfur in my post and no need to post this request. thank you Leslie

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  23. Can you give a list or tips on some hair styling products for natural hair?

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  24. Photos or images of older women styling their natural hair if possible. Women 50yrs+. If their is any, what is their hair regimen?

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  25. I love information on reducing and preventing normal split ends. I have not used heat for 2.5 years. I have used a comb in at least 10 months. I finger detangle and use the search and destroy method to trim split ends. With all of this I still find that I get a lot of split ends. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you

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  26. can you talk about the evidence or science behind using silk for wrapping the hair as opposed to other fabrics

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  27. Hi JC,

    I know that you have done a lot on hair and swimming, butc ould you do a summary/ guide of what swimmers need to know please? I'm a bit worried about chlorine damage and how to protect hair and washing my hair too much, especially if you swim more than once a week. Is the swimming cap the way to go (cringing at cap issues in school swimming lessons and whilst at uni white girls saying "why is she wearing a swimming cap" "They don't like their hair getting wet, my mum told me")?

    Thanks JC

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  28. I would love the second point. Detangling

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  29. I would have to say midshaft splits. Thanks

    Beatrice

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  30. midshaft splits!!! please :)
    Audrey

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  31. I’d like to know more about: the science as to why dry detangling work for some hair
    Thanks

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  32. Can you do a post on alcohol in hair care products? Not fatty alcohols, which I know you've discussed before but something like isopropyl alcohol. I wanted to try a cleansing conditioner from L'oreal's new line but noticed it had alcohol in it. Is alcohol always drying/damaging to hair? Or can it be okay at certain times? Thanks so much:)

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  33. midshaft splits

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  34. I send the request of "Anonymous Apr 16, 2012 06:37 PM". I would like to know about isopropyl alcohol. I have heard it is drying. I also heard it decreases drying time for hair so it's put in hairsprays and such. I'd like to know what purpose it serves in conditioner--specifically Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner.

    Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Caprylic , Capric Triglyceride , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Fragrance (Parfum) , Lauroyl Lysine , Caprylyl Glycol , Brassica Campestris , Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer , Aspartic Acid , Distearyldimonium Chloride , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Citric Acid , Alcohol , Isopropyl Alcohol , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

    Also, can you do a post on eucalyptus essential oil. I saw a post "Double the amount of ceramide in your hair!" on the Relaxed Hair Health blog (http://relaxedhairhealth.blogspot.com/2011/04/double-amount-of-ceramide-in-your-hair.html. What do you think?

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  35. I would like to know more about :

    - plant and mucilage and their benefits for hair, the use (homemade gel, into hair mask, rinses etc)
    - some EO known to be good for hair
    - the refining process of oil (good / bad / why / what process)
    - clays for hair rhassoul (and I've recently come across pink clay used in hair which surprised me)
    - if I go on I won't stop I'll be pleased if you just pick one of the subject and even if you don't thank you for your so informative posts

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  36. I've always wondered what 'normal' means in hair care products. When a shampoo says for 'normal' to 'dry' hair what is the normal. Does the industry have some kind of standard, like hair that produces this much oil is normal hair? Thanks

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  37. Hi Jc - I came across a cholesterol conditioner for hair and it has Sodium lauryl Sulfate as one of the ingredients. I usually see that ingredient in a shampoo product but not a conditioner. I would like to know for a fact if sodium lauryl sulfate is o'kay to have in a hair cholesterol conditioner. Does it makes any difference if that ingredient is in a hair cholesterol conditioner or not?

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  38. I am interested in wanting to know if castor oil penetrates into the cortex? Is there any scientific experiments that has been done to prove that castor oil penetrates the cortex or not?

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  39. Why does kinky hair shrink whereas some curly/wavy hair gets straight when wet? Also how do flatiron and blowdry perfectors work? Could they be damaging?

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  40. The natural carrier oils known for hair care put pound for pound against each other strength, weakness and science research.

    Castor Oil
    Jamaican Castor Oil
    Coconut oil
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Avocado Oil/Avocado Oil
    Camellia Oil
    Grapeseed Oil
    Shea butter
    etc.

    Also is there any chemical composition difference between Castor Oil (cold press) versus Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Between Avocado OIl and Avocado butter and how they help or hinder benefits to hair.

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  42. Can you do a post on miconazole nitrate and the use of anti fungals on the scalp for hair growth? I haven't seen any scientific literature on the subject but many seem to have success with this, achieving faster hair growth.

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  43. You've mentioned a few times that some hydrolyzed proteins can penetrate the hair shaft. It would be interesting to find a list of which ones do!

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  44. I would really like to know more about lanolin. I've heard that it's great for frizzy hair but then I've also heard that it can be bad for hair health. What's the 411?

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  45. I know this is late but I would love it if you did some research on monistat (vaginal cream) as a hair growth agent. I've been hearing a lot of talk from naturals online about how Monistat promotes hair growth. I'm really weary about using vaginal cream on my scalp and the possible side effects. I've never seen anyone do any extensive research or experiments.

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