synthetic hair vs. human hair

Episode 115 : Know Your Hair Extension Synthetic Hair VS. Human Hair?

synthetic hair vs. human hair

human hair vs. synthetic hair

Episode 115 : Know Your Hair Extension Synthetic Hair VS. Human Hair!!

By Morgan

Heyyyy, I am Ms. Morgan! I will be contributing an article about synthetic fiber hair extensions being passed off as 100% human hair extensions in beauty supply stores. This is an epidemic sweeping the hair extension world and causing confusion to customers wondering why is this hair matting up and shedding. You may ask what is going on? It is women of all nationalities are being mislead thinking you are buying 100% human hair. Sorry for the time lost and confusion, lost money. Let me walk you through this educational glossary of keyword terms you should understand when you are buying hair.

Fiber Glossary

• Human Hair – Collected from a host (person), human hair can be curled, dyed, permed (relaxer), or styled just like your own hair. While it’s the most expensive hair used for hair extensions, it looks completely natural.

• Please understand that Chinese hair is one of the cheapest and most widely mislead hair types. Human hair can be dyed, permed (relaxer) to resemble a specific curl or kinky yaki texture. The con this hair will shed, matte, tangle after one wash. Resulting in hundreds of dollars being wasted.

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• Toyokalon® – Toyokalon brand fiber is more expensive than synthetic and Kanekalon, Toyokalon feels and looks closest to human hair. It has more sheen and tends to be silkier in texture than the Kanekalon and synthetic fiber. Like most man-made fibers used in hair extensions, Toyokalon can be heat styled (low heat blow dryer or a flat iron up to 100 degrees).

• An example of this fiber is widely used in wigs and mixed with human hair because it can be mass-produced.

• These fibers are constantly being mixed with human hair. This is done to pass off the fiber as more expensive human hair (this is more expensive because it is being grown by a human host)

• This hair typically only last for 14 – 30 days with daily styling being conducted. While constantly appearing dull everyday due to the scalps natural oils and environmental factors.

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• Kanekalon® – Kanekalon brand sythetic fiber is probably the most common of its kind, and is made from a material called Modacrylic. This fiber is flame retardant, which means that braids can be finished by burning the ends.

• This hair is most used for wigs and braided hairstyles.

• There are some hairpieces that can be used for shows or special occasion typically one use style.

• When dipped in boiling water and air dried this hair can be used with a hair dryer and with a low temperature curling iron

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• Synthetic – The least expensive synthetic fiber used for hair extensions is made from Polypropylene. This fiber is non-flame retardant, which means it should NEVER be exposed to heat, either to seal it or style it. One way to finish off the braid is to use an elastic band.

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Now that we have established some key terms when buying hair let’s have a heart to heart. First know what human hair looks like and feels like. Synthetic fiber hair will appear super shiny waxy. That is due to the silicone coating used to create clear coat sheen. Please don’t let the sales associates at the beauty supply sell you on a product that appears to good to be true.

Most hair that is packaged in a mass produced packaging, will more than likely be a mix of 2-7% of actual human hair. The synthetic fibers that are mixed in with the actual human hair are a combination of high heat fibers. For a manufacture to put human hair on the label it only has to actually contain a small amount of actual human hair.

This part of the beauty industry does not have a quality control department that can let consumers know which products are misleading or conducting fraudulent advertising. We as the consumer have to know about the products that we are buying. Some of these beauty supply store associates will start to sound like used car salesman. That is because as soon as you exit their establishments the sale is final, and you are stuck with an inferior product.

The sad part is most women will complain about the service and the quality of the product, but will be right back at the same place buying the same item. I understand that we as women have to look our best with sometimes limited resources, but we do not have settle for less than the best. I have heard of the bad quality hair, but find it amazing that the same people are still walking around with road kill on their head like a Sunday church hat. I hope this information has provided some insight to this sad epidemic. I know that it is hard but we must demand more and stick to it.


episode 111 how to remove chlorine from hair

Episode 111: How to remove chlorine or salt water from hair?

episode 111 how to remove chlorine from hair
episode 111 how to remove chlorine from hair

Episode 111: Episode 111: How to remove chlorine or salt water from hair?
By Rico

Hello everybody, I want to give a quick pre summer lesson in how to remove chlorine or salt water from hair. While summer has finally hit the SoCal area and I am tan and loving life to the fullest. Amazing what a free dose of vitamin D will due as a mood changer. I have been to the beach and felt it necessary to spread some early summer hair prevention love. So let me explain how to remove chlorine from your hair to keep it from becoming swamp thing green.

Let me explain what in the chlorine turns light color hair green and dehydrators the hair into a dry crispy frizzy mess. Actually it isn’t the chlorine chemical it’s self that turns lighter hair green. It is the oxidized metals that are in the water start clinging to the proteins in the hair shaft and deposit their discoloration. The metal that produces the green tint is copper. The bleach that is added the pool may be responsible for oxidizing the metal, but it’s not the cause of the discoloration. You can prevent copper from binding to the hair by sealing the hair cuticle before swimming. The same goes for the beach but slightly different. The salt in the water places the hair and shaft into a dehydration mode. Which means the salt has sucked whatever moisture out your hair leaving it a crispy mess. Then in both situations the sun does a beating on your hair the same way it does to your skin. Please protect, protect, protect your hair and skin.

List of things to prevent the green

1. Before jumping in rinse your hair with water. This will sort of block the chlorine from penetrating into the hairs dry hair shaft.

2. Applying a quarter size amount of your favorite conditioner will provide a light protective layer while in the pool.

3. Promptly rinsing hair after exiting the pool will remove some of the chlorine from sticking to the hairs shaft.

4. Now let’s mix 1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar in a spray bottle. Now let’s add in about a cup of water or if it is a small bottle just top the bottle off. Now shake to mix the ingredients. Apply mixture to scalp and start moving to the tips of the hair. It does not need to be dripping wet, just lightly saturated.

5. Now let’s make a baking soda paste take one cup or bowl and add ¼ cup of baking soda. Now mix in water until it becomes a pasty enough to apply to hair. (The mixture should be slightly soupy / slimy. No worries, there is not a wrong way to do this.)

6. Now that the baking soda mixture has been mixed let’s begin applying it to the scalp and smoothing it throughout the hair. Let the mixture sit on the scalp and hair for approximately 5 minutes.

7. Rinse thoroughly. This will elevate the chlorine and vinegar smell.

8. Now proceed with your normal shampoo and condition routine.




Episode 109 : How to use your diffuser 101

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Episode 109 : How to use your diffuser 101

By Rico

While trolling Pinterest last night ( yes I am an addict, but hey it has a surplus of information in one spot.) I came across an article which explained how to use a diffuser effectively. I have received alot of emails on how to dry curly hair without losing the moisture but keeping the bouncy shiny curly hair. So I would like to share this amazing article from The Beauty Department about how to use a diffuser.

Love Rico

How to diffuse 101

Why use a diffuser:
decreases frizz
maximizes shine
defines curls/waves
highlights natural texture
adds volume
less damaging

How to use:

1. Tshirt dry your hair and spray some leave-in conditioner.

2. Attach a diffuser to your favorite hair dryer (ours is the Elchim).

3. Switch the temperature to low or cool, unless your using a diffuser for high heat.

4. In a circular motion, starting at the scalp, begin to use the diffuser. If the diffuser has fingers let them directly connect with your hair. If your diffuser doesn’t have fingers, gently cradle your hair in your hand.

5. Continue diffusing the hair towards your ends but bringing the hair in an upward motion toward your scalp as much as possible. If possible try to scoop with the diffuser and not your hands. Let the diffuser concentrate on each section for a few seconds to define the curls, but be mindful of the temperature.
Picking the right diffuser:

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Hair Dryers

1. Elchim USA Bidiffusore Diffuser: With 2 interchangable grills (known as a bi-diffuser) the Elchim diffuser is used with your hair dryer when it is on maximum heat, because you want super fast blow drying. It also comes with a rubber ring that allows it to fit on most dryers.

2. T3 Soft Touch 2 Diffuser: The first Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic diffuser, it delivers a high concentration of negative ions and far infrared heat to dry hair fast with minimal frizz and optimal shine.

3. Conair Pro Volumizing Diffuser
Mainly known for it’s volumizing effects but also is great for decreasing frizz, defining the curls and adding wave to practically strait hair. The unique shape helps to centralize the airflow and the rubber fingers work to separate/lift the hair at your roots. Fits almost every dryer.

4. DevaCurl DevaFuser Diffuser: For patient people only! This diffuser gently dries your hair while adding volume and defining the curls. The patented 360-degree airflow minimizes frizz. To use you dry each bulk section of your hair for a couple of minutes (holding that position solid) to set the curls while evaporating the moisture.

5. YS Park Ion Diffuser: Eliminates airflow and only allows heat to be released which eliminates frizz. The silver and titanium mesh on the front is nylon and creates negative ions. Helps alleviate static electricity and
greatly reduces blow drying time. Fits every dryer because it has a strap that is adjustable and secure so it doesn’t fall off. Great for traveling or to use in your gym bag.

6. Conair Pro Plimatic Mitt Diffuser: If you are just looking for a more gentle dry and frizz decreaser the Conair Pro Plimatic Mitt fits almost every dryer and is ideal for travel. Or if you just want to pop one into your gym bag if you shower there.

7. Belson MH2349 Mega Hot Long Fngr Diffuser: Ceramic disc base with Tourmaline, this 2-in-1 diffuser has a lift and switch tool for the styling fingers. Use them, or switch them back, to use the diffuser with a flat surface. Fits almost every dryer.

8. Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Universal Finger Diffuser: Using that famous nano-titanium technology (high, but even, infrared heat to allow for super fast drying) this diffuser brings out natural ions to seal cuticles to decrease frizz. Dome shaping is best for long hair. Fits almost every dryer.


Episode 107: How to naturally thicken up your hair

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By Rico

Hello Ladies and Gents. I want to talk about some natural ways to thicken up your locks. Thinning can be caused from a number of different sources. Some include but are not limited to stress, medication, a lack of vitamins due to a change in diet. Please don’t leave out the pollutes in the air do attach themselves to your hair creating a nasty layer of dirt that can eventually sink into your hair and follicle . Which can slow your hair growth cycle down to a non-existence shedding crawl pace. Lets talk about some no no’s I know we are all guilty of using items that use pore clogging substance like mineral oils, petroleum, sulfates. I think many confuse greasy oily with hydra ration. That is a misconception that is slowing the scalps natural hair growth and natural hair oils. These heavy petroleum base products have loads of synthetic products that most people can’t pronounce. People don’t even realize that this is blocking your body from being able to eliminate toxins that body is trying to get out it’s system. Don’t get me wrong these mineral oil products will give you the illusion that your hair is growing, but if you actually get off the mineral oil crack you will notice that your hairs own natural oils will start thickening up your roots. The look and feel of your hair will completely amaze you. Now I have come across some natural refined hair oils that your hair loves and will flourish when fed these particular oil types. Believe me your body will appreciate it and your hair will love it.

Love Rico

Natural Oils

Emu Oil
Lavender Oil
Argan Oil
Yiang Yiang Oil
Sunflower Seed Oil
Camellia Oil
Rosemary Oil
Cedar wood Oil
Thyme Oil
Yarrow Oil
Jojoba Oil
Peppermint Oil
Burdock Root Oil
Stinging Nettle Oil


Episode 105: How to flat Iron or straighten all hair types


Episode 105: How to flat Iron or straightener all hair types
By Rico

Hello everybody! I know that trying to achieve that salon blowout or flat iron is enough to grab the whole bottle of Stella Rosa and find your best hat and say screw it! But I will walk you through how to achieve that smooth and silky flat iron with out frying your hair follicle and looking like an 80’s music video vixen.

1. Please understand that you cannot achieve a silky look with dirty hair. Please take the time to clean your hair and deep condition your hair to give a healthy layer of protectant to protect the hair cuticle. I would suggest Joico Smooth Cure or whatever sulfate free shampoo conditioner you prefer.
2. Proceed to blowing out your wet hair in sections to achieve a smooth surface to begin the flat iron process.
3. Now grab a serum or a protectant this creates a layer on the hair to assist in straightening it and creating a thermal bond that can keep lock in the heat from the flat iron in place to have a smooth finish.
4. Now just because your flat iron or hair straighter can get to and achieve a heat of 450 degrees does not mean that a daily usage of this high heat won’t damage the hair follicles. It can dry out the inside of the hair, which will start to be come unruly and dry to the touch. So thin or fine hair should be set to 150 – 200 degrees wavy or thicker hair should be around 200 – 300 degrees thick and coarse hair should be around 300-400 for an initial flat iron. For touch ups start off with 150 to 200 depending on your level of straightening and thickness.
5. Now a small flat iron 1’ to 2’ inches will allow you more styling and straightening control. So take small sections of hair and start at the scalp and slowly pass downward to the ends of the hair.
6. Now keep your hair in four sections starting in the back.
7. Do not spray or rub any oil product in hair before using the flat iron. The oils weigh down the hair and make it stringy instead of bouncy and vibrant.
8. Separate the sections no wider then the width of your flat iron. You do not want to have too much hair then you are not allowing the heat to properly straighten each strand.
9. Slowly make your way around your hair and began to flatten into your desired style.
10. To complete the style you can take a dime size amount of serum or spray a holding spray to control your style.

Now that it is all over looking at that hair shiny and bouncy makes it all worth it. Hey I say it’s 5 p.m. somewhere open that bottle and have a go.