Premature Gray Hair Top Tips

Hello curly friends! Are you getting gray hair before your time? No worries;…most premature gray hair is usually a matter of genetics. Unless you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid issues, or other health challenges, the gray is probably in your DNA. Check with your physician to be sure there are no health causes.

The Science of “Why am I getting Gray?”

Melanin promotes hair color and when your body decreases production your  hair turns gray. An enzyme known as catalase reduces hydrogen peroxide that accumulates in your body. When this enzyme, catalase, is reduced and the hydrogen peroxide levels rise, melanin growth is hampered and hair turns gray. The technical term for gray hair is canities.

What Causes Premature Gray Hair?

There are other causes that contribute to gray hair and affect hair pigmentation:

  • Stress has not been shown as a direct cause but can contribute to premature graying.
  • Specific ethnicities gray at younger ages than others.
  • Some toxins and even hair dyes can promote gray hair.
  • Hormones and health issues.
  • Lifestyle and poor diet/ smoking .
  • A lack of vitamin B12, iron, and iodine.

What Can You Do About Premature Gray Hair?

Premature Gray HairPremature hair graying happens to both men and women.

Taking care of yourself by avoiding excess stress, not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough rest an exercise can help minimize premature aging. So beside the usual health advice what can you do? At this time, there is no magic pill that reverses the gray. What you can do is consistently use curly hair products intended to keep your hair moisturized and stronger.  I  recommend  our  curl rescue leave in hair conditioner with Kevaris which can be found here and also using a curl product with some great oil like our luxury marula oil, which can be found here  . Seal your hair and hydrate it with our curl nectar serum which you can find here (and it’s on sale right now! 

Keep your gray curls healthy with these three!

There are also numerous styles that look great and can protect your hair from breakage such as weaves, braids, and faux locs. Of course you can choose to show off your canities (gray hair) or dye your hair to make it disappear… temporarily.

More Info:
How to Color Gray Hair

How to Make Your Gray Hair Gorgeous

I’m with you here with graying hair friends!

Gina

Need a Protein Fix? For your hair that is……

This hair mask is easy to make with home ingredients and is packed with protein, and other nutrients like Vitamin A and Vitamin B12. This mask prevents breakage, strengthens hair follicles and even prevents hair loss. And my hair is always so shiny after using this.

• 1 egg to 2 eggs including yolks (depending on length of hair for shorter hair use one egg, for longer use two, for super long, triple it!)
• 2 to 3 Tablespoons honey ( same rules apply to amount as above)
• 2-3 Tablespoons of oil (any oil(depending on length of hair) will do, pick your favorite kind). Being Italian, Gina uses light olive oil.
• 5-6 pumps of conditioner (or more for super dry or super long hair) Royal Locks Curl Quench Conditioner – (or an old conditioner sitting in the cabinet unused although make sure it has no sulfates or parabens for best results) .I love our Royal Locks Curl Quench Conditioner because it happens to have Macadamia Nut Oil and our honey is pure Macadamia Nut Honey. Aloha!

You can see our curl quench conditioner here:  CURL QUENCH


Mix eggs, honey and oil in a bowl until smooth. Add conditioner to make a mask consistency. Here is where you will decide how much conditioner to add depending on how much eggs, oil and honey you used. Apply to hair and cover with shower cap for best results. You can also just bun up your hair in a top knot if your consistency is thick enough. Leave on 15 minutes and rinse. Follow up with a leave in conditioner. Of course we suggest our curl rescue which you can find here :  CURL RESCUE   ( Curl rescue 
designed to deliver optimal anti-breakage benefits. It is a multifaceted protein based complex which acts on all of the three fundamental parameters of hair strength: tensile properties, bending modulus and cuticle abrasion. Paraben free.

We hope you enjoy this “recipe” . Let us know how it goes!

Gina

Tips for our Amazing Adorable Curly Hair Kids

Tips for our Amazing Adorable Curly Hair Kids

Gina, our creator of the Royal Locks Hair Care line was the ONLY person in her family with curly hair, so she didn’t have a guide and it took her many years to figure it all out! That’s why we’d love to share with you some simple tips and tricks for your curly hair kids.

Kids sure look adorable and charming with their bubbly curls, don’t they?  But curls can be a also be seen as a curse based on how well a child is taught to appreciate and care for them. Words of confirmation about a child’s curly hair can certainly help instill ‘curly self esteem.’ Teaching curly hair kids how to care for and manage their locks early in life will also help them keep their locks in tip top shape easily as they get older.

Kids generally have finer and thinner hair than most adults and this could mean that they may require a bit gentler care. Teaching children early how to care for their tresses and how to control frizz will encourage their self esteem when those inevitable curl compliments come in. While you’re at it, why not teach them how to receive a compliment gracefully?

Until your child is old enough to manage their hair themselves, help keep hair healthy and the frizzies away with the proper products, the right care, hair bands or clips, the right cut and style, and good nutrition.

A shorter cut for a boy or girl with curly hair is often more manageable until the hair gets thicker. But, remember to choose a hairstylist who is familiar with curly hair (or better yet specialized in it) and haircut and style that helps keep locks under control.

Make sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that moisturizes yet does not have sulfates or parabens to keep curls healthy.

Try not to use diffusers or blow dryers on a child’s hair as natural air drying is the most favorable. Use fingers to detangle when possible but if not, be sure to use a wide tooth comb or pick and a detangling product or leave in conditioner.  Brushing will create more frizz and could damage hair.  Try starting at the end of the hair and in a gentle downward motion, slowly move up for a less painful experience.

Royal Locks Kids use our Curl Rescue leave in conditioner while combing and leave it in for moisture and hydration. Using a leave in conditioner after using shampoo will also help hair avoid frizz. Conditioner should be rubbed out to the ends of hair.

Styling gel is recommended for curly hair kids of age 6 and above to help control locks and we love our alcohol free and marula oil infused luxury gel for kids as it in gentle yet keeps the curl curly and frizz at bay. Use just a bit in wet hair after combing and let their natural curl patterns come out. If they need a bit more in their curls or need a touch up after a long day at play, our gentle curl serum generally does the trick and smells great!

Make hair care as enjoyable as possible rather than a battle for curly hair kids.  Giving your child the skills and tools to take care of his or her own hair promotes independence as well as self esteem. What you teach them will last a lifetime.

 

Customers Showing Me Love

It seriously makes my day when I get feedback emails or great reviews from my customers. I’m sharing them here not to toot my own horn, but because they just may help you find the perfect combination of products for your hair.

 

Hello Gina, 
Thank you for your email and thank you for providing such a product!
I love how my curly hair looks, smells and feels 🙂
I moved recently to the states and was desperate in finding products and good salons for my hair. After reading the excellent reviews on Amazon about Royal Locks Hair Care, I placed my order and I am so glad that I did so.
I have been using the product for 4 days and cannot be more satisfied!
Thank you again for your care and professionalism!  Maya
I absolutely love this one product due to it being the only one to help my hair type and hold my natural curls with a healthy product! 

Sent from my iPhone

Hi Gina! Your Timing is so funny! I got this email as I was having my husband feel my hair with the new product from you! It is the softest it has ever been I can send you a picture if you like I have naturally curly hair that can easily fro so I usually use gel or mouse which make my hair crunchy and sometimes stringy. If you have other products like shampoo and conditioner hair spray whatever I would love to hear about them I have never seen your products in store it was an impulse buy.
Thanks for reaching out! 
Your New curly haired friend Desarae’
Hi Gina,

First of all, I absolutely love the products!  I’ve only tried the Dream Cream and the Pro Curl Cream Gel so far, but they’re amazing.  I’ve been using Curlfriends products for many years and was satisfied for a long time, but my hair seems to respond differently since I moved from South Florida to California 3 years ago.  The Royal Locks creams are defining my curls and controlling frizz where Curlfriends wasn’t working any longer.
My one issue is with the bottle pumps.  One of them will not pop up.  When I turn it to open, the top pump part just falls off. Is it possible to get a replacement for this?  (immediate replacement sent!) 
Thanks so much,
Sheri

Hey there gina, I after using your product for a couple weeks now i must say that I am really enjoying your haur product very much! It really brings my curls together and i’m really liking the results. I will definitely continue to support you! Keep doing what you’re doing.

Much love, 
MB

 

I have thin curly hair, middle of my back long and I don’t like to wash it every day due to hair loss. So today I used it dry, all over! Scrunched it a bit and left it alone!! It calmed the frizzy fly-aways and gave me great curls!!! Still playing with the new products and amounts but I hope to rock these locks this summer instead of fighting the frizz!!

 

Hair Science

Where Hair Begins

Hair science is fascinating! Did you know that a 22 week old fetus has all of its hair follicles formed?  In fact on average that fetus will have about 5 million hair follicles on its body. Whoa! This is the most hair follicles a person will ever have, as new hair follicles are not generated during life. In fact hair density is reduced as we grow up because our scalps expand too.

hair foliclesHair Follicles

Our hair has two separate structures. One is the follicle in the skin, and the other is the visible shaft. A hair follicle tunnels through the epidermis and into the dermis. The follicle has several distinct layers and each one has its own purpose. At the base of the follicle is the papilla. The papilla is full of capillaries, or minuscule blood vessels that feed the cells.

The part of the hair that is living is at the bottom surrounding the papilla. This is referred to as the bulb. The cell growth of the bulb is faster than any other cell growth in our bodies. The bulb cells divide every 23 to 72 hours.

The follicle is covered by two sheaths, an inner and outer. These sheaths protect the growing hair shaft. The inner sheath grows within the hair shaft to the opening of a sebaceous (oil) gland, and now and then an apocrine (scent) gland. The outer sheath goes all the way up to the gland. The pili muscle is attached below the gland around the outer sheath. This erector muscle contracts which makes hair stand and makes the sebaceous gland to secrete oil. The sebaceous gland is essential as it manufactures sebum. Sebum helps form the hair and skin. As we grow older age we make less sebum. Sebum production in women decreases much faster than in men.

The Hair Science Growth Cycle

When you understand the hair growth cycle you can be aware of issues that might arise with your hair. There are three stages of the hair growth cycle:

  • Anagen
  • Catagen
  • Telogen

Anagen Phase

Hair will generally grow about half an inch each month. In seasonal climates hair grows faster in the summer than in winter months. This anagen growth phase is about 3 to 5 years. This means full length hair is about 18 to 30 inches. In Asian people this phase can last as long as 7 years.

Catagen Phase

After the anagen phase, hair enters the catagen phase that lasts only about 10 days.

Telogen Phase

Then hair enters the telogen phase, where growth subsides and hair is released or falls out. The follicle is then inactive for 3 months. After that the follicle returns to the anagen phase and this cycle starts again. Every hair follicle is independent and in its own place in the growth cycle.  That is why your hair does not naturally all fall out at the same time. In fact the average person loses about 80 hairs a day.

Hair loss, thinning and other issues happen when the growth cycle is disrupted. This can be caused by conditions such as metabolic imbalances, illness or poor diet.  For example a month or so after dieting or a high fever you can experience telogen effluvium or diffuse hair fall.

The anagen phase is reduced and numerous hairs start the telogen phase simultaneously. And if your hair growth cycle is constantly facing adversity or not receiving proper nutrition, you could discover that hair will not grow as long as it once did. This happens when hairs are not kept in the anagen (growing) phase long enough to achieve the optimum length.

The good news is you have a great deal of power over your hair science. The right diet, exercise, and rest promote hair growth. Opt for foods high in vitamins A, B, C, and E, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and selenium.
For more about healthy hair see:
http://www.royallockshaircare.com/make-curly-hair-grow-fast/

How to Make Curly Hair Grow Fast

Make Curly Hair Grow FastOne question I have been asked numerous times is “How can I make curly hair grow fast?” All things being equal, curly hair grows at the same rate as straight hair. However, straight hair often appears to grow faster than curly hair because the length is more visibly measurable. There are numerous beneficial actions you can take that will help your mane grow fast.

Your Diet Can Make Curly Hair Grow Fast

Your diet is one of the most contributing factors to your health and that includes your hair. A well rounded diet of fruits and vegetables as well as proteins will help your hair grow faster and be healthy. Hair is made of a protein called Keratin. Foods that contain great hair proteins include nuts, poultry, fruits, grains and eggs. Bacon is also high in these proteins and the needed Vitamin B complex. You will want to limit your intake of bacon as it is high in fat.

Vitamins That Help Make Curly Hair Grow Fast

Vitamin supplements are commonly recommended for overall health and your curly hair will benefit. There is a plethora of multi-vitamins on the market. The vitamins and minerals touted to help hair growth include biotin, beta-carotene, and biosil, and also the B-Complexes, magnesium, zinc, silica, sulphur, nettle and flax seed oil.

A good multi vitamin for hair growth not only needs all the nutrients for your good health but for hair growth; particularly biotin and MSM.  Biotin generates cell growth and MSM promotes a longer growth phase for your hair.

Only if you are a practicing vegan should you consider adding amino acids as a supplement. Animal products such as meats, poultry, dairy, fish, and eggs naturally have amino acids.

Exercise to Help Make Curly Hair Grow Fast

Aerobic or cardio exercises stimulate blood flow which encourages healthy hair growth. These workouts have a multitude of health benefits when performed regularly.

Scalp Massage

You can stimulate blood flow to your hair with a five minute scalp massage. With the tips of your fingers massage your entire scalp. To break up the monotony and get a different angle on your scalp, have a friend or spouse massage your head periodically.

Herbs to Make Curly Hair Grow Fast

There are many herbs that are believed to promote health hair growth. For example the enzymes in aloe vera help dissolve dead skin cells and any excess sebum that can clog hair follicles. Aloe vera is also a great moisturizer with a molecular structure much like keratin. Other herbs contain antioxidants and are rich in minerals that promote hair growth.  Some are taken orally and others are used ion the scalp. These include:

Amla
Basil
Bhringraj
Burdock Root
Calendula
Fenugreek
Flax Seed
Ginger Roor
Gotu Kola
Hibiscus
Hops
Horsetail
Lavender
Licorice
Marshmallow
Oat Straw
Peppermint
Rose Hips
Rosemary
Sage
Shikakai
Soapnut
Thyme
Watercress
Yarrow
Yucca

Curly Hair BrushBrushing Your Hair

I don’t brush my locks or recommend it but if you have a different curl type you might want to. Over brushing can cause frizzy hair and even damage your mane. A bristle brush is NOT advisable as this can damage your locks. Boar bristle brushes are the right choice as they help your hair stay clean while stimulating your scalp. Brushing can distribute the oils in your scalp throughout your hair for a shine without damage or causing split ends.

 

 

 

The Five Biggest Curly Hair Mistakes

The Five Biggest Curly Hair Mistakes

Hey curly girls and boys! Your curly hair can look fantastic and attract wanted attention and complements or send you to the closet for a hat or bandana. I am here to share five biggest curly hair mistakes that can make you cringe when you look in the mirror and tell you how to avoid them.

Curly Hair Mistake 1: The Wrong Haircut

Hairstylists often treat curly hair the same as wavy or straight hair when cutting. You might have experienced a stylist that gets your hair wet and straight for cutting. No No No!

Numerous times I have had a stylist wash and straighten my hair then blow dry. But as soon as I give my hair the first wash after a cut it’s a disaster. Your hair can be wet but must be curly when cut. This is the only way to see how your hair behaves when curly and to get the best cut.

Curly Hair Mistake 2: Scrunching

I was shown how to scrunch to style years ago and this makes a mess. After you wash and rinse do not touch your hair! Part and gently and comb with conditioner still on. Then rinse and only gently blot the ends of your hair. Let your hair dry naturally whenever possible.

Curly Hair Mistake 3: Shunning Layers

There is a myth that layers in curly hair cause poofy, frizzy hair. Layers are vital for curly hair! When you do not have layers will have the witch hat or triangle head! When you have layers cut in your hair this is the best way to give your hair body and shape. Layers should always be rounded.

Curly Hair Mistake 4: Combing Wet Curly Hair

Most curly hair people know that combing dry curly hair makes hair unmanageable and frizzy.  So should you comb you hair wet? The stylists comb your hair during the cut and but if you get involved and style they go for the diffuser and start scrunching and spraying your hair. Now you are entering the frizz zone.

The trick is after you have combed your wet hair is to rinse with water… even after a style. The water will bring your curls to shape without the frizz. Comb with a conditioner then rinse to get your hair back to its naturally curly state.

Curly Hair Mistake 5: Using the Wrong Products and Application

Our curly hair is normally drier than other hair types and needs moisture. To get that shiny bouncy finish use Royal Locks Curl Cream Gel … a hybrid 3 in 1 proprietary blend cream and gel with a leave in moisturizer for your curls. This professional ultra curl cream gel will define your curls. You will have fanciful bouncy curls that hold without being crunchy.

Avoid the 5 biggest curly hair mistakes and will bring out your beautiful natural curls… and you can leave your hats in the closet!

Naturally Curly Hair Styles

Naturally Curly Hair Styles

Hello girls with the curls! Just like you, your beautiful hair has a mind of it’s own. Here are some naturally curly hair styles when those strands get unruly. When those curls are not cooperating, don’t panic! You can give your curls a style that is sure to enhance your personality.

Top Knot
You can make this your everyday hairstyle. All you’ve got to do is to gather all your curls into a ponytail and tie them up. Now,divide your hair into two equal parts and wrap them around your ponytail. Secure them with a bobby pin. Set the bun with your fingers if needed.

Braided Headband
This is one of the best naturally curly hairstyles to keep those curls away your from your eyes. It helps your curly strands from sticking in your face, especially in a humid climate. You just need to take the front section and make a braid that covers your front hair like a headband.

Braid Out
The braid out is one of the easiest naturally curly hairstyles to keep your hair managed. Divide your hair into two sections and simply braid them when going to bed and let your sleep do the work. Remove the braid in the morning. This style will give different patterns to your curls. Apply Royal Locks Curl Cream Gel to settle your curls and you are ready for the day. 

Slicked Back Ponytail
This naturally curly style will keep your curls down and out of your face. Apply Royal Locks Curl Cream Gel  through your hair and then use a brush to make your top section straighten down into a pony. Secure your hair with an elastic band. You can add volume by ruffling your fingers into your pony.

Crown Twist
The crown twist takes just a few minutes. Take a few strands or a small portion of your hair from one side and twist that section toward the back and secure it with a bobby pin. Repeat the same process on the other side, and you will get an adorable style.

Natural curls come with good days. After all; curls are a blessing even when they are difficult to manage. All the above hairstyles for curly hair can be formed in less than ten minutes. These naturally curly hairstyles will keep you looking as gorgeous as ever. Embrace your natural beauty!

Early Curly Girls

Some of our favorite early curly girls of Hollywood:

 

Shirley Temple tops any list of Hollywood curly girls. She started in 1932 at three years old and this American actress, singer, dancer was the number one box-office star by 1935. We love those curls!

 

 

 

 

Mary Pickford  was a Canadian-American film actress and producer of the 1910s and 20s.  She was popularly referred to as ‘Amaerica’s Sweetheart’ and ‘the girl with the curls.’

 

 

 

 

Annette Benson was the British curly girl. A leading lady of British silent films of the 1920s.

 

 

 


Greta Garbo , the Swedish-born American film actress of the 1920s and 1930s. She has three Academy Award nominations for Best Actress.

 

 

 

 

Joan Crawford, an American film and television actress signed a motion picture contract with MGM in 1925. Crawford became one of Hollywood’s greatest movie stars and one of the highest-paid women in the country.

 

 

 

Judy Garland is forever the Wizard of Oz Dorothy but was renowned for her contralto vocals and a four decade career in music and drama.  At 39, Judy became the youngest and first woman recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in film.

 

 

Rita Hayworth was an American actress and dancer achieving fame during the 1940s. She was in 61 films and called the “love goddess.” She was the number one pin-up girl in World War II.

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Bacall was an American actress and singer with a unique voice and sultry looks. She was named the 20th greatest female star of Classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute.

 

 

 

Lucille Ball is a must for this list! She began in 1929 as a model and then performed on Broadway. She appeared in several minor film roles in the 1930s and later launched to a household name in her ‘I Love Lucy’ series.   We Love Lucy!

 

 

What Makes Curly Hair?

Fact or Fiction: Eating Bread Crusts Will Give You Curly Hair

Did you know eating bread crusts was suspected to cause curly hair? Parents would encourage their children to eat their bread crusts to develop beautiful curly locks. Sounds like a ploy to me made up by parents to get their children to eat the bread crusts.

However this idea is believed to come from 18th century Europe when a famine beleaguered the continent. People with curly hair were thought to be prosperous, and could afford bread. Fact is bread crust is jam-packed (no pun intended) with as much as eight times the antioxidants as the bread itself. So eat your bread crusts… but don’t expect your hair to start curling from this myth.

Other theories for curly hair have included the shape of the hair shafts, the growth rate of hair, or the shape of the hair follicle. None of these theories have been confirmed and now scientists attribute those curls to the chemical composition (proteins) of cells in the cortex of hair fibers.

Curly hair is different from straight in several ways. For example, curly hair that is also oily is rare. That’s logical from a biologically point of view as the oils that the sebaceous glands exude at the follicle travel better down a straight hair shaft. This type of hair can be difficult to manage, dry and frequently frizzy.

A further distinction is in the makeup of the proteins of the hair. Hair is mostly comprised of the protein keratin also found in skin and nails. The protein molecule has sulfur atoms that can now and then connect with one another for a disulfide bond. When these connections are made between atoms that are spaced apart, the hair curls. The more disulfide bonds that are created the curlier the hair.

Curly Hair is in Your DNA

Naturally curly hair is inherited. Dominant genes for curly hair make curly hair. When less dominant or recessive genes are larger in number they can have enough influence on the curly dominant gens to cause wavy hair. And of course the spectrum is wide as seen with many unique hair types in the world.

Making Hair Curly

Not all curly hair is natural as many people use various treatments to obtain curly hair. And bread crusts are not involved!  One method is to use curlers. Curlers cause hydrogen bonds to form between keratin molecules that shape the hair to the rollers. However these bonds last only a short time, usually only until the hair gets wet again. Chemical methods are also implemented to make disulfide bonds in straight hair. This will make these curls last longer but new growth is straight. So the curls grow out.

Caring for Curly Hair

Curly hair challenges include dryness and difficulty styling and managing. Curly hair needs dissimilar care than straight hair to be healthy. Curly hair should be washed and deep conditioned with products especially formulated for curly hair.