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How to Recover from that Nightmare Hair Salon Experience...

Having an awful salon trip is like watching someone iron a hole in your favourite silk dress. When you go to a salon you want to leave with your hair looking great. You pay good money for an experienced professional and hope that it will be a therapeutic experience. You expect they'll make your hair look better than you could yourself. Sometimes, however, they leave you looking worse. That happened to me. In September 2017 I left the salon with my hair looking like this... Two years later and my hair has finally recovered! If you, like me, have had a bad trip to the salon and want to know how to get your hair back then read on. It may feel like you have to shave all your hair off and start again but there are ways to recover without immediate drastic measures. Whatever happened to your hair, there is hope, it will grow back! It can still be a frustrating setback when you've cared for your hair and taken time to get it healthy and then a stylist ruins it. Avoid that happening by following the tips in the blog post on how not to leave the salon in tears. These tips will be helpful for people who have damaged hair from dye, relaxer or straightening and will help you to transition to healthy Afro hair. 1. Cut off the damaged ends When your hair has been shredded up, it's tempting to hold on to the length but you need to let it go. If you leave damaged and split ends, your hair will look messier over all. Another issue with split ends is that they tangle more easily. Leaving damaged ends on your head will just let to knots, tangles and more damage. Cut them off. Hair is dead so once it's damaged there is little you can do to repair the worst problems. When I cut my hair in January 2019, I'd been clinging on to the damaged hair in protective styles but of course my hair still looked awful. I booked a mobile hairdresser who specialises in curls and, though I lost half the length in some places, my hair instantly looked better once the cut was complete. It was a drastic change to get used to but it grew out fast enough. Hair grows 6 inches a year on average, so by the end of the year I was back to the length I cut off but with a more even and healthy look. 2. Condition, condition, condition If your hair is in bad condition, you need a good conditioner. Luckily for me, whilst I was working on helping my hair recover from the traumatic salon trip, we were prototyping our conditioner so I had a new formula to test out each month. For the last few months, I've been using Swirl and I cannot live without it! A good conditioner: helps you to detangle with ease; keeps your cuticle smoothed down; and leaves hair noticeably strong and shiny. Swirl does all three and helped me to get my kinks and curls back. 3. Be patient It was only after several months of hiding my hair in twists and feeling miserable about the fact that I ran a haircare company but my hair looked awful, that I decided to take action. When I did decide to work on getting my hair back to "normal" I didn't get results overnight. To achieve the length and fullness I had before the awful salon trip took about a year and a half of consistent healthy hair practices. This meant:   Sticking to a good moisturising regime: I use the LOC method after cleansing and conditioning each week. Using only quality products: only Afrocenchix products work for me! Regular protective styles and trims: I protective style about half of the year (but really should protective style more often) and trim once or twice a year. When I see damaged ends or knots, I use sharp hairdresser scissors to remove them. Follow those three tips and your hair will end up better than ever. Remember, if you need help, we're just a click or a call away. Good luck!   Related Articles: How Not to Leave the Salon in Tears     What you need to know about cutting Afro and curly hair How to Choose the Best Afro Hair Products For You

Afro Hair Products and Silicones: Why to Avoid Them

With so much much conflicting information around on the internet, we've put together a simple guide to understanding how silicones can affect your afro hair. Read on to learn how silicones in your Afro Hair products impact your Afro Hair routine.

How to care for your child's afro hair to prevent nits and head lice

Every year, schools up and down the UK warn children (and parents) of threat that is head lice - and every year, the number of head lice outbreaks increases when school goes back. Find out how to prevent your nits and head lice with these hair care tips.

Why Trimming your Afro Hair Will Not Lead to Faster, Longer Growth

One myth I believed growing up was that "If you trim your curls, they will grow longer and faster”. If you were told this hair myth growing up and still hold onto it, get ready to get disappointed! Sure, trimming your hair a few inches will definitely make your it look and feel...

What are the best afro hair products for the summer?

Keeping your afro hair beautiful this summer doesn’t have to be difficult and – to be honest – is pretty simple to do with the right afro hair products. Take a closer look at the best afro hair products for summer in this blog.

Which afro hair products do you need for dry hair?

Does your afro hair suffer from dryness? Are you looking for a solution? Find out what afro hair products you need to combat it in this blog.

3 Ways to Reduce Breakage When Wearing Braids

We all love a good braid protective style! Unfortunately, poor installation and maintenance can lead to breakage! We've got just the afro hair products that can help you reduce breakage while rocking your braids.

Oil Based Afro Hair Products: Why Aren't They Moisturising?

Most natural loves good oil based afro hair products to give their hair nutrients and shine. As much as Afro hair loves oil unfortunately, they can’t give your hair the moisture it needs and these are 3 reasons why...

What exactly is hair porosity and how do I determine mine?

Hair porosity is something of a buzzword in the natural afro hair community. We are frequently asked what hair porosity is, what products are best for high porosity hair and whether porosity matters. Let's start with a definition. What exactly is hair porosity? Hair porosity is a measure of how...

Afro Hair Care - The Ultimate Guide

Caring for afro hair can be tricky when you're not sure where to start. At Afrocenchix we help bust the myths that afro hair is unprofessional, unattractive and unmanageable. We believe all afro hair is beautiful! With the right hair care practices you can love and enjoy your hair. Through caring for your curls...

Do you believe these myths about afro hair?

Natural hair is becoming more and more common, yet many afro myths are still floating around. Most of these have been passed down from generation to generation...

How to not give up on your hair during the awkward phase

It's a few months after your big chop. Your hair's now too long and too short at the same time. You want to grow it out but you're finding the upkeep challenging and you're at a loss when it comes to knowing what to do with it — you've hit the awkward phase. ...

Using Coconut Oil for Naturally Beautiful Hair

Contribution from Lucy Williams We all love our hair, but even on its best days, a natural look can be tough to manage. Dry or damaged hair can quickly get out of hand, resulting in a texture that’s less-than-ideal. One of the most important things to remember when caring for...

Holiday Hair: Style Inspiration and Beach/Pool Care

We've all been there,  after excitedly confirming flight and accommodation details and looking forward to blissful relaxation in a land of sun and sea we ask that question..."What am I going to do with my hair?" via GIPHY Holidays are meant to be about kicking back and enjoying a break — the last thing...

Need to create a healthy hair routine? Read this

Creating a hair routine can help you achieve your hair goals, and can also help you  to figure out what works and doesn't work for you — especially if you are newly natural. A good hair routine will incorporate healthy hair practices which will inadvertently lead to retaining length.  As with anything,...

5 Things You Need to Know About Natural Hair

So you've decided to "go" natural; or you already wear your hair in its natural state but don't know much about this fibre growing out of your scalp. That's totally understandable. When it comes to natural hair, there is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of unlearning to...