Summer is almost here and like changing seasons, it can be hard to predict the state of your hair, even for the most savvy hair connoisseur. Taking in all the glory that summer has to offer, also has its side effects—like, humidity, which can wreak havoc in more ways than one. Learning how to show Mother Nature whose boss and solidifying a technique that will produce sound results can maximize the most of what summer has to offer. One of those techniques is monitoring your product usage. Find out why less products are more when it comes to combating the heat.




Photos: Joey Rosado


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Soul Glow Effect

It may have be funny in Coming to America to have a soul glow shine, but let me tell you there is nothing cute about leaving your presence behind that has nothing to do with your character. Warmer weather means products that normally solidified in the winter are now in danger of coating more than just your strands. Use them with caution.



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Uninterrupted Growth

Sometimes I like to think of my hair as a plant, if you give it too much fertilizer you can harm or even destroy it. The same applies for your hair. Most of us know our hair is composed of overlapping flat cells made up keratin, but did you know that constantly using too much products can weaken the hair shaft causing more breakage.




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Maintain Styles Longer

Braid outs and twist outs were my main go-to styles while I was transitioning. Dealing with two drastically different textures and seamlessly blending the demarcation line is hard work, and the more product you use to coat your strands, the more you are at risk of shortening the life of the style. Remember: Certain ingredients like glycerin attract humidity which causes shrinkage and frizz.



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Less Shedding

Overloading tresses with products can also contribute to what many could do without, more shedding. Less products more than likely means your scalp region will clean and clear of what it is meant to do, secrete an oily, waxy substance called sebum, through microscopic glands . Now when those glands are blocked they are not receiving the oxygen they need…find out what else contributes to unnecessary shedding and more reasons why less is more regarding product usage at here




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As part of Essence’s newly enhanced and revamped hair channel that launched May 8th, I will have a weekly article on, sharing tips, a bit of hairtherapy and my own personal journey.