Friday, September 28, 2018

Keeping Coily Hair Hydrated and Beautiful

How To Keep Coily Hair Hydrated And Beautiful 
If you have coily hair, you likely have very tight curls instead of loose curls or waves. With such tight curls, managing your hair can be difficult at times. However, if you start to use the right products, your hair can become much more manageable and will begin to look even better than before. 

There are some really good products that are made for the coily hair crowd. Shampoo, conditioner and defining creme will help hydrate every strand, leaving your hair moisturized and full of natural bounce and shine.

Use Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
When you have tight curls, using the right shampoo and conditioning products is essential. You are going to want to use products that add a lot of moisture to the hair, especially if your curls normally feel a bit too dry. 

UBH Satin Crème provides just the right amount of essential oil for those with tight coils and 4a hair. This product contains plenty of natural ingredients that support hair growth while preventing damage and keeping those healthy locks hydrated and conditioned.
According to the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, “Plant oils have long been used on the skin and scalp for cosmetic and medical purposes because they have been found to have many positive physiological benefits. For example, plant oil application may act as a protective barrier to the skin by an occlusive effect, allowing the skin to retain moisture.” 

Stick With a Restorative Leave-In Conditioner 
For added moisture, you should apply a restorative leave-in conditioner to the hair. It is possible to add the leave-in conditioner to your hair after washing out your usual conditioner.
Instead of rinsing out the leave-in option, you can go about styling your hair the way that you want to, whether you plan on using the diffuser attachment on your hair dryer or just adding some cream to the hair and allowing it to dry as it is.

Add a Defining Cream to the Hair 
If you feel like the curls are always all over the place and sometimes do not look as good as you want them to look, you should add a curl defining cream to your hair care routine. Not Your Mother’s Curl Talk is an affordable product that helps to define those tight coils, accentuating their shape while reducing frizz and keeping the hair moisturized throughout the day.
You can use the defining cream regularly. It is also good to use the defining cream on those humid days when the weather outside often leads to frizzy hair. The cream works to prevent that frizz from happening.

Keep your coily hair looking its best by using Ultra Black Hair products that are meant for all hair types including those with tighter curls. The right hair care products will leave your hair looking shiny, healthy, and hydrated.

Article written by Sherry Harris -

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Deep Conditioning is SOOOO time consuming!

When we tell our clients that to get the best benefit from the Ultra Black Hair Deep Conditioner you need to use a hooded dryer and they say "I don't use any heat on my hair," apparently they don't understand that heat from a hooded dryer is different.

The confusion comes when we think that heat appliances damage the hair, and you are right, they do! Heat from blow-dryers, pressing combs, flat irons, etc, can cause damage to the outer layer of the hair, the cuticle.  

Heat from a hooded dryer is different. In fact VERY different. The purpose of heat when you deep condition is to improve the condition of the hair. The heat allows the hair to swell open and the product goes inside the hair. This process (when used with a good conditioner) will build on to the hair increasing the thickness of the hair, which is where you get the strength. This process also improves the overall health of the hair by stopping breaking, and improving elasticity.

Deep conditioning is the best way to improve the health of your hair but who has time to sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes at a time every week? I know I find it time consuming too. But what if you can still get the benefits of Deep Conditioning while doing your housework or chores? Well you CAN!
Here's what you needed:
1. Processing cap
2. Wool cap

1. Apply UBH Deep Conditioner to freshly washed hair.
2. Put a processing cap on over the deep conditioner.
3. Put a wool cap over the processing cap.
4. Walk around the house doing your chores.
5. Rinse after 20- 30 minutes and style as usual.
(Test to know it's working: During processing, press your hand down on the wool cap while on your head. You will feel the heat rushing down from under the plastic bag on to your face)
Let us know what you think about this method in the comment section. 
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Natural Hair Trend Among African-American Women Having Impact

While hairstyle trends change throughout the decades, the one constant is hairstyling and product launches being big business. But new research from Mintel reveals that natural may be the new normal in black hair care, as relaxers account for just 21% of black hair care sales and the sector has declined 26% since 2008 and 15% since 2011, when sales reached $179 million—making it the only category not to see growth.

Mintel's research estimates the relaxer segment will reach $152 million this year, down from $206 million in 2008. Furthermore, in the past 12 months, nearly three-fourths (70%) of black women say they currently wear or have worn their hair natural (no relaxer or perm), more than half (53%) have worn braids, and four out of 10 (41%) have worn locks.

"The natural hair trend is driving an increase in sales of styling products such as styling moisturizers, setting lotions, curl creams, pomades, etc., but the increase has caused the relaxer segment to decline in sales," says Tonya Roberts, multicultural analyst at Mintel. "A look at expenditures from 2008–2013 shows steady growth in the black hair care category for all categories except relaxers/perms."

Shampoo and conditioner formulated for black hair is estimated to reach $257 million in 2013, up from $211 million in 2008. The styling products segment has also increased from $220 million in 2008 to an estimated $268 million in 2013. Meanwhile, the hair color market is forecast to see sales of $36 million in 2013, compared to $32 million in 2008.
However, when it comes to achieving the perfect look, it seems black women are willing to shell out top dollar to change up their hair. More than half (51%) agree that it's worth spending more on hair care products to achieve the best results while 39% say they like to experiment with new hair care products.

"Given their passion and love of hair, black consumers represent a lucrative market for companies. Black consumers are always looking for new products to try and seeking information about hair care products," notes Roberts. "Social networking is one avenue that has helped to garner trust, empowerment, individuality and pride, as it relates to hair care. Brands have been born and re-born using social networks."
So what's the appeal of the natural style? Forty-eight percent of women believe natural or curly hairstyles exude confidence and the same percentage consider them daring. Meanwhile, 45% of black women think natural coifs are trendy.

This article compliments of  GCI Magazine

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Can You Straighten Afro Hair Long-Term without using Caustic Chemicals?

Hi my name is Tia I put a perm in my hair two months ago and now I have a bald spot. Also I put one in my daughter head 3 to 4 months ago. At first her scalp was just dry but now where the dry spot is it's  coming out. Please can you tell me what's going on?

The biggest problem with relaxers is how they are applied. They are smoothed against the scalp and they go into the pores and they change how the hair cells function. The DNA of the hair cell (the brain that tells the hair what to do) is actually altered when the chemical goes inside the scalp. You need to think of a relaxer as being the equivalent of liquid drain cleaner. It is the same chemical you pour down the drain to eat away hair clogs that you are pushing into your head. You would not take a relaxer and rub it up and down your arm and legs for 20 minutes, but you do it to your head. The reason so many black women are giving up relaxers is because of the damage relaxers cause. In the past we were ignorant to the permanent damage but now with education we are resolving to NEVER allow relaxer chemicals to touch our heads again.

The change to the DNA can be gradual or immediate. I have had people say to me “but I see fuzz so it is growing back.” The truth is, the fuzz will grow no longer than the 1st notch in your finger (about 1”) then it falls out and starts over. Once the DNA has changed, there is no reversing it. There are a lot of gimmicks on the market that will “claim” to reverse balding but don’t waste your money, they are just gimmicks. To prevent losing your hair entirely, I recommend you NEVER put another chemical relaxer on your hair or your daughters hair EVER again. There are products on the market that will straighten your hair without caustic chemicals and I will gladly share my Product Quick Reference guide with anyone who ask. It outlines how to use my products to achieve straight hair without causing hair damaging. 

Email me at and ask for our Product Quick Reference guide. 

Cathy Howse

Friday, September 26, 2014

Can Hair Weaving be done safely to prevent hair loss?

Cathy's recommended method of hair weaving

Hair is a symbol of beauty and weaves can enhance your natural beauty if your hair is less than perfect.

Weaves can be sewn on, fused, bonded and even clipped on.

Bonding uses glue to attach weave to the hair roots while fusion uses wax or glue to attach weave to single sections of your hair. They both claim to be removed very easily and cause little harm but glue in your hair IS harmful. No matter what kind of glue it is. Glue and hair do not mix!

  • Fused and bonded weaves are the worst ways to attach weave.
  • The most widely used weaving technique is: Sew on weave which is applied by taking your natural hair that has been braided in cornrows and the weave is sewn on the braid.

Keep in mind you still have to take care of the hair underneath the weave which can be difficult depending on the option you choose unless it is a clip on lace weave that you can take off at night so you can maintain your own hair, then reattach the next day.

Bottom line, I don’t recommend any type of weaves or extensions be put on your head unless you absolutely have to and when you do, the only hair weave I recommend is clip on.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Does Mayonnaise make a good deep conditioner?

Cathy Howse answering your questions on good deep conditioners.

Let’s look at what Mayonnaise really is: It’s a few eggs and a whole lot of oil whipped up together, add a few seasonings and you have a creamy dressing or spread.

  •  Oil it is an excellent lubricant for the hair, thus the reason we do hot-oil treatments.

  •  A good deep conditioner contains Protein because it bonds to the hair making it stronger.

  •  So the oil and eggs in Mayonnaise are the same ingredients that make for a good hair conditioner. Except Mayonnaise is food!

And as for me I prefer not to put food on my head.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Is Natural Hair A Trend?

4 Reasons Natural Hair Is Not A Trend

  • In the 60’s and 70’s we wore natural hair because it was a statement that identified us as a proud black people. Today we know, more than hair defines us.
  • Natural hair is versatile. It is not just for Afros any more, but for Locing, twisting, twist-outs, braiding and numerous individual styles only we can imagine.
  • In the 60’s and 70’s hairdressers rebelled against natural hair, because it was not profitable for business. If it was not about relaxers or press and curl, and coming back for maintenance, your efforts to keep your hair natural could be sabotaged. Fast forward to today; stylist love natural hairs numerous styling options and they are embracing them all the way to the bank!
  • We are better educated. Chemical straighteners and blowout products have left us bald, thinning and devastated. Now, the world-wide web has allowed millions and millions of black women to vocally take a stand to be chemical free for life.

We love and embrace our God given beauty and wear our natural hair proudly. Although I often wear my hair straightened (blown dry) my hair has been chemical free since 2004, I vow to NEVER resort to chemical straightening EVER again.

Cathy Howse