Photos courtesy of the Authentic Hair book  

Photos courtesy of the Authentic Hair book  

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the difference between good hair and bad hair?

Answer: Good hair is hair that is in excellent condition. God made only good hair! God created man in his own image (Genesis 1:27) and God said that everything that he had made was very good (Genesis 1:31).
Bad hair is hair in less than good condition, resulting from the lack of love and care!
The five most common causes for bad hair condition are:
- neglect
- stress
- unbalanced diet
- various medications
- inferior hair products
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Question: What is natural hair?

Answer: Natural hair is called virgin hair because its original texture is unchanged. There are three schools of thought about what is natural within the Natural Hair Care Industry.
1. Some think the use of color, even though it does not change the texture of the hair, is no longer natural.
2. Others think that the use of added hair for fullness, length or repair is no longer natural.
3. And, there are those who think the use of the hot comb, even though, not a permanent change, is not natural. I say that they are all natural compared to a perm/relaxer or any chemical processes!

Question: How can I make my natural hair more manageable?

Answer: To make your hair healthy and strong, you need to start on the inside by drinking plenty of water (64 oz daily), eating more green than red foods, exercising 10-20 minutes daily, and only using products “made for dry hair.”
Our hair is naturally dry because its coiled texture slows the flow of the body’s oils meant to coat and protect the hair. That is why it is important that we use oil-based products that will add essential moisture to our delicate dry hair and locs.
Natural hair should be shampooed no more than twice a month, unless you swim, work outside or perspire profusely.
Locs should be shampooed no more than once every 4-6 weeks. After shampoo, always follow up with a conditioner made for dry hair. Use Naturthentic Haircare System™

Question: My natural hair seems to always lack luster, how can I add sheen to it?

Answer: We spend our life chasing the illusive sheen. Sheen is simply light reflecting off straight or pressed hair. Our natural hair doesn’t have a natural sheen because its coiled texture absorbs light.
The true beauty of our natural texture hair is not sheen but, it’s the deep velvety/suede texture. Use Naturthentic's Sweet Almond Oil to keep your hair and scalp Revitalized. Use Naturthentic's Intense Moisture Hydrating Mist™ for healthy and radiant hair and locs!

Question: I am growing my perm out; I have been wearing braid extensions for about a year. I am looking for a change, but I don’t want to cut my hair yet. Can you recommend some other styles that I can try?

Answer: Congratulation on your decision to go natural! It’s a beautiful thing! There are many other styles that you can try during your transition from relaxed to natural hair. The styles will depend on your natural texture and the overall length of your hair. If your hair is short, ask your natural stylist about Sponge Coils and Twist Out, for a sassy little curly style. For longer lengths, try the Flexes Rod and Twist Out for a fuller sexy style. You can also corn row or flat twist combination for more variation. These styles will last for two to three weeks if you don’t get them wet. I also recommend Kinky Twist extensions, Crochet Braids, kinky hair pieces and buns. Make transitioning exciting! Use Naturthentic's Sweet Almond Oil to keep your hair and scalp revitalized. Use Naturthentic's Intense Moisture Hydrating Mist™ for healthy and radiant hair and locs!

Question: What is the difference between dreadlocks and locs?

Answer: “Dreadlocks” is the name Rastafarians adopted for their long matted hair back in the sixties. In the early eighties the Natural Hair Care Industry embraced
the term "Loc or Locs" to describe natural hair that is singly twisted, and not matted, into majestic coils. They are offend call Traditional Locs, Nubian Locs, Earth Locs, Ancestors Locs and Love Locs!
I understand the original term "dreads" was chosen from the word “dreadful” as an anti-Babylon statement by Rastafarians who chose to set themselves apart from western civilization. We created Locs as an statement of Love: affirming our authentic self!!

Question: I want to loc my hair, but I don’t want to go through the different stages of locking. I am a professional and my image needs to be polished. I am thinking about getting loc extensions, how much new growth do I need to get lock extensions?

Answer: We created Loc Extensions for people like you. Professionals, whose image is important, and for people who needed added length or thickness to thinning locs. Loc extensions are created by using a combination of twisting, wrapping, braiding and sometime stitch-on techniques. You need at less 5 inches of new growth. I recommend that you use 100 % afro kinky human hair which can also be used to repair damaged locs. You can choose from various colors to match or mix for highlights. Getting Lock Extensions is a onetime only investment; however, the results are that you will have amazing, lush, locs, exactly the way you like almost instantly! Loc Extensions are often call Cosmic Locs and Ebo Locs! Use Naturthentic Haircare System™

Question: My locs are very damaged; they are in need of professional restoration! What should I do?

Answer: You should Google “natural hair salon or stylist in your city”; look for a loctician that specializes in lock restoration, (extension, and reattachment, interlocing and natural color). Check out their website; Consenter presentation, information, and technique. Make sure you see pictures of their work before you book an appointment for a one to one consultation. Then, put your locs in the experts’ hands. Take Naturthentic's Sweet Almond Oil to keep your hair and scalp revitalized. Use Naturthentic's Intense Moisture Hydrating Mist™ for healthy, radiant hair and locs!

Question: How long does it take to loc hair?

Answer: First, understand that all natural hair can lock! The locing process will vary depending on the texture of the hair.
The coarser the hair texture the faster it will lock. (3- 6 months.) The softer texture takes longer. (6-12 months.)

Question: If I loc my hair, will it make my hair grow?

Answer: Not really! But if you loc your hair, you don’t have to comb, brush or pick your hair anymore, which causes hair breakage! That’s why locing your hair seems to make your hair grow.

Question: Can locs be taken out?

Answer: Yes you can! But once the locs have truly matured (18-24 months) it will be difficult, but not impossible, to take them out. Deconstructing your locs will take from 12 to 36 hours depending on the thickness and length of your locs. You need a hair detangler and stick pins. First saturate the locs with a hair detangle and let it set. Then using a stick pin start at the tip of each wet loc, slowly pick your way to the root until each loc is open. Patience and help from a true friend or a professional is essential. Please note, that you will lose about half of your hair length.

Question: I want to color my locs, but I am told it will dry my hair out. What do you recommend?

Answer: Use only natural, organic color on your locs.
Once you have treated your hair to a new color, a revitalizing hot oil treatment is essential for added moisture and protection. Locs only need to be retouched 3 to 4 times a year.
A hot oil treatment is essential after each shampoo to prevent dryness. Use Naturthentic's Sweet Almond Oil to keep your hair and scalp revitalized. Use Naturthentic's Intense Moisture Hydrating Mist™ for healthy, radiant hair and locs!

Question: What is Interlocking?

Answer: Interlocing is one of the newest maintenance systems for grooming and repairing locs. Using a special tool (the lopper); you can strengthen your locs by tightening the new growth without using gel or holding mud. Once your new growth is interloced with this tool, you will be free to workout, take a hot yoga class, and even go swimming without your roots untwisting. This system will keep your locs under control for 6 to 8 weeks. Interlocing is perfect for fitness trainers, dancers, and athletes. You must still keep your locs clean, hydrated, and moisturized with products “made for dry hair” to keep them in good condition. Use Naturthentic's Sweet Almond Oil to keep your hair and scalp revitalized. Use Naturthentic's Intense Moisture Hydrating Mist™ for healthy, radiant hair and locs!

Question: How should I choose hair products that are best for my client’s natural hair and locks?

Answer: Make sure that all products that you use on your clients natural hair and locs are “made for dry hair.” Of course, I recommend “The Naturthentic Hair Care System™!”

Question: I have been diagnosed with cancer and all I can think about is losing my hair from chemotherapy. What can I do?

Answer: Thank God for life! Yes, chemotherapy often can cause hair loss but, remember the loss is not permanent. In most cases, your hair will grow back once your treatment is ended.

Question: Have you heard of The Cold Cap Treatment?

Answer: The Cold Cap is put on your head fifteen minutes before chemotherapy and remains on during and for 2 to 3 hours after. They say it reduces hair loss by 92%. Try it on! What do you have to lose? www.cancernet.co.uk/hairloss.htm
I also recommend that you visit your natural stylist before, during, and after chemotherapy for free consultation about a stylish cut that will complement your journey. You still must keep your scalp and hair clean, hydrated, and moisturized with products “made for dry hair”.
Remember you are a Survivor! Use Naturthentic's Sweet Almond Oil to keep your hair and scalp revitalized. Use Naturthentic's Intense Moisture Hydrating Mist™ for healthy, radiant hair and locs!

Question: Do you know of any classes for teaching parents how to groom little girl’s natural hair. I need help!

Answer: I don’t know of any classes but, I think that it’s a good idea. You are not the only one who faces challenges in taking care of their children’s natural hair. If I were you, I would speak to my stylist about it! Maybe you could create a workshop in their salon.

All other question: Contact me at mandellanyc@aol.com

Perfecting True Beauty
A.Mandella GhD

“Our hair is a statement of style…an affirmation of our inner beauty and an expression of self-love”. - Ademola Mandella