Q&A | Picking Your Brain Responses

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Mina”]Hi Jen, is it bad that I have been 1 year natural & I blow dry my hair. When I say blow dry, I mean i wash my hair every weeks & I blow dry on low heat & I put my hair in a protective style (which is a braided hairstyle that I leave in for 2 weeks).[/blockquote]

Hi Mina, provided that you’re using a heat protectant, deep conditioning and giving your hair protein when necessary, no I wouldn’t say it’s bad. Is it possible to sometimes stretch your hair without heat, like by banding your hair, before putting your hair into the protective style?

[blockquote align=”none” author=”SandySue”]Hi Jen, Awesome blog!!I have relaxed hair. My hair is naturally thin when its relaxed its even thinner, I’ve noticed that when I put protective braids my hair doesn’t grow at all or grows even slower than normal. Anything I can possibly try?[/blockquote]

Hi SandySue, thank you! Unless stunted due to medical reasons, hair is pretty much always growing but there are a number of factors that affect its growth rate like water intake and proper diet. Usually the number one culprit for hair that deceptively looks like it isn’t growing is breakage. Length retention’s enemy is breakage so stopping breakage is key. You mention using braids as a protective style. How do you care for your hair before, after mandatory while the braids are in. Here are a few tips:

Before: doing a protein treatment before installing the braids to strengthen your hair.

During: misting your hair with watered-down/fast absorbing leave-in conditioner or moisturizing spray.

After: detangling your hair after you remove the braids with water + oil spray or a conditioner hat has a lot of slip and deep conditioning with a moisturizing deep conditioner to restore ,patties to your hair that it most likely lost while in the braids for X amount of time.

Hope that helps!

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Alyssa W”]I have split ends and I want to trim them. I’m 14 and I’ve read up on the best ways to do this. I’m relaxed but I was wondering if I should trim when my hair is dry or wet. This would be my 1st time trimming them myself.[/blockquote]

Trim when dry.

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Onyinyechukwu”]Hi Jen! I really love your natural hair and it looks great stretched! I’d like to know more about the blow dryer as I’m tempted to purchase one. Like, are the edges of the brush attachment smooth & does getting the heat so close raise your cuticles?[/blockquote]

Hi Onyinyechukwu, thank you! I never dry my hair using the ‘hot’ setting. I always use the ‘cold’ setting. I’ve tried the ‘low’ setting on this dryer but it still feels a bit too warm for me, even so, the heat doesn’t raise my cuticles. When drying, I work the dryer downwards, in the natural direction of my cuticles.

The edges of the attachments the Handle-less 2200 dryer by Red by Kiss came with are smooth. I’ve had zero problems with them. But, the Universal Detangler attachment, also by Red by Kiss is much, much smoother than the ones the dryer ships with.


The “large” attachment that ships with the dryer
The Universal Detangling Styling Pik attachment, available on Amazon

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  1. I came across your blog and I love it I wish I found it sooner. I noticed that I too have purchase everything from Ulta, Nordstrom and where ever else I can find products such as moroccanoil and alterna. My hair is relaxed and I am not quite ready to make the transition to natural just yet. maybe after my hair gets past my ears. Ive been waiting till 8 weeks to relax my hair instead of getting it relaxed every 6 weeks. its getting a but longer but I still struggle with the issue of not having any patience and wanting my length back yesterday. I am 40 and my biggest issue is dryness, and split ends. I am addicted to my blow dryer and flat iron so ive had to cut ties with them. so I am starting my journey to a healthy head of hair. The goods news is my hair dresser told me my hair is thicker since I started my journey in November. Great information you have. I have a ton of products to last me the rest of 2016 and 2017 to use and hopefully have a nice head of hair.

  2. Thanks for the detailed response on the blow drier, Jen! Much appreciated.

  3. Will you do a review on that dryer? I think I want to get a handle-less dryer but I’d like to know your thoughts on this one first.

    1. Author

      Yes I will, I’ve got a draft of it in my folder, just need to finish it up

      1. Wow, wish mine would stop breaking. Do you do anything special?

        1. Author

          4 things have helped me grow them out:
          1. Manetabolism vitamins – my nails have been growing so much faster
          2. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Strengthener
          3. Sally Hansen Strengthening Top Coat
          4. I stopped using gel polishes. They dried out my nails and caused the tips of my nails to peel

  4. Thanks for this! I have been looking for a good pik attachment for my blow dryer.

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