BLACK HAIR CARE PRODUCTS - TIPS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HAIR CARE

1. I have been using the Dew as a detangler after washing out the conditioner and before I dome dry. Is this also okay?

Many sistahs have told me they use Dew as a detangler. It was never intended for that purpose as I dont advocate combing your hair when it is wet. When hair is wet it is stretched to its longest length. When you comb wet hair, you try to stretch it beyond the longest length and if it is damaged, it will snap. Use Dew this way at your own risk!

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2. I just got done reading your book, "Ultra Black Hair Growth II." And, can't wait to get started; but I have just one question. I know you recommended to wash our hair every 3 days. Should I follow every time I wash my hair with a conditioner. If so, what kind, and could you reccommend any? Currently I use a Humecto conditioner by Kera Care (Avlon product).

I use only UBH conditioner because it improves the hair and to my knowledge no other conditioner does that. KeraCare conditioner creates a bacteria on my scalp and hair because my hair stinks after a day so I dont like that nor do I use it.

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3. Cathy I read your first book years ago when it was first published and followed your instructions. My My hair is fine and thin, so my problem wasn't hair growth but hair breakage. I had much success with your first book. Although I've strayed somewhat off and on over the years, trimming my ends periodically, using brushes, curling irons etc.. At 45 years old now, I believe I'm experiencing perimenopausal symptoms of hair thinning and hair falling out from the roots. So here I am again years later ordering your second edition. What do you think of the companies who promote one of the causes of hair loss is DHT and advertise their expensive "drug free" product? Have you heard of these companies? Or have you heard of anyone who has had any success with these products? Just curious because of course they will advertise testimonials of success. Thank you for your years of research and I wish you continued success with your book and your products.

Sandra, based on what you have told me it is the lack of treatments that could be causing your hair problems. After you get your hair into good shape, you need to continue with treatments to KEEP it in good condition or you revert back to just mediocre hair instead of GREAT hair. Yes I have heard of the manufactures that supply the DHT products. That is not our problem but they will make you think it could be. Our problem is mostly breakage and things we do to our hair. I am 3 years into my life change too although I still have periodic periods but my hair is not being affected at all - I also dont take hormones. Dont invest in this stuff because I dont think you will be helped by it.

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4. I am a 17 year old girl who is seeing a difference in my hair by following your program. I started in February but this is my biggest problem: new growth! It's great and all but it makes my hair so puffy within 3 weeks of a touch up and my mom wants me to get another touch up ASAP because it looks bad while I want to hold out for at least 6 weeks. I saw you recommended anti-frizz serum so I assume you mean John Frieda's version for black hair. Will that work and won't that require blow drying and when should I use it (after conditioning, once a week, etc.)? Please answer soon and thank you for your awesome book!

I have NEVER mentioned using John Freida Anti Frizz Serum - I mentioned using the serum corrector which is the hair polish. Please go to my News page on the website as I have just recently updated that page with my progress on keeping my hair soft and not hard while I stretched my retouch to 9 weeks (today I do my retouch for chicago expo.) Review this information and you will be able to stretch your retouch much, much longer.

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5. I just came across your web site while being upset at the way my hair is coming out. I am on medication...Predinsone, methotrexate, hydrochlorothiazide, folic acid, vioxx, and estrace. needless to say my hair is coming out and I am at my wits end on what to do. Will your book and products help me even though I am on all these meds?

If the cause of your hair loss is the medication, no this will not help you. If the cause of your hair falling off is because of breakage and dry hair, yes it will help. Get a hold of the book. It will help you identify things that you may just be doing wrong if it is not the medication thats causing the problem.

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6. First of all, I would like to thank you for providing accurate information for Black women to achieve their hair care goals. I'd actually stumbled upon your book by chance while searching for another title. I've always had shoulder or beyond length hair but would always manage to find some way to break it off or thin it out before I acheived my goal length which is mid back. I'd done a lot of research on my own and had bits and pieces of helpful information but your book helped me tie everything together. I now know that I wasn't moisturizing enough and have had a beautiful transformation with my hair as well as my 10 year old daughter's hair in less than a month.

My question to you now is if you know of any sites or reference materials that can be purchased that identify what many of the common ingredients actually are and what they do in hair care products (ex. Polyquartinum-37 means nothing to me)? I do plan to use your products but would also like to switch between others I'm currently using. I use mostly Mizani, Dudleys and Motions and was very surprised to find that one of the conditioner products I use contains cetyl alcohol which I know is very drying to hair. There are many ingredients out there that I have no clue what they do or if they are harmful to hair. I've searched the internet but have found only a few very small, non-detailed lists. Also, will the book you recommended "Don't Go Shopping for Hair Care Products Without Me" help with the identification of harmful ingredients or does it just review products that are out already there? I would really like to become an informed consumer when choosing haircare products. Once again thank you for all of your hard work and research that has made it so much easier for Black and other extremely curly haired women everywhere. I know many criticize but there are many more that are very appreciative like myself. I wish you much success in all your endeavors.

You can get "Dont go shopping...." which is a great book for identifying specific product and their ingredients but the book I found most helpful was "A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter"

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7. I'm a 35 year old South African and finds your website very interesting. Is your product and book available in South Africa?

Regretfully it is not in South Africa, yet.

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8. What is your opinion on Keracare products? I currently use Humecto conditioner and Detangling shampoo.

I use only their shampoo from their maintenance line. Their conditioner creates some sort of bacteria on my scalp and hair when I use it and my hair stinks after a day or so.

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9. I had problems after having my son with my hair about 3 years ago and finally just cut it all off and went natural for a little over a year. About two months ago I had a salon relax my hair using Vital relaxer. I wash my hair every week, deep condition some, and hot oil maybe once within six week period. Then I went to another salonist which I plan on sticking with and she use another relaxer. My hair is shading alot and I am wanting long hair. I have been taking hair vitimins every since my first relaxer. I hope waiting six week for a retouch was not too long because getting my hair done every four week seems like alot. I need help with my hair. Why is taking vitamins and washing every week and keeping it moisterized in (which I use a Oil liquid base everyday almost) not working.

You are using the wrong products, you dont need those silly hair vitamins and you need to understand your hair is BREAKING not shedding because of your lack of knowledge of how our hair should be taken care of. If you had read the book you would have understood that changing chemicals is a problem. Get a copy of my book to understand what you need to do to stop the problems and how to correct them.

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10. I am a 14 yr old girl who has had extreme hair breakage at the back of my hair. I have used every hair product in the whole of london but my hair is always breaking at the ends. Is there anywhere in london that sells ubh black hair products because I am underage to buy off internet?

We are currently working on getting a vendor in London. The closet outlet to you is in Germany which is still not too close. Keep watching our FAQ sections for vendors that are constantly being added.

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11. I would like to congratulate your on your published book and the marketing and sales of your hair care products. I came across your website, while I was doing some research on hair vitamins that my hairstylist told me about. What really caught my attention was your statement about God never saying that black women could not have long hair. I agree with you whole heartily on that point, just a few years ago, I said almost the same thing to myself in the mirror. God did not say that I could not grow my hair long, so therefore it is possible. I did have good success until a few months ago, when I let a stylist burn my hair.

Anyway, my background is research and development of hair-care products, I have worked for two of the black hair care companies whose products you have tried, and not approved of. I agree with you, because while we have chemist do try to make the best product for the customer, most times we have to come up with a cheaper version of our once excellent creation. Also hair stylists are not always equally informed, some of them are in the business for the money. One of your excerpts really made me smile. I had a stylist tell me that water was drying to my hair. I was shampooing or rinsing my hair every couple of days because I worked out at the gym a lot, and I needed to shampoo more than once a week. My hair was not chemical treated, and I only air dried it. I just kind of nodded and listened to her, but thought to myself water is wet so how can it be drying? I did gain knowledge from you, black hair is very dry, but, I had never thought about the daily moisturizing technique. After reading your book I have started moisturizing my hair daily, and using a protein conditioner each time I shampoo. I have always used a protein conditioner, but I must admit over the last few years I have not used a deep protein conditioned after each shampoo. Thank you for your tips.

My question to you is about aloe vera, am I understanding correctly when you say that it is a protein? In my years in the lab, I had heard of wheat based protein to replace animal protein, but never aloe vera based protein. I wonder where you got this source for this information.

Cosmetic ingredients dictionary. Although it is mostly water, it does contain protein also

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12. I was wondering if your methods and products work with black hair that is dry but the scalp is slightly oily from psoriasis, leaving flakes and a scaly build up on the scalp. If I wash my hair and put no oil on it the hair is very dry but eventually the scalp has the build up and a slightly oily feel to it really more greasy than anything else. Anyway, the greasiness comes from the scalp to about half way the length, though my ends stay a little dry and frizzy. My hair is also very fine. My hair had grown to about a little below the shoulders, I had stopped getting it relaxed for about a year, went to a salon, the first thing she did was clip the "ends", went back a few time, ends were clipped several more times. It now seems that my hair growth has slowed immensely. It is an inch or so above the shoulders. There are also areas that are more sparse than others. I really want to grow my hair and have tried other products which do not seem to be working.

My products actually improve the hair. Most of our problems are caused by things we do or do not do such as more frequent washing. When I dont wash often, my scalp itchs a lot to the point that I have scatched sores on my scalp. Needless to say that is not what I want. Others have told me the same is true when they dont wash often. If you are experiencing new growth and yet you have no length, your hair dresser is cutting off all your hair. Please read my book and stop the ridiculous trims as it has nothing to do with hair growth. It never has and it never will!!!! It is propaganda the industry perpetuates to get your money. It is ignorance and you should not be subjected to it unless you allow it to happen.

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13. Hope things are going well for you. I got your book, conditioner and moisturizer. I love your book. It has a lot of great information in it. Some I knew and some I did not know. Some I thought I knew and you confirmed. Keep up the great work! I like your moisturizer, but I still use it along with the Dudley PCA because yours does not seem to be heavy enough for my hair. When I use it alone, my hair is very bushy.

No problem with using a creme with my Dew. I use one too (periodically). I have not used Dudleys PCA in a long time but I remember it worked best immediately after my retouch and was less effective as it got close to retouch time. Have not used it in a while but if it works for you by all means use it.

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14. I like the tingly feeling I get when I use your conditioner, but my hair seems to be very dry when I used it, so I will continue to use the Mizani.

The protein in my conditioner is vital for our hair and if it is not softened, it will make the hair appear dry (harder purposely) Ensure you use my conditioner once a week to strengthen your hair. I have a few ladies tell me that they follow with an instant conditioner to help soften their hair. It is not a requirement but you can do that if you wish and also if you cant find a good creme rinse.

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15. I have a great deal of respect for the research you have done in the area of Black hair care and would like your opinion on the reply I got from a Mizani representative. Have you done any research on Cetaryl Alcohol? This is also a new ingredient for the Mizani Moisturefuse. It is a common ingredient in most "over-the-counter" White hair care products. I notice your products do not contain any.

I did not do any research on this products as I knew I did not want any form of alcohol in my products. Some alcohols are fillers but I still dont care to see it in my hair care products.

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16. Do you know of a good resource for researching product ingredients?

I use 2 resources "Paula Begon - Dont Go Shopping for Hair Care Products without me and "Ruth winter Cosmetic ingredients - a consumer's dictionary" They are both excellent resources and can be found in just about any Barnes and Noble.

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17. I want to first thank you for you efforts in researching Black Hair and after reading your book, it has truly been a "eye-opening" experience. So open, that I second guess and scrutinize the labeling of ALL products! I have questions about the use of products with deionized water, petrolatum, ceterayl alcohol, phenoxyethanol and hydrolyzed wheat protein. Especially the hydrolyzed wheat protein. Are these ingredients friend or foe?

It depends on when you use them. Protein should only be used in the conditioning stage. Product manufactures know we need it but in the moisturizing stage the protein is put on and not rinsed out. Protein is drying and should never be repeatedly left on the hair as it purposely makes the hair hard. Hard hair is something I just dont want.

Petroleum is bad in all cases. It is like liquid saran wrap and putting it on your scalp causes major problems yet the industry stills pushs it on us because of our ignorance and theirs.

The only alcohol I use is in hair spray and that is very seldom. Some alcohols are fillers. I avoid it in all my products as I am not sure and I dont trust the "word" in any context except in hair spray to "temporarily" hold my hair (Never left it on more than 2 days before I wash out)

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18. I just bought your book a couple of weeks ago and started using your program. I thought the price of the conditioner was a bit prohibitive so I bought a regular restructuring deep conditioner from Sally's beauty supply store and found that my hair (and my daughter's)dries out within a day or so and regular moisturizing just doesn't help.

Traditional conditioners do not contain the oils we need so I am not surprised that it did not live up to your expectations.

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19. I already have your Dew but it is hard for me to use as I have very fine hair so even a light misting sends my hair into immediate frizzies. It works very well on my daughter's hair though. Thanks for bringing common sense to black hair care. I was about to give up on both mine and my daughter's hair until I found your website and bought your book. We both have a VERY long way to go to healthy hair but I'm working faithfully on it and will be sure to send you a testimonial to share with others soon!

It sounds like you are spraying too much on your hair. Try using less. thank you for giving my products a chance and I look foward to getting your testimony.

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20. I wanted to know what you do think is the best shampoo, conditioner and moisturer on the market today for black women

I use KeraCare shampoo as well as Herbal Essense. I dont think there is any "best." The shampoo just must not strip and dry the hair. The only conditioner I recommend is my own as well as my Dew. Nothing else comes close.

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21. Hi Cathy, Happy New Year! I have not sent you a note in some time. It has been maybe about 4 or 5 months. I just wanted to give you an update on how my hair is doing since I have been doing what you have suggested in your book. I had mentioned to you that I still have hair breakage. I still have it in spite of washing my hair weekly and conditioning it. I also use the Aphoghee Protein treatment. It does not seem to stop the breakage for me though. Although I have the breakage, it is nothing like it was in the past and my hair is finally seeing some length as the breakage is probably half of what it used to be. My beautician does not leave the relaxer in my hair as long as she did before and this with the weekly washings have made a tremendous difference. If I could get the breakage to be little or none that would be great. However, in spite of how disappointing my note might sound, I am still pleased with the progress as this is the first time in my adult life that my hair has responsed this way. Thanks for writing the book. Wishing you a prosperous year.

Doreen, are you using the Aphogee treatment for damaged hair (this product has to go on the hair and dry hard then be rinsed out? Aphogee has two products. Are you using the 5 minute reconstructor or the one you leave on the hair until it is hard? If you are still experiencing problems the structure of your hair is somehow being destroyed by something you are doing. Aphogee because it is a protein will build up the hair making it thicker. If this is not happening and you are still breaking, look into your hair routines and see if you are missing something that just may need to be corrected to stop your breakage and make it almost nothing.

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22. I am in the process of purchasing your book from amazon.com. I have read a lot of the testimonies from your website. What I would like to know is whether you have tried or have gotten any testimonies about a relaxer called PHYTOSPECIFIC PhytoRelaxer Egg & Soya Complex Kit and if so would you recommend it? Their website is http://phyto.com/phyto_products_specific3.htm. Someone told me that it is a very gentle relaxer system.

Yes I have heard of it, No I have no testimonials, nor would I expect to get them on this product, I also would not use it and I would not recommend it!!!!

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23. After owning a copy of your book for over six months I am so pleased with the results that I have got by following your guide. However you mentioned that current relaxers which are freely available can damage hair due to the chemicals present, this seems to be a side effect which ever relaxer you use. While searching the Internet I have found relaxers that claim to ensure that hair can not be overprocessed if you use that particular relaxer. For example
(http://www.phyto.com/phyto_products_specific3.htm).

Another type of relaxer has claimed to straighten curly hair without damage. There is lots of scientific evidence and a patent has been granted to the inventors of the Yuko system. This straightening is done with no damage to the hair, and can even repair the hair due to the sealing of moisture into the hair during the relaxing process. On one of the websites there is also a black model, which suggests that the process is suitable for Afro hair. The websites may explain the process in more detail. it seems that it is the same process as relaxing in the past, apparently the solution that is put on the hair smells the same as today's relaxers, but the process takes about 4 hrs.It seems to be very expensive, some London salons offer the treatment for approx. £150 - £170 depending on length ($234-$265). there is no mention of these methods on your website. I am no scientist so I don't know if this procedure would benefit my Afro hair. There seems to be a lot of scientific evidence on the sites, could this method benefits all hair types? This procedure seems expensive but it would be a lot better than the after effects of the current relaxer that I use. I am wondering if you know of anyone who has had the treatment with success?

One black face does not make it safe for our hair! Rio used a lot of black faces and it was not safe for our hair. There was too much uncertainty about these products as I read the website. There were more white faces than black which suggest to me that this is a white products again trying to get some of the black dollar! You can use this product at your own risk. If you ask me if I would use it, my answer is NO. I would not use it.

I have just heard of this product through you. So I dont know of any one else who has tried it. And it is not something that I would recommend for African American hair under any circumstance!

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24. My name is Alma Hollis and I've been using your products since August. I just wanted to know if it was right to deep condition my hair EVERY time I washed it (every 3-4 days). I wasn't quite sure, but I've been doing that since August and it seems to be in good health. I just wanted to ask your opinion and if you have any other comments or hair tips that I should use. Thank you very much

It is necessary to deep condition at least 1X per week. If your hair is in bad condition you can deep condition more often than that but it is not required. My website is full of tips, ensure you review it often!

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25. I started using your products about 2 weeks now. My hair is dry and brittle and I'm using a protein treatment (proclaim hair repair treatment with tea tree oil) along with your products when I wash my hair. I do the deep conditioning for 20 mins then I apply my protein treatment for 5 mins. I don't know if i should use the protein treatment after or before I do the deep conditioning...can you help?

Never use a protein treatment unless your hair is severely breaking! My conditioner has just the right amount of protein for regular maintenance. Protein purposely makes the hair hard. It should not be used continually as you are using it!

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26. I was searching the internet and ran across a product by Prodesign that supposedly allows you to put the protein back in your hair while relaxing. Just wondering if you are familiar? Do you think it is safe for black hair?

This is an interesting site. It bothers me that I dont know what the person looks like that is talking through the pages. When I click on the "about us" there is a blank page. Whats that about? Would also be a bit more helpful if it contained more pictures. Consumers want to know what they are buying.

Protein needs to be replaced more than just at the time of relaxing and coloring. I am always skeptical when NEW products come out and make claims that have yet to be proved by the masses. Remember Rio? It made many claims that just were not true. I am not saying this is like Rio but I am reluctant to say "try it" because the site just does not contain enough information to make a decision on. I can get the same benefit from Aphogee AFTER my relaxer. So I guess I would question what are the real benefits of this product that I can not get from a reconstructor? I'm not gonna rush out and buy any!

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27. What do you know about products that contain emu oil?

I know nothing about "emu" oil and it sounds like an oil that is not widely available, thus making anything that contains it I would expect to be quite expensive. I will tell you it is not an essential oil that we need for OUR hair.

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28. I have very fine hair that hardly holds a set and will be purchasing your book and products. I notice you don't have styling products. Are there any out there you recommend?

Nope, styles are personal. My focus is on hair care before and after whatever style and its styling products and appliances you choose.

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29. I just discovered you through my sister who swears by your products and it's taking a while for me to "relearn" everything I've known up til now. By the way... you look beautiful on your website. Make sure you ask your consultant to try the new Mary Kay Timewise Cleansing Bar which will debut on Dec 15th!

Thanks for the compliment. Regretfully - soap is just something that I have not used on my face for close to 30 years. Guess you can say I am stuck on the old tried an true Mary Kay cleanser. Tried soap a couple of times during this period and dont plan on using it again anytime in the near future.

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30. I have dark brown and mixed with gray hair which grows slowly. Brown colored shampoos and conditions turn my gray hair yellow. What color are the contents of your product?

My products have a hint of yellow. You can get products in the beauty supply that remove smoke, smells and yellowing from grey hair. I dont remember the product name but it is by Revlon. I used it years ago to remove a scorched smell from my hair that lingered for months.

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31. Could you please suggest a product to take out the yellowing that occurs in gray hair when permmed? There are products specifically made for removing the yellowing from grey hair.

I dont know of a name off the top of my head but go to the black beauty store and ask for it. It is not a chemical so dont buy any thing with peroxide or ammonia in it. I remember using a product many many years ago to remove the scorched smell from my hair. The product was also good for removing the yellowing of grey hair. Sorry I dont know the name as it was 20+ years ago when I probably used it last. Also go to the white beauty supply shops or the ones that sell to licensed cosmetologist and just ask. They will tell you but wont sell to you.

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32. Is it true that Biotin will grow your hair?

I have not found Biotin to be a necessary requirement!

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33. I recently purchased your conditioner and mist. When I read the label it said do not use this product unless you've read the book. I would have love to order the book at the time I order the products but didn't realize I should have the book first. The questions I have are: Is the book that is referred to on the bottle still available? I would like to save on the shipping charges if possible. I just recently ordered and thought I'd made the best selection by buying the products with the intention of buying the book at a later date when I had more money.

Yes the book is available. The note on the bottle is simply to inform you. It will not hurt you to use it. Because the product contains protein, it can make your hair hard and you will need to soften it. The book details why we have the problems we do. If you put the products on your hair and have changed nothing about what you did to your hair yesterday, you will have the same result tomorrow. The note is just a disclaimer letting you know that the book offers you solutions. The conditioner will improve your dry hair condition but you will need to change how you care for your hair which is in the book. It is also not an instant conditioner and putting on in the shower and rinsing out is a waste. People who choose not to get the book have told me that the put on and rinse out was exactly what they were going to do.

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34. Is there a bookstore in New Orleans that carries the book?

Some Barnes and Noble carry it as well as Borders. If they dont have it, they can special order it for you. I have heard they can take up to 3 weeks to get it for you. Ordering from us or Amazon.com you can receive it in 2-3 business days.

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35. I received your book on 10/10/02, and read it on 10/11. I was surprised at all the myth surrounding the care of black hair. The book was inspirational, interesting, and very educational. Thanks you so very much for your book. It was a blessing to read. I currently have shoulder length hair, but I look forward to having it hanging down my back like it was when I was a child. I shampooed my hair in the shower this weekend, and it was such a wonderful liberating feeling. I had never before in my life shampooed my hair in the shower. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I look forward to hearing from you soon, so that I can make sure I'm getting a good start on having 6" longer by Christmas 2003! I am anxious to start your program; however, I have a couple of questions. Currently I alternate between hot oiling, and deep conditioning my hair every other week. So I shampoo every week. Should I continue to hot oil, and if so how do I work it into your program?

Hot oil is not necessary when you use my conditioner as the oils are built in the product and you get a hot oil treatment every time you use it. Without my conditioner, it IS necessary to provide our dry hair with much needed "internal" oil.

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36. have been using your conditioner and your Dew for about a month now and I like them a lot. What style do you do with your hair when air drying or sitting under the dryer?

I use the (hooded) dryer mostly now since it is getting winter time and will take too long for my hair to dry. I wash and condition my hair then apply the Dew (during the week I use Dew only as my conditioner after I wash) go under the dryer and smooth my hair with my hands while it is drying. Separate the hair to ensure it is dry all the way through including the sides and underneath. Bump it with a curling iron if I am looking for a little curl or pull it back in an alligator clip. Styles are personal so I think you should be able to wear it any way you want as long as you care for your hair before and after the style.

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37. I also notice a lot of acids & chlorides & alcohols are in Aveda shampoo and conditioner, I'm assuming it bad for our hair.

I dont use this product so I do not know anything about them.

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38. I got AVEDA conditioning and detangler -it ingredients contains Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride& Cetrimonium Chloride- which are the only alcohol and chloride I found it it. Is that ok for our hair?

I do not use this product and will not recommend anything I do not use myself.

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39. I tried the B&B and I really did not see any difference. Actually my hair (new growth) just soaked it up. It looked dull, with little shine, it was as if nothing was applied to my hair. I might trash it, it was only around $3.00. If protein is to be avoided during the moisturizing stage, because it makes the hair hard, what product do you use that does not contain this?

I use strictly Dew now. Every moisturizer that is a creme that I found contains the protein (even motions) The Dew is the only moisturizer that I know that does not have the protein in it and helps soften the hair even beyond 9 weeks into a relaxer! I am looking at eliminating cremes completely from my usage because the more I use, the harder my hair becomes. (I am also working on my own creme)

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40. If I continue to use either one of these B&B or Motions, would not it defeat the purpose?

I have used cremes for years and have not "defeated" the purpose of obtaining longer hair. You will just need to wash more when the hair is hard.

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41. I just purchased your products. I received it in 3 days after ordering. That's impressive. The products really made my hair feel good. I read your book, but it was vague when it came to creme moisturizers. What product do you suggest? Also, I have always did a hot oil treatment. Is this ok to do?

Creme brand I currently suggest (until I have my own) is Motions. Mineral oil and petroleum do not dry the hair, neither do they penetrate it. Eensure you keep it off your scalp. The drying ingredient in Motions is protein. I dont recommend protein be used at the moisturing stage how ever it is the only one that I have found that contains water first and oils second that I like. It is not necessary to do a hot oil treatment after using my conditioner. The oil is built in the product.

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42. Hi Cathy, 2 quick questions. My 1st question is regarding moisturizers. You said alcohol and protein are bad for our hair in the moisturizing stage. You also said that you use motions moisturizer. When I read the ingredients it also has alcohol. Is it ok to use a moisturizer with alcohol as long as it doesn't also have protein or should I stay away from alcohol all together? My 2nd question. I've been giving myself protein treatments everytime I wash my hair to try to strenghten it. Is there a such thing as over doing it with the protein treatments or can I do them as much as I want as long I keep it moisturized? I also wanted you to know I have learned so much from your book. I feel almost as knowlegable as the professionals....Thanks So Much. You book answered alot of questions i had in the back of my head. I was thinking the same as you. God didn't make it that only African Americans would have short hair. We must be doing something wrong. ...Andrea, Phila, Pa

Andrea, Motions ingredients contain protein too. Based on the ingredients list it not a lot but it does contain it. I dont have a creme moisturizer and until I develop one, Motions is the one I prefer despite the "unnecessary" stuff they put in it. Use protein treatments ONLY when the hair is breaking severely. My conditioner should be used weekly for regular maintainence.

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43. I am a guy and I wear an afro and braids sometimes but my hair is dry. I use creme of nature which is a shampoo and conditioner in 1 but I need more moisture, also my hair seems to grow 3 inches a year well i've only had it 4 a yr is that normal?? Your book says 6 or it that up to 6? i really find your information interesting and I thank you. I just need to know what I can use for my braids and product information thanks. And your hair is awesome!!!!

The average growth is 6" per year - some may have hair that grows slower, some faster but the average is 6" per year. Every body is not the same so your growth rate may only be 4" as you have said. See my section on braids for more information. According to what you have said about your product choice, YOUR products may be the reason you are only getting 4" because the hair you are getting is breaking off as fast as it is growing. Thanks for the compliment on my hair. I truly enjoy it too!

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44. I have used your conditioner twice with excellent results however on the 3rd application, I noticed an increase in dryness. I believe this to be the result of using to much conditioner. How much conditioner do you recommend using on shoulder length hair. I noticed in your book you suggest "just enough to coat the hair" does this mean applying to the roots as well. would you estimate specifically for me dime size quarter half dollar size etc. I also follow up with dew and a cream moisturizer.

Ciera it is not the amount of conditioner you are using it is just that you might be close to a retouch and your hair is drier or you need to moisturize more. The amount of conditioner you use depends on your needs. NO you do not put it on the scalp or the new growth! The oldest hair on your head needs the conditioner more than any other hair on your head. It goes strictly on the hair. Start with the hair ends when you apply your conditioner and rub the remainder over the rest of your hair. Using the money size principle is not a valid guage. You do NOT have to see the conditioner on your hair. You just need to feel it to know it is there. So based on that use the conditioner accordingly.

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45. After every wash, I use a reconstructor creme conditioner by IC or Apoghee which I sit under the dome dryer with a plastic cap for 5 mins. Then I use a leave-in creme conditioner by Nexxus, which a girlfriend advise me to use a leave-in creme conditioner with T-Tree Oil & A creme Carrot Oil for the scalp/hair by parnevu.

I dont use any of these products and I dont recommend anything I have not used.

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46. I feel a difference in my hair already. It feels much more moisturized, but my hair is super fine; so it also seems too soft. I wash and condition my hair with Nexxus products incl. BotanOil or Diametress shampoo,

I dont use Nexxus products and nor do I recommend them at all.

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47. Is African Pride (which is what I use on my hair when it's time for a touch up) ok? Could you check for me?

I know nothing about African Pride and I dont test products just to tell people they are okay. That is not my focus. If you decide to use other stuff use it at your own risk. I have my own products that work so I dont need to try others.

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48. I am happy that i just got a nice check and was finally able to order some of your lovely products. I was just wondering about the size of your product. My hair is very thick and it doesn't seem like this one bottle will last me very long with how many times that you recommend that i wash my hair and deep condition it. And I understand that the cost of things are high these days and marketing is a pretty costly business but what's with the ten dollars a bottle is there no way for you to lower the price??

You are used to buying junk products. My products are quality and provide a benefit, something which very few of our products do. I never really intented to make products when I first started doing this but people kept saying "I want to use what you use" I think people feel more confident when they know it works for me so they feel they can use if with confidence and expect a real result. This is what you are paying for. Something that really works!

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49. I am 18 years old and about to start college in the fall I am on a budget, can u tell me what product I should order first...(dew or the conditioner) I do plan on getting both, just not now, is one more essential to have NOW?

SONYA, each product has its own benefit. If I had to choose, I would choose the conditioner. You can use an oil moisturizer like Motions although it contains more oil and the unnecessary protein, it is okay to moisturize with and affordable on a college budget.

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50. Do you think that your products will be sold at Sally's beauty supply store any time soon?

I am hopeful. I am working with a buyer for Sally's right now. ***Feb 2005 update, Sally's is not interested in our products however, a number of hairdressers are beginning to embrace the method and many sell the products.

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51. I have the UBH book II since two years but I used the conditionners just once. I would like to know if we used just the conditionner properly with some other shampoos, will we get good results?

Yes if your hair is dry and breaking and if you follow the system outlined in the book, you can expect good results.

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52. Are there any salons or stores in Atlanta or surrounding areas other that Lagrange GA that carry Dew Moisturizer? If not is there another product that can be purchased in the store that may be close to it?

No there are currently no vendors in that area that carry my products. Regretfully No product even comes close. The only reason I develop products is because the industry has
failed to address a specific need.

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53. Do you recommend any of Barry Fletcher's products? 

In Barry Fletcher's book he states "contrary to what people think, hair IS alive" If a product manufacturer is making products for me and does not know that hair is dead then how can what they make benefit me if they don't even know what they are trying to benefit? Something dead has totally different requirements than something living. I would not use nor would I recommend Barry's products because in my opinion, and based on what he says in his book, he obviously does not understand our hairs requirements!

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54. Can I ask why your book or any of your products aren't sold over the counter?

To put my products on the shelves is a major investment which I am planning to undertake soon. I expect to have it in Sally's so keep watching for it. As far as the book, who knows why Barnes and Noble does not keep copies on their shelves. Right now I just am not a headliner (but soon to be) - then you should be able to get the book and products more easily. ***Feb 2005 update - Sally's is not interested in carrying our products but many hairdressers are beginning to embrace the method and many of them carry the products now.

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55. I wash my hair about once a week with Organic Stimulator shampoo and then I condition my hair with their hair mayonnaise. I use their Olive oil to "grease my scalp" (I also learned from your web page that that was not necessary). During the week I apply carrot oil on the ends of my hair. Is all of this necessary and are Organic products good products to use?

It is apparent you need to read my book. Some of the questions you are asking are answered in my book. Please get a copy of it to understand your hair. I do not recommend Organic root products as I have never used them nor do I intend to use them in the future just to provide an answer to consumers. If you decide to use Organic root products you will need to be the judge if they are good and if they work for you. Also I dont recommend putting ANYTHING on the scalp. 

As far as organic product in general, when I think of organic, I think of no chemicals/preservatives etc. Products without a long shelf life can allow bacteria to grow thereby possibly causing blindness if it gets in your eyes! If you choose to use organic products, read the labels.

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56. Which should be applied first, oil or moisturizer?

Oil is not applied at all - so I don't know what you are getting at here. Use my conditioner with the oil in it then rinse out and apply the moisturizer.

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57. Have you looked at Nioxin's Scalp therapy?

No I have not but the theory interest me and I intend to do research on it in the future. 

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58. I also use an Aveda lubricant. I use the conditioner and the lubricant to hold my curls. I need something heavy to hold the curls and reduce frizz--I have 4a/b hair. So would you suggest that I also use a cream moisturizer?

Yes.

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59. I tend to wash my hair once a week, should I alternate from week to week with a regular shampoo and then with a clarifying one?

NO--a clarifier will strip your hair. You do not want to strip your hair ever other week! You will be drying out the oils deliberately put on the hair.

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60. Is olive oil, carrot oil and mayonnaise good for stopping breakage, if not what is?

NO! Read my book!

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61. I just wish that you could recommend specific products. That would make my life easier, cause I have to order everything I need from Stockholm. But, I will use your book as a guide and research products on the net before I order. Things should work out ok. I have not seen a cap style hairdryer since I have been over here. Is there any other effective method to deep condition? We do sauna, would applying conditioner and sitting in the sauna with a cap and towel wrap be effective? I don't believe in accidents either! God puts people together when there is a need. I am sure you must be very busy, but yet you take the time to drop me a note, that is so kind. My main problem up here has been finding products. But, recently I found an Afro hair care store where I can purchase supplies and with your conditioner and Dew I should be able to make some progress.

Some consider my knowledge a "gift" however, much of it was learned. If I can help, I will do what I can and a simple note is the least I can do for any of my clients. After reading my book you should be able to pick your products the way I have specified. I am surprised there are no "dome type" hair dryers there. The sauna is a fine way to provide the same benefit as the hair dryer. The purpose of course is to get the hair shaft to swell open and the product to go inside where it is needed most and heat is the only way to accomplish this. I will look forward to your progress report as I can honestly tell you that if your problems are caused by dry hair that breaks, following my system will eliminate your dryness and allow your own hair to grow more beautiful. Please keep in touch as I do want to hear your concerns about your hair an the system. 

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62. You do not mention any other products such as setting lotions, hair polishers, leave in conditioners, or oil sheens in the book but I notice people have asked about them on the website. How should these products be used in conjunction with your system?


Depending on how you style your hair will dictate what products you will use. If I decided to spike my 13"s of hair naturally I would need a gel or hair spray to do that. If I wet set (which I do not) I would use a setting lotion. I would not be very smart to advise you on something I have not used so therefore I will not comment on setting lotion, oil sheen and leave-in conditioners (BTW, leave in conditioner can be misleading - as often they are really moisturizers) The only product left is hair polish and that I use as a cuticle smoother because protein makes the cuticle rough and stand up at times. So basically, use products for a style but ensure you still care for the hair before and after the style.

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63. I must say that after reading through your website and review of competitors article, I was very impressed. I really like the "minty" conditioner and your book is right on point. I also use the product Root Stimulator and occasionally treat my hair to a "Honey and Mayo" cream treatment. How do you feel about these products on the hair?

I do not use Organic stimulator "anything" and I do not intend to use it in the future so I can not tell you anything about that product or the product line. Sorry but you use it as your own risk

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64. I was surfing the internet looking for black hair care tips, and I stumbled into your site. I would love to buy your products, but the problem is that I live in the United Arab Emirates, so I would like to know how your products will reach me, and how long would they take, especially since I prefer to pay by check?

I would recommend getting the book first. You can order it from Amazon.com. If you choose to order from me you can order on the website but ensure you select US International Airmail on the initial shopping cart page to obtain your correct shipping charges. Even if you decide to send a check (must be US Dollars or send a US money order) please ensure you select the method "payment by fax" (you wont send via fax but just so you get a print out of the charges and the postage to ship the product to your area) As far as how how it will take to reach you - most orders I have sent to International customers when sent US Airmail are received in 10-15 business days. Are you on a US ship or have an APO address? If so the shipping would still be US -priority mail and you should receive your product in 2-3 business days

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65. I hope that all is well with you and your family. I am continuing with the products they seem to be working well I don't know if it's just my imagination but my hair seems to be growing. I have only been using the products since September 28th. I would like to know how you feel about Cream of Nature Shampoo and Nexxus would you recommend either of them? (I wish you had your own shampoo). By the way I saw your ad in Sophisticates - I felt both proud and happy for you sharing this information with other sisters across the globe you must be swamped I'm sure the response has been wonderful. Have you ever thought about distributing your products to Beauty Supply stores? If you should please do not hesitate to get in touch with me I would be more than happy to work with you in my area as a distributor because I truly believe in your products. The funny thing since talking to you and reading your book I never noticed just how many sisters have dry hair I cannot believe that I never noticed before. Thank you so much for enlightening me about your methods I can tell that my hair truly appreciates them.

Judy, I am so tickled at you. And yes your hair is growing, it is not your imagination. I have no problems with Creme of Nature however Nexxus because it is a multi-market product does not contain the ingredients to improve Type 4 hair. I found Keracare shampoo and I love it. I dont need to create a shampoo, there are so many good ones out there. Just pick it as I have specified. Thank you for you acknowledgement of my ad in Sophisticates. I too am very proud of it. If you only knew how long it took to get here. I feel so blessed to be the one to carry this message. Yes, you are right that responses have been tremendous!

As far as getting my products in beauty supply houses, I first must be accepted by them. I am not considered an insider yet because I am not a licensed hairdresser. I do not preach the same message those people do. I go against the grain. But you know what, that is why I will make a difference. Judy, your eyes have been opened by reading this very important message. Lets hope others will find it as you have!

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66. My only question is how soon can I expect a difference in my hair while using your products? How long will I have to continue to use your product too see results continously?

That depends on what you are trying to achieve. With my products most women notice an immediate improvement because the products you have been using are garbage in that they provide no real benefit. You dont have to use my products if you find something comparable. At this writing, there are none that compare to my products. You should use the system identified in the book indefinately if you are serious about maintaining.

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67. How long does each product last (per month?)

That depends on how much you use, how often you use it, and how long your hair is. I get 4-5 applications from the 8 oz conditioner considering how long my hair is and 2-1/2 months from the large bottle of Dew spraying it on daily and occasionally using as my conditioner during the week when I wash and don't deep condition. There is no average.

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68. I tried Razac's hair oil but it left my hair WAY TOO GREASY; i'd like to try your Dew Moisturizer but it's a spray and i'm not sure if it would help.

Dew works very well for braids, weaves, twist, dreads and relaxer. It is also NOT greasy. I develop my own products and I use my products something you just dont find with the hair care industry.

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69. I use Alternatives moisturizer and after reading your book, you said that it should not contain alcohol and protein and petroleoum....Alternatives contains Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, and Hydrolyzed Soy Protein....is this why my hair has been brittle and thin?

Perhaps, I dont know.

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