Alternate Endings: Sex And The City

Of all the great love stories—Romeo and Juliet, Lancelot and Guinevere, Elizabeth and Darcy—there are two major stand-outs from the year 2004 alone: Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook (well, it’s gonna happen, trust us) and, of course, Carrie and Big, who that year finally told her, "You're the one" in the Sex and the City series finale. Was it love at first sight for the shoe fetishist and financier? Abso-fuckin'-lutely. Sure, there were the multiple affairs, the breakups, the ensuing being-left-at-the-altar debacle, and a whole slew of other suitors for our favorite sex columnist (Berger? No. Aidan? DUH), but can you really imagine her with anyone other than John James Preston? Well, someone could, hence the three alternate endings to the series finale, above. (These were filmed apparently to throw off the crew, so as to keep the one true ending a secret until airing.) Can you believe it's been 10 years?


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Naturally curly hair relies on a balance of proteins, nutrients, and oils to support healthy roots. Your hair is approximately 91 percent protein, and is made up of long chains of amino acids. Harsh chemical treatments, exposure to sun, pollution and lack of proper care can lead to the breaking up of these chains resulting in brittle and dull hair. Since the hair is made up of protein it would only make sense to treat your hair with protein.

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A protein conditioner could benefit hair that is overly relaxed or brittle. A person with brittle hair should use conditioners that have protein ingredients to help strengthen the hair follicle. These conditioners will add moisture to damaged hair, prevent further damage due to heat styling, and even mend split ends temporarily until the hair naturally repairs itself.

Basics of Protein Conditioners
A protein treatment has different protein properties that attach directly to the hair follicle and harden the cuticle layer. This places a barrier around the follicle, which protects it from further damage. There are four types of protein conditioner treatments: protein packs, reconstructors, deep penetrating treatments, and light protein treatments. The hair's current condition will decide the type of protein conditioner needed for treatment. Use a reconstructor for severely damaged hair. For moderately damaged hair, use a deep penetrating treatment. For slight damage and routine treatments, use protein packs or light treatments. Below is a sample list of each type of protein conditioner.

Protein packs
Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
Nutress Protein Pack

Reconstructors
Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstrcutor
Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor
K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
Affirm 5 in 1 Reconstructor
Creme of Nature Conditioning Reconstructor

Deep penetrating treatments
Dr. Miracles Deep Conditioner
Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonniase
JessieCurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
DevaCurl Heaven in Hair
My Honey Child Honey Hair Mask
As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner
Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment

Light protein treatments
Aubrey Organics GPB
Neutrogena Triple Mositure Deep Recovery Mask
Hydratherma Naturals- Protein Leave In

Using Protein Treatments
Some hair types will need more protein treatments than others. For slightly damaged hair, a treatment once per month is more than adequate. For severely damaged hair or hair that is often styled, a treatment once per week will protect the hair follicles from further damage and help repair any current damage. Natural hair that has little to no damage would still benefit from a protein treatment at least once every two months to keep up the hair's natural strength and shine.

Follow the directions listed on the protein treatment's packaging for the best results. Make sure that you buy the type of treatment you need based on the hair's current condition and remember to balance protein with moisture. Too much protein can make your hair rigid and lead to dryness and possibly breakage.


CN Says:

I use Aubrey's GPB weekly, with great success.  Not too much protein... just enough to keep things balanced.  My hair is always left stronger but softer and shinier because of it.  Some folks, especially those reppin' #TeamHighPorosity, swear by the power of the incredible, edible egg-- just whisk it into some yogurt, add a little oil, apply for 15 minutes (NO HEAT!) and rinse with luke warm, not hot water, lol, or risk frying that bad boy up in your curls.  

Also remember-- 
  • Look for hydrolyzed proteins in rinse-off products. These can penetrate hair and add strength and shine.
  • Collagen is helpful in improving hair elasticity.
  • Keratin is thought to be strengthening and improves manageability.
  • Wheat protein adds strength and helps retain moisture.
  • Soy protein and other plant proteins also have moisture-attracting (humectant) qualities.
  • Silk protein tends to soften hair.
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by Shelli of Hairscapades

Did you know that there were this many kinds of split ends? Pretty nasty, right? Well, I can attest to the validity of this chart. Because, about 2 1/2 years ago, I saw just about every split end on it (except the white spots) in my own head of hair. It was bad y’all. I mean, baaaaaddddd! That’s when I took to carrying around purse scissors … so that I could take split ends to task at a moment’s notice, any time, any place (seriously, I was out of control)!

2011 NYC CurlyNikki Meet-Up: Told ya!

But now the split ends are few and far between and have been for quite a while. Let’s put it out there. I have fine strands. So,  I’ll probably always get split ends no matter how protective I am of my hair/ends (unlike my compatriots with strong, thick-strands ). But, now I generally only see the vanilla variety, single “split” end … and they tend to be far rarer and very small.

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So, I thought about the techniques and products that I’ve incorporated into my regimen that are probably the most responsible for that. I came up with three things that I think help me keep splits under control:

1. Pre-Pooing:
For those of you who don't know, pre-pooing is the act of applying a treatment to your hair before you shampoo or cleanse. Usually this treatment is in the form of an oil. Applying coconut oil, or a form of it (in my case Vatika Oil), to hair for an hour to overnight prior to washing reduces/prevents hygral fatigue and protein erosion that generally occur when washing hair. (For more on hygral fatigue, see this informative NaturallyCurly.com article).

2. Protein Treatments
Protein treatments help to “patch” cracked, chipped or missing cuticle in damaged hair and “gaps” in porous hair. Protein, when used correctly, temporarily shores hair up against environmental and mechanical damage. You can find protein treatments in most drugstores or online. I would recommend doing some research to find a protein treatment that's right for you.

3. Pruning: 
Trim split and knotted ends that have already occurred to prevent collateral damage to healthy adjacent strands and as a prophylactic measure to prevent a cycle of breakage. You see, nothing can permanently fix/repair split ends. So, once you have them, you have to cut them off to get rid of them. There is a myth that, if left unchecked, split ends will travel all the way to the root of the hair. Yeah, have you ever seen that? I know that I haven’t (see above about having almost every split on the chart).

What does happen is that a weakened, split hair will typically break somewhere around the split and leave a new split (because the hair doesn’t break off clean/blunt). So the new split forms and may spread until it also breaks. Then another split is left behind and so on and so on. Therefore, cutting off split ends periodically, through search and destroys (my method of choice) and/or periodic trims as needed (once every few months, twice a year or yearly, all depends on your hair), helps prevent a cycle of splits and breakage. (Tip: Make certain trimming scissors are created for that purpose, are sharp and are used for hair only or you can cause more harm than good!)


Ultimately, a lot of things contributed to a reduction in damage and split ends: weekly deep conditioning, gentle detangling, protective styling, etc. However, I think that incorporating pre-pooing, protein and pruning into my regimen are largely responsible for the significant reduction I’ve seen in split ends. And, a reduction in split ends and breakage has allowed me to retain length and grow my hair the longest it has ever been in my life. Don’t get me wrong, it ain’t perfect, but it seems to get better and better all of the time.

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Is your hair prone to split ends? What do you do to prevent/reduce splits?

This article was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.

The Trick To Having Wet Hair All Day

...Is wearing a deep-conditioning treatment out in public. Seriously! No more sleazy gels and greasy oils. We learned this from hairstylist Eugene Souleiman backstage at Jeremy Scott. He told us:

"It’s quite strange because we never really do anything simple like this for Jeremy, normally it’s wigs or something completely crazy. This collection is a cross between sportswear and lingerie, and Jeremy wanted the girls to look like they were fresh out of the shower. The look is really, really simple, but having the contradicting factors is what makes it quite strong—keeping the girls looking really gorgeous while the clothes are so crazy. We’ve just sprayed the girls' hair down and made it wet and literally just combed a protein pack conditioner through. It’s still kind of wet, but it’s settled. I normally would have just made their hair wet with water and used an oil, but we couldn’t do that because there is a lot of white leather and stuff like that in the collection, and it would stain. Oil and water and leather...not so good. So really, what we’ve done is tried to create the illusion of hair being wet when it is actually not wet. And I just thought that after a week of torturing the girls and their hair, it might be great just to give them a little protein pack—can't be a bad thing."

Photos by Annie Kreighbaum backstage at Jeremy Scott Fall 2014 in New York.

The Trick To Having Wet Hair All Day

...Is wearing a deep-conditioning treatment out in public. Seriously! No more sleazy gels and greasy oils. We learned from hairstylist Eugene Souleiman backstage at Jeremy Scott. He told us:

"It’s quite strange because we never really do anything simple like this for Jeremy, normally it’s wigs or something completely crazy. This collection is a cross between sportswear and lingerie, and Jeremy wanted the girls to look like they were fresh out of the shower. The look is really, really simple, but having the contradicting factors is what makes it quite strong—keeping the girls looking really gorgeous while the clothes are so crazy. We’ve just sprayed the girls' hair down and made it wet and literally just combed a protein pack conditioner through. It’s still kind of wet, but it’s settled. I normally would have just made their hair wet with water and used an oil, but we couldn’t do that because there is a lot of white leather and stuff like that in the collection, and it would stain. Oil and water and leather...not so good. So really, what we’ve done is tried to create the illusion of hair being wet when it is actually not wet. And I just thought that after a week of torturing the girls and their hair, it might be great just to give them a little protein pack—can't be a bad thing."

Photos by Annie Kreighbaum backstage at Jeremy Scott Fall 2014 in New York.