Tips and Advice

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OXX Serum & OXX Moisturizing Hair Butter

Looking for Moisturizing products for most hair types that truly help with dry, brittle strands? Just one or two sprays of OXX Serum combined with less than a pea size of OXX Hair Butter (for most hair types), will offer moisture without all that heavy, weighed down looking hair. Watch our videos on "How To Use" dependent on your hair type.

OXX Maintenance Oil

The OXX Maintenance Oil has been able to support hair growth. Use twice per day every day. Spray on fingertips and apply directly to area/areas with your fingertips. Natural Hair persons only can use this by itself for Thinning Edges or Alopecia? For Relaxed or "Creme" Hair persons, they should mix with the OXX Hair Butter.

OXX Maintenance Oil combined with OXX Moisturizing Hair Butter

Relaxed / Creme Hair persons who are experiencing Thinning Edges or Alopecia, the OXX Maintenance Oil combined with the OXX Hair Butter has been able to support hair growth. Use twice per day every day. Spray Oil on fingertips along with a small amount of Hair Butter and rub together. Then apply directly to area/areas with your fingertips.

OXX Conditioner

The OXX Conditioner works wonders on the Hair, giving it a soft, silky feeling. The many usages are:
1. Quick Leave-in 3 to 5 minutes
2. Deep Conditioner - up to 20 minutes
3. Leave in a small amount for Dryer, Frizzy Hair
4. Apply a small amount before Swimming
5. Use as a "Co-Wash"

OXX Shampoo (Not Sulphate, Why?)

There are two different types of Sulfates - SLS and SLES. Where SLS can be quite harsh and may cause extra dryness, the OXX Shampoo has SLES which means it cleans gently yet effectively, without drying the hair strands or scalp. Sulfates are responsible for the actual cleansing action. SULFATE-FREE shampoos will therefore NOT have that level of cleansing and this could lead to scalp issues such as dandruff and other associated problems such as SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS. Therefore, a small amount of sulfate is important, which is how our OXX Shampoo is formulated.

Note: Persons who do the Keratin process should use a Sulfate-free Shampoo as they have product on their strands that need to last for a while. These persons can use the other products in the OXX line to experience softer, more shiny hair.

Moisturizing Hair Butter

Easily tangled hair types should use extra Hair Butter the day before you shampoo as this will help reduce tangling. However, do not forget to watch the video that shows how best to shampoo in order to reduce tangling.

No Heat Protector

Ever wonder why OXX System has no heat protector? Well, the reason is because there is no such thing as a “heat protector” for the hair. That’s right… it is not going to be protecting you from any heat at all. Our analogy is (Caution: PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS AS YOU WILL GET BURNT)let us consider spraying a few drops of a “heat protector” and rubbing all over the hand while heating your flat or curling iron to 375 degrees or whatever heat you use. Then you will put your hand in between the plates of the iron and press. I guarantee you will get burnt at the 375 degrees you set. Ladies, the reason why you are not feeling the heat on your hair is because strands are dead matter. That’s right…DEAD! A serum can help with a smoother glide – like frying an egg where the egg won’t stick with the oil but whether or not the oil is in the pan, it will cook. So please, do not think that any oil or serum will be protecting your hair from the heat. Absolutely impossible.

Brushing

Hair was not created equally. African Textured Hair (Black People / Afro-Type Hair), Relaxed or in a Natural state cannot and should not abide by the Brushing rule. Honestly, Brushing eventually destroys even more resilient hair types (Caucasian for instance). It is mechanical damage that "chips" away at hair cuticles and Brushing is one of the worst. For these reasons OXX System recommends that African/Black people type of hair, should NEVER Brush.

Watch this video..OXX Lady Grooming Advice for Relaxed Hair

Combing

Try combing no more than once per day, especially for African Textured (Black People / Afro-Type) Relaxed Hair. Our hands can do a lot where grooming is concerned. Get in the habit of "palming" by gently rubbing your hands in sections along the hair shaft from roots to ends as opposed to combing. Use your fingers to lift hair as opposed to a comb at times. Don't wreak havoc on your poor strands by combing many times a day. Just think of all those broken pieces of hair on the floor? Not worth it. Practice pin curls..it is quite effective.

Watch this video..OXX Lady Grooming Advice for Relaxed Hair

Mechanical Manipulation (Brushing and too much combing)

If you were to look on a hair strand under a microscope it is similar to the bark of a tree. For Persons with dry hair, the cuticle layers (outermost layer of the hair) are lifted. What if you were to stand beside a tree with a brush in one hand and a wide teeth comb in the other. Look up and brush the trunk of the tree and I guarantee particles will fall in your eyes. Now take the wide teeth comb and glide along the trunk. There will be less particles falling in your eyes. Now put the brush and comb down and then take your hands and slide along the bark. I know you will have little to no worries about your eyes as nothing will fall. This is the same concept for your hair. Dryer hair breaks easily with how gentle or rough when handling and depending on what you use to groom it with. Better handling means less hair lost every day.

Watch this video..OXX Lady Grooming Advice for Relaxed Hair

Bendable Sticks/Rods Flexi-Rods

For women with African-Textured (Black People / Afro type) Relaxed hair, ABSOLUTELY Not! Dryer Hair types should also avoid as much as possible. Those rods are sponge-like material. Remember a sponge absorbs. As previously suggested, start practicing pin curls or use plastic rollers. Wire rollers are also "okay" when hair is not wet as long as they do not have those "spikes" that grab the hair.

Heated Curlers

Honestly, too much direct heat. Thicker, less fine and susceptible Caucasian, straighter hair types can get away with them but it is still recommended to use infrequently. On the other hand. African-textured (Black People / Afro type)hair should never use them. Never, ever. It will cause further dryness and brittleness.

Tail Combs

Although OXX's methods do include a tail comb, we advise minimal usage. The teeth are not long and are closely set together. For African-Textured (Black People / Afro type) Relaxed / Creme hair, we advise usage on Shampoo day after using your large wide teeth comb to detangle. You may also use during the week for fly-aways in the front and back but gently comb while do so. You may combine a mixture of OXX Leave-in Mist, OXX Serum and OXX Hair-Butter before combing to help smooth and hold without any stiffness.

Watch this video..OXX Lady Grooming Advice for Relaxed Hair

Velcro Rollers and Sponge Rollers

NOT for Afro-textured (Black People / Afro type) Relaxed / Creme hair types. These type rollers will snag strands easily. They will also cause more dryness and absorb moisture. Stay away!!! For Afro-Textured Natural Hair, the Velcro Rollers will snag and the Sponge will absorb moisture.

"Instyler" or any Styling Brush

Never, Ever, Ever use these kind of products on African-Textured (Black People / Afro type), whether Relaxed or Natural, or Dry hair. You will end up with a lot of dry, broken strands. Please remember that one side is a Brush. Definitely not a device to be using.

Using a Flat-Iron or Curling-Iron Between Shampoos

Only use Flat-irons and Curling-irons on the day of shampooing and not until you shampoo again. In other words, do not use any heat on the hair in between shampoos. When persons, especially with dry hair types apply heat to the hair often, it will definitely create more damage. The hair will become more brittle and ultimately break. Defintiely not worth the frustration. Instead, try protective styles when going to sleep in order to stop temptation when getting ready.

You may view our video Pin-Curl and Wrapping...How to do easily. Practice makes perfect for some tips

Wigs

The base of Wigs typically are made with material that is very damaging on African type (Black People / Afro type) textured hair (relaxed or natural). It is important to be aware of this as it causes pulling on your hair underneath. Whenever wearing wigs, make sure you either sew a piece of satin or silk material on the base or wear a satin or silk scarf before wearing the wig.

Hair Nets

Many food handlers have to wear hair nets which is quite necessary. Unfortunately, this will cause breakage on African type (Black People / Afro type) textured hair (relaxed or natural). Please ask your employer if you can wear a satin or silk scarf before the net. This will ensure less friction on the hair.

Mesh Wrap

Absolutely NOT!!! Did you read above where we explained how the "Hair Net" causes breakage to the hair? The FACT is that African Type (Black People / Afro type)Textured Hair WILL get caught in the grooves of the Mesh due to Friction, especially when sleeping. You must ONLY and I do mean ONLY use Satin or Silk head wraps.

Clips (Recommended to use)

For Black Women with Relaxed / Creme hair, these clips are okay to use in your hair. The three clips on the left hand side (top, center and bottom) are best not worn to bed. The two on the right hand side (top and center) are okay for wearing to bed. If you have Relaxed/Creme hair, remember you have to be more careful how you handle and what you put in your hair as it is more fragile than when in a natural state.

Clips (Not Recommended to use)

For Black Women with Relaxed / Creme hair, these are the types of clips that often pull the strands as they close tightly. African/Black persons with natural hair can get away with wearing tighter clips (although not recommended) but persons with Relaxed/Creme hair will see more hair coming out with these clips when removing the clips. It is best to not wear them at all. Whatever you do, stay away from elastic type clips. Persons want to have their hair left on their head...not in the clip!

Breakage By The Ears Because Of Eyeglasses "ARMS"

Persons with African/ Black People type hair that is Relaxed/Creme, wearing glasses can cause breakage by the ears. OXX recommends that you use a small combination of OXX Serum and OXX Hair butter in that area daily in order to reduce the constant friction of the eyeglass frames. OXX advises that you also lift the hair in that area before putting on eyeglasses so as not to have it resting directly on the hair.

Moisturizing Hair Butter

Easily tangled hair types should use extra Hair Butter the day before you shampoo as this will help reduce tangling. However, do not forget to watch the video that shows how best to shampoo in order to reduce tangling.

Brushing

Hair was not created equally. African Textured Hair (Black People / Afro-Type Hair), Relaxed or in a Natural state cannot and should not abide by the Brushing rule. Honestly, Brushing eventually destroys even more resilient hair types (Caucasian for instance). It is mechanical damage that "chips" away at hair cuticles and Brushing is one of the worst. For these reasons OXX System recommends that African/Black people type of hair, should NEVER Brush.

Watch this video..OXX Lady Grooming Advice for Relaxed Hair

Combing

Try combing no more than once per day, especially for African Textured (Black People / Afro-Type) Relaxed Hair. Our hands can do a lot where grooming is concerned. Get in the habit of "palming" by gently rubbing your hands in sections along the hair shaft from roots to ends as opposed to combing. Use your fingers to lift hair as opposed to a comb at times. Don't wreak havoc on your poor strands by combing many times a day. Just think of all those broken pieces of hair on the floor? Not worth it. Practice pin curls..it is quite effective.

Watch this video..OXX Lady Grooming Advice for Relaxed Hair

Hair Length

It is a FACT that hair grows, yet many with African-Textured (Black People / Afro- Type hair) Relaxed or Natural hair complain about no hair growth or sparse, stringy long strands. Well, stop for a minute and consider the last dreadlocks and sisterlocks persons you saw? If they had that style for a while, wasn't the locks long? Now...what are they doing so significantly different than you suffering from apparent growth problems? MECHANICAL MANIPULATION!!! This means that persons with African (Black People) type hair especially Relaxed / Creme hair MUST stop handling their hair so much. This means NO BRUSHING and only combing with a Large, wide teeth comb. Also, try to comb only ONCE in between shampoos. Yes, OXX recommends to manipulate your hair as little as possible when you have Black People type hair, especially when relaxed.

Watch this video..OXX Lady Grooming Advice for Relaxed Hair

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Mechanical Manipulation (Brushing and too much combing)

If you were to look on a hair strand under a microscope it is similar to the bark of a tree. For Persons with dry hair, the cuticle layers (outermost layer of the hair) are lifted. What if you were to stand beside a tree with a brush in one hand and a wide teeth comb in the other. Look up and brush the trunk of the tree and I guarantee particles will fall in your eyes. Now take the wide teeth comb and glide along the trunk. There will be less particles falling in your eyes. Now put the brush and comb down and then take your hands and slide along the bark. I know you will have little to no worries about your eyes as nothing will fall. This is the same concept for your hair. Dryer hair breaks easily with how gentle or rough when handling and depending on what you use to groom it with. Better handling means less hair lost every day.

Watch this video..OXX Lady Grooming Advice for Relaxed Hair

Fly Aways

Keeping Fly Aways down does not need brushing. The Healthier way is to use spray the OXX Leave-in Rejuvenating Mist in the area. After, apply one spray of the OXX Serum in the palm along with a small amount of OXX Hair Butter. Rub palms together and apply directly on top of the area. Then use a fine teeth comb and gently comb. It is also advisable to sleep with a satin or silk head wear to not create friction while sleeping which will make it less difficult to manage in morning.

Using your Hands and Fingers to Groom

We were given our Hands and Fingers for a reason. African-Textured Relaxed Hair persons (Black Women with relaxed "creme" hair) must trust that their Fingers and Hands can groom and style. It just takes practice. Yes, you do need your wide-teeth comb (never, ever Brush), especially on the day you shampoo, but you can and should decrease the amount of times in between shampoos that you do comb. Less is much better and you will definitely see less breakage.

Grey Hair and Blonde Hair

Persons with over 20% Grey Hair and very light Ash Blonde hair should combine OXX Pre-Conditioning Booster with OXX Conditioner (more Conditioner than Pre-Conditioning ratio). This is due to the tenacity of the Pre-Conditioning so sometimes the greys will pick up a golden hue. The time will still be 3 minutes on the hair. Add more Conditioner if needed.

Sulphate-Free Shampoos

Why do you shampoo? Is it not to remove dirt and build-up from the hair shaft and scalp? Would you not agree that many African-Textured (Black People / Afro type)hair persons (Relaxed or in a Natural state) use more maintenance products in order to lessen dryness? Well, the truth is out. Sulphate-free Shampoos do NOT clean effectively. With this fact in mind, is it not better to remove the build-up gently, yet effectively?

The process is this simple with the OXX System. Shampoo thoroughly yet gently and then follow with the rest of the OXX Product line to put back necessary moisture in the hair.

Because Sulphate-free Shampoos do NOT clean the hair effectively, it will eventually cause more build-up and dryness. Persons who are candidates for a Sulphate-free Shampoo have a Keratin Treatment in the hair. This type of Shampoo is then necessary so as not to remove the chemical from the shaft quicker than expected.

Dandruff, Flaky Scalp

Suffering from dry, flaky scalp? Many persons will automatically say it is "dandruff" but there are many reasons why this happens. Seborrheic dermatitis and eczema are the most common. Unfortunately, the ointments and solutions prescribed for these issues cause breakage as their purpose is to make the scalp more dry and kill the fungus. When using these medications, please make sure that they do not touch your hair (very hard to do). Also, the medicated shampoos also cause breakage.

Try shampooing every 6 days and do NOT oil the scalp. Yes...many Black Women have the tendency to Oil the scalp and this is not advised. The yeast that is the culprit for those flakes will only be too happy to have more of the oil you are applying to the scalp. Unless it is an oil that stops the yeast problem, please do not oil the scalp before styling.

Note to self...although there are some who may dispute this, we realized that our clients who stop eating wheat, anything made with flour, dairy and corn, these persons do not suffer from these scalp issues or the problem is extremely reduced.

Curls

Curly Hair and African Type (Black People / Afro type) Textured Hair without Relaxer will Love this combination not only when Shampooing but Between Shampoos. Dry Hair needs moisture, so spray some Leave-in Mist and then mix a couple of sprays of the OXX SErum with a small amount of the OXX Hair Butter and apply to the hair in sections. You may reapply as often as needed.

Breakage By The Ears Because Of Eyeglasses "ARMS"

Persons with African/ Black People type hair that is Relaxed/Creme, wearing glasses can cause breakage by the ears. OXX recommends that you use a small combination of OXX Serum and OXX Hair butter in that area daily in order to reduce the constant friction of the eyeglass frames. OXX advises that you also lift the hair in that area before putting on eyeglasses so as not to have it resting directly on the hair.

Black Women With Relaxed Hair Sleeping With Pony Tail

The OXX System Team has come to the realisation that Black Women with Relaxed / Creme hair who sleep with their hair in a pony tail may start experiencing breakage exactly where the clip is placed. This will mean that the sides of the hair, the extreme back and the top will be short. We do not advise this at all.

Please view the video "How to Secure Hair When Going to Bed"

Cold Weather

Cold Weather (Air-conditioning included) and African / Black people type hair are not the best fit ever. Cold weather dries the hair and because this hair texture is already on the dryer side, being more dry makes it brittle and so greater hair loss. In extreme weather conditions where a woolen cap or hat is necessary, make sure you first secure your hair with a satin or silk cover/scarf beforehand as the wool will create more friction and too much absorbtion. This also means that you MUST practice the NO COMBING technique after the day of shampoo if you do not like to see all those broken pieces in the sink and on the floor. Make sure you are using your OXX maintenance products to put well needed moisture in the hair shaft.

Relaxing

Relaxing is a very serious procedure and as such, there are some precautions persons can take at least a week before having it done. If you are using facial products that contain salicylic acid or any type of chemical peel, stay at least one inch away from your hair line for 1 week or more before your appointment. When you are rinsing, it would be better to use a cloth to ensure you do not get any remnants close to the roots. Exfoliating ingredients or products will cause extra sensitivity and may very well increase the chance of relaxer burns. Most persons are already aware of the “no scratching of the scalp or extra manipulation of the scalp”.

Medications

Some types of medications can and will make the hair and skin dryer. Many times, if your skin feels dryer because of what you are taking, chances are your hair is also being affected. Black Women with more Afro textured hair (especially when relaxed /crème) will experience these negative effects more than persons with naturally straight texture. Increase the usage of the OXX maintenance combination while using these types of medications and perfect the NO COMBING after the day of shampoo methodology to ensure less hair on the ground and in the sink breakage. Some of the drugs we have personal experience in the salon that increases brittleness for African/Black people type hair especially when relaxed/crème are:
a. Anti-histamines
b. Excess intake of Vitamin C
c. Diabetic medications
d. Cold, nasal and mucuous medicines
e. Accutane

Eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff)

Eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff) seem to be quite common these days and although many have tried natural remedies such as Virgin Coconut Oil and Vinegar, the problem may never go away. Our experience is that stress and certain foods (gluten, dairy, corn) do trigger the issue. Please be careful if you are under Medical treatment as the ointments/liquids prescribed WILL usally BREAK African / Black Texture hair, especially if it is relaxed/crème and/or coloured. If you are using a medicated shampoo, be extra careful and take a q-tip or your finger tip and apply ONLY on the scalp. Unfortunately, it may still cause some breakage but at least you are reducing the problem. You will need to increase the usage of our OXX Maintenace combination – Serum, Hair Butter but not on your scalp...on the hair only.

Swimming

Always apply OXX Conditioner in hair before swimming. Hair should be either co-washed with OXX Conditioner or shampooed with OXX Shampoo and then OXX Conditioner after as chlorine wreaks havoc on hair. OXX Leave-in Rejuvenating Mist may also be used before and after swimming, you use after the OXX Conditioner.

Exercising

For women with African-textured (Black people / Afro type) Relaxed hair, you should apply extra OXX Serum combined with OXX Butter before exercise. This will help to create a barrier from the salt in the sweat. You may also rinse with the OXX Conditioner and apply the OXX Leave-in Mist after exercising and allow to air-dry and then do a very loose bun or protective style. You know OXX promotes NO BRUSHING and as LITTLE COMBING and it is EXTREMELY important that you comb as little as possible until the next shampoo as sweat is alkaline where our hair is acidic. This means that it totally and emphatically goes against the natural pH balance of the hair. You may also spray a small amount of OXX Leave-in Rejuvenating Mist every couple days if you are going to do a protective style.

Going to the beach?

Going to the Beach? Apply extra OXX Finisher, Hair Butter and Serum to your hair. You may also take your Leave-in Mist and spray occasionally while hanging/laying out.