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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Alisha Kumar

10 Tips for a healthy transition: How to go natural without all the Stress

Do you remember when everyone raved about ditching perms and relaxers and going natural? There was tons of talk about the “Big Chop” and how unsafe the chemicals we were using really were. It may feel like that wave came and went, but it’s still here and continues to impact lives daily.So many women worldwide decided to ditch the “Just for Me” and take a chance at change. For some, it was easy, and for others, it was a complete nightmare, but in the end, I think everyone came to the same realization. Being natural is WAY better!If you’re currently in a place where you are debating between going natural and sticking to your perms because of all the natural hair horror stories you’ve heard, here are ten tips to help you transition without all the stress:1. Be patient and start: Transitioning takes time. The more you avoid it, the longer it takes for you to achieve the results you’re looking for. Embrace the process and allow your hair to adjust to its natural texture and pattern.2. Set realistic expectations: Understand that your natural hair may not look or grow precisely like someone else's. Embrace your unique curls, coils, or waves and appreciate the beauty of your hair.3. Deep condition and condition regularly: Deep conditioning is crucial for keeping your transitioning hair hydrated, nourished, and healthy. Incorporate deep conditioning treatments into your routine to maintain moisture and minimize breakage. Use natural conditioners like Vigor Roots’ RootQuench Conditioner for nourishment and ultimate hydration.4. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: Natural hair craves moisture. Use moisturizing products like leave-in conditioners, oils, and creams to keep your hair hydrated and prevent dryness and breakage. Using Vigor Root’s Root22Serum twice a day can help lock in moisture and protect your hair from breakage while you sleep and through the day.5. Protective styling: Consider protective styles like braids, twists, buns, or updos to minimize manipulation and protect your hair from damage. But don’t overdo it. Although these styles help retain length during the transition process, they can also cause damage if done too tightly or left untouched for too long.6. Trim regularly: The “Big Chop” is not necessary. You can trim as you go and take your time with the transition. Schedule regular trims to remove any remaining relaxed or damaged ends gradually. This will promote healthier hair growth and prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft.7. Educate yourself: Learn about your hair and scalp’s unique characteristics, porosity, and curl pattern. Understanding both will help you choose the right products and techniques.8. Avoid heat styling: Minimize or avoid heat styling tools like flat irons and curling irons, which can cause heat damage and alter your natural curl pattern. Embrace your natural texture and explore heat-free styling options.9. Develop a gentle detangling routine: Use wide-toothed combs or your fingers to detangle your hair gently, starting from the ends and working your way up. Detangle when your hair is damp and saturated with conditioner to minimize breakage.10. Find a supportive community: Vigor Roots is a safe space for those looking to learn more about natural hair care and want to improve their hair’s health. We encourage you to connect with other transitioning individuals who chose to go natural. Join online forums, follow natural hair influencers, and seek advice and inspiration from a community that understands your journey.Transitioning to natural hair can be an exciting and transformative experience; it’s a personal and unique experience. Embrace the beauty of your natural texture, and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. No one can guarantee that the transition will be smooth and seamless, but we can guarantee it will be worth it.

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Alisha Kumar

5 Curly Care Tips for the Fall

When the season changes from Summer to Fall, what are the first few things you think about? Is the weather getting colder, or maybe there are a few essential to-dos you must do before the holidays?Take a moment and think about how many things we change and rearrange in our lives during this time, from how we dress to how we eat and even how we maintain our hair and bodies.This Fall, consciously prepare for the change with these 5 Curly Care tips for the Fall by Vigor Roots to maintain your beautiful locs, curls, and coils:Tip 1: Protect against humidity and cold winds; moisturize and hydrate your hair daily with the Root22Serum and the Revive and Thrive hair mist to prevent breakage and frizz.Tip 2: Utilize protective styling and minimize the use of heating tools. Use our Curl Hydrator Leave-In conditioner to make daily styling manageable. Tip 3: Stay hydrated! Stay hydrated! Stay hydrated! Cooler temperatures can lead to a dry and itchy scalp, and because of this, It's essential to maintain moisture. For intense conditioning, try our RootMask HairMask.Tip 4: Protect yourself against frizz; the fall season can bring static electricity, leading to frizz and flyaway hair. Our Milk Silk Bonnet helps prevent frizz while sleeping, and the effects last all day.Tip 5: Avoid over-washing; doing this can strip your hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness. Depending on your hair type, you may not need to wash your hair frequently in the fall.When the seasons transition, so should we. Enjoy the Fall without worrying about dry, brittle, or damaged hair. By utilizing these tips, you can ensure you and your scalp survive the chilling effects.

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Nathalee Durose

5 Ways You Are Damaging Your Scalp

Are you unknowingly sabotaging your scalp health and hair health by extension? Let's talk about five common causes of hair damage and how to remedy them for curls that shine with vitality!1. Misdirected Shampooing: Are you washing your hair but missing the mark? Ensure your scalp gets the TLC it deserves with our RootCleanse. It's designed to cleanse deeply, leaving your scalp refreshed and your hair revitalized.2. Heavy-duty Styling Products: Those long-lasting hold products might seem tempting, but they can suffocate your strands. Opt for lighter alternatives and give your hair the freedom to breathe while still maintaining your style.3. Overwashing: Daily shampooing can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. Instead, try washing every other day or every two days to strike the perfect balance of cleanliness and hydration.4. Skipping Hair Treatments: Don't skimp on the love! Treat your curls to some extra care with our Curl Hydrator and Revive & Thrive Hair Mist. These nourishing treatments will leave your hair feeling silky-smooth and looking its best.5. Washing and Conditioning Isn't Enough: Sometimes, shampoo and conditioner just aren't cutting it. If your hair needs some serious repair, look no further than our RootMask. Packed with potent ingredients, it's your ticket to hair rejuvenation and restoration.Don't let damaging habits dull your hair's potential. Make the switch to healthier hair care practices today with Vigor Roots.

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Isa Gautschi

7 Signs You Should See a Doctor About Your Dry Scalp & Hair Loss

Dry scalp is a common complaint, and many cases can be easily treated with proper scalp care, natural remedies, and over-the-counter medications. But, sometimes a dry scalp is a symptom of a more serious problem that needs to be treated by a doctor before it leads to permanent hair loss. Here are 7 scenarios in which you should definitely book an appointment with a doctor, preferably a dermatologist- a doctor who specializes in conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. #1: You Have Excessive Itching Itchy scalps are common, but not to be ignored. The truth is, your scalp should be comfortable! So whenever your scalp is persistently itchy, it’s time to start paying attention. “Your scalp should not be itching you extensively,” says Vigor Roots Founder Nathalee DuRose. “It’s OK to have a random itch, but if you realize that within a day you’re scratching your head 10 times or itching for minutes at a time- you should see a doctor.” Persistently itchy scalps can be a symptom of a variety of conditions that require treatment like dandruff, ringworm, or lichen planus. Further, scratching can irritate and tear the sensitive skin of the scalp- which can lead to infection. So, if you’ve got an itchy scalp- step one is to make sure you have a healthy scalp care routine that includes: Regular washing & moisturizing Gentle hair care products & tools Styling that doesn’t place excessive tension on the scalp, use harsh chemicals, or heat styling tools If the itch persists despite a gentle scalp care routine, it’s time to get it checked out by a doctor. #2: Stubborn Rashes, Bumps, Flaking, or Scarring Healthy scalps feel smooth, moisturized, and comfortable. Flaking, pimples, bumps, and rashes are all signs of an unhappy scalp. That’s why regularly running your fingers over your scalp to check for any changes in the texture is an important part of scalp health. DuRose recommends doing at least a monthly self scalp examination so that you can catch on to any potential issues early enough to treat them. “When I hear people discussing their scalp conditions, it is sometimes apparent that they have spent months, probably years, missing subtle signs, symptoms, and preventable causes,” she says. “These could have been resolved with a slight change in routine, or the application of a scalp serum to treat an infection unintentionally left untreated.” Should you come across a bump or rough patch, DuRose recommends looking at it with a mirror or using your phone to photograph it. Make sure the area is washed and moisturized with gentle products that don’t contain irritants. Bonus points if they include natural ingredients with antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties such as Root22Serum. Then monitor the area to see if it clears up. If proper cleansing and moisturizing doesn’t take care of the issue within a month, DuRose says it’s time to see a doctor. #3: Your Stylist Says To If your stylist has concerns about your scalp, take it seriously. They can see more of it than you can, plus they have the training and experience to notice when something is amiss. It’s especially important to get your scalp taken care of if you’re planning on bleaching, dying, relaxing, or perming your hair or if you’re going to have a tension style put in. These hairstyles are likely to strain even a healthy scalp, so if your stylist has concerns, pump the breaks. When your scalp is in poor condition, moving forward with this sort of styling is a recipe for hair loss. Moral of the story: follow your stylist's advice for scalp care- whether it’s a deep moisturizing treatment or an appointment with a dermatologist. #4: You’ve Tried a Treatment for 6 Months & It Hasn’t Worked Perhaps you’ve followed your stylist’s recommendations and/or have been trying all the natural remedies and all the over-the-counter treatments- but your scalp is still uncomfortable and your hair hasn’t returned to full thickness. DuRose says that if you’ve fully committed to scalp care for 6 months and still haven’t seen an improvement, it’s time to talk to a doctor. #5: You’re Considering a Hair Transplant Before you spend thousands on a hair transplant surgery that your insurance won’t cover, head to the dermatologist to see if less drastic and expensive treatments can get you the results you want. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for a hair transplant surgery, and hair transplant surgeries are not guaranteed to work. Improper hair transplants can actually wind up damaging hair follicles that could have been healed enough for new hair growth with the help of a dermatologist and proper scalp care. Several disappointed hair transplant patients are DMing DuRose for scalp advice as we speak, dismayed that the procedure didn’t result in restored, healthy hair. It’s true that proper scalp care will not be a quick fix for hair thinning- DuRose says to give it 6-12 months to fully take effect. But, proper scalp care is much gentler and less expensive than heading right for the hair transplant surgeon. Think of it, instead of running up a $4,000+ surgery bill, your dermatologist may just suggest you change up your diet and avoid certain ingredients in your hair care products. If you do decide to move forward with a hair transplant, no judgment. But do make sure to check with your dermatologist first about whether or not you’re a good candidate. Then do your research and only use a specialized hair transplant surgeon with a track record of getting people good results. #6: You Have Hair Loss and an Autoimmune Disease Certain autoimmune diseases like lupus, Hashimoto’s disease, psoriasis, and more can result in hair loss. If you have an autoimmune disease and are experiencing an uncomfortable scalp and/or hair thinning, it’s important to discuss remedies with a dermatologist- as the most effective treatments are likely specific to your condition rather than something you can easily find with a Google search. In some cases, folks with autoimmune diseases are not able to regrow healthy hair- but they can certainly still care for their scalp and rock bald is beautiful or hairless & handsome. #7: You’re Taking a Medication That Counters Hair Growth Hair loss can be a side effect for many common types of medications from birth control, to thyroid medications, to antibiotics, and mood stabilizers. Check if your medications have hair loss as a possible side effect. If so, talk to your doctor about how to address it. It’s Not Too Late for Scalp Health If you’re having trouble with your scalp and hair loss, please know you’re not alone. “There is so much shame- so much pressure to look and feel good about your hair. Once people do not measure up to that standard, they are depressed and disengaged from social lifestyles, “ DuRose explains. Regardless of your ability to grow hair, you deserve a healthy, comfortable scalp and peace of mind. Rather than suffer in silence and shame, book an appointment with a dermatologist to treat your scalp. It also helps to find a supportive community of others going through similar issues. Not sure where to find that community? Follow us on Instagram, and remember our DMs are always open for your scalp and hair questions. Want to infuse your scalp care routine with extra love and extra health? You’re going to want to get your hands on some Root22Serum.

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Nathalee Durose

A Beginner's Guide to Starting Your Natural Hair Journey

Are you tired of dealing with all the chemicals and stunted growth? Are you ready to transition and take that first step toward natural hair? Whether you're transitioning from chemically-treated hair or simply looking to enhance the health of your curls, creating and beginning a new natural hair care routine can be exciting and overwhelming. But there's no need to worry when you're a part of this tribe! We're here to guide you through the process with essential tips to ensure your journey is smooth and successful.1. Be PatientFirst and foremost, patience is key when transitioning to natural hair. Rome wasn't built in a day, and healthy hair strands won't be either. Embrace the process, and remember that your hair may not look exactly how you want it to overnight. Give your hair time to adjust to its natural state, and be patient as you learn to care for it properly.2. Trim When NecessaryRegular trims are essential for maintaining healthy hair, regardless of texture. Split ends can hinder hair growth and make hair look dull and lifeless. Be sure to trim your ends when necessary to promote growth and overall hair health.3. Deep Condition OftenHydration is key to keeping natural hair healthy and manageable. Incorporate deep conditioning treatments into your routine to nourish and moisturize your strands. Look for deep conditioners formulated with natural ingredients for maximum hydration and repair.4. Plan Your Protective StylesProtective styles can help minimize damage and promote growth by reducing the manipulation of your hair. Try experimenting with braids, twists, and buns to give your hair a break from daily styling. Just be sure not to make your styles too tight, as this can cause tension and breakage along the hairline.5. Limit Heat StylingExcessive heat can cause damage and weaken your hair over time. Whenever possible, opt for heat-free styling methods to maintain the health of your strands. Embrace your natural texture and experiment with different hairstyles that don't require heat.6. Don't Stress the SheddingShedding is a natural part of the hair growth cycle and is completely normal. Instead of stressing over it, focus on promoting a healthy scalp environment for optimal growth. Be gentle when detangling your hair, and avoid excessive manipulation that can lead to breakage.7. Avoid Drying IngredientsPay attention to the ingredients in your hair products and avoid those that can strip moisture from your strands. Look for hydrating and nourishing formulas that will help keep your hair soft, supple, and healthy.Your Natural Hair Journey doesn't have to be difficult. With some applied knowledge and help from invigorating products like our holy grail Root22Serum, hair care can be simple, relaxing, and worthwhile.Ready to start your natural hair journey off right? Take the first step with Vigor Roots!

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Isa Gautschi

Hair Flicks: Our Favorite Natural Hair Movies & Series

In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of some of our favorite movies and series about natural hair. “I like that they show the growing pains of Black women,” says Vigor Roots founder Nathalee DuRose. “But that this list is so short shows that there is not a lot of information and education for Black Hair.” There may not be many of them out there, be we sure found some amazing natural hair movies & series that are well worth the watch.  We Are Looking At The Future Right Here Madam Cj Walker GIFfrom We Are Looking At The Future Right Here GIFs   Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker (2020)   Where to Watch: Netflix   This enjoyable miniseries tells the tale of America’s first female self-made millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker (Octavia Spencer). She’s an OG hairpreneur, and she helped the hair industry to become a way for Black women to gain financial independence on their own terms. Despite the best efforts of bad husbands, bitter competitors, and a society just a generation past slavery that was rampant with misogynoir, Walker refused to give up on her dreams.   Why We Love It: Great cast. Spencer is magnificent as usual, Tiffany Haddish is a joy to watch as Walker’s daughter Lelia, Blair Underwood plays a no good husband so good, and Carmen Ejogo plays a great turn of the 20th Century mean girl. The soundtrack is surprisingly banging for a story set in the early 1900s. Granted, they’ve borrowed a more modern sound. but it works in the best way. Contrary to a popular misconception, Walker didn’t try to change the character of Black women’s hair. It was actually a “Magical Hair Grower” that launched Walker’s million-dollar hair career. Shortly before her death in 1919, the real-life Walker told a reporter, “Right here, let me correct the erroneous impression held by some that I claim to straighten hair. I deplore such an impression because I have always held myself out as a hair culturist. I grow hair.”   Nappily Ever After (2018)   Where to Watch: Netflix   A romantic comedy where the true love story has our heroine falling in love with her natural hair. Gorgeous ad exec Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan) is the perfect woman… a little too perfect. As we follow her journey from straight to blonde to bald to natural, we cheer Violet on as she shakes things up and gets what she really wants. Which is not necessarily the guy. A true feel-good movie.   Why We Love It: It’s an empowering and non-judgmental message for women rocking whatever style they want- just so long as they know their natural hair is beautiful. This movie is a brilliant illustration of how our attitudes toward natural hair impact the next generation. Eye candy: fashion & hotties galore. Oh, this one will cheer you up no matter how bad your day was.   Woah Scared GIFfrom Woah GIFs Hair Love (2019)   Where to Watch: YouTube   Who knew you could laugh and cry and feel warm and fuzzy this much in less than 7 minutes? This Oscar-winning animated short film is well worth the watch- over and over again. Hair Love follows a young girl’s attempts to emulate her mother’s natural hairstyles- and her dad’s struggle to help her.   Why We Love It: One of the purest love stories ever. The animation is fabulous and adorable. Issa Rae voices the mom.   Hair Tales (2022)   Where to Watch: Hulu   In conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross, beloved Black female celebrities share their life stories through their hairstyles. This intimate and inspiring series counts Ross and Oprah Winfrey among its executive producers. Guests span generations from Marsai Martin to Issa Rae to Ayanna Pressley and Winfrey.   Why We Love It: Our favorites get real about what their natural hair journey was really like. It’s truly inspiring. We see how each woman’s embrace of her crown lights her up as she makes her unique mark on her chosen industry.   Good Hair (2009)   Where to Watch: Amazon Prime   The harmful messaging that Black hair isn’t “good hair” starts young. When Chris Rock’s toddler asks him why she doesn’t have “good hair” he is prompted to take a deep dive into the state of Black hair. From barbershops to hair shows, the weave industry, to the economics behind relaxers and the health effects of perms, Rock takes us on a wild and informative ride. One thing is for sure: when it comes to Black hair, it’s never “just” a hairstyle. There is a wholllleee lot of context.   Why We Love It: Chris Rock. That infamous soda can in relaxer scene is… eye-opening. Who profits from Black hair not being considered “good hair”? Rock raises this question economically, emotionally, health-wise, and in terms of professionalism and social capital. By the time Tracie Thoms says, “Natural hair is freedom” - you feel that. Maya Angelou, Nia Long, Eve, and other greats share their perspectives in interview clips.   PICK (2021)   Where to Watch It: buy it on iTunes   This beautiful and heartbreaking short film won a whole slew of awards- and it’s easy to see why. Alliyah (Hazel Downey) had plans for her picture day hairstyle that didn’t work out. Showing up to her predominantly white school with her full, luscious afro seems to bring out the worst in many people around her. PICK is gorgeously shot and the teenage star packs quite an emotional punch into a mostly silent performance.   Why We Love It: The cinematography is breathtaking, percussive, and unique. That glorious afro is always center stage. So many layers to this story. You could watch it over and over again (I did) and pick up on new things every time. Oh, the contrast. The hairstyles of the white classmates that are accepted without comment (even a blonde with braids and beads) really show the disparate weight and significance society puts on even children’s hair.   Bad Hair (2020)   Where to Watch: Hulu   Justin Simien, the writer & director of Dear White People, takes an all-star cast back to the 80s for this horror comedy about bloodthirsty weaves. When Zora (Vanessa Williams) takes over the production company she works at, Anna Bludso (Elle Lorraine), an aspiring music TV host, quickly learns that with her natural hair, she’ll never get promoted despite all her talent and good ideas. So she goes and gets a weave installed… but at what cost?   Why We Love It: Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox, Kelly Rowland, Usher, and James Van Der Beek are in it. The goriest scenes in this movie are a chemical burn from a relaxer and a weave being sewn in… So, it’s not the demon hair monster that makes you cringe in fear, but something that countless Black women have been told they must do to advance professionally. Says a lot, doesn’t it? After that painful weave installation, Anna is told over and over again that she is beautiful. She gets promoted. Her trifling ex looks her way again. Society often puts blame on women of color for going to extremes to change the texture of their hair… but in real, material ways, punishes them when they don’t. And rewards them when they do. It’s the system that’s killer- and, in the movie, everyone who tries to assimilate gets devoured and becomes killer themselves.   Black Panther (2018)   Where to Watch: rent or buy on Amazon Prime or iTunes   Everyone had Wakanda fever when the first Black Panther movie came out. We fell in love with the powerful characters in this action-packed superhero story… and their hair. “We did a totally Afrocentric, natural hair movie,” Camille Friend, head of the Black Panther hair department told the New York Times. “There was not a pressing comb or relaxer on set. That wasn’t happening. We’re in a moment when people are feeling empowered about being Black. And that’s one thing you see when you watch ‘Black Panther.’ The hair helps communicate that.”   Why We Love It: Black Superhero Excellence. Absolutely phenomenal cast: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, Michael B. Jordon, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett… the list goes on. We want to live in Wakanda: the gorgeous, wealthy, technologically advanced homeland in the movie.   Black-ish Season 6 Episode 11: Hair Day (2019)   Where to Watch: Hulu   Diane (Marsai Martin) grapples with whether to relax or not to relax and everyone has an opinion. Luckily, she has her mom (Tracee Ellis Ross) to support her. “There is no such thing as the wrong choice,” Bo tells Diane. “And despite what the world tells us, all Black hair is beautiful.”   Why We Love It: Jill Scott plays Diane’s hairstylist! The fabulous musical numbers. Is there anything Marsai Martin can’t do? The humorous salon depiction. Bo and Diane show up 35 minutes after their scheduled appointment and are told they are “early.” Everyone weighing in on your style. Your stylist as your therapist.   Hair Power: Me and My Afro (2020)   Where to Watch: BET+   Through a series of interviews, this documentary covers the historical and cultural significance of Black natural hairstyles in the UK. “We lost so much documentation and we lost so much history through slavery and colonialism. There are archives where we don’t exist,” says Shahira, a junior content editor and one of the interview subjects in the documentary. “...A lot of our ancestors weren’t even recorded as born. So, our hair is our history. It’s part of who we are. I feel like we can in a way go back and remember our ancestors in a beautiful way.”   Why We Love It: Emma Dabiri, a writer & historian, does an extraordinary job of contextualizing the many interviews in Black hair politics and history. The beauty and diversity of natural Black hairstyles are celebrated throughout this documentary. ***PS There were some natural hair classics we couldn’t find anywhere to stream! DM us if you know where to stream: Hair Stories (2000) My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage (2007) The Hair Revolution (2018) If you’re ready to start your natural hair journey, Root22Serum will be your best friend. Make sure you’re following @vigorroots for scalp care tips and tricks.

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Nathalee Durose

Hair Loss, Breakage, and Shedding

Let's talk about a topic that's on everyone's mind: hair loss, breakage, and shedding. The most important step in maintaining your hair's health is understanding your hair's health. Recognizing that these issues come at various levels and understanding them is the first step toward addressing them effectively.By being aware of the different levels of hair loss, breakage, and shedding, you can better assess your own situation and determine the appropriate course of action. Whether you're dealing with occasional shedding or more severe hair loss, there are solutions available to help you manage and address these issues.Don't know the severity of your loss? Check out this chart!Level One - Normal/Balanced: At this stage, breakage may result from rough detangling methods. Typically, you'll lose about 10 or fewer strands on wash days and 5 or fewer on non-wash days. (Note: This does not include natural shedding.)Level Two—Moderate: Without proper protein or moisture, breakage occurs more frequently. Hair may cover the floor and sink during styling, and you may lose no more than 10-15 strands on non-wash days and 15-20 on wash days. At this level, medium to large chunks of hair may be lost.Level Three—Severe: Signs include thinning, short pieces, and patchy hair loss. Large clumps of hair are lost during comb-outs and wash days. Trimming may be necessary to restore hair health. Poor maintenance and excessive heat can rapidly escalate hair from level 1 to level 3.Remember, Hair loss can be caused by various factors, including stress, hormonal changes, diet, and genetics. Breakage occurs when the hair shaft becomes weak and snaps off, often due to damage from heat styling, chemical treatments, or rough handling. Shedding is a natural part of the hair growth cycle, but it's also a way for your hair to tell you it needs help.So, if you're ready to give your hair the TLC it deserves, try investing in our Wash Day Bundle. Designed to cleanse, nourish, and strengthen hair, this bundle is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to improve hair health.The best nourishment for your roots is Vigor Roots! Click the link to shop our Wash Day Bundle and take the first step toward healthier, happier hair!

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Isa Gautschi

Hair Shedding: When Is It a Problem?

How to Have a No-Shed-Vember Are you freaked out by the hair stuck in your comb or caught in the drain after wash day? Don’t worry, hair shedding is a normal part of the hair growth cycle. Keep reading to find out: How much hair shedding is normal How to track how much shedding is normal for you What to do if your hair is actually thinning Habits that will prevent excess shedding Everybody Sheds “Is hair shedding normal? Yes. Very normal,” says Vigor Roots CEO Nathalee DuRose. “In fact, it is customary to shed 50-100 strands per day.” Shedding is a normal part of the hair growth cycle. Here’s a quick overview of how it works. For folks with healthy hair, about 90% of the strands on your head are in the growing or anagen stage at any given time. After roughly 3-5 years, the hair separates from the bottom of the follicle over the short catagen phase before entering the telogen stage, in which the hair stops growing and rests until it is pushed out by a new hair. Normally, 10-15% of your strands are in the resting stage at any given time. Since the vast majority of your hair is in a growing stage, you can afford to lose the normal 50-100 strands a day without anyone noticing. There is enough hair left and enough new hair coming in for your hair to maintain its normal thickness. How Much Hair Shedding is Normal? So, those stray hairs in your comb and shower are most likely nothing to worry about. Especially if you have long hair- those shedded clumps are going to look more dramatic because there is a lot to each strand! Also, if you’re not washing your hair each day, you’ll probably see bigger clumps in the drain because the strands of previous days hadn’t been loosened enough to fall out until you washed your hair. (Caution: washing your hair every day will dry out your scalp, so we don’t recommend it.) And, FYI, women typically shed more hair per day than men. It’s estimated that 40% of women experience excessive shedding during styling. DuRose says you should consider how your hairstyle is affecting your shedding. On the Vigor Roots Instagram, DuRose shared the vast difference between how much she shed after wearing braids for 4 weeks vs. the much smaller amount shed when she wore her hair natural. In any case, it’s important to get a sense of what’s a normal amount of hair loss for you, since excess shedding is something to pay attention to. Why Hair Shedding ≠ Hair Loss There is actually a difference between hair shedding and hair loss. As we’ve already covered, some hair shedding is normal. Excess shedding happens with a common condition called telogen effluvium. This excess shedding often occurs abruptly, around three months after an intense physiological disruption like surgery, childbirth, medication, or grief & stress over the loss of a loved one. Luckily, the condition is temporary and your hair is likely to grow back. Hair loss occurs when you are unable to grow new, healthy hair. There are different types of hair loss that require different types of treatment. So, if your hairline is thinning or you’re noticing bald patches, go get checked out by a dermatologist so you know what you’re dealing with and how to address it. Some triggers for excessive hair shedding or telogen effluvium: Surgery Childbirth Hormonal fluctuations Medications such as antidepressants and oral cotraceptives A stressful event like a death, divorce, car crash, or job loss Chronic illness High-fever Lack of nutrition Drastic weight loss Here are some common causes of hair loss and the inability to grow new healthy hair: Hereditary hair loss Autoimmune disease Chemotherapy or radiation to the head Leaving a protective style in too long Wearing too many tight buns, ponytails, or other tension styles Damaging the scalp with improperly applied bleach, dye, or chemical relaxer If you’re experiencing hair loss, don’t lose hope. Many types of hair loss are treatable- but the treatments vary depending on the cause. A dermatologist can determine why you’re losing your hair and recommend appropriate next steps. Hair Habits To Prevent Excess Shedding & Promote Healthy Hair Growth You know what they say: prevention is better than a cure! Making it habit to take good care of your hair will help ward off unwanted thinning. Here’s how to maintain good hair and scalp health. For more information, check out the links for our in-depth blog posts on these topics. Keep a healthy scalp care routine: at least once a week, cleanse your scalp with shampoo and condition your hair; several times a week, moisturize your scalp with a nourishing, high-quality serum; if you rock a wig, take it off at night See your stylist for a trim & deep treatment at least every 3 months Style gently: give your hair breaks from tension styles, avoid harsh chemicals and heat styling, amp up your scalp care if you’re going to dye, turn the temperature down on your styling tools, and use a heat protectant Use gentle hair products that don’t strip your scalp of its healing, natural oils Eat a balanced, nutrient-rich diet: no crash dieting or drastic weight loss Manage your stress levels: make regular time to rest, relax, and have fun Read the warning labels on your medications- some common medications have hair loss as a side effect! Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your current prescriptions Sleep in a silk bonnet so your hair doesn’t snag on your bedding Want more Scalp Care Tips? Make sure you’re following us on Instagram!

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Alisha Kumar

How well do you know your scalp?

Here are FIVE tips for understanding your scalp type and how to care for it.#1 Examine Your Scalp:Observe your scalp in a well-lit area. Look for signs of oiliness, dryness, flakiness, or any redness or irritation.#2 Check Hair Texture:Consider the texture of your hair near the scalp. Is it fine, medium, or coarse? Fine hair may become oily faster, while coarse hair may not distribute natural oils as effectively.#3 Observe Hair Behavior:Pay attention to how quickly your hair becomes oily after washing. Does your scalp feel tight and dry, or does it become greasy within a day or two?#4 Notice Flakiness:Check for any signs of flakiness. A flaky scalp could indicate dryness or conditions like dandruff.#5 Consider Environmental Factors:Environmental factors such as climate can also influence your scalp type. For example, dry climates may contribute to a dry scalp, while humid climates may lead to excess oil production.They say there's no one-size-fits-all option for hair and scalp care, but Vigor Roots has proven that statement to be a myth. Our RootCare System helps with oily, dry, and normal scalp and hair types. After figuring out your scalp type remember to regularly reassess your scalp condition and adjust your hair care routine accordingly.

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Nathalee Durose

Is it Natural Shedding or Breakage that leads to Hair Loss?

When you comb and brush your hair or wash and detangle (with tons of conditioner, naturally), seeing extra hairs accumulate can be distressing. But before you jump to conclusions, save yourself from unnecessary stress by understanding how to distinguish between increased shedding and breakage. Let's dive into the differences and what they mean for your curls. Hair shedding is a natural part of your hair growth cycle. On average, losing anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs per day is considered normal. Shed hairs are usually the full length of your hair and have the bulb of the hair follicle attached at one end. Breakage, on the other hand, occurs when hair strands snap due to various factors like product use, mishandling, or lack of proper care. Breakage is identified by shorter, brittle pieces that often accumulate during brushing or styling. Reasons Behind Increased Shedding Telogen Hair Cycle Stage: Your hair goes through three stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Increased shedding may occur when a majority of hair follicles enter the telogen phase, a natural part of the cycle. Stress: Stress can trigger telogen effluvium, pushing hair follicles into the shedding phase. Relaxation techniques can help mitigate this effect. Prolonged Buildup: Buildup from oils, products, or dead skin cells can suffocate hair follicles, leading to hair loss. Regular scalp exfoliation can alleviate buildup-related shedding. Nutrient Deficiencies: Lack of essential nutrients like iron, zinc, or vitamins can contribute to hair shedding. Adjusting your diet or taking supplements may help address these deficiencies. Reasons Behind Increased Breakage Chemical Processes: Bleaching, dyeing, or relaxing treatments can damage hair by depleting moisture and weakening the strands. Continuous conditioning is essential to prevent further damage. Overwashing and Styling: Excessive washing or styling can cause physical damage to the hair, particularly for hair types prone to cuticle lift. Finding the right balance in your hair care routine is key. Nutrient Deficiencies: Proper hydration and antioxidant protection are essential for preventing breakage. Look for products containing natural oils, butters, and vitamins to strengthen your hair. What You Need To Remember Identifying whether your hair loss is due to shedding or breakage is essential for effective treatment and care. By understanding the root cause of your hair concerns, you can tailor your hair care routine to address specific issues and promote healthier, stronger strands. So, next time you notice excessive hair loss, take a closer look to determine whether it's shedding or breakage and adjust your hair care regimen accordingly.

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Alisha Kumar

Rosemary Oil For Scalp Repair

For thousands of years, rosemary oil has been used to heal and soothe the scalp. The natural essential oil is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective remedy for many skin and scalp conditions. But how exactly can rosemary oil help repair your scalp and encourage hair regrowth? What does it mean for an essential oil to be rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties? Antioxidants: Compounds found in natural foods and products that have the ability to neutralize free radicals, which are unstable molecules known to cause stress and damage within the body. When your hair follicles are damaged, antioxidants can help increase circulation and strengthen.  Anti-inflammatory properties: Inflammation can prevent new hair follicles from growing. When you think about it, if you have damaged, wrinkly, tattered skin on your scalp - you cannot regrow your hair from this surface! It would be like trying to grow a flower in damaged soil.  Non-diluted rosemary oil is surprisingly good for your scalp, as long as it is used in moderation. It can be used to treat dryness, itchiness, dandruff, flaking and other issues related to a sensitive scalp. However, when using undiluted rosemary oil directly on the skin it’s important to remember that a little goes a long way – too much can cause irritation or even an allergic reaction. For this reason, it’s important to mix rosemary oil with carrier oils such as jojoba or almond before applying to the affected area. This is why, in our Vigor Roots Root22Serum, we balance the perfect amount of natural and essential ingredients to pair together to reduce scalp damage and promote regrowth.  Rosemary Oil may just be the answer you were looking for when searching for a natural remedy against scalp problems and lack of hair growth. Packed with potent compounds that naturally combat inflammation and microbial infections while promoting cell regeneration makes it well worth adding into any haircare routine. The key is to use it safely - make sure it's mixed properly with carrier oils first before applying directly onto the scalp! 

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Nathalee Durose

Summer-Ready Braiding Hairstyles: Protect, Style, and Nourish Your Hair in the Heat

Discover the perfect braiding hairstyles for black women during the vibrant summer months. Not only do they offer relief from the heat, but they also provide durability, moisture, and versatility. Learn scalp care tips, including using a hair serum, gentle shampoo, and hydrating conditioner, to maintain healthy and nourished hair while rocking your favorite braiding styles this summer.

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Nathalee Durose

The 'R' in Regrowth stands for RootMask.

Don't let damaged hair stop you from vigorous hair regrowth.When you're tired of dealing with damaged hair that seems to be hindering your hair growth goals, take charge of your hair health and unlock your full hair growth potential with Vigor Roots RootMask!Months without growth? More like months without glow-up! It's time to kickstart your hair journey with Vigor Roots. Our specially formulated mask is packed with a potent blend of nourishing botanicals, including Shea Butter, Castor oil, and Vitamin E oil. It is designed to deeply penetrate and repair hair from the roots to the tips. Stagnant growth can be a thing of the past when primed for healthy regrowth with products that are 100% organic and scientifically backed.With RootMask, you'll experience stronger, smoother hair with each use, setting the stage for vigorously healthy hair.Kickstart your journey with Vigor Roots. Shop our RootMask now and experience the transformative power of scalp-focused hair care!

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Alisha Kumar

The Real Deal on 'Drinking Plenty of Water for Your Hair

The Quest for Moisture: How realistic is "drinking plenty of water" When seeking advice on maintaining healthy and vibrant hair, you've probably heard the golden rule: "Drink plenty of water." It's seemingly simple advice, yet its real-world application can be more complex than it sounds. Let's dive into the reality of this often-repeated mantra and how it truly affects your hair.Before we delve into the impact of water on hair health, it's important to clear up a common misunderstanding. While staying hydrated is undoubtedly essential for your overall well-being, the direct impact of water consumption on hair health is more complex than we'd like to believe.Here's why:1. Hair Needs More Than Water: Your hair is a complex structure composed of proteins, primarily keratin. While water is crucial for maintaining the body's hydration levels, your hair requires an array of nutrients, including vitamins (like biotin and vitamins A and E), minerals (such as iron and zinc), and amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), to grow and thrive.2. Internal Hydration vs. External Hydration: Drinking water hydrates your body internally, benefiting your organs, skin, and hair follicles. However, this hydration doesn't necessarily translate directly to the moisture levels of your hair strands. 3. Hair Growth Is a Gradual Process: The effects of hydration on hair growth are gradual and long-term. Drinking more water won't suddenly make your hair grow faster or appear healthier overnight. Patience and consistency are key. Balancing Hydration with Other Factors: Healthy hair isn't just about staying hydrated. It's a multifaceted result of several factors, including genetics, diet, hair care routines, and overall health. While drinking water is undoubtedly a part of the equation, it's essential to balance it with other elements like:1. Nutrient-Rich Diet: A well-balanced diet with the right vitamins and minerals is crucial for hair growth and health. Add lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your meals.2. Hair Care Products: Using appropriate hair care products tailored to your hair type and concerns can make a significant difference. Moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks can help maintain optimal hair moisture.3. Routine Maintenance: Regular hair trimming, avoiding excessive heat styling, and gentle handling can all contribute to healthier hair.4. Environmental Factors: Protect your hair from the sun, pollution, and harsh weather conditions by wearing hats or scarves when necessary.While staying hydrated is essential for overall health and can indirectly benefit your hair, it's only one piece of the puzzle. The path to healthy, beautiful hair involves a holistic approach encompassing nutrition, hair care products, and diligent routines. So, by all means, keep sipping that water, but remember, caring for your hair involves more than that. Keep in mind the other important aspects to consider. Keeping Your Hair Moisturized: Moisture is crucial for hair growth because it nurtures hair strands and the scalp. Sufficient hydration ensures that hair remains flexible and less prone to breakage, promoting overall hair health and length retention. A well-hydrated scalp creates a favorable environment for hair follicles, reducing the risk of inflammation and hair loss. Moisture also helps protect hair from environmental damage and minimizes friction between strands, preventing tangling and breakage. It is the foundation for strong, resilient, and growing hair. Tips to follow for healthy, moisturized hair Hydrate from the Inside Out: While water alone won't solve all your hair problems, it's the foundation of healthy hair. Staying well-hydrated supports your body's ability to produce natural oils that keep your hair supple. Moisture-Locking Products: Invest in moisture-locking hair products to help retain hydration. Look for conditioners, leave-in treatments, and hair masks that lock in moisture and prevent dryness. Avoid Over-Shampooing: Frequent shampooing can strip your hair of its natural oils. Be sure to cleanse your hair and scalp according to your needs. Use a Wide-Tooth Comb: A wide-tooth comb is gentler on your hair and helps prevent breakage, which can lead to moisture loss. Protective Styles: If you often wear protective styles like braids or twists, ensure they aren't too tight; this can stress your hair and scalp. The Role of Nutrients: What's Missing in Your Diet? Now, let's talk about the often-overlooked aspect of hair health: diet. Your hair requires a variety of nutrients to stay strong and hydrated. Here are some common nutrients that may be lacking in your diet: Biotin: Essential for hair growth and overall hair health. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Keep your scalp hydrated and reduce inflammation. Vitamin D: Promotes healthy hair follicles. Zinc: Supports hair tissue repair and growth. Protein: The building block of hair. A healthy diet is crucial in promoting hair and scalp health. Nutrient-rich foods provide the building blocks for strong, vibrant hair and a nourished scalp. For optimal hair and scalp health, a well-balanced diet is crucial in achieving lustrous and well-nourished curls. Moisture-Locking Magic: What To Look For When Choosing the Right Hair Products To maintain moisture, choose hair products that include moisture-locking magic. Look for ingredients like Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, and Organic Glycerin in your hair care products. These natural elements help seal in moisture and prevent it from escaping, leaving your hair soft and manageable.Nourishing from Within: How Vigor Roots Products Come to the RescueAt Vigor Roots, we understand the importance of both hydration and nutrition for your hair. Our product line is carefully crafted to deliver moisture-locking benefits while nourishing your hair from within. With ingredients like argan oil, Black Castor oil, and a blend of essential vitamins, our products replenish your hair's moisture and repair damage caused by nutrient deficiencies. The Vigor Roots Solution While hydration is undoubtedly crucial, it's just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to achieving and maintaining healthy, beautiful natural hair. At Vigor Roots, we understand the complexities of hair care, so we offer a complete range of products designed to support your natural hair journey.Our six carefully crafted products are formulated to nourish, hydrate, and protect your hair, addressing the various needs of natural hair types. From our moisturizing shampoo to our rejuvenating hair mask, each product is packed with natural ingredients that promote hair health from root to tip.Are you ready to take your natural hair care to the next level? Don't rely solely on "drinking plenty of water" as the solution. Instead, invest in a comprehensive hair care routine with Vigor Roots. Purchase the entire Vigor Roots line today and journey to healthier, more vibrant natural hair. Discover the Vigor Roots difference, and let us help you achieve the stunning, resilient curls you've always desired.Remember, extraordinary hair care goes beyond hydration. It's about finding the right balance and giving your hair the attention it deserves. Start your transformation with Vigor Roots today.Try Vigor Roots for Vigorous Growth!

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Nathalee Durose

The Shit and The Sugar: Christmas Edition

Tis the season of joy, celebration, and a hint of chaos. With all the festive sugar highs, entertaining shenanigans, baking and cooking extravaganzas, and the seemingly never-ending to-do list of inviting people over, it's easy to get caught up in the chaos and forget about one crucial thing—YOU.Let's face it; the holiday season can be a double-edged sword. The Sugar:On one hand, we're pouring love and joy into the lives of others – whether it's through thoughtful gifts or hosting the most epic festive gatherings. But on the flip side, The Shit:It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of exhaustion, credit card statements that make us cringe, and navigating the maze of holiday traffic.But in times like this, we're reminded that life wouldn't be beautiful if we didn't take the shit with the sugar. As we wrap up gifts, let's not forget the things we need to do to wrap up the year and start our new beginning on a good note. Usher in the new year with a renewed focus on self-care. Your hair deserves it, and so do you!Whether you're looking to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair next year or looking to start an easy hair care ritual, complete your January self-care kit with these three essentials:RootMask: The ultimate Protein Treatment because your hair is as precious as the memories you've made over the holidays. Hydrate it to the max and give it the love it deserves.Curl Hydrator: Managing those post-holiday tangles has never been easier. Your curls deserve a treat, too – let them shine with this hydrating gem.RootCleanse Shampoo: Shedding a bit more than usual? Fear not! Our RootCleanse, infused with neem oil, is your secret weapon against shedding, bringing back that vitality and strength.So here's to you – the one who deserves as much love as you give. December was about family and loved ones, but let's make January about you. A month of self-care, starting from the roots down. Embrace the transition, and let Vigor Roots be your partner in reclaiming the vigor in your hair and your life. Because when you pour love into yourself, you're better equipped to share that magic with everyone else.

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Vigor Roots™ Scalp Care Tips – Isa Gautschi

Why Scalp Massage is a Must for Your Hair Care Routine

Not only do scalp massages feel amazing, they’re actually great for the health of your hair as well! Here’s why you should seriously consider including scalp massage in your regular hair care routine- no matter your budget. (No, you don’t have to book an expensive masseuse or buy one of those scalp massager thingies unless you want to.)   Good Blood Flow May Lead to Healthier, Thicker Hair Though research is limited, there is some evidence that blood flow to your hair follicles helps you to grow healthy hair- while the reverse may contribute to hair loss.That’s why it’s so important to give your hair breaks from any hairstyles or hats that pull on your hairline or cause tension on your scalp. Otherwise, you risk developing scalp conditions like dryness, skin irritation, and even hair loss.If you love a wig, invest in ones you can remove nightly. If you rock weaves, box braids, cornrows, twists, or other protective styles, Vigor Roots CEO Nathalee DuRore recommends giving your hair a break from any tension style every 4-6 weeks. It’s best if you give your hair at least 2 weeks off from tension styles, she says.In the meantime, you can still be enjoying scalp massage whether you’re wearing a protective style or not. Why We Love a Good Scalp Massage Though research is limited, there is some evidence that regularly massaging the scalp with the fingertips stimulates the hair follicles to produce thicker hair. It may also encourage hair growth by activating the blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp.When you or someone else massages your scalp it: Tends to feel amazing Is relaxing (which may help you prevent stress-related hair loss) Relieves tension that may have been constricting blood flow Helps to relax your mind & body May alleviate headache symptoms May lower blood pressure What’s not to love?  How To Give Yourself a Scalp Massage Your fingertips and a few seconds are really all you need to give yourself an enjoyable and relaxing scalp massage. Although you can get as fancy with this as you want, most experts agree that a key component of a good scalp massage is to use the pads of your fingers to massage in a circular motion all over your scalp. Just make sure not to use your nails so you don’t accidentally irritate your scalp or break off your strands.YouTube is a great resource for how to give yourself a scalp massage to achieve different goals, but here are a few of our favorites that you can do in under 10 minutes: Scalp Massage For Natural Hair Growth Scalp Massage for When Your Hair is In Braids   An Ayurvedic Technique to Reduce Hair Fall Scalp Massage for Pain & Stress Reduction   How To Work Scalp Massage into Your Regular Hair Care Routine It’s easier than you think to work scalp massage into your daily hair care regimen. In fact, DuRose says that if you’re washing your hair every week or so, you probably don’t have to worry about your scalp circulation because the simple act of shampooing and conditioning is enough to stimulate normal blood flow.But if you want to make wash day extra fun and beneficial, massage your shampoo into your scalp! Make sure to work the shampoo into your hair line, underneath your hair, and your roots all over so that you can get your scalp properly cleansed and exfoliated. “When it comes to shampooing, you should always use your fingertips and massage your roots. Really scrub your scalp,” says DuRose. Using a nourishing, natural scalp serum at least a couple times a week is also essential to maintaining a healthy scalp and happy hair. When applying your scalp serum or hair oil, you can use the pads of your fingers to massage it into your scalp. Or, for an even more relaxing experience, you can use our Root22Serum, which has a roller ball applicator, perfect for gently massaging the serum into your roots.You can also use scalp massage as a nightly routine so that you can relax and fall asleep easier, or as a ritual to release stress at any time throughout your day. Or you can set aside 30 seconds for scalp massage when styling your hair so that you can conveniently incorporate it into your daily ritual.Bottom line? Make time for regular scalp massage. You deserve it, and your hair will thank you for it. One of the reasons customers adore our signature Root22Serum is because the roller ball applicator makes it so that every time you apply the product to your roots, you can’t help but give yourself a scalp massage! Plus, this no-waste packaging prevents you from accidentally dumping half the product out whenever you apply it- preventing you from having to frequently reup. Which is nice on the environment and nice on the wallet.  

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