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Hair Talk with JoJo
The Hair Care Expert
Q. JoJo I haven’t been to the salon in over 3 months. I know my hair is in bad shape. What should I expect on my first visit back?
A. Good question. Most people hadn’t invested in good hair care products for home, so they ended up buying whatever was available regardless of their hair’s needs. Deep conditioning is going to be the first and most important step to your hair’s recovery. Protein conditioners might top the list followed by a series of moisturizers. Prepare for a trim or cut. Although your hair has probably grown, the ends have completely loss their shape or have grown at different speeds in different areas. They need to be blended. I just cut 2 1\2 inches of thin see through ends off a client so be prepared. You should also see a different protocol, when it comes to the salon’s operation - things like temperature checking, fewer clients in at the same time, more sanitation and cleaning, and new shampoo capes. Some stylists have found disposable capes that are only used on one client then thrown away. And, you’ll see more distancing that means not stacking our clients appointments too close, allowing time to finish your service and sanitize before our next client arrives. The new protocol could also increase your cost so be prepared for a price adjustment.
Q. JoJo what’s the difference between a trim and a cut? My stylist told me I needed a trim and cut 3 inches of my hair off. I’m pissed.
A. Always take the time and get a good understanding, before you let us cut or trim your hair. Really a trim is a cut like a puppy. A puppy is a dog. It’s just a little dog, so a trim is supposed to be a little cut. Sometimes we stylists see more damage than we tell you and to obtain the look that you’ve chosen, we just go to work with that style on our mind. That could mean a little more cutting here or there. If it’s not flowing right, it might need a little more and before you know it……. Our conversation and understanding is very important, before we start. I’ve started taking pictures of the damaged areas and showing them to my clients, before I cut detailing what must be done.
Q. JoJo I want to buy a wig, but I don’t know what looks good on me. I used to go to the wig store and try on the wigs to see the style and color on me to help me make up my mind. Sometimes I’d even buy two or three different looks. Now, they don’t want me to try on the wigs or bring them back, if I get home and don’t like them. What am I supposed to do?
A. That’s a tough one. Terry’s Place started out as a wig shop in the seventies, before we became full service salon, boutique, and wig salon. We used to love letting the ladies try on different wigs, by using wig caps. We combed and styled them to your face. Some ladies would stay for hours finding that new look. Covid-!9 has created a new normal for us all. Until we can truly understand how this thing transmits, we can’t take the chance of passing anything to our clients. We still cut and style them to your face but only after you’ve purchased them. This is to insure your safety. Our clients do feel safe knowing that the wigs on our shelves have not been tried on by anyone. We style them daily so that they can make the best decision possible.
  We at Terry’s Place are glad to reopen and enjoy servicing our clients again. We are adjusting to a new way of life post Covid-19. Our beauty helps us deal with the mental trauma of an disease we’re still trying to understand. Wearing a face mask all day trying to breath and talk is hard enough, but we’re working hard to keep us all safe and beautiful, so when hair is on your mind drop JoJo a line…….Stay safe  
  Terry’s Place is the largest black-owned wig salon in Detroit. We want to take your look to the next level. When you look good, we look good. Visit Terry’s Place online at or on Facebook. Email [email protected] or stop by Terry’s Place at 19139 Livernois Ave., Detroit, Mich. 48221. Please call (313)863-4014.  

PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) If you've ever noticed how thirsty you get when it's hot outside, that's because your body's natural water content evaporates more quickly in warm weather. It's not just your mouth that gets parched, however; your entire body, including your skin, can feel the impact of climbing temperatures.
  Keeping your skin supple, soft and well-hydrated helps ensure it doesn't dry and crack, which is just as possible during the warm summer months as winter. Use these tips to create a healthy summer skin care regimen.
  Use proper sunscreen. The sun can dry out and damage your skin quickly even on an overcast day, and more so if you're near water, where reflections can magnify its intensity. Protect your skin from burning and drying out by using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 any time you venture outdoors. Also remember to check the sunscreen's expiration date to ensure you're actually being protected.
  Moisturize often. Make moisture part of your daily routine, not just when you get out of the shower, but throughout the day. An option like Remedy Dermatology Series Moisturizing Lotion contains a proprietary botanical blend of nutrients, emollients and antioxidants, including green tea, clove and safflower oleosomes. Its smooth, rich formula absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft with no greasy or oily residue. For more information, visit
  Shorten bathtub and shower time. It may seem contradictory that spending more time in the tub or shower strips your skin of moisture, but prolonged heat does exactly that. Keep your bathing time brief to minimize the chance of dehydration.
  "Although a long, hot shower or a nice soak in a tub is very relaxing, hot water can really dry out your skin," said board-certified dermatologist and Medline Remedy consultant Dr. Jeanine Downie. "Damp skin helps hydration from your moisturizer lock in, so the best time to apply moisturizer is not when your skin feels the driest but rather after a bath or shower. Be sure to apply a thick coat of lotion immediately after getting out while skin is still wet to help keep skin soft and supple."
  Exfoliate. Take time to regularly exfoliate, which removes dead skin cells and makes it easier for moisturizer to penetrate and reveal healthy-looking skin. 
  Hydrate frequently. Applying lotion is an external strategy for maintaining your skin's natural barrier, but you can also keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. When you're dehydrated, the body pulls water from any source it can, including your skin. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least 8-11 8-ounce glasses of water a day, and keeping a bottle of water on-hand at all times can provide hydration.
  Consume hydrating foods. Similar to upping your water intake, you can increase your body's overall water content by eating the right kinds of foods. Many types of produce have a high percentage of water, like berries, melon, cucumbers and zucchini.  
  Causes of Dry Skin
  Everyday activities, including some that are intended to improve your overall health, can have a big impact on the condition of your skin.
  Bathing too often. A nice hot shower or soak in the tub may be a great way to relax and chase away aches and pains, but that heat strips away your body's natural moisture. Avoid excess bathing, shorten your showers and aim for more moderate temperatures to reduce the impact on your skin.
  Too much chlorine. It's essential to keep pools safe and clean, but chlorine is a harsh chemical that can be damaging to your skin, hair and eyes. To minimize the impact, take a brief shower as soon as possible after leaving the pool to rinse away chemicals, and apply lotion while skin is still damp for maximum absorption.
  Washing your hands frequently. Thorough handwashing is important to keep germs and illnesses at bay, but all that washing can wreak havoc on your skin. If possible, choose a soap that has moisturizing ingredients along with the anti-bacterial agents. Follow up each wash with a layer of lotion to seal in moisture. A consistent summer moisturizing regimen, including a high-quality moisturizing body lotion like Remedy Dermatology Series Moisturizing Lotion, can help keep your skin supple and smooth all summer long.
     "While touching something that you're allergic to such as chemicals or latex gloves can lead to dry, cracked hands, more often the culprit is handwashing," Downie said. "In fact, there are several professions where frequent handwashing is associated with the job. In that case, it is best to carry around moisturizer or keep a jar of it next to the sink so that applying lotion after washing your hands becomes second nature."
     Excess hand sanitizer. It may be convenient when you're not near a sink, but the most effective hand-sanitizers contain more than 65% alcohol, and alcohol is extremely drying. If possible, supplement usage with a sanitizing lotion.
     Air conditioning exposure. The cooling relief of an air conditioner may help reduce the natural evaporation that occurs when you're hot and sweaty, but it also makes the indoor air drier, which pulls moisture from your skin that you probably don't even notice. It's easier to maintain moisture in skin before it's dry and scaly, so use a regular moisturizer as a preventive measure and maintain the skin's natural protective barrier to moisture loss.
    Soaking up the sun. While many people think of sun-kissed skin as a healthy glow, the opposite is actually true. A tan is a clear sign of skin damage, and the darker the tan, the greater the damage. Use appropriate sunscreen when you'll be outdoors, and when you come inside, use moisturizers designed to reduce chances of irritation of sensitive skin from fragrances or dyes.

Smart Summer Skin Care