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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Moisturizing Your Kinky, Coily, Curly Hair


Hey beautiful people! Are you moisturizing your natural hair properly? Do you know how to truly moisturize your kinky, curly, coily, hair? If not, keep on reading for some great tips!

In my opinion, one of the biggest and most frequent mistakes committed by natural haired beauties, is the failure to thoroughly moisturize and seal their thirsty strands. Often times, new naturals resort to how they moisturized their relaxed hair and end up dealing with dry, thirsty, breaking strands. When relaxing, I'm sure many of us remember limiting the amount of "grease," oil, and leave-in conditioner on our hair, because we didn't want to weigh it down. We wanted our relaxed strands to bounce and blow in the wind, so often times we stayed away any product that would weigh our hair down. Then there were the relaxed girls, who religiously piled on the hair grease on their scalp and on each of the strands and believed that doing this will give them perfectly moisturized and healthy hair. Unfortunately for naturals, neither of these methods work...

                                                                                    Step 1
Untitled #11H2O- The number one weapon in any natural girls arsenal to effectively combat dry and breaking  hair is water. Add some filtered water to a spray bottle and dampen your hair section by section working the water from the roots of your hair to the tips. I like to clasp my hair in between my hands and gently slide my hands from root to tip to ensure that every strand of my hair gets the water it needs.

Step 2
 Water Based Products-  After using water to effectively moisture your hair, you can use water based products like hair butters, leave-in conditioners, hair milks, etc... to infuse additional moisture in your hair. To ensure that a product you are using is water-based, check the ingredient list. If the very first ingredient listed is water, it's water-based. Stay away from hair butters and pomades that boast petroleum as their first ingredient. 
             *This step is an absolute must for those with kinky/coily. Type 4 hair is prone to breakage so taking this additional step to add more moisture is very important.  If you have a looser curl pattern (Type 3 Hair), this step may weigh down your curls, so experiment with the amount of the product used and see what works best for you.

Step 3
Seal In The Moisture- This step is vital to ensure that the moisture stays in your hair and penetrates through the hair shaft. After completely step 1 and 2, you need to coat your hair with oil to lock in all the moisture you infused. One of the biggest mistakes naturals make with the use of oil is that they skip Step 1 and Step 2 and believed that the singular use of oil can moisture their hair. Oil alone can not moisturize your hair, it can only seal in moisture. When sealing my hair, I like to use a mixture of coconut oil and Castor oil.
           * TIP: If you have thick and/or tightly curled hair, you should consider using oils with a thicker consistency (Castor Oil). If you have fine and/or looser curled hair, you should try oils with a lighter consistency (Rosehip Oil and Grape seed Oil).

Hope these tips help! IWhat are the products that use to effectively moisture your hair? Please share below... :)


Hugs and Love,

Jeré

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