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The best hair product that will make all your moisture issues disappear immediately is….NOTHING!
Hahah… 😀 I joke, I joke, c’mon lighten up! On a serious note, this is a guide for moisturising and preparing your natural hair for styling. Although I’m a ‘4 type’ chika, I’m almost guaranteed it will help to keep any curly girl/guy’s hair healthy in some way 🙂
The most important factor to consider about natural hair in the 4 category (and beyond) is its tendency to not retain moisture well. When uncared for it becomes very dry and brittle and as we all know ladies and gents, that does not encourage hair growth that I know very well you are all obsessing over :D. So,
- Your number one moisturiser is….drum roll….! WATER! I mean, the way our hair reverts back to its natural beautifully coiled state when wet says something doesn’t it? This is not to say you should wash everyday, the amount of times you wash your hair depends on your hair and your lifestyle. Although the rule of thumb I’d say is once every 1.5 weeks.
You’ve got to condition your hair every wash day. It doesn’t have to be a deep condition, unless your washes are far apart which calls for a deep condition every time. I’ve noticed that it also helps using a leave in conditioner after your wash. Since I’m not finicky with using a different product for eeeeeevry single step in my routine…A leave-in to me is simply not completely striping out conditioner out of my hair when I wash it out. I leave a little of it on my hair, and I find it adds to my moisture levels…
Oils and butters seal in the water – naturalistas call them sealants. They lock in the hydration that you give your hair.
- Coconut oil
A great moisturizer and sealant. This is my absolute go to. It moisturizes my hair very well and has amazing benefits that prevent and treat hair damage. After washing out my conditioner, while hair is still drenched in water, I add some coconut oil to it and run lukewarm/cool water over it to finish off, then wrapping it in a towel. Read here why cool water is important.
- Olive oil
Olive oil is another top oil for natural hair (and scalp). I like it because it’s light so I can use it together with coconut oil. It’s really good for the scalp helping it stay moisturized and combat dandruff. The Vitamin E in it, I’ve read is good for hair growth. I use it by adding it to my spritz when detangling, or making a half coconut oil, half EVOO moisturizer when completing my styles.
- Aloe Vera Gel/Juice
I recently began using Aloe vera because I needed to add some moisture and softness to my hair this winter (it’s winter in South Africa at the moment). I just learned that it’s a humectant (reduces moisture loss), so I decided to give it a go. So far so good. I think I need to use it longer to really know it is indeed what is making a difference. In any case it’s said to also promote hair shine, sooth an irritated scalp and promote hair growth. I use it every wash day. About 2 spoons to my detangling mix. I’ve also added some to my deep conditioner. South Africans, you can find it in the natural foods isle at Dischem.
- Sulphates in hair products
As mentioned in my last post, beware of the product ingredients and avoid sulphates by all means. They are basically ‘detergents’ that strip moisture from your hair. Don’t obsess over them, besides, I’m seeing a lot of products now that are making it clear on the label that there are no sulphates, parabens etc.
A lot of people use fancy twist, hold, lock gels and creams but maybe I haven’t found the magic one yet. I’ve tried some and won’t mention them because I’m not yet convinced. I get the best hold and definition with less product and more oils. In fact, some of my best twist outs and curl-rod outs have been a product of water and coconut oil only. Well, and technique, which will be my next post.
- Manage hair in sections
Apart from ease of handling and reducing tangles. The benefit is that all your strands will be equally moisturized. Seems like common sense, but ey, I’ve seen things okay 😀
I hardly spritz during my styles. For those who can pull off wash and go’s, a water-based spritz is a great idea because well, water is the best moisturizer. Mixing your spritz with good oils and giving it a refresher during the day or whenever needed is always good.
For those who like to stretch out their hair with twist outs and rods like me, when you find your hair dry during the style, you’ll want to retwist or restyle every night or every other night. This is your chance to use your water and oil based spritz before you retwist.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is great for scalp and hair health. I started using it recently because of my increased workout lifestyle – I workout about 4-5 times a week. I could feel my scalp slightly itchy from sweat, so in order to make sure it’s properly cleansed I’ve opted for this method. I must say, it’s working! I add about a teaspoon to my shampoo or co-wash. I also love the shine it gives hair. You can also find it at Dischem.
- Satin or Silk scarf
Last but not least, it’s best to wear a satin or silk scarf/bonnet to bed. Or if you’re not into that look lol, go for a pillowcase made with these materials. Cotton is a no-no because on top of the tangling and breakage factor, cotton absorbs the moisturizers/oils in your hair leaving it dry.
….AND those are my simple (I HOPE) go to’s and no go’s to achieve moisture retention and get ready for styling 🙂
I believe my next natural hair post I will be showing you my twist and curl rod technique, what allows me to get these super beaut curls out of my 4DDDDD natural hair! As always, leave a comment/question below (always happy to discuss) and your email in the subscription box so you don’t miss the next post 🙂