Three Steps to Moisture
Your beautiful kinks and coils soak up all the moisture you put in, especially if you have high porosity hair. Whether you’re brushing your hair, creating a bomb twist out or using another protective style, your natural hair needs to stay moisturized at all times. Dryness may stem from a lack of water, unhealthy diets, using low-quality products that contain drying ingredients to not sealing in moisture once it’s applied. Naturals know that moisture is the key to length retention and achieving the best looks for your kinks and coils. Here are 3 steps to keep your hair lusciously hydrated at all times.
Hydration is Key (this is why your hair is dry)
We don’t know who came up with the idea that naturally curly women shouldn’t put water or humectants in their hair and shouldn’t use them as a moisturizer but we’re busting that myth right now! If water and/or a humectant isn’t one of the ingredients in your conditioners or moisturizers then you’re doing it wrong. It’s okay though sis, we’ve got you covered. Products like our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream uses powerful natural ingredients like olive and castor oils, water, glycerin and botanical infusions to promote extreme moisture and hydration. Now, water alone won’t keep your hair as moisturized as it needs to be as water evaporates. If you want those kinks to really pop you’re going to have to seal the water in with an oil or butter. Remember that moisturizing also starts from the inside out. Drink tons of water to keep your hair moisturized too!
Creams and Oils for Sealing Moisture
After using a water-based conditioner, you’ll need to seal the moisture in or else your locs will be left feeling dry and tangled. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Why should I seal moisture in my hair?’ Simply because water alone isn’t heavy enough to keep the moisture in those curls. All-natural hair queens want their crown to look bouncy, shiny, and lively. The only way for some people to achieve this look is with a butter or oil (depending on your hair type). Some people refer to this method as the LOC. Instead of being stuck on how others treat their hair use different methods and see which works best for your naturally curly hair. While your hair is still wet or damp after using your water-based conditioner, apply a serum to your hair. Our Castor & Moringa Softening Serum is perfect to seal in moisture in high porosity hair. Lastly, to make sure the mousture doesn't leak out and to keep your hair soft and hydrated for days without the need to reapply products, reinforce the conditioner and serum with a heavy moisturizing cream like our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream or Burdock Root Butter Cream. Start from the ends and hydrate all of those coils. Remember the ends of your hair are the most fragile, oldest pieces of hair – so you need to keep them hydrated and protected. Before you say it, I know what you’re thinking. “What about low porosity girls?” Our Coconut & Green Tea Serum will be perfect to lock in moisture. L = Liquid (water-based products) O = (oils) C = heavy moisturizing creams.
Beware of the Following
We went over the basics of using water-based conditioners, creams, and butters/oils to seal everything in. We still need to chat about the ingredients that are found in curly girl hair products which cause more damage and dehydration than anything. Keep this list handy, screenshot it or write it down because these are the ingredients you’ll want to avoid when looking for hair care products:
*Harsh cleansing agents like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Look at the labels of some of the products in your natural hair collection right now. If these ingredients are listed anywhere on the labels get rid of them. These ingredients aren’t healthy for our hair let alone our body. Using natural ingredients that stem from the earth is the best bet for achieving a healthy, hydrated mane.
Your Hair is Ready to Flourish
Now that you have these tips use them to create luscious twist outs, braid outs and to grow long, healthy, hydrated hair.