Over the past few months, I’ve been doing a lot of learning and unlearning about caring for natural hair. I’m currently participating in the 30 day hair detox and I love it. Read all about that here.
One of the major things I’ve learnt is that, you don’t need a lot of products to use on your hair so they get “moisturized” and easier to maintain. All things being equal, what you really need is your shampoo and conditioner(s) and a product for your protein treatments when necessary.
When it comes to hair and moisture, I’ve been preaching about how Shea Butter and natural oils have been doing more damage to your hair than good.
When it comes to your “Wash Hour” or if you’re still into all the numerous steps Youtube has taught us, “Wash Day”, the first and best way your hair strands get all the moisture they want is through the application of your conditioner evenly on the strands after using shampoo to wash out all the gunk on your scalp.
Conditioners nourish and protect your strands. They make your hair soft and flexible and so you’re advised to detangle your hair after you’ve applied your conditioner.
Once you pour your conditioner into your palm, you need to emulsify it. Emulsifying hair products simply means, you get a small amount of your hair product into your palm and then you rub your palms together before applying it to your hair.
Your hair shouldn’t be soaking wet as you apply the conditioner otherwise the excess water will dilute it and that prevents your hair from soaking up the moisturizing ingredients in the conditioner. Leave the conditioner on your strands for about 2 minutes and then wash it off.
When the hair is exposed to the outside world, the cuticle, or outer lining, gets damaged until it ultimately breaks; the conditioner fills in those injuries and coats the hair to assist the cuticle. (Source: allure.com). Don’t apply conditioner to your scalp.
Since the conditioner locks moisture in your hair, you don’t need butters or oils to do that for you. Once you’re done shampooing and conditioning your hair, you can go ahead and style it with your styling product. And that’s it!
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