Saturday, January 5, 2013

Natural Hair Tips (2012 series)




If you are following my Facebook page, you would be aware that I love sharing natural hair and transitioning hair tips that I find or read. I also love to do research on anything concerning the care of hair.

In case you missed it, or you are not on Facebook, here are all the tips I share in the year 2012.

  • If you find that gels dry up your hair, try doing this: Apply a moisturizer prior to putting the gel.
  • To help with length retention, focus on putting more moisturizer on your ends than the full length of your hair.
  • If you have to moisturize your hair several times a day, your moisturizer might not be working for you.
  • If you are experiencing breakage and have done everything; moisturizing, protein treatment, deep conditioning; check the water you use to wash or spritz your hair.

    If you have hard water, this can be the culprit. Use distilled water to wash your hair after you have used a chelating shampoo to remove the mineral deposit from your hair.
  • When using Shea butter, always use either on damp hair, or on hair that has been moisturized with a water-based moisturizer.

    Why???

    Since Shea butter is a sealant, and not a moisturizer, when you use it on damp hair, water acts as the moisturizer and the Shea butter seals in the moisture that water puts in. If you apply shea butter on dry hair, it will not seal in any moisture and it will prevent moisture from getting in.
  • Make sure the grooved side of the bobby pin is facing down, against the skin. The ribbing is designed to grip hair and lock it in place, and you will capture more hair with the pin in that position.
  • When you moisturize your hair prior to stretching or manipulating it, you reduce the chances if it breaking. 
  • Bushy ends, make smaller twists and seal with Shea butter after misting hair with water
  • In colder weather, avoid products that have glycerin high on the ingredients list. Glycerin draws moisture from the air to the hair on humid days, but when the air is cool and dry, glycerin draws moisture from the hair, thereby drying up your hair.
  • V05 conditioner mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil  and Water makes a great detangler.
  • Doing hot oil treatments at least once a month will help the health of your hair.
  • Rinse out your conditioner using cool water. This will help close the scales in your hair cuticle and lock in the moisturizing agents that are in the conditioner.
  • Pour 1 cup of cold Aloe Vera Juice on hair as final rinse, great sealant and shine.
  • Tips on Growing Your Edges

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