HOW TO RETAIN HAIR MOISTURE

Moisture is needed for anything to grow, the soil needs moisture in order for plants to grow and your hair needs moisture to also grow. There are so many effective ways to retain hair moisture but today I want to discuss five easy ones to get you started. These are simple changes that you can incorporate into your daily life without the hassle.

SILK SCARF OR PILLOWCASE

This is probably the simplest way to retain hair moisture. Instead of your average cotton pillowcase or head scarf, silk does not drain the moisture in your hair and it protects it from breakage or damage.

WATER

Just like plants, your hair needs water to grow and by spraying your hair with water often, it will remain moisturised and promote growth. Even using products that are water based is good for you hair and they will not dry your hair out.

HARSH CHEMICALS

Ever since I’ve stopped using hair dye and relaxer, I realised that my hair feels and looks healthier and smooth. It would get brittle and break off after some time after using harsh chemicals, but now even if I ‘neglect’ it for a couple of days, it still keeps its shape and moisture. Check for hair products that have sulphate and paraben because those chemicals drain all the moisture in your hair.

DEEP CONDITIONER

Deep conditioning is a game changer for your hair. No other washing process helps keep your hair moisturised like deep conditioning. Deep conditioner helps repair your hair and acts as a protective layer to your hair before adding any other products (well at least that is how I see it). If you’ve never tried deep conditioner, don’t waste another second, TRY IT.

USING OIL

As I have mentioned in previous posts, raw oils are good for your hair and are equally as good to retain hair moisture. I think you need at least one oil that you use on your hair, and the good thing about oils is that they also promote rapid hair growth. Find the oil that best suits your hair type.

Moisture is the key to hair growth and protects it from breakage. Keep your hair moisturised and before you know it, you will be hair goals!

CHALLENGES OF GOING NATURAL: what they didn’t tell you

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When you first learn about going natural, after watching the million YouTube videos and tutorials, you are convinced it’s not too complicated. You learn about all the different hair types and it is exciting to know that there are people and brands that cater to your hair type specifically, but there are some challenges along the journey.
The first challenge is detangling. When I started out this journey, I had no idea what it meant to detangle my hair and even though I spend hours watching YouTube videos on this topic, my hair would break like crazy because I had no idea what I was doing.
I had no idea that you can detangle when your hair is wet, I always thought it breaks more when it is wet. I made the mistake of detangling my hair when it was dry and brittle and I think this is the reason my journey had a slow start. My advice to anyone who needs an effective way to detangle, detangle your hair when you deep condition or wet your hair a little before you detangle. Always remember to start at the bottom and work your way up to your roots when you detangle.

The other challenge was styling my hair every day, but that’s where protective styling comes in. Protective styling helps grow your hair and you do not have to worry about styling your hair every day. If you know you do not have enough time in the morning to style you hair, then I would advise you to invest in a good wig and whenever you feel like wearing you hair out, all you have to do is take off the wig.
The other challenge and probably the biggest one is the amount of product that your natural hair needs to stay strong and healthy. Whether we like to admit it or not, natural hair is a lot of maintenance and this is why you need to make it a habit or hobby for yourself so you don’t see it as “work”.
The key is to invest into good affordable brands that work best on your hair type. Some good brands for natural hair is NativeChild.co, Ecoessential, Dark ‘n Lovely, Shea Moisture and etc, there are so many to choose from. Each month buy something new for your hair and soon you’ll have a whole collection.

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PRE-POO: THE MIRACLE TO HEALTHIER AND STRONGER HAIR

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I mentioned on my last post that hair masks are the Holy Grail to this hair transformation journey, but what most people don’t know is that when people talk about pre-poo, it also refers to hair masks. There are brands out there in the market that have great pre-poo products but you can create your own that is beneficial for your hair.

What I love about pre-poo, which means pre-shampoo, is you get to really clean your scalp before you get to the shampoo. It also helps repair damaged and dry hair in order to restore your hairs moisture. Ingredients like egg, avocado, mayonnaise, bananas and essential oils are all good and beneficial ingredients for your hair.

The other great way to pre-poo and personally my favourite is the warm oil treatment. You could focus on a single oil or mixed a couple of oils and heat it up and directly use it on your scalp. Remember not to heat the oils up too much, warm it up enough that it won’t burn your head. This method really helps me to keep my hair moisturised and it promotes hair growth.

I won’t lie, in the beginning, my scalp would always itch after doing a pre-poo, but then I later learned that it’s because my hair follicles’ were at work and there was better blood circulation on my head, which means more hair growth.

You don’t have to pre-poo every time you wash your hair but I would suggest you at least pre-poo once a month. It is honestly up to you and remember to trust the process.

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BEGINNERS NATURAL HAIR TIPS AND CARE

Going natural can be a tricky thing especially if you have no freaken clue on how to begin. People make this “natural journey” thing look difficult, like you have to sell your soul or something, but if you look at it as a hobby, it’s more fun than you think.

Now to all my folks that want to go natural but don’t know where to start, I have 5 little tips that could help when starting your process.

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Tip 1: Stop using harsh chemicals on your hair

I know it is hard giving up your favourite relaxer or hair dye but trust me, it’s worth it. I would say start with the little things that you shouldn’t be using in your hair and just throw them away, and switch up to more natural hair friendly product and see if you soften up more to the idea of living a natural hair life

Tip 2: Using less heat on your hair

Hair dryers and hair straighteners have to be used minimally. Heat damage is a serious problem for your hair and to allow your hair to grow in its natural form, you cannot be manipulating your hair with heat as often as you use to.

Tip 3: Hair masks are your best friend

In the beginning of my hair journey, I had really damaged hair and since I did not want to do the big chop, hair masks were the holy grail and repaired my hair from years of damage. There are numerous hair mask recipes that you can try and the best part is you can make your own from ingredients that you already have in your kitchen.

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Tip 4: Oil Oil Oil

Personally, I think it is important to experiment with oils in the beginning of your journey, just to get a feel of what oils your hair really loves. Oils like olive oil, avocado oil, castor oil and argon oil just to name a few, are great to start with.

Tip 5: Your hair needs water to grow and stay healthy

Water is probably the most important ingredient for any natural. Drinking and using water on your hair are equally important to grow your natural hair. Yes, our hair is different and grows at different rates but if you have any intention of it growing, it needs water. Plus drinking and using water on your hair ensures that you have healthy hair growing out of your head.

Just have fun with your hair and soon you’ll be seeing results that will put a smile on your face.

Which works best: Transitioning or the BIG CHOP?

 

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One of the big questions before going natural is whether to transition or go all the way and start your hair journey all over again.
I struggled with this question for a while and I finally decided to transition instead because I wanted to challenge myself and get to really understand what my hair needs and wants.
The down side to transitioning is that it will take your hair a long time before it actually transitions. It takes longer for natural products to actually start working and the fact that your hair probably has tons of heat and chemical damage, it makes the process even harder.
Hair masks are your best friend when you’re in the transition phase, and it is important to understand what areas your hair needs most attention on. The other great tip would be to trim your hair as often as possible as this will enable you to get rid of the split ends slowly but surely.
Now when it comes to the big chop, it is the most effective way to go natural because you are giving your hair a new start, and allowing it to grow in its healthier form. Natural products work best on healthy hair and your hair will flourish after the big chop.
So to answer this question between cut or transition, the best answer I can give you is to cut and get rid of the damage and dry hair, but if you are not for short hair, then transitioning is another option but you need to keep in mind that transitioning takes more time and it takes a while before actually seeing positive results.
At the end, whether you cut or transition, you will have healthy hair growing out of your head.

The point of being a natural is learning to love your hair and giving it the attention it needs and deserves.