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As Fall Approaches… We as Naturals, have to re-evaluate what Summer has possibly done to our hair. Perhaps, we have to modify our regimens, and/or Invest in some new products we been thinking about recently. Our strands go through a lot during the hot heat & humidity such as UV rays from the sun; chlorine damage & drying from swimming. The Seasonal Changes alone can draw out moisture, causing dryness, brittleness & frizz. Our frequent Warmer Styles like Wash & Go’s, Puffs & Fro’s can cause split ends, tangles, knots & unnecessary shedding. Sometimes, we tend to slack up a little on our regimens and be a little care free….after all its Summer time! So just in case you got a little carried away (like me, yup…..guilty).
Here are 5 Tips to Restore & Repair Your Hair for Autumn
Although I do this all year long, Fall & Winter is without fail. Moisture retention should be the number focus during any seasonal transition and starting with a pre-poo is a great way to retain moisture before you even begin to cleanse your hair. Simply use a conditioner with great slip and/or oil to coat the hair shaft to make hair softer and also to allow all that goodness to penetrate your hair to prevent breakage. A good pre-poo will also prevent your hair from being stripped during the washing process, I also detangle when I pre-poo. The whole process takes me about 30 to 40 minutes.
During the warmer, hotter months, many of us naturals co-wash our hair since we tend to use lighter products, creams, spritz, etc. Now that we have phased into the cooler season, we need to rely more on our heavier oils, butters, pomades, & leave-ins, which can cause heavy build up that co-washing alone cannot lift & cleanse thoroughly. To start fresh, you may want to use a sulfate-free shampoo to thoroughly cleanse hair to keep it from becoming dry & brittle from excessive build- up that can’t deep much needed moisture from penetrating moisture the hair. Clarifying should be done at least once a month.
I know you heard it before & you will hear it again, Deep condition…Deep condition…Deep condition! Especially if clarifying is a regular part of your Regimen. Now that it’s getting cooler with lower humidity, our hair will tend to be more dryer than usual. Deep Conditioning penetrates the hair to give it the much needed moisture, strength, elasticity and softness it needs. The key is to prevent your hair from drying out in order to prevent damage later on. Deep Conditioning should be done with a moisture-infused, all natural penetrating product. For maximum results, once product has been applied to damp hair, cover with a plastic cap; sit under a hooded dryer or steamer for at least 30 minutes, rinse well, apply a leave-in conditioner to add and retain moisture & softness. Deep conditioning should be done every time you cleanse your hair.
After you have Cleansed and Deep Conditioned your hair, you have to retain that moisture by Sealing in moisture with your preferred choice of an All Natural Oil or Butter. If you don’t seal your hair, all the work you’ve just put in to moisturize & soften will evaporate before you know it and your hair will become dry again. Locking or Sealing moisture into the hair is a great way to retain moisture long-term, depending on what I seal my hair with & the hair style I choose, I can retain moisture for at least 3 days. I am also a big fan the L.O.C. Method… this Technique is great for Winter Moisturizing. It’s simply hydrating the hair with water or a water-based product which is your liquid (water=moisture), the sealing in the moisture with oil (oil helps hold onto water molecules) and then applying a conditioning cream product, leave in conditioner, or your styling product, (they act as moisture sealant) to close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss.
As it gets colder & more frigid, like many naturals, I personally turn to protective styling to protect my hair during the winter season. Protective Styling does just that…Protect my hair & ends from the harshness of the wind & freezing temps and from getting snared into sweaters, scarfs, & jackets, and even myself because I’m not manipulating my hair by constantly re-styling, using tools or just simply twirling & touching my hair (out of habit) and because my hair is gathered & protected, my hair retains moisture for days on end. Some Protective styles are corn rolls, single braids or twists (with or without extensions), buns, pin-ups/tucks, halo styles and any other style where you hair is Shielded & Protected from the Elements for an extended length of time but you still have to make sure you moisturize while protecting…it is easy to simply “Protect it & Forget it”. If you still prefer to wear your hair out (wash n go’s, twist-outs, etc.), just make sure you moisturize and seal your ends daily. If you tend to wear hats, beanies & scarfs which can soak up moisture & oils, make sure they are lined with a satin or silk lining to keep hair to retain moisture.
Finally….FALL is a great time to re-evaluate your hair and your regimen as a whole; assess your hair from root to tip, if you need a trim or light dusting, snip off any frayed, bushy or damaged ends or seek a Professional Natural hair Stylist. There is “No Better Time” to give your hair a Healthy, Fresh start then NOW….By next summer, your hair with Thank You!
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Well, I have had a few Curl Friends of mine debate over the last few weeks over whether or not it is easier or wiser to detangle their natural hair when it is dry or wet. As Newbie Naturals, we were taught through countless hair forums and tutorials that were to never comb our hair unless it is drenched with conditioner. Then some of us were told or read or saw videos where we could also detangle on damp hair soaked with a little or conditioner. So in what state is our hair weaker or stronger? Are both methods successful? Does hair type or texture make a difference when detangling wet or dry? One thing is certain, that you should NEVER attempt to Detangle on bone dry hair.
FIRST….Let’s take a look at our hair strands & its structure. Understand that each strand of hair is made of keratin proteins (which are strands of amino acids made of chains that are held together). These bonds are broken down when hair is wet, and we all know that hair when wet, it is known to be in its weakest and most vulnerable state, which can make hair more fragile and prone to breakage.
So let’s take a look at the Pros & Cons of the outcome of both of these Controversial Methods.
What it is: This Method is used when hair saturated in water and then coated with conditioner (with lots of slip) in order to easily comb through tangles, knots & to remove shedding. Hair is usually detangled in sections, using more water and/or conditioner as needed to loosen tighter kinks and/or curls, knots, etc.
PROS: This is my Preferred Method on wash days, even though I use a lot of water & a half a ton of conditioner…It is a whole lot faster! One of the benefits is that many of the conditioners on the market are formulated to coat the hair strand, softens & smooths out the cuticles to limit breakage & damage. Even though hair is in its most Fragile state, the hair is more flexible and allows you to temporarily alter & manipulate your hair; curls separate more easily when wet, allowing the conditioner to reduce friction from combs or brushes.
CONS: Lots of water will swell the hair fibre, which is why we get severe shrinkage with curly hair. Curls in its wet state, will break much easier. You have to take extra precaution to handle your hair gently when it’s this wet so heavy-handers…BEWARE! If you have a tighter curl patter, you run the risk of detangling your wet curls & coils, only to have them tangle up again when they are fully dry due to shrinkage. The Curlier the hair is…the more breakage can occur due to curls (especially when wet) that wrap around & curl within themselves. Curly hair is best managed when curls are a little stretched. I tend to not detangle my hair when I’m wearing curly styles like puffs or wash & go’s; I let my curls do what they were designed to do. I only detangle my hair when it’s been stretched from a previous bun or braid style; I find that I put way less tension on my hair when I’m not fighting my curls to behave. I’d rather stretch them then control them.
What it is: Hair is more than 60% dry when detangling. Mist or dampen hair with water that has been mixed with Oil or little conditioner or as I prefer…BOTH! But the Key is that hair is not wet or soaked at all. You can also detangle on fully dry hair that’s been coated with oil for needed slip. I personally dry detangle with my fingers only, every time I pre-poo. I use a combination of Oil & Conditioner or a Conditioning Hair Mask that melts tangles & has a lot of slip.
PROS: Remember that hair is in its strongest state when it is dry. It is best to try to stretch hair first (braid, big twists, banding, etc.) for loosen tight curls & coils. Even though hair is less weak, you still want to Lubricate your hair with an oil to provide a Smooth Barrier when detangling. Dry detangling allows your hair to maintain volume while detangling, which keeps it manageable, instead of detangling curly/coily wet hair.
CONS: One of the main downside to dry detangling is time and patience. If you choose NOT to Lubricate your hair at all, you will run the risk of snapping your hair, producing split ends, and cuticle damage due to hair’s lack of flexibility and pliability. Dry detangling can be very painful and frustrating if you don’t take the time to learn the process for “Your Hair” to eliminate damage and breakage.
*At the end of the day, we know your hair and what regimen works best for us.
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