Women's Health: Healthy Hair Secrets.
As a Black woman I've been through ups and downs in my hair journey. I've gone through several hair phases. I've been blonde, I've chopped my hair into bobs, and I've suffers hair loss due to over heating. It wasn't until I decided that I wanted my pre-phase hair back that through trial and error I discovered a process that works. This process restored my hair to the healthy state it's now in as seen in the picture above and I'm sharing it with you, my loyal readers.
1. Washing: I've found that using hot water is also damaging so be sure to sink wash outside the shower using lukewarm to cold water. Shampoos that are sulfate and paraben free are very important to avoid their drying effects.
- Queen Helene. This shampoo is perfect for natural black hair textures as it includes conditioners in the ingredient base.
- Mixed Chicks. This product too is super moisturizing and is good for mixed and black hair textures alike.
- Deva Curl. Designed for all naturally curly hair types, perfect for anyone of any ethnicity looking to achieve their best curl.
2. Conditioning: The shampoo brands listed above come in the conditioner form as well and should be used as a pair. Hair should be washed and conditioned at least twice a week with one session including a deep condition. If you don't own a salon dryer you can substitute with a shower cap and blow dryer. Deep conditioning is the only safe time to apply heat to hair as it enhances the benefits of the conditioner. Adding coconut oil and Shea butter takes this process up a notch and allows maximum absorption of oils. Heat five minutes and cool five minutes then rinse thoroughly. Dry with a microfiber cloth or a cotton t-shirt. Never use a bath towel, it strips your hair and over dries.
3. L-O-C Technique: This process is ultimately what restored the health of my hair and activated it's rapid growth. It's essential in healthy hair growth to keep hair moisturized at all times. Using these products in this exact order is important to maintain healthy scalp and hair.
- Leave in conditioner. Apply a palm full of Cantu leave in conditioner evenly throughout hair. Using more or less depending on hair's length and thickness. Scrunch curls to desired curl pattern.
- Oil. Apply your favorite blend of oils. Be sure not to over drench with oil using only about what two palms can hold. Shea butter, coconut oil and Africa's Best are my go to oils. Additionally lightly greasing scalp simultaneous to this step will enhance the health of your follicles promoting growth.
-Cream. Apply a palm full or two of Cantu Coconut Cream again scrunching hair into desired curl pattern. You should immediately see the difference in your hairs hang and swing. Allow to air dry or use a diffuser if you're on the go.
4. Style: At this point you can style your hair to desired look. I suggest looking up natural hair blogs for ideas.
5. Edge Control: No style is complete until you've layed those edges. I use Cantu Edge Control and a designated toothbrush to flawlessly lay edges, it holds beautifully for hours.
If you have your own favorite products that are free of harmful ingredients you can utilize those for this process. Everyone's hair is different, this is just a guide that is very flexible in the use of products that work best for you. I hope this is helpful in your hair journey, be sure to take before and after pictures and send me your results as I'd love to hear feedback!
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