wITHOUT THE PROPER MOISTURE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO RETAIN LENGTH AND HAVE HEALTHY NATURAL HAIR. THE PURPOSE OF MOISTURIZING IS TO APPLY WATER-BASED PRODUCT THAT PENETRATES THE CUTICLE (OUTER LAYER) OF THE STRAND AND INFUSE THE CORTEX (INNER LAYER) WITH WATER. YOU MUST SEAL YOUR HAIR WITH AN OIL IN ORDER TO KEEP THE WATER LOCKED INTO THE STRAND. IF YOU DO NOT USE AN OIL THE MOISTURE CAN EASILY ESCAPE LEAVING DRY, BRITTLE HAIR.

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS:

  • MAKE SURE YOUR HAIR IS CLEAN WHEN YOU APPLY MOISTURE. IF THERE IS TOO MUCH PRODUCT OR DIRT ON YOUR HAIR, MOISTURE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REACH THE INNER LAYER. THE PRODUCT WILL SIT ON TOP OF THE STRAND INSTEAD OF PENETRATING INSIDE OF THE HAIR STRAND.  

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SUMMER 2010, 3 YEARS & 7 MONTHS POST RELAXER. IT LOOKS LIKE I’M WEARING BROWN CONTACTS Y’ALL BUT I’M NOT GETTING MY KENYA MOORE ON. IT WAS JUST THE FLASH HOMIES.

  • COCONUT, OLIVE AND AVOCADO OIL ARE THE ONLY OILS THAT CAN PENETRATE THE HAIR STRAND. THESE OILS CAN PROVIDE MOISTURE NOT RETAIN MOISTURE. RETAINING MOISTURE SIMPLY MEANS YOU ARE TRYING TO HOLD ONTO THE MOISTURE THAT YOUR STRANDS ALREADY POSSESS. COCONUT, OLIVE AND AVOCADO OIL CAN ACTUALLY PENETRATE THE HAIR SHAFT AND REACH THE CORTEX OF YOUR STRANDS JUST LIKE WATER. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THIS. COCONUT OIL PROVIDES THE MOST MOISTURE, THEN OLIVE OIL AND LASTLY AVOCADO OIL. YOU CAN USE THESE OILS TO PROVIDE MOISTURE TO YOUR HAIR WITHOUT USING WATER. PRETTY COOL RIGHT?
  • SPRITZES ARE GREAT DAILY REFRESHERS IN BETWEEN YOUR ACTUAL MOISTURE AND SEALING ROUTINE. THEY  CONTAIN WATER WHICH PENETRATES THE CUTICLE AND OIL WHICH SEALS THE MOISTURE IN.
  • DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR AFTER EVERY SHAMPOO. SHAMPOO PULLS THE MOISTURE FROM YOUR HAIR. YOU KNOW THAT SUPER SQUEAKY DRY FEELING YOUR HAIR HAS AFTER A SHAMPOO? IT’S DUE TO A LACK OF LUBRICATION AND YOU MUST ADD MOISTURE AFTER EVERY SHAMPOO SESSION. DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR, FOLLOW UP WITH A MOISTURIZER AND SEAL IT IN WITH AN OIL OR BUTTER. IT IS BEST TO USE A NON-STRIPPING, SULFATE FREE SHAMPOO.

HERE ARE A FEW PICS OF ME DEEP CONDITIONING MY HAIR IN MAY 2009. THIS WAS 2 YEARS & 6 MONTHS POST RELAXER. I LOVED MY HAIR AT THIS LENGTH…

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  • YOU CAN COMBAT THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF SHAMPOOING BY PRE-POOING. SIMPLY COAT YOUR HAIR WITH A PENETRATING OIL LIKE COCONUT, OLIVE, OR AVOCADO OIL THEN SIMPLY WEAR A PLASTIC CAP FOR UP TO AN HOUR OR OVERNIGHT. YOU CAN ALSO USE A CONDITIONER ALONG WITH THE OIL IN YOUR PRE-POOING TREATMENT. SHAMPOO YOUR HAIR AS USUAL. PRE-POOING WILL CUT DOWN ON THE INTENSE STRIPPING OF YOUR STRANDS.
  • DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES OR FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE PACKAGING. MANY NATURALS, LIKE MYSELF, LIKE TO DEEP CONDITION FOR HOURS OR OVERNIGHT FOR ADDITIONAL MOISTURE AND SOFTNESS BUT CONDITIONING FOR 30 MINUTES WILL PROVIDE THE MOISTURE YOUR HAIR NEEDS.
  • DON’T OVER- MOISTURIZE YOUR HAIR. ONE SIGN YOU’RE OVER MOISTURIZING…YOUR COUCH, SHEETS AND PILLOW CASE ALWAYS HAVE THAT “SOUL GLO” GREASE SPOT. YOUR STRANDS SHOULDN’T FEEL SOGGY AND WET. PROPERLY MOISTURIZED HAIR FEELS SUPPLE AND STRONG, EVEN WHEN ITS DRY.
  • MOISTURIZE FROM THE ROOT TO THE TIPS OF YOUR HAIR; DON’T JUST FOCUS ON YOUR ENDS. ALL OF YOUR HAIR IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT AND SUSCEPTIBLE TO BREAKAGE. DISTRIBUTE  YOUR MOISTURIZER AND SEALANT EVENLY FROM THE TOP TO BOTTOM.

DID YOU NEED TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR MOISTURE ROUTINE?

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