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I am not a professional hairstylist or trichologist. Everything I share here on my blog is based on my personal experience and research. This is for informational purpose.
African or Afro hair is delicate and tends to be dry if care is not given to it. Daily moisturizing is a must and so is deep conditioning treatments and oil treatments at least once a month. Read also PROTEIN TREATMENT: PROS AND CONS As consistent you get with moisturizing your Afro, it will look soft and great all the time- good hair days!
I personally know two methods of moisturizing hair; LOC method and LCO method. The order of alphabets shows the order in which products must be applied.
L– liquid (water)
Personally, my hair responds the same to both methods. All I need is moisture right? But you can experiment and see what really works for you.
Now there is a difference between moisturizing and hydrating.
What is moisturizing?
Moisturizing is the use of substances that prevent the evaporation of water from the hair, helping in the retention of water within the cell membrane of the hair. These substances create a barrier between the hair and its environment. It comprises hydrophobic substances. Hydrophobic substances are used to lock in moisture within the hair. Oils and butters are two commonly used examples of moisturizing agents. Moisturizing products usually contain hydrating substances, but contain hydrophobic substances as well.
What are hydrating substances?
Hydrating substances are elements used in hair care or even skin products that help increase the water content within the cell membrane of the hair or skin. Hydrating substances contain of humectants and hygroscopic substances that absorb water available in its surroundings. Humectants are substances stick to water while hygroscopic substances absorb water. Some examples of hydrating substances include panthenol, water, glycerin, amino acids and honey just to mention few.
Now that we have established the difference between moisturizing and hydrating, let us zoom straight into how to moisturize Afro or natural hair. You will need:
-Spray bottle containing water or a water-based leave-in conditioner
-Hair oils eg. olive oil, coconut oil or any oil of choice
-Rat tail comb
- Starting on a freshly or ‘how-many-days old hair, section your hair into four using the rat tail comb. Parts don’t necessarily have to be perfect. Secure with hair clips or do some Bantu knots in the absence of hair clips.
- Spritz some water mixed with leave-in conditioner into your hair. Adding leave-in is optional.
- Massage or distribute the mixture evenly into each section at a time
- Evenly distribute the oil of choice into your hair section by section to seal in the moisture
- Apply some Shea butter close the hair cuticle to prevents loss of moisture in the hair.
- Style hair.
WE SHALL LOOK AT HYDRATING NATURAL HAIR IN MY NEXT POST. STAY BLESSED.
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I am not a professional hairstylist or trichologist. Everything I share here on my blog is based on my personal experience and research online. This is for informational purposes