Hey everyone! I decided to share a few more tips on starting a moisturizing regimen for your hair! I've gotten lots of questions concerning dry hair and how to get moisture into hair, so I hope this video is helpful! :D
Get To Know Your Naked Hair
This means to try letting your hair dry naturally without any product. Scary right lol? I've only done this one time so far since being natural. :D Seriously though, this can be a help because it will allow you to see what your hair's current state is. Is it curly, coily, straight, wavy, shiny, no shine? From this, if you hair curly hair, you can also determine your hair type, texture, and natural shrinkage. (Products can have an effect on that.)
Also, don't forget that if you have coily hair, it may feel different in certain types of weather as well as certain styles your rocking. For me, styles like wash and gos, with and with out gel, tend to not feel as soft as a style like a twistout set on dry hair. Although they feel different, it doesn't necessarily mean that one is more moisturized than the other. It's just the nature of my texture and what I've learned from it is that I don't need to use a TON of product on my shrinkage just because it doesn't feel the same as my stretched hair and vice versa.
Know Your Hair Porosity
Finding out what your hair porosity is can help you determine what types of products may work for you. This may cut your "trial and error" phase down a ton!
Short Ingredient List
Some products simply have TOO MANY INGREDIENTS! Choosing things that have smaller ingredient lists can help you quickly figure out what ingredients work well for you as well as the opposite. You also may find yourself taking the time out to research the ingredients listed on the product if the list is shorter... which is always beneficial. :)
Remember that "all natural" isn't always the only way for everyone. Just be mindful of the ingredients you're using and be safe with your choices. Keep in mind that if you are new to using all natural ingredients, it may take some time before your hair starts to accept what you are giving it....especially if you weren't using those things before. I like to think of it like my hair has to "detox" itself lol.
Try Out A Moisturizing Method
LOC, LOCO, LCO, LOCS, there are soo many combos out there lol. You can even make up your own! Remember that there is NO rule as to what works for you. I bounce between a few methods and I tend to only use them as guides. Sometimes I double up on certain steps and sometimes I skip a step. Use the moisturizing methods as a starting point for a regimen and tweak it from there. :)
Moisture Rich Wash Sessions
Try to retain as much moisture as possible during your washing sessions. I personally like to cowash my hair but if you like to use shampoo and find that your hair feels stripped, things like pre pooing and oil rinsing can be helpful with moisture retention. ( I do both of these at times even though I cowash.) Also don't skip on conditioning and deep conditioning sessions. :D
At the end of the day, a hair regimen is all about trial and error. That's the only way you are going to learn to master your haircare routine. Don't give up when certain products or techniques don't seem to work. Remember that when trying new things, it may take time before you see results on your hair, (For me, it tends to take around two weeks to a month.) As always, continue listening to your hair and don't be afraid to tweak your regimen if something isn't right for you. God bless!
Crystal aka Kriss
Remember to be who you are and not the person others think you should be!
Last Relaxer Date:
February 3, 2012
Big Chop Date:
August 5th 2012