How To Use BRAIDS to Grow Your Natural Hair Fast! (Part 1)

WITHOUT A DOUBT,  when dealing with natural hair all year around... Braids and high-quality hair extensions are great way to get a break from daily manipulation and an awesome option to use for freeing up hours and hours of time that you would have spent styling and prepping your hair every day.

And to top it all off.... You can take advantage of this time to let your hair grow!

Look... After following a strict natural hair regimen that includes cleansing, strengthening, moisturizing and protecting your hair for months on top of months on end, shoooooot...

It's a RELIEF to go ahead and install a weave or braids especially if you have a busy schedule.

Braid and Weaves MUST Be Used Correctly (or else)

Beware: Improper use or abuse of braids and weaves can lead to...

  • Balding
  • Fungal growth
  • All types of follicle damage and complications

Benefits Of Weaves & Braids For Naturals

Aside from giving you a beautiful way to switch your style up once-in-a-while... Weaves and braids are extremely low maintenance, help you avoid one of the hair growth sins because you won't have to manipulate your hair much and  they don't require daily styling.

What To Do BEFORE Installing Braids for Hair Growth

These are the things you should remember before installing braids in your hair...

  • Before sitting in the chair you must have a conversation with your stylist, , clearly express your expectations with them.

WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT: Many stylists automatically assume that you want your braids or twists on super-tightly so that it lasts longer, but if you want to maintain the health of your hair and scalp you must express to them that you want them done loosely.

Loose enough that you feel no tension of any kind of your scalp, so that's pretty loose.  Due to habit some stylists will make the first braids loose but then slowly start to make them tighter and tighter, if this happens, stop them and ask them politely to continue to make them loose. This is VERY important.

Why?

Because when a braid or twist is installed too tight the tension you feel is your follicle nerve endings reacting to almost having your hair completely plucked out and since it's in a braid or twist your hair strands are stuck in this tense state with no relief until you start to get some new growth that's why you don't start to get any relief until almost a week later.

The problem is that the strain causes your blood vessels to constrict and dilate, which triggers a signal to activate pain centers in your brain most likely causing a pretty bad headache amongst other things, this can EASILY lead to permanent damage to your hair follicles and over time you'll start to notice traction alopecia meaning you will stop growing hair from those damaged follicles.

Remember this, traction alopecia is a progressive condition caused mechanically by you.

It sneaks up on you over time, so it's best to eliminate the risk now before it's too late.

Getting braids installed tightly in order for them to last longer can lead to balding later on, before installing braids twist or weave, you should do a real protein treatment, this will properly fill in all the damaged areas along your hair cuticles, causing your hair to look, feel and behave perfectly healthy.

This way your hair will be in the best condition to withstand all the pulling and tugging without causing more damage and snapping off.

Lastly, try to book your appointment earlier in the day.

WHY???

The job of a hairstylist can be mentally and physically draining.

Look... They're human too. And by the end of the day they've washed, styled and braided many heads of hair and they will be worn out and less likely to follow specific orders.

This can mean the difference between growing lush hair OR stepping down alopecia avenue (also known as BALDwin drive).

So it's best to catch them early in the morning when they're at their peak, before anything, have a conversation with your stylist where you can clearly express your expectations.

One of your expectations should be that your braids are installed loosely, also doing a real protein treatment beforehand will patch up the weak spots of your cuticles putting your hair in the best position to withstand the pulling and friction associated with braid installation.

A great thing about real protein treatments is that they can be used with any moisturizing conditioner so you can take it with you if your stylist plans to wash and treat your hair.

10 Reasons Why Your Hair ISN'T GROWING

Look sis, life is too-dang-short to be walkin' around with a head full of struggle strands and faulty follicles.  Ya heard me? (Birdman voice)

Be honest... Are you struggling to grow your hairs as fast as you'd like to?

Are you tired of seeing other women show off their miracle growth pics and feeling like you never really know the FULL STORY as to HOW they are growing and keeping hair such healthy, beautiful hair?

You ain't alone honey.

We get women writing in to BlackHairOMG all the time asking about certain hair growth regimens or hair health products for growth.

Well... Let's get right into it. These 10 hair growth mistakes are VERY common, and they need to stop so that your hair growth can start.

The 10 Deadly Hair Growth Sins

 #1 - Trusting Your Hair Growth To a Stylist

YOU need to take responsibility for LEARNING WHAT YOUR HAIR NEEDS. Your stylist may love you to death, but they will never care about your hair as much as you do.

Many stylists are more concerned with THEIR OWN COMFORTABLE HABITS when doing hair, often they are not willing to listen to you about what you need and then ACTUALLY DO IT.

If you insist... I guess.

You ever find yourself getting talked out of what you wanted her to do? It happens all the time. Many feel like a mama, talking to kids who don't know what's good for them.

BUT IF YOU STUDY YOUR HAIR, you will know what's good for you and you might be better off just doing it yourself.

They are not with your hair 24-7, you are. So please equip yourself with the knowledge. Test different oils, creams, regimens.

Write your experiments in a journal, track your successes and failures and piece together the PERFECT plan of action. You are your best hope for finding your hair growth keys.

 Sin #2 - Not Paying Attention To Your Hair Product Ingredients 

Avoiding harsh chemicals is a must, if you don't recognize the first 3

Great, Natural Ingredients.

ingredients on the label, it's probably not something you should put on your scalp.

An example of a GREAT ingredient list with natural and organic products that help hair instead of hurt it, she was reading the ingredient list for Fro Butter with Emu Oil. Excellent example!

 Sin #3 - Not having a WEEKLY Hair regimen

Having a weekly hair regimen that you follow gives you the STRUCTURE  and consistency needed to start growing hair like a BOSS.

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Sin #4 - Not LISTENING To Your Hair

Having a weekly hair regimen is also made for learning and being able to listen. Remember I talked about having a hair journal?

Well, when your hair screams out for a change in your regimen, change it and write down what you did. That way you are taking note when your hair speaks! Literally...

 Sin #5 - Being TOO Hands On

When your main goal is hair growth, that means your #1 goal is also hair retention.

One major enemy of hair retention is you constantly messing with your hair and manipulating it. Find low-manipulation hairstyles, and leave your hair alone to grow in peace, honey!

 Sin #6 - Not Wearing Stretched Styles Enough

When you have kinky hair it's soooo easy to get kinks and knots. Wearing stretched styles eliminates that problem.

 Sin #7 - Think Deep Conditioning Is a Special Event

No, No, No! You can deep condition every week! Don't wait til you have a hair emergency or you start feeling dryness. Deep condition weekly (or as much as possible), it's a hair saver!

 Sin #8 - You saying, "Aaah, Porosity, Smorosity... WHATEVAH..."

You need to understand your hair porosity level. You think we out here Bull-Jivín' when we bring up porosity? That is critical knowledge for understanding your specific needs when you are trying to moisturize and stay moisturized. Without proper and constant moisture..... SNAP CRACKLE POP baaaaaby. Get it together.

 Sin #9 - Using Moisturizers That Don't Match Your Hair type

This goes back to #8 a lil' bit, because how will you know the best moisturizer for your hair if you don't know what type of hair you have?

Also, if you have chemically-damaged hair from perming or dyeing that is a clue as to what types of moisturizers to use and avoid. Weather-damaged hair has different moisturizing needs as well. That's why BlackHairOMG is here to teach you what you need to know 🙂

 Sin #10 - Oiling Without Moisturizing FIRST

Where would we be without amazing hair oils??? They are a MUST, a staple, a God-send! BUUUUUTTTTT!!!!

A Big Ol' But.

OILS!!! Understand Their Role and GROW!

One MAJOR confusion many of us have is that oils actually moisturize. They do not.

Moisture comes from water, oils and nutrients and SEAL IN moisture.

Listen, very-light oils with smaller molecular particles actually penetrate your hair follicles to deliver nutrients and then seal that moisture in.

Heavier oils with larger molecular particles do not penetrate, they simply coat and seal whatever moisture you already have infused.

Either way, if you seal your hair without first infusing it with moisture through some kind of moisturizing cream, co-wash, leave-in condition, etc. It's like tying the end of a balloon that's filled with air, and expecting to see water inside afterwards.

No, if you want a water balloon, you put water in first THEN you seal the balloon. So always keep that in mind.

Oil does not moisturize, but PENETRATING OILS, like Moroccan argan oil, do super-charge your moisturized hair with healthy nutrients and seals all that goodness inside. that's a recipe for some booty-length hair if you stick to a healthy regimen.

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DIY African Black Soap Shampoo For Scalp Healing

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You know whaaaaaaat??? Some of y'all are A MESS, LOL!

Soooo here's the deal... My girl Whitney A.K.A. "Naptural85" gave an amazing recipe for a DIY shampoo made from Alaffia - Authentic African Black Soap that she says is the "most moisturizing shampoo" she has EVER used.

And if Whitney says that, that's saying a whooooole lot, the girl aint no joke, she has Literally tested 100's and 100's of hair products on camera.

So then, riddle me this batman.... Why some of the ladies in the comment section start dragging Whitney because she said the recipe was "simple"??? LOL!  (light-heartedly draggin' though... No super-mean stuff thankfully...)

For instance, check out this comment from Brianna Evans about the claim that the recipe is easy:

"I promise you guys it's super easy"  ?  *then uses 30 different expensive essential oils

Brianna betta get up off my girl! And got 260 dang "LIKES" on her sarcastic-behind-comment haa!

Others were saying that they aint got enough money to be buying ALL THESE INGREDIENTS.

Now I'll admit that it's not the cheapest recipe, she used 10 ingredients besides water. BUT THE RECIPE IS BOMB! Let that sista be great and teach y'all to be great too, haaa!

The DIY shampoo recipe incorporates the medicinal power of Alaffia African Black Soap, along with 9 essential oils & nutrients known to get your hair regenerating by regulating sebum production, and heal scalp damage!

Here's the complete list of ingredients for Whitney's Super-Moisturizing, hair growth shampoo:

Check out the video here and let me know in the comments what you like or dislike about the recipe.

 

 DIY Homemade Natural Shampoo With African Black Soap | Healing Recipe

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Top 10 Natural Remedies to Strengthen Your Hair

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Natural hair is a real luxury and our absolute PRIDE when it is healthy and well-groomed. So let's talk about how to keep our lusciousness looking irresistible and on full "POPPIN'" status when heat, dust, salt water, and other factors regularly damage it, causing the hair loss, split ends, and lack of shine.

The answer to this problem isn't tough to find though. It doesn't necessarily have to consist of expensive salon treatments and using professional high-class hair products (which are not always as great as adevertised).

If you really want to restore a healthy look, shine, and the beauty of your hair, turn to these natural remedies for help. They are the option number one not only due to their cosmetic effect, but also the healing properties.

 

  1. Magic of Vegetable Oils

When talking about natural remedies for hair, we simply can’t ignore vegetable oils, so they are deservedly at the top of our list. It’s well-known that plant oils are a gold mine of vitamins and nutrients, they easily penetrate to the hair shafts to help retain moisture. Use olive, burdock, coconut, argan, rosemary, jojoba oils to restore hair that has become damaged from curling irons and coloring, to add a natural shine, healthy look, softness, and resilience to your hair. You can either rub the pure oil into the scalp or make a natural hair mask:

  • The hair mask with burdock oil is a simple and effective way of nourishing the hair follicles and is perfect for all types of hair. Mix 2 tablespoons of oil with an egg yolk and massage your scalp with a warm mask for a few minutes, rubbing it into the skin and curls, focusing on the tips. Then, wash your hair with an ordinary shampoo. Use this remedy once a week.
  • Take 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add 5 drops of the ylang-ylang essence, apply this mixture on wet hair and сover it with a shower cap. Keep this remedy on your head for about 15 minutes, after that thoroughly wash the hair.

If your hair is naturally oily, don’t abuse vegetable oil treatment, while the dry hair can be restored in this way even twice a week.

  1. Onion Juice Treatment

Do you know that the onion is extremely rich in vitamins and has medical properties? Can you imagine those fantastic results you’ll get after regular usage of onion masks?

  • Grate 1 onion and squeeze out the juice. Then add 2 tablespoons of burr or castor oil, 2 teaspoons of squeezed lemon juice, and a banana mashed with a fork. Apply the mixture from roots to tips and leave it on for about 15 minutes. The mask is perfect for weakened hair with oily roots.

Onion juice significantly heals, strengthens, revitalizes the hair, accelerates its growth, prevents and stops hair loss, improving the structure of your curls as a whole. The only con of the onion treatment is the smell you can’t get rid off when your hair is getting wet.

 

  1. Power of Eggs for Afro Curls

Most of the nutrients of the egg are concentrated in the yolk – it’s a trove of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Vitamins A, D, E, B, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, folic and nicotinic acids restore the hair structure, strengthen, refresh and tone, prevent hair loss and stimulate growth, protect from negative environmental factors, make your curls smooth and shiny.

  • Try the egg yolk shampoo instead of your ordinary one twice a month to give your cute curls a new life. Beat 2 yolks, add 2 teaspoons of purified water and 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil.
  • Or treat your hair with this fairy egg yolk mask: make a mixture of 2 yolks, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of castor oil and a teaspoon of brandy (or cognac), heat it up and apply from roots to tips. Cover your hair with a plastic bag and a terry towel. Keep this remedy for 1-2 hours and wash with your favorite shampoo.

 

  1. Exotic Coconut

Coconut is rich in proteins, iron, potassium, and other essential nutrients, so that it promotes hair growth, repairs damaged hair, prevents hair loss, breakage and dandruff.

  • Use a clear coconut milk or oil: gently massage the product all over your scalp (or on the targeted areas only), keep it overnight and shampoo as usual next morning.
  • Experiment with coconut oil mask: mash a half of banana with a fork and add 2 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tbsp of sour cream. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and heat the remedy up, apply on the hair and rinse off in 30-40 minutes.

 

  1. Honey Natural Care

Honey is another natural remedy that your curly hair is gonna fall in love with. No matter if you use it in its pure form or as a part of a homemade hair mask, honey will restore your hair, prevent loss and can even be used as a lighter.

  • Honey conditioner recipe: mix 100 g of heated on a water bath honey and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Massage it over the scalp and keep for 40-50 minutes, then rinse with a mild shampoo. Besides strengthening, this remedy will moisturize, nourish, and stimulate the hair growth, making your natural locks silky and shiny.
  • Another honey-based mask idea: all you need is 1 tbsp of honey and the same amount of aloe juice. This treatment should be applied for about 10 minutes before washing the hair twice a week. Besides, this super mask has a great advantage: it can be kept in a fridge, prepared in advance.

 

  1. Avocado in Action

Avocado fruit is an excellent means for growing and strengthening natural hair. Whether it is the fruit, seed or its oil, avocado contains all necessary vitamins, potassium, iron, folic acid, and copper. This winning mix of nutrients makes all avocado-based hair masks one of the most effective for home hair treatment and restoration.

  • Make a hair mask with a mashed ripe avocado, 1 tbsp of olive or jojoba oil and another tablespoon of yogurt. Use this remedy once a week to maintain the luxury look of your Afro curls.
  • Besides, you can massage avocado oil into your scalp once or twice a week to keep your hair moisturized enough, healthy and shiny.

 

  1. The Best of the Dairy Products

Do you suffer from excessive dryness of hair or tips? If so, this hair conditioning treatment with mayonnaise is what you need! However, ladies with normal hair can also get additional nutrition and moisturizing, following this easy tip:

  • Apply mayonnaise to wet hair and leave it on your head for 1 hour. Then rinse it well and shampoo. Voila! Your hair will be grateful!

Yogurt is the second best dairy product for hair treatment, strengthening and preventing dandruff.

  • Take a pure yogurt and spread it over the hair, massaging it into the scalp. Then cover the hair with a plastic bag and wrap with a towel for about 20 minutes. After that shampoo your hair like you always do it.

 

  1. Rye bread = Strengthening + Growth

The use of rye bread (which is rich in B vitamins) for hair helps to prevent hair loss, strengthen, normalize the hydrolipid balance of the scalp, as well as to clean it mildly.

  • Soak some slices of rye bread in water, then mash it with hands and add a couple drops of camphor oil. Apply this mixture on your hair, cover it with a plastic bag and a towel. In one hour shampoo your flirty locks thoroughly to be sure no bread crumbs left in your shag.

 

  1. Hair Conditioning with Apple Cider Vinegar

Our hair has an ideal pH of 4 to 5. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar rinse means that it helps maintain the pH balance of your hair and remove buildup without stripping the hair of its natural oils at the same time.

  • Apple cider vinegar should be used instead of your regular hair conditioner after shampooing your hair. Just dilute 2 tablespoons of ACV with 1 cup of water and apply this mixture after shampooing, massage your scalp during a couple of minutes and then rinse your hair thoroughly.

 

  1. Lemon Juice for Healthy Hair

Ordinary lemon is a strongly recommended and trusted ingredient to fight against hair loss and strengthen it. Containing vitamins C, B, and various minerals, the lemon has become a must-have of many homemade masks and conditioners.

  • Squeeze 2 lemons into a cup of water and use this mixture after shampooing just like it’s described in paragraph 9 about the apple cider vinegar.

P.S. Remember Lovelies, love yourself and take care of your gorgeous hair to look your best and turn a lot of heads under any circumstances. Use rich gifts of nature, listed above, to restore, strengthen and treat your magnificent curls. And if it’s not enough for you, check out one extra sweet idea of natural remedy for hair strengthening right below!

 

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Grow Your Hair With This Delicious SUPER-Fruit... ? [2018]

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What are two things that most of us "Lovelies" go crazy for???

Tell me I'm lying, when I say "great food and THE BOMB hair".

If I'm lyin', I'm flyin'.... And I aint went no-dang-where yet.... Lol!

The cool thing is... Sometimes something delicious can actually help you reach you hair greatness goals.

Y'all betta recognize the gang of benefits that certain fruits and vegetables can offer your hair, it's for real. The whole ‘juice and berries’ concept isn’t bad AT ALL.

There are recipes for beauty regimens that contain everything from egg shells to rice water, and their uses have been passed down for generations among many cultures. One deliciously beneficial ingredient is the Paw-Paw fruit, also known as Papaya.

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Paw-Paw A.K.A Papaya A.K.A. Hair & Scalp Helper!

The papaya contains a large amount of Vitamin C, which is key for its restorative and healing properties. It also contains about 224% of your daily needs of vitamins and mineral. The papaya enzyme called papain breaks down proteins, fats and carbohydrates and works to prevent stomach disorders, diabetes, colorectal cancers, intestinal parasite infections, nerve pains and even elephantoid growths.

Carpaine is another chemical that the papaya has that kills off certain parasite infections. Papaya also has a host of other vitamins, acids, enzymes and minerals such as magnesium, copper, fiber, folic acid, vitamins E, A, B6, B1, beta carotene, and riboflavin. The chemical compounds in papaya are so effective that many people take the papaya enzymes in pill form.

What Papaya Does For Your Hair

As we talked about in or Water Only Washing for hair health article, healthy sebum promotes hair growth.

The folic acid that papaya contains, as well as the Vitamin C improve circulation blood circulation throughout your scalp. The result of this is that your scalp is fed the nutrients and minerals that are needed to encourage healthy hair growth and stimulate your ever-important sebaceous glands. The sebum that is produced nourishes, conditions and protects the scalp, providing a healthy environment for new growth to flourish.

How To Use Papaya Topically

  • Blend 1 cup of papaya with 1 cup carrier oil and ½ cup Aloe Vera juice. Apply this mixture to your scalp and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Hair Growth Isn't The Only Reason To Get Your Paws on Some Paw-Paw!

Papaya is used for getting rid of nasty dandruff too. Because papaya contains so much Vitamin C and A, it aids in the removal of dead skin cells, encourages healthy cell regeneration and nourishes your hair shaft. If you’re fighting against that dirty-lookin' dandruff, papaya could be the solution to your problems.

Papaya seeds have complex anti-fungal properties that help ward off and prevent dandruff. You can either use papaya seed oil, or you can blend the papaya seeds together with a good carrier oil to make a paste, apply it to the scalp and rinse out.

Product Build Up BE DARNED!

Product build-up and dead scalp skin are two major problems associated with stagnant hair growth. When the pores of your scalp are clogged, girrrrrrl, you are beggin' for trouble. they don’t get the nutrients and moisture that is needed to produce sebum. This can cause hair fall,

In that condition, your scalp doesn't get the nutrients and moisture that is needed to make hair-health promoting sebum. This can cause hair fall, dandruff and even make that your precious new growth is all brittle and ready to break of before it can even do anything. Papaya can remove residue, excess oils and dirt, from both the hair and scalp.

A DOPE Natural Conditioner!

The same enzymes that are used to tenderize meat also have a conditioning effect on the hair. We talked about how papaya can remove product build-up on your luscious tresses. Now once that gunky build-up is gone, your cuticles are able to open up and suck up that moisture and those nutrients can be infused into your hair shaft, and then shut back so that the moisture and nutrients are locked in.

You can find many products that contain papaya leaf extract which has been shown to revitalize and condition hair, or you could blend ½ of a papaya with 1 cup of yogurt and 1 tbsp. of honey to make your own homemade conditioner.

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☺ ? The Perfect Perm Rod Set for Thick TYPE 4 Hair

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If you have very thick type 4 hair, you probably know how difficult it can be to get those SUPER-DEFINED curls that you see so often featured on our Instagram.

But don't even trip honey, because your girl NaturallyTemi grabbed her camera, her Hydratherma Foaming Mousse, Jsheaoil and a ton of assorted sized perm rods just so she could teach you how to get the most POPPINEST CURLS (LOL) in the building! Fried chicken grease don't POP like this boo!

What's really dope is that she give a 360 view of the curls after she's done droppin' some knowledge on you. She aint playin' round....

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She wrote about the style too. She says she usually gets about 5-6 days from this super-defined style.

As far as maintenance goes, she keeps her hairstyle together once it is out of the curl rods by putting it in 3 ponytails and putting a hair bonnet on. She fluffs and shakes that bad girl in the morning and BAM! Ready to go!

Temi says that the Hydratherma Foaming Mousse helps retain moisture in her hair to an extent, but the leave-in she puts in before the mousse on is what mainly keeps her hair super-moisturized. She also mentions that she definitely prefers Hydratherma Foaming Mousse over the popular Creme of Nature Foaming Mousse.

The "Awww HECKY NAW" Moment of the Video

There was one big drawback to this hairstyle for folks that might be a little on the "lazy natural" side, or simply "AINT GOT TIME FOR ALLDAT!"... What's the big downer you ask?

Well... She mentions that she left the rollers in for two days! TWO DANG DAYS! Girrrrrrrl..... But I admit, it was super-cute and she says didn't go out much in those days and if she did need to go out she would wear a cute hair scarf.

So pretty much, try doing this style when you know you don't have to be anywhere for a couple days, lol. Netflix and chill on them fools, then step out like BOW! Curl on super-defined Fleek mode! Check out the video below!







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3 Best Ways to Lock Moisture in Hair on Wash Day!

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Every naturalista knows (or SHOULD know) that ending "wash day" without sealing in the moisture can end in a dried out disaster, even excessive hair breakage.
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I don't have time for all that foolishness. And you know what? That won't happen to me or you because we'll discuss the 3 best ways to seal in that moisture in order to keep your hair moisturized, healthy and ready to GROW!

We've had many articles about choosing the best hair conditioners, so now let's lock all the goodness in!

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Three Major Moisture Locking Methods

There are 3 primary ways to seal moisture into your luscious locks after deep conditioning: moisturizers and hair milks, natural oils and proven leave-in conditioners. You do not have to use them all but here are the differences so you know what will work best for you.

Moisturizers & Hair Milks

Unless you are using the water only hair washing method, you'll suffer from

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definitely deal with moisture being stripped from your hair after washing, even co-washing your hair does this to some level.

Hair moisturizers help to retain moisture that you lose from shampooing with commercial shampoos and keeps your hair moistened between wash days.

Naturals who would rather use something that's more lightweight often opt for a hair milk for natural hair.

Although most natural hair moisturizers are water-based, it is best to apply them while the hair is wet so it can retain as much moisture as possible, as they are most effective when locking in moisture that is already on your hair strands.

These excellent natural hair products are packed with humectants, emollients, and oils. These are also great options if your hair is protein sensitive.

 Natural Oils

Some naturals follow up their conditioner treatment with only oil while others layer oil on top of their moisturizer or leave-in conditioner ( for best-selling products read this article...).

The practice of using oils on your hair after washing is known as "sealing", the practice of sealing after washing reduces the rate of moisture loss, which is critical for healthy hair.

People will use oil as a part of their L.O.C. method to prevent dryness, reduce frizz, and push wash day back a couple more days if possible.

You can use a pure oil like jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil or even create your own special blend from a variety of oils.

Leave-in Conditioners 

Leave-in conditioners are loaded with strengthening and moisturizing properties. They are meant to periodically replace your daily conditioner or deep conditioner.

If you're in a hurry and don't have time to allow the ingredients in your daily conditioners and deep conditioners to absorb, then use a leave-in conditioner.

Note that NOT ALL leave-in conditioners are formulated with hydrolyzed proteins, so the bottle may say leave-in conditioner even though it works more like a moisturizer. Always check the ingredients list.

Many naturals have a love for leave-in conditioners because they are usually a lightweight product for hair, give you great slip, and add moisture and strengthening benefits to natural hair.

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If you have fine to very fine hair strands you may find that you won't need to ever seal with oil because most moisturizers and leave-in conditioners tend to be formulated from lots of oils and butters, enough for fine hair.

If you have fine strands or looser curls and waves, then a hair milk is a great option for you.

Whenever you want a refresher between wash days but don’t feel like doing a co-wash, try reviving your natural hair with a little moisturizer to quench your dry and parched ends.
 

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The L.O.C. Method Explained - Amazingly Moisturizing!!!

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The L.O.C. Method has been around for a while and for very good reason.

If your natural hair sucks up everything you use to moisturize it and still cries out for more moisture, then it's probably time to test out what so many other naturals SWEAR BY, the L.O.C Method.

The L.O.C. Method has been a hot topic around the web and natural hair community for the longest now because it helps so many natural-haired women go days without having to CONSTANTLY re-moisturize their luscious locks.

L.O.C. is an abbreviation for leave-in conditioner, oil and cream. The name itself tells us naturals the types of hair products we should apply as well as the order to use them.

What makes the L.O.C. Method different from so many other moisturizing methods is the layering of products in a specific order to maximize moisture retention in your natural hair. The layer of hair-healin

Have You Tried The L.O.C Method?
Have You Tried The L.O.C Method?

g moisture is systematically locked in by two products which are both known to be excellent sealants: oil and hair butter.

Both oil and hairs butters are universally adored for their ability to create a moisture layer along your hair shaft that helps to prevent water from dissipating, in effect, helping the hair stay healthily moisturized for much longer.

By using oil first and then a heavier and thicker butter on top, you're making absolutely sure that as much moisture as possible remains on the hair shaft which is very beneficial for natural hair honeys who struggle to keep the needed moisture in their hair.

The method is so easy to blend into your routine because it involves some of the best-selling natural hair products on the market, products you probably already own,  so you just need to switch the order in which you apply them to your lusciousness. You'll be looking like a natural hair model in no time!

If you want to start using the L.O.C. Method then simply follow these easy steps below:

Directions

1. Apply a moisturizing water-based leave-in conditioner to cleansed hair.
2. Apply a thin layer of oil to your hair to help lock in the moisture.
3. Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to your hair to seal that moisture in.

After that feel free to use your normal hair styling products to style your hair as normal.

Porosity

The L.O.C. Method will work best for Type 4 naturals because our hair is commonly very thirsty for moisture. BUT, also keep in mind that your hair porosity level will also determine whether the L.O.C. Method works for you or not.

If your hair is normal to high porosity then you should have no problem with layering products on your hair. However, if you have low porosity hair and try this method you risk of getting limp and oily hair that could be susceptible to a lot of product build up. Lastly, if you’re not a Type 4 natural but still struggle with moisture retention then give the L.O.C. Method a try – so many natural swear by it!

Alternatives

As with all things curly hair related it’s all about trial and error so if your current routine isn’t quite cutting it then give this method a try and modify it to suit your needs.

If your curls are easily weighed down, or if you suffer from product build up you can limit the number of products you apply to your hair by applying a creamy or buttery product as your styler.

Make sure you try it out for at least 2 weeks or three wash sessions before deciding if it works for your hair or not.

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Moisturizing With The L.O.C. Method [Video]


 

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