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PRODUCTS YOU REALLY NEED TO MAINTAIN NATURAL HAIR
Posted by Super User

There are so many products out there that people keep advertising. Some good others too good for nothing. As a newbie it can be confusing, you end up becoming a product junkie. Nothing wrong with trying out different products if you can afford and know why you are getting them, after all that’s how you will discover what works for you. When starting a natural hair journey, you are always told to build a “regimen” which is basically a hair routine and you need products for that, products that you can buy see Products I have used or make yourself see my DIY Products.

Here are the basic things you need to know and have.

1. Cleansers

2. Conditioners/Deep Conditioners

3. Leave In Conditioners

4. Oils

5. Cream Sealers/Stylers


CLEANSERS

Shampoos

These are used to wash out dirt and product build up. You need a gentle shampoo that will not dry out your hair and scalp as long as you do not use pomades and other heavy products. As we all know squeaky clean dry hair = brittle and breaking hair + itchy scalp and sometimes dandruff. How can you tell that your shampoo is gentle? By looking at the lists of ingredients. If it says it does not contain Sulfates then you are good to go {Sodium laureth sulphate, Sodium lauryl sulphates, Ammonium laureth Sulfate and Ammonium lauryl sulphate}. However, do not look at them as complete evil, you could use shampoos with sulfates for a clarifying wash say after a long protective style or when your hair has too much product build up especially when you use unsafe products containing mineral oils, parabens etc. details at end of article 

Cowash Cleansers

These are conditioners used to cleanse hair instead of shampoo. Washing your hair with conditioner is called “co-washing”. A good practise if you wash your hair too often or when it is not necessarily dirty to avoid stripping your hair off of necessary oils. I do it in the hot season when I wash my hair midweek or when I do wash and gos.

CONDITIONERS

Moisturizing or Protein

They are used after you shampoo your hair to add moisture and strengthen hair/ repair damaged hair. You need to balance between moisture and protein conditioning depending on your hair needs. Make it a habit to deep condition your hair each time you shampoo your hair, it will prevent breakage especially for coloured/dyed hair. Pick a conditioner with slip so that you use it as a detangler. I find it easier to detangle hair when wet and I get less shedding.

LEAVE IN CONDITIONERS

These are applied to the hair and left-on to further moisturize hair, they are light weight and non- greasy. They could also be used as detanglers especially when re-styling hair after a good "spritz".Spritz is the term used to mean spraying your hair some moisture and its usually home- made. I always pick out the ones with slip.
  

LIGHT OILS

So far products used are water based and we all know water evaporates. There is therefore need to prevent excessive moisture loss after moisturizing with leave-in conditioner by applying oil. These can be Coconut, Olive, Avocado, Grape seed oil etc. Oil is also used to nourish and strengthen the hair and maintain its elasticity. They are also used for light scalp massages to prevent excessive dryness on the scalp and flakes while others add essential oils (pepper mint, tea tree, sweet orange etc.) to carrier/regular oils and use them for scalp massages to stimulate the scalp for general growth or re-growing the edges.

CREAME/BUTTER
The most commonly used butter is Shea butter which is non-greasy but hard-ish. As a newbie, you need to know that you need to mix/blend it with other oils for it to be ready to use. What oils you use is your choice depending on your favourites. You can also add essential oils (optional). I like tea tree for its anti-bacterial and fungal properties, pepper mint for its sweet minty smell to improve the smell of of my Shea butter and kill the smell of some oils. Check the recipe in DIY Products. Note that essential oils are very potent and should only be diluted in carrier oils.

Shea butter could also be used as a styler for bantu knots, twists etc. However, for a more defined and sleek look, you need stylers, which including gels like alcohol free Eco Styler gel. My preference is home-made flaxseed gel because it does not flake at all. In picking your products thus conditioners, oils, moisturizers, sealers etc ensure that they are good and safe. They should not contain parabens, mineral oils, petrolatum, and silicones etc. if you cannot find them at least get products that contain them in lower quantities.

 Lastly, you need a daily moisturizer, a Spritz that you could make or buy. Natural hair suffers from dryness that is why most breaks and seams not to be growing. when in actual sense it is growing but breaking faster than it is growing. Common answer to the question "why my hair is not growing"? is probably Moisture, Moisture and Moisture. 

With natural hair love!

NaturallyAfroSis.


For further guidance on how to choose products visit NAS hair salon for natural hair @ Boarderview- Woodlands Extension. Lusaka. Call 0976284519

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How to achieve a fro Hawk on short natural hair
Posted by Super User

FRO HAWK

So I tried out a Fro hawk at home because under normal circumstances I would not go out with this hair style (am a bit conservative) but I think it is not bad at all. I will work on trying it for going out in public. This style could be done even on much shorter TWA. Natural hair does not have to be boring.

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