How To Not Be a Product Junkie & Commit To A Hair Routine

Being a part of the natural hair community is a wonderful thing. Having support from others whom share struggles, goals, and experiences similar to yours can be really great. However, there are a few habits one may pick up when wanting to perfect hair health or trying to find the perfect product. In the natural hair community, we call that a “product junky”.

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 A product junky is someone who shops endlessly, searching for a product to spark some type of magic and create those magnificent, non- frizzy curls.  With so many brands to choose from today, the search can literally never end.

Ladies, it’s not just about the product, it’s your hair routine that really does the job. You can spend hundreds of dollars on products and still lack the results you seek. When you create a hair routine that’s suitable for you, it’s a match made in heaven.

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It is important that you have a relationship with your hair. You want to be able to know what your hair likes and dislikes, then put in the time to bond with it for added growth. With that being said, how do you know what works for your hair?

Know your hair type/pattern

Wavy, curly, extremely curly or kinky – This means the shape of your hair strand. You can determine the type with the help of this photo.

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Determine your hair texture

Coarse, medium, or fine – This means how thick the individual hair strand is.

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These two things can help you figure out which products to choose. H2O is one of the most important and easiest products to get a hold of. Some people prefer rose water because it is less harsh on the hair, you can test your water pressure levels at home, to determine whether your area produces hard water pressure or not. If not warm water is okay.

Find a cleanser that best suits your needs, if you are worried about harsh chemicals make sure you read the ingredients and lean towards natural cleansers like; black soap, apple cider vinegar and castile soaps.

Side note: for those with locs who want to maintain healthy hair. I suggest you keep things to a minimum, like choosing a cleanser and oil for your scalp as well as using water or Aloe Vera plant juice. You don’t want to put too much product in your locs because it will get trapped into your hair and can cause build up which can lead to mold.

Next, find which essential oil/s work for you. Do you prefer something light and moisturizing like coconut oil? (Which I believe works well for all hair types). Or would you rather thicker oil that helps promote thicker hair? Remember when using a thicker oil such as castor or vitamin e oil, you want to focus primarily on the scalp. A good amount is in between a dime and quarter size, try not to overdo it.

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Conditioner is another important part of the hair treatment. This will provide moisture to your hair and also serve as a treatment.

Side note: those with locs, conditioner is not necessary to put into your hair. This again can cause build up leading to mold and can possibly loosen you hair, oil will do the trick.

A tip when conditioning hair is washing 80-85% of the conditioner out and leave the rest in for moisture and to act as a leave in. You save money this way by only having to use one product. However, if that is something you feel uncomfortable with, listen to your intuition instead.

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Finally for those with extremely curly and kinky hair types, you want to think about using a cream to finish sealing in that moisture; wavy and curly patterns are not excluded but using less product is recommended. Personally, I like to make my own little concoctions of Shea butter and essential oils of choice. This option is more convenient because I own the products already and I am aware of exactly what is in it.

Lastly, we come to developing a scheduled routine. I recommend moisturizing your hair 2-3 times a week. Maybe before you go to bed you can oil your scalp then a day or two after you will repeat the same steps.

I hope to have given insight and knowledgeable tips to help aid in your hair care. Consistency is important; when your hair can trust you it will work with you, if you work with it!

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nicole.jpgNicole attended Cosmetology school in the year 2014 and ever since then has been developing knowledge and skills in all aspects of the Cosmetology field; most importantly Natural hair care. She enjoys learning healthy ways to take care of her hair and sharing that knowledge with others who struggle with not knowing what to do with their hair. Nicole has attended workshops and programs specifically catered towards Natural hair care, as well as held an assistant position since graduating cosmetology school, at salons in the Philadelphia area. She hopes to continue to educate and grow a following of curious, courageous and health inspired individuals.

How To Protect Your Hair From Chlorine

Pool parties and beach trips might be everyone’s favorite summer time fun activity. Who wouldn’t want to throw on a bikini with a sassy cover up and strut around with a margarita in hand?

Most of us spend hours online searching for the perfect swimsuit and researching the perfect hairstyle, but did you ever stop to think of researching how to protect your hair from the chlorine?

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No matter how ratchet or fancy a pool is, you can guarantee that there is a ton of chlorine in it. The chlorine helps keep the pool clean and eliminates any bacteria that can form inside of the pool. This is great for keeping your health safe but can be detrimental to your hair.

Chlorine can cause your hair pH balance to shoot up and dry your hair out. It only takes one pool dive to cause damage to your hair and yet it takes months to repair it. This is why it’s important to take the proper precautions to your hair by doing the following:

WEARING A SWIM CAP – You might be thinking “well, DUH!” in your head but I bet you probably don’t even wear one when you’re swimming and who could blame you? Think back to summer of 97 when everyone was sent off to sleep away camps with swim caps packed away (thanks to mom). It wasn’t exactly the most stylish accessory and it was very uncomfortable. Thankfully, you have innovative brands like Sporti who make cute swimming caps in different styles and colors.

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Wearing a swimming cap is your number one defense against Chlorine. It’s the most protection you can get for your hair while taking a dip in the pool. By creating a barrier against the chemicals and your hair, you are saving yourself a ton of damage. A good alternative could be a plastic cap or shower cap also. If you have a lot of hair, just throw it back into a scrunchie on the top of your hear or in the back and then place the cap over it.

RINSE OR CONDITION BEFORE SWIMMING – If you’re not sold on the idea of wearing a cap, then I suggest rinsing or conditioning your hair before you go into the pool. By doing this, your hair will absorb the water which means less absorption of chemicals when you go swimming. By putting in conditioner it also creates a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. You can also use shea butter or coconut oil to create a barrier to protect your hair.

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WASH YOUR HAIR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SWIMMING – I don’t care if you have braids, twists, extensions, or even faux locs, YOU MUST WASH YOUR HAIR AFTER SWIMMING! A lot of people think since they have “protective styles” in that they can skip out on shampooing their hair after swimming. You’re doing more damage than you think.

The chlorine that your hair absorbed while you swam can be trapped inside the hair if you don’t wash your hair. This could mean weeks of chlorine sitting in your hair causing your hair to dry. You can still shampoo your braids and use a squeeze bottle to get into those strands that are braided. I personally prefer crochet braids because they are easier to get into.

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Now that you are armed with knowledge use that power to give your hair the treatment it deserves. I know August is a big time for people to travel and hit up pool parties so if you plan on going under, I suggest taking these tips so that your hair remains healthy.