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Over the last two years my hair has faced some serious setbacks. Why? Because I was doing all the wrong things and I knew it. I’ll be hitting the five year mark as a naturalista this up coming February and honestly you’d never be able to tell. Though I’ve never had a low cut/ shaved ceaser I have had two forced “Big Chops”. The first was when I wanted to get rid of my damaged relaxed ends once and for all. The second was when I had inadvertently added way too much protein to my hair and upset the delicate moisture/ protein balance. Needless to say my hair was beyond DONE with my shenanigans and started breaking off very quickly.
But the damage wasn’t done there. I created what seems to be an eternal “protein sensitivity” that has made it very difficult to buy/use natural hair products I was accustomed to using before. Now I had to check the labels of every product I used to make sure it did not have hard proteins listed as ingredients or Coconut Oil (which is almost impossible to avoid).
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Then you throw in my extremely dry low porous hair and you have a disaster of a natural hair journey. I was protective styling, I was deep conditioning, and sleeping with a bonnet. But nothing was working. I realized very recently, that I have to moisturize almost on a daily basis. Sometimes… more than once. Why? Because I have extremely dry hair that doesn’t remain moisturized. I noticed that on wash days my hair was moisturized, bouncy and full of shine. It looked exactly how I wanted it to look every single day. The next day it would still be in good shape! By the third day however (and sometimes by that night) my hair would feel like straw.
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1. L.O.C Method: Okay… you know I love the L.O.C. method! It is simply the order in which you apply your products after rinsing out the deep conditioner on your wash day. Liquid, Oils and Cream (LCO is also similar for different hair types/textures and just as effective) is coined to help remind us that we need to add liquid to moisturize. Many people feel that just adding oils and butters to their hair is enough to keep it moisturized and that simply is not the case. You need liquid (or a leave in that has water listed as its first ingredient). My go to liquid Leave ins as of late have been the Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner and he Ecostyler Jamaican Black Castor Oil + Flaxseed leave in.
2. Steam Your Hair: I have been in love with steaming my natural hair for years, but as with everything time can sometimes get the best of you. I stopped steaming my hair religiously, and that was a huge mistake. Low porosity dry hair needs help opening up the cuticle and letting the moisture in. By adding steam/heat I am allowing for the moisture from my products to seep into the cortex of my hair, rather than simply sitting on the surface. You should be steaming your hair at least once a week if not twice. I use my Q-Redew to steam during a deep conditioning session, but you can simply use the steam from your shower to do the trick as well.
3. Deep Condition: With deep condtiononig there are two things you want to keep in mind if you have dry hair. I have low porosity hair, so I need to make sure my deep conditioner is a moisturizing deep conditioner. There is a difference between a moisture and protein deep conditioner (Moisturizing Conditioner vs. Protein Conditioner) . It comes down to the ingredients as always. Which you should be checking in the first place to be honest!
4.Cherry Lola Treatments : These treatments are the first step in the MHM method of moisturizing dry natural hair (see below). It requires a few ingredients, but deems such great results the time and effort may well be worth the wait. It also can be done on its own and has been said to work miracles on low porosity hair. You mix yogurt, liquid amino acids and baking soda into a natural hair concoction. I myself fear that I won’t be using this one because of the presence of baking soda but it wouldn’t be fair reporting if I didn’t mention just how successful people have been in using this method to add moisture to their strands.
5. Max Hydration Method : Though this method is a lot for me to handle (one too many steps for my liking) it has been praised for years in the natural hair community as a means/method of adding and keeping moisture in type 4 hair particularly. You are basically doing the Cherry Lola treatment as the initial pre-step, and then clarifying, co washing, and moisturizing on a daily basis. For me in NYC, walking around with wet hair all day every day isn’t a possibility but I could see myself getting behind this treatment 100% during the summer or while on vacation.
What have you done in the past to keep your hair moisturized. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.