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4 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair Isn’t Soft

via Clutch Magazine
 

When making the transition to natural, you may have notice that your hair feels like steel wool or your hair feels a bit rough. The ultimate goal for natural hair is to have soft, pliable strands that make it easier to style and handle on a daily basis.

If your natural hair isn’t soft as you would like it to be, here are a few reasons why your curls may feel hard:

You’re Not Moisturizing Correctly

Since coarse hair tends to be dry, it’s important to make sure your hair is moisturized. The best way to add moisture to your hair is using a spray bottle to spritz water into your curls.

Do not make the mistake of sealing products with moisturizing products. Moisturizing product is simply water or a product with water as the base ingredient. Sealing product is oil such as coconut oil. Putting a sealing product on an un-moisturized strand equals more dryness. You never want the strands to be dry on the inside and coated with a product on the outside.

Remember to always seal your ends.

Products Are Just Building Up

Some of us only use two products to keep our hair healthy. Some of us use a grocery list of products to maintain our curls. No matter how much products you use, you want to avoid having product buildup.

It is very easy to pile product on and on. When you go overboard, you can create a dirty, itchy scalp that is greasy, waxy, and heavy.

To remove product buildup, you can use clarifying rinses with apple cider vinegar, organic hair wash, or mud washes.

A Product Becomes Harmful, Not Helpful

Take a closer look at all the products you use. You want to be cautious of shampoos containing sulfate and products containing baking soda.

If you wash your hair and it feels extremely clean, it may be a sign that you have stripped your cuticles of natural oils. This can lead to breakage as well as more dryness. If your products are too harsh, do not use them. To restore your hair’s moisture, you should thoroughly condition your curls after washing it.

Your Hair Is Saying No to Moisture

When your hair can’t retain moisture, you may need a protein treatment or stay away from products that are too high in alkalinity like sulfate shampoos and baking soda. You can use porosity controller products as well.

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Overcoming The “Dryness”

Tomeka asks:

I want to start getting my hair back healthy and natural but I don’t know what to do, it’s very dry and my edges are breaking off. Any suggestions?

TC response:

We all hate the “dryness” that our hair has and what I’ve learned through my natural hair journey for me it was all about finding the right conditioner, moisturizer and sealant.

  • It took many trials and errors to find the right conditioner that KEPT my hair feeling soft…after it dried. Your conditioner plays an important role in keeping your hair from being dry because many of us wash our hair with shampoo ( I don’t) and you need a good conditioner to restore the moisture that the shampoo has stripped from your hair. Deep Conditioning is also a must when trying to regain the moisture in your hair, you should try to DC as least every two weeks if your suffering from dry hair, It’s also good to follow-up your conditioner rinse out with a good leave in conditioner. My conditioner recommendations are..
  • Herbel Essesnce Hello Hydration
  • Aussie Moist
  • Suave Coconut
  • Suave Shea Butter (new)
  •  After I got my conditioner down, I moved on to finding a good moisturizer. There are so many products out there that swear they will define your curls so good, you’ll wake up looking line Traci Ellis Ross! lol, but seriously I was not into buying all these miracle products. I took baby steps in finding a good moisturizer, I would buy one new product about every 3 weeks. I didn’t want to get pulled into being a product junkie. Rule number one with finding a good moisturizer is making sure the first ingredient is water, water is great for our hair, it loves it..I promise! Moisturizer’s that  I recommend are..
  • Water!
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
  • Shea Moisture Curling Milk
  • Organic Hair Mayo
  • Olive Oil Curling Pudding
  • Miss Jesse’s Curling Pudding
  •  Having a good conditioner and moisturizer becomes useless if you don’t have a good sealant to lock the moisture in. Sealant’s that I currently use..
  • Coconut oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Melted Shea Butter

additional tips..

  • Scalp massages with a warm oil, and taking vitamins such as Biotin can also  help with thinning edges.
  • Always remember to sleep on a satin pillowcase or in a satin bonnet to retain moisture.
  • try to stay away from products that contain alcohol, they tend to cause dryness.

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Jordynn gets curlformed !

thanks to my chica Danielle, Jor and ii were able to try out the infamous curlformers this weekend. ok my hair didn’t like them to much (sorry no pics)…now Jor’s hair on the other hand loved them, well the first day. ok let me explain.

ii tried the curl formers on my hair thursday night but because my hair is uber thick it was super hard to pull my hair through the rollers and of course my hair wasn’t dry when it was time for me to head to work on friday. but ii didn’t become anti-curl formers tho..ii decided to try them out on Jor’s hair friday night.  what ii did…

  • removed her mini twist
  • lightly spritz’d with water
  • detangled with shower comb and tangle teezer
  • applied olive oil curl pudding to each section for moisture
  • sealed with coconut oil

and volia!

saturday morning  when ii removed the curl formers we both were in love with the curls. they were so shiny and bouncy. she was whipping her hair back and forth, literally.

but after her ballet/tap practice it was nap time. so ii put on her satin bonnet and showed her the “cute way” to sleep so she wouldn’t flatten the curls in the back. ii thought we had a really good plan, lol.

but chiillleee when my baby girl got up those curls were history, as in a has been. *shrug* oh well they were great while they lasted. so sunday ii found myself putting ponytails in her hair, mini twist are going back in sometime this week.

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Jordynn Rocks a Twist Out.

yesterday Jor rocked a twist out to school. mini twist have became her signature style. her hair is growing like a weed and ii don’t see us changing up her hair routine any time soon.

the products ii use in her hair are as follows..

  • apple cider vinegar for cleansing
  • aussie moist conditioner
  • cantu leave in conditioner
  • melted shea butter

ii moisturize and seal her hair daily with water and coconut or olive oil.

so after wearing this set of mini twist for about a month, ii took the twist out. and let her hair just be free. she loved the freedom of her hair (she kept swinging it everywhere lol) here’s a few pics…

here’s a pic of her mini twist stretched. wowzers! she’s my new hair crush ❤

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Flexii Rod Set: Attempt #1

so this week ii attempted to do a flexii rod set on my haiir. and lets just say…it was a hotmess.com.

two reasons why ii believe it was a mess.

  1. iit was a list minute attempt and ii rushed it.
  2. ii rolled it at 9pm so at 7am when iit was time to get up, my haiir was still wet.

here are a few pics.

these are the products that ii used

  • four different size flexii rods
  • olive oil curling pudding
  • coconut oil
  • water
  • ecostyler gel (not much)

(why does my eye look so creepy!? lol)

bbbblllahhhh… my haiir was still very very wet when ii took the rollers out. so there was very little curl definition.

thank God for bobby pins, they saved the day! ii pinned my haiir up and wore it like that for the day.

*peep the new face jewelry & a pair of my handmade earrings *

next tiime ii attempt to do a flexii rod set ii WILL be doing it during the weekend so my hair will have enough tiime to aiir dry.

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your hair and you.

wavy, curly, tightly curled, coiled, and tightly coiled, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b. etc…..who knew there were so many different hair types and textures? growing up ii always heard people say things about “good hair” or “bad hair”. but ii had no idea that underneath the relaxer you could discover your “good hair”.

  •  to have a successful natural journey you first have to embrace the hair that you were given. find out what your likes or doesn’t like. i.e does your hair work well with or without Cones?, coconut oil or olive oil? braid out or twist out? etc. it’s all about trial and error. rome wasn’t built-in a day ladies.
  •  do your research, with such a big natural hair community these days, its super easy to google a product and read the reviews or watch a couple of youtube videos before you spend your cash on this “miracle product”. personally ii google every product before ii buy it, as most of you probably already know being natural can be kind of pricey, so if ii can get an idea of how the product will work on my hair that’s exactly what ii’ll do.
  • you can’t compare your hair to the next curlie. even when googling product reviews, just because it worked on her head doesn’t mean it will work on yours. you have to be cautious and able to except the fact that the product may not do what you want it to do. let the natural hair community be a guide, not a bible. k?
  • determine your hair goals.  think about why you went natural.  are you looking for styling versatility, texture definition, volume, or easy maintenance? your goals will help you find the right products and styles.  they’ll also help you to connect with your hair and the natural hair experience. 

                                                                peace&love

 

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