I struggled for years trying to “Go Natural”. The most difficult challenge was finding products that worked well for my hair beyond a great one day style. I needed products that improved the overhaul health of my hair.
The biggest key to success when going natural us building your hair care routine. When building your hair care routine, it is important to understand selecting a hair conditioner is probably the most important element to the process. The conditioner primary function is to restore moisture to the hair that normally lost during shampooing. This moisture keeps the hair manageable and improves malleableness. Part of the conditioning process included which products work well for your hair and when to use them. When to use a hair masque versus deep conditioning versus quick rinse conditioning products. All conditioners seek to improve the condition of the hair regardless of hair type.
A quick rinse conditioner is normally a conditioner that is left on the hair for less than 5 minutes and is typically applied while in the shower. These conditioners work on the surface of the hair and seek to improve its look feel and texture of your hair. Quick rinse conditioners tend to have thinner consistency which makes it ideal for fine to medium, straight or wavy hair. This is not an ideal conditioner for type 4 hair because it is usually not thick enough to penetrate and improve the moisture in curly hair.
Deep conditioners are essential to most naturals’ hair care regimen. They are frequently used to temporarily bond split ends and fill in missing material along the hair cuticle and add a layer of protection. Deep conditioner is great for making the hair soft and improving manageability, which should result in less breakage. They are designed to have longer lasting benefits between washes. Type 4 hair should deep conditioner regularly, damaged hair or newly transitioning hair should deep condition twice a week. This category of conditioners is normally left on the hair for 20 minutes and heat is often applied for maximum penetration.
When hair appears that it is in need strength and protection you should is consider a hair masque. These treatments are great for improving the overall condition of your hair cuticle. The decision to use a masque can not only have great benefits to your hair, but it can also help save money. Common do it yourself ingredients are usually found in your kitchen. Ingredients such as avocados, strawberries, lemon, honey, banana, yogurt, eggs, and cinnamon offer amazing benefits including antioxidants properties and fatty acids that help to improve the health of your hair and scalp. There are several DIY recipes available to use and they have the benefits of freshness which may allow for active ingredients to increase effectiveness. Masques are most beneficial when left on the hair for a minimum of 20 minutes.
It is best to apply conditioners to wet or damp hair after shampooing, this allows the products to penetrate the hair cuticle. Each product normally reaches maximum penetration around 20 minutes, rinse and style as usual and enjoy the benefits of great conditioning.
One last step that should be considered when caring for natural hair is the importance of a leave in conditioner. Leave in conditioners comes in the form of creams, or liquids and some have dual functions and may be used as a detangler, styler or to add moisture. The primary function of the leave in is to aid in closing your hair cuticles to improve the likelihood of retaining moisture. Leave in sprays like Ph Perfect Leave In are great for keeping protective styles moisturized. The Ph of this aloe vera based product is great for closing hair cuticles which improves shine, and aids in moisture retention.
Most naturals assume the responsibility of choosing hair care products for their hair type. This responsibly also includes understand your hair and which products and ingredients are not best suited for your hair and when to use them. If you have type 4 or curly hair, quick rinse conditioners may not get the job done. Deep conditioning is best for this type of hair and using a hair mask as needed. After conditioning, regular use of a leave in conditioner aids in moisture retention. Purposeful development of your hair care routine will increase the likelihood of attaining your hair goals.