Stronger, Longer Hair Challenge
My hair needed moisture when I was relaxed, now that I am natural, and even now while I have extensions in. I have to protect my hair at all times and you should too. All hair needs moisture! When your hair has moisture, breakage is prevented.
When I was relaxed I used to LOVE greasing my scalp! That was the thing to do. Slathering grease on our scalp was what many Black women did just because. We didn’t really know if it was good for us or not, it was just a habit. That’s when products were much heavier and weighed down your hair. When I used to add these moisturizers every single day, it created an icky product build up. I remember the girls having heavily oiled and stringy hair from extremely thick products.
It’s so funny how we are realizing that the practices we used for decades are totally not good for our hair like all of the heavy products and the heavy greasing of our scalp. Nowadays products are much more lightweight so you can have moisturized, bouncy, shiny hair without the weighed down look.
With my natural hair, I like to mix my products with oil for added moisture. I will take a product I love, put it in a bottle with a nozzle attachment and start adding oils in. I have a whole store of essential and carrier oils in my house: from extra virgin olive oil, to peppermint oil, to jojoba oil, to coconut oil. All of the different oils do something different for the hair. I put a couple drops of my different oils into my favorite moisturizer and shake it up really well so it has a nice consistency. This creates a nice sheen and is great for preparing my hair for a twist out or wash-n-go.
With my extensions, I have been using Optimum Care Salon Collection’s Whipped Oil Moisturizer at night to twist my hair before I go to bed. The product is very light-weight which I like. I hate heavy products that weigh down my hair so this is a great formula. It is VERY important for me to moisturize my weave AND my hair that is left out and braided underneath. Have you ever seen ladies with natural hair and then the front little section is dried out and burned up? Well, that’s probably because they didn’t take care of their “leave-out” while they had a weave in. They didn’t moisturize or protect their hair from heat damage.
You know, a lot of women feel like they have to go to a salon and spend hundreds of dollars to achieve healthy hair but that’s not true! You can do it at home especially if you have salon quality products. I’m not trying to take money out of stylists’ hands, BUT, you really can do your hair at home.
Check out my video straightening my hair at home:
What do you do to add moisture to your hair and prevent breakage?
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