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Great article, it is very important to have a good hair care regime that creates a nourishing environment that your hair can thrive in. Thanks for the tips : )
I have 3B hair and something i found out is that whether or not i use the sealant it doesnt really make much of a difference...so heres my regimen: Cleanse Detangle Moisturize Style Deep condition I shampoo once or twice a week and deep condition 3x a month :)
Really excellent article! Thank you so much for distilling the whole process down. **Cait - I'm a wavy myself, and I would try your products separately just to see what happens! My leave in conditioner (Lustrasilk Olive Oil) has the sealants in it already, which I find works best for me at my dew point. **Swishtut - I'm no expert, but I once addressed this issue on the forums: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/general-discussion-about-curly-hair/79614-moisture-vs-moisturizers-post1015742.html#poststop This Curl Chemist article is also helpful: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/curlchemist-helps-us-understand-oils-and-butters?page=5 The reason I avoid silicones is not because of their "sealing" nature. I avoid silicone because it takes relatively harsh surfactants to remove it. Those surfactants raise the hair cuticle and can cause frizz, which is something I'm trying to avoid. Here's a good article on silicones, which also discusses how they are similar to oils in their purpose for hair: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/the-real-scoop-on-silicones Hope that helps! Keep asking the hard questions!
Thank you for the article! I have a question though - normally I mix my serum/sealant (which has no silicone, so not drying) with my leave-in conditioner (I'm using A'kin leave in conditioner at the moment which I LOVE) before finger-combing it through my hair. Sometimes I add some almond oil, but I have fine wavy/frizzy hair so not too much or poor hair goes limp and bleagh... Should I wait until the leave-in conditioner has settled in before I add the serum? Also, I have been using LUSH The Strokes as my intensive conditioning treatment, but it does have parabens in it which I'm a bit worried about - your thoughts?
I have always found 'sealants' questionable. First, how do you know that the oil is actually sealing in moisture. Is there any scientific evidence that this is occuring. and if this true and the oil actually does seal, isn't it also sealing out moisture. Isn't this why everyone is so afraid of 'cones' because they seal out moisture. Cone's coat your hair and make the cuticle lay down creating a smooth surface. The hair is managable and shiny. but over time because of the sealing nature of cones the hair because dry, bittle and damaged. So how is sealing hair with oil, if in fact, it seals a healthy thing to do for your hair?
Hmm, i think it depends on your hair and product preference. For example, sometimes i style my hair using shea butter. that is NOT a moisturizer. So i need a leave in underneath. other times, i use a gel, which again may not have enough moisture so i use a leave in underneath. Or if i do use a moisturizer, it might be extremely thick and hard to smooth onto my hair (like the shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie) a leave in helps it go on easy and soak into my hair. My leave in of choice is Kinky Curly Knot Today. But sometimes, i find a product like Oyin Handmade's Hair Dew that acts as a leave in and is thick enough to be a styling product as well. One product, double duty! I would never use both the knot today and the hair dew.
Thanks for answering back Evelyn. Another question, eh!! Is the leave-in/detangler necessary if you're going to also apply a moisturizer, and if so can anyone recommend a good detangler that has very few ingredients and is natural?
yes @mamaherrera i agree with you: the styler goes on before the sealant :) glad to hear the article helped you out! and yes i've found out slowly that simply and natural is better!
My question is this? When do you put the style product in? Before or after sealing? I would think before sealing because the sealing/oil wont' allow other products to get in!! alos, I love hte sample regimen, it made it easy for me to udnerstand and just knowing you can get away with aloe vera gel and coconut oil, both natural 100% is exciting for me!
@reggiestr... LOL! Like you I needed this since 2007 when I bc'd and then started from scratch with no idea what to do...I went to a hairstylist for twists until it grew long enough to twist myself (thanks to Miss Jessie's Rapid Recovery Treatment which made it grow like weeds)... however as a pj, I've had to cut down on the purchases... which is not true, I just try to find less expensive buys like the Suave Tropical Coconut poo & condish (hate it) my current regimen has been to Condish, cowash, leave-in, EVOO and any styling gel I have around... mostly Ecostyler, twist for 3-4days, wear out 1-3days and start it all over again. Shampoo and deep condition @ every 2weeks.... still refining til I find what works for my 4a/4b coily hair.
HI All! I am settling into my regimen, and I need to know if I'm doing things in the right order: I detangle (when necessary)/cleanse/condition/deep condition/moisturize/seal/style. My old hairstylist (doesn't necessarily specialize in natural hair or organic/natural products) told me that I should be deep conditioning first, rinsing, and then using a conditioner. Any thoughts?
Hi, I am from India and my regimen is basically the same except that the products are different (domestic). Instead of shampoo we in India use 'Shikakai'. After my wash i either let my hair dry naturally (and this by flipping my hair upside down and lying on the bed that way for half an hour to 45 mins - this makes sure that i don't get a flat top). OR I use a diffuser. And then I use an Aloe Vera hair cream. For deep conditioning once (or sometimes twice) a week, I use homemade coconut oil heated with powdered curry leaves or sometimes 'Bhringraj' oil from the state of Kerala (from where Ayurveda originates)
My regimen is... Detangle Cleanse Moisturize Seal Style
My regimen so far while transitioning has been Cleanse, Deep Treat, Detangle, Moisturize and style by twisting & rod curling using KCCC with some setting lotion on the still straight ends. The results were nice when I 1st untwisted but I got a lot of flaky stuff in my hair where the KCCC was used by the 2nd day. I think I am now going to try the KC Knot Today as a leave in after detangling and then sealing with coconut oil and rewetting my hair more as I twist with a combo of aloe vera juice and water. Any thoughts?
Deep Treat Cleanse (poo bar or gio) Detangle Thin Conditioner Dry (microfiber towel) Leave in Moisturize Seal - Oil & Thick butter Braid or Twist to keep from getting knots Cover (with scarf)
My regimen is: Cleanse Detangle Deep treat/repair Moisturize Seal Stretch(via braiding) Style(Pinned Updo) I do this weekly.
where has this article been for the past 2 years! i could have saved alot time and money had i read something like this before. and i just discover coconut oil a month ago and you're right. coconut oil is one of the best things kinky type 4 hair can use. thanks for the article!
nice! i'm still working on my moisturizing/sealing step. and i think coconut oil is the ticket! good stuff, that coconut oil
Actually, I follow these steps: Cleanse Deep treat/repair Detangle Moisturize Seal I deep treat with an intensive moisturizing conditioner three times a month, and repair with a protein reconstructor once per month.

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