Why is moisturizing so important? and How do we moisturize correctly?
Moisturizing the hair is very important. Natural hair (kinky, coily and curly) are naturally dryer than other hair textures. It is also that more fragile. The only way we can keep our hair healthy and growing is to keep it constantly moisturized. DRY HAIR BREAKS!! So you have to be very careful when handling your hair when it is dry.

You can moisturize correctly by sealing in moisture (water or leave in conditioner with WATER as the first ingredient) with oil or for thicker hair a hair butter. Some use a leave in after their styling product or the oil last. It all depends on the person and the type of regimen you want to keep up. Keeping your hair moisturized is one step towards retaining length, here are some ways to keep your natural hair regularly moisturized.

Co-Wash In-between Shampoo Washes
If you are one to feel it necessary to cleanse your hair with shampoo on wash day, then make sure you follow up with deep conditioning afterward. In addition, in-between your wash day, co-wash your hair. For example, if you choose Sunday as your wash day, make Wednesday the day you co-wash. This way your hair is getting that extra moisture from the wash in the meantime. Also adding oils or even honey (which is a humectant) in your conditioner will help you retain moisture.

Use Water-based Moisturizers
Styling your hair with a water-based product will ensure that your hair is getting some additional moisture. This could also mean when you re-style your hair at night, you may not have to add more product. Make sure you are choosing the ‘moisturizer’ that is water-based. This means, the 1st or 2nd ingredient should be water, (aqua). If water isn’t one of the first two ingredients, then it’s not a water-based product.

Seal, Seal and Seal! (in Moisture)
After washing your hair, before styling, seal in the moisture (water) by adding oil to your strands. Oil will seal in the water, keeping your hair hydrated and moisturized. Aloe Vera is also a great sealant.

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Hair Butters are a great way to add moisture to your natural hair. Here are 5 great hair butters to choose from what will help seal in moisture and add shine to your tresses.

Curlaide Moisture Butter – Camille Rose Naturals

This butter has a little bit of hold, for more defined twists/braids or slicked back styles/updos, also can be used for wash and go’s.

Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine
Great moisturizer and mostly used as a sealer and finishing product. Light and fresh scent, provides softness and shine. A little goes a long way.

Bee Hold Curly Butter – Bee Mine
Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter has a soft, touchable hold that will help to defrizz your waves, curls and kinks and give your hair great definition. Works well for twists, finger curls, puffs/pony tails and especially for laying down unruly hair. It has a light hold and does not weigh your hair down. Also has a coconut Cream Scent.

Belle Butters-Shea and Matcha Green Tea Butter.
Absolutely love this product! Not only does this product moisturize your hair, it softens it as well. It also strengthens and softens hair while preventing split ends.

Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love
This is a very rich hair product. A little goes a long way and it smells very nice (vanilla lavender). Conditions, softens and adds sheen to fragile, stressed hair. Great for thick

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I came across this hilarious parody by the lovely MyInvisibleChyrsalis. Where she discusses the politics of it all. The products, the 50-11 million ways to do a twist out. The Hair Nazi’s, Relaxed vs. Natural. With pros comes cons. The divisiveness, the hair typing, constant articles about why we do what we do to our hair. At the end of the day like she says: It’s just hurr. Natural hair is beautiful. It’s big, it’s kinky, curly, coily. It’s bold, it’s soft and oh, so feminine. This video is less to do with the hair, and more to do with what comes with the hair, lol. Check out the video below:)
Enjoy guys!! Xoxo

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Deep conditioning is a great way to add moisture back into the hair, strengthen elasticity, and helps with overall health of your hair and scalp. Since I have color treated hair, I personally deep condition my hair about twice a week or (when i can). It is a great way of revitalizing your curls and bringing it back to life! Check out my tutorial in the video below
What you will need:
• (1) Avocado
• (1) Egg
• (1) Banana
• Extra virgin Olive Oil
• Mayonnaise
• Aloe Vera Juice (or you can use a bit of water) for consistency

Many people rave about The Oil Cleansing Method and how great it worked out for them, but this technique takes a lot of trial and error to master which is a risky game you will be playing. Everyone has different results as the results may vary. Today, I share why you should NOT try oil cleansing. So let’s jump right in.

Reasons for why you shouldn’t bother with oil cleansing:

• While there are some who swear by the oil cleansing method, there are just as many who started this skin care method and figured out after long that it caused their skin to be worst than when started. Whiteheads were the result for many and some ladies found that they had more acne breakouts than what they started with.

• While some have found some success with the oil cleansing method, it took trial after trial to find the “right” (and it’s still trial and error) combination and types of oil. Why go through all of this when there are plenty of all natural or mostly natural oily skin products that WORK well at absorbing the excess oils that cause acne?

• If you don’t do the oil cleansing method correctly (and remember it’s trial and error), you can cause a case of adult acne to develop – especially if you have sensitive skin.

• Most OCM users suggest using a washcloth on your face. Washcloths carry so many germs, unless you are using a new clean washcloth daily. Bacteria thrive in moist environments such as a wet washcloth. Keep in mind that washing your face with a washcloth that hasn’t been cleaned could spread the bacteria on your skin or even an infection.

• While natural oils are used to “absorb” excess oils, what about cleansing dirt and debris from your skin? You can’t possibly clean your skin with oil. You need to WASH it with a cleanser for your skin type.

• This method can be very time consuming and not guaranteed.

• There will be a “purging stage” that may last up to 2 weeks or more, where the OCM is clearing all your toxins from the inside. (Many freak out about this)

• Lastly, many estheticians don’t recommend this method for a good reason. The constituency of natural oils is very thick and CAN clog pores causing milia (small, kind of hard and white pimples). Natural oils in skin care products have been emulsified to make them a lighter texture for all skin types.
Based on my own experience I really wanted this to work. I was extremely skeptical about using this method at first (because I have very oily-acne prone skin), but after doing some extensive research I was informed that you can indeed clean your face with oil. I began with almond oil, then experimented with mixtures such as castor oil, grapeseed oil along with the almond oil in the recommended usage parts. The first few weeks it left my skin feeling amazing, dewy and moisturized, but then came along the “purge”. I was informed the purge will last approximately two weeks, unfortunately my purge lasted two months. I knew something was not right when I had a rash-like trail of small bumps near my chin.

Purging stages:

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Then it got even worse! I developed cystic acne all over my chin and forehead.

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and worse!

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I decided to take a trip to the dermatologist and he prescribed me with Aczone (treatment) and Tretinoin ( a form of retina to speed up the cell turnover). It took about 4 months for my face to finally clear up. This was definitely an experience for me and also keep in mind that the results are different for everyone.

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