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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

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One of my favorite Natural Hair Styles is a Bantu Knot Out, they are simple to do and you can achieve this look on either wet or dry hair. Check out the video below for the tutorial 🙂

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Tell us about yourself:
The names Joiya aka Jo Clo. I’m from Mars via California and Arizona
How long have you been natural? And why?
13 years, however, my current hair is reflective of a big chop in September of 2010. My original reasoning for going natural was due to my disgust for unhealthy hair from over processing (i.e. breaking off from flat ironing, perms, braids, etc.), attempting to maintain styles that were not natural to me as a black woman, and failure to maintain straight hair with an active lifestyle. That reasoning shifted to include merely wanting to help adjust misinformed black people’s perception of beauty beyond that of the learned European standard, and forcing people to accept what naturally grows out of my head.

After having been vegan for a year and a half and starting a Facebook page and movement called Health Over Hair (HOH) www.facebook/healthoverhair, being natural was important for reasons that included helping others to see that healthy hair or long hair if that was your goal, is contingent upon your overall health (i.e. mental health, what you eat, exercise, etc.). Now it is really about understanding yourself beyond your hair and self-love. I also take a special interest in redefining sexy for black women, since natural hair has in the past been associated with the opposite.

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How would you describe your hair?
I don’t really define my hair with any standardized system or know what the standards are. I like my hair to set its own standard. Besides, it really does vary depending on the conditioner I use to wash it with, the weather, how many days have gone by before washing it, the amount of product layered in, over what amount of days, etc. But generally speaking my hair has looser curls in the front, kinkier curls on the side, cotton textures in the middle and tighter, smaller curls in the back. =)

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What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I’m a bona fide wash n go girl because it’s the easiest and least time consuming without torturing my hair through some process (my hair is sensitive and impressionable to most processing). I co-wash with Mizani Conditioner, Tresemme Sulfate Free Conditioner or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and then use Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in Conditioner. For any cleanup styles or edge cleanups I use an online product called Coconut Curl Pudding by Komaza Care (love them!).

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Have you always liked your natural hair? If not, how did you come to embrace it?
I have always liked my natural hair, but have not always accepted it-Myself and many naturals tend to want their curls a certain way or to avoid shrinkage or to have another woman’s curls. In my opinion, that contradicts the point of going “natural” , but rather we should be concerned with allowing our hair to be what it is and do what it does, optimally and naturally.

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What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
My edges are prone to breakage and do not grow as long. Periods of undergoing little to no major processing (i.e. straightening or tight buns), are necessary.

What are your staple hair styles?
Wash n Go all day!

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What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
The Big Chop! I have been natural by way of a transition into my natural hair by foregoing perming and processing and I have also decided to just cut it all off which is a problem for “everybody”! People will say don’t do it and others will be more offended about the hair cut than you, but beauty of the experience is that you get to that point of fearlessness and courage to go against the grain for your own personal freedom. Cutting my hair was freedom

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What is your hair goal?
Large, very Large!

Hair Crush?
hmm…no one in particular, but I genuinely love all natural hair girls!
Anything else you would like the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Self-Love is total acceptance of you-it may be an on going process #thatisall

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Instagram: @xojoclo
and
www.facebook.com/healthoverhair

 

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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I love altering my look and experimenting with changes and as a result I decided to lighten my hair. I dyed my hair with Clairol Professional Soy 4 Plex Liquicolor in a light brown then and added some highlights. I loved the color, but it did have some orangy tints and started to look brassy over time.

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Furthermore, I have always heard positive reviews on the Devachan Hair Salon, as you know they specialize in curly hair. So I wanted to check them out. I went to the Devachan in New York City, in Soho. I initially wanted to come in to get more highlights done professionally, but the hair colorist recommended that I should get a color correction instead to tone down the orangy tones and also because the bleach would have altered my curl pattern.
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The ambiance was great and the staff seemed really friendly. Although as a first-time customer it was not what I expected. The colorists helper seemed inexperienced with my type of hair (as far as tugging the hair pieces instead of being gentle not to cause any breakage). When it came to cleansing my hair, she used hot water , did not detangle properly and dried my hair with a regular towel as opposed to a microfiber towel. That just alarmed me because I thought the salon specialized in this type of field. The hair colorist suggested that I keep the deep conditioner on for a few days to let the color set in, which I totally preferred due to the fact that I have read and saw first hand on how they style your hair and was not too crazy about that.

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I left the Deep Conditioner on for a day actually and then used Curl Junkies “Repair Me”, along with the Heutiful Hair Steamer and wala! My curls sprung back to life!

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I was completely happy with the results and also keep in mind that it is crucial to deep condition regularly especially if you have color treated hair!

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Many naturals may complain about how dry and dull their hair is. The one thing you need to know about natural hair is that the kinkier (tightly coiled) it is, the drier it will be in many cases.
When your hair has more kinks, it’s harder for your scalp’s natural oils to travel down your strands. However, with proper TLC you can still bring out your strand’s natural sheen and revitalize your tresses.

Buy Water-Based Moisturizers
Unless the first or second ingredient is water, it’s not a true moisturizer. Don’t be fooled by products that claim to moisturize your hair, but don’t even have water (or it’s listed as one of the last ingredients.)

Here are some good moisturizers for natural hair:

1) Jane Carter Nourish and Shine (Even though this is mostly oils and butters, it moisturizes well when applied to damp hair):
• Helps reduce dryness on the scalp and skin
• All natural nourish and shine
• Made from all natural ingredients

2) Shea Moisture Products:
• Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects while reducing frizz
• Silk protein: Smooths hair for a soft, silky feel
• Neem oil: Controls frizz while adding brilliant shine
• For thick, curly hair

3) Jamaican Black Castor Oil:
• Promotes Hair Growth
• Promotes Health Hair
• Great Moisturizer

4) Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream:
• Nourishingly rich blend of old world oils, organic herbs and natural humectants leaves coarse, dry and brittle hair extra soft, healthy and supple
• Contains Amla, Brahmi and African Aloe, premium Afro-Indian botanicals used for thousands of years to nourish the scalp and strengthen and condition hair. MSM sulfur nurtures follicles and encourages healthy hair growth, Mediterranean Olive Oil delivers emollience and lubricity while Vegetable Glycerin and pure African Castor Oil lends sheen, softness and intense moisture.
• Does not contain mineral oil, lanolin, proteins, silicones, artificial fragrances, dyes or parabens.
• 100% Vegetarian

5) Oyin Hair Dew:
• This creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day. It’s great on ‘naked’ hair immediately after a cleanse, or as a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle.

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Many of you guys have been asking me exactly what products I use for my hair, I know it took me a while to make this post, but finally here it is! Aside from that, I must confess I am a hair product junkie! Throughout my hair journey I experimented with different hair products to see what my hair liked and didn’t like, also overtime your hair becomes “used to” the products you are using so it’s really good to alternate as well.