Happy Friday! Hope your week has been great? I hope you found PART 1 very useful? I have added more nuggets to this list. Next up will be kids hair care and then tips from my stylist.
#12 Know about your Hair Products
The type of hair products you use on your hair is so important. For years I didn’t read labels or educated myself on what I put in my hair, that has changed drastically over the years. Don’t let anyone fool you into buying this product or that, just because it smells great or its what’s “in.” Do your research and most importantly READ the labels. Just like with food, do the same with your hair products. Google makes it easy, so why not educate yourself and ask your stylist about the products she uses?
The debate about Sulfur in Shampoo
Personally I use sulfur-free shampoo (but I know sulfur isn’t the enemy, its derivative matters, natural versus synthetic) Yes shampoo with sulfur strips away our natural hair oils and can cause hair dryness and irritation but remember your sulfur free shampoo will do the same but at a milder rate. Shampoos do that period. I personally love Shea Moisture brand of products (they have a broad range for different hair textures). I have had great success with this brand with my hair and with my daughter’s hair too. Jane Carter is another amazing brand I love.
FUN FACT: MSM (organic sulphur) promotes growth in tissues that use Keratine as a base, such as hair. I haven’t tried it personally but people are raving about i (Hairfinity is an example.)
This is also very crucial. Invest in good conditioners that replenish your hair with the goodness that it needs. I personally leave my conditioner in for about 30 minutes when I condition my hair. Shea moisture’s restorative conditioner is by far my favorite product by the brand, it is amazing!! A friend turned me on to it and I have been hooked since. It has been great for my transitioning hair. It does cause some shrinkage though, but I have found ways around that with my after wash routine. Mixed chicks is another great conditioner.
Don’t waste money buying Shea moisture products at full price, some retailer or drugstore always has it on some special
I swear by Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in conditioner. It is simply phenomenal!! It tames frizz, detangles and leaves hair soft and manageable. It is pretty pricey, but the good news is that a little goes a long way. I always dilute mine, 2 parts water, 1 part product., lasts me months!
#13 Try no Heat styles
It is good to give your hair a break from heat which includes curlers and dryers once in a while. Personally, I put in braids and wear natural hair styles like in this photo. Weaves with closures do the exact same thing.
#14 The climate factor
Depending on the time of the year, cold versus hot, your hair will act differently. Even in Nigeria, raining versus dry season. Your hair is dryer with the colder or cooler weather so this is when deep conditioning and oil treatments are very essential. This is when the advice of a good stylist plays a major role too:)
Your hair health says a lot about your overall health, don’t neglect it. There is a reason it is in that not so great state, invest time and effort in it and you will be amazed by the results. Please leave me a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.
EVERY PRODUCT ENDORSED BY THIS POST BASED ON MY OPINION, I AM NOT GETTING PAID TO PROMOTE ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS.