#B2B Washday- Co-Wash

Hey Natties!

I always wonder why washdays are time-consuming like the process is no joke but that’s why we are on this journey to enjoy our washdays *smiles*. I remember when l started out, l would dread my washdays because honestly l wouldn’t get the expected results but that has all changed. So let’s get theoretical..

Well there are so many ways of washing or cleansing our scalp,namely Co-washing, Shampooing, AVR rinse, Clay Masks etc and there has been alot of debate on which works better… Well l have had the privilege to have tried most of them and l will share my thoughts..

So before you decide to wash your hair, it is vitally important to start with a step called Pre-poo. l learnt this years back but when l stopped prepooing l noticed a significant amout of shredding.

What is Pre-pooing? Well from my understanding its the first step you take to prep your hair by sealing an essential oil/oil mix before you add removing any dirt… When l started out l thought it would be wise to shampoo or co-wash then seal in the oil but nope l was soo lost. What prepoo does, it opens up the the hair cuticles to allow your scalp to breath and release of the dirt so when u wash your hair its squeaky clean *yaay* l hope you now see why we have to Prepoo.. Prepooing can be as easy as applying coconut oil on your hair, wrap a plastic cap and leave it for 4hrs or overnight or just have a simple oil mix… Step 1 done…

 There are different ways people use to wash their hair but l will just discuss Co-Washing in today’s post.

Co-washing(Conditioner Washing) is pretty much washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo, the name sounds fancy but that’s Co-wash. Frequently washing your hair with shampoo will result in excessively drying out your hair and will tend to leave it frizzy. Co-washing is believed to be more gentler and to leave your hair feeling more moisturized.

Benefits

* Alleviates Dandruff

*Hydrates the scalp

*Minimises knots

Lately l had stopped Co-washing because l wanted to see our my hair would cope without Co-washing and l must say there hasn’t been much change. Well l normally co-wash my hair once a month, shampoo once a month and recently l have added the clay wash which l will ramble about in another post. Girrrl Clay washes are Life! Plus l make it a point to co-wash or shampoo my hair even in a protective style..Gone are the days when l never used to wash my hair under a protective style, sooo gone!

1. Firstly l section my hair into different parts and work with one section at a time. I have found this method to be user-friendly as l give each area the same amount of attention.

2. l spritz my hair with aloe vera juice and water then l apply my first coat of conditioner to my hair with coconut oil (this helps with retention of hair and protects the strands during the washing process). Whilst I’m adding the conditioner and coconut l ensure that l’m detangling my hair. l detangle using my hand as l find my hands to be more gentler and l can easily work through my hair. When the detangling process is done with, l just plait my hair into a twist.

3. I continue with the same process until my entire head is covered with conditioner.

4. Leave the conditioner for 5-10 mins, then l wash off with warm water then final rinse with cold water to close up my hair cuticles.

5. Wash Day Done…

Below is a list of 2 Conditioners that work well with my hair ..

1. Organics

2. Tresemme Naturals with Avocado

So if you feel like your hair feels dry after shampooing how about you try Co-washing, it could do wonders to your hair..

**Let me know what your thoughts are on Co-Washing, what your experience has been like and if you Co-wash which products do you use**

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

 

 

 

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#B2B Hair Porosity

Hey loves!

So in today’s post l will gladly share my thoughts and understanding on how best we can retain moisture formerly known as Hair Porosity. In my previous post, l did a brief introduction on porosity but now we will unfold the issue.

Generally as natties we struggle with which products our hair will love, how to start a hair regime, how to combat dryness, sealing in moisture etc… Well have you ever thought that, your diet, the external environment, genetics all contribute to how your hair thrive. Remember, one hair strand is made up of layers so knowing the structure of your hair cuticle is essentially important.

 

What is Porosity

Hair Porosity is the ability for your hair to hold or absorb moisture – simple as that! Again a hair strand is made up of layers so..Knowing your hair’s porosity is a great deal on how best you will care for your hair – as a result you are able to know which hair products work best for you. Wouldn’t that be a life-saver just knowing what products your hair will thrive in because after all, we want our hair to grow..Below l briefly explain the three main categories of hair porosity.

High Porosity has holes and gaps in the cuticle which allows too much moisture into the hair and the moisture escapes fast. This type of hair is prone to frizziness, looks dull easily tangles in our humid African climate.

Suggestion:

  • Women with high porosity should use leave-in conditioners, butters and creams to seal moisture and help fill gaps in the cuticle.
  • Using anti-humectants in our dry and humid is also is an advantage as this will help to retain moisture and seal damaged cuticles.
  • Ideally the LOC method would work best with porous hair.

 

 

Medium Porosity hair is what every woman would aim to achieve. This is when there’s a balance of moisture in the hair and the cuticle layer is loser. The right amount of moisture enters whilst preventing too much  moisture from escaping. Least amount of maintenance is required and hair can hold styles for long.

Suggestion:

  • Occasional deep conditioning is required but not daily
  • Women with normal porosity just have to stick to their regime

 

Low Porosity this type of hair repels moisture meaning moisture fails to penetrate through the tightly cuticle. Hair is prone to build-up because the cuticles are closed up so products end up sitting on the hair.

Suggestion:

  • Women with low porosity would need to use moisturiser’s rich in emollients e.g. shea butter, coconut oil, mineral oil etc would be a good start.
  •  Products that are liquid based are essential because they prevent heaviness on the curls and able to moisture the curls. Preferably look for products that have ingredients that list water first
  • Due to product-build, minimise protein conditioners that will leave the hair feeling stiff-like.
  • Using light-weight oils is an extreme bonus because the oils will easily penetrate through the closed up cuticles e.g. argan oil, grapeseed, olive oil
  • Using moderate heat, incorporating hot oil treatments will work with low porosity hair as this will allow the tightly bound cuticles to open and allow moisture in.

 

Below is a guideline, on two tests that are normally used to assist in realising where your hair porosity level falls under. 

 

Strand Test– take two fingers, run them through your hair, if you feel any bumps that indicates that your cuticles are open and you likely have high porosity.

∗if your fingers glide smoothly you likely have normal porosity

∗if fingers glide quickly on strand and strand feels slick you likely have low porosity

Float Test (only works on freshly washed hair no conditioners, just washed) – take different strands of hair from different areas of your head and place each strand in a glass of room temperature water. Wait for 5mins,

*if hair sinks within 3mins – High Porosity

*if hair floats – Low Porosity

*if hair stays mid-way of the glass- Normal porosity

So that’s a wrap on today’s post, l’m sure hope l have  brought some light..Remember your hair porosity level can change overtime due to different factors so just be aware of your hair changes. Knowing your hair porosity and your texture plays a crucial role in hair product selection.

**Just let me know below, the porosity of your hair and which products work well and if you tried the porosity test, was it helpful?**

With Love ♡♡

Tarie

 

 

 

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#B2B – Moisture (L.O.C, L.C.O,L.O.G)

Hey loves

On today’s post l will further elaborate how water is a great moisturiser, as well as why our hair needs moisture and the different ways in which we can incorporate moisture into our hair.. l am certain that you have heard “girl your hair is too dry, it needs moisture”, or in the natural hair community the best way to mosturise your hair is to apply the LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream) or the LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) and in some instances the MHM (Maximum Hydration Method- l will cover hydration in a different post). I will be honest there loves, it took me a very loooooong time to understand what the LOC method was all about. l was religious about the method but l had no idea why l was doing it. Well they say knowledge is power but without understanding its equally USELESS.

So women just to enlighten you, our scalp produces oil and sebum but that sebum is not always enough to protect our hair. The hair needs extreme gentle care, so if your hair looks, dry, thirsty, dull, let me help you. Ethnic hair looks incredibly thick, strong but it tends to be very fragile and can easily dry out fast, so as the queen of your hair just be sure what your needs. Let’s get right into the post.

Well what is Moisture ?

 Water/other liquid diffuses in small quantities as vapour or can condense on the surface. Essentially, this means that when you spray water or water based products onto your hair, it will quickly evaporate due to external factors e.g weather and after some few hours your hair is dry/thirsty. So what this means, spraying water on its own on your hair is not sufficient- to keep/seal in the moisture in the hair or to slow down how fast water evaporates from the hair, one has to LOCK IN the moisture. There are two ways in which we can lock in the moisture known as moisture retention methods that will assist our hair. These two methods use the laying concept to layer moisture avoiding dryness. Before l discuss the two methods, l will shortly digress and briefly explain why its important to know your hair porosity, that way you are able to make an informed decision on which method to use for moisture retention.

Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb moisture and you need to know in which category your hair lies Low, High and Normal.

Low Porosity – Hair appears to be shiny, looks very healthy, product easily sits on hair (Product build-up), moisture stays in hair, it does not dry up fast and lacks elasticity.

Normal Porosity #GOAL – Elasticity (full of bounce), looks healthy, absorbs and retains moisture well and resilient.

High Porosity – absorbs moisture fast, lacks luster and shine.

That is a brief guideline on hair porosity, will create a full post on Porosity. Look out for it! Now that posrosity is out of the way, we are back to moisture.

LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream)  or  LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) method seals in the moisture

L – Water is matter made up of small molecules that are made up of two hrydrolyzed and oxygen H2O, which can easily penetrate through your hair, e.g. Water/Water-based Leave in Conditioners (on the ingredients section of the hair ensure that the FIRST ingredient is water). Some people use aloe vera gel/juice or rose water(*still to try it*)

O – Oil is matter but has larger molecules, e.g. Oil/Oil based products preferably essential oils ( peppermint, rosemary, lavender, tea tree oil) to help to promote growth.

C – Cream is a mixture of water and oil molecules so when combined together creates a chemical reaction called emulsification. Cream, well this solely depends on preference which can be a carrier oil( castor oil, coconut, shea butter, jojoba oil, almond, carrot oil, cantu shea- butter) just to nail a few.

Personally l use the LCO method to lock in moisture for my hair. I find that it has absolutely helped my hair in promoting Health. From experience, the LOC method worked well but my hair would dry out fast.

What l do -Firstly l lay my hair with the Liquid  Water/ Organics Olive Oil Leave- in Condition then add shea butter mixed with rosemary and l seal with coconut oil/castor oil/ olive oil or Olive Growth Oil..

Styling Moisture Method – LOG/ LCOG

On a site note, people who enjoy styling, the L.C.O.G (Liquid, Cream, Oil, Gel) or L.O.G ( Liquid, Oil, Gel) would work wonders for you since the LOG method is another variation of LOC . Moisture is essential for styling, so people who prefer wash and go’s styles, twists-out etc normally use the LOG method.

So there you have it my lovely readers, l hope this guideline will help you on how to moisturise your hair.

∗∗Let me know which moisture method you use or you are keen to try out and also the product variation in the comment section below∗∗…

With Love

Tarie

 

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Back To Basics #B2B -Water

 

Hey loves!

Well to kick off with the coils, l am starting a series called the Back to Basics #B2B where l will share the underlying issues with our hair and what basic remedies we have to incorporate in our regime.

African mufushwa ‘hair’ can be a nightmare in this dry hot summer seasons; hence water is GOLDEN. To have your curls pop, eradicate dryness, to stop that itchy scalp, look no further and grab some water. Growing up, water was my enemy for my hair but when l embraced my natural texture l have since loved H20. Water is one of the cheapest yet effective product to revitalize and add moisture to my hair/curls.

As many of us know that water is vital for our bodies and the recommended daily intake is 2liters, the same applies to our hair. Our hair needs water but not 2litres of course lols, so l find it difficult to decipher how we can drink water but not spritz our with water “food for thought”. Water makes up 12% -15% of the hair. Our hair is built of hair follicles  that require water to thrive and moisturizes our hair shaft/structure..

Water is the key component in all hair products that aid to giving our hair the moisture it needs. I will just list a few the benefits of water for our hair

Gives moisture and lustre

• Combats dryness which prevents breakage

• Protects the ends of the hair

•Easier detangling “that’s a bonus”

Well with every good side there’s always the bad side, in relation to lack of water/ moisture will result in the following  drawbacks:

• Dry, brittle hair and split ends

• Slow growth rate* yess hun Slow*

• Quicker product build’-up resulting in clogged hair pores

• Loss in lustre

• Rapid breakage in hair

Above is a summrised list of the setbacks but my job is to empower and to educate us all, so no worries. I will assist with some of my fixes.

As for my daily spritz  l make my own homemade spritz: 500ml water, 2 tbsp olive oil/ coconut oil and 1-2tbsp aloe vera juice(optional) when im om the go l will sometimes just use my off-the-shelf Organics Olive Oil Leave-in Conditioner.

So there you have it my good people, always live by that staple ingredient for our hair.. Look out for my next post where l talk about  B2B moisture.

****Let me know what are your uses for water in your hair care regime or if you don’t use water, what is your basic staple?… Do share below****

With Love♡♡

Tarie

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