DIY products: Avocado mask with honey and olive oil, Aloe Vera juice.
Hair masks and Conditioner
How to pre-poo your hair
Section your hair into four or more.
Detangle your hair with water or a detangling cream which could be a leave-in conditioner.
Apply your pre- poo products to your hair in sections.
Comb together and wrap with a plastic bag/cling film for few minutes.
And continue with your shampooing or co-washing.
Co – Washing
Co-washing also stands for conditioner only washing. It is a method where you use conditioner only to washing your hair. It cleans your hair and leaves it softer, smoother and curly. This is a perfect washing hair method especially for a weekly or bi-weekly washer.
In this case, a good conditioner must be chosen. A conditioner without silicones or sulphate is most appropriate. You can get conditioners with natural ingredients like aloe-vera or coconut oil usually called cleansing conditioners.
How can I co-wash my hair.
Completely drench your hair with water.
Apply your conditioner (a generous size) to your hair
Massage the conditioner into scalp *Massaging your scalp helps penetration of the nutrients in the conditioners. You can also leave it for a few minutes.
Wash out and proceed to do your LOC / LCO method to help retain moisture and have a healthy soft hair.
Now, natural hair is trendy to groom, to show off, to style, and everything else. Information is required to do this the right way and not destroy your hair. The first key information is to know your hair porosity, then the dos and don’ts of natural hair to maximize your hair growth.
What is allowed?
Be patient with your hair as it does not grow overnight. It is normal for your hair to grow 6 inches a year.
Detangling should be done with a wide-toothed comb or a detangler.
Ensure your hair is wet/properly moist when detangling. Do not detangle hair when dry to avoid hair breakage.
Take in and Apply water consistently. Take in water, that is drink a lot of water, at least 2 liters of water daily. Water is an important factor in hydrating the scalp and maintaining the effective functioning of skin cells. When you don’t get enough water, your skin cells begin to dry up and can flake. This keeps your scalp moist along with applying water to your hair. Water as a naturalist is your most loved product.
Apply oils and creams to your hair after water to lock in the moisture, using either LOC/LCO method (will be further discussed in the next article). Also, pre-poo before washing, you can do that by applying protective oils to lock in moisture before washing to protect your hair from harsh chemicals that may be in your shampoo.
Protective styles are the best styles for natural hair, and it helps to retain length and moisture. It could be braids out, twist, flat twist, bantu knots etc.
No tight hair be or bonnets but Satin scarfs and pillow cases- This isto help keep the moisture in your hair rather than other materials that can absorb the moisture out of your hair.
More protein – Take in more protein and use protein-based products.
Routine – Adopt a daily, weekly, monthly, and somewhat quarterly/yearly routine. A daily routine of moisturizing, a weekly routine of washing, a monthly routine of deep conditioning, a yearly trimming and straightening.
What is not allowed?
Towel drying – This was very surprising for me when I found out. You do not use a towel to dry your hair instead you air dry or make use of a T- shirt.
Heat – I know I have said a little heat at most to help open your hair cuticles. That is only for hair straightening, which should be done at most once a year any other heat is prohibited. For example, washing your hair with hot water, blow drying it, straightening it frequently.
Detangling with your hair dry or with close toothed brush
Making tight braids, destroying your edges.
Using Sulphate based products.
Hands in Syndrome on your hair which for me is very serious but I try. Once I am reading or bored, my hair becomes a toy, which is not proper.
A lot more will be put into our other articles, but these are the basics of caring for your hair. Never forget that Natural hair is beautiful and builds in Self-confidence if taken care of the right way.
Essential information for all naturalists is to know their hair porosity. This is a very broad topic, but the key tips here will help care for your hair healthier.
WHAT IS HAIR POROSITY?
Hair porosity is the ability of the hair to absorb moisture from the cuticle to the cortex, therefore, nourishing the cortex (the protein layer of your hair). Also, it determines how long moisture remains in the hair.
WHAT IS MY HAIR POROSITY?
Low porosity- This is when the cuticle scales are tightly closed together as they overlap one another.
Medium/Normal porosity- This is when the cuticle scales perfectly overlap each other. For this type, the cuticle scales are not tightly close or widely spaced.
High porosity- This is when the cuticle scales are widely spaced as they overlap each other.
FINDING MY HAIR POROSITY
The normal level of moisture absorption into your hair is 31.1% by weight. This level of moisture into your hair keeps your hair healthy. Although not everyone has the same hair porosity because to a large extent, hair porosity is more of genetics rather than the external factors that may reduce or increase porosity.
To know your hair porosity is simple, there are two tests:
Float test and Smoothness test. I recommend the float test rather than the smoothness test but using both gives you a certainty of the exact hair porosity type you have.
For the float test, simply get a glass of water and then put a hair strand into it. Watch it to see what happens to it. It either goes to the bottom of the glass which signifies high porosity hair or floats at the top which signifies low porosity hair.
Usually, for natural hair, it is either medium porosity or low porosity, while permed hair is often high porosity hair because it has been stretched and blow-dried several times.
A smoothness test is done by sliding your hand through a hair strand from the scalp to the tip of the hair. If it is smooth, then it is low porosity because the cuticles are tightly closed and if it is bumpy then it is high porosity. These simple steps help you know your hair porosity exposing you to the best way to care for your hair.
Best ways to care for your low porosity hair.
Dealing with low porosity hair first because I believe a large number of naturalists have low hair porosity.
Although it is prone to the build-up of protein conditioners, low porosity hair is relatively healthy because it does not take in too much water or moisture. It certainly requires moisturizers rich in Shea butter, coconut oil, and honey, so it is better to stick to protein-free products and products like honey and glycerin. Also, applying a little heat with the protein-free conditioners previously mentioned will help open the tightly closed cuticles.
As for me, I have low porosity hair, so I use a lot of Shea butter. My new hair care routine will entail straightening my hair at most once every quarter and safely once a year for healthier hair.
However, whether high or low porosity ,natural hair is beautiful and brings out your self-confidence if treated with enough care and love.
A lot of young ladies are on natural virgin hair today. Most of them cut their permed hair because of the beauty of natural hair and the beautiful styles you can achieve with your afro-kinky hair. The nature of the weather and also other traditions we are used to in caring for our hair doesn’t work with Nigerian natural hair and now they are beginning to regret ever cutting their hair. Nigerian natural hair has to be well taken care of for it to grow otherwise it will be dry, always breaking and tangled.
Victoria Chukwuemeka, A Nigerian natural hair lover.
Victoria has had her hair for two years and presently her hair is at shoulder level. She takes care of her hair like a plant and waters it regularly. She believes that you must keep your natural hair moisturized for it to grow well.
Natural DIY products for Natural hair
Natural DIY [Do it yourself] products are the best hair growth materials for Nigerian natural hair. Even though most packaged products claim to be natural, it still contains chemicals that can damage the hair follicles.
Commonly, hair loss is a side effect of chemical leached hair products. Rachael Francis noted that “Going natural is the best solution for hair problems, since it doesn’t have any side effects and its results are long lasting.” in her article ‘Hair Growth: 7 natural home remedies for hair growth’.
Victoria also uses natural DIY products like aloe-vera and olive oil which she applies to her hair every morning after moisturizing it with water. It is generally known that one gets the full nutrients of those natural products rather than when refined.
Daily hair care routine
It is well known that Aloe-vera helps growth and it can be used as a leave in conditioner, a conditioner, hair treatment and helps rapid growth.
Victoria says ‘I don’t use any known products for my hair’ meaning any packaged products. What she uses normally is aloe vera and olive oil which she did herself as a sealing agent after moisturizing her hair with water and this is her daily hair care routine.
She also makes use of an afro-comb on her hair. As a lady on natural hair, you must avoid thin-tooth combs and always make use of the afro-comb or wide-toothed combs to avoid fall outs and retain hair growth learning this from a youtuber, Chidera Stephen.
Chidera Stephen, A Nigerian natural hair blogger and a youtuber.
Chidera has had her hair for 5 years. She has a 4C type hair and her hair is presently at bra-strap length. She talks about the best way to care for your Nigerian natural hair. She gives details on the do’s and don’ts of natural hair care.
Follow routines like Bathing
She says, “You must have a daily routine, weekly routine, and monthly routine”. She cares for her hair having routines of deep conditioning and does hot oil treatment on her hair monthly. She washes and conditions her hair weekly about every two weeks and daily moisturizes your hair in the morning or at night”. She follows her routines like bathing which you can also.
Banana Hair Mask – The Magic
She noted her magic deep condition tool which is banana, a little mayonnaise, ginger, aloe-vera and olive oil. This is a banana hair mask which will make your hair softer and help your hair grow better. She does this monthly.
Do’s and Do not’s of Natural hair
On frequent occasions, ladies on natural hair make mistakes that hinder their hair growth which they are not aware of. Chidera highlights on the common mistakes made by naturals. They don’t moisturize their hair properly, some using just oils on their hair without any moisture. You must moisturize properly following the LOC [liquid, oil and crème] or LCO[ liquid crème and oil] method. The liquid must be water or any water based leave in conditioner like aloe-vera juice or rose water before oil. https://chiderastephen.com/how-to-grow-healthy-long-thick-4c-natural-hair-fast/
She further highlighted that most people on natural hair use that very tiny comb which is bad because for natural hair, you must avoid thin-toothed combs and go for wide-toothed combs, detanglers or Afro- combs. She says “Using those tiny combs will continue to rip out your hair and you probably become bald which nobody wants”.
Lastly, her say on common mistakes is with ladies who suffer from breaking or even as far as no edges but keep braiding their edges, tying tight scarfs and bonnets. She notes that your edges are fragile unlike your center hair and they require special care and attention. Natural hair is beautiful and brings out your self-confidence with enough care and love.
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Beginning with LCO/LOC method
First the acronyms
L stands for liquid – some others call it Leave- in conditioner, as we go further you will understand. C stands for Cream – a wide variety range of cream which could be known as butter too. O stands for oil – This is the sealant of moisture and the protective product.
This is the same meaning for LOC – liquid – oil – cream.
Since the acronyms do not stand for different things entirely. Why are the two methods different? Which is the best appropriate to be applied on and what is the difference in result?
The difference between these two methods is the sequence of application and on what hair porosity type it is best appropriate to be applied.
The sequence of application
As the letters are LCO method’s sequence of application is, liquid first which is usually water to hydrate your hair. Noting above, a leave- in conditioner can be applied in the liquid stage after water for extremely dry hair. It must be a water-based conditioner. Massage in and make sure your hair is fully hydrated.
Cream is next. Apply your cream product or could be called butter depending on the product. This moisturizes the hair. This is a very important stage for every naturalist being that as a naturalist your hair must always be moisturized to grow a healthy natural hair.
After you have applied moisture, how can it be retained? This is why oil is applied! As we all know oil separates from water never becoming one, in the same way oil becomes a sealant such that moisture cannot escape from your hair.
LOC method sequence of application also is according to the letters. L for Liquid is applied the same way the LCO. In this the liquid stage it is advisable to use either water or a water-based leave in conditioner because in this method less moisture is required. Wondering Why? Keep reading!
After the liquid comes the oil which still acts as a sealant here, sealing in the moisture but also as a protective product to avoid build up caused by too moisture.
The cream comes as a layer of moist over the oil to avoid the hair from being dry and oily.
N.B Together with this method which could be a daily/weekly routine, a satin scarf and pillowcase must be used to avoid all the moisture being absorbed leaving your hair dry and unhealthy again.
The Best hair porosity type for LOC/LCO method application
In our past article, Know your hair porosity we discussed two hair porosity type. Low hair porosity and High hair porosity.
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