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KEEPING YOUR HAIR MOISTURIZED

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For some, moisturizing their hair is easy. Getting it to stay moisturized? Not so much. Keeping hair moisturized is one of the biggest challenges faced by naturals. The key to doing so is first knowing your hair and then understanding how to treat and take care of it. In my last post I spoke about Porosity and the role it plays in both moisturizing hair and keeping hair moisturized .Click hereto read that article.

Wiping the slate clean Most naturals Co-Wash (Wash with conditioner only). While this does help to clean the hair without leaving it dry and straw-like, it just isn't able to effectively remove heavy product buildup. So if you are heavy handed, like me, and you use lots of products, butters, or even thick waxy products (beeswax), then co-washing alone won't do. Using a mild Sulphate free clarifying shampoois a great way to remove excess product from your hair and scalp.
 I try to clarify my scalp once or twice a month depending on how much product I applied to my ha…

HAIR POROSITY AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR HAIR ROUTINE.

Porosity For many persons, keeping their hair moisturized is a difficult thing and there are many factors that are responsible for this. One of the biggest reasons for this is hair porosity.

Porosity refers to how well your hair absorbs and holds moisture. Hair porosity is one of the main culprits that may hinder your attempts at maintaining or increasing your hair's moisture content. Think of your hair strands as covered in 'scales.' These "scales' allow water (moisture) in your strands. To get your hair moisturized effectively you have to know whether your hair has low porosity or high porosity. A simple way to determine this is to drop a strand of your hair in a glass of water. If it floats then your hair is low porosity, if it sinks in a short space of time (think 30 seconds to a minute) then you have high porosity. 
Low Porosity Hair With this type of hair things get a little tricky. It's definitely not impossible to moisturize however. Once you know you…

PRODUCT REVIEW- ENTWINE COUTURE

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Entwine Couture This black-owned-business makes all- natural products that cater to a wide variety of hair types and textures. After having seen quite a few YouTube reviews on their products I contacted them. I was sent some products to review and I was not disappointed!



Entwine couture hair bathè-  The hair bathè is their version of a shampoo. I am always skeptical when it comes to shampoos. It's such a very rare feat for me to be satisfied, much more impressed with a shampoo but this hair bathè exceeded my expectations! It left my hair so soft, I was able to get the majority of my detangling done with this shampoo! It has no sulfates and did not strip my hair at all.  Mild surfactants were used to create this cleanser, as well as aloe vera juice (humectant- pulls moisture into the hair), apricot
oil, Wheatgerm oil, and safflower oil to mention a few. These oils help to nourish damaged hair, and scalp and helps to aid in repair of damaged hair. Other ingredients include Biotin, w…

THE SECRET TO LONG HAIR.

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We see it everyday, countless images of long, luxurious hair. Some kinky, some coily, some curly, some straight. One thing is sure, the majority of the images we see flooding our timelines daily illicit envy and in the worst of instances even jealously! We then lament over the slow pace at which our own hair is growing. Even if it is growing, we complain that it's not growing fast enough. We complain about shrinkage, our curl pattern (or lack there of), the styles other naturals can achieve but we can't. We complain when one product works for our favorite Youtuber but not for us. These are just a few of the sentiments many natural haired women voice daily.  But why is this wrong?

Our hair type is determined genetically. One popular line of reason is that even the maximum length we will ever be able to achieve is genetically coded for in our DNA. This isn't going to change. The first step to having a successful natural-hair experience is accepting this fact. I've seen …

5 PROTECTIVE STYLES TO TRY THIS WINTER.

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Protective styling doesn't have to be expensive. It can take a little practice to come up with cute styles and even some inspiration from our favorite YouTubeers. Protective styling is any style the keeps our ends and the most of our hair covered so as to prevent damage from the elements. Protective styling is also a way to reduce hair manipulation which can cause wear and tear on strands and the scalp. Basically, it's just giving your hair a break. Here are a few styles I've tried this winter.

1. Twisted up-do

For this style I simply made three ponytails down the middle of my head and then wrapped the ends under to make three buns. I then took the hair from the pack and twisted it with the elastic band still attached and put the band over the first bun. I wrapped it around and bobby pined it in place to ensure it was secure and that my hair was covered. I then moved on to the next bun and then the final one. I got this idea from a video I saw on YouTube my Toni of  Mynat…