Hair Care- Fall Edition

As summer comes to an end, it’s important to make sure that you’re not only changing your wardrobe but your hair care regime. In the summer it’s fine to do a wash-and-go (even though most women do more than just wash, condition, and use a leave in), but in the cooler months, it’s not a good idea. It’s important to make sure you drink lots of water and oil your hair. Oils, especially coconut oil really help your ends stay strong. In Michigan, the winters are really damaging to your hair, so now is the time to prepare for that. For this past week, my hair care regime includes conditioning daily, and then French braiding prior to going to bed (it sets really nicely). For the fall I will be protective styling more, while making sure I condition often. It’s important also to make sure your hair is dry prior to leaving the house. I plan on trying Bantu knots again (I did them a lot last winter), and perfecting my knots. What do you do to keep your curls popping in the fall? 

LOC

LOC is a hair care method that stands for Liquid/Leave-In, Oil and Creme. I found it about a month ago, and I love it. I wet my hair (mostly after I condition it and rinse it), add leave-in conditioner (either Shea Mousiture: Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner or Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner), oil (Coconut, Olive, Silk (Design Essentials), and Renewing Argon Oil of Morroco (OGX)), and creme (Cantu Coconut Curling Cream). I love these products due to their ability to keep my hair soft and moisturized. As far as conditioner goes, I’ve tried a new cowashing cleanser by Shea Mouisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditoning Cleanser, which has worked very well on my hair. It’s important to cowash because it allows your hair to keep its essential oils (which shampoo strips them of), so that it can grow healthily. The goal is healthy hair. Whether you want to grow it out, or cut it into a short style. People tend to forget that short hair is cute too. Short hair takes maintenance, just as longer hair does. You need to make sure that if your hair is short, you do get it cut regularly, and keep it in a style. Your hair doesn’t have to be long to be cute, it just needs to be styled. I’ve been recently trying to find more protective styles, so I’ve been perfecting my halo French braid (the picture below is a side picture from my snapchat (I was very proud)). I wanted to make sure I have a large variety of styles for school, since I’m currently wearing my hair curly. My favorite is French braids though, because they hold mouisture really well.  I actually French braid my hair different than most people, so if you’re interested in learning more, please comment and I’ll post a video later on. 

  

“Fuzzy Wuzzy” Hair

Having natural hair is a movement, a lifestyle, a choice. It shouldn’t be seen as negative which it is when women are harassed about their hair. I do understand most of the “harassers” are genuinely curious. The individuals I’m talking about, say mean things about  your hair. Or maybe not your hair, but trust me they are saying something about someone’s hair. I ask you to be mindful of your words. Sometimes a simple “You look nice today” could make a someone’s day. No one enjoys negative comments. Like I’ve said before, do all things with kindness.  I have a link below that my mother sent me. I suggest you read all of the parts and take time to watch the video (it’s probably my favorite part). Be you. I LOVE MY HAIR!

 

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/28-exasperating-afro-problems?utm_term=rhgoij&sub=2148244_1076347#1cr2yib