Raise your hand if you have curly hair. Me too!
Whilst we all love our curls, picking products that work for them isn’t always the easiest thing to do.
What a lot of curly girls (also known as naturals) fail to realise is that choosing hair products is a very personal thing.
There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when picking curly hair products for your hair.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the key factors:
Your hair texture- is the product you’re considering, designed to meet the needs of curls?
Are your textures mixed? What I mean by this is- do you (like most curly girls) have more than one hair texture. I know I have. For instance, the front of my hair is sort of wavy-meets-afro whilst the middle is super afro textured. The back is loosely wavy. My hair has three very different textures and I always take that into consideration when making products for my curly-haired customers.
Another factor to consider is what’s in your hair products. This is a big one. So many products are filled with harsh chemicals that strip curly hair of moisture and make it dry, brittle and prone to split ends. Make sure you do your research and pick products with healthy, natural ingredients.
The final factor to consider is how much time you have. We’re all living increasingly busy lives so finding time to mix up your own concoctions can be really time and energy consuming. Many busy women simply want to use products that are easy to use and can be carried any where. That’s why when creating the My Curls range, I deliberately ensured that the products in the line were easy to use, portable and lifestyle friendly.
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Isn’t it boiling outside! Whilst many of us love the hot weather, our hair doesn’t!
High levels of heat can cause your hair to dry out and lose moisture.
The funny thing is that even though our hair doesn’t love heat, many of us see the summer time as the perfect period to wear our hair out. The choice to wear your hair out is often called ‘wash n go’ because all you have to do is wash your hair and…go!
So how can you wash n go without damaging your hair? Is it possible to wash n go without damaging your hair?
Here are some tips and strategies to bear in mind when doing a wash n go.
Condition. Condition. Condition!
Conditioning your hair is vital during the hot summer months. Make sure you condition before wash n going so that your hair is well moisturized and prepped to handle the heat. A super slipper conditioner will help with detangling and will make combing your hair so much easier.
Whilst wearing your hair out everyday is tempting, it could potentially cause a lot of damage to your hair and might increase the chances of single strand knots, tangles and split ends. Rather than wearing your hair out everyday, be selective and wear it out on alternative days. You could for instance wear it out on a Monday but not Tuesday, Wednesday but not Thursday and so forth.
Protect it at night.
The night time is the perfect period to nourish your hair back to health. Before dozing off and falling asleep, take a few minutes to detangle with a wide toothed comb or high-performing brush, apply oil to your hair and scalp and tie a headscarf. Doing these three things will protect your hair at night and prevent it from damage during the day.
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Nature provides so many natural elements which we can use to create luxurious natural hair care products. Coconuts are one of those elements which have been long-loved for their amazing power to beautify skin and hair.
Coconut oil is one of the top natural ingredients used today to make nourishing shampoos and conditioners. Products that include coconut oil have the power to transform dry or damaged hair with a naturally deep conditioning effect.
Natural ingredients also provide an extra boost by infusing hair strands with the nourishment they need to grow.
Scientific research shows us just why coconut oil is one of the most sought after ingredients in natural hair care products. Two recent studies demonstrated that daily application of coconut oil has positive results on any hair type, including curly hair and afro hair types.
Using a daily moisturizer that contains coconut oil will provide your natural hair with all the luxurious moisture possible leading to less overall breakage. Best of all, your hair will be less likely to break when combed because it is moisturized and pliable. Little to no breakage when combing is what every curly girl wants. Long term use of coconut based products can help you grow your curly tresses longer by preventing breakage and split ends and helping hair retain moisture.
Natural Hair Moisturisers
One of the best aspects of coconut oil as part of an afro hair care or curly hair care routine is that it acts as a dual moisturizer.
Firstly, it is one of the only oils that can penetrate deep within the hair shaft to provide moisture from the inside out, which is exactly why coconut oil is one of the main ingredients in our Coco Curly Conditioner.
Second, it coats and smoothes the cuticle, sealing the moisture inside of the strand. Your curly hair will be more pliable and softer to the touch, as well as have an amazing sheen.
After just one week of using a coconut oil based moisturizer for your natural hair and scalp the difference will show. A conditioner reinforced with the richness of real coconut oil that is gentle enough to use every day will prevent split ends and make your hair softer and more manageable. The result is overall improved texture, improved appearance and smoother curls.
Many of our customers have asked about quick and natural homemade deep conditioning treatments that work well on naturally curly hair.
Here is a treatment that’s easy to do, uses natural ingredients and has a huge impact on your hair’s strength, elasticity and shine!
Filled with protein, it’s easy to use and simple to purchase. Mayonaise works well on all hair types but is particularly amazing for naturally curly, frizzy and afro hair.
Since most of us have mayonnaise sitting in the fridge, it’s not exactly difficult to get hold of either.
So how do you use mayonaise for your hair?
Step 1. Apply water to your hair ensuring it’s damp or relatively wet.
Step 2. Scoop a dollop of mayonnaise into a bowl. For great conditioning, mix the mayonnaise with olive oil and honey.
Step 3. Apply the mayonnaise thoroughly onto your hair and leave for 10-30 minutes (depending on how deep a treatment you need). It’s a good idea to detangle/ comb your hair whilst the mayonnaise is penetrating.
Step 4. Shampoo your hair using mild/warm water (not hot). Depending on your hair type/texture, you may want to detangle after your hair has been shampooed rather than during the mayonnaise stage.
Avoid using hot water as it could make your hair sticky.
Rinsing with cold/warm water will help you get the best results.
Now it’s your turn! This week, take one day to pamper yourself and your hair starting with a deep mayonnaise hair treatment.
Are there any deep treatments that you’ve tried on your hair?
Which ones did you like or love? Tell us in the comments below.
Hair breakage hase to be one of the most common hair complaints that women from all walks of life have!
In order to get rid of hair breakage, it’s important to do three things:
1. Figure out what’s causing it. Are you using too much heat on your hair? Remember that putting your hair straightener at heats above 150C can lead to permanent damage.
2. Once you’ve figured out the causes of your hair breakage, you need to make a commitment to take consistent actionable steps to reduce breakage forever. In other words, you need to be committed to following these steps:
Limit heat to once a month (or even less!)
I used to be heat obsessed! I would literally apply heat to my hair daily, whether through using a blow dryer or by straightening it frequently. As a result, my hair was in bad condition. In order to overcome my hair woes, I had to become acquainted with styling my hair differently. It took some time, but eventually I got into the habit of only using heat once every three months. (What a change!)
Get Regular Protein Treatments
In order to have stronger hair, it’s advisable to do approximately one or two protein treatments a month. Protein treatments don’t need to be time-consuming or expensive. Simply use kitchen cupboard ingredients like eggs or mayonnaise. Protein treatments often have an immediate impact on your hair and should help to increase its’ strength and reduce damage.
Trim Those Ends!
Holding onto damaged ends is one of the most common causes of breakage. Make sure you commit to having your ends trimmed roughly once every 6-8 weeks (depending on how frequently it grows). Although a professional hair cut isn’t compulsory, a good hair dresser will have the skill to trim your hair without making it look much shorter. Always be specific with your hair stylist and be clear about how you’d like your hair to look.
If you have any questions about your curly hair simply tell us in the comments section below!
Have you ever felt like everyone’s hair seems to grow whilst yours seems to be the same length irregardless of how much you try?
Despite protective styling, conditioning, moisturizing, steaming, oiling, plaiting etc, it still feels like your hair hasn’t grown an inch in ages!
The thing is, millions of women feel exactly the same!
To help you, the first question I’m going to as isn’t ‘how long is your hair?’ or ‘how much time do you spend styling it?’
Are you alive?
If you’re reading this, your heart is pulsing- right? You are breathing- right? Well then, that definitely means you’re alive. Great!
So, if you’re alive and have no underlying health problems then your hair is definitely growing!
That’s a fact.
There’s a big difference between your hair not growing and your hair not being longer or fuller. Click to Tweet!
If your hair is no longer than it was six moths ago that means that you’re not retaining or keeping your new and old hair.
New hair is the hair that grows from your scalp; for instance when a woman who dyes her hair says her ‘roots’ are showing, the roots are new hair.
Whilst new hair grows, the hair that’s already on your head needs to be kept in good condition so that you can have longer hair. Basically, there needs to be a balance between the new hair growing and the current hair staying.
When you achieve this balance then you’ll experience growth. Simple!
For those who are struggling to keep their existing hair from breaking there are two key things you should consider:
Conditioning more frequently and properly!
If you’ve been telling yourself that conditioning is for women with a certain hair texture then you’re very much mislead.
Women with any and every texture that exists, need to condition their hair.
But it’s no use using just any product on your hair. Pick your conditioner carefully. Read the ingredients, look for high quality ingredients like coconut, lavendar oil, Vitamin E and honey.
Look at how much of the good ingredients is in the product you’re considering. For example, in our Coco Curly Conditioner Coconut oil is one of the primary ingredients (we loooove coconut oil!).
Test out different conditioners to see which one works for you and once you find that gem, use it regularly.
Of course, some women have greasier hair and may therefore chose to condition less-which is fine.
Your hair is made from protein which means that regular protein treatments will actually help to strengthen your hair.
Many women with breaking/ damaged hair notice an immediate difference with just one protein treatment simply because protein really helps to add strength and stop damage.
There’s no need for a salon trip, simply use normal eggs or mayonaise to give your hair a protein boost!
They say patience is a virtue for a reason! It’s so easy to want immediate results whenever we have a goal or desire but the truth is that hair growth takes time!
Contrary to what some people might have you believe, truly healthy hair doesn’t just happen in a day!
Your body needs time to work it’s magic and produce the healthy hair you deserve.
In fact, your body is constantly working and operating and will in time produce the results you desire in terms of your hair growth goals.
Be patient and you’ll reap the rewards.
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