Frequently asked Type 4 Natural hair care questions Pt 1.

Hello mane embracers, I hope your crowns are flourishing and your skin glowing. Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my natural hair blog.

I get asked a lot of questions on natural hair care on a daily basis, most of which are related or the same questions but differently framed. So, I decided to posts frequently asked questions.

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Styling tip; If your twist out doesn’t turn out super defined, comb out until mid-length & flex the Afro

How can I make my hair natural?

First, natural hair refers to hair that has not had its texture chemically altered. Is heat damaged hair natural? Yes but if you want your natural texture, you’ve to trim the damaged parts. 

The only way to make your hair natural is to chop off the relaxed hair & grow out your natural hair or long-term transitioning where you cut off the relaxed ends as you grow out your natural hair “growth”.

There isn’t any turn relaxed hair into natural hair miracle. To easily transition, here are transitioning rules and tips.

Have tried everything and my hair won’t grow.

Sis, have you tried a consistent hair care routine? Not yet? Well, that’s the foundation for growth and health. A routine entails; Wash day, Moisturizing, protective styling, protecting hair when sleeping and healthy or right hair care practices. 

Note that your hair is always growing, so if you ain’t seeing any length it’s because you ain’t retaining your length/ the rate of breakage is higher than length retention. Growth rate also differs from person to person but with a consistent hair care routine, right hair care products & practices and length retention, you should notice growth.

Which products can I use to grow my hair faster?

Chillax sis! If products grew our hair faster, we all would have waist length manes but just look at our lengths? Magic products don’t work, stop wasting your hard earned money on them. Treat yourself for a date, buy the right hair care products or that book you’ve been meaning to buy. 

Products cleanse, moisturize, strengthen your hair & set favorable conditions for your hair to grow. Get you the right products, consistent hair care routine and healthy hair care practices.

Will protective styles grow my hair?

Not really, protective style is just that, protective style. They protect your hair from daily manipulation or styling, damage and help in retaining length. 

This is what happens when you’re wearing a protective style; your hair is growing & because your hair is protected from tugging, pulling and manipulation, which means you’re retaining the length you had plus your hair is growing so you notice more length when you take down a protective style.

For a style to fit as a protective style, it should be installed properly(not tightly held, not too small), protect or rather keep your ends out of sight, moisturized properly and regularly, shouldn’t need daily styling & don’t wear it for too long?

Can I wash my hair everyday?

Can we switch places for a minute? Where do you get the time and energy to wash your hair everyday? To answer you question, No you don’t need to wash your hair everyday cos daily shampooing strips off the natural hair oils and moisture. 

Wash your hair at least once a week and if you have to wash it bi-weekly, co-wash midweek and properly cleanse at the end of the week. How often should one wash their hair?

How often you wash your hair will depend on how much/heavy products you use on your hair, if your hair is exposed to dirt/dust, you workout daily and/or you sweat a lot etc.

That’s all for today, let’s pick from here over the weekend with the part two of frequently asked natural hair questions.

Why deep conditioning your Type 4 Natural Hair is Essential for growth of healthy hair.

Whether your hair feels healthy, don’t skip the deep conditioning step. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back.  What’s deep conditioning? Deep conditioning is an essential wash day step that involves applying a moisturizing and/or protein treatment  to restore moisture, improve elasticity, repair and strengthen hair, reduce breakage and split ends. Experiencing dry, damaged hair and a lot of breakage and shedding? Well, about time you invested in a moisturizing and protein deep conditioner, both are essential for growth of healthy hair. Deep conditioners are also referred to as; hair mask, reconstructors, deep treatments, penetrating treatment, deep masque etc. Deep Conditioner Types. There are 2 deep conditioner types ;  Moisturizing deep conditioner (restores/ retains moisture and improves elasticity)  Protein deep conditioner (repairs damage, strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and damage) Balanced deep conditioner (works as a moisturizing and protein treatment 2-in1 deep conditioner) Each of the deep conditioners has specific ingredients that you should look out for when purchasing. For moisturizing deep conditioners, look out for products with humectants & emollients & protein deep conditioners must have amino acids, hydrolyzed proteins etc. Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Type 4 Dry Natural hair. Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair. Why deep condition? Restore moisture after cleansing. Improves hair elasticity Adds or restores natural shine. Repairs and prevents damage. Strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and split ends. How to deep condition. Start off with freshly washed hair. Detangle, use your favorite shampoo to cleanse & thoroughly rinse off the shampoo. Dry your hair until it’s damp  Section your hair & apply the conditioner from the ends to the roots of your strands on each section. Ensure every strand is coated with the hair mask, detangle with your fingers then use a wide tooth comb to properly get rid of the tangles. Twist each section after  applying the deep conditioner. Wear a shower cap, thermal cap to infuse the conditioner nutrients in your strands. You can also warm up the deep conditioner before application, make sure the conditioner isn’t too hot, just warm. Leave the conditioner  for 30 minutes to an hour, you can leave it overnight (the downside of this is you might over moisturize your hair) Rinse off with cool water & if after rinsing your hair feels moisturized, softer & manageable, the deep conditioner has done its job. Deep conditioning Tips. Always aim at maintaining the moisture-protein balance for growth of healthy hair. Heat is important for deep conditioning, it opens up the cuticle for the nutrients to penetrate. Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner every time you deep cleanse your hair. How often you use protein treatments depends on the state of your hair, how often you use heat and manipulate. Don’t overdo it, letting your deep conditioner sit on your hair overnight consistently might lead to over conditioning or hygral fatigue. How often do you deep conditioner and what tips have worked for you?

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Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair.

When was the last time you deep conditioned with a protein based conditioner/ protein treatment? We rarely talk about protein deficiency or even complain about it. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back. Protein based deep conditioners are as important as the moisturizing deep conditioner because maintaining the moisture- protein balance is essential for growth of healthy hair, minimize breakage, repair damage and strengthen the hair. Our hair is made up of keratin, a protein which due to daily manipulation, use of heat, chemicals, colors and environmental stressors get worn out. Protein treatments come in handy to fill the gaps left by the worn out keratin. Keratin keeps your hair strong thus minimizing breakage and hair shedding.  How often you use protein treatment depends on the amount of damage , manipulation, if you’ve recently colored your hair, amount of breakage you’re experiencing and how your hair feels. How to tell your hair needs protein; Hair is highly porous- absorb & release moisture faster than normal. Hair looks limp, lacks the bouncy look & looks dull. Hair lacks its elasticity. Hair feels gummy or sticky Increased breakage & shedding. Which ingredients should you look for in a protein based deep conditioner? Hydrolyzed proteins are the main ingredients to look for when purchasing a protein based deep conditioner. Why hydrolyzed proteins? Because hydrolyzed proteins have been broken into smaller particles that can be easily absorbed & they include Hydrolyzed soy protein Hydrolyzed wheat Keratin Hydrolyzed silk Hydrolyzed oat flour Collagen Lipids Amino acids Protein treatments for type 4 hair Aphogee Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “APHOGEE Two step protein treatment is a serious treatment for seriously damaged hair. It rebuilds broken damaged hair. Rebuilds hair structure within six weeks. Ideal for Permed, tinted or relaxed hair. Stops hair breakage” Product Review, “The best protein treatment for curly hair” Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner Product Promise, “Perfect as a deep-conditioning treatment, this conditioner infuses moisture, shine, and strength into the hair follicle. Natural proteins strengthen hair to decrease frizz, improve volume, and increase hair growth.” Product Review, “I would definitely recommend this product to my friends. It is a wonderful protein treatment for your hair.” ApHogee Intensive 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “Prevents breakage and split ends. Antioxidant green tea protects hair. Adds body for easier styling.” Product Review, “It works great as a light protein treatment for my natural hair. It doubles nicely for a deep conditioner. Great purchase.” Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein-Strong Treatment Product Promise, “This masque treatment powered by reparative proteins and butters, in a nutrient-rich strengthening cream to naturally reinforce and revitalize over-processed, abused hair fibers, while reducing breakage up to 76%” Product Review, “Perfect protein treatment for my fine damaged curly hair.” How do you maintain the moisture – protein balance & which protein treatment works for your hair?

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