How to keep Type 4 Natural Hair Moisturized for Longer

Does your hair feel dry like always? Do you find yourself moisturize every now and then? Well, this post is for you. Mastering the art of properly moisturizing your hair can be quite a job but not impossible.

To nail the moisturizing game, you’ll need to know your hair porosity or rather how fast or slow your hair absorbs and loses moisture. Knowing your hair porosity helps in picking the right products for your hair & how to properly moisturize.

For instance, if you have low porosity hair, products with humectants are your to go to cos they’ll draw moisture from the air & infuse in your strands while with high porosity hair, anti-humectants are advisable(to prevent absorption of more moisture causing frizz) and heavy sealants(reduce moisture loss.) Now that you know  how fast or slow your hair absorbs and retains moisture affects your moisturizing game, let’s get down to how to keep your hair moisturized for longer.

How often do you moisturize? Daily? Weekly? After every 2-3 days? I moisturize after every 2-3 days or weekly depending on the state of my hair, weather, how often I’m manipulating my hair & moisturizing products that I’m using. When using may be water + aloe vera juice & seal with an oil/butter I moisturize frequently unlike when I’m using water + leave-in & seal with an oil/butter, I moisturize weekly or twice a week when in a protective style but when wearing my hair out I moisturize after a day or two. What I mean is, figure out how, when & how often you need moisturize.

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How to keep your hair moisturized for longer.

Right moisturizing & Sealing products.

The moisturizing products you use should properly moisturize your hair porosity. Before purchasing any moisturizing product, check the ingredients list to make sure it’s a water based moisturizer whose first ingredients should be water/aqua, aloe Vera juice, glycerine, emollients etc. The sealants you need will depend on your porosity type, light oils and butters for low porosity to avoid build up and heavy oils and butter for high porosity to minimize moisture loss.

Moisturizing method.

First, know your porosity type then figure out which moisturizing method works for you. There are a number of ways to moisturizing your hair, using LOC/ LCO/ LC/ LOCO methods of layering products to moisturize or you can use the baggy moisturizing method. Try all of them to find which properly moisturizing your hair & keeps your hair moisturized for longer.

Protect your hair when sleeping.

Cotton pillowcases and scarves tend to absorb moisture from your hair & the friction between the material and hair does your hair no good too. Use a satin bonnet, scarf or pillowcase to protect your hair when sleeping and keep it moisturized. Don’t wear/hold them too tight, you need edges to lay.

Deep conditioning.

Deep conditioners restore moisture(moisturizing deep conditioners) and reconstruct & repair (protein deep conditioners).Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner on every wash day to restore moisture and boost moisture content of your hair shaft. You can use a 2in1 deep conditioner which is both a moisturizing & protein conditioner. Moisturizing deep conditioner ingredients list will include; aqua/water, glycerine, glycerol, cetearyl, stearyl & cetyl alcohol etc

Hand in hair syndrome.

As satisfying and soothing it feels, don’t do it. We all are guilty of this but every time your hand reaches for the hair, it leaves with products that’s why you’ll notice oils & a different feel on your fingers every time you touch your hair.

Drink your water.

Moisturize your hair from the inside. Just like you drink water to moisturize & have flawless skin, your hair needs the same. I mean, the scalp is part of your skin too. Stay hydrated.

Avoid/ Minimize heat.

Excessive heat use will not only damage your hair shaft but will draw moisture from your hair shaft. If possible avoid heat stretching or styling or use minimum heat and heat protectants.

And to properly moisturize know when your hair feels dry, how it behaves in different weather, whether sulphate shampoo dry out your hair like crazy or works perfect for you and trim those split and damaged ends which not only do they travel up your length, cause knots and tangles but also it’s difficult to keep them moisturized & give your styles a rugged look.

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How do you moisturize & keep your hair moisturized for longer?

Everything Tangles and how to properly detangle Type 4 Natural Hair.

Tangles! Tangles! Tangles! Let’s talk about causes of tangles and how to properly detangle even the worst tangles. Long time no post but here we are. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for hair care tips. Let’s talk about tangles for a minute but first, is your hair always tangled? Here is why. Tangles and knots can be such a pain but can be minimized. How to minimize tangles. Keep your hair moisturized. Moisturize properly and regularly. Let go of damaged and split ends. Don’t keep your two strand twists for too long and re-twist when you notice your roots are getting fluffy after cleansing. Detangle properly  Consider low manipulation styles to wearing your hair out Wear low manipulation & protective styles on stretched hair. Pat your hair with an old t-shirt/ towel to absorb the water after cleansing or use a microfiber towel. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel. Essential detangling tools. Spray bottle Hair clip or scrunchies Wide-tooth comb Micro-fiber towel Conditioner/ Detangler Detangling brush How to properly detangle/ ultimate detangling steps. Work with sections. First, section into smaller parts. Detangling smaller sections is easier and not as time consuming. Start with damp hair. Spray water on your hair until damp. Add a conditioner/ detangler with a good slip to smoothen the tangles. Start detangling from the ends to the roots with your fingers. Don’t snap off the tangles, slowly separate the strands from the tangle. Comb with a wide tooth comb from the ends to the roots of each section then run it through your entire length. You can also use a detangling brush to detangle. Twist / braid or clip the detangled section and repeat the same for all other sections. Detanglers & conditioners to check out / purchase. TGIN Quench 3-in-1 Co-Wash Conditioner and Detangler SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Hair Detangling Kinky-Curly, Knot Today, Natural Leave in / Detangler Oyin Handmade Oh My Glide! Prestyling Detangler Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves & Naturals The Great Detangle Marini Naturals 3 IN 1 Leave-In Conditioner  Saru Organics Tea Tree And Peppermint Detangler SHETH NATURALS Detangling Instant Conditioner Share with the tribe your detangling tips and detangling products and tools that have worked for you.

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Natural hair Styles; 5 Easy to achieve styles.

I did a thing guys. Your girl is on a mission to try new styles and up her styling game. Hello Mane Embracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it for healthy hair care tips and tricks. Flat twist-out Afro I did another thing, installed flat twists as my low manipulation style for a week or so and the flat twist-out turned to an Afro. I love wearing my Afro or may be I love it because my styling game is 👎👎👎. Either way we all agree that afros are cute. Bun & bangs. First, I uploaded a tutorial on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to check out. It’s an easy to achieve style. Got no time to figure out how style your hair? Well, this style is for you. Bun & flat twist Same bun but flat twisted the bangs & the look gave me some ‘ hey there, praise and worship & good gal vibe.’ It’s an official look, easy to achieve style & a less than 5 minutes style. Low puff & twists. I live for high puffs but side puffs are okay too. I loved the look & the twists were, “hide my forehead thing.” Hello fellow gals with a big forehead & heart. Twists & tucked twists. Turned the low puff to chunky twists and pinned them. For a moment I thought I had locs but they don’t look like locs though. The IT style. How gorgeous is this style? I would love to know which of the styles is your favorite.

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2 Comments

  • beinglefenyo

    I usually use the Leave-in, Oil, cream and a heavy butter to moisturize my hair. On day 2/3 I would just refresh with a curl refresh spray and oil or just water, oil and a heavy butter. It’s winter where I live and I realised I don’t really have a winter/summer routine…I follow the same regimen throughout the year 🤷🏾‍♀️

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