Top 12 Hair Care Practices for Healthier, Fuller & Longer Natural Hair.

So, I wanna share hair care practices responsible for growth and health. These are general hair care practices that you too can try out and most of them will work for you if not all of them.

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Length, volume & health are hair goals that we chase but do we have the right hair care practices in place? First, growth doesn’t happen in a blink, you need patience & listen to what you hair likes & hates, trust me your hair speaks. With the right hair care practices and products, you will achieve your hair goals.

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Consistent hair care regimen.

A consistent hair regimen is the foundation for healthy hair & growth. A regimen entails prepoo & detangling, cleansing, deep conditioning, moisturizing and protective styling. Do you have a hair care regimen? Check out mine here to guide you. Ain’t noticing any growth & you’ve got a hair care regimen? This is why your regimen isn’t working.

Right products & tools.

By right products I mean products that are perfect for your hair. Figuring out the right products for you can be a hassle but not impossible. Note down how your hair reacts to each product you use and before trying any products, check out the reviews. Here are products and tools essential in your hair care journey.

Scalp massages.

Experiencing a receding hairline or bald patches? Massage with castor oil everyday. Use your finger balls to massage in a circular motion. Massages with castor oil stimulates growth. Here are the causes of receding hairline and how to regrow your edges.

Length retention practices.

Your hair is always growing but if you aren’t retaining any length, your hair will feel like it’s been the same length for the longest time. How can I retain length you ask? Wear protective styles that are protective, tuck your ends, moisturize your hair properly & regularly, don’t comb or manipulate dry hair etc. Catch up on length retention tips here.

Working with sections.

ALWAYS work in sections, it saves you time & tangles. Section your hair into 4-8 parts depending on your volume & length when cleansing, moisturizing, detangling, & applying products. Other than saving you time, it helps you know if you have different hair texture or porosity type.

Trimming and dusting.

Yes, you need to let those split & damaged ends go. Holding on to them cos you wanna see your length will have you losing much of that length. How often you trim/dust depends on how much you manipulate your hair & your hair type too. Here are signs that you need a trim and what you need to know about dusting. I do dusting every two weeks but lately have been slacking.

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Combing and brushing.

DON’T comb or brush dry hair, avoid breaking your hair & causing strain on your scalp. Don’t comb/brush your hair everyday, always minimize manipulating your hair daily and use wide tooth combs when combing your hair, hair pick to fluff your twist/braid out & Afro. 

Bed-time hair care/ night routine.

Sleep in satin/ silk bonnets /scarf /pillowcase. Cotton scarf & pillowcase absorb the moisture from your hair. Moisturize your hair before bed if it feels dry & hold it in a puff or chunky twists.

Finger Detangling.

Always finger detangle first before combing or brushing through your length. Finger detangling is more gentle on your hair & gets rid of the tangles easily. Catch up on detangling tips here.

Tucking the ends.

The ends are the oldest, fragile and most exposed parts of your hair thus should be given all the TLC. Keep your ends tucked or protected to avoid snagging with your fabric, jewel and other surfaces.

Tuck your ends in a bun

Moisturizing properly and regularly.

Dry hair is difficult to handle and prone to split ends and breakage. Moisturizing is essential for growth of healthy hair, makes your hair manageable & minimizes breakage. LOC/LCO moisturizing methods are the universal moisturizing methods but you can also add moisture by doing hot oil treatment, baggy moisturizing method pre-poo etc. Here are ways to add moisture to your hair.

Protective styling.

Not all protective styles are protective, here is why. Protective styles give your hair a break from manipulation and help retain length. Wear protective styles often if you wanna retain length and grow your hair.

Doing your hair by yourself is also essential for the growth of healthy hair and helps you know more about your hair and how to care for it but if you have a stylist who can work with your hair, consider her/ him doing your hair. If possible avoid heat. Support my blog here.

Mini twists, my favorite protective style.

Which hair care practices have worked for you?

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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