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When roaming through natural hair forums and group boards, there is consistently one post that is guaranteed to be there. One question that is asked more frequently, than all the others.
No the question isn’t “What’s my hair type?” Although if you guessed this you were almost on the money.
The question I see asked the most by so many is, “How do I moisturize my hair?” Or “How do I keep my natural hair moisturized?”
No matter how the inquiry is phrased the topic of maintaining moisture seems to be the most elusive part of a curly girls’ journey.
There are tons of articles out there about the LOC method (liquid, oil, cream) or the LCO method (liquid, cream, oil). These techniques, which are for the purpose of sealing in moisture, can be effective.
However, these techniques focus on sealing in moisture. They don’t necessarily get the moisture into your strands.
Moisture levels of your hair are based on a number of factors like your hair’s porosity level or the health of your hair.
But the most significant of these factors that can contribute to constantly dry brittle hair is product buildup.
If you think about it product buildup can happen quite easily for us naturally curly and kinky haired ladies. We engage with the beloved LOC method, which can involve heavy creams, butters and/or oils and then use our styling products on top of all the other products.
For years we were told to co-wash, which rightfully has its place in so many of our regimens, but co-washing doesn’t help remove all of that buildup.
Perhaps you’re like me a a couple of years back, and you have figured this out. You don’t just co-wash but also use moisturizing shampoos. These shampoos are the ones that have no sulfates and claim not to strip your hair.
They are great.
I have two in my stash which are absolute holy grails.
As I Am Long and Luxe Strengthening Shampoo and the Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Shampoo.
Both of these shampoos are extremely hydrating and smell fantastic. Each of them leaves my hair feeling incredible and will maintain its place in my product rotation for a long time to come.
The problem with these cleansing options is that they don’t truly clarify your hair. Yes, they may get your hair clean, but they don’t clarify it.
Clarifying your hair on a consistent regimented basis is the first and most important step to getting rid of dry hair.
When you clarify your hair, you remove all the product build up. Essentially, you give your curls and coils a clean slate. This will allow your hair to easily absorb the moisture from your deep conditioner and all of your other moisturizing products.
Here are the top 4 ways to clarify your hair.
I have used some clarifying shampoos in the past and have had good results. My favorite to use, which always and I mean always results in a great wash and go style is the Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo. This shampoo is made with mandarin orange extract and sea kelp. It leaves my hair free of buildup and gives me a great foundation to condition, style and moisturize my hair.
The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Bentonite Clay seems to be the most popular among naturals, who engage in this form of clarification. I like the product, and it definitely makes my curls pop and behave. It also works wonders for my face when I use the leftovers from my hair mask to give myself a facial.
However, it can get a bit messy as you need to mix it with apple cider vinegar, and can’t use metal bowls or spoons when mixing it.
My favorite clay mask is rhassoul clay. Rhassoul clay has high levels of magnesium, silica, potassium and calcium. It’s an absorbent and cleansing clay.
Using rhassoul clay for hair is my favorite because I don’t need to mix it with apple cider vinegar. I mix it with a bit of aloe vera juice and add some of my favorite oils and some water. I put it into a bottle and apply it to my hair.
Fusion of Cultures has a great recipe for the mask. It’s actually the one on which I base my concoction. If you have never tried a rhassoul clay mask, it is a must. For over a year I used this mask in my regimen every other week, and my hair thrived.
The best part about this mask is not only does it clarify and cleanse my hair, but it is a wonderful detangler.
Clay Shampoo Bars
These are just as great at clarifying as the clarifying shampoos, but have all of the natural benefits of the clay masks. With most bars you can get a nice rich lather and still clarify your hair without stripping it using harsh chemicals.
My favorites are bars that have henna for strengthening. The one I’m currently using is by Shea Moisture and of course has rhassoul clay in it.
Shampoo bars are a staple in my regimen because they are easy to use. I don’t have to ever mix anything, and I don’t have to worry about trying to get the product out of a wet slippery bottle
Pre-poo clay mask
So this technique is relatively new to my regimen as there is finally a product on the market that deserves to be added into my rotation.
In fact I have used this product on some of my clients’ manes, and they too have had wonderful results.
Earlier this spring Creme of Nature released their new Clay and Charcoal line. The best product in this line is the Clay & Charcoal Pre-Shampoo Detoxifying Clay Mask
My initial impression of the product was skepticism mixed with hope. I was skeptical because I always am whenever I try a new product, especially when I already have holy grail products that work.
I was hopeful because it would be nice to have a clay mask that took out the step of having to mix the products and cleanup the mess afterwards.
This product exceeded my expectations and continues to do so.
Just like my rhassoul clay it also acts like a detangler.
Recently, I had twists in my hair as a protective style, and one afternoon decided that they were in long enough. I took them down because my scalp was itchy and on fire.
The first product I reached for was my Detoxifying Clay Mask. It immediately helped me to rake out any remaining hair from the extensions, calmed my itchy scalp, and made my dry, thirsty hair more manageable.
There are a number of effective and helpful ways to clarify and cleanse your hair. I suggest trying one or some to find out which works best for your hair type, porosity and regimen.
Whichever method you choose just be sure to include clarifying your hair in your regimen. You will begin to see the benefits of it almost immediately.
Remember clarified, clean curls are a lot easier to moisturize and retain that moisture. If enough naturalistas practice this in their regimens who knows maybe we will have something different to discuss in our hair forums!
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