Co-Washing

 

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Hey Ya’ll! It’s Erica! So I have been experimenting with co-washing again. “Co-washing is something that you do not something you buy.”- Anthony Dickey  The technique is very important.  So here is how I co-wash my hair.

Section hair into two parts
Finger detangle under water
Apply conditioner to hair shaft and ends (I focus on my ends the most)
Let it sit for about 5-10 min and then rinse

The mistake that I made in the past was putting the conditioner on my scalp. Conditioners do not belong on the scalp; just the hair shaft and ends. It caused so much build up that I had to clarify with Dr. Bronners several times. That was the only shampoo that would thoroughly removed all of that build up.

Co-washing can be a good addition to your hair routine if done properly. It will never replace shampoo but it can keep the curls poppin’  in between wash days.

Do you co-wash? What is your favorite conditioner to use?!?

Much Love,

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Bantu Knot Fail

Hey Ya’ll! I decided to try Bantu Knots. I wanted to branch out and see what other things I could do to my hair. Well… it didn’t go so well.

 

 

I don’t have a picture of the actual bantu knots but as you can see there is a lot of frizz.  That is because my hair was still damp when I took it down. Big. Mistake.

My hair shrinks severely when it dries and it is super coily. So the bantu knots became tighter the more my hair dried. I had to keep loosening them… it was just too much work.

My arm and hands were hurting from all that twisting and I was kind of over the whole process.

The next time I attempt these again my hair will be dry. It will save time, edges and scalp. lol

Much Love,

 

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Curly Hair Favorites

 

Hey Ya’ll! Long time huh? If you don’t know we had Hurricane Harvey come through Rockport, Houston and surrounding areas. Needless to say it was tough but we didn’t experience any damage to our home.  Thank God!  If you want to donate, here is a link to JJ Watts Relief Fund for Houston and surrounding areas.

 

Here are our current curly hair favorites…

 

~Erica~

Cantu Coil Calm Detangler

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack

~Lesley~

Mixed Chicks Styling Cream

Cantu Coconut Curling Cream

Stay tuned for reviews of our favorites… What are your favorite hair products? Let us know!

Much Love,

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5 Tips to Deep Conditioning

 

Hey Ya’ll! Deep conditioning is one of the most important things in a hair regimen whether you are natural or not. But it can be a problem if you don’t use it correctly. Here are 5 tips that can guide you into deep conditioning.

What is deep conditioning?

Deep conditioner is a conditioner that helps to add moisture, manageability and elasticity.

This conditioner can be left on the hair from 5 min to 40 min depending on the brand.

Tip #1 Choose the right deep conditioner

Whatever shape your hair is in ( natural , dry, lacking protein etc.) there is a deep conditioner for you.

Tip #2 Apply correctly

When you apply your deep conditioner, you want to make sure that every strand gets coated. You want to apply  it to  your shaft and ends not your scalp.

Tip #3 Don’t leave it in too long

Every deep conditioner has a time that is has to stay on your hair. Make sure that you follow the directions. Leaving it on for hours or overnight doesn’t make it work any better.

Tip #4 Rinse with cool water

When you rinse your deep conditioner out with cool water it closes the cuticles of your hair and it keeps in the moisture and nutrients from the deep conditioner.

Tip #5 Be consistent

This is very important. Whether it’s once a week or every two weeks, whatever works for your hair do that.

We hope that these tips can guide you to productive deep conditioning!

Much Love,

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Back to Basics|| Shampoo & Conditioner

Hey Ya’ll! Everyone knows what shampoo and conditioner is right? There are so many shampoos and conditioners out there to meet your specific hair needs….Finding out which one ca be tricky.

Shampoo is a form of soap made to cleanse your scalp of all products and debris. Depending on your hair and the state that it is in (dry, dyed, etc.) there is a shampoo that can be used. Not all shampoos are created equal. Here are a few…

Clarifying Shampoo- helps to remove everything from the hair and scalp.

Sulfate Free Shampoo- does nor contain the detergent foaming agent Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. While it still cleanses it does not lather as much.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is found in soaps, toothpaste, etc. It has leaning and emulsifying properties and acts like soap. It has the ability to strip the hair of nutrients, but it is and irritant for those who have sensitive skin. Those who can benefit from sodium lauryl sulfate shampoo are those who suffer from dandruff and excessive sebum (oily scalp).

Moisturizing Shampoo- maintains moisture as it cleanses

Color-Safe Shampoo- cleanses while maintaining the color. Also it keeps the color from fading.

Conditioners are designed to replenish the hair with moisture and also provide treatment for the hair.

Deep Conditioning- use when moisture and protein is needed for the hair. It has a base of a heavy cream moisturizer.

Leave-In Conditioner- thinner in consistency and leaves a light layer on the hair

~Quick Tip~ For best results for your hair, use the shampoo and conditioner from the same brand. They are formulated to work together.

Much Love,

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