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What Is the Best Shampoo and Conditioner for 4c Hair?

What Is the Best Shampoo and Conditioner for 4c Hair?

Summer is here and a different type of haircare comes with it than in the previous month. This is all due to the varying weather and climate that summer brings. Hair is an important part of everybody’s appearance, as it is one of the first 

How to Make Use of the Hair Dye Remover? Easy Ways to Practice!!!

How to Make Use of the Hair Dye Remover? Easy Ways to Practice!!!

In the 21st century, people are trying for different tips and tricks to the gorge.  Among all of them, coloring your hair is the common practice that most people preach on themselves for looking fabulous. It is important for you to have comprehensive knowledge of 

Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple

This natural hair stuff doesn’t have to be as difficult or as confusing as some might make it out to be. One way to keep from pulling out your hair in frustration is to keep a simple andconsistent regimen, starting with a handful of products. In my experience, there are just a few basic things you really need to get you started on a decent regimen.

Cleanser

Whether you use a commercial shampoo or a natural alternative, the choice is yours. Bottom line- clean hair will lead to healthy hair.

If you do go the route of commercial shampoos, it’s great to have both a moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo as well as a good clarifying shampoo to thoroughly cleanse all the random gook (gels, creams, butters) that you may have piled on throughout the week… aka product buildup. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda are also great for clarifying.

Conditioner

This is used to improve the condition of the hair and can come in the form of a moisturizer (to put back what you might have lost in the cleansing stage) a protein treatment or a combo of both as in the case with some deep conditioners. Generally, kinky or afro-textured hair craves moisture more than it does protein. So, protein treatments, while helpful, may not need to be used as frequently as a moisturizing conditioner. I’ll have more on all of this in a future post. :-)

Leave-In

Leave-in conditioners pretty much continue the moisturizing process after washing and may even include a form of light protein to give the hair a good moisture-protein balance. I never skip this step!

Oil/Butter

Here’s where it all comes together. While the hair is still slightly damp, seal all that lovely moisture in with an oil or butter of your choosing, depending on what agrees with your hair (for many, porosity comes into play here and you may need something light). I like whipped shea butters as well as coconut and grapeseed oils, to name a few. Fiddle with a some to find what works.

Styler… Optional

While I often end the process at the oil or butter, many take it a step further with a styling product, usually something that provides some hold for flawlessly defined hair. These may include your soufflés, creams, gels and such. I have found, though, that I can get a well-defined twist-out or braid-out without a styling product just by setting the hair while it’s still damp and allowing it to dry completely.

So that, as they say, is that! My suggestion to “newbies” is always to start with just a few things, one… maybe two from each category. Assess what your hair needs are, read the labels and make your selections. Try ‘em for a few weeks and see how your hair responds. Even if your products change, be it due to the change in season or otherwise, your routine should stay pretty consistent.

Hope this was helpful!

xoxo

Toia B.

4 Realistic Expectations for 4C Hair

4 Realistic Expectations for 4C Hair

Oh no this is not a negative post about 4C hair. The goal is for this to be helpful in setting some realistic expectations for your hair so you can overcome the hurdle of complicatedness and get to loving what God gave you. It’s all 

Top Superfoods for Gorgeous Skin and Hair

Top Superfoods for Gorgeous Skin and Hair

The secret to healthier hair and glowing skin? It’s not in your makeup case. It’s in your diet. Nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet, says these superfoods will give you gorgeous skin and beautiful hair. Blueberries This low-profile berry was ranked number one in antioxidant activity 

Shea Butter Conditioner from Scratch

Shea Butter Conditioner from Scratch

You do not need a lot of ingredients for this mixture nor do you need any hard-to-find ones. All you need are an inexpensive conditioner, shea butter, and olive oil.

Ingredients:
4 parts cheap conditioner (e.g., VO5, Suave, etc.)
2 parts shea butter
1 part extra virgin olive oil
*Optional: feel free to use another oil instead (e.g., safflower)

Instructions:
1. Melt the shea butter until soft but not until a liquid.
2. Whip the shea butter the safflower oil and conditioner.
3. Apply the concoction to freshly washed hair.

Peplum Blazer + Leather Sleeve Tee + Ripped Skinnies

Peplum Blazer + Leather Sleeve Tee + Ripped Skinnies

Peplum blazer (sold out) similar here or here | Leather sleeve tee – available here (wearing a sz small) | Jeans – Zara | Shoes – Ralph Lauren

A Hair Regimen That Works for You

A Hair Regimen That Works for You

Healthy hair doesn’t just happen — it’s usually the result of judicious care. But what if you don’t know where to begin when it comes to a structured routine for your tresses? Don’t worry; a hair regimen doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive, but you should 

DIY Eco-Styling Custard

DIY Eco-Styling Custard

After many months of searching for an alternative to Eco Styler Gel, I finally resigned to the fact that it’s the only gel that gives the hold and definition my curls crave.  Still, I always got the dreaded dry, crunchy feeling every time I used it.  I usually apply a leave-in to my wet hair and seal the moisture in with an oil underneath the gel.  No matter what, I kept getting the same result.  After reading through the book,Curly Girl, by Lorraine Massey, I found out that the crunch or “cast” the gel leaves behind is actually a good thing.  This is when you know your curls have been set into place.  I found this to be true because after air drying, I’m usually able to fluff and style my hair without worrying about losing my curl definition.  The book suggests that you scrunch the hair to remove the crunch but I sometimes kept getting a dry feeling after this step.
I figured out that the combination of an oil and a moisturizer underneath the gel gave me much softer hair. This however led to applying lots of products one by one. By the time I reached the front sections of my hair it was dry and not as manageable.  I wanted a way to apply the products quicker so I decided to just whip them all together and came up with a nice custard consistency.  I’m realizing that this is a much easier way to apply my products and my curls love it!
Here’s the recipe I came up with

Eco Styler Gel Custard

6 oz. Argan Oil Eco Styler Gel (or fill a 12 oz container half way)
2 Tblsp. Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme Hairdress for Dry Hair*
1 Tblsp. Castor/Coconut Oil Mix**

Place ingredients in a small container.  Whip together until all ingredients are combined.   The mixture will have a pudding like consistency.

Here’s another recipe
DIY Eco-Styling Custard

Eco Custard Recipe

1/2 c. Olive Oli Eco Styling Gel
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Oil of your Choice
plastic container

1. Add the Eco Styling Gel

2. Add a little oil and stir

3. Add a little bit of oil and stir until mixed in

4. The key is to stir until the oil is incorporated into the gel

DIY Eco-Styling Custard

The mixture will turn from clear to white and that is ok.

Continue to mix the gel and oil until all the oil has been added and incorporated into the gel.

Once your done continue with you shingling or other wash and go style.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. Pick and choose which one works for you. I’ve also seen people putting leave in conditioner in as well.

Do you use your own eco-styling custurd? How does it treat your curls?