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HOW TO LOCK IN MOISTURE: TECHNIQUES/PRACTICES (cont’d.…)
Protective Styling: PS styles include braids, twists, protective hair coverings (hair pieces and headwraps) and “tucked-under” styles. Make sure to take down the hair daily to spritz/moisturize and seal. These styles will protect your hair from “the elements” that deplete your hair of moisture.
Silicones: Products ending in the suffix ‑cone, ‑conol, or –xane. I DONT RECOMMEND silicones, but I mention them because silicones block out moisture and humidity. You can apply a silicone-based product after your moisturizer to lock in the moisture especially when heat styling. They prevent frizz but over time may actually cause frizz so use silicones sparingly and be sure to clarify after using them.
TOOLS TO PROMOTE MOISTURE
Satin Pillow Case/Scarf: You should all be familiar with this by now. At night you should protect your hair from the drying effects of polyester/cotton sheets and pillowcases, especially if you move around a lot like me. The satiny smooth material of the pillowcase/scarf will keep your style in place and keep dryness at bay. Don’t forget to line your hats and headwraps with this material or something similar.
Humidifier: If you live in a very cold/very hot dry climate or experience harsh temperatures, you may want to invest in a humidifier. This puts moisture back into the air. You can use it at night before going to bed. It is also good for your skin and prevents illness by keeping the mucosal lining of your nostrils lubricated to ward off germs.
Shower filter: Chlorine and calcium deposits from hard water can wreak havoc on hair (and skin) causing it to become dry, brittle and dull. A filter can keep these deposits from coating the hair. I purchased a filter from Home Depot for $20. Every 6 months, I purchase a replacement cartridge for only $10. It is so worth it! No more dry skin or hair in the winter!
THE TAKE HOME MESSAGE
If you follow these techniques, I promise you, you will notice a change in the strength, elasticity and softness of your hair. As stated in previous posts, in conjunction with these tips, maintain a proper moisture-protein balance in your hair. Be sure to avoid excessive heat styling practices like blowdrying, hot combing and flat ironing. These can damage the chair shaft causing dryness, knots, split ends and finally breakage. Another great resource on this topic is Chicoro’s fotki. She’s been featured on BGLH before. She has great diagrams of the cuticle and she provides a play by play on her moisturizing techniques.
Stay Warm & Happy Healthy New Hair!