No matter how long you have been natural, you still may not know what co washing is, so I am going to quickly explain it.
Co Washing- In the shortest and basic terms is washing your hair with conditioner, instead of shampoo.
Most people will co wash their hair in between washes, especially if they only wash their hair twice a month just to "cleanse" their scalp as much as possible, without stripping it.
Shampoo tends to dry your hair out, as co washing will moisturize it and keep all of your natural oils intact.
It is obviously not going to cleanse your hair like a shampoo would, but it will provide you with some relief.
When co washing you can pretty much use any conditioner to get the job done, or you can use conditioners designed for co washing specifically.
I personally do not co wash, just because I like the feeling of a clean scalp and co washing does not do that for me.
Hope this helped.
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About a week ago The Mane Choice was having a killer sale, so I decided to stock up on some new products.
I started off washing my hair as normal and then went in with their Hair Type 4 Leaf Clover Mask.
To Do: I sectioned my hair into 4 sections as normal, and then I lightly detangled with my rose water. After detangling I applied the Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Endless Moisture Rinse Out Or Leave-in Conditioner, and then ran the brush through my hair to make sure the product was evenly distributed.
Once my leave in was in, I thoroughly applied the Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Endless Moisture Pearly Braid Out Glaze, and made sure that each section of my hair was defined before twisting it up.
I twisted my hair as normal, and then let it dry for about 3 days before taking my twists out. Once it was time to unravel I applied a very small amount of my Bare Your Hair Peppermint Oil to my hands and slowly began taking my twists out. When all the twists were out, I went back through and lightly separated my hair, to get a little more volume and definition.
Overall I really loved these products, it gave me some really great definition, and my hair was extremely soft and fully.
Whether you are transitioning, or already natural lots of people struggle with figuring out when to trim their ends.
There are 3 things that I look for, and keep in my whenever I am deciding if I need a trim or not.
Throughout this blog post I am going to be using two different terms, dusting and trimming.
Dusting- lightly snipping bad ends, this can be 1/2 inch to a full inch.
Trimming- Done once a year (my preference), purging all of my bad ends usually 2-3 inches or more.
1. The appearance of my ends. If I am doing my hair and I can noticeably see my ends getting straggly or splitting, then that is when I will go in and give myself a light dusting.
2. That time of the year. I only trim my hair once a year and that is in December. So once it gets around that time then I know that its definitely time for a good trim. Most people will straighten their hair 2-3 times a year, but it is just your preference as to what you want to do and what your ends are looking like.
3. When doing my hair, I pretty much know the ending result every time. Whether I am doing twist outs or wash and gos I know that my hair is always going to curl and have sometime of definition. Whenever I notice my results not coming out as defined, or my ends getting super dry, then I know that it is time for a trim. Depending on how bad they are I will either do a light dusting or do a full trim.
As you learn more about your hair, deciding when to trim will become more apparent.
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I have been wanting to try new products to do my wash and gos with, and I think I found the perfect product.
I have tried multiple products from Maui Moisture, but I have never tried any of their curl smoothies, so I decided to pick on up and give it a try.
I did my hair as I normally would with any style.
Put Hair Into 5 Sections
After applying my leave in, I went in with the Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie on each section and made sure that my hair fully saturated with the product.
Once my hair was nice and moisturized, I applied my Eco styler gel and made sure that my hair was fully smoothed and laid down. I also went in with a paddle brush, just to help create more curls and get the products through my hair.
To dry I just blow dried my hair in 30 minute increments on and off for about 2 hours, and then I let it air dry the rest of the day.
Overall I absolutely loved this product! This was the first product that I have used for a wash and go that did not leave my hair crunchy, dry or undefined.
I have more pictures on our Instagram page if you want to check them out!
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Today I just wanted to give you 3 quick and easy hair growth tips, for people who don`t have much time, or patience.
1. Trim Your Ends- This is important because keeping those dead ends will only hinder your hair growth. Once your ends have split, the split will eventually run up the hair shaft causing more split ends and breakage resulting in hair loss. If you want to know more about when to trim your ends, I recently did a blog post all about it, that you can check out here.
2. Moisturize Your Hair- I have done several posts on moisturizing your hair so I won`t go super deep in this post.
This is the number one tip that I can give to anyone looking to grow their hair with long term health and benefits. Keeping your hair moisturized will prevent you from getting as many split ends, and breakage. I like to moisturize my hair every other day, if not everyday. To moisturize my hair I start off by spritzing a little water on my hair, apply my Bare Your Hair ButterCream, and then seal everything in with my Bare Your Hair Peppermint Oil.
3. Keep Your Hands Out Of Your Hair!- This was a big thing that I had to learn when growing my hair out. Keeping your hands in your hair will only cause frizz, breakage and a host of other problems. I recommend doing low manipulation styles or protective styles so that you are not unnecessarily messing in your hair through out the day.
Regardless of what method you are using to grow your hair, you are going to need a little bit of patience, because nothing happens overnight!
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