Why So Dry?

Dry curls are something that I personally have to work hard at avoiding. Some things that effect dry curls are dandruff, porosity-which we previously discussed and heat.  

Dandruff is a word that’s pretty common. You see commercials for it all the time with Head & Shoulders. But if you’re like me you know that shampoos like this aren’t always the cure for your dry hair. Sometimes dandruff can just be heredity from conditions like eczema. So you should always go to the doctor and check up on that because all the products in the world might not save you from something that’s naturally going to effect you. But as a backup, here are some things you should know. Coconut Oil, Cocounut Oil, Coconut Oil, I can’t say it enough. We’ve all seen those memes that say Cocount oil fixes everything and it’s kinda true.

 
Cocounut Oil is the best way and probably the easiest way to get rid of dandruff. Unless you like looking like a bowl of Frosted Flakes. Olive Oil also works well for removing dandruff. Basically if it’s an oil it’s more than likely going to be beneficial to you and your search for undesired dandruff. 

We’ve already had an intense discussion on porosity so I’ll just tell you to refer back to an older post, Porosity, BKT’s & Other Strange Things.

Heat is a topic of much discussion as it should be. While you’re effortlessly  walking around with you hair blowing in the wind, all the heat that was put into your hair for that Snapchat photo could be causing you more harm than good. Now as I’ve said before I use heat just as much as the next femele but all things in moderation. Excessive heat damage was a reason I cut my hair so too much can become a very big problem. Along with ruining your curl pattern, heat can be a major contributor to dandruff and dry scalp. Pulling back on your heat intake for two weeks or even a month or two can be great for your hair. I promise you you’ll see a difference. In January I ended my month and a half long no heat regimen and my hair was never better. There was growth, no dry scalp and moisture.  

Dry scalp is a problem for many a person but I hope a little of this knowledge can go a long way. 

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What’s Life Without Your Favorite Things 

Favorite Styles: 

  1. Wash N’ Go
  2. Bantu Knot Out
  3. Flexi Rod Set
  4. Wash N’ Go Bun   
  5. Pin Curls 
  6. Heartless Curls 

 
Favorite Products: 

  1. OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo 
  2. OGX Coconut Milk Conditioner    
  3. Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner 
  4. OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum 
  5. KeraCare Oil Sheen 
  6. Parachute Coconut Oil (IG:@naturallylit26)                        
  7. Olive Oil Wrap/Set Mousse 
  8. Ampro Shine n’ Jam 

  
Styles 1-4 I use on natural hair and I use products 1,3,6,7 & 8. Styles 3,5 & 6 I use on straight hair and I use products 1,2,4 & 5. 

My favorite styles are Bantu Knot Outs and Flexi Rod Sets. Usually I combine the styles. When I wear my natural hair with this short cut I use Bantu Knots and Flexi Rods on the longer pieces of my hair because that part still has heat damage on the ends. I’ve found that I like combining the protective styles because it gives the appearance of different curl types which is what your natural hair looks like anyway. 

As for the products, I’m absolutely in love with all OGX products, especially the coconut milk series. Since I cut my hair the Cocount Milk has really helped restore curls and keep them nice and tight. I only use Mixed Chicks occasionally and it’s usually for the purpose of keeping my hair moisturized when it’s natural. I try not to use Mixed Chicks when I plan on wearing straight hair because the product tends to weigh down my hair. Parachute Coconut Oil is simply a revelation. When my hair is natural, the Parachute Coconut oils keep my hair from being all dry and flaky. But like the Mixed Chicks conditioner I really only use it when I’m wearing natural. 

This has been a little insight into my fav things. Share yours in the comments! 

    …MIA 

    MIA? Missing In Action? Nope, not at all. MIA= My Inante Afro. 

    In recent years, there has been a spike in natural hair and everything that goes with it.  We’ve seen celebs drop the weaves and the wigs and embrace that natural stuff that grows out of their heads. People like Solange, Viola Davis and even the YouTube vlogger Alyssa Forever have made the ‘fro’ popping again. 

      
    People spend hours on YouTube and online searching for natural hair inspirations. All us naturalistas want that big fro that resembles a mountain of curls flowing with the wind. The fro has become a trend but that’s not all it’s become. The fro has become a positive image for African American women. 

      
    We look at the fro and see a strong, beautiful women. Whereas before, the fro could be seen as unkept or untidy an example of women with no guidance. Well not today. The fro holds the highest awards and esteem. Just think. Viola Davis won an Oscar. Beyoncé and the Super Bowl (need I say more). What’s scarier than a group of #flawless fro’s standing for a cause. Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson often flaunt their #blackgirlmagic.

      
     The point is natural hair has become more than hair it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that says I’m on top and I own my life, my struggles and most importantly my success! 

    Porosity, BKT & Other Strange Things 

    For all those curly girls, who think their hair is just dry, I have news for you. There’s a word for it. For all those curly girls, who hopelessly describe their curls as tight and curly, real tight and coily, etc. Guess what?  Your curls have names. No lie! It’s a thing. I promise.

     

    Porosity. Seems like a big word. Kinda. It’s big in terms of its importance. The porosity level of your hair is something that you should always know and check for.

    1. A strand of CLEAN hair
    2. Drop strand in glass of water
    3. Levels:High= Drops to BOTTOM                                                                                                                  Normal= Sinks to MIDDLE                                                                                                                   Low= Floats at TOP 

    Porosity has three levels: high, normal and low. A high porosity means that your hair happily absorbs water and oils. Normal porosity means that your hair absorbs the water and oil it needs and low porosity means that your hair rarely absorbs water and oils. For African Americans, low porosity is usually the card we draw. I complain a lot about how I constantly have to keep adding products to my hair when wearing it natural. Knowing your porosity level saves you a lot of trouble. When you know your level you know the products and ingredients to look out for and you can start a plan on maintaining happy hair.


    Curl pattern. Ladies there are three curl types 2, 3 and 4, and there are three sub types for each type A,B and C. Let me explain. Type 2 hair ranges from loose waves to loose curls the types include: 2A, 2B, 2A.  Type 3 hair ranges from curly to tight curls and include: 3A, 3B, 3C. Type 4 hair ranges from tight curls to extremely coily. Most people have a mixed curl pattern. For example, I have a mixture of 3C and 4A hair. Learning your curl pattern can teach you a lot about your hair. Type 4 hair usually has a lot of shrinkage. Knowing this saves you the trouble of thinking your hair isn’t growing. You know that your hair type is prone to shrinkage.

    BKT. Brazilian Keratin Treatment. A BKT is a helpful term to know. These type of treatments are great for restoring hair. They’re like those expensive shoes you bring out ever so often to quietly stunt on a couple people. BKT’s revive the hair and ensure that the right ingredients like keratin get into the hair follicles.

    These are just a few or the many terms of the natural hair world. Exploring these terms and there meanings will be beneficial to you and your natural hair journey.

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