The 3 Steps To Moisture
By Qhemet Biologics
Kinky/coily curls tend to soak up all the moisture you put in them, especially if you have high porosity hair. Whether you're wearing a TWA, creating a bomb twist-out or prepping for another protective style, your hair needs to stay moisturized at all times. Dryness may stem from a lack of water, an unhealthy diet, using low-quality products that contain drying ingredients or not sealing in moisture once it's applied. Moisture is the key to length retention as it combats brittleness and breakage and makes hair manageable. Here are the 3 steps to keeping your hair lusciously hydrated at all times.
1. Hydration Is The Key
We don't know who came up with the idea that naturally curly women shouldn't use water or humectants as a moisturizer, but we are busting that myth right now! If water and/or a humectant isn't one of the ingredients in your conditioner or moisturizer, then you're doing it wrong. It's okay though sis, we've got you covered!
A product like our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream
contains a blend of water, oils and nutrient-rich herbs so it can function as a standalone, all-in-one moisturizer but if your hair needs even more moisture, you'll need to layer multiple products containing varying degrees of oil and water. Remember that moisturizing also starts from the inside out. Drink tons of water to keep your hair moisturized too!
2. Creams & Oils For Locking In Moisture
After using a rich, water-containing conditioner like our heavy duty Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee
or our lighter Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee
, you'll need to lock that moisture in or else your strands will become dry and tangled. I know what you're thinking...why should I seal moisture into my hair? Simply because water alone isn't heavy enough to keep the moisture in those curls. All natural hair queens want their crowns to be juicy soft and the best way to achieve that for stubbornly dry hair is to use a conditioner, seal with oil and then finish with a moisturizing cream. This method is sometimes referred to as the L.O.C. Method, an acronym for leave-in (water-based product), oil and cream. For the thickest, driest hair, we recommend adding the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee to slightly damp or dry hair first, then seal with our Castor & Moringa Softening Serum and reinforce the moisture with our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream. For thin, fine or relaxed hair, we recommend adding the Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee to damp or dry hair first, then seal with the Coconut & Green Tea Softening Serum and add additional moisture with our Burdock Root Butter Cream.
You can layer these products in the order above or experiment using different application orders. O
r just use 1 or 2 products instead of 3. Our products are rich and concentrated so you don't need to pile on large amounts of product to achieve the moisture level you want. Your hair needs are unique to you so stick with what works best for you. Check out our Moisture Collections
for our L.O.C. Method kits which are carefully curated to give 4C-3C hair the exact products it needs to stay soft, healthy and growing!
3. Beware Of The Following:
Now that we've gone over the importance of using conditioners, creams and oils to seal everything in, we need to talk about the ingredients found in most curly girl products that cause more harm than good. Keep this list handy, screenshot it or write it down because these are the ingredients you'll want to avoid and won't find in Qhemet products:
SD alcohol - strips the hair of moisture.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) - a harsh cleansing agent that strips the hair of moisture.
Silicones - coat the hair, keeping moisture from penetrating.
Mineral oil - keeps moisture from penetrating, leads to breakage.
Look at the labels on some of the products in your stash right now. If these ingredients are listed anywhere on the labels, get rid of them. These ingredients aren't healthy for our hair let alone our body. Using conscious ingredients that stem from the earth is your best bet for achieving a healthy, hydrated mane.
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