How to Retain Natural Hair Growth // Moisturize and Seal
Weeks ago, we talked about the importance of pH for retaining natural hair growth. But without moisturizing your hair and then sealing that moisture in with a lightweight oil and heavier cream on a regular basis, a low pH won’t do you any good. Natural hair needs moisture! Without it, our hair is dry, fragile, and subject to breakage. And of course, breakage is Public Enemy No.1 if we’re trying to retain natural hair growth!
Moisture usually equals water. To moisturize your hair daily, use a product that’s water-based (water is the first ingredient). If your hair is protein-sensitive (is prone to breakage by protein-heavy products) make sure your daily moisturizer doesn’t contain too much protein. Also, steer clear of products that contain mineral oil, petroleum/petrolatum, drying alcohols, wax (parrafin) and silicones (anything ending in -one). These ingredients can cause product buildup, which blocks moisture from getting into your strands. They can also dry your hair out, which defeats the purpose of moisturizing in the first place.
I use the L.O.C. (Liquid—->Oil—->Cream) method to moisturize and seal my hair every morning, which helps me to retain my natural hair growth. First, I spray my hair with Jane Carter Solution Leave-In. Then, I apply EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil) throughout my hair, but concentrating mostly on the ends. Then I finish with whipped shea butter (a 50/50 mixture of melted raw shea butter and my deep conditioner whipped together) or the conditioner I use to style my flat twists (these days, I’m using Herbal Essence’s Honey I’m Strong Conditioner).
Moisturizing and sealing has made a HUGE difference in the health of my hair over the years, and I can’t believe there was a time I wasn’t moisturizing and sealing every day. When I started consistently moisturizing my hair and sealing with oil every morning, I was able to retain natural hair growth. I’ve seen even more of a difference lately, now that I’m using the LOC method. Below is my recent video of how I go about the process each morning.
What do you use to moisturize and seal each day?
If you aren’t moisturizing and sealing daily…what’s stopping you???