Here’s How You Can Give Your Dry, Breaking, Thinning, Hard Hair some TLC ❤️
If you’re like me, then you’ve probably had hair that is drier than your twitter mentions, breaks faster than a Hollywood relationship, is weaker and thinner than your last nerve or harder to handle than your annoying client at some point. Regardless of whether your hair is relaxed or not.
I’ve been there, done that and found a way to move past it. Many of us women have and here’s how you can get back to enjoying your hair…
Before, we jump into it, I’d like us to look at a few common causes for your hair not cooperating with you at all:
- Changes in the Weather e.g. during very dry and cold weather, one’s hair may be difficult to handle.
- Hormone Changes e.g. taking birth control pills with high androgen yet you are androgen-sensitive
- Frequent Heat Styling
- Using the wrong hair products for your hair
- Malnutrition e.g. anorexia
- Chemical treatments including relaxing, texturizing, bleaching and dying (using chemical dye and black henna)
- Rough handling of wet hair
- Certain medical conditions
Some of the above can be fixed by simple things such as being gentler on your hair, eating more healthy foods, staying hydrated etc. but if you’ve tried all that and nothing’s working then you absolutely need to start trying:
- The Pre-poo
A pre-poo is a treament you do before you shampoo your hair that enhances moisturizing and conditioning (Read that and other hair terms from the Afrofinity Hair Glossary here).
It can consist of oils, conditioners, and other substances, or a mixture of all three of the above. I personally have the best results from using only oils in my prepoo and it assures me that I’m not getting any hygral fatigue or ‘water damage’ on my cuticle when I wash it. Don’t know what hygral fatigue is? You can read about hygral fatigue here
Apply this mix in your hair and then cover and let it sit in your hair for anywhere from 15 minutes to overnight as long as it doesn’t contain conditioner or deep conditioners that specifically say not to leave them in the hair for more than 15 to 30 minutes. It’s important to cover your hair and let it sit so that your cuticles open up more and are able to take in the oil or products better after being warmed by body heat. You may also use a hooded dryer, plastic bag, shower cap or hooded dryer attachment.
You need to Prepoo if:
- You’ve already stopped using shampoos and conditioners with sulphates and cones but your hair is still so dry after wash day.
- Uuurm, You just spent the whole day detangling your hair…
- You’ve got relaxed or dyed hair that always feels dry and breaks a lot after it’s washed.
- You shed a lot of hair when you wash and your hair lacks volume.
- Your hair is super frizzy all the time.
- Your hair just isn’t at it’s best and you want to give it some TLC.
- You just want to pamper yourself- I can’t disagree with that 🙋.
- Deep Conditioning
A deep conditioner (DC) is a deeply moisturizing, strengthening and/or repairing product that is applied right after cleansing the hair, and often allowed to penetrate into the hair for up to an hour with the use of a mild heat source – or for a few hours without heat. Should be done 1-2 times/month.
If you have thin natural/relaxed/bleached hair then here’s where the Holy Grail is at. Deep conditioners can be moisturizing or repairing. Your hair is largely made up of protein. When you chemically process your hair and sometimes when you use heat to style your hair, you change the way that protein is arranged in your hair. A repairing/ protein deep conditioner (which has all the ingredients listed below plus a form of protein such as panthenol or wheat protein) may help you strengthen your hair by filling up some of the spaces created when the arrangement of protein in your hair changed. This means that your hair is stronger and will help your hair gain some volume and maintain length in the long run.
When looking for a good deep conditioner look for a few ingredients: water, fatty alcohol/lipids/oils such as Soybean Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Humectant such as Aloe Vera juice (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) or glycerin and lastly a surfactant (if any of their ingredients contain sulphate/sulfate or sulphonate/ sulfonate then this product may or may not cause your hair to be very dry after washing)
2 great protein/ repairing deep conditioners you can start of with are Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask and Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment. If you’d like to go the extra mile and really pamper yourself then check out the Bounce Essentials Deep Conditioning Heat Cap
- You’re looking to add volume to your hair and reduce breakage so as to grow your hair longer.
- You use heat on your hair often to curl or straighten it e.g blow-dry, flat iron, curling wand, tongs.
- Your ends feel rough and dry
- Your hair is really frizzy.
- Your hair is chemically processed i.e. relaxed, texturized, bleached or dyed and you want to show your hair some love.
- Despite having a healthy routine for your hair, your hair is always dry.Disclaimer: I do not advice you to deep condition any more than once a week. Should you feel that your hair is dry after using the deep conditioner each week then use it every 2 weeks and if two weeks is still too harsh then opt for 3 weeks and so on.
Let me know, how pre-pooing and deep conditioning have changed your life? And share some of your best practices down below.
Feel free to leave any questions you have too 🙂
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