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Summer Series: How To Use Humectant Based Products To Retain Moisture For Your Natural Hair!

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What Are Humectants?

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Humectants are frequently used in hair & beauty products because of their ability to attract moisture from the air and into the hair shaft and this all applies to the skin too (eg. glycerin,aloe vera,honey,agave,). Its pure science really and understanding can help you use it to your advantage within your regimen especially if you have dry skin or dry to damaged hair. Now understand that if there is too much moisture such as on a humid or rainy days then the humectants will attract too much water to the hair from the wet environment causing your hair to swell and may result in becoming big and frizzy because its just sucking up all that good old moisture in the air. High Porosity hair is more at risk for this problem than low or non-porous hair, which is why knowing your hair porosity levels is very important and i will make a post about this very soon that will let you know how to do a diy test to find out more about it. Humectants can come in great use for all dry weather conditions. **Although with hair during the colder months and in extreme low humidity conditions, humectants may draw water out of the  hair shaft causing possible damage or breakage so you may want to use caution and either avoid humectants all together during these conditions (which is best) or just use in moderation** I know its hard to determine the day to day weather as mother nature can change her mind at anytime, but do your best to pay attention to weather and go by that.

Also here is some very informative links explaining more in depth about humectants and the weather→

  1. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-1.html
  2. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-2.html
  3. http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-ultimate-guide-to-humectants-and-hair/
  4. http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/01/proteins-humectants-and-conesoh-my.html

DEW POINTS ARE THE KEY:Humectants

What is a Dew Point? →

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Determining the dew points is very important to decide if your going to use humectants or not and this means it is mostly based on the degrees and not on how hot or cold it is. Below is a quick breakdown for dew point ranges and humectant uses that i found on http://www.naturallycurly.com/ and it helped me alot to understand dew points much better.

 

Dry Dew Point: 15-30 degrees (-1 C)

  • Typically these are the winter months.
  • Avoid humectants if possible.
  • Use leave in conditioners.
  • Use light hold products.
  • Use plenty of emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Mid-Range Dew Point: 30-40 degrees (-1 to 4 C)

  • In  between seasons, this will require trial and error to see what your hair likes.
  • Some curls tolerate humectants in this range, some don’t.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Best Dew Point for Curls: 40-60 degrees (4 to 16 C)

  • You will enjoy the best curls at this dew point.
  • Keep your hair moisturized.
  • Humectants can be used.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

High Dew Point: 60 (16C ) +

  • May skip a leave in conditioner.
  • Hard hold products like gels. You will want to control your hair.
  • May want to avoid humectants.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Also watch these informative videos on dew points below→

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You can find Humectants in hair products such as:

  • Natural Butters
  • Conditioning Treatments
  • Pomades
  • Most gels
  • Most Leave-In Conditioners

HERE IS PICTURES OF A FEW PRODUCT EXAMPLES–> 

eco-styler-gel  Aubrey-Organics-Conditioner-Honeysuckle-Rose-749985051118215953816 humectant_honey glycerine-humectant   I bet your wondering  just how you are going to identify these humectants, well all you have to do is look at your ingredients listings on the back of your products! there you will find most of the common humectants such ass glycerin,Honey,glucose,panthenol and many more which are all listed below. The big words can be a little over whelming but if you save this list or right it down then you shouldnt have a problem when the time comes to take a look at a new product or a product you already had.

A LIST OF HUMECTANTS:2010-raw-materials

  • Butylene Glycol
  • 1,2,6 hexanetriol
  • Dipropylene glycol
  • Glycerin
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Panthenol
  • Phytantriol — enhances moisture-retention, increases absorption of vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids into hair shaft, imparts gloss
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sorbitol
  • Triethylene glycol
  • Polyglyceryl sorbitol
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Polydextrose
  • Potassium PCA
  • Urea
  • Hydrogenated Honey
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Inositol
  • Hexanediol beeswax
  • Hexanetriol Beeswax
  • Hydrolyzed Elastin
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Hydrolyzed Silk
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Erythritol
  • Capryl glycol
  • Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Laneth-(5-50)
  • Laureth-(1-30)
  • Steareth-(4-20)
  • Trideceth-(5-50)

(found list of humectants here-> http://tinyurl.com/IdentifyHumectants): For more on common humectants used in hair products CLICK HEREhttp://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/humectants-used-in-hair-care-products/

****I HOPE THAT THIS POST WAS AS HELPFUL FOR YOU AS ALL THE INFO I FOUND WAS FOR ME WHEN I WAS DOING MY RESEARCH! FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR FEEDBACK IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!****

 

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My Attempt at doing Crochet Twist’s on my daughters hair using the “SuperNatural Twist” method by Janette!

This is a late post on a hair style that I attempted few months back for the holidays. I wasn’t able to post due to me having computer issues, but I did take pics so that I can share this with you all. I always loved all the cool crochet styles and wanted to try them on myself at one point as well but since the holidays was coming and my daughter needed another protective style; I decided to go ahead and do a crochet style on her head. The questions was “so what style do I want to go with?” After researching online and finding so many cute crochet style ideas I ound it hard to make up my mind…. until I ran into this amazing channel by this woman who was not only passionate about what she does as a stylist but she had her own technique using the crochet method only this time it was with TWISTS! She call them “Supernatural Twist by Janette”. Yes I was amazed, it was quicker but mostly it was safer on the hair not puling on it or causing to much irritation to the scalp or hair. This style can also look even more natural if you add singles to the front and/or to the back hairline and the rest crochet style but either way I think its just a great style!  Below ill show you some pictures of my daughter Aaliyah’s hair and some insight on the style process, sorry I wasn’t able to make a video.

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Here are all of the products and tools that I used for this hairstyle. The hair was Afro Soul Bulk by Femi Collection color #2. I used the Lock & Twist Gel by Organic Root Stimulator on the synthetic hair  only as I applied to the hair because I feel that it made the twisting process smoother and it offered great hold without the flaking or sticky feel of most gels. The great thing about this hair  and the process used is that there was no need to dip hair in water for the curly ends! Unlike kinky twists hair, afro bulk offers a more natural bounce back like no other as long as you twists all the way to the ends this will give you that natural look!

 

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After a fresh wash,deep condition and a few hours of banding to stretch it a bit I began the braid down process using nothing but Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner on her hair and 100% Pure African Shea Butter on her scalp. I did not want a lot of product build up on her hair from the start so I kept it light as possible. The lady did suggest that it was best to braid her hair down with black yarn especially if the hair is a softer texture because this will give it more hold and last longer while protecting the hair even more but I decided to give it a try without the yarn this time since I didn’t really have that technique down yet.  As you can see it all worked out well and look at the shine! I always braids a little lighter on the ends leaving a little bit of hair out so she wont loose any hair.

 

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This is the end result! It took m about a week to get it done and that’s only because I had to stop so many time to attend to my infant, other mommy duties around the house etc. but i’m sure if it wasn’t for that I would of got done about 3 days tops. This style was so simple, I did not have to cut no hair in half at all and it only took 4 pks of hair. Since I didn’t get a chance to record the process it is hard to explain the process but I will post a video at the end that inspired me to do this style.

1. Taking each strand of hair without cutting It, folded it in half then put it on the crochet tool.

2. I took the crochet tool and put it under the braid, pulling only half of the hair to the other side making sure to keep the two parts separate.

3. As if I was twisting her own natural hair, I started twisting the hair making sure that I twisted all the way down to the ends. (this will give it a even more natural look)

4. Continuing this all over her head, I ended up putting more twists in the front than I had to for the rest of the head.

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The 3 photos above are photos of my daughter after wearing this style for 1 month, my plan was to take it out at 2 months but I only left it in 1 more week and took it out for a good wash etc. plus so that I can be safe, we all know how harsh protective styles can be to our natural hair over long periods of time. As you can see hey style is still really nice and fresh, I can honestly say that this was one of those styles that looked better the longer it was in! This style was most definitely a 5 star***** winner for me and not only will I  be doing this style again but I recommend it to be done on others as well especially children.

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THIS IS HOW SHE WORE HER HAIR UP AT NIGHT.

The name of the channel for the lady who inspired me to try this style is MissSuperNaturalMe and the link to her channel is https://www.youtube.com/user/MissSupernaturalMe and I just love her personality and passion for what she does. she gives great tips on crochet styles and much more so check her out! Below im going to post a few videos related to the Super Natural Twists By Janette!

 

 

Well luvs, I hope that you enjoyed this post as much as I did sharing it with you all!!.. Remember feel free to comment below with any questions, advice, or any feedback that you would like to share. *Take Care*

EVENT ALERT: Naturalicious Presents- Are your hair products safe? workshop in cleveland and akron ohio!

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I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS EVENT! IF I DO END UP GOING I WILL BE POSTING UPDATES HERE ON MY BLOG,FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM SO MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THEM ALL FOR HIGHLIGHTS AND EXCLUSIVES!….

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Black Girl with Long Hair Presents: The Top 10 Stories and Controversies Involving Natural Hair in 2013

Well it’s a new year and so much has happened in the natural hair community in the year 2013 that we all left behind. I wonder what we have in store for the year of 2K14, are we gonna be stronger than ever in ourselves or even in the media? How about being more acceptable of our hair l? Oh, and can we just STOP the massive hate of natural hair and styles?

Guess you can’t change the people in this world around us but we can change how we react and let it get to us….

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Take a look at the link below to see the top 10 natural hair highlights of the past ___>

http://blackgirllonghair.com/2013/12/the-top-10-stories-and-controversies-involving-natural-hair-in-2013/

Article Spotlight- LOC Method: The Routine EVERY Curly Should Know

Have you ever tried the loc method with your natural hair? Well if you having trouble moisturing or even trouble with detangling and keeping that hair manageable then you should definitely try this method!…. Now remember results depends on hair texture and porosity but that doesnt mean it won’t work,it basically just mean you use more for thicker hair such as 4c and up hair types and less if hair is thinner or softer textures such as 3c and lower types. Its all about trial and error while learning what works for your hair or doesn’t. Read more about the LOC Method by clicking the link to the article below.

 

LOC Method: The Routine EVERY Curly Should Know.

 

 

 

NEW Product Alert! = Motions | Straight Finish

If you know anything by now is that i love to announce new products,tools etc. every chance i get so if you have used any of them please feel free to post a comment sharing your experience or if you are interested in trying it you can share that as well……… 

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SO YAY OR NAY? OR MAYBE? ….. ILL TRY THE SHAMPOO ONLY IF IT DOESN’T HAVE NO FORMALDEHYDE IN IT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, ILL TRY THE LEAVE IN CONDITIONER IF THERE ARE NO CONES!

ONE THING IS SILICONE’S CAUSE BUILD UP ON MY SCALP AND I CANT TAKE ALL THAT, NOW I KNOW SOMETIMES THE HAIR NEEDS IT ESPECIALLY WHEN  STRAIGHTENING THE HAIR SO I MIGHT GIVE THE WHOLE SYSTEM A TRY FIRST THEN JUDGE FROM THERE BUT TO BE HONEST TH ONLY THING I’M TEMPTED TO TRY IS THE SERUM AS A HEAT PROTECTED (if possible).

NEW Product Alert! Enrich your curls w/ U R Curly

WELL THERE IS A NEW PRODUCT IN TOWN! THEY HAVE PRODUCTS THAT ARE SULFATE FREE, SILICONE FREE AND I HEAR THEY ARE LIGHT ON THE HAIR WITH NO HEAVY FEELING OR CAUSE BUILD UP. I HAVEN’T TRIED IT MYSELF YET BUT I AM SURELY TEMPTED AFTER REVIEWING THE WEBSITE! SO WHAT YOU THINK…. YAY! OR NAY? AND IF YOU TRIED THESE PRODUCTS PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THEM AND ANY REVIEWS YOU HAVE SEEN ON THEM AS WELL!

FOR MORE INFO—> Enrich your curls | U R Curly.

http://urcurly.com/

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