The Secret to Finding The Best Natural Hair Moisturizer

posted on: February 26, 2015

by Coco Bates of

Finding a great natural hair moisturizer is like finding a needle in a hay stack…unless you know what you’re looking for. The key to finding an effective hair moisturizer that will leave your tresses feeling super soft and conditioned is all in the ingredients. I’m sure you’ve probably used a few moisturizers where the main purchasing decision was either the price or the packaging design. Once you’ve used the product you were let down because either the product just sat on your hair without penetrating your tresses or overtime it caused your hair to become dry and brittle. When looking for a proper natural hair moisturizer you want your product to not only work when you apply it, but you want it to improve or maintain the condition of your hair’s health.

  • Contrary to popular belief, water is excellent in moisturizing your natural hair. The problem with using water by itself is that it enters and exit the hair quickly. You must combine water with other moisturizing ingredients in order to get the best results, which makes water-based hair products absolutely necessary when moisturizing.
  • Humectants are also important ingredients to consider when choosing an effective moisturizer. Humectants attract water from the surrounding areas and absorbs and adsorbs them into and on the hair. Glycerin, one of the most popular humectants, improves elasticity, stimulates hair growth and is a great conditioning agent for dry brittle hair. Other humectants are agave nectar, honey, honeyquat, sorbitol, fructose, hydrolyzed silk protein, panthenol and sodium PCA. It’s important to note that just the opposite will happen if you use a humectant in a dry climate. Moisture will draw away from the hair causing it to become dry.
  •  Lastly, make sure your moisturizer consists of natural emollients that are either in the form of an oil or butter. Most women make the mistake of using only emollients (oils-based and butter-based products) as moisturizers. Using an emollient alone will NOT moisturize your hair. They help seal in the moisture, such as the water and humectants and prevents any moisture from escaping into the atmosphere. Popular emollients are coconut oil,  castor oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, argan oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, avocado oil, mango butter and jojoba butter.

Making sure that your moisturizer has water, humectants and emollients are 3 keys in finding an effective natural hair moisturizer. Pay close attention to how the order of ingredients are listed. The ingredients are listed in descending order of predominance by weight. This means that the ingredient that weighs the most is listed first and the ingredient that weighs the least is listed last. For a moisturizer, you want to find products that contains water being listed as the first or second ingredient. Make sure you implement these 3 key elements when searching for your ultimate natural hair moisturizer and you will never have dry hair again.

YouTuber Makes Fun of Natural Hair Videos

posted on: July 15, 2014

YouTuber Makes Fun of Natural Hair Videos

Akilah, also known as Smoothiefreak on YouTube, has created a funny a video that makes fun of the way natural hair videos are made.

In the video she address common motifs such as:

  • 30 seconds of self-indulgent hair angles
  • unnecessary apologies of how you haven’t made videos in a while
  • long pauses that could have been cut
  • Talking to people off camera who the audience cannot see
  • Tricking people into buying products that they just started using
  • Doing length checks when your hair hasn’t grown.

I know this video is going piss of a few natural hair YouTubers, but I find it hilarious and, for the most part, pretty accurate.

Take a peek below.

p.s. This is the woman who also created the “Meet Your First Black Girlfriend” video.

Teyonah Parris at “Breaking Bad” Premiere

posted on: July 25, 2013

Once again the natural hair gods have allowed Teyonah Parris and Felicia Leatherwood to come together to present this fabulous updo. The last time these ladies teamed up for a red carpet event, we were blessed with this hairstyle that took the natural hair blogosphere by storm.

Parris wore this style to the AMC premiere of ‘Breaking Bad’ last evening at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.

Both Parris and Leatherwood uploaded this picture to their instagram accounts. How cute! I love them together.

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Peace, love, and happiness,

The Difference Between Senegalese, Havana, and Kinky (Marley) Twists

posted on: May 29, 2013

There are a variety of ways you can use extensions to twist your hair. The most common are kinky twists, Senegalese twists and havana twists. This post will explain the difference between the three.

Kinky Twists

Kinky twists, also known as marley twists, are simplest of the the three. It is usually done with marley hair which comes in pre-separated section. I recommend Equal and Janet Collection marley hair because I’ve used both these brands before. To install kinky twists:

  1. Take one piece of marley hair and bend it about half-way through the section.
  2. Separate the strands, and make sure the ends of the hair taper off. This makes the end of the twist appear natural.
  3. Place that bend around the section of hair that you want to attach the hair to. At this point you should have three pieces of hair.
  4. Start braiding for about an inch.
  5. Twist all the way down to the end. Use gel and twist tightly so the twist does not unravel.
  6. Take a scissors or razor and shave off excess hair.
  7. Dip twist in boiling water for neat effect.

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