MANAGING DRY HAIR

Especially here in the tropics we suffer from dry hair and as a result frequent moisturizing is key.

Normally the scalp produces enough natural oil which travels all the way to the ends of the hair to moisturize it. The challenge with African or curly hair is that it is difficult for the oil to travel from the roots to the ends of the hair. As a result some of the strands of hair remain dry and brittle.

I often wonder why when I wash my hair and condition like crazy the conditioner seems to disappear. Even when I moisturize, after a while it feels like steel wool. Well that’s because Afro hair is quite porous by nature and as a result moisture passes through very easily; leaving the hair dry and brittle.

 

Here is my routine and recommendations:

Wet Hair: I either spray water in my hair or a mixture of coconut, olive and jojoba oil on my hair.  I do this on a daily basis or as often as needed. Doing this before bed time or before styling is preferred. Ensure however that you air dry before going off to bed.

Water: I drink adequate amounts of water on a daily basis. Half my bodyweight in water (ounces) is preferrred

Treatment: Once a week I do a deep treatment to keep my hair soft and moist. You can up it to twice a week when the weather is extremely hot and you tend to lose a lot more moisture.

Washing: Avoid washing your hair too often. Once a month is sufficient for dry hair and will ensure that your hair is not stripped of its natural oils or moisture. Co-washing once a week is ok.

Products: Use the Right Products for your hair type and avoid toxic chemicals such as SLS, mineral oil, and petroleum based ingredients. So don’t believe the hype; not all hair is created equal. Our hair type is uniquely different which means we can’t use what everyone else is using. Our hair is naturally weaker and as such it is best to choose products that are specifically designed for your hair.

My regimen may not work for you but play around with a routine until you find somethingh that does work. Right now I try to deep condition at least once per week and I find that this is improving the look and feel of my hair immensely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Recommendations

Cleanse- Wash your skin thoroughly on a daily basis to remove the dirt, debris,

pollutants, and perspiration that has accumulated. Avoid bar soaps as they

tend to dry out the skin. Consider a creamy cleanser for dry skin or a clear

cleanser for oily skin.  For normal to oily skin wash with a gentle cleanser. After

you have found a cleanser that works well with your skin type stick to it as much

as possible. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use only warm water to wash your

skin and use a mild natural cleanser every few days. Brushing your teeth before

washing your face is a good practice because toothpaste residue can irritate

sensitive facial skin. Be careful though, not to cleanse too often and remember

to wash at night before going to bed. Most women prefer the water method:

Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of

cleanser, and then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. You'll also want to take

off your makeup with a proper makeup remover.
In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (we find it's great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing). Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries). Also be careful about over cleansing skin, see signs you are over cleansing your skin.

 

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Exfoliate- This is a great part of any good skin care routine because the results are immediate when done properly. Most people skip this step in their weekly skincare routine. Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good. Where the skin is not exfoliated on a daily or weekly basis, dead skin cells build up causing your skin to look dull and older. Some experts recommend exfoliating in the morning, since the skin repairs itself at night, when the dead skin cells can be scrubbed away.

 For best results scrub once or twice a week, rubbing in a circular motion for 30 sec. then rinse with lukewarm water. Proper exfoliation means that your foundation will smooth out more cleanly and your moisturizer will soak in more completely.

 

Moisturize- Unless you have very oily skin it is important that you moisturize every day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Your skin needs moisturizer all year long as both the indoor winter heat, and summer sun can be equally damaging to your skin.​


Protect- Use a natural sunscreen when possible, regardless of whether or not you plan on spending much time in the sun. Our skin needs sunlight every day but over exposure can have adverse effects. Experts recommend a natural sunscreen or a moisturizer that contains sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, every day. The sun’s most beneficial rays occur at sunrise and sunset. The skincare experts agree that sunscreen is the most important part of any skincare regimen. 

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