Pre-Pooing for Natural Hair

 

 

 

Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles

 

 

Some naturals SWEAR by it, some say it is completely unnecessary! Either way, if you don’t already know or haven’t heard the term PRE-POO, where have you been??? Pre-pooing is the act of prepping and detangling the hair with an oil or conditioner prior to shampooing. It is supposed to help prevent the shampoo from stripping natural oils in our hair and aid in the detangling process. Sooo, how does it work? It protects the hair from a process known as hygral fatigue. Hygral fatigue is the result of excessive swelling of the hair cuticle as water is absorbed and the contracting of the hair cuticle as it dries.  The oil absorbs into the hair strands and protects the cuticle when the hair fiber swells, making the hair less susceptible to damage. Coconut oil is probably the most popular option, but there are plenty other options available.

 

How to Pre-Poo:

  1. Part your hair in 4 sections or as many sections as you like.
  2. Place oil or conditioner vigorously throughout each section, lightly detangling as you go.
  3. Place a plastic cap and let the oil or conditioner penetrate your strands and work its magic!
  4. Shampoo and condition.

Product Review: The Mane Choice Manageability and Softening Remedy Leave-In Spray: Hair Type 4 Leaf Clover Line

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  • Product Promises: Hair Type 4 Leaf Clover leave-in spray helps detangle, hydrates, reduces frizz, and revitalizes dry, unmanageable hair. This leave-in spray is loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients to optimize your healthy hair care regimen.
  • Uses: Minimizes frizz, strengthens and nourishes to minimizes breakage, adds moisture and shine, boosts moisture and shine, helps ease the styling process, softens, conditions, protects
  • How to Use: After conditioning with the Hair Type 4 Leaf Clover Conditioner, spray evenly onto damp hair. Use a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush to evenly distribute. Do not rinse. Style as usual.

First of all, let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of The Mane Choice’s leave-in products. The Revitalize and Refresh 3 in 1 Conditioner has been a staple in my hair care routine for the past year. I am also experimenting with the vitamins at the moment (I will have another post dedicated to that topic). I will eventually try the entire line or at least more of the Hair Type 4 Leaf Clover line but I wanted to start with the leave-in. The first three ingredients of this leave-in is water, aloe vera juice, and biotin, which I believe are all huge contributing factors to adding moisture to your hair and aiding in hair growth. I am HIGHLY impressed with this leave-in. Within the first use, I felt like my hair was more moisturized, it helped to detangle my hair, and added a natural sheen to my strands. The look of the leave-in is a little off putting as it separates a great deal. I almost thought I had a bad batch. But not to fret, it just needed a good shake and everything was right with the world again. The smell may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I personally love it. It has a fresh, from the Earth type smell, if that makes sense. If you prefer products that smell like cake, you may not like the smell of this one. I spray this throughout the week to add moisture to my hair and it works like a charm. I will add, one drawback to this product, is that it actually foams up upon use after your conditioner and has a mouse like texture. That doesn’t particularly bother me as long as my hair is moisturized, but some may not like this feature. I would definitely recommend this for Type 4 hair, and it only made me want to try the entire line ASAP. I’ve heard many great things about it. I will definitely keep you posted!

 

Jai Nicole

FEATURE FRIDAY: KESIA CLAYSIE

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1. Tell us about yourself.

 Hello Girls, I live in the Caribbean with my family and work part-time. For the longest time, could not get my relaxed hair to grow past my shoulders, was super thin and unhealthy so after some time, decided to return natural and will never looked back. Love it, my hair is longer and healthier than ever and am happy.

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?
Have been natural now for 2 years 4 months. Decided to return natural because I simply did not know how to take care of my own hair, she would never grow and could never achieve a style I wanted without my stylist. After being inspired by my aunt, and with support from the rest of my family, decided to go for it.
 
3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?
 
Not at all, did not even consider going natural because did not know anything about my own natural hair. Always had my hair relaxed every 4 months so never really knew anything about my natural texture until I started to transition, did that for 4 months, got impatient so decided to BC on February 28, 2012.
4. How would you describe your hair?
She has personality and is alive!!! My texture is 4C, very kinky, coily, zigly zagly. Length is 11″ to 12″. In the back, is more tightly coiled and in the front, is looser coils. She loves water, Tresemme & Aussie Moist conditioners, creams, oils of any kind, prefers to be left alone 90% of the time in protective styles.

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5. What is your natural hair regimen?
Wash Days are very 2 to 3 weeks, finger-detangle with VO5 Conditioner & Oil, then do 15-20 large braids, wash with ACV mix and do a tea rinse, let her air dry for about 15 minutes, on to my protective style, 2 Strand Twists, apply my conditioner mix and oil to seal in moisture. Do treatments when needed.
 
6. What products can’t you live without?
Water is absolutely one of them, Tresemme, Aussie Moist or VO5 Conditioner, Olive & Coconut Oil, scrunchies and my satin cap!!! As long as I have the above am ok. As time goes on, am trying to simplify my hair regimen, once I find what works, I stick to that. Ooh, of course, my fingers, they are my combs 😀
7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?
The best thing I can say is consistency, try my best to always keep tresses moisturized, wear a satin cap when sleeping, every single night, do treatments every 2 to 3 months. I use zero heat and keep her in protective styles 3 weeks, then rest for 1 week. If my hair does not like a product, will not use again.

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8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?
I have learned to appreciate and love my natural hair, how to take care of her and see that natural hair is not only amazing but extremely versatile in every way. I am amazed at other Naturalistas, how they take such great care if their own tresses and support ones going through a hard time, sweet community 😀

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9. Is there any advice you would like to give to fellow textured ladies?
 Please keep rocking your lovely tresses, whenever you see a natural girl, smile and compliment her about her lovely hair, trust me, you will make her day. Love your hair, she is unique and your crown of glory so smile and wear your crown girls. Wear your hair the way you choose to, it is yours so have a blast dolls!

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10. Where can we find you?
 You can find me at my blog on WordPress at: http://islandkynks.wordpress.com/Feel free to come by and check it out. If you have any questions, please post a comment or send me an email to: zion_areli@yahoo.com. Thank you for reading ladies and many thanks to Jai Nicole for featuring me.
 

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Thank you Kesia!!!

Curlynikki Controversy: Natural Hair and Race

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http://curlsandblossoms.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-curlynikki-feature-natural-hair-and.html?m=1

Let me just say that everyone, no matter race or gender, is welcomed on Hair A.D.D.  I, also believe, that women of color experience more backlash and negativity pertaining to our hair than any other race. I believe that women and men of any race can share their journey, but recognize, that people of color experience much harsher criticism than other races when it comes to standards of beauty. Curlynikki was never racially exclusive, or exclusive to women with only certain curl patterns or a certain texture of hair, which in my opinion, means it is a space for anyone to share their journey. Many women and men have their own stories to share dealing with self image issues and self confidence that can stem from looking different than the ideal standard of beauty. I do understand the argument of “sharing our space” with different races, but in my opinion, as long as other races can respect “our spaces” without trying to falsely internalize our struggles, they are welcome to participate. Curlynikki’s site was created “to serve as an online hair therapy session for those struggling to embrace their naturally curly hair….as a platform for each of you too share your experiences, frustrations, and triumphs of being naturally glamorous,” (About Me page on curlynikki), she never claimed that her brand or website was exclusively for women of color, but of course it was very natural to make that assumption. I definitely feel like women of color need a space specifically for them, but it doesn’t hurt to allow others to participate and to learn, as long as they recognize why that particular space was created and respect it. Either way, I believe we can have an intelligent conversation about this matter! Please feel free to leave your opinions respectfully below in the comments section. Let’s have this conversation!

MY TOP 5 TIPS FOR LENGTH RETENTION

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Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful day! I just wanted to give my two cents today on my top five ways to retain length. This is strictly my opinion and what has been working for me, but I’m sure everyone can benefit from most of these tips provided.

1. MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE: I believe the most important step you can implement in your routine is keeping your hair strands hydrated. I have already talked about hydrating from the inside out in a previous post, but let me remind you, drinking water and plenty of fluids is very important! What you put inside of your body will very well show in your outer appearance. Also, spritzing your hair with a water based conditioner or simply water every night or when it becomes dry can have a major impact on the health of your hair. Hair tends to break when it is dry and brittle, so keeping your strands from becoming this way can ultimately help you retain length.

2. DEEP CONDITIONING: Finding a deep conditioner that works for you is very important to the health of your hair. I deep condition my hair once a week.  A good deep conditioner will provide moisture for your hair. It will also help your hair take on the stress and manipulation you put your hair through in between your wash sessions.

3. SATIN SCARF OR PILLOW: Cotton pillowcases rob the moisture in your hair. Satin scarves and pillowcases enable you to retain the moisture you worked so hard to get and it also protects your ends! So make sure you invest in a satin pillowcase if you are not keen to sleeping with a scarf on your head at night.

4. GETTING TRIMS REGULARLY: I regularly (maybe too regularly) trim my ends. I tend to go overboard, but I digress. Dusting (trimming an eighth of an inch) your ends regularly will help keep split ends at bay. Your hair cannot thrive with split ends creeping slowly up your hair shaft! Get rid of them! It’s nothing worse than a girl holding on to scraggly, see through ends for the sake of some “length”. As your can probably tell this is a pet peeve of mine. Ladies, trim about every eight weeks or when you deem necessary, just please don’t walk around with scraggly ends you will have to get rid of them at some point in order for you to retain length in the future!

5. MINIMIZE YOUR USE OF HEAT: I straighten my hair maybe twice a year and probably won’t do it again for another couple of years. I say this for two reasons, first of all, it doesn’t last long enough and secondly, it only takes one time for you to acquire heat damage no matter how careful you are. Everytime I have straightened my hair I have acquired some sort of heat damage and I’m back at square one nursing my hair back to health. And to make matters worse, my hair may have remained straight for a day or two, so that’s months of work for a day of straight hair. The trade off is not worth it for me. So if possible, use heat sparingly and when you do make sure your use some sort of heat protectant!

Hope these tips are helpful!! Have a good one:)

Importance of a “Cheapie” Conditioner!

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First question you may ask is, what is a cheapie conditioner? Well, simply, a cheapie conditioner is a conditioner you use for everything, from co- washing to deep conditioning, or even a leave in when you have ran out of styling products. You may use it to gently cleanse your hair or you may mix it with your favorite oil and use your new concoction to deep condition. Whatever the use, you need a whole bunch of conditioner. That’s the beauty of a good, cheap conditioner.  You can be as heavy handed as you need to be and you will never have to worry about it breaking your pockets. My favorite “cheapie” conditioners are Suave Naturals and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration! I bought two bottles of Suave Naturals for $3. I will get plenty use out of those bottles of conditioner. I will use it to detangle, co-wash, deep condition, and a leave in! If you haven’t found a good cheapie conditioner please do so a.s.a.p! It is life changing! And if you are on the hunt to find a good one, try Suave Naturals or Herbal Essence and let me know what you think! Conditioner is the ONE thing you never want to run out of!