Natural and Healthy Hair Maintenance

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Preventing Breakage

The key to preventing natural hair breakage and damage is:
*Less heat styling
*Protective styles
*Low maintenance styles
*Less manipulation of the hair
*Periodic trimming of dead and split ends
*Deep conditioning – 2x a month
*Protein Treatments – 1x a month
*Pre-poo Treatments
*Detangling
*Do not over moisturize

Deep Conditioning

Ideally natural hair should be deep conditioned 2x a month and more often if you are newly natural. When I DC, I use a shower comb, my fingers and/or a tangle teezer to distribute the product along my hair shaft and ends.

A deep conditioner should have:

  • slip for easy detangling
  • provide moisture
  • add body
  • hydrate the hair
  • improve elasticity
  • contain conditioning agents
  • and seal in moisture
  • may contain proteins

Great DC’s that I have used:
*Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
*MyHoneyChild Honey Hair Mask
*MyHoneyChild Olive You
*Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing
*Original Moxie Intense Quench
*Hairveda Sitrinillah
*Pura Body Naturals Chocolate Smoothie

Do not over condition as this can cause breakage.

Protein Treatments

I do protein treatments 1x a month to strengthen my hair as I do a lot of protective styling and twistouts or braidouts which require more manipulation.Β  Proteins such as hydrolyzed wheat, keratin, silk, oat,Β an yeast Β bond to the hair and fill in gaps in the cuticle making hair stronger and less prone to breakage.

Some protein treatments you can try:
*Curl Junkie Repair Me
*Original Moxie Protein Treatment
*Shescentit Okra Reconstructor
*Chi Deep Brilliance ProteinTreatment

Sources and links to more info:
*http://www.strawberricurls.com/2013/08/01/5-protein-treatment-for-natural-hair/
*http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/11/the-right-protein-treatment-for-your.html?m=1
*http://blackgirllonghair.com/2013/03/3-amazing-protein-conditioners-for-natural-hair/
*http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/find-your-perfect-deep-conditioner.html?m=1
*http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/05/hair-conditioner-ingredients.html?m=1

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