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I'm baaaccckkkk! I hope you guys have been doing well. I have decided to do a three part series on Natural Hair. This first post was about my personal transition to returning to my natural hair. I always say returning natural as opposed to going natural because your natural hair is where it all began. Here's a link to the post in case you missed it. Click here. The second part was centered on natural hair product recipes. Click here if you missed it. So here we are at the last installment of this series. Today I will talk about my favorite small businesses that produce natural hair products with natural ingredients and some of my fave products centered around natural hair.
Whew! That was a lot, right? LOL! Well let's get started on this last part!
I have type 4 hair as previously discussed in parts one and two. People with my type of hair usually need heavier/thicker products to help retain moisture. Also, even though we have courser type hair, type 4 hair is the most fragile and needs tender love and care! The method that I use is LOCS. It is a variation of the LOC method. The L stands for Liquid/Leave-in. The O stands for Oil. The C stands for Cream. The S in my variation stands for Seal. I had to add an extra step to ensure my hair doesn't dry out through out the day. Here is a link that further discusses the LOC method. (here)
The products that I use for leave-in vary but I use Karen's Body Beautiful, WEN or Kinky Curly Knot Today. They all work well for their intended use. They make my hair easier to manage. If you try any of them out, let me know what you think.
Wen is a Conditioner Wash/Leave in.
I use it to Co-Wash my hair and as a leave in.
Kinky Curly Works well because it helps to detangle as well as moisturize.
Now you can use any oil that you like for this step. Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, etc. You can purchase oils at your local beauty supply store.
Additional Info here
Now the LOC method calls for a cream that you use for styling that will help to seal in the previous products. I personally haven't found a cream that works well enough for it to be the final product and a styling cream in one. I have, however, found two products that come close.
Qhemet Biologics makes the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream. I love it. Link here.
One of my friends, who is a natural hair stylist, has developed a styling cream called Hydrate Me Please. This stuff is awesome! It really lives up to its name. Link here.
If I don't have the above products on hand and I have to use another styling cream, I use a butter such as shea, avocado, or mango. These seal in all the products that I put on my hair and helps to keep it moisturized for days.
Here is a list and link to other small businesses, that I like, who produce natural hair products.
Imani Joy Naturals - Fave Products Lemongrass Pomade & Hair Lotion.
Blue Roze Beauty - Fave Products Cocoa Coffee Rhassoul Hair Mask & Flax Seed Cream Gel
At the end of the day, it's your choice what you decide to do with your hair. I'm not trying to persuade anyone to go natural. Wait... I'm lying! LOL! Yes I am! However, whatever you decide to do with your hair, the important thing is to make sure that you take care of it. These products are designed for natural hair, however, they can be used on relaxed/permed/processed hair as well.
That concludes my three part series "Natural Hair Odyssey". So what do you guys think? Too much? Not enough? Have anything to add? Any additional questions? Let me know in the comments below! Also, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any natural hair questions. Thanks for tuning in!! See you next time!
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