Let’s talk about why you should trust the process.

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Moisturizing your hair is not always about the type of product you use or the tools you use. It’s about your methods. I can use a variety of natural hair products (I don’t) and get decent enough results if I adjust for my hair type. I have low porosity hair, which means I need not only thick, heavy creams and oils; but also to let the moisturizer “sit” on my hair and work its magic. I never expect my hair to feel instantly soft, but by the next day… Magic

"Its about your METHODS. The way you apply your products is just as important as the quality of product. "

1. Water

Your first weapon of attack is none other than water. 4C hair needs water. This is especially true when you want to detangle or manipulate your hair, you need the good stuff. Take care to avoid hard water, if you live in the city, learn the water treatment schedule, you’ll want to postpone wash day if there is going to be a large amount of mineral output. Pro Tip: Dampen your hair, but don’t soak it.

2. Cream & Oil

This is important, you can’t just use any old cream, well you can… but don’t. I like a product without glycerin. Humectants may make your hair feel soft instantly, but they are not worth the hassle. If you’re trying to stretch your hair or prepare a braidout, humectants attract moisture to your hair, you will end up with a frizzy mess. use a heavier water based cream, like this one. It’s time to seal. Pick your favorite oil. Literally any kind will do. I prefer a heavy oil like castor oil or Shea butter. However, if I use a thicker cream I can get away with a lighter oil. see: Knowing your Hair is Important. 

3. Stretch

After each section is moisturized, the biggest determinant of how well the products take, is your protective style. Stretching your hair (with braids, for me) is the best way to ensure that the liquids will soak in evenly and deter tangles. Separate each section thoroughly and avoid borrowing from other sections, the neater, the better.

4. Protect

I’ve found this is not mentioned much because it is expected in our community, but it must be said. Wear your scarf and bonnet. Your satin pillow doesn’t matter. The reason we are wearing the scarf and bonnet: we want to lock in the moisture and heat. That’s the magic part. Low porosity hair needs a bit of warmth and love. After you’ve moisturized, separated, and braided your sections, give it time to marinate; it “sets” your style. Thank me later.

I hope this helps. Comment down below any alterations you’ve made to this process to work for your hair. Lets help everyone!

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