Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!

Guest post by Lisa Clay

It’s important to keep your curls hydrated throughout the year. When the temperatures cool off, and we pull out our best winter clothes, take the extra time to make sure you give your hair the same attention. Moisturizing your mane with the right products can help you retain length, while keeping your curls nice and juicy during the cold winter months.

With Type 2 waves, lighter products are the way to go (so you don’t need to weigh your hair down). You may want to avoid products with heavy ingredients, like butters or oils. But a light oil could be used as a great way to seal in that moisture. Look for products like CURLS Cashmere Curls or Jessicurl Confident Coils, to add moisture to your hair.

Since Type 3 curls tend to be a little tighter in form, a moisturizing product with conditioning ingredients are great options to keep your hair healthy and hydrated. You can look at smoothing or softening products to add moisture to your curls, and keep them looking lovely. Products like Oyin Handmade Hair Dew, and the new Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Leave-In conditioner, do double duty as great light conditioners and moisturizers.

The tighter Type 4 coils may need a heavier product to retain a higher level of moisture. Combating dryness is a key priority for this hair type, so a product with a good blend of water and softening ingredients can be a great aid in retaining moisture. Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream and B.A.S.K. Beauty Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream are thick, rich products made to condition and moisturize your coils.

Remember the keys to what makes a great moisturizer; look for products with water or moist ingredients in the first few lines of the label. Also, the best way to help keep your hair hydrated is by layering your products. Start with a liquid or water-based product (like your moisturizer), then add an oil or butter-based product on top. This heavier layer will make it harder for the moisture to escape your hair. You can finish with a cream or emollient product to add extra softness and shine to your curls.

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