3. Avoid products with coconut oil, castor and shea butter in the first 5 of the ingredients.
Natural Hair Stylist Aeleise Jana noticed a common trend amongst her clients that were complaining of dry hair. After consulting with numerous clients she noticed a common thread: they were all using heavy oils and butters in either the raw form or in products they were using as apart of their regimen.
Because heavy oils and butters are not water soluble, which means that it will likely take a much stronger cleanser to completely remove them from the hair, they buildup on the hair making it very difficult for the hair to acquire moisture. Aeleise says that continual use of products that fall into this category generally lead to a “perpetuall cycle of dry hair.”
4. Choose styling products based on desired style.
Some people choose stylers based off the advice from their friend or favorite YouTuber; others go off price and some just go with the prettiest packaging. That’s not how hairstyling works. Hairstyling for natural hair involves the physical change of the hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen bonds can either be impacted by the use of heat or water. With that in mind you have to always be mindful of what you want you’re desired style to look like.
For example, you wouldn’t use the same products for a wash and go that you would use for a twist out. Both styles require hold but the type of hold and set will be different for both. Wash and gos typically require a gel with medium to strong hold. For twists outs, a cream with a medium to firm hold would be the most ideal.
Using the right stylers are the difference in achieving a wash and go or a wash and no with a twist out that falls out in less than 24 hours.