Moisturizing

5 Ways to Bring Moisture Back Into Dry Winter Hair

Sealing is crucial for reducing moisture loss but is only effective for so long. What do you do once the moisture is gone, especially during the winter when it seems to vanish more easily? Here are a few tips to restore that moisture to your hair. 1. Invest in a quality humidifier Cold weather leads... Continue Reading

3 DIY Moisturizer Recipes For Natural Hair This Winter

Winter will officially arrive this month, and as naturals, we want to be ready. Part of that preparation is finding an adequate moisturizer. If your current product isn’t cutting it and you’d like to try something homemade, here are a few worth mixing. 1. Creamy Shea Moisturizer Ingredients: – ½ cup unrefined shea butter –... Continue Reading

My Experience With the Cherry Lola Treatment (the Precusor to the Max Hydration Method) On 4C Hair

Before the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM), there was the Cherry Lola Treatment, developed in 2009 by natural hair blogger Cherry Lola.  (As a matter of fact, the MHM incorporates a variation of this treatment as its first step.) Because of its effectiveness at reducing frizz, this treatment grew in popularity from 2009 through 2012. Not much has... Continue Reading

How Focusing On Hair Porosity This Winter Can Lead to Healthier Longer Hair

When I began researching natural hair porosity, it was like glitter rained down from the sky and I truly began to figure out my hair. I found focusing on porosity to be much more helpful than relying on curl pattern. For those of you unfamiliar, porosity is how well your hair absorbs and holds onto moisture. For... Continue Reading

4 Alternatives To Oil and Butter For Sealing Moisture In Natural Hair

When Izzy (my hair) was much shorter, I never thought it was necessary to “seal” my hair. Why? Because my hair’s porosity is fairly low, so “sealing” in moisture was never imperative to keep my hair moisturized. If you’re unfamiliar, “sealing” natural hair simply means to use a butter or oil to coat the hair... Continue Reading

How to Prevent the ‘Dry Hair Feeling’ After Washing

If I were to ask you the top three rules for keeping natural, curly hair soft and healthy, I bet one of the answers most of you would say is: “Keep it moisturized, of course!”. Well then, isn’t it ironic that your hair can feel most dry shortly after it has been washed? For years... Continue Reading

I Tried the Max Hydration Method…and I Liked It!

Back in August, I wrote an article breaking down what exactly the Max Hydration Method (MHM) is and what it claims to do. The comments on the article were all over the spectrum — from devout followers of the MHM to skeptics and those who loathe the concept of “chasing a curl pattern.” In case... Continue Reading

True Life: I’m a Type 4 Natural and I Don’t Use Shower Caps

There was a time when I wouldn’t dare get in the shower without a plastic cap or bag covering my hair. Unless it was wash day, I tried my best to avoid getting my hair wet. However, I’ve recently found that covering my hair with a plastic cap during showers is no longer a priority.... Continue Reading

4 Unusual Hacks That Keep Natural Hair Moisturized

It’s a bummer when you’re down to the very last drop of your favorite leave-in and you know your order won’t come in for at least another week. It’s also definitely not cool, when you’re traveling far from home only to realize you’ve forgotten your favorite pomade and moisturizer. This is exactly what happened to me... Continue Reading

Liquid, Oil then Cream (LOC) vs. Liquid, Cream then Oil (LCO): Does the Order Matter?

There is some debate about whether the order in which you layer hair products affects moisture. The LOC method which was developed by Chicoro advises an order of Liquid, Oil and Cream and a modified version, the LCO method switches the cream and oil layers. Many envision the layering system in true layers like this... Continue Reading

4 Essential Oil Blends that Smell Heavenly and Moisturize Natural Hair

by Cassandre of Cassandrebeccai.com I remember the days when my mom would treat us to some fried plantain (bannan peze) and all kinds of good Haitian home cooking. Her food was always so good, no matter what it was, but there was always one problem. The scent of the cooked foods would always linger on our... Continue Reading

The New Max Hydration Method Promises Moisturized, Defined Wash and Go’s for Type 4 Hair: Is It for You?

Photo courtesy of maxhydrationmethod.com   The Max Hydration Method (MHM for short) is, according to maxhydrationmethod.com, “a 5 step regimen that systematically increases moisture levels in the hair until Max Hydration is reached.” This method, championed by Black Hair Media Forum VIP Member PinkeCube promises to turn the notion that wash and go’s don’t work... Continue Reading

How Hair Grease (Yes, Grease!) Can Help Retain Length in Natural Hair

I’m sure many of you remember the days of being a young girl sitting between your mother’s or aunt’s legs to get your hair done. Dax, Blue Magic, Doo Gro, or another hair grease was on the scene to replace that dry look and feel with smoothness and shine. It was a necessity. When there... Continue Reading

4 Tricks to Increase Moisture in Stubbornly Dry Hair

by Cassandre of cassandrebeccai.com Oh the frustration that comes along with dry hair! At some point in my journey, I was so fed up with how incredibly dry my hair was, I began to seriously regret my decision to go natural. Thankfully it wasn’t too long after that, a conversation with some friends and a little... Continue Reading

How I Did a Liquid Only (Water and Aloe Vera Juice) Regimen on my Type 4 Hair

It’s no secret that naturally coily and curly hair types benefit from products that foster moisture retention.  This is particularly true during the dry summer months when natural hair has a tendency to become especially dry and requires regular moisture in order to prevent breakage. One particular option that I learned earlier in my healthy hair journey was the “water... Continue Reading