Updated: Sep 18
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So I've been on a quest to find the perfect wash and go products for my type 4 hair and I've decided to share my journey! This week I'm trying an oldie but goodie! In my last post, I shared the products I used with a tutorial. But this go-round I wanted to walk you through each step.
Step 1 Clarify
Clarify your hair with a sulfate shampoo. In order for your product to work properly, you can not have any residue from your previous hairstyle on your hair. That means sis, unfortunately, this is not the time to co-wash! If you are opposed to clarifying with a sulfate shampoo I highly recommend doing an apple cider vinegar rinse.
Step 2 Deep Condition
This time around I did a protein deep condition treatment with a hair mayonnaise. The reason for this was I hadn't done a protein treatment in a while and it is important to have a balance of moisture and protein in your hair regimen. Protein adds strength and structure to our hair while moisture adds elasticity. Too much moisture causes excessive shrinkage and no-curl definition while lack of moisture can cause breakage.
Frizz is generally caused by rough or raised cuticles which are also signs of moisture deficient hair. The cuticle raises in an effort to let in more moisture from humid environments. If you fill your cuticles with a balance of moisture and protein your cuticles will be less likely to raise thus creating a smooth curl.
Step 3 Section Hair
I have pretty thick hair so in order to apply the products evenly, I work in 4 sections as opposed to applying the products all at once. Another benefit to working in smaller sections is the products are able to work better and the hairstyle lasts a lot longer
Step 4 Apply The Products
In a smaller subsection, I spray the hair moisturizer in my hair and follow it with the curl activator, and after that, I apply the hair gel. Do not skip the hair gel step! This step is important because the curl activator and moisturizer have larger amounts of glycerin in the ingredients which is a humectant (attracts moisture) and can cause your cuticles to raise and create frizz. Gels tend to have PH balancers in them which bring the ph of the hair strand to its natural PH and creates shine and definition.
Step 5 Air Dry
Once your hair products are all applied just give your hair a good shake and let it air dry! You can also sit under a dryer or use a diffuser but I typically opt to not use heat.
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For maintenance, you can pineapple your hair (high ponytail) at night with a silk scarf and satin bonnet. In the morning you can shake and go. If your hair is stiff just spritz a little water in it or spray in a little moisturizer and Viola!
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