Dear Newly Natural Me,
Happy wash day! I see you’ve just finished. I see you’ve applied the LCO method. And everyone else can see it too.
Using Too Much Hair Product
When the product makes your hair look white, you’ve likely put on way too much product. You and I know that (we are, after all, the same person) but you figured it was the only way to be sure your natural hair was really moisturized.
Here’s the thing: your freshly washed hair already is moisturized. So moisturized you had to blot away the excess just so your strands can absorb your L, C, and O.
How & Why We Use Hair Products
The purpose of leave-ins and other hair products after you wash is primarily to “seal” and slow the rate at which the moisture already in your hair evaporates over time. (Shout out to Afrikanhairgod) There’s other benefits as well, such as nutrients and pH balance, but the moisturizing aspect is most beneficial on hair that is not dripping wet.
Not only do you not need to slather on product after washing your hair, but also if you do, you may end up with rapid product buildup. Which leads to dirt and funk, which leads to washing your hair more frequently, stripping it, applying even more product, rinse & repeat.
Next thing you know you’re scraping the bottom of the jar you just bought and accusing one of your girlfriends of skimming off the top.
Start moderately. After you work that in, if your hair still feels like it needs more love, apply another layer. Once you know how much your hair truly needs to thrive, you’ll need less appplications, waste less product, save your coins, and save your friendships.
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