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REPOST: Start a Natural Hair Photojournal

It’s the new year, and I’m taking a trip down memory lane with old photos of my natural hair journey. I took them once a week every week in the first year after my big chop. All I can think is, “I’m not sure how Instagrammers and beauty bloggers do it.” After a whole year […]

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Dealing with A Lot of Hair (Maintenance)

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Hair amnesia. It’s what happens when you’ve had your hair in a protective style for an extended period.

Come take down, I will legit forget just how much hair is compacted into each twist. I start unravelling them, thinking, “Oh, it’s just a dozen or so sections,” and then I wonder WHERE DID ALL THIS HAIR COME FROM OMG THIS IS GOING TO TAKE FOREVER TO DETANGLE!

Step 1: Stay calm.

And keep reading for my top tips on how to work through a lot of hair quickly and efficiently.

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REBLOG: Top Tips for Natural Hair Wash Routine Made Easier – by SAVVYZONE

Saavyzone’s blog is chock full of great articles like this one. Tips, tools, product and routine breakdowns–she’s got you covered. I really like how clear and concise her articles are, and I always learn something useful.  Follow the link to check out her site!

 

Once you have established what day your (hair) wash routine will be on, there are some good effective practices to include in your routine that will further boost your natural hair health. So to reap further benefits for your hair, it is essential to keep an arsenal of reliable hair tools, and products which could consist […]

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Taking a Holiday from Your Natural Hair

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A Break from the Routine

Whether you’re frustrated with your natural hair journey, or you just find yourself too busy too keep up with your regular hair care routine, taking a break from your hair every now and then can be good for you and it.

Before you decide how to put your hair away, determine why you want to. Is it for recoup from damage or length retention, added protection from this colder, drier weather, or just to reduce the time it takes to style every day?

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Moisturizing Protective Styles

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Lately, I’ve been talking about protective styles a lot here at PON. Last week, I covered hand coordination and dropped a link to my favorite braiding tutorial maven on YouTube. Now, what about maintenance? Particularly, staying moisturized.

If water wasn’t your curlfriend before, you’ll be BFFs in no time with protective styles. Mist it, mix it, soak it in. Your regular products won’t distribute well without help. If they aren’t liquid, liquefy them.

Grab an empty spray bottle from your stash and test some ratios. I like to water down my leave-in conditioner and apply oil separately, but you could mix them all into your own special concoction. Test the mixture on your skin to see how it feels and how it dries. If it feels and dries exactly like water would, you’ve diluted the product too much. Adjust the ratios.

As I said, I apply my oil separately. This is to ensure I pay special attention to my ends and the scalp of my parts. Finally, after I’ve thoroughly misted, I baggy and finish my morning routine. If you don’t have time to baggy, sealing with an oil is even more important. I’ve found that just adding water to my hair and letting that dry makes my hair feel even drier. Hard water is most likely the culprit, which is all the more reason to properly apply my products.

How often to moisturize your protective style depends on how your hair feels. At the very least you need to remoisturize mid-week between washes. It’s tempting to avoid the task because it would cause frizz and shrinkage. That may keep your hair looking cute but there ain’t nothing cute about all the breakage you’ll see when you say goodbye to that dry, old style.

To mitigate the unavoidable frizz, I prefer to press and lightly squeeze products in, gently smooth a little, and never rub or agitate my hair too much, especially those roots. I also give myself time to let my hair dry stretched, pinned down, and tied down to combat shrinkage. Also, also? I plan a way to wear my hair towards the end of that style’s run, so that my frizz and shrinkage are concealed (wide headbands, beanies and bangs for the win!)

How do you maintain your protective styles? Comment below. If you’re a fan of The Pursuit, like this post, subscribe, and follow me on my other platforms via the sidebar.