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UNDERSTANDING YOUR HAIR

How To Moisturise Your Curls

Curls are amazing and versatile and if you're not too careful…dry. Seeing as it is now summer (kind of), it is more important than ever to keep your curls moisturised and it is easier than you think. Here are three tips for moisturising your curls.
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Hair Masks
Hair masks are a great way to keep your curls moisturised. A hair mask is supposed to be left on the hair and scalp for a longer period of time (e.g. 15-30 minutes) before it is rinsed off and should be used no-more than 1-2 a week. When you apply a hair mask, take the time to massage your scalp as well and allow the product to fully penetrate your hair. Scalp massages stimulate blood flow to the scalp and give your hair more nutrients.

I urge you to research the ingredients in your mask before purchasing, as a hair mask is a concentrated conditioning product you want to be getting all the properties and nutrients your hair needs, such as protein, emollients, vitamins and more!
To take your hair mask to the next level, purchase a hair steamer or use the steam from a boiling bowl of water (just be safe). The steam lifts the hair cuticle allowing your treatments to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft.
Paris Reveira
IAT Certified Hair Practitioner
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Co-Washing
If you don't do this already, now is a great time to start. Co-washing is when you wash your hair with a 'cleansing conditioner'. The It is a great method for people with curly or colour treated hair as it doesn't strip the hair of oils like regular clarifying shampoos. Many naturals swear by co-washing as a way to reduce my split ends and keeps my curls moisturised throughout the week. If your hair is dry, this will help to give it the added moisture it needs to stay healthy. When using a co-wash, you may find it's doesn't leave your scalp feeling as squeaky clean as you would like. To make sure I am really getting all the dirt and gunk out of my hair I also use my scalp massage brush while washing to really help remove the dirt from my scalp.

Alternatively, using a cleansing foam can be effective for hair-types that need frequent refreshing or can be easily weighed down. Cleansing foams are also great for protective hair styles like dreadlocs, braids and weaves.
A lot of naturals are die-hard co-wash fans, and this is totally fine, but a traditional shampoo is needed to help remove excess oil and product buildup, something a cleansing conditioner isn’t designed to do.
Paris Reveira
IAT Certified Hair Practitioner
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Satin Pillows
Satin pillowcases are amazing at keeping your hair healthy because they don't suck out all of your hair's natural moisture. Cotton pillowcases can make your hair even drier especially after it had to deal with the cold outdoors and can make it brittle and dry and that's something you don't want. If you want to keep your moisture in your curls and not in your pillowcase, I would highly recommend using a silk or satin pillowcase to keep your curls and skin moisturised.
Cotton pillowcases can cause friction and the friction caused by your pillowcase can cause breakage and dry out your hair leading to split ends.
Paris Reveira
IAT Certified Hair Practitioner
I hope you found this helpful and keep your curls moisturised all year long with these tips.
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