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Keep Those Koils Hydrated This Summer!

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

African Hair is the MOST fragile of all hair types because of our lovely curls.  Therefore it must be handled with the utmost care! Our  hair is very dry, porous and brittle, mainly because the natural oils have a hard time reaching the ends. The more curls the more fragile and the only thing that can combat dry hair is moisture! Moisture also stops the hair from breaking. Our hair thrives on moisture; our Koils will only flourish when they are well moisturized. African hair produces more sebum than other hair types. Sebum is the oil that hair produces naturally to protect and lubricate it. Almost anything can disturb the moisture balance of your Koils and draw all the moisture out. Extreme weather conditions, Synthetic products, and heat can upset the balance of the hair and make hair very dry, which will lead to breakage!

This Summer, you can keep your natural hair healthy by drinking plenty of water.  Hydrate your hair from the inside out!  For Natural Beauties….a spray bottle is a MUST have!  It is always beneficial to add water to your hair before styling. Water keeps your hair flexible for styling and prevents breakage. You can create a simple hydrating mist with purified/distilled water,  and a carrier oil of your choice.  Aloe vera juice or gel, glycerin or honey are powerful humectants that can also be added to your hydrating mist.

Try the following recipe for a simple, but powerful hydrating spritz.

  • 6 oz of distilled or purified water (please do not use tap water)
  • ¼ cup of aloe vera juice or gel
  • 1 tbsp of your favorite oil (grapeseed, almond, jojoba, evoo (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Macadamia Nut oil)
  • 1/2 tsp of glycerin
  • 5-10 – drops of essential oil of your choice

Summer sun rays can be pleasurable for your body, but wreak havoc on your hair. Hats, scarves and protective styles should be your friend this Summer!

Guest Blogger:  Pamela Jenkins of Koils By Nature.
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  1. Great article, but I want to know why you say don’t use tap water in the spritzing bottles?

    • Thanks for commenting Kisha. Tap water can have many harmful additives. Things like chlorine, fluoride, and water softeners. This can vary from city to city though. Take the guess work out of it and use distilled or spring water.

  2. Just mixed mine up (minus glycerin). Will see how it works!

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