I might as well warn you that some of what you will see here are unorthodox and might not be for the faint of heart ( 🙂 okay so I might be yanking your chain with that last bit.
Still, in essence, some of it may seem to go against the grain but with reason. Check ‘em out!
1. Stock Your Hair with Goodness On Wash Day
Okay, so I can pretty much see the looks on your faces and most of you look perplexed with a “huh?” here or there. Stock my hair? You mean with avocados and stuff? Ahaha, no, what I mean is that you should make sure that your wash day counts.
Your hair should be very well conditioned and moisturized so that you can reduce the number of times that you will have to moisturize your hair throughout the week. Doing a thorough deep conditioning and following the LOC method works perfectly in this case.
2. Wash Infrequently
Yes, YES, I said it. Now when I say wash infrequently I’m not saying that you should wash your hair every 2 months or anything (even though for some people, washing every 2 months is a norm).
What I’m saying is that if you are washing your hair, let’s say every 3 days, then try increasing the time between washes to weekly instead or if you are washing your hair every week and still feel like it is too much manipulation then try washing your hair every 2 weeks.
This can play a big part in reducing mechanical damage and you may be surprised to learn that there are plenty of women with super long hair that wash just once monthly.
3. Daily Moisturizing Is Not Necessary
Okay, first no you are not seeing things and second I’m not crazy. Although one of the sacred rules of healthy hair is daily moisturizing, I dare say that in most cases it is actually not necessary.
This is definitely something that should be based on how your hair feels, how you style it and it’s porosity levels and not something that you feel that you should do just because it is deemed a healthy hair practice.
The frequency with which you choose to moisturize can range from every other day to once weekly to reduce manipulation, and depending on the condition and needs of your hair you can still have lush moisture filled hair without moisturizing daily. Also by doing the LOC method mentioned previously, you will find that your hair simply doesn’t need to be moisturized daily.
Remember now, there is such a thing as over moisturizing which constitutes mechanical damage, so if you are religiously giving your hair more than what it needs on a daily basis, you are aiding mechanical damage.
Originally posted 2013-12-26 15:00:17.