Water is an extremely necessary component in the natural girl’s hair maintenance routine. We know that it is critical for moisturizing, but there are other properties of water that are often overlooked. Here’s how you can further harness the power of water in your natural hair routine:
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The weight of water is immensely powerful.
This liquid is very dense, weighing 8.34 pounds per gallon. So what does the weight of water have to do with your hair care routine?
Do you stand over the sink, holding your head downward to wash your hair? Did you know this is may encourage curly hair that is prone to tangle to tangle even more?
The solution? It’s better to wash your hair in the shower where it will be easier for you to use the weight of the water to your advantage. The weight and force of the water will work in harmony with the growth of your hair, which grows not towards your face, but away from it. This is why when you go to the salon you lean your head backward, not forward when you are seated to get your hair washed. At home since you are on your own, you won’t be able to wash your hair good if you attempt to lean backward over the sink so the shower is your best bet.
Another overlooked benefit of water is its dissolution capabilities.
How can you tap into this power? By simply rinsing your hair for a lengthier amount of time before cleansing. Do you wet your hair but then immediately add your cleanser? If you do, you’re not taking advantage of the full power of water. Before adding your shampoo, rinse your hair for a few minutes using only water. This way you can dissolve a good amount of product buildup that’s in your hair before even adding your cleanser (which may also reduce the amount of shampoo you need to use). I have found that I have GREATLY reduced the amount of tangles that I experience because of the reduction of products that are now being dissolved due to thorough rinsing prior to cleansing.
Try making these changes if you haven’t already and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you!