How to use products may seem like common sense but, as the saying goes common sense is not so common; especially when it comes to natural hair care products. Between shampoos, puddings, gels, dangle, and leave-ins, finding out how to use certain products can be hard work. We here are some tips that I use to help me get the most out of new products and help you find staples for your regimen.
When I’m trying out a new leave-in, I clarify my hair to make sure I have zero buildup. My clarifying shampoo of choice is Garner Fructose Pure Clean Fortifying Shampoo. I use it every six months and I love it so far. Cleans really well but, doesn’t strip my hair.
Follow The Directions
I know some of you are probably like “Duh!” but, you will be amazed at how many people don’t follow the directions on products. If a Deep Conditioner says leave on for 20 minutes, follow that time frame first and then adjust accordingly. Doing this can also save you from causing damage that may result in a setback.
Layer Products Correctly
This is a big one for me, I find that some naturals don’t know how to layer products. Here is how I layer: Damp Hair Water Based Leave-In Conditioner Butters/Oils (sealants) Gel/Styles. This is why starting with clean hair is so important; after all of these products week after week, I doubt a leave-in conditioner would be able to penetrate my hair without a proper shampooing/cleansing.
Read The Ingredients
Even if a product claims to be a moisturizer, if it does not contain water or aloe Vera in at least the top 5 ingredients then it’s not going to moisturize and would be better suited as a sealant used on top of an adequate moisturizer.