Conditioner washing, or co-washing, is when you use only conditioner instead of shampoo to clean the hair, meaning you cleanse and condition the hair at the same time. This method of cleansing is recommended for the “naturalistas”, because it helps hair retain moisture.
In a previous article in DESTINY, Head Stylist at ORS Haircare, Betito Ebengo, explains that all naturalistas are suitable candidates.
“Those with dry hair and a dry scalp may benefit greatly from co-washing because shampooing on a weekly basis can strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving the hair extra-dry and susceptible to breakage.”
Ladies with kinky or coiled hair can co-wash weekly and those with wavy or curly hair can do so two to three times a week.
TWA, or Teeny Weeny Afro, is usually used to reference the first stage after the big chop. If you have a TWA, you probably feel there aren’t styling options for you because of the awkward length of the hair. If your hair is at this stage, try finger-coiling.
To achieve the perfect finger coil, simply apply a butter or curl-enhancing mousse on your entire head and use your fingers to stretch and coil your hair (after washing and conditioning it).
- ACV Rinse
An Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse is a rinse that is done after shampooing and conditioning the hair. It offers a host of benefits for the hair, like removing styling product build-up that develops.
Owner of Earthy, Mummy Mthembu-Fawkes, explains that an ACV rinse is recommended for all naturalistas. “An ACV rinse allows the hair to be stronger and shinier and also returns the hair to its natural pH,” she says.
- Low/High-porosity hair
Low-porosity hair doesn’t absorb moisture easily – no matter how much you moisturise it, the hair still feels dry, says Ntombenhle Khathwane in a previous article in DESTINY.
“This hair type is difficult to relax, even when using a super-relaxer, she says. This is because this hair type has closed cuticles, which makes it very difficult for moisture to penetrate or leave the hair,” she says.
High-porosity hair is easily penetrated by products, but quickly loses that moisture. “The cuticles of high-porosity hair are open. Women with this hair would need to follow a regimen that seals moisture in, incorporating a leave-in conditioner and a sealant like a butter,” says Khathwane.
- The LOC method
LOC stands for Leave-In or Liquid, Oil/Butter and Cream. It’s a method to moisturise and protect natural hair, while locking in moisture at the same time.
“Use a water-based product to hydrate and detangle the hair, an oil to seal in the moisture, and a creme to lock the moisture in to ensure it doesn’t escape the hair shaft,” advises Mthembu-Fawkes.
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- Curl/hair type
The hair type system describes the most common black hair textures. Knowing your curl pattern can be useful, as you can develop and implement a regimens that work for your hair type, especially if you’re new to the natural hair community.
The most common hair texture for black South African women is type four. It’s kinky, tightly coiled and like many of us will attest, can be very fragile. According to Essence.com, type four hair has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types, meaning it needs protection from manipulation, such as combing, brushing and blow-drying. To read more on how to care for this hair, visit DESTINY.
- Braid/Twist out
A braid or twist out is a natural hairstyle that stretches the hair without heat. Though there are plenty of natural hairstyles you can try to keep your hair looking great, the perfect twist/braid out is at the top of our list of preferred styles because it’s easy to achieve and maintain and you’re guaranteed to look and feel amazing. Visit DESTINY for a step-by-step guide to achieving the perfect braid/twist out.