RESET YOUR HAIR MOISTURE

I would like to share with you all a tip to keeping your hair progressing to its healthiest state.  I talked about how I love to wear wash n gos, and I’ve talked about how I think wash n gos really help your hair reach its full potential.  While I think wash n gos are great, I believe our hair has to have a break from the style.  More specifically, I believe our hair needs a moisture reset.  I know a moisture reset sounds weird but think about it similar to why we may do a protein treatment.

Our hair needs this moisture reset because it is vulnerable to many different factors.  Although wash n gos are great for building healthy elastic hair, the hair is prone to breakage because it is fully exposed.  Things like weather conditions, friction from rubbing hair against things, and other everyday activities, can dry the hair out.  In my article “NON-MAGICAL TIPS FOR A GREAT WASH N GO,” there are some great tips that will provide your hair with great moisture while it’s in a wash n go.  However, we should find a hairstyle where our hair can rest from significant exposure and rebuild its moisture.

My go to hairstyle to reset my hair moisture is two strand twists (not twist outs) and sometimes flat twists. I do these two strand twist once a week for about two weeks.  In my opinion, I feel that two strand twist styles holds the most moisture without significantly manipulating the elasticity of the hair strand.  I’m sure some of us love doing braids or bantu knots, but the knotting of the braids and the pulling of the bantu knots does too much stretching to the hair strands.  If we want nice juicy curls when it’s time to go back to our wash n go, we do not want to stretch our hair strands too much.  I’m not saying that we can’t rock braids, bantu knots, sew-ins, twist outs, heat styles, and etc.  All I’m saying is that we should be careful about how often we do it.  For an example, after I straighten my hair and I’m ready to go back to my curls, I reset my moisture by rocking two strand twist for about two weeks.

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This picture is an example of some small two strands twists I did.  I believe this picture was in 2012 when I was still transitioning from relaxers.

Here are some quick steps/tips to a great two strand twist style:

  1. Cleanse and condition hair. Feel free to use lather or non-lathering cleansers.  Just note a non-lathering cleanser will probably make detangling easier.
  2. Detangle and apply deep condition to hair. Part the hair into sections and detangle the section.  This will make applying the deep conditioner to the section easier.  Lastly, apply deep conditioner to that section.  Once applied, every hair strand should be coated with product.  While deep conditioning, you can put a plastic bag over your hair and let is sit for however long you have.  You can also go a step further and sit under a dryer with the plastic cap over your hair.  Heat easily opens the hair cuticles and allows the products to soak into your hair strands.  In my personal opinion, I don’t think heat needs to be applied every time you deep condition, if you deep condition once a week.
  3. Rinse with cool to cold temperature water and apply a leave-in conditioner with slip while the hair is soaking wet. A leave-in conditioner with slip allows you to easily detangle your hair.
  4. Style your hair. You can do whatever size two strand twist you prefer.  I apply a styling crème and a water base gel to each section before I start to twist. The parts for your twist do not have to be perfect unless you want them perfect.
  5. Style your twist. Depending on how long you hair is you can rock these twist freely, in a ponytail, in a bun, or pinned in a cool style.

Although I would love for your go to hairstyle to be some type of twist style, choose a style that makes you feel happy and confident and doesn’t involve heat.  Feel free to let me know your results if you tried this moisture reset regimen.  If you have a different moisture reset regimen, let me know below.

Disclaimer:  My hair is coily and kinky most areas on my head besides the top of my head.  Therefore, a lot of my suggestions my seem tedious or time consuming to people who have hair that falls under “type 3” hair.  However, I do not think my suggestions would hurt the progression of “type 3” hair.  Therefore, everyone please feel free to tailor my suggestions to what fits your preference.