I’ve never been one who pays special attention to my edges. On the contrary, I struggle to keep my edges from uniting with my eyebrows. Don’t start to envy me just yet, there’s more.
About 3 months ago, I noticed my edges were falling, fading, balding, whatever else that describes passing away. I grew really worried and decided to look into my hair care routine in a bid to figure out what could possibly have gone wrong.
At this point I had to drop a few habits and adopt some others.
How did I fix it?
Reduced manipulation around my hairline
Stopped using my edge control gel
Stopped wearing my hair in high puffs
Started massaging the affected area twice a day with my handmade coconut oil and raw shea butter
Applied onion juice to the affected area on wash days
Although my hair is short now, there has been noticeable progress in less than one month.
Whether you rock your hair natural, relaxed or texlaxed, dryness is no respecter of texture.
Over this past weekend, one of my male naturalists… Wait! Have I ever mentioned that this blog caters to the hair needs of all sexes? Well, it does. Okay?..Okay! As I was saying, he sent a mail asking to know how he could keep his afro from going dry and hard.
Now, I do not believe that anyone should break the bank to grow an afro. All you need do is understand your hair and if there’s one thing afro textured hairs love most, it has got to be moisture. The best and most reliable moisturizer remains water and since water dries out quite easily when sprayed into hair, the only logical thing to do would be to find a way to make the water stay longer in the hair…Right?
So far, the LOC has proven to be one of the best and mostly used methods to keep afro hair moisturized, where:
L-liquid or leave-in-conditioner
How To LOC
1. Spritz your hair with the liquid, I use water but if you must use a leave-in-conditioner, ensure it is a water-based leave-in-conditioner (i.e. water should be the first ingredient you see when you look on the side of the bottle where the ingredients of the leave-in-conditioner is written). You can also mix the leave-in-conditioner with water in a spray bottle, the choice is yours;
2. Slather on some oil of your choice (I prefer coconut oil) and
3. Apply a cream (I use Shea butter) to seal in the oil and water.
With this simple and inexpensive method, your hair can stay moisturised all day long.