Knowing The Difference Between These Two Terms Can Save Your Hair!

Knowing The Difference Between These Two Terms Can Save Your Hair!

We have all seen the terms either MOISTURIZING and HYDRATING on almost every natural hair care product on the market right now.....but did you know that there is a major difference between the two? 

When it comes to natural hair we all say "my hair lacks Moisture", believing that moisturizing is what makes your hair soft, manageable and healthy. The reality of it is, some moisturizing products can actually cause your hair to be dry and brittle. The reason is this, 'moisturizing products' are designed to lock existing water into the hair strand. This means that it's designed to build a layer onto your hair strand that traps water in. What it also does is trap water or other hydrating ingredients from fully entering the cuticle as well. For example.....Baby Oil (Mineral Oill) and Petroleum Jelly are two moisturizers. They can keeps our skin from drying out and becoming ashy. The instructions on baby oil indicate that it is best applied directly after showering. This is to lock the water into the skin before it evaporates. If you run water over your skin after applying the oil,the oil repels it. The water is the HYDRATOR and the baby oil is the MOISTURIZER. Moisture locks in Hydration. Just as in drinking water, water goes inside of the body and is a hydrator. The same concept applies to hair.

When you apply too much MOISTURE to your hair, while you may be locking existing water in, you may also be locking everything else out. What you may find is that your hair feels amazing when it's wet but when it's dry it becomes stiff and unmanageable again. Once this happens, even ingredients that are generally able to penetrate the hair strand are unable to fully penetrate the strand because of the layer left behind from the product used.

I'll share a personal experience; one day after washing and conditioning with a random product, I found that after my hair dried, it was hard. I spent an entire week trying to spritz with water and added additional products that normally give my hair life, to regain softness with no success. My hair stayed dry and hard the entire week. When my wash day came around I was happy to go back to my normal routine and return to my own products to recover the soft hair that I am used to. I attempted to wet my hair by putting my head under the running water. To my amazement, my hair would not become wet; it was still hard and mostly dry even under running water. It took maybe a full 5 minutes of trying to wet my hair until the water was able to penetrate my cuticles and rinse the moisturizing agent off of my strands. Further more, it took two separate days of conditioning with my hydrating products for my hair to be restored. If it did that to my hair, imagine how it must have also done the same to my scalp, clogging the follicle and preventing healthy hair growth.

With that said, its important to pay attention to the ingredients in your hair care products. Thicker products tend have a lot of moisturizing properties due to the amount of waxes or other substances used. Now this isn't all bad, but water alone isn't enough to thoroughly hydrate your hair before the moisturizing process begins. Its important to understand which ingredients serve as a hydrator and can penetrate the hair strand; and which ones serve as a moisturizer. For example, using products with strand penetrating oils like avocado, olive and coconut oil are great for hydrating your hair. Hydration is an essential component in having healthy hair. For this reason, we formulate our conditioners to provide an enormous level of hydration and a moderate level of moisture and our Intense Hydrating Potion is designed to provide the highest level of hydration to your hair and scalp and just enough moisture not to overload your hair but enough to seal the water and oils in, naturally. This is the reason is keeps hair soft and hydrated for so many days without having to apply any addition product.

The Bottom Line: Don't be fooled by these misleading terms. Assess your hair needs and shop smart. Pay attention to ingredients. Don't let the idea of what you think moisture is to sabotage the success of your hair journey. The right balance is the key!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If the ingredients in a deep conditioner have no ability to penetrate the hair strand is it really DEEP conditioning?

Ok good people, until next time, stay beautiful and keep those strands hydrated! 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!!

Tracy Golbourne
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COMBATTING DANDRUFF

As we embark upon a new year, it's time to get serious and get our hair to the lengths that we desire for it to be. With that said, we need to address the issue from the root.....the scalp.

So often many of us deal with scalp conditions that may be hindering our hairs growth potential, feeling as though there isn't anything you can do about it. The truth is, there's actually a possibility that we ourselves contribute to these ongoing conditions, dandruff being the most common.

Did you know that the fungus that is most commonly the cause of Dandruff is called 'Malassezia'? Did you know that this fungus lives in our scalps ALL the time? In fact, this yeast like fungus, when  overgrown will feed on the sebum, the wax that naturally secretes from our scalp, resulting in a rapid death of cells. At this point the body's natural defense is to create more sebum which then attaches to the dead cells. This results in the flakes and irritation we know as dandruff

We often try to remedy dandruff by shampooing more frequently; most often with shampoos that are too harsh for our scalp. Alternatively, we may add heavy petroleum based products to our scalps or we may scrub our scalp, either with our nails or a scalp brush. By doing these things we are actually worsening the problem. By over shampooing with harsh chemical based shampoos causes the body once again produce more sebum in an effort to rebalance itself, which gives the fungus more to feed on thus causing the rapid death of cells. Heavy petroleum based products actually clog the pores causing the same effect as over shampooing. Scratching the scalp either with finger nails or scalp brush is even worse because, if using your nails, you are introducing new bacteria to an already infected and irritated scalp; even with a brush, you are throwing off your scalps balance.

How Do We EFFECTIVELY Treat The Problem

  • One of the first things you can do is try not to shampoo more frequently than every 7-10 days.
  • Shampoo with very mild soaps, black soap is a great choice.
  • Use Apple Cider Vinegar to rebalance your hair and scalps PH  after washing (1 part ACV in 2 parts water)
  • Avoid petroleum based products, rather use Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil (and others) or products containing them which have anti-fungal or antibacterial properties which will help combat the reoccurrence of dandruff.
  • DO NOT SCRATCH YOUR SCALP. Be gentle with you scalp. While washing, gently use the pads of your finger tips to massage the scalp. This should also be done when the scalp is itching.

Did you know that all of our products have ingredients in them that help combat dandruff and also relieve the irritation as a result of dandruff.

Try our Hydrating Leave In which is formulated to create and maintain a sanitary environment for optimal scalp health which will result in faster hair growth as it hydrates your hair and scalp naturally.

Also try our Growth Enhancing Moisture Therapy; enriched with Chamomile Flower extract which aids in relieving irritated, itchy scalp while also having other extracts that stimulate hair growth, like Linden Flower Extract and MSM powder.

We hope that you will use this information to help you along in your hair journey in this new year.

Until next time Dolls.......Stay Beautiful!!!

Tracy Golbourne
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