13 TIPS FOR TAKING CARE OF TYPE 4 HAIR

Type 4 hair is kinky and forms tight curls, this often leads to knots and difficulty in combing and managing hair.  Type 4 hair is generally more fragile, which makes t more prone to breakage.  This type of hair has lower moisture content when compared to other hair types, making it more prone to dryness.  If you are struggling to take care of your type 4 hair, then these 13 tips will help you achieve beautiful, ofter and more manageable hair.

Wash your hair once every 1 to 2 weeks.

The more often you wash your hair, the more you strip it of its moisture. This results in dry, brittle hair. You should wash your hair every 7 to 10 days, but you can get away with washing it once every 14 days. This will help prevent dryness and product buildup.

  • Stick to sulphate-free shampoos that will not strip your hair of moisture like the Eco Essentials Moisturising Shampoo. Follow up with a moisturising conditioner like the Eco Essentials Revitalising Conditioner.
  • If you must wash your hair more often, dilute your shampoo with 50% water and 50% shampoo.

Consider washing your hair with just conditioner every 3 to 5 days

This is also known as "co-washing." It will help moisturise your hair, and keep it manageable. You can help further seal the moisture in with a natural oil of your choosing.

  • Step things up a bit by using a deep conditioning mask once a week to twice a month.
  • Focus the conditioner on the ends of your hair; avoid applying it to your scalp. Applying conditioner to your scalp will cause your hair to appear greasy.

Use a moisturising conditioner with lightweight, essential oils

Oils like grape seed oil, are more easily absorbed by hair than products like lanolin, which will only clog and weigh hair down. Lightweight oils will moisturise your hair and make it shiny, but they won't weight it down. Try a good light-weight moisturising spray like the Eco Essentials Detangling Hair Mist.

Apply some oil to natural hair every day and straightened/relaxed hair twice a week

Look for products that contain natural oils, such as almond, argan, coconut, and jojoba. A great Oil to apply on your hair daily is the Eco Essentials Hair Growth Oil. Skip products with petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oils. They will only dry your hair out and stop moisture from penetrating the shaft.

  • A little bit of oil goes a long way. Start with a small amount, and add more as necessary.
  • After washing your hair, apply a moisturising leave-in conditioner, then add the oil of your choice. This seal in moisture and ensure that your hair stays healthy.

Try a protein treatment or mask

Protein will make your hair less prone to breakage and over-moisturising. Your hair will be a lot shinier too. Be careful not to overuse protein in your hair otherwise it will start to snap off.

Don't use products that contain silicones and sulphates

Silicones are great for making hair nice and smooth, but they can only be removed with sulphates, a harsh cleaning agent that leads to dry hair. If you don't remove the silicones from your hair properly, your hair will get too much build-up, and end up looking dull, greasy, and lanky.

  • Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make your hair nice and silky without using silicones, including nourishing masks and coconut oil. These products are easily washed out of your hair, without any dryness or brittleness.

Comb carefully using a wide tooth comb

Always start from the ends of your hair first; never comb straight down from the roots. Avoid using brushes, as they will only make your hair frizzy. Lastly, avoid combing your hair everyday; detangle it when necessary with your fingers. Excessive combing will break your hair off.

Trim your split ends as soon as possible

Even healthy hair is prone to getting split ends, so be sure to check your hair for them regularly. The longer you leave them unchecked, the further the damage will creep up the hair shaft. Don't rely on "split end mending" serums, at they are only temporary fixes; they are not permanent and will not mend your split ends.

Avoid heat styling when possible, and use a lower temperature and a heat protectant spray when you do

Add the spray to your hair while it is still wet; this will help make it more effective. When styling your hair, hold the curling iron or flat iron slightly open while passing it over your hair. This way, you will avoid tugging and pulling your hair, which can lead to breakage Try to limit heat styling to two times a month maximum.

  • Try to use the lowest temperature possible, and avoid going too hot. Heat protectant sprays can only do so much.
  • Opt for ceramic flat irons over metal ones. They will be gentler on your hair.[7]
  • Heat protectants come in many forms, other than sprays, including: shampoo, conditioners, creams, and serums.

Avoid using high-stress hairstyles for long periods of time

Tight ponytails and tight braids can look chic, but they also put a lot of stress on your hair and scalp. Overtime, they can create crimps and breakage in hair. They can also stress the hair follicles, and cause thinning along the hairline.

  • Braids, cornrows, and weaves should not hurt. If they start to hurt, they are too tight, and are damaging your hair.
  • Avoid using rubber bands when styling your hair, as they can cause tears and breakage. Instead, use a ponytail holder without a metal clip.

Choose sewn-in weaves over glued-in weaves

They are much better at protecting your natural hair against heat styling and outdoor elements. Glued-in weaves can rip out your natural hair upon removal, thus damaging it.

  • If you are using a weave, visit your stylist every 2 to 3 weeks to ensure that it stays tight. A loose weave can tug on your hair and damage it.
  • Change your weave every 1½ and 2 months.
  • Let your hair rest for a few weeks after two consecutive weaves.

Let your hair go natural every once in a while for a few weeks

This is especially important if you are using high-stress hairstyles, such as weaves, cornrows, and braids. While fashionable, these styles put a lot of strain on your hair. Let your hair go natural for a week or two in between styles so that it can relax.

If you must do something with your hair, consider wrapping a scarf or headband around it, or adding in a cute hair clip.

Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase or wear a satin or silk bonnet to prevent frizz, breakage, and dryness

This way, your hair can stay healthy and won't break or tear. Cotton pillowcases and head scarves tend to snag hair and create tiny rips and tears. They also tend to suck the moisture out of your hair, which can make it even more frizzy and brittle

  • Satin or silk pillowcases are also great for skin, as they don't draw out moisture the way cotton pillowcases do.
  • If you can't get a satin or silk pillowcase, consider tying your hair up at night with a satin or silk bonnet instead

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3 WAYS TO USE THE ECO ESSENTIALS HAIR GROWTH OIL

The Eco Essentials Hair Growth Oil is an intensive oil serum made with a special blend of more than 10 natural oils. It nourishes hair, stimulates the scalp, promotes hair growth by strengthening and conditioning, while increasing resistance to breakage. Our Hair Growth Oil is a great addition to your hair care regimen, and here are 5 ways in which you can apply the oil:

Hot Oil Treatment

A hot oil treatment is extremely beneficial for dry hair and scalp. Warm the Hair Growth Oil by pouring it into a glass bowl and immense the bowl into hot water. Once the oil is warm, apply to your hair and scalp. Work in sections to avoid a mess. Afterwards, cover your hair with a plastic cap and let the oil sit in your hair for about 30 minutes. Follow with a shampoo as normal.

Stimulates The Scalp

Apply the Eco Essentials Hair Growth Oil onto your fingers and massage the oil directly into the scalp. Massage the oil in circular motions in order to improve blood circulation.

Pre-poo Treatment

Pre-pooing is an excellent method to retain moisture and natural oils on your washdays. Apply a few drops of the Hair Growth Oil into the palm of your hands.  Then, apply the oil directly onto your hair and scalp. Then wash your hair as normal.

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7 TIPS FOR TRANSITIONING FROM RELAXED TO NATURAL HAIR!

 

With the rise of the natural hair movement, more and more women want to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair. While a lot of women want beautiful natural locks, some do not want to cut their hair and loose their hair length. The solution is to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair without the big chop. Transitioning is a process of eliminating relaxed hair by allowing the hair to grow out while gradually trimming the chemically processed ends.

 1. Keep your hair moisturised

The biggest struggle with transitioning your hair is to prevent breakage caused by damage and dryness. Nothing beats water when it comes to moisturising hair, but also incorporate hair oils like coconut oil and olive oil to seal in moisture.

2. Do regular deep conditioning treatments

Deep conditioning treatments adds lots of moisture to your hair. So make sure to deep condition once a week. A great deep conditioner is our Restoring & Strengthening Deep Treatment.

3. Reduce the use of heat

Excessive use of blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons can cause breakage, so be sure to keep their use to a minimum

 4. Avoid the use of chemicals, use natural products

Natural products like the Eco Essentials Hair Care Range are formulated with natural oils and butters that can help to repair damage, stimulate hair follicles and help hair strands grow faster

5. Find transitioning hairstyles

Experiment with different protective styles that put less tension on your hair like bantu knots and the twist-out.

6. Detangle hair while it is still wet

Detangle hair with a wide-tooth comb while it is still wet to avoid breakage. Spray the Detangling Hair Mist to remove knots and tangles and provide an easy comb through.

7. Protect the hairline

Avoid protective styles that put too much tension on your hairline because the hair is very fine and more prone to breakage. 

It can a long time to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair, so it is important to be patient and gentle with your hair

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR NATURAL HAIR MOISTURISED

Natural hair is very prone to dryness and we know that dryness often leads to breakage. Why is natural hair so prone to dryness?

Natural hair has a lower moisture content and uptake compared to other hair types. Additionally, even though our scalp naturally produces oils to moisturize our scalp and hair, natural hair has an elliptical, flattened fibre shape, which tends to form tight curls. This texture of natural makes it difficult for natural oils to travel down and coat the full length of the hair strand. However, there are many ways in which you can keep your hair healthy and moisturised.

Pre-poo

If your hair tends to feel dry your washdays, then you should consider pre-pooing your hair. You can use a commercial pre-poo from the store. Alternatively, you can use moisturising oils like coconut oil or our hair Growth Oil to pre-poo your hair before you shampoo.

Co-Wash

Excessive washing can lead to dryness. Shampoos tend to strip hair of natural oils. So try co-washing in order to prolong your washdays. You can use a commercial co-wash on your hair.   Alternatively, You can use a conditioner, like our Revitalising Conditioner, to keep your hair refreshed in between your washdays.

Deep Condition

Deep conditioning natural hair is an important step towards maintaining healthy, moisturised hair. Deep conditioners like our Restoring & Strengthening Deep Treatment penetrate the hair strand, hydrating the hair. The process of deep conditioning helps to restore moisture to dry and damaged hair, reduces frizz and flattens cuticles.

Use The LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream) Method

The LOC method is a 3 step method used to moisturise hair. The first step involves the use of water or a leave-in conditioner, like our Detangling Hair Mist, to moisturise your hair. Secondly, you apply an oil, like our Hair Growth Oil, to seal in moisture. Lastly, you apply a cream, like our Daily Repair & Nourishing Hair Butter to lock in moisture.

Steam Your Hair

Steaming is an excellent way to moisturise your hair. Steaming opens up the cuticles of the the hair and allows moisture to penetrate the hair strand. For maximum benefit, try streaming your hair after applying a deep conditioner. This will allow the product to better penetrate the hair strands.

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5 TIPS TO REGROW A THINNING HAIRLINE

Many women are on a quest to have beautiful, healthy hair. The one major concern amongst women with natural hair is a thinning hairline. How do I repair my thinning hairline? This is probably the most popular question that we receive on a daily basis. The hair around your hairline is very fragile and fine, so you need to pay special attention in order to keep your hairline healthy and strong. Below are 5 tips you can use to regrow your thinning hairline:

Avoid Tight Hairstyles That Pull On Your Hair

Most of us love braids. Who wouldn’t, braids are a very low maintenance hairstyle. However, tight braids (like straight-backs and straight-ups), wigs and tight waves cause hair to pullout. They tend to pull and strain the hairline. Avoid hairstyles that cause pain or are too heavy. Rather opt for low stress protective styles like bantu knots, jumbo braids or a bun.

Avoid Products With Harsh Chemicals

The application of hair straightening products like relaxer and chemical blows tend to cause extensive damage to your hair. If your hairline is already thinning, avoid these products at all cost. Also try and avoid shampoos and conditioners that contain harsh chemicals like sulphates. Rather opt for sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners like the Eco Essentials Moisturising Shampoo and Revitalising Conditioner.

Massage Your Scalp With Nourishing Oils

It is very important to massage your scalp and edges with nourishing oils. Massaging increases circulation to hair follicles and stimulates hair growth. Add a nourishing oil like the Eco Essentials Hair Growth Oil to your fingers and gently massage your scalp and hairline in circular motions. Pay special attention to areas like your hairline.

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HOW TO MOISTURISE HAIR USING THE LOC METHOD

Liquid/leave-in

Oil

Cream

The LOC method is made up of 3 products; liquid/leave-in-conditioner, oil and cream that work together to keep hair moisturised until your next wash day. Using the LOC method after a wash reduces damage, improves hair elasticity and keeps has moisturised which is essentials for hair growth. This method relies on applying products in a specific order in order to maximise moisture retention.

Step 1: Liquid/Leave-in

The L stands for liquid or leave-in-conditioner, both the liquid and leave-in-conditioner are used to add moisture to the hair. You can use water to add moisture or apply the water-based Eco Essentials Detangling Mist to add moisture to your hair.

Step 2: Oil

The next step is to apply oil to your hair. The application of the oil helps to seals in moisture. The amount of oil applied depends on the porosity of the hair. High porosity hair dries out faster and will require more oil than low porosity hair.

Step 3: Cream

The final step is to apply a butter-based or creamy moisturiser to your hair. The cream locks in moisture and also helps to define curls. Our Daily Repair & Nourish Hair Butter is formulated with Shea Butter and Grape seed oil to nourish and strengthen, protect hair from damage and ease manageability.

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TOP 5 BENEFITS OF USING SULPHATE-FREE SHAMPOOS

We live in a generation where we are constantly being bombarded with new terminologies and trends in the beauty industry. In recent years, we have seen the rise in popularity of sulphate-free shampoos. I am sure you secretly ask yourself what exactly are sulphates. Sulphates are surfactants used in shampoos. They generally come in the form of sodium laureth sulphates or sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulphate is a detergent that is used to remove oils and dirt from your hair.

Shampoos that contain sulphates often strip the hair of essential oils and moisture. Sulphates are responsible for creating lots of foam in shampoos; however, they irritate the scalp and make hair very dry. Due to the stripping effects of sulphates, it is best to opt for sulphate-free shampoo, like the Eco Essentials Moisturising Shampoo. Some of the benefits of sulphate-free shampoos are:

Helps With Moisture Retention

Moisture is the key to maintaining healthy hair. Moisture is essential to prevent hair breakage and split ends. Sulphate containing shampoos strip hair of moisture and natural oils, resulting in dull, dry and brittle hair. On the other hand, sulphate-free shampoos help hair to retain moisture.

Helps Retain Natural Oils

Hair follicles produce natural oils. These natural oils are essential for keeping hair healthy and moisturised. However, sulphate-containing shampoos often strip hair follicles of these natural oils. This results in dry and brittle hair. On the other hand, sulphate-free shampoos gently cleanse hair without stripping hair of its natural oils.

Reduces Scalp Irritation/Inflammation

Sulphates are harsh detergents that not only strip hair of moisture and natural oil, but also cause the scalp to become dry and irritated.   A dry, irritated scalp can lead to inflammation, which is quite painful and uncomfortable. This is why is important to rather opt for sulphate-free shampoos.

Retains Hair Colour

Colouring and dyeing hair is a common practice amongst both man and women. Colour longevity depends on the daily hair care regimen. Sulphate-containing shampoos strip the dye pigment from coloured hair. If you want your hair colour to last longer, opt for sulphate-free shampoos.

Suitable For Sensitive Scalp

Sulphate-free shampoos are not drying or stripping by nature. They help the scalp retain natural oils and moisture, making it suitable for people with a sensitive scalp.

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3 BENEFITS OF SLEEPING IN A SATIN BONNET OR PILLOWCASE.

In order to maintain healthy and moisturised hair, you need to go to sleep wearing a satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillowcase. There are many benefits of wearing a satin bonnet to sleep, it’s not just for maintaining your hairstyle, but it actually protects your hair from damage caused by sleeping patterns.

When you sleep on a cotton pillowcase with uncovered hair, you end up rubbing your hair against that pillowcase throughout the night. A cotton pillowcase is very absorbent, therefore it drains moisture from your hair, leaving your hair extremely dry. In addition, cotton pillowcases have a rough surface, so it tends to grab you hair, which can lead to broken and damaged hair strands.

If you already have weak and damaged hair sleeping without a satin bonnet or pillowcase will lead to further damage. Wearing a satin bonnet or sleeping on a satin pillowcase has the following benefits:

1. It prevents breakage

Satin bonnets and pillowcases are made with very soft material with a smooth surface, which reduces the effects of friction on the hair.

2. It prevents spilt ends

When hair rubs against the cotton material and breaks off, the strands may become damaged and split. However, satin material is smooth and soft so it protects you strands against damage.

3. It prevents dry hair

Satin bonnets and pillowcases help to lock in moisture in your hair, which keeps you has moisturised, making it less prone to dryness.

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR TACKLING YOUR WASH DAY

What is the best washday routine for natural hair? This is one of the most common questions asked by naturalistas everywhere. It also does not help that we are constantly being bombarded by YouTube videos sharing with thousands of videos, telling us about different washdays routines. After a while, it starts to become extremely confusing, but we are here to unpack it for you.

Washdays are often viewed as tedious and time consuming, but they are an essentials part of growing strong, healthy hair. By nature, natural hair has a high porosity. The high porosity can be either a genetic property or the result of damage caused by chemical processing, heat application and environmental factors. High porosity hair tends to absorb too much moisture, which typically results in tangling and frizz. High porosity hair also tends to loose moisture easily, resulting in dryness.

Your hair and scalp needs to be cleansed and hydrated about once a week. If you live a highly active lifestyle, then co-wash in between your washdays. Washdays are essentials for hair growth because they remove product build-up; sebum and dead skin cells, and unwanted debris and also leaves your scalp

Everyone’s hair is different; therefore you should develop your own washday routine. However, every washday should include these basic steps:

Step 1: Prepoo

Prepoo (which is a acronym for pre-shampooing) is an important first step of your washday routine. Apply a moisturising oil to your hair before cleansing. Prepoo is a treatment that adds moisture to your hair and prevents dryness while cleansing your hair. The Eco Essentials Hair Growth Oil makes the perfect prepoo oil. Its formulated with a special blend of moisturising oils and butters like coconut oil and shea butter.

Step 2: Cleanse

Shampoo your hair with a clarifying sulphate-free shampoo like the Eco Essentials Cleansing & Nourishing Shampoo that will not strip your hair of moisture. When shampooing your hair, work in sections and take extra care into massaging your scalp to remove product build-up.

Step 3: Condition

After thoroughly rinsing out the shampoo, follow up with a moisturising conditioner like the Eco Essentials Repair & Nourishing Conditioner. Focus on applying the conditioner on your hair and then use a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair. Rinse out the conditioner.

Step 4: Deep Condition

Divide your hair into 4 sections and then apply a generous amount of deep conditioner (like the Eco Essentials Deep Treatment Hair Mask) to your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic and allow the deep conditioner to sit in your hair for about 30 minutes. Thoroughly rinse out and then proceed to drying your hair.

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DOES YOUR HAIR REALLY NEED A DEEP CONDITIONER?

Deep Conditioning is often viewed as a tedious extra step that tends to extend washdays by an additional 30 minutes or so. Therefore it comes as no surprise that most ladies secretly wonder if this tedious extra step is even necessary. Well, deep conditioning is a necessity, irrespective of whether you have natural hair or relaxed hair. Firstly, what is a deep conditioner? A deep conditioner is a thicker conditioner (like the Eco Essentials Deep Treatment Hair Mask), which is applied to the hair for period of about 15 to 30 minutes and then rinsed out.

Deep conditioning on the other hand, is a process of replenishing hair with protein and moisture.   Over time, the hair starts to loose moisture and protein, resulting in dry and brittle hair. Deep Conditioning helps restore moisture, nutrients and prevents breakage. Some of the most important benefits of deep conditioning hair are:

It Prevents Damage

Regularly deep conditioning the hair helps to prevent damage. Deep conditioners penetrates the hair shaft, thus fortifying hair with moisture and protein, this improves texture and adds shine to the hair. While you might not have damaged hair, deep conditioning is important to maintaining healthy hair.

 Adds Moisture

The key to healthy hair is to keep hair moisturised. Over time, hair ends to lose moistures as a result of daily handling and environmental factors like humidity. Without moisture, hair tends to become dull, dry and prone to breakage. Deep conditioners penetrate the hair shaft and replenish moisture to dry hair.

Promotes Elasticity

Dry and brittle hair tends to snap and break under tension, resulting in breakage. The key to preventing breakage is to keep hair moisturised and nourished with key nutrients like protein. Deep conditioning is one of the best methods of adding moisture and protein to the hair.

Restores Luster and Shine

Deep conditioning penetrates the hair shaft and restores hair with moisture and nutrients. This tends to make the hair shaft smoother, thus restoring luster and shine to the hair.

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