When parting natural or curly hair into sections, use a leave-in conditioner to help the comb slide more easily through the hair and prevent snagging or pulling. First part the hair with your fingers—second, spray the leave-in conditioner directly onto the area where you want to slide the comb—third, use the end of a rat tail comb to smoothly part the hair. Great for preventing breakage and discomfort.
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To make your own leave-in conditioner, mix 1 pint of distilled water with 1 tablespoon of your favorite conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. For aromatherapy and other health benefits, also add 3 to 6 drops of an essential oil such as lavender, rosemary, or ylang ylang to the mixture. Shake well before using.
The chlorine in swimming pools can discolor your hair, dry it out, and cause split-ends. To protect your hair and help prevent damage, you should spray it with a leave-in conditioner as soon as you get out of the pool and then rinse and wash your hair thoroughly as soon as possible.
There are so many different ways to moisturize natural hair that one can get confused about which regimen to choose. Unfortunately there is no exact answer, and the only way to find what works best for your hair type is by trial and error. One option is to apply about a nickel-sized amount of a light lotion or cream leave-in conditioner. These are usually labeled "daily conditioner" and list water as the first ingredient. You could then seal your hair with a nickel-sized amount of grapeseed, almond, or jojoba oil--all which are very effective. Another option is to mix 1 tablespoon of the conditioner with 1 pint of distilled water and put it in a spray bottle. Spritz your hair to moisturize and then seal with the oil of your choice. Remember to concentrate mostly on your ends and to wash your hair frequently to avoid product buildup.