Moisture is the Name of the Game
Posted on April 08 2016
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! I cannot say enough how important this is when caring for natural black hair. As I’m sure you’ve already experienced, black hair is prone to dryness, especially during the cold, winter months, so making an effort to consistently moisturize your hair and scalp becomes essential to maintaining healthy and happy curls.
To combat dry and brittle hair, there are few things that I try to do on a regular basis – deep condition once a week followed by the use of a leave-in conditioning product prior to styling. Last weekend I finally got the chance to try two amazing products from the Lotus By Alesia line; I used the Hydrating Mango and Hemp Deep Moisture Masque for my deep condition followed by the Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner as my leave-in treatment. Now, whenever I deep condition my hair I usually use a tablespoon of whatever deep conditioning product I have mixed with some cheap conditioner and a hodgepodge of oils (olive oil, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil etc). I like to use oils when I deep condition because it always leaves my hair nice and shiny and ensures that I don’t have any dry scalp issues going on. And, as we all know ladies, dandruff and flaking is simply not cute! Adding a cheap conditioner to the deep conditioning product helps make it last longer, and I don’t know about everyone else, but natural hair products are not cheap and I like to make mine last as long as possible. But let’s get back to these products.
When I used Lotus By Alesia’s Hydrating Mango and Hemp Masque, I didn’t mix it with any additional products as I usually do because I wanted to get a feel for the product in its raw state. I couldn’t risk any dryness though, so first I applied oil directly to my scalp. I then worked a generous amount of the Mango Hemp Masque into my hair from the root to tip. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and put on my very old, but effective, electric stream cap. I left the cap on for half an hour and then rinsed my hair with warm water as usual. I must say that after rinsing, my felt amazing! My coils were bouncing (I should mention that I have color treated 4c hair) and detangling was a breeze. I also really liked that the product had a pleasant but subtle aroma as I am not a huge fan of overwhelmingly fragrant products.
While the hydrating masque worked well for me, the magic happened when I added Lotus By Alesia’s Moisturizing Leave-in Conditioner to my damp hair after towel drying. The consistency of this product was perfect for my hair as I tend to prefer creamy leave-in conditioning products rather than mists or liquid based leave-ins. My curl pattern really came out after applying the product, to the point where I decided to rock a wash and go. This is something that I haven’t done in a long time given the cold weather and the fact that shrinkage is my worst enemy. But since my fro looked and felt better than it has in a long time, I decided to go ahead and do it. Best of all, after wearing my hair out, it still felt moisturized and soft to the touch at the end of the day. This almost never happens as I usually have to add additional product prior to bed to prevent dryness and brittle strands. Based on that alone, I believe that this leave-in conditioner is definitely a product worth adding to your hair care routine. The conditioner had a stronger, but really great scent (coco/shea butter mix), which made me love it even more.
All said and done, these two products are completely worth trying. If you need to step your moisture game up, or are just looking for new products to work into your regular routine, you should definitely give them a try. And did I mention that they are made with all natural ingredients! I mean hello! It doesn’t get much better than that!