Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone; hopefully you spent it hugging up on your significant other. It’s the month of love after all, my pretties, and the perfect time to direct some of that luvin’ to your gorg tresses. Curly/kinky locks need extra tender loving care to avoid dryness, frizz, and breakage. So let’s love our hair to optimal health with attention, moisture, and lots – I’m talking LOTS – of good ole-fashioned TLC.

Know Your Hair (Type), Love Your Hair (Type) When choosing a mate, you can’t judge a book by its cover. (Can I get a witness?!) Well don’t judge your hair unfairly either, ladies. Get to know it, because the more you know about your hair type, the greater the odds of developing a loving, lasting, and satisfying relationship with your hair. Are your tresses Type 1 - Straight, Type 2 - Wavy, Type 3 - Curly, or Type 4 - Kinky? Find out because the more you know about your hair type, the better you’ll be able to choose the processes, products, and styling tools that work best for you.

Knowing the science behind your hair makes it easier to understand temperamental hair and love it anyway. For example, did you know that the curlier your hair, the harder it is for scalp sebum (i.e., oil) to travel down the hair shaft to the ends of your hair? Since the ends are the oldest part of your hair, keeping them moisturized is 100% key. Treat your hair with the care and kindness it deserves by following these tried-and-true guidelines: Moisturize the ends of your hair (not your scalp!) with water-based moisturizers and natural oils. Stay away from petroleum-based products. Lanolin is a no-no, too. Avoid shampoos/conditioners with sodium laureth sulfate, which strip hair’s natural oils. Don’t wash hair too frequently. This one goes back to natural oils having a harder time reaching the ends of curly/kinky hair. This is also the reason black hair doesn’t get oily quickly. Shampooing once a week is plenty. Indulge in moisture and protein treatments. (See more below...) Extra TLC With Moisture & Protein Treatments