Products & Tools

Products

Most products typically fall under one or more of the categories listed below. Stay tuned for posts that provide more information on products that are essential for healthy hair care. Also, see the wash section on how the products are applied.

Product Classification:

1. Prewash
Pre-(sham)poo products and mix, natural oils (avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, etc.)
2. Cleanse
Clarifying shampoo, moisturizing (sulfate-free) shampoo, essential oils
3. Condition
Conditioner, deep conditioner, protein conditioner
4. Moisturize
Water, leave-in conditioner, moisturizing creams/lotions
5. Seal
Natural oils, butters (shea butter, cocoa butter), serums
6. Protect
Heat protectant (spray, serum)
7. Style
Finishing products

The list is quite extensive, so please refrain from speedy acquisition (i.e. impulsive purchase). I am willing to bet that your product collection contains at least 3 of the listed categories. Some products can also be used in multiple steps; for example, natural oils and butters can be used for prewash and deep conditioning treatment. Finally, do not use petroleum jelly; they are very bad for your hair! I will explain their effects in upcoming post.


Hot Tools

Blow dryers, curling iron, flat iron, hot combs, etc. Apply a heat protectant before using heat and use low to medium setting. Part hair into sections (at least 4) and wrap the ends of the ‘unstyled’ section in a bun to reduce exposure – it also speeds up the styling process. Heat protectants have their limitations and the only way to prevent heat damage is to avoid heat. Air-dry or use the cool setting on a blow dryer and opt for heatless styles.


Combs & Brushes

Wide-teeth comb
Hercules Sagemann (wide teeth) seamless  comb

Wide teeth combs, mid-width combs, soft bristle brushes, etc. Hair is very fragile when wet and must be handled with utmost care to minimize breakage.  Use a wide-teeth comb to detangle after conditioning and never detangle after shampoo. Do not use a rat tail comb to detangle (wet or dry), it  results in major breakage! Opt for seamless combs, they do not snag on hair.

Bristle brush
Bristle brush

 

Bristle brushes are ideal for blowout styles. They can also be used to achieve smooth, sleek, and heatless styles. Do not use on wet hair, use a diffuser or your fingers to distribute heat till it is about 90% dry, then switch to the brush (using the chase-method) for a smooth finish.


Heatless Styling Tools

They are used for heatless styles; a few are flexi rods, perm rods, satin rollers, and curlformers.



Accessories

Hair clips, scarves (silk or satin), head band, etc. Avoid accessories with rough edges or metal finish as they tend to snag on hair, causing breakage. Opt for smooth and fabric-textured accessories.

8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Adeola @ TheManeCaptain

    this is a detailed post. i own all, but 6&7.

  2. Reply

    healthyandrelaxed411

    Awesome! you must have quite a collection! Protection is very important, as it shields hair from both primary and secondary heat damage.

  3. Reply

    Hair breakage

    Hi there. What do you think is the best hair mask for hair breakage and split ends? It’s something I get asked quite often from my own blog’s readers, and I would love to know what is your suggestion. Thanks

    1. Reply

      healthynrelaxed

      Hello Cindy,

      Thanks for visiting the blog, much appreciated. Treating breakage and split ends requires slightly different approach. Breakage stems from lack of moisture to hair and can be treated with deep conditioners and protein treatments. There is no remedy for split ends; the only way to get rid of it is to trim off the hair, else it continues to split off the hair shaft (think of a rope splitting).

      For readers experiencing breakage, i usually recommend a protein treatment mask made from eggs + coconut oil. Leave in hair for 15-30 minutes depending on the thickness of your hair. After this mask, i strongly recommend a deep conditioning treatment made of honey and olive oil (4 parts honey, 1 part Olive oil). Heat the mixture in microwave for 30 seconds. Leave this in hair for 30 minutes to restore moisture to hair .

      Hope it helps, Cheers!

  4. Reply

    Nicola

    Hie , love the blog. I have a question about using shea butter as a sealant. I’ve noticed that a day or two after putting it my hair becomes a frizzy , dry mess so I was wondering if you might know why that happens and what I can do about it. Thanks 🙂

    1. Reply

      healthynrelaxed

      Hi Nicola, thanks for stopping by, it might depend on the quality of the shea butter. Also, do you protect your hair at night? As sleeping in a cotton pillowcase will suck out the
      Moisture in your hair

      1. Reply

        Nicola

        I use a satin hair cap when I go to sleep:) ..Actually it’s store bought shea butter so I hadn’t considered the quality, thanks for pointing it out. I’ll try cantu shea butter and see how it goes

        1. Reply

          healthynrelaxed

          Awesome, let me know how it goes.

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