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We’ve all been there: that overwhelming feeling when you stand facing a wall of fancy, budget-blowing haircare products. Here’s a secret to hopefully make things a little less complicated. When it comes to African hair, water is multi-purpose magic. Simple, natural and cheap, it moisturises and maintains with surprising effectiveness.
Water is the most underrated substance when it comes to the maintenance of afro textured hair. As haircare specialist and Mizani educator Rocky Bukasa explains, “Water is a natural way of ensuring that your hair gets instant moisture.”
Water has a styling function too, as Rocky explains – although you need to be cautious. “Water allows us to change the shape of hair. For example, natural hair that has been blow-dried straight will revert back to its curly natural state if water is applied. You should only apply water if it’s your desire to change your style, otherwise look for an alternative such as Mizani 25 Miracle Milk if your intention is to enhance your hair’s carefully-crafted style and moisture at the same time.”
Ethnic women are taught from a young age to believe that water will ruin their hair. This is nothing more than a myth. The truth is, ethnic hair thrives on water that works to refresh and moisturise the curls. Now, African women the world over are waking up to the wonders of water, particularly when it comes to those who embrace the natural texture of their hair.
The benefits of water for your hair:
Ethnic hair is easiest and safest to detangle when wet. Water makes hair pliable and reduces friction, in other words detangling your hair in the shower is the way to go – shortening the time it takes to detangle when dry and leaving your hair less likely to break.
Afro textured hair has a tendency to look dull or undefined. Running your hair under lukewarm water using your fingers to comb does wonders for moisturising and adding definition to your curls. You may also want to include a spritz or two in your daily haircare regime. Some water in a spray bottle is all you need. Apply twice a day to lock in moisture, especially helpful during the summertime when the extreme heat can leave hair feeling parched and frizzy.
Avoid dull, flat hair with the magic of H 2 O. Volume and movement are easily achieved once you learn to embrace the many benefits of water for your hair. Spritz your roots and fluff to add body to your curls.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to rethink your thoughts around the benefits of water for your hair. The notion that black hair is anti-water is now a busted myth and should be wholly ignored as you proceed on your way to the perfect style.
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