Even if you don’t subscribe to an all-natural regimen, knowing the ingredients used in your products is critical. Unfortunately, a lot of the ingredients found in our mainstays are also hazardous. Uncle Funky’s Curly Magic includes none of these, making it the safest option for bringing bounce and hold to any style. And it might be one of the very few products on the market that includes marshmallow extract, a yummy antioxidant property your locks can appreciate.
What’s the point of co-washing, deep conditioning and styling your locks if they won’t stay protected? Between makeup from your face and dirty clothes on the bed, your pillows have already been exposed to plenty of germs. Wearing a bonnet or scarf to bed every night prevents further cross contamination.
Regular deep conditioning is a no brainer—everyone should be doing this. Frequency varies from person to person, but the typical recommendation is 1-2 times a week for 20-30 minutes. The base ingredients should always include a humectant (moisture retainer), water and emollient (softening agent). If you want to get the most out of Uncle Funky’s Curly Magic, apply immediately after a deep conditioning session.
Vitamins aren’t reserved for special cases; they replenish the body—hair included— of what it’s lost. Before you start taking any, identify what your locks need most and address that specifically. If you’re desperate for growth, biotin protects the strands against dryness, produces keratin and promotes elasticity, all of which work together to grow your locks. The recommended daily intake is 50-100 mcg.
You are what you eat, so make it healthy. No matter your hair type, streamlining certain foods into your diet can directly affect hair health. This is especially important to take advantage of if you’re not a fan of taking supplements. Wild salmon, spinach, walnuts and eggs are just four of many superfoods packed with benefits.
We’re not against towel drying hair, but heavier cotton fabrics tend to pull and suck moisture from strands. If you aren’t already, start wrapping your wet hair in a t-shirt, which is far less abrasive and won’t disrupt a product at work.
If your hair is low on volume, but full of tangles and split ends, it’s time for a trim. The general rule of thumb is to do this every 6-8 weeks, but it should be adjusted according to your personal routine. Consult with a professional stylist if you’re not sure which direction to go in.
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