Natural Hair Blog Feature – Ms. Saran King

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!!!WELCOME TO ISLANDKYNKS BLOG FEAUTURE!!!

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Ms. King is our following guest and she is such a dear.

With her doll face, amazing hair and gorgeous smile, she is a true beauty and hard worker!

Here is herNatural Hair Story,enjoy my ladies: 

1) Please introduce your amazing self.

A:  My name is Saran P King. I am a physician by profession and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. I am also totally in love and obsessed with my natural hair.

2) Did you Transition, Big Chop, Both or Natural from Birth?

A: The first time I transitioned my hair it was because it came out bone straight which I didn’t like very much and the second time because of severe breakage.

3) How long have you been natural?

A: I have been natural all my childhood days and most of my adult life. While in university I wanted a change of…

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*PRODUCT REVIEW* Aunt Jackie’s curls and coils

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Since being on my no shampoo hair journey a few years now, I am constantly searching for a good cleanser. But even better than a good cleanser for my delicate strands is an amazing deep conditioner to replenish that well needed moisture. Well they are usually both very hard to find but I have stumbled upon a product that have the two properties in one, at least for my tresses, That product is the “Aunt Jackie’s curls and coils in control Anti-poof moisturizing and softening conditioner”. I found this product in a local supermarket, not a usual place for me to purchase hair products but I heard about it before and decided to give it a try.

This product is sulfate and paraben free with no added mineral oil or petroleum enriched with Shea butter and olive oil. It states that it will tame your texture with natural and botanical extracts perfectly blended to deliver superior softness, manageability and improved elasticity which can also be used as a co-wash.

So here are my thoughts after using this product a few times.

What I like:

1. Density: This product is super thick, which is always a plus in my book, so I was already impressed before using it. The density of a product sometimes gives you a clue of its quality although that is not always the case

2. Slip: Who doesn’t like a product with slip. I was able to maneuver the product in my hair without difficulty. I was able to detangle my hair with the product in it, which makes the process so much more enjoyable.

3. Scent: It has a very mild scent that doesn’t linger either in the bathroom or on my hair. I don’t don’t like very strongly scented products, so the subtle smell was really pleasant

4. Moisture: The big winner for me was how moisturized and dangle free this product left my hair. My hair was also left feeling very soft which is another plus.

5. A little go a long way. I am sometimes heavy handed especially when deep conditioning my hair and although the direction states that you apply the product generously, I didn’t have to over do it, in order for it to cover all the strands.

I am yet to use it as a cowash, so I am unable to give an accurate account of this property.

The one disadvantage for me with this product was the packaging. It comes in a wide mouth container, so its easy for water and strands of hair to get in the product. But overall I give this product a thumbs up and five stars.

You can head over to their web site and read more about the ingredients and how to use this product at http://auntjackiescurlsandcoils.com/

Have you used this product? Share your experience with it.

 

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a trained or practicing stylist, cosmetologist or beautician. All tips and advice given are for informational purposes only and should be used at your discretion and best judgment of the individual.
I am not representing, being paid by or endorsing this or any other product(s) on my blog. I purchased this product with my own money.

Kinky TRESSES: Meet Dr Saran P King

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Welcome to another week of Kinky TRESSES curlies! This week, we chat with young Dr Saran P King who has been natural for as long as she can remember. She fully loves and embraces all aspects of her natural tresses and shares her regimen with us.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and the life of your hair.

I have been natural all of my childhood years and most of my adult life. It was not until I went off to University did I, out of curiosity, texturize my hair on two separate occasions lasting only a year both times.

My childhood natural days were not bad; I got my hair washed and plat on the weekends by my mom. As an adult, I did my hair myself but it was only after I graduated from University did I truly know how to care for my hair; through…

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Hair Tip: Sulphate free Shampoos and Conditioners

References

The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy: facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/BlackHair101?fref=ts

Good Hair by curlyNikki, founder of curlynikki.com,  facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CurlyNikki/108331909228631?fref=ts

Sulfate-Free Shampoos

A
Abba Pure Gentle Shampoo
Abba Pure Moisture Shampoo
Abba Pure Basic Shampoo
Abba Pure Color Protect
Abba Pure Curl Shampoo
AG Hair Cosmetics Colour Savour Sulfate-free Shampoo
AG Hair Cosmetics Recoil Curl Activating Shampoo
Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Dry Repair Hair Wash
Alba Botanica Coconut Milk Extra Enrich Hair Wash
Alba Botanica Gardenia Hydrating Hair Wash
Alba Botanica Honeydew Nourishing Hair Wash
Alba Botanica Mango Moisturizing Hair wash
Alba Botanica Plumeria Replenishing Hair wash
Alba Botanica Daily Shampoo (also clarifying shampoo)
Alterna Color Hold Repair Shampo
Alterna Color Hold Shine Shampoo
Alterna Color Hold Straight Shampoo
Alterna Scalp Therapy
Alterna Clarifying Shampoo
Alterna Color Hold Repair Shampoo
Alterna Volume Restore Shampoo
Anita Grant Babassu Lavender Rose Shampoo and Shower Bar (UK)
Anita Grant Peppermint Babassu Shampoo Bar (UK)
Anita Grant Organic Kelp + Ylang Babassu Shampoo Bar (UK)

As I am Cleansing Pudding

Aubrey Blue Hyrating Shampoo

Aubrey Organics BGA Protein + Strengthening Shampoo
Aubrey Organics Egyptian Henna Shine-Enhancing Shampoo
Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Shampoo
Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Shampoo
Aubrey Organics Island Naturals Replenishing Shampoo
Aubrey Organics J.A.Y. Desert Herb Revitalizing Shampoo
Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta® Nourishing Shampo
Aubrey Organics White Camelia Ultra Smoothing Shampoo
Auromere Ayurvedic Sulfate-Free Aloe Vera-Neem Shampoo
Avalon Organics Awapuhi Mango Moisturizing Shampoo
Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo
Avalon Organics Extra Moisturizing Olive and Grapeseed Shampoo
Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Shampoo
Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo
Avalon Organics Shine Ylang Ylang Shampoo
Avalon Organics Smoothing Grapefruit & Geranium Shampoo
Avalon Organics Strengthening Peppermint Shampoo
Avalon Organics Tea Tree Mint Treatment Shampoo
Avalon Organics Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Shampoo
Avalon Organics Tear-Free Baby Shampoo
Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo

Aveda BeCurly Shampoo

Aveda Brilliant Shampoo
Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo

Averda Shampure Shampoo
Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo
Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo
Aveda Men’s Pureformance Shampoo

Aveeno Nourish and Moisturize Shampoo

B

Babo Botanicals Berry Primrose Smooth Detangling Shampoo

Batia and Aleeza Bio-Natural Shampoo

Big by Lush

BioSilk Therapy Shampoo
Bed Head Foxy Curls Frizz-Fighting Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Bed Head Superstar Sulfate-Free Shampoo for Thick Massive Hair
Bee Mine Peppermint & Tea Tree Nourishing Shampoo
Blended Beauty Soy Cream Shampoo
Body and Bath Omega-3 Hemp Moisturizing Shampoo

Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Smoothing Shamoo
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo
Burt’s Bees Color Keeper Green Tea & Fennel Seed Shampoo
Burt’s Bees More Moisture Raspberry & Brazil Nut Shampoo
Burt’s Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar
Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo
Burt’s Bees Very Volumizing Pomegranate & Soy Shampoo

C

Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying Shampoo
Chagrin Valley Soap & Craft Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
CHI Ionic Color Protection System Sulfate Free Shampoo
Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
Curls Pure Curls Organic Clarifying Shampoo
Curls Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream – Organic Shampoo
Curls Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream – Organic Shampoo

Curly Hair Solution Silk Shampoo

Curly Hair Solution Treatment Shampoo

Curly Wurly by Lush
Cush Hydration Supreme Conditioning Shampoo

Cynthia Silvia Stout by Lush

D
DermOrganic Conditioning Shampoo
DevaCurl or DevaCare No-Poo Cleanser
DevaCurl or DevaCare Low-Poo Cleanser
Dr. Bronner’s Almond Liquid Soap Almond
Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange Liquid Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Eucalyptus Liquid Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Liquid Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Rose Liquid Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Oil Liquid Soap

Dr. Peppermint by Lush

E
Elasta QP creme conditioning shampoo
Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

G
Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo
Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating Shampoo
Giovanni Golden Wheat Shampoo
Giovanni Root 66 Max Volume
Giovanni Wellness Shampoo with Chinese Botanicals

H
Hair Rules Aloe Grapefruit Purifying Shampoo
Hair Rules Daily Cleansing Cream Moisturizing No Suda Shampoo
Herbal Choice Natural Tea Tree shampoo

J
Jane Carter Solution Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo
Jason Natural Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo
Jason Natural Biotin & Peppermint Strengthening Shampoo
Jason Natural Grapefruit and Aloe Smoothing Shampoo
Jason Natural Lavender & Rosemary Curl Defining Shampoo
Jason Natural Tall Grass Shampoo
Jason Natural Rosewater & Chamomile Normalizing Shampoo
Jason Natural Plumeria & Sea Kelp Moisturizing Shampoo
Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo
Jonathan Product- Infinite Volume Shampoo
Jonathan Product- Weightless No Frizz Shampoo
Jonathan Product Hydrating Shampoo
Jonathan Product Green Routine Nourishing Shampoo

K
Karen’s Body Beautiful Bodacious Beauty Bar (Shampoo Bar)
Karen’s Body Beautiful Cool Clarifying Shampoo
Karen’s Body Beautiful Ultimate Conditioning Shampoo
Kenra Platinum Color Care Shampoo
KeraCare 1st Lather Shampoo
KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo

KeraCare Natural Textures Ceansing Cream
Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo
Kiss My Face Aromatherapeutic
Kiss My Face SaHaira

KMS California Hair Stay Clarify Shampoo

L

L’Oreal EverSleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo
L’Oreal Everstrong Hydrating Shampoo
L’Oreal Everpure Smooth Shampoo
L’Oreal Everpure Volumizing Shampoo
L’Oreal Everstrong Reconstructing Shampoo
L’Oreal Hair Expertise Everstrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System Bodify Shampoo

M

Mahogany Root Healthy Hair Shampoo Bar

Matrix Curl Life Shampoo

Miss Jesse’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

Mizani True Textures Cleansing Cream

Mizani True Textures Curl Balance Moisurizing Sulfate-free Shampoo

Motion Moisturizing Cleanser
MOP C-System Clean Shampoo
MOP C-System Hydrating Shampoo
MOP C-Curl Enhancing Shampoo

MopTop Gentle Shampoo

N
Neutragena Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo

O

Ojon Ultra Hydrating Shampoo

Original Moxie Get Clean No-foam Shampoo

Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo
Organix Awakening Mocho Expresso Shampoo
Organix Energizing Passion Fruit Guava
Organix Enriching Cucumber Yogurt
Organix Fortifying Lavender Soymilk Shampoo
Organix Healing Mandarin Olive Oil
Organix Hydrating Tea Tree Mint Shampoo
Organix Instant Repair Cocoa Butter Shampoo
Organix Moisturizing Grapefruit Mango Butter
Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo
Organix Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo
Organix Revitalizing Pomengranate Green Tea
Organix Smoothing Shea Butter Shampoo
Organix Soft and Silky Vanilla Silk Shampoo
Organix White Tea Grapeseed Shampoo

Ouidad Clear and Gentle Essential Daily Shampoo
Oyin Grand Poo Bar Succulent Solid Shampoo
Oyin Honey Wash

P
Phyto Phytojoba Gentle Regulating Milk Shampoo – Dry Hair Formula
Pureology Shampoos

Q
Qhemet Biologics Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea
Queen Helene Mint Julep Shampoo

R

Renpure Organics My Pretty Hair Is Parched Moisturizing Shampoo

S
Scruples White Tea Sulfate Free Restorative Shampoo

Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscous Shampoo
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Shea Moisture Yucca and Baobab Thickening Shampoo
Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Silk Elements ColorCare Sulfate Free Shampoo
Softsheen Breakthru Fortifying Moisturizing Shampoo

 

T
Terressentials Mud Wash

TIGI S-Factor Health Factor Sulfate-Free Daily Dose Shampoo Hair Shampoos
Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

W

Water Bearer Hair Care Super Saturate Shampoo

Clarifying Shampoos (Most sulfate-free)
Alba Botanica Daily Shampoo
Alterna Clarifying Shampoo
Artec Texturline Daily Clarifying Shampoo
Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo
CURLS Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo
Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Shampoo
Hair Rules Aloe Grapefruit Purifying Shampoo
Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo
Kenra Clarifying Shampoo
Kiss My Face Aromatherapeutic Shampoo
Ouidad Clear & Gentle Essential Daily Shampoo

Co-Washes

A

As I am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioning

Avlon KeraCare Natural Textures Cleansing Cream

B

Blended Beauty Curl Cleanser Conditioner

D

diCesare Oat Cream Moisturizing Hair Wash

G

Generic Value Products Detangler (comparable to Paul Mitchell Conditioner)

H

Hamadi Ginger Soymilk Hair Wash

M

Mizani True Textures Cleansing Cream Conditioner Curl Wash

O

Ouidad Cur Co-wash

T

Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa

Trader Joe’s Tea Tress Tingle

Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner

W

Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner

 

Silicone-Free Conditioners

 

A
American Cream Conditioner by Lush

Aubrey GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner

Aubrey Organics Blue Green Algae Hair Rescue Conditioning Mask
Aubrey Organics NuStyle Organic Hair Smoothing Serum
Aveda Be Curly Conditioner

B
Bee Mine Bee-U-Ti-Ful Deep Conditioner
Blended Beauty Herbal Reconditioner

Blended Beauty Curl Quenching Conditioner

C
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie
Carol’s Daughter Tui Hair Smoothie

Curls Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Conditioner

Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Conditioner
Curl Junkie Curl Fix Intense Hair Treatment
Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment
Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner
Curl Junkie Repair Me! Reconstructive Hair Treatment
Curls Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Conditioner

D
Darcy’s Botanicals Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Conditioning Oil
DevaCurl Heaven in Hair

DevaCare or DevaCurl One Condition

E

Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner

G

Giovani 50:50 Balnanced Conditioner

J
Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment

M
Mizani Supreme Oil Conditioner

Motions Smoothing Conditioner

Mop Top Deep Conditioner
MYHoneyChild Coconut Papaya Hair Paste
MYHoneyChild Honey Hair Mask
MYHoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner
MYHoneyChild Organic Shea Butter Hair Paste
MYHoneyChild SO DEEP Conditioner

O

Ouidad Balancing Rinse

Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner

P

Paul Mitchell The Detangler

S
Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent Moisturizing Treatment
Spiral Solutions Repairing Protein Treatment

T

Tigi Bed Head Moisture Maniac Conditioner

Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner

List is not exhausted

Hair Tip: loose curls on flat ironed hair

Flat ironed hair can sometimes be a little flat, pun intended, and if your likes are similar to mine, you also enjoy seeing your hair in its curly state. Not to worry, you can still enjoy your curls even if your natural hair is in the flat ironed state. This post will explain in a few simple steps how to achieve large loose curls on naturally curly hair that has been flat ironed.

Steps

1. Wash hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo. A clarifying shampoo is any shampoo that is specially designed to remove styling products and oil that can build up on the hair and scalp over time. Hair should always be properly cleaned before flat ironing to prevent products from burning and sticking in the hair and to enable the flat iron to glide easier through the hair. Because these types of shampoo contain a chemical called acetic acid, a mild detergent compound, that can potentially dry out your hair, it is recommended that you follow up with a deep conditioning treatment.

2. Deep condition hair for at least an hour after shampooing and detangle: Deep conditioners are treatments that are designed to replenish moisture back into the hair strands that were previously stripped due to the use of shampoos. Well moisturized hair is stronger, shiner and generally more healthy and less likely to break during the straightening process. While hair is saturated with conditioner is also the perfect time to detangle your hair in at least four sections. Hair should be thoroughly detangled of all knots, initially with your finger then with a wide tooth comb or a denim brush in order to make flat ironing process easier.

3. Add heat protectant to damp hair: Heat protectants are any products that help protect the hair strands from the harsh heating process of flat ironing. Heat protectants come in the form of an oil or a spray. Before applying the heat protectant wash out conditioner thoroughly and allow hair to drip dry or remove excess water with a soft towel or t-shirt before adding protectant to your hair which will help trap in the moisture. while protecting the hair.

4. Flat iron hair while a little damp. Since hair begins to burn at 451 degrees celsius, it is recommended that you flat iron hair with no more than 450 degrees. Because the flat ironing process will be taking moisture from your hair strands, I would advice you to flat iron while the hair is still damp so the hair is not completely robbed of its moisture content. Work in small sections making no more than 2 passes on each sections of hair, chasing hair with a fine tooth comb. When choosing a flat iron, be sure to choose one with ceramic blades as they are less damaging to the hair strands and one equipped with an adjustable heating gauge, so you can know exactly how much heat you are applying.

flat ironed hair

flat ironed hair after clarifying and deep conditioning, front view

flat ironed hair

flat ironed hair, side view

5. Create loose curls using big flexi rods, by grabbing large sections of hair. Placing each flexi rod towards the end of a section of hair, roll the rods inward securing them at one end as shown below.

flexi rods installed: frontview

flexi rods installed: front view

flexi rods installed: side view

flexi rods, side view

flexi rods installed: back view

flexi rods, back view

6. Sit under a hooded dryer for 15 minutes to set the curls.

loose curls

loose curls, front view

loose curls

loose curls, side view

Hair Tip: Tips for transitioners (part 1)

You don’t have to cut your hair to become natural. It is possible to go completely natural without cutting all of your relaxed or texturized hair. You don’t have to do the big chop (bc) as others have done. Many persons transition for various reasons, for instance, they are not ready to part with their hair. They are not comfortable or not used to wearing short hair or don’t know how to style it. They are fearful about what others would say. The list goes on and on. But there is hope for persons that do not want to cut their hair, TRANSITIONING!
You can choose to do a short term transition that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few short months. Or you can long term transition as I did for a year and there are persons who have gone up to two years allowing the chemically straightened hair to grow out gradually snipping off processed ends until it has completely grown out. Here are a few tips to help you on your journey to transitioning.

Tip # 1
Handle hair gently
Natural hair on its own is fragile by nature but the area where the natural hair ends and the chemically processed hair begin, which is called the point of demarcation is the most fragile part of the hair. If extra care is not taken when manipulating the hair, it will break at that point leaving the end of your hair ragged. This will eventually create a split end if it is not trimmed. Any time you must handle your hair, whether washing, combing or styling take all precautions not to damage the strands.

Tip # 2
Treat all of your hair as if it is completely natural
It can be very frustrating when transitioning to deal with the natural texture of your hair and the chemically straightened hair especially if you are not used to it. But the best way to deal with that is by treating both textures as if they are the same and in time you will get used to it. It will make the transition to understanding and caring for your natural hair easier rather than going cold turkey, as it were, by doing the big chop.

Tip # 3
Moisture moisture moisture
Kinky and kinky curly hair is dry by nature because, due to the coils and curls of the strands, moisture is not able to travel the length of the hair effectively on its own from the sebum that is naturally produced by our scalp. We must manually add moisture in the form of water or water based products to our hair, depending on how much moisture our hair craves. For some people, that can be as often as twice a day or as far between as once a week. But one thing is clear. Hair must be kept moisturized and it is very important to seal in that moisture with a heavier product if you are having problems retaining moisture with an oil or cream.

Tip # 4
Minimal manipulation
When transitioning, the less you manipulate your hair the better. Since the hair is so fragile, especially the point of demarcation, you want to handle hair only when necessary, that is when washing and when styling. It is advised that you wear styles that do not require much manipulation and wear it as long as you can before the next wash day.

Tip # 5
Keep hair clean
There is a misconception that dandruff or dirt “makes your hair grow”. That is quite the opposite of the truth. Hair must be kept clean so that it can absorb and retain moisture which is critical in the overall health of your hair, particularly when transitioning. If you have an underlying condition that causes build up on your scalp, please consult your physician or hair care provider to treat that problem as it may require that you use special or prescribed products and medication.

Hair Tip: “Defining my curls” with a wash and go

Wash and go

Best wash and go ever. I love my curls!

Wash and go is a great way to define your curls. There are many different ways to define your curls using various hair tools and products. There is no right or wrong way to define your natural curl pattern. I define my curls using only my fingers and very few products. It is important to note that products do NOT produce curls in your hair, they only bring out your already existing curls and coils. How do you define your curls?

Watch tutorial below to see how I define my curls

Tools/ products used

water

olive oil

shea butter

alcohol free gel

finger racking

Steps

  1. Wash hair thoroughly with shampoo and warm water to remove excess products or build up.
  2. Condition Hair and rinse with cool water
  3. Remove excess water with towel not overly drying hair
  4. Make sure hair is saturated with water but not dripping wet
  5. Seal in the moisture with olive oil and shea butter (or moisturizer sealer of choice)
  6. Taking hair in small sections and rake in alcohol free gel with fingers
  7. Style as desired
  8. Allow hair to air dry