Every woman with natural hair wants to style their hair differently. They want curls, coils, and twists to look gorgeous and frizz-free but forget that not all of them require heat.
The wash and go option is considered a lazy style or a bad hair day. Twists, braids, and roller sets are fabulous hairstyles that require great products to give the tresses a perfect look. If Mother Nature does not intervene, the style lasts longer.
This article emphasizes on what kind of products to use on your and the ingredients that you should beware.
Naturalists and transitioners like curl set done with flex rods, perm rods, straws, and magnetic rollers. These offer a longer lasting alternative compared to braid outs, twist outs, and Bantu knots.
The prior alternative smoothens hair, creates uniform curls of various sizes and blending textures with minimal or no heat. However, they need to be done overnight like Bantu knots and for at least eight hours for perm rods which are uncomfortable to sleep with.
The products you use to set your style are essential. Gels leave flakes and too much crunch. Butter blends and oils make your hair soft with results that won’t last as long. The water-based foams, lotions, and mousses hydrate your hair as well as have polymers that hold without crunch.
Watch out for setting lotions with parabens which damage hair and those that are friendly towards color-treated hair.
1. Moisture Replenishing Lotions
They should be alcohol-free as alcohol dries your hair instead look for one that moisturizes your hair. Lotions with glycerin, coconut oil and Shea butter, and are ingredients that hydrate and nourish your hair. Even though, it provides a high shine it also gives a soft hold. However, for people with dry, brittle hair this is the lotion for you. It also aids in the wash and goes style for people whose hair is easily weighed down.
An example is the SET setting lotion that is air activated to transform into a mousse like foam which melts into the mane and seals the cuticles through Vitamin E. It detangles and defrizzes while promoting a polished glossy shine. This setting formula is available in three formulas; light which adds volume; the medium which detangles and moisturizes thick, curly and dense hair and extra for the untamable hair.
2. Protein Rebuilding Lotions
These contains amino acids and Keravis protein that condition, strengthen and protect your hair from further mechanical damage like combing. Natural hair is protected should one choose to sit under a dryer or to flat iron their curls. Setting lotions that have the term ‘hydrolyzed’ in their ingredients means that there is protein. It has been broken down so as to be able to bind to the hair shaft and penetrate more easily. Therefore, the protein is more concentrated.
An example is Design Essentials Composition wrap lotion and mousse. It is part mousse and part cream which leaves hair smooth, gorgeous and moisturized. It is made up of wheat protein that strengthens and heals natural hair while quickly drying to leave an incredible shine.
3. Conditioning Lotions
For most users, they eye setting lotions that help give a shine and hold the curls in their natural hair made from rods or perm rods. Whereas their beliefs are right, they should also look for setting lotions that do not cause flakes nor an unappealing crunchy texture. They provide sleek results while softening the hair.
An example is the Bedhead Candy Fixation Glaze Haze which is a lightweight styling serum that enhances shine with the cashmere extract it contains. It also has Rice Bran Oil that reduces frizz for a smoother and Sleeker look. Perfect for all types, it is known to offer humidity resistance and pleasant texture.
4. Scented Lotions
Different companies produce different setting lotions with various colors and ingredients. For example, Lottabody has different formulas like orange carrot and keratin as well as olive oil that give alluring scents. Although their setting lotions tend to be concentrated, one can quickly dilute it for distribution. Be careful to avoid drying out your hair so use one part setting lotion and three parts water in a spray bottle.
Another example is the Condition & Sculpt of Jane Carter Solution which behaves like and has the consistency of a setting lotion. It has ingredients like sage, henna extracts, nettle, and rosemary. Additionally, the Jane Carter Natural Twist-out foam has the coherence of a setting lotion designed to aid in defining curls. It has a vanilla and strawberry scent which is delicious. However, not most people like scents and would prefer those with minimal, therefore the Jane Carter Wrap & Roll is suggested.
5. Volume Adding Lotions
These setting lotions tend to make the natural hair fuller. They leave one with an experience of brilliant shine with no flaky or sticky residue. An example is the Mizani setting lotion which gives hair natural body and bounces leaving it soft and ultra-shiny. The ample amount of copolymers bulks up the delicate tendrils and imparts a more-massive shape. Its essential oil-infused formula hydrates your hair and scalp.
Another example is the Keratin Complex lift off Root Amplifying Styling lotion. It is infused with keratin so that it simultaneously smoothens frizz while forming voluminous waves. A little amount applied at the roots causes the strands to perk up giving the natural hair volume while bringing out the curves. The keratin protein also makes hair elastic.