Revitalizing Your Hair In The Morning

Sometimes the need to protect our hair with scarves and satin caps can leave hair mashed, flat and misshapen in the morning.  How do I deal with this issue?  The answer might surprise you. The first thing I do in the morning, is find some MOISTURE!  Not a direct spritz of water (which would ruin a roller set, braid out or twist out) but water in the air...STEAM!  Find it where you can get it!  Run a hot shower, boil water in a tea kettle, turn on the humidifier, put a pan on the radiator, open the window on a rainy day...whatever you need to do to get that moisture in the air and into your HAIR! The moisture from the steam will soften your hair and make it more pliable and easier to work with.  Once you've let your hair soak in the moisture for about 15 min (I usually make a cup of tea or have a shower) now it's time to reshape.  Use whatever oil your hair likes.  I start with Shea Butter.  Shea Butter is a heavier oil, but it makes my hair VERY soft, so I start using this to help soften my hair.  After this I end with a light coat of coconut oil which helps stretch out my curls.  In all of this, I am ONLY using my hands.  No picks, no combs, just my fingers to stretch, grab, separate and reshape which always gives me the best results.   So to recap: 1) Get steam in the air and let hair soak in for 10-15 min. 2) Use a light oil to seal in the moisture and help stretch your curls 3) Use your hands to reshape hair.  This all takes practice. In time you will learn: how much steam is too much before your hair starts to frizz, which oils stretch out your curls the best and which oils makes it the softest.  Through trial and error you will perfect this art of revitalization and make your styles last longer!