So I’m here again, well not to bore you about My birthday WishList but to talk about my natural hair regimen. What I think has been working for me and how I spend my wash day.
I have been natural for a year and one month now and my hair regimen has been changing in other to find what works for my hair.
THE WASH DAY!
I wash my hair once a week when my hair is out of protective styles and rocking it for a bit.
First off I do a “Pre Poo/Hot Oil treatment”!
What’s a Pre Poo/Hot oil treatment?
Pre-Poo – This is basically Prepping your hair with an oil treatment before you shampoo, because shampoo rids our hair off our natural oils, makes it dry and flaky and this give added moisture and strength to the hair
Hot Oil Treatment – Heating our favorite oils in order to open up the hair follicles allowing the oils to permeate and condition the hair.
i used to follow the curly girl rule (Co -Wash) when i was newly natural but conditioners weren’t cleansing my hair anymore so i switched to shampoo. Well naturals are advised to get a shampoo that doesnt contain sulphate which is really harsh on our hair, but i use “Herbal Essence Touchably smooth“ its contains sulphate, i mix it with water before applying to my hair. I wash my hair in Five (5) sections (braid) to avoid a more tangles and get a stretched out look (which i think fights shrinkage a little).
which is basically getting the knots out and preventing tougher knots from occurring using a wide tooth comb, detangling conditioner. Comb through the tips first continue until you get to roots, and you can comb freely without hooks lol or knots.
DEEP CONDITION The mother of all – i deep condition for about 3 hours or sometimes over night and wash in the mornings. Currently using Pantene Pro V Deep conditioner which is also a very good detangler, or some DIY Homemade deep conditioner when i want to pamper my hair a little more.
A water-base cream/moisturizer for added moisture in my hair after the cleansing process. water-based meaning it is rich in water making it the first ingredient on the product. Right now i’m using Elasta QP moisturizer. This is to add moisture into every strand and Seal using any of your favorite oils and thereafter any curl creme, this can be referred to as the L.O.C method which is “Leave in > oil > Creme to LOC moisture in to your curly/coily strands.
MAINTENANCE AND STYLING.
After Sealing, I put my hair into Two-Strand Twists or Bantu Knots just to keep it stretched a little, cover up with a Satin Bonnet to help retain moisture, prevent breakage and basically let it dry overnight. The longer I let my hair dry before taking down my twists/braids, the more defined my twist-out/braid-out style is.. Occasionally I will re-twist at night, and when I do so, it’s important for me to add more moisture back to my hair so there is actually some amount of moisture to seal in when I use my styling creams. Sometimes it will be as simple as dampening my hair with a spray bottle filled with water and oils, leave in conditioner (Elasta QP Leave-in conditioner) or moisturizer.
This is what works for me, but hopefully it can give you some ideas on where to start if you’re trying to work out your own hair care regimen, just remember to have patience and don’t be afraid to switch up your techniques and/or styling products.
Any questions about my current regimen and Please share your hair care regimen? #Laila’sNappyTalk