If you've been following this blog for a while now, you've probably figured out that I'm big on celebrating all of life's little joys - my hair journey notwithstanding!
When I started my natural hair journey, I soon realized that heat was the enemy of length and health retention.
Friends oohh if you want to maintain length and health, heat is the devoh eh?! *End of Naija Slang...clearly I love Nollywood!*
I soon learnt that I would have to break my love relationship with my flat-iron and blow drier and embrace my bouncing, popping curls. When I big chopped, I was thrilled to be natural and I took the liberty to experiment with my hair a lot. I watched youtube tutorials on how to do faux buns with kinky marley hair; I had my hair in hip-length yarn locks several times and I even tried (and failed at) crotchet braids. All I am saying is that I had lots of fun with my hair!
*I have to admit I have grown lots lazy with experimenting with all the beautiful styles that my natural sistas have come up with over the past few years.*
Looking back now I realize that I also had a really simple hair regimen. The key to my success was not products, but consistency and patience.
On Saturday mornings:
· Co-Wash with As I Am Coconut Cowash (focus on roots to lift build up)
· Wash out with warm water (to wash off oils)
· Deep Condition: 1 teaspoon Raw Shea, 2 tblspoon Olive Oil, 1 tblspoon Honey, 1 teaspoon aloe vera juice, 1 heaped teaspoon of Spiral Solutions (with steam for 60 mins to allow deep conditioner to penetrate hair follicle)
· Rinse off with cool water (to close cuticles)
· Apple Cider Vinegar rinse – 2 caps in mug – pH balance /to close cuticles/to disinfectant scalp
· Cold Rinse (to close cuticles)
· T-Shirt dry/Leso dry PAT dry (to reduce mechanical damage to strands)
· Apply Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion (as a moisturizing leave-in conditioner)
· Seal with Olive Oil (prevent moisture from escaping)
· Seal with Karen's Body Beautiful Butter (mixture of mango, shea and cocoa butter)
· Air dry
(Henna once a month as a strengthening treatment)
I had my hair to thank me on my first natural hair anniversary! I was stoked at my progress! I had managed to retain 5 inches of healthy hair in one year of natural hair care.
How was your first year of haircare? What did you learn? If you are still in your first year, I'd love to know how the year is going...!
As always, thanks for stopping by!