Full Hair Regimen on a Budget
To build a successful hair regime, I always insist that two things have to be at the core. Moisture and Strength!
Let me explain. See our hair is always growing out from the root, but the reason we don’t ‘see’ the growth is because our ends break at almost the same rate that it grows out, so any growth is literally cancelled out. This breakage is caused by two main things; dryness and weakness. Now due to the nature of our kinky and coily type 4 hair, sebum doesn’t have an easy time travelling down our hair shaft. This is one of the reasons our hair is naturally very dry. This dryness makes our hair less elastic, any stretching, combing or styling leads to breakage meaning we don’t retain length. In terms of strength, our hair is made up of bonds of protein. Exposure to the elements, heat and styling amongst other factors weakens these bonds over time, causing our hair to break at these weak points.
You do not need expensive products to help you grow your hair, you just need to carefully select products that address these two factors and Sis! Trust me, you’ll be on your way to long, healthy and luscious locks.
Here’s a list of some of those products:
1) A good moisturizing shampoo- invest in a good moisturizing shampoo that has no sulphates, parabens and silicones that not only dry your hair out, but are actually Cancer causing. I partnered with Bu.Ke, manufacturer of Kenya’s number 1 shampoo bar to make one such product. The Craving Yellow Shampoo Bar, is not only made of natural ingredients, but ingredients handpicked to help your hair grow. It contains hibiscus- to help strengthen your hair, honey- a natural humectant and antiseptic that will help soothe your scalp and cinnamon oil- to help increase blood flow to your scalp hence stimulate hair growth. You get about 20 washes from the bar, if you wash your hair bi-weekly that’s about 10 months. It goes for just Kshs. 500 or USD $5. Another really good and affordable shampoo is the Aunt Jackie Oh So Clean Moisturizing and Softening Shampoo that goes for about Kshs. 650 or USD $6.50, this one lathers really well guys!
Now if you invest in a good moisturizing shampoo, you may really not have any use for a rinse-out conditioner. Rinse-out conditioners are mostly used for softening and adding moisture back to your hair after using a harsh shampoo that strips your hair its oils, leaving you with dry, tangled hair. But if you’d like to get one, say to help detangle your hair after a protective style, you can get a good affordable one that gives you enough slip to help with that. There are quite a couple of brands at the beauty store’s that are under Kshs. 400 or USD $ 4.00. Just to mention a few, there’s Mikalla Honey & Butter Conditioner and Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Knot Out Conditioner
2) Leave-In-after washing your hair, you need to boost your moisture levels. A good Leave-In treatment has water (aqua) as the first ingredient on its ingredients list, apart from that, it should have some a good consistency and enough slip to help you in detangling and styling your hair. A really good one is the Aunt Jackie Knot On My Watch Detangling Therapy Leave-In, it goes for about Kshs. 600 or USD $6.00. But you can find other cheaper brands in the market that still have these properties.
3) Natural oil- after applying the leave-in conditioner on your hair, you need to seal that moisture in with oil. Look for an oil that is also penetrating such that it doesn’t just sit on your hair. Olive oil is one of my favorite oils to use. It is not only affordable but is readily available even at the supermarket. You can get yours for under Kshs. 500 or USD $5.00
4) Moisturizing deep treatment mask- after every wash day, your advised to use a moisturizing deep conditioner on your hair to not only soften, but to bring back the moisture to your hair. This is usually a rinse out treatment that you use right after you shampoo your hair. The Mikalla Mayonnaise Deep Treatment is one great and affordable moisturizing deep treatment mask. It goes for about Kshs. 500 or USD $ 5 for the 400g tub. Depending on your hair length, and how often you use it, this can last you for a while. Again, for it to be moisturizing, water (aqua) has to be the first ingredient on the list.
5) Protein treatment- as I mentioned at the top, our hair is made of protein and as the days go by it wears out. That’s where protein treatments come in. They work to temporarily fill in the broken bonds and to restore the structure of the hair shaft to help prevent breakage. We are advise to use a protein treatment only about once every 6 weeks because if you over do it, your hair can become hard. Now for this, what you need to look out for is Hydrolyzed Protein in the ingredients list. This is protein whose molecules have been broken down into smaller particles that can easily be absorbed to your hair shaft. This is why the popular DIY eggs and mayonnaise protein treatments may not actually do much for your hair. One great and affordable protein treatment is the Mega Growth Strengthening Deep Treatment Mask, it goes for about Kshs. 500 or USD $ 5.
There you go loves, you have all the products you need for just Kshs. 3000 or USD $ 30 and you can always work around the prices by purchasing smaller sizes for some of the products. You can also check this post for other hair products that can fit in your budget.
I hope this helps. I’m sending you lots of love and sunshine. xx