Thanks for visiting my blog - I'm so glad you'd like to grow out your hair! I have been natural for about 6 years and I've learnt a couple of hair tricks along the way. Below, I share the list of products I regularly use on my hair and below this list, a couple of really useful links you can use for further information.
All the best with your hair journey - remember it takes time (6 months to 2 years) to see real results so stay patient.
Wash Day Routine - Products I use and in what steps.
I wash my hair once a week on Mondays.
1. I pre-poo (prepare my hair for shampooing) using coconut oil.
I apply the microwave-heated coconut oil to my dry matutas (three strand twists), put on a plastic cap and leave on overnight. Remember, water repels oil. So to ensure you get the most out of your prepoo, your hair needs to be dry. Also, coconut oil is absorbed into your hair strand and as such strengthens your hair shaft by preventing hygral fatigue (the weakening of the strand due to swelling during the uptake of water).
2. I shampoo my hair using a Shea Moisture Shampoo.
3. I then condition my hair with a Shea Moisture Conditioner.
3. I deep condition my hair using Shea Moisture Manuka Honey OR Obia Naturals Deep Conditioning Treatment. I add 1 tspn of honey and 1 tspn of olive oil to my mix. Hydration galore! I then go to my local salon for a 45 minute steaming session.
4. I then rinse off the DC with warm water and do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to restore my hair's pH to 4.5. I put it on for 4-5 mins.
5. I then rinse off my hair with cool water. Cool water keeps your cuticles flat while hot water lifts them and let's all the moisture we've worked so hard to capture, escape!!
6. My last and final rinse is done with ice cold water!! Yep! I'm a brave heart! Hahaha!
7. I then wrap my hair in an old cotton t-shirt or leso. Cotton t-shirts prevent mechanical damage caused by rubbing your hair with a towel.
7. I then let my hair air dry till it is 70% dry.
8. I apply my leave-in conditioning mix: 1 tspn of Aloe Vera Juice, followed by a coin size amount of Kinky Curly Knot Today, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hold and Shine Moisture Mist, and Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Mix (I didn't know it had such a long name till I had to type it out! Smmmh!), and some olive oil.
9. Seal with olive oil/coconut oil on my ends and castor oil on roots the of my hair.
10. Lock it all in Apply Shea Butter and Karen's Body Beautiful to the ends of my hair.
The process takes me 5 or so hours from start to finish, as my hair is always in three strand braids/two strand twists to prevent breakage from matting and over manipulation.
Once a month
I apply Henna once a month as a strengthening treatment. Read my recipe here.
Maintenance and Styling
Call me a lazy natural if you will, but two strand twists are my go-to style! In my first year of haircare I had lots of fun with buns and marley braids, yarn locs and all that shazam. Now that my hair is longer, I stick to very simple styles. Check out a styling series here.
I also take a Daily Women's multivitamin with Biotin and Zinc.
More hair tips & tricks
You can stock up on your favourite products by gifting your curls with the Craving Yellow Box. Find out more here.
And if you'd like to ask me more questions in person and connect with other naturalistas attend my Craving Yellow Class here.
That's pretty much it!
If you have any questions on my hair regimen please read and comment here.