*drumroll* IT’S TIME FOR AN UPDATED HAIR CARE ROUTINE!
Though not much has changed I just want to keep you all updated!
- Before I wash my hair I always add a generous amount of oil- normally either shea butter or avocado oil
- Prior to washing, I rinse my hair with warm water to get rid of the excess product and oil
- I wash my hair once a week using Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo. I normally wash three times; I could probably do two washes and be fine but I like three.
- Normally when I wash I try to massage my scalp for at least one of the washes. Scratching your scalp can leave your hair tangled, so I try to limit it.
I always use warm water to wash
- I always deep condition after EVERY wash. it’s essential to making my hair easy to maintain. I’m currently using Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment mask, but I also really like Eden Body Work’s Natural Deep Conditioner (they just didn’t have it at target when I needed deep conditioner).
- I section my hair in four parts. I work one section at a time to add conditioner then comb out that part using my denman brush (which is a lifesaver- it defines your curls and makes detangling easier). Then I normally twist the section that I just added conditioner to or use a ponytail holder to secure it. After all sections are done I go over my hair once more with the denman brush
- I either sit under the drier for 15 minutes (while wearing a clear shower cap) or use an old target bag over my shower cap for about 30 minutes. I like both methods but the bag is easier if you’re trying to do other things while deep conditioning.
- I rinse out the deep conditioner with warm water then after it’s all out I use cold water to rinse my hair. It seals in the moisture and reduces frizz.
- I then take a t-shirt and wrap it around my hair to dry it.
protective styling is a must, especially in the winter. it helps you retain moisture plus it’s easier to maintain. I need something that’s going to be easy to maintain. Mostly because I’m a little lazy.
- pick the right protective style- the two most popular styles are braid outs and twists outs. i used to do braid outs a lot until one of my friends twisted my hair and I saw how much less shedding I had. After that, I pretty much only do twists or twist outs.
- Once a week I wash, deep condition and style my hair. I do twists of some sort. How I style the twists depends on if I’d like to wear it down or not- I’ll do flat twists if I want to wear it down. I like flat twists because the root is twisted so it’s easier to get through.
- Normally i leave the flat twist in for a day or so then untwist it. I moisturize my hair every day.
Normally I do the LOC method, but I read that doing the LCO method reduces frizz so I plan on trying that out.
- Liquid/Leave-In- I use water and peppermint oil first (they’re mixed in my spray bottle; Leave-In- I use Miss Jessie’s Leave In Condish
- Cream- I use Cantu’s Coconut Creme and Camille Rose’s Curlaide
- Oil- I use OGX coconut milk, shea butter and avocado oil.
my main tips-
- wash and deep condition weekly
- protective style
- drink lots of water! at least half your body weight
- use satin ponytail holders and bonnets
- also use a satin pillow case
- be gentle while combing your hair
this is the amount of shedding I had after eight days of no combing (i don’t comb my hair when it’s twisted, I had it in a twisted style for two days, then wore a turban for three (i put a bonnet on underneath to keep my hair protected from the turban), and then wore it different ponytail styles for three days.
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