since i cut my hair, i’ve been experimenting with it a lot more. and i feel i have a regimen now that’s good enough to share.
I normally wash my hair once a week. My wash day includes a shampoo, rice water treatment and deep conditioning.
- I wash my hair with the tea tree shampoo from Trader Joe’s. It’s clarifying and helps manage the eczema I had on my scalp. I just do one shampoo.
- I do a rice water rinse and leave it on for 15 minutes, with a shower cap. I rinse it out after with warm/hot water. here’s the link to my post about rice water.
- I use the Mane Choice’s Ancient Egyptian Hydrating Hair Mask as a deep conditioner. I lather it through my hair, then i sit under my hooded drier (heat on high) for ten minutes. Deep conditioning is crucial because between the clarifying shampoo and the rice water, my hair is lacking moisture! if i cannot deep condition with heat, i normally put on a clear shower cap then add a bonnet and add my normal shower cap. This will allow a lot of heat to be created but with this method i will leave the conditioner in for about 45 minutes. Before rinsing this out, I finger detangle and then use a wide tooth comb to detangle. I like doing this after the deep conditioner has sat cause it is so much easier.
- After rinsing our my deep conditioner with warm water, i later my sopping wet hair with conditioner. Lately ive been using Camille Rose’s Jansyn’s Moisture Max Conditioner. My hair will be fully lathered with conditioner as if I was conditioning normally. This leaves my hair ready for the LCO method.
I use cream before oil because i’ve found it reduces frizz and stays more moisturized.
- I first section my hair into four sections.
- I spray the first section down with water and use my wide tooth comb to detangle all the way to the root.
- I use Curls Blueberry Bliss Leave In, about a quarter size amount. To lather this in, I start at the ends first, then go from the roots to end. I make sure all the hair is coated for every step.
- I use Camille Rose’s Curlaide, about a dime size. Lathering is the same.
- I use Curls Cremé Brûlée, about a dime size amount.
- I use organic avocado oil to seal in my products.
- I will then braid the section and repeat this process on each section.
- For styling I normally do either braids or twists. My routine is simple because my hair is already moist and ready. I section each braid or twist, then add water, half a dime of leave in, and about a dime of Camille Rose’s Almond Jai Twisting Butter. To ensure my ends are hydrated, I add half a dime size of Design Essentials Herbal Complex. This really helps the back of my hair, which is growing out stay braided or twisted all the way throughout. Once done with all the braids or twists, I will oil my scalp and tie my scarf. I normally do this at night so in the morning I can pin mostly dry braids/ twists up. I use the curved bobby pins to pin it up so there are no creases in hair.
- After a few days (or six, depending on how frizz free my hair is), I will take a little oil (mostly the moroccan oil by OGX) and unravel each part. I then use my pik to get rid of the parts.
To preserve my hair I use the banding method or just oil my scalp. While it’s still braided or twisted I will add oil every three days and tie my scarf. But after it’s aloose I use the banding method. I take silk scrunchies and tie them down my hair to increase volume and length. I normally do 4-5 sections for banding, similar to my sections for LCO. While banding I use my bonnet and will still oil every 3 days or as needed (the oil sometimes reduces my frizz if I add a little to the roots).
summer hair care routine-
To meet my goals of shoulder length straight hair, I tried to keep a strict hair routine. I didn’t always follow it (I did about two weeks of wash n go’s) but here it is!
every three days-
- oil scalp with a mix of doo grow stimulating oil and wild growth
- refresh hair if necessary with water and conditioner (only before bed)
once a week-
- wash- 1 shampoo
- rice water rinse (leave on for 10 minutes)
- deep condition with heat for at least 45 minutes
- twist or braid for the week (switch weeks- one week braid, one week twists)
every other week
- add steam to deep conditioning treatment (adding a hot towel on my head as well as sitting under my drier)
- do a style with low edges manipulation- small flat twists or smaller braids in the front
When i finished studying abroad at the end of May, I got a trim (June 1st) and I got another one one August 22nd. I try to make sure I’m getting trims every 2-3 months, but it’s noticeable to me when it’s time for another one. Before my trim I had been having more single strand knots and straggly looking curls. This lets me know it’s time because this normally doesn’t happen.
(June 22nd 2019)
August 22nd 2019, pre trim.
Shows current cut.
Pics from when I cut my hair (Jan 2019)