Having a steady hair care regime is essential. Especially during times of the year like this- I have a two weeks of classes left and lots to still get done. So I’ve been protective styling this past week so that life is a little bit easier. Ill take you all through my last week to explain what happened, how it happened and the great news I have to share!
Friday night I decided to wash my hair. It had been about a week since I co-washed, which considering I was styling my hair daily that’s really long for me. Normally if I’m braiding and unbraiding and styling my hair, I try to co-wash at least once in between my weekend washes, so that I don’t have too much product build up. I just didn’t have time that week, so I waited until Friday. I used Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore shampoo (which removes build-up and balances hairs pH levels), OGX Biotin and Collagen Shampoo (it’s sulfate free and really makes my hair so moisturized) and Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibscicus Co-Wash. For the first time I used Shea Moisture’s Superfruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System as my deep conditioner (I did sit under the drier for like thirty minutes). I rinsed it out (with cold water), then did the LOC method (I’ll do an update LOC method post soon!), and braided my hair.
Monday morning I unbraided my hair, after making sure I oiled and spritzed my hair every day. I also used Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Complex Moisture Retention Conditioner (which can work as a leave in too) and Ecostyler Gel (Argan Oil). I use water, then the conditioner then the gel to slick my hair down. But on Monday I wore my hair up in two buns, so I undid my braids and sprayed the hair and added leave in before I combed it out.
this is how much hair came out. I was shocked and very happy.
One of my friends twisted my hair Monday night. So I co-washed, and used a deep conditioner as a regular conditioner (meaning I had the shower cap on while i was in the shower but I didn’t sit under my drier).
This is how much hair came out after washing. I was also very happy.
- Everyday process from Tuesday until now
Every day I spray my twists down and use a little oil. Every couple days I do the LOC method, and make sure that I sleep with a bonnet and a satin pillow case (luckily with my hair like this, my bonnet actually stays on). Today I will be taking my twists down and probably getting it braided tonight.
My advice to all of you: when you’re busy protective style. It makes life so much easier when you don’t have to really worry about your hairs health. Yes you will still need to water your hair and add some oil and stuff but that’s not time consuming. Take care of your hair- especially when you’re busy!
Your hair should always be smooth and laid down. Unless you’re rocking an Afro of course! But with ponytails, buns and other updos they last longer and look better neat. It’s easy to get a slicked up bun, or puff. Just spray your edges (front of your hair) and kitchen (back of your hair) with water, add conditioner to those areas and use some gel (my favorite is Ecostyler gel). To lay my baby hairs down I just use a brush in the direction I want them to lay. Then I wrap my hair to get an extremely slicked down bun. Some days it’s easier than others, but it’s worth it. Keep your hair neat!
Recently, as I have been trying to not only grow my hair out but successfully keep it moisturized as the seasons change, I’ve been obsessed with hot oil treatments. I know that if you massage your scalp (which you are supposed to do daily) for anywhere from 3-15 minutes it can help growth. I found this out a long time ago, but since I wore my hair straight a lot more last year, I wasn’t really able to implement it until now. In addition to conditioning every night, I try to oil my scalp for around 15 minutes twice a week. I also try to just oil prior to conditioning. My sister’s assemble instructor told her yesterday that a good way to weekly condition is mixing oil and water in a spray bottle, spraying your hair, then conditioning it. While the conditioner is still in you have to place on a shower cap, then a bonnet. You should let this sit over night and rinse it out in the morning. I am looking forward to trying this and I will let you know how it is going! As for my new products (https://lovemayah.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/new-products/), I am totally in love. All of them have different properties and affect my hair slightly different, but mixing them together and then conditioning has really helped me. I’ve also noticed that cold water helps retain the moisture. Since I have a drier hair type I really try to condition often. I know that I really struggled with keeping my hair moisturized in the winter, especially when it’s curly. So I’ve made a special effort to use protective styles to keep my hair soft. My favorite protective styles is two french braids. I’ve talked about my braids before and how I french braid differently so that I get all of my hair, especially because my middle is the shortest part of my hair. Tonight I plan on Bantu Knotting my hair, and trying a new technique (if it turns out good I’ll blog about it tomorrow). I also plan on buying more oils for my oil treatments tomorrow and trying to find a good product to do a protein treatment off of. I know that there a tons of ways to make a protein treatment, so if I don’t find a good product, I’ll make one. So I wish you all happy styling and hope that your hair stays moisturized and fabulous!