regime

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

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

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.

  • Monday evening

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! 

hair care 2017

the first day of the year, I washed my hair. After using the shea moisture mask I reviewed (product review), these were my curls. I have a lot of shrinkage and my curls are very defined. I’m very happy with how they look. I also have a photo of how much shedding I had, which is fairly normal for me (that’s about a week’s worth of shedding). Since I protective style (mostly braids), deep condition weekly and use the LOC method, my hair has really flourished. Below I have some of my go to’s to keep my curls poppin!

  • LOC

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the LOC method- let me just say this is going to change your curls. LOC is a method to lock in moisture that I use prior to styling my hair (right after I dry my hair- after rinsing out conditioner, I wrap an old cotton t-shirt around my head which dries it without hurting my hair follicles).

L- liquid/leave-in

I start off by spraying my hair down (lightly, but I either use just water or a water and oil mix). I use Shea Moisture’s Leave-in Conditioner (Jamaican Black Castor line).

O- oil

I use a lot of oils. My favorites are- organic extra olive oil (trader joe’s), organic raw shea butter (beauty supply- Jack gets it for me (thanks Jack- I really love it), Silk by Design Essentials, and Extra Penetrating Argan Oil of Morocco (OGX).

C-creme

I only use creme. I use Cantu’s Coconut Curling Creme. After this I normally put on Camille Rose’s Curlaide Moisture Butter and Curl’s Créme Brule. After this my curls are ready to be styled!

  • Nightly routine

Establishing a nightly routine is really important. I vowed I will never go to sleep in a ponytail again. Braiding/twisting at night and using a satin bonnet/scarf really is curl-changing. It will protect your ends and make styling so much easier in the morning.

  • No touch rule

NO PLAYING WITH YOUR HAIR. It’s a horrible habit and all it does is lead to breakage. Whenever I see girls playing with their hair all I can think is about the breakage and how they’re hurting their hair.

  • Hair appointments

Hair appointments are mandatory in my opinion. Regular trims from a professional are essential to keeping your hair healthy. And if you’re natural and don’t want to straighten your hair, there are salons that specialize in natural hair. You’ll have to search, but your hair will thank you! Trimming your own hair is a horrible idea- my hair stylist explained to me that unless you’re trained you can’t evenly cut your hair. Just pay to get it done or save up until you can.

 

Taking care of your hair is like taking care of the rest of your body! Treat it like it’s as important as it really is!!!!!

LOC

LOC is a hair care method that stands for Liquid/Leave-In, Oil and Creme. I found it about a month ago, and I love it. I wet my hair (mostly after I condition it and rinse it), add leave-in conditioner (either Shea Mousiture: Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner or Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner), oil (Coconut, Olive, Silk (Design Essentials), and Renewing Argon Oil of Morroco (OGX)), and creme (Cantu Coconut Curling Cream). I love these products due to their ability to keep my hair soft and moisturized. As far as conditioner goes, I’ve tried a new cowashing cleanser by Shea Mouisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditoning Cleanser, which has worked very well on my hair. It’s important to cowash because it allows your hair to keep its essential oils (which shampoo strips them of), so that it can grow healthily. The goal is healthy hair. Whether you want to grow it out, or cut it into a short style. People tend to forget that short hair is cute too. Short hair takes maintenance, just as longer hair does. You need to make sure that if your hair is short, you do get it cut regularly, and keep it in a style. Your hair doesn’t have to be long to be cute, it just needs to be styled. I’ve been recently trying to find more protective styles, so I’ve been perfecting my halo French braid (the picture below is a side picture from my snapchat (I was very proud)). I wanted to make sure I have a large variety of styles for school, since I’m currently wearing my hair curly. My favorite is French braids though, because they hold mouisture really well.  I actually French braid my hair different than most people, so if you’re interested in learning more, please comment and I’ll post a video later on.