I've had a few people ask me about my hair regimen now that I've gone Natural since May. So I decided to make a post about it.
For myself I wash my hair at least once a week possibly twice if I have exercised a lot. I deep condition my hair on the weekends, either that Saturday or Sunday. If I do wash twice throughout the week then I pick either that Tuesday or Wednesday. But that is just a regular co-wash day.
Again the Co wash I use is called AS I AM Coconut Co-wash, I use this twice a week if needed (once in my regular co washing mid-week IF NEEDED and again for deep conditioning on the weekends).
Now for my deep conditioning on the weekends I use Jamaican Castor Oil which is darker and thicker than regular castor oil. I use the Lavender version which has a wonderful smell. You don't need much for my TWA's (Teeny Weeny Afro's) but make sure you cover whole head. I then apply my Co-wash on top of the oil put on a plastic cap get under my heat cap, chill for about 15 to 30 min, wash out apply my homemade mixture of oils lightly and then follow up with whatever Design essential product I choose, preferably the mousse. Let it air dry, put on my satin cap for the night.
|The Lavender gives off a great scent, I've heard the original version is a bit strong, haven't tried the coconut version.|
Now at night I try to semi-saturate my scalp with the homemade concoction of oils so my scalp won't feel dry in the morning and I won't have to use as much oil during the day. Hope this helps;)
Now for the finishing touch after I have co-washed or deep conditioned my hair I ALWAYS put on a a finishing products. My faves for my hair are the Design Essentials Natural line. I use the Natural Curl Stretching Cream or the Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse. I prefer using Mousse a tad bit more, I feel it makes my coils a tad bit tighter, but overall I try to alternate between the finishing products when I wash my hair.
Now after my hair has air-dried I will normally follow up with the Design Essentials
Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion and Carol's Daughter Tui Moisturizing Hair Sheen. I like the Moisturizing lotion because it does keep my hair moisturized throughout the day, I have noticed obviously I've had to increase the amount I use obviously because my hair is growing. The Sheen I like from Carol's daughter because it does give my hair nice sheen throughout the day without it looking oily.
|Daily Moisturizing Lotion|
|Tui Moisturizing Hair Sheen|
Now keep in mind I do Shampoo my hair once a month to give myself a "clean slate" with my hair. I normally will do this close to the end of the month, preferably the last weekend of the month. For this I use Design Essentials Natural Curl Cleanser Shampoo and Natural Moisturizing Conditioner.
Now by this time if you are wondering where you can buy the Design Essentials NATURAL line let me tell you right now I have only been able to find it in one place in all of Saint Louis and it happens to be where my beautician works. Now granted if you do go on their website they do show a long list places that even includes some JCPenny's and even Dillards BUT they mainly carry the version of Design Essentials for RELAXED hair. HUGE DIFFERENCE! So if you would like to purchase or even get your hair done, my beautician is the bomb! Her name is Daisha Putman, but there are plenty of other stylists at Christopher Stevens Salon that would be more than able to hook you up especially since they do cater to and specialize in Natural Hair as well as other services.
I am trying to learn through various videos how to stretch my hair because I can tell my hair has grown quite a bit. But more than likely I will schedule an appointment with Daisha;)
|Picture taken October 3rd|
NOTE: I've bought my various oils via Amazon or even at Schnucks, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes. Applicator bottle from Sally's Beauty Supply.