Since I wear my natural hair out more recently, I have mastered taking care and styling my natural hair and it has become part of my weekly routine. A lot of people ask me how I take care of my natural hair, hence, I figure why not share the products I use in washing and styling my hair.
Background on my Natural Hair: It’s 23 months since my last relaxer, I transitioned for 20 months, I had my big chop (cut my relaxed ends) in May. My hair is 4c (meaning it is tightly coiled with little curl definition); low porosity (meaning it does not easily pick up or absorb products when applied) and collar bone length when stretched/pulled.
I co-wash my hair (wash with a conditioner) every week, shampoo once or twice a month and deep condition my hair every week. I always moisturise my hair after every wash, then style. I do styles that will last me the whole week so I wouldn’t have to manipulate my hair mid-week.
Washing: This ensures I get rid of all the products build up over the last week. I focus more on my scalp when washing my hair. I co-wash my hair every week using Tresemme Botanique conditioner. I shampoo once or twice a month using my DIY African black soap shampoo.
Deep Conditioning: I deep condition my hair every week. I use my DIY moisturising deep conditioner every week or DIY protein deep conditioner (once in two months). I apply the deep conditioner to my hair, cover with a plastic cap or plastic bag and leave it in for at least 30 minutes.
Detangling: I always detangle my hair in the shower. I make sure I coat my hair with enough conditioner, use my finger to first detangle, then, use the big shower comb to gently remove or separate the tangles
Moisturising & Styling: I moisturise my hair using the LOC method (Liquid, Oil, Cream/styler) in this order;
- LIQUID: This is using a liquid or water based product to moisturise the hair. I apply the shea moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in conditioner ensuring I coat my hair from root to tip.
- OIL: This is to seal in the moisture applied to the hair. Any type of oil can be used for this (coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, castor oil, avocado oil, etc.). I use my shea butter mix as oil to seal in the moisture. The makeup of the mix is shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, castor oil, almond oil, peppermint oil and tea tree oil.
Depending on the style I am going for. If my hair will be in a cornrow or braid, I stop at this step. If not I use a
- CREAM/STYLER: Which is usually the shea moisture coconut and hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie.
I put my hair in twists, braids or Bantu knots to be taken out the next day.
This may seem a lot but it is not since I wouldn’t have to apply any product throughout the week.
Moisturising and styling my hair usually takes an average of one hour.
I use the eco-styler gel to lay down my edges.
Detangling and Styling Tools:
Important tip: I always wash, detangle, deep condition, moisturise and style my hair in sections. I put my hair in four sections for easy manipulation.
Shea moisture products can be purchased on Amazon, Ebay, Boots or Superdrug in the U.K.
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