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Rules and Regimens for Natural Hair

My hair regimen was ever changing when I first became “natural”, but now that I’ve found products and styles that work for me, I’m sticking to some definite rules and regiments for my natural hair.
My hair has grown over an inch since I began my journey in May 2014. But I’m not too surprised. My hair has always thrived when free of chemicals.

 

Here are the rules and regimens that work for me:

  • No or only water soluble silicones
  • Only comb hair when wet or damp with water spritz and leave-in conditioner, using a wide-toothed comb
  • Only trim when needed (my hair doesn’t tangle so no need to cut)
  • Shampoo and condition every 3 weeks (I go to the hair salon). Follow with 2 strand twists.
  • I can only wear a twist out for about 3-4 days. I have too much hair, it dries out very quickly and starts to become brittle. That’s when I start losing hair.
  • Protective styling as much as I can. That includes twists, coils, twist out, braids, braid outs, buns, puff buns, and scarfs. When hair is in twists, etc., I will pin up the hair at least 5 days a week to protect my ends.
  • Moisturize my hair with spritz every night before putting on satin cap. Either with a spritz/spray or leave-in conditioner. I use spritz (Coconut Oil/Water combined) when in a protective style. Leave-in conditioner if necessary.
  • Always sleep with a satin cap, scarf, and sleep on a satin pillowcase. Be careful of caps that cause friction to edges.
  • No heat on hair.
  • Nothing on the scalp.

 

Hair products I use:

Giovanni ConditionerShea Moisturizer SmoothieShea Moisture Conditionerav_A1KG_254Coconut oil

Eureka! No more frizz!

Hey Curly Girls!  I’m now 3 months curly, and in my last post I stated that I was still on a quest to find a product to help hold the frizz. I really would like to wear my hair twisted out for at least 3 to 5 days without it getting really frizzy and drying out. I did find a great way to keep the curl definition for a few days without wrapping it in a pineapple, thanks to Gabe Flowers video.

Well, I did some more research and found a product by Aveda called Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade. An anti-humectant is a moisture blocker, it is a hair product that repels moisture from your hair which prevents frizz due to excess moisture in the air. This satiny pomade is a light oil, similar to the consistency of bacon grease once it becomes a solid. It repels moisture from your hair, helping to prevent frizziness. It works excellent in humid weather, and even adds a little shine. I used a dime size portion on my twists before taking them out. Amazingly my twist out lasted all day with very little frizz. Even in my difficult area….no frizz!! Second day hair was awesome! My hair is still so soft. I think I’ll be able to wear my hair twisted out for at least 4-5 days.

Now remember, the goal is the keep the defined curls, that’s what I don’t want to get frizzy. Frizz near the scalp is good, it gives your twist out body, but I want to be able to keep those defined curls, otherwise why bother twisting.

The products that I’ve found so far are fitting into my regimen wonderfully! I’m feeling so much more confident about my journey.

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Giovanni ConditionerShea Moisturizer SmoothieShea Moisture Conditionerav_A1KG_254

 

Two Months Into My Natural Hair

Well, it’s been 2 months since I started my Natural Hair Journey. It’s been a pretty smooth experience considering I knew very little about my natural hair. I have to say, it’s been more of an emotional journey which I’ll talk about in another blog.

I have started to develop a regimen, which is very important to maintain a healthy head of hair.

I’ve decided to have my hair washed and twisted at the hairdresser every 3 weeks for time sake.

After my wash and twist at the hairdresser, I leave in the twists for about 7 days. I continue to spray it with my coconut oil/water each morning and evening. I try to wear my twists pinned up in a ponytail to keep my hair protected and stretched.

After 7 days, I take the twist out. I make sure that I put pure coconut oil on my hands and hair before taking out the twists. This cuts down on the friction (which creates frizz).

I found a way to maintain my twist out by twisting my hair in large twist at night. This video by Gabe Flowers was fantastic! And it works!!! My hair is a similar texture and length as Gabe, and I find her videos very helpful and encouraging.

My hair still frizzes a lot in one particular area (left front). So I am still on a quest to find a product to help hold the frizz in that area.

After about 3 days, It’s time to wear a protective style again. I would like to wear my hair out longer, but it’s just too dry. I have a lot of hair, and even wearing it all in a ponytail is just too much hair to keep moisturized. I’m learning that the smaller the sections, the better it stays hydrated.

So I’ve been creating large twists, and pinning them up. I’m still able to wear scarves and headbands for style. My hair stays so soft this way. I’ll twist out again right before I get another wash.

 

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