People assume that going natural automatically means easier hair manageability. Personally, I think it involves a lot more work! I’ve been natural for about 2 years now, and I think I’ve only now gotten down a routine that keeps my hair shiny, moisturized, and healthy feeling. It takes so much experimenting to find out not only what products work best, but even which methods of physically dealing with your hair allow for maximum health.
In the beginning, I followed what people were doing on Youtube as far as the co-washing, oils, etc…, but I was pretty lazy with it. I wasn’t taking proper time to really apply the products in a way that allowed for good moisture absorption, and strength. As a result, my hair grew, but it was dry, dull, and my ends were atrocious.
After revisiting hair care sites, and talking with my friend who is much better than me when it comes to methods and products and things of that nature, I think I’ve found a regime that works best for me (in terms of wash day[s]). I’ll probably do a separate post about how I style my hair.
Week 1: After having product built up in my hair between washes, I use a spray bottle filled with 3 parts Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 part water to cleanse my scalp. I braid my hair in 4 equally sized sections, and spray the solution on my scalp. I massage the solution into my scalp, working one section at a time, and let it sit. After working through each section, I rinse my hair out to get rid of all of the dirt. After that, I unbraid and re-braid my hair in the four sections while I shampoo, and then condition my hair. After rinsing everything out, I apply Olive Oil creme and I seal with Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
Week 2: I part my hair in 4 as I did with the ACV, but I just do a quick co-wash with my favourite conditioner instead. After that’s rinsed out, I moisturize with the creme and oil mentioned above.
Week 3: Same as week 1 with the ACV wash prior to shampooing and conditioning, just to cleanse my scalp and giving my hair a little added shine. I moisturize my hair.
Week 4: Co-wash again! Then moisturize after.
This wash method, especially with the sectioning of my hair, really helps minimize tangles and breakage during my wash. Plus, my hair always comes out really soft and shiny when I’m done. I am thinking about adding in a deep condition and a protein treatment somewhere in there.
I’ll do another post about how I style my hair and maintain it in between washes to keep it healthy!
What do you guys think? What do you do to your hair?
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Organix Renewing Morocan Argan Oil Shampoo
Vo5 Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Squeeze with Lemongrass Extract Clarifying Conditioner
Tropical Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme