Hey! I thought I’d share my natural hair regime toady since I just got done washing it. P.S., this post is a wee bit long.
I’ve been fully natural since the summer of 2013 and I’m loving it! I started transitioning the summer of 2012 because the perms I got were thinning my hair out. It’s been almost 5 years since I cut those permed ends off, but my hair still doesn’t seem to retain any length. I’m still stuck at neck length and recently decided to try a new hair regime to retain length. So far I think it’s working.
I moisturize my hair every night or every other night (or every 3 nights if I’m feeling lazy). I use Dark and Lovely Au Naturale’s Moisture LOC set. I first section my hair in 5-6 sections and spray 5 spritzes of the Super Quench Leave-in Spray on the first section. Using my fingers, I distribute it evenly throughout that section and make sure I get some on my ends.
After that I put 5 drops of the Soak it Up Oil Cocktail in my hand, rub both hands together and distribute it evenly throughout that first section, once again making sure I get them on my ends.
Finally, I finish by using the Lock it In Sealing Cream. I put a dime size amount in my hands, rub them together and distribute it evenly throughout the section. Don’t forget about those ends again!
Once the first section of my hair has been soaked, locked, and sealed in, I flat twist that section of my hair. Then I repeat until everything is moisturized and twisted. Once that’s finished, I put on my satin scarf and bonnet and go to sleep. On nights that I don’t moisturize using the LOC method, I sometimes put Jamaican Black Castor Oil in my hair and I also flat twist it.
When I take my twists out in the morning, I put 5 drops of olive oil on my fingers and gently take out each twist. That keeps my hair from looking too dry.
I wash my hair every 4 weeks, I co-wash every 4 weeks, and I deep condition every two weeks. The night before I wash my hair, I put extra virgin coconut oil in my hair as a pre-poo and then go to sleep. The next morning I shampoo with Cantu’s Moisturizing Cream Shampoo, rinse and repeat. While I shampoo the second time, I section my hair into 4 and finger detangle each section.
After that, I put olive oil all throughout my hair and let it sit for a little bit before putting in Cantu’s Hydrating Cream Conditioner. Once again, I let it sit for a few more minutes before rinsing it out.
On shampoo days, I deep condition with Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, & Restore. I use that as a protein treatment for the shedding problem that I used to have. I distribute it all throughout my hair and put a deep conditioning cap over it for no more than 30 minutes before rinsing it all out.
I co-wash two weeks after I shampoo to keep my hair clean using Cantu’s Complete Conditioning Co-Wash. Similar to when I shampoo, I rinse and repeat and also detangle in 4 sections. I find if I don’t co-wash twice, my hair will still have a little buildup.
I don’t condition after co-washing, but I do deep condition using Au Naturale’s Deep Conditioning Delight. Same as before, I distribute it all throughout my hair, put the deep conditioning cap on and let it sit for 30 minutes.
That’s about all I have for now. I’ve been doing this regime for a few months and my hair does feel a lot softer, less dry, and does not break as much. I think it has grown a little bit too! I don’t take pictures of my growth, and I feel like I really should in order to see results. One last thing is getting my ends trimmed. I do it myself most of the time, and I aim to trim them every 6 months. Sometimes I trim them earlier if my ends are really bad. My goal is to have hair between my armpit and my bra strap. This regime seems to be doing the trick for me.