‘We don’t ‘go natural’ we return. Natural is where it all began’
I read that the other day and couldn’t help but chuckle. I don’t consider myself a hippy or insanely Afrocentric. I’m NOT a hair expert or ‘guru’ and I’m also not looking to dedicate this blog to strictly haircare. I’m just sharing my exciting natural journey and truly am enjoying researching, learning and applying my new found knowledge in order to have the best hair for me.
It’s been about two weeks into my regimen and I think I have a good system down. There’s still so much to learn and products I’d like to try, but for now here’s what’s working:
As obvious as it sounds water is now a huge part of my hair care regimen. Prior to committing to my natural hair, no matter what style I had, I washed my hair (with shampoo) about every 5 weeks. I hardly ever deep conditioned, and a leave in? What’s that? I honestly was scared of my own hair. I didn’t know how to handle my own hair so I copped out with braids, weaves, cuts, wigs and all the like. In between those protective styles I never washed or even moisturized my scalp. Shame on me! I now realize how important water is to the growth and heath of our hair.
Aloe Vera Juice
In addition to daily water usage, Aloe Vera Juice (which is currently on sale at The Vitamin Shoppe for $3!) has amazing healing properties and is a great moisturizer. I add about 1/3 cup of it to my spray bottle of water. It’s refreshing on your head, and to make your dollar stretch even further you can add aloe vera juice to fruit smoothies for extra benefits.
My dread adorning aunt introduced me to cowashing, She said it made her hair super soft. I figured if it can soften dreads than I’m sure it can help with my desert strands. And it does. I’m cowashing with As I am Coconut Cowash. It smells lovely and leaves my hair feeling clean, but not stripped dry like with shampoo. I will be on a ‘no-poo’ regimen until I strengthen my hair. When I did shampoo, I was using Cream of Nature sulfate-free Argon Oil shampoo.
Leave In Moisturizers
For my leave in I’m using Cantu Shea butter leave in Conditioning Repair Cream . This is the sort of creamy crack I’m all for! I love the consistency of this moisturizer. After applying my hair is soft, manageable and my curl pattern pops. The first ingredient is water, which is a must when choosing a conditioner. Added plus: it smells amazing.
I follow up with a homemade Shea butter mix. In my mix is jojoba oil, avocado oil and argon oil. I mashed it all together until it’s a smooth creamy balm like consistency. I use a bit of this every day. On wash day, I use more of the Shea mix during my Green House Effect treatment and sleep in it. The next morning my hair is already damp and deeply moisturized. These two together leave my hair feeling great.
Current oils I’m using are jojoba oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, African black castor oil and sealing with sweet almond oil. Sweet almond oil it so soft and light. It doesn’t feel too heavy and you only need a little to cover your whole head. For a while I was using just oil to moisturize. BIG MISTAKE. Most oils do not penetrate the hair shaft and virtually just sit on top of the hair strand. Oils are best used for sealing and added shine.
Week 1 of natural hair complete! I’m still looking for a deep conditioner to try. I’ve used a few brands, and while my hair has less breakage for about 2 days, it tends to go back to falling out in my hands by the end of the week. I plan to try Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque and Organics Hair Mayonnaise. Going to be doing another BSS haul this weekend too. I fear I am becoming a product junkie….