I found a bomb simple ab routine for y’all
you’ll see results in 3 days fasho fasho
My Natural Hair Care Regimen:
I cleansed and detangled my hair with this random conditioner I found at my pharmacy around the corner. It’s an olive and cinnamon organic conditioner from DR. I found it one day looking through the shelves as I waited for a prescription. Tried it and loved it, the problem is I’ve never seen it anywhere else and can’t find it online. It has been in my rotation since June. I deep conditioned with the Aubrey Organics GPB under my Huetiful steamer. After I sat under the steamer I left it in for about another 2 hours and rinsed it out with cold water. I started covering my hair with my regular conditioner before rinsing out the deep conditioner. I got the method from a link on Hey Fran Hey of course! I think it really makes your hair even softer. Anyway, for the rinse out I used my new obsession: Renpure Organics’ i love my hair! body & shine conditioner (with green tea, chamomile & soy protein). Then I re-applied some more of the Renpure and left it in as my leave-in overnight and this curly haired pic is the result of that.
Now, I know that leaving in your regular conditioner doesn’t work for everyone, but I’m fortunate enough it does for me. The fact is I wash my hair often, every other day, if not every day during the warm months. During the colder months I do every 3-4 days. My hair gets really greasy…like gross…quickly. When it’s colder I’m likely to let it dry in two braids for about 24 hours and then rake it out with a little extra conditioner or Beautiful Curls Leave-in. I twist my hair at times, but I actually prefer it styled that way than I do twist outs (I do use the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie cause I think it’s a nice treat for the strands). I started getting more and more creative with my braided styles as my hair has gotten longer, I think it’s fun…I’ll put it in whatever random number of braids and then find a funky way to pin them up.
When Fran asked me to write up a post I was overwhelmed immediately. Lol. I started thinking about how I really don’t put that much thought in to what I do with my hair, I just do what is natural to me. I think that over the years I’ve collected some great hair care techniques that work simply and easily. Here is what they are in no particular order:
I wash my hair with warm water and rinse out with cold water. I learned that about 15 years ago from this Dominican TV/radio personality (Celines Toribio) that was giving hair advice on the radio…my mom told me about it. (I always listened to my mom about my hair…it’s never failed me.)
I finger detangle. This is funny because it started one day I didn’t have a wide tooth comb and needed to detangle in the shower, so I made it work with my fingers. That was back in high school, it worked and I’ve never stopped! As they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”
I deep condition, I have for most of my life. My mom used to whip up all sorts of homemade deep conditioners when I was younger. I would have one in my hair every Saturday morning for hours! I definitely ignored that during my “cool” years, you know, but restarted again during college, except with the deep conditioners they’d send us from DR like silk worm conditioners.
When I was in college I went through a flat ironing phase from like 2003-5. When I roller set my hair I would automatically flat iron it afterward. The trick was I didn’t do it every week and definitely didn’t touch it up every morning. Those practices were obviously going to destroy my hair in my eyes. I got over it quickly because I just couldn’t get over the burnt smell…that’s your hair burning! My dad lives in a house filled with women and so our “Salon Saturdays” drove him crazy cause he hated the fried smell…he always went off about it, telling us we were destroying our naturally beautiful hair…he was right! It took my sisters and cousins longer to stop the flat ironing addiction, but they paid for it! They’re all re-growing their hair out to rid themselves of the strands the flat iron permanently straightened!
I implemented my childhood ‘roller set and that’s it’ routine once again. When I was younger my parents did not let me use any heat other than the hooded dryer. I hated it in middle school cause I thought my hair was too poofy, but that’s called VOLUME and I finally realized I was lucky to have it because other people were lacking it. I went away to boarding school, so my parents finally agreed to let me blow dry my hair before I went back to school after every break. Again, that was only every few weeks. While at school I’d sport the curls. The same went down in college, until I ordered a flat iron and I already told you how that worked out for me.
I don’t color my hair. I got blonde streaks for my high school prom. I wanted to wear my hair down, but wanted to spice it up, so I added subtle streaks. It looked great, but dried out those strands. I used to do hot olive oil treatments almost weekly to restore that moisture. I never dyed it again, just grew it out. It took me just about the four years I was at Wesleyan to do so!
Oh! I also started leaving just my conditioner by chance. I didn’t bring any product with me when I went on vacation to Aruba and I left just conditioner in my hair while I was there…I loved it…my hair was extra fluffy and voluminous. Another technique that just happened.
I roller set my hair, but that’s it. I don’t touch up my roots or anything. Now that my hair is longer, I guess the weight of the strands helps stretch it in a way. I do it more when it’s cold out, and I always alternate…roller set hair and air dried hair…never back to back and always with deep conditioning in between. It’s very easy to maintain my hair that way. I don’t even wrap it up.
At night, I only wear a scarf when I have braids or twists so they don’t get crazy fuzzy…other than that my hair is out or in a bun, depending on the mood.
Alternating conditioners is so important. It keeps your hair on its’ toes. It doesn’t get used to any particular conditioner and won’t suffer from deficiencies because you’re spicing up its’ diet. I stick to conditioners that are easily accessible to me, so I use stuff like the Shea Moisture line at Target, the Renpure Organics line at Rite Aid, and Aubrey Organics at Whole Foods…those are the stores I frequent for other needs, so I grab what’s there! For my deep conditioners I use the same lines and make my own at least once a month. The only leave-in I can say I use is that Beautiful Curls Leave-in, but I’m dying to try the Curl Souffle by Curls that Fran raves about.
Before I had a Huetiful, I would leave my conditioner in for hours under a conditioning cap and my steam would come from my shower! I would leave it in while I shaved or exfoliated or something! I think it’s worth a shot if you can’t invest in one right now.
Ok, I think that’s it for my hair care. I’d like to add that my two year old has different curls and so I use different conditioners for her. There are some that both our hair types respond well to, but not all. She does deep condition weekly, only finger detangles her hair, neither of us use shampoo. I actually stopped that after reading about it when she was about 1 year old…did it for her first, loved the results, then I started it. It’s a win, win!
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