My Hair Care Regimen
Ever since I posted the picture to the right on my Instagram (IG) page, people have been asking me what products I used to grow my hair so much over the past year. I thought it was a great question, so much so I decided to create a whole blog and write this post about it as well as share my journey from relaxed to natural hair. For me, it’s not so much about the brand of hair care products used, but rather being consistent. I will admit that I am a self-proclaimed hair product junkie. Especially on the onset of my journey to natural hair, every time I saw a post or video of a slayed hair style and the products used – I was like “Oh I gottttaaa have it!”
But as I’m sure you know hair products aren’t cheap. That’s when I discovered the beauty of social media, specifically IG and the ability to acquire various hair care products for free! FRREEEE.
Approximately 70% of the hair products I own I received for free directly from companies or their ambassadors; I’ll save the “How?!” for another post. Leave me a comment below if you want me to make that post happen with the quickness. But now that I have your undivided attention…
Let’s chat about being consistent and the importance of having a hair care regimen, for me it has made all the difference. My routine consists of ensuring my hair remains both moisturized and healthy. As I have grown to learn more about my hair, I find it best to separate my hair into 4 or 5 sections and work on one section at a time. I also know that it does not retain moisture well and I personally find my hair easier to manipulate after using indirect heat. For instance, as long as my hair is not in a protective style, I deep condition my hair once a week using heat. Sometimes I apply deep conditioner directly to my [dry] hair and then sit under my soft bonnet dryer (which I adore) for about 30 minutes. Other days I will shampoo my hair, apply a deep conditioner, and then sit under my soft bonnet dryer for about 30 minutes. I accordingly rinse the conditioner out of my hair while simultaneously using a shower comb to detangle my hair under the running water, it makes the detangling of my hair super convenient and easy.
I use the liquid (L), oil (O), cream (C) method as well as a styler (i.e., gel) for hold. I know some people prefer the LCO method; it’s really all about your hair texture and what works best for you. I’m not well versed at the wash and go (yet!) so I usually flat twist my hair. I know everyone feels differently about using a hair dryer, but I love the length I receive and maintain from my twist outs on blow dried hair compared to damp hair. Blow dried hair is easier to manipulate in my opinion as well. For the most part, I let my twists air dry overnight or sit under the dryer for an hour and then let them finish air drying overnight. I untwist my hair in the morning with an oil on my fingers to prevent frizz or sometimes I pin them into a style. At night I preserve my twist outs by using the pineapple method, placing all of my hair in a ponytail at the top of my head and sleeping on a satin pillowcase.
As far as the hair salon, I go every 3-4 months when I want a protective style (e.g., braids, twists, etc.) or simply want a break from cleansing & styling my own hair. At the hair salon I usually request a protein treatment and for my ends to be trimmed every other visit. We have to learn to let those split ends go sis, healthy hair tends to grow faster! I don’t take vitamins, although I know I should and plan on starting soon.
My piece of advice for those currently in the process of transitioning their hair to its natural state – “Treat your relaxed/texlaxed ends and your new growth with the same love and care you plan to treat your all-natural strands.”
What is your advice on growing healthy hair? Leave it, questions, comments, or even leave me some love (<3) below in the comment section.
♥ Keya ♥
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My current favorite styling tools.