So I don’t want to sound like a broken record but I just feel it is necessary to answer a few comments from my last post as a fresh topic or sequel if you don’t mind.
Natural hair is not easy to maintain but there are so many ways you can have fun with it and make life a whole lot easy for yourself and everyone around ( pssst!!!!! To dem gals who flood their bathroom counter with millions of hair products) you really don’t need so much, just the basics.
- Water: this is the most important and first item for maintaining natural hair. If you want to have healthy shiny hair, you must never, never exclude water. Water helps the hair to lock in moisture, therefore avoiding dry, brittle strands. It’s like you are planting a shrub or a tree, you always have to water your plant in order for it to grow and photosynthesize. Now, I don’t mean you pour a bucket of water on your hair every day, no, but make sure you hair retains moisture constantly. Water also helps when styling your hair, I personally always style my hair when it’s wet, most times after a deep condition, because when styled wet and allowed to air dry the curls stay in place and look very fab.
- Oils: this could be your olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil, tree oil or any natural oil you can think of. Oil is applied to the hair after water has been locked in; it helps to seal the moisture and gives it that shine. * who doesn’t love glistening tresses, like someone out of a fairy tale*. I use Goya EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), (you know, the one people normally use for anointing)”be anointed my crowning glory, receive it”! Do not consider it razz or a cheap product because it works wonders on my hair, it stays 2 to 3 days shiny and silky. I recently incorporated coconut oil into my regimen, I bought Aquilas natural coconut oil from Oasis supermarket in Ikeja, it has a not so pleasant smell but when your hair is looking glorious you wouldn’t mind. My point is you don’t have to spend so much to maintain your hair, the Goya comes in various sixes and I use the 250 naira bottle for a month (I have no idea what the size of the bottle is and I am too lazy to check) , I got the Aquilas for about 750 naira or so.
- Leave-In: just as the phrase says, you leave it in. leave-ins mostly come in form of a cream or conditioner. I use Shea butter as my leave-in, the local one (ori) and Cantu’s Shea butter leave-in conditioner which I got from Casabella surulere. Just think of it as your regular hair cream, after or before making your hair you apply it.
- Conditioner and maybe just maybe Shampoo: You need to wash your hair; especially after applying your oils and leave-in because build up (dirt in the hair) you are most likely going to find in your hair and on the scalp. So you need to get rid of that by washing your hair frequently, which I do every week except the days I have extensions installed or I weave my hair to promote growth. I use Tresemme Conditioner which I got from Casabella the same day I got my leave-in, although various hair blogs and vlogs will recommend using shampoo at least never only when the need arises but I do (pls note, it is NOT compulsory). I use the Olive Oil ORS creamy aloe shampoo , very affordable, I got it from a super market close to my office* P.S your shampoo must not contain sulphate as an active ingredient, it dries the scalp and hair from the moisture generated naturally*
So you have these items or more, the question is how do you make the best of out and treat your hair with all the love and respect it deserves? It’s very simple, find a routine that is very convenient and flexible for you; for my natural chickas who don’t install extensions, you can twist your hair in chunky or small sixes depends on your choice, comb out your afro, or watch you tube videos on how to pack your amazing curly hair, follow instagram pages for inspiration. To achieve these styles you must first take care of the hair.
- Detangle your hair first with your fingers before using a comb. Always use a wide tooth comb, this allows the strands to flow freely through the comb, and reduces the breakage when you have knots or tangled hair.
- Please please deep condition. Deep conditioning is when you apply hair mayonnaise or leave-in or your DIY mixture on your hair and heat is involved; I wear a plastic cap and wrap my head with a cotton material, preferably an old shirt for like an hour. The body heat produced by my scalp is absorbed by hair, therefore making the conditioner penetrate into my hair. Although you can seat under a dryer but the heat level has to be reduced, this makes the hair super soft and replenishes the moisture. How long you deep condition is variable, and how satisfied you are with your result, you can amp it up as time goes on. You can Google how to make your own deep conditioner with household items, very affordable and economical. Just imagine deep conditioning as steaming your hair. * deep condition at least once a week or twice a month*
- Co-wash your hair after deep conditioning. This means wash your hair with your regular conditioner, be careful not to mistake leave-in conditioners for regular conditioners. I don’t know what will happen if you do, but mahn…just be careful.
- I prefer to style my hair when it’s wet because after it air-dries and I unravel the twists they always look defined. Just like your wash-n-go your hair, is wet when you apply your oils and cream and it stays in place for the whole day. After washing your hair, always incorporate the L.O.C method (l-leave in which is always water O-oils and C-cream or leave-in conditioner). This method does not just apply to when you want to style your hair, even when you are wearing protective styles like your mini twist , braid extension even your fro ,spritz your hair with the mixture from any kind of spray bottle, it gives your hair the necessary moisture it needs.
- For those with locs (dreads), make sure your hair is always clean and well moisturized. If you can’t wash it yourself, which most claim they cannot do got to a salon to get proper treatment that would last you a few weeks, and the stylist could give you a nu look, all gorge and flawless *wink*
- Finally, never go overboard or crazy with your hair. Don’t go experimenting every product you see on youtube and blogs, it might just cost you your hair, and then all your hardwork in grooming your tresses has been for what???
Whew!!!! Mama is so exhausted, not from typing but from eating the spaghetti I got from Mr & Mrs Zob (one of the few items from the awesome Ramadan gift they got me) you guys are the best. May God replenish your pockets in a thousand fold. Funny, not a fan of spaghetti but when you eat something with love, there’s a whole nu world to it, I totally enjoyed it.
Remember never change your lifestyle for anyone but yourself, do not conform to the status quo of the society; Normal is boring…
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