Lets Talk Natural Hair
...because every natural hair journey deserves a soap box!
Before I get into my daily, weekly & monthly hair regimen I thought it best to start by highlighting certain turning points in my Journey-to-Natural. First was learning about my hair type, curl pattern, elasticity, texture & porosity. These helped me navigate through ALL the products that are flooded in the market to find out what my hair needed & which products contained it.
For example, Porosity or how porous your hair is, is determined by how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture. There are a few methods to test hair porosity including sliding a strand, or using spray bottle however the most popular & accurate is the floating method. Once you know if your hair is low porosity, normal porosity or high porosity you will know what products & oils to focus on. Similarly, there are easy to do methods of measuring your curl pattern, hair texture & type. I will break-down each of these on the blog as we go along.
Natural Hair Diary...
Spray bottle is arguably your best companion on the natural hair journey. The bottle is for infusing moisture into your hair so it has to be +80% water component, the rest of the mixture can be a combination of carrier & essential oils depending on your hair needs. See various oils by clicking on link.
Your hair will shrink after washing it to air dry.There are a number of recommended heat-free methods to stretch your hair, these include African threading, bunning, banding, jumbo twists, bantu knots, flat twists and others.
When my hair starts to feel brittle, I know a protein treatment is due & it needs strengthening. Back to basics, with a kitchen DIY of eggs, mayo, yoghurt & honey. If you use egg in home treatments don't forget to rinse with cold water or else the egg cooks & you end up with egg white pieces. The ideal balance of protien and moisture is when your hair feels both soft and strong.
Edges. I took this pic because for the first time, in my natural hair journey, I was struggling with my hairline. Braids are an awesome protective style but sometimes they're a miss! I kept the braids for 4 weeks, shampooed, moisturized & massaged with castor oil but still my hair line took a hit. Grateful to have it restored as the scare was real.
African threading is time consuming but it is effective at fully stretching hair out and it also doubles up as a protective styles if you choose to keep the threading on for a longer period. Just remember to spray your hair before bed & wrap it with a satin or silk scarf to maintain the hairstyle & retain moisture.
Same Week: My hair shrinks 80% of its length - that used to bother me a lot but not anymore.
Sometimes we get so caught up in "length goals" that we lose focus on just having moisturized, healthy & nourished hair. ♥ I cant wait til my hair is bum length... but for now my focus is on maintaining what I already have
Detangling is a naturalista's friend. Dont detangle dry hair or wet hair - it is best to finger detangle lightly damp hair with a drizzle of oil. No combs are allowed & you separate strands from top and work your way down to the root. This process takes a while however your hair length retention depends on it.
Leave-in conditioner. A lot of discussion has gone into how long one can keep a leave-in conditioner for before it has negative effects on your hair. I will admit to going on for hours with a 30-min instruction leave-in simply because I want maximum hydration of the product - however the truth is most conditioners will have completed their job in the 30 mins that is specified.
Washing your hair in protective style. Focus on your Scalp 💜. I mix shampoo with water in spray bottle or applicator bottle for easy application & rinsing. Pour mixture onto scalp. Rub scalp using my fingers & run mix down the length of my hair. Rinse & Repeat until product build up is clear.