I get asked so many times “How did you get your hair so curly?” or “What do you use in your hair?”. I’ve been trying to work on making my own cards to list the products I use and how I apply them to get the looks that I want. Now I don’t claim to be the expert in natural hair, but there are a few things that I do that just about everyone can benefit from. Below is a list of the goodies that make Sybil, my hair, very happy!
Since my hair has gotten longer I’ve been wearing more flat twist as my protective style. This helps cut down on all the wear and tear that comes along with manipulating the hair daily. Once a month I will do a clarifying wash with my Terressentials Hair Wash. Since becoming natural, I’ve stopped using shampoos that contain sulfates since they will dry out the hair a lot. Once a week I will do a deep conditioning (DC) with one of my heavier conditioners such as Hair Rules Ultra Rich Conditioner. The slip is amazing and my hair feels so moisturized. Once I rinse this out I use Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner. A little goes a long way, which I learned the hard way the first time…LOL. I follow this with Vatika Coconut Oil and then apply a good amount of natty moist throughout my hair. It sounds like a lot, but just doing this has made all the difference in how well my hair stays moisturized. During the rest of the month I will co-wash about 3-5 times a week with a cheap conditioner such as VO5. Co-washes come in handy on those days when I want to do a wash-n-go or when I want to try something new.
When I want to do flat twist, I complete the steps above after I wash and then section my hair and apply a small amount of Dax Olive Cream (I received this in a goody bag last May and absolutely love it for 2-strand twist and flat twist). Next a small amount of gel is applied and then I flat twist each section. I try to keep the twist in for up to 5 days. Like I mentioned before, less manipulation of the hair helps reduce breakage.
For a wash-n-go (WNG), after I rinse out the conditioner I apply my leave-in , followed by natty moist. I make sure my hair is completely wet then I apply Hair Rules kinky curling cream in sections all over my hair. I re-wet it a bit and give it a couple of good shakes then voilà! And the next morning I usually apply a little more natty moist then re-wet and shake in the shower. I can usually get about 3-4 days out of my WNG before I co-wash again.
Last month I decided to color and trim my hair. I went for a trim back in February and ended up with a mini BC, so I figured it would be safer for me to take measures in to my own hands. After watching a few YouTube videos I felt pretty comfortable about doing my own hair. After I 2-strand twisted each section I just cut off the tips and that was it.
I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with styles now that my hair is getting longer and so happy to finally have my HG list together. It all takes a little trial and error and hopefully some of the things that I use can help out another person. Good luck on your journey and remember that life is short so Laugh, Love & Enjoy Life! *smooches* Alisha
|February 2012-August 2012