My Natural Hair Regimen
Wash Day Routine
I usually wash my hair once every two weeks on Sundays or weekly depending on my style.
I then pre-poo (pre-shampoo) by doing a hot oil treatment.
This involves mixing various types of oils (I use coconut oil and almond oil) and heating them in a heat proof bowl in the microwave or over a pot of boiling water. Make sure you heat the oil to a warm comfortable temperature to avoid burning your scalp! . Apply the heated oil to your scalp making sure to concentrate on your roots. Cover your hair with a shower cap for a minimum of six hours or overnight.
I wear a turban/wrap during the day so that the oil is absorbed into my oil strands and strengthens my hair.
The benefits of doing a pre-poo is that it helps with dandruff and a dry scalp, it helps increase blood circulation to the scalp, it strengthens and adds shine to my hair as well as helps with frizz and split ends.
After shampooing my hair then condition my hair with conditioner, I usually use TRESemmé Cleanse & Replenish or Alberto balsam or SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser. I usually finger de-tangle my hair and follow that up by using an Afro comb or Denman brush to really work through my tangles.
After conditioning my hair, I rinse my hair with warm water and follow that up with some cold water. I usually then dry my hair in a Cotton T-shirt to retain moisture and prevent damage to my curls.
After my hair is about 60% dry I then proceed to use the LOC method.
The LOC method involves. Leave In, Oil and Cream.
The technique consists of hydrating your hair with water or a water-based product which is the liquid, sealing in the moisture with oil and then applying a cream product to close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss.
First I apply a blob of my Cantu leave in conditioning cream to my hair, then I seal my hair with coconut oil on the roots and almond oil on the ends. Other oils i’ve used include avocado oil and Jamaican black castor oil. Then I lock all the moisture in with Mizizi Shea butter from Steth Naturals.
At night I sleep with a Satin scarf and silk pillowcase. I haven’t gotten round to the idea of using a satin bonnet but I definitely want to try the ones by Apparels and Accessories Kenya. They really have some cool designs and colours.
Once a Month
I Deep Condition (DC) / treat my hair with ORS hair Mayonnaise and Henna Treatment Wax. Sometimes I add some avocado, honey or a banana for that extra kick for extra hydration. I then cover my hair with a shower cap and let it sit for about 5 hours.
Maintenance and Styling
I’m a big fan of an volume, so the first couple of days I always wear my hair out in a high bun. When my hair is out I usually do a two strand twist out. My go to hairstyle is crotchet braids to protect my strands!
From Anitaglam with love!