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Today, I am going to be sharing my hair regimen with you. The last time I talked about my natural hair, I was telling the story of how it came to be.
This may be a long post because it’s going to involve products, descriptions and so on and so forth. I started this hair regimen in November, when I realised I could not just passively grow my hair😲. I did some research and finally decided to dip my toe in the pond and try something new.
So Take a Sit, Grab a Drink and Read
Products I Use
1. Gentelle Hair Fruits Shampoo: this shampoo costs about 500 naira and is good at removing build up, it doesnt dry your hair execessively and it doesn’t contain sodium laureth sulphate.
2. VO5 Moisture Milk Moisturizing conditioner: I mainly use this conditioner to co wash and it leaves my hairfeling rather soft after so I guess it’s alright.
3. Vitale Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise: I got the 853g size for about 2000 naira -last year tho- it has a really thick consistency which I think is an advantage because most of it is not wasted by dripping. This conditioner is great at reducing breakage as well as strengthening my hair.
4. Dark and Lovely Corrective Leave-in conditioning therapy: Apart from my oils this product is my day one . Whenever my hair feels dry or I feel it is less shiny than it should be or I need something to put in my hair real quick I turn to Dark and Lovely. My mom was actually the one who introduced me to it. I was stealing her own until I bought mine. It cost about 1800 naira.
5. African Pride Hair Scalp and Skin Oil: I saw it in my local supermarket, and I just took a liking to it. In addition, it contains rosemary, almond, castor and safflower oils, to name a few and it smells divine.
6. Shea Butter: After reading several natural hair blogs, I found that I probably have low porosity hair, and I knew I needed a thick butter to lock moisture in, Shea butter works great and it is also cost effective.
7. Olive Oil: it’s super available in my house and it has good hair strengthening benefits.
8. Castor Oil: I have not been able to buy black castor oil because (i) your girl is broke 😢 and (ii) I read up, and there’s really not much difference between the two. The black castor oil seeds are roasted before oil extraction das all .
P.S. it is mostly (i) tho
9. Coconut Oil (which I make myself): I love coconut oil – the smell, the process of making it- and it’s awesome anti bacterial and hair damage prevention properties.My Homemade Coconut Oil I Love Coconut Oil
What is Wash Day Like?
Wash day usually starts with me prepooing with coconut oil the night before. But because I have been lazy recently it doesn’t anymore😔.
Then I wash my hair -in twists- do not under estimate the advantages of washing your hair in twists. There are so many which include minimal hair tangling and drying your hair with ease.
After washing, I deep condition with my Vitale olive oil hair mayonnaise for 30 minutes under a shower cap to really let the conditioner get in there.
Next, I rinse the conditioner out and then co wash with the VO5 moisture milk moisturizing conditioner.I rinse that off too, then I use whichever one of my cotton shirts that happens to be around and pat my hair semi-dry.
I will then proceed to use the dark and lovely corrective leave-in conditioning therapy to detangle my twists and work in some Shea Butter and castor oil before I retwist.
Sometimes I substitute castor oil and Shea Butter for my African pride hair scalp and skin oil.
Voila!!!My Hair Regimen Products
When its not Wash Day
When it’s not wash day my watch words are MOISTURIZE MOISTURIZE MOISTURIZE, I have a spray bottle which contains;
2.Dark and Lovely Corrective leave-in conditioning therapy
3. Olive oil
I use said spray bottle on my hair frequently because I have read and heard it on all natural hair forums that moisture is key. Plus our climate is tropical so your hair is losing more water.
Hair Regimen Goals
When I started this hair journey my hair was approximately 9 inches long. My goal is to get my stretched length of hair to 20 inches. Then I will rest maybe 🤔.
My other goal which I think I have achieved is to have healthy hair. Anytime I see or feel my hair I am sooooo happy it has body and bounce and it feels very healthy.
Things I would Love to try
1. Acid Vinegar Rinse
I really want to incorporate an acid vinegar rinse into my hair regimen.
I hear it really helps clean your hair from roots to tips and remove build-up.
It also helps give your hair some really nice sheen
2. The Inversion Method
If you do a YouTube search of this, you will be bombarded with several videos.
It involves messaging your roots with oil while you are upside down i.e. inverted. It is supposed to be done for 7 days which will produce 1 inch hair growth.
Now, I don’t believe in grow hair quick hacks but I have studied this and it wont hurt. Best case scenerio I grow an inch of hair. Worst case, I have fed my mane essential oils and massaged it for a week.
THE way I see it, I can’t really lose….right?
My Hair Tip
It is fairly easy to get all sorts of tips and tricks for your hair. But, I am going to share what I feel is the ultimate tip and it is simple. First of all,
LOVE YOUR SELF-LOVE YOUR HAIR.
When you cultivate the habit of seeing yourself as the wonderful creature you are. You will find the will power to do things that will make each and every part of you blossom. This worked for me and that’s why I am sharing it.
Finally, Invest time and energy in yourself and you will see results. Treat yourself because you are important.
What are your thoughts.
Do you have any suggestions for me?
Any products you think I should try ?
Anything you think I should incorporate into my hair regimen.
Talk to me in the comments.