- My hair is 4ab/4c. I also have a few 3type clumps of hair in the top. Overall I am 4ab/c
- I went natural back in 1997 or 1996 (I think. It’s been awhile)
- My hair is around 12″-19″ in length all over. This measurement is from root to tip
- If you want to take a look at some old pictures of my hair please check out my old Fotki album. (Us old head naturals used to use Fotki.com before YouTube existed. LOL!)
My favorite shampoo right now is Keracare itchy scalp shampoo. I also like to use Nioxin system 5 shampoo. I like them because they tingle & get my scalp squeaky clean. I alternate between the two shampoos. I buy both of these shampoos at my local Ulta store location.
- I wash my hair every two weeks. I just started washing my hair every two weeks in the beginning of 2014. I used to wash my hair religiously once a week, but my hair doesn’t like all of that manipulation anymore.
- I wash my hair in the kitchen sink. I no longer wash my hair in the shower because it takes too long to rinse all of the shampoo out of my hair. It also clogs up the tub drain.
- I separate my hair into 3 sections with 3-5 clips when my hair is dry right before shampooing.
- I remove 1 clip, wet, shampoo, & rinse that section before moving on to the next. When I shampoo. I really massage the shampoo into my scalp with the pads of my fingers to get the sebum, sweat, and dirt off of my scalp.
- After one section is cleansed, I put it back into the clip and shampoo the next section.
- After each section has been shampooed twice & rinsed twice. I remove all of the clips and rinse my hair again.
- Finally, I towel dry before adding conditioner. I never rub the towel on my hair. I simply twist it around my head to soak up the water.
Conditining (takes about 35-40 minutes)
I deep condition my hair EVERY TIME I wash my hair.
The moisturizing conditioners that I use on a regular basis are Yes to Carrots (from walgreens), Keracare dry itchy scalp (from JCPenny salon because it’s usually on sale), Neutrogena Triple moisture (Walmart), Maccadamia Natural oil deep repair mask (from Ulta). I also experiment with a few others from time to time, but I’ve been using these on a regular basis for many years.
The protein conditioners that I use are Aphogee 2 minute Reconstructor (from sally beauty) & Aubrey Organics GPB (from wholefoods) I only use these protein conditioners once every 2-3 months. I normally use a protein conditioner when my ends start to feel a little rougher than normal. They keep my hair strong, but I don’t need much protein because my hair is natural and pretty strong on it’s own.
- After my hair has been towel dried, I put 3 or 4 clips back into my hair. I go through each section & make sure that each section of hair is completely covered with conditioner. I go through each section vertically and horizontally. I don’t saturate my hair with conditioner because it’s a waste of product. (The only reason why I towel dry my hair before conditioning to keep the water from running down my face and back.)
- After my hair is covered in conditioner, I use my spray bottle of water and spritz a little water on one section a time to ensure that my hair is moist before going under the dryer. I believe that spraying on a little water helps the conditioning process by adding a little steam to my hair.
- I finger detangle each section. I do not use a comb to detangle my hair at this stage. I run my fingers through it like I’m milking a cow. (I know it sounds weird, but it works)
- I put my hair into a low bun with a ponytail holder OR 5 or six giant twists.
- I cover my hair with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 30 mins. I use a medium heat. I usually watch a movie on Netflix with headphones or read a book to pass the time. (I put my hair into twists or a bun to keep my finger detangled hair all going into the same direction. I also have trouble fitting a shower cap over my hair, so the ponytail or low bun helps with this problem.) The heat of the dryer really helps with deep conditioning.
- After 30 mins under a warm dryer, I wait until my hair cools off to room temperature before rinsing. I rinse with warm/cool water. I don’t use hot water to rinse my hair.
- I use the clips again, to rinse my hair twice in sections with clips to ensure that I get all of the conditioner rinsed out of my hair.
- I apply Moroccan Oil or Macadamia Nut oil to one section at a time. I like Moroccan Oil and Macadamia Nut oil because they are not completely natural. They sink into the hair just enough, but they also leave a smooth coating on the hair when I’m combing through each section. I start in the back nape part of my hair. Each section that I work with is about 3″ wide by 3″ in width. I use the clips to hold the other hair away from the section that I’m working with. If the hair is too dry for a comb, I squirt a little water onto the hair before applying the oil. I use about a pea or a dime size amount on each section.
- I comb thru the section with a wide tooth comb. If the ends snarl a little I squirt a little more water on them and add a little more oil to the ends before I finish combing.
- Now I use my hot tools blow dryer. I use the hot tools one with 2 heat and 2 speed settings. If I am in a rush I use hot heat, but I try not to. I normally use medium heat.
- I use my metal square based paddle brush & put it through the hair. I keep the ends tucked into my hands to protect them from unnecessary heat. I snugly pull the brush and hair. I hold them in place and move the blow dryer up and down the shaft of my hair on medium heat. As my hair dries I slowly pull the brush down the hair until the section is completely dry. I listen to music with headphones because it makes the time go by much quicker.
- Finally I apply 3-4 squirts of a foam wrap lotion to the blow dried hair and put it into a braid, a knot, or a giant twist. If I put my hair into a bantu knot I use a ponytail holder to secure it instead of a bobby pin. Bobby pins break off your hair. If I knot or twist I often have to use tiny perm rods on the ends. My braids and twists are too large to keep the ends together. (I twist the hair near my forhead in a forward direction toward my face, This helps to eliminate the appearance of straight roots once my hair is dry.
- After the twists, knots, or braids are complete I sit under the dryer until it’s finished drying.
- I wear my hair like this for as long as possible. I’ll rock a cute hat over the twists or braids and go run errands. The longer you keep the hair twisted, the longer your style will last during the week.
- Finally I separate the twists or knots and wear my hair in a wild lions mane for a few days.
Wet styling. (Takes about 1-3 Hours depending on the)
- I apply Moroccan Oil or Macadamia Nut oil to one section at a time. I like Moroccan OIl and Macadamia Nut oil because it’s not natural. They sink into the hair just enough, but they also leave a smooth coating on the hair when I’m combing through each section. (I know that Simone likes natural oils, I’m working on accepting them into my routine. LOL! )I start in the back nape part of my hair. Each section that I work with is about 3″ wide by 3″ in width. I use the clips to hold the other hair away from the section that I’m working with. If the hair is too dry for a comb, I squirt a little water onto the hair before applying the oil. I use about a pea or a dime size amount on each section.
- I apply wrap lotion to the hair and put it into a giant knot, twist, or a braid. I use tiny perm rods at the ends to keep them together.
- I then rock a cute knit hat or something fun until my hair is dry. The drying process takes a very long time. It takes me 14-20 hours to dry my hair without heat. I do not sit under the dryer for these wet sets because the dryer doesn’t make my style last as long.
- I normally do wet sets at night and sleep with a fan blowing at my head so that it will dry faster without heat.
- Sometimes I take out the twists as soon as it’s dry, other times I wait a couple of days. The longer I wait, the longer my style will last.
Old hair styling (Refresh an old hair style.)
- I don’t cover my hair at night (I’m working on breaking this bad habit. My hair would be longer if I did)
- I don’t trim my hair a lot (it isn’t necessary unless your ends are damaged or splitting) Hair only grows around .25 or .5 inches a month. If you trim every 6 weeks, then your hair will not attain length. I trim when I need to. I usually dust my ends every 3 months. I normally dust off around .25″ of hair when I trim.
- I do not apply moisturizer during the week (this just makes my hair feel dirty)
- I do not comb my hair when it’s dry.
- I only comb brush and detangle on wash day.
- I use a long tailed pick to fluff up my roots, but that’s all.
- I always deep condition with quality conditioners every time I wash.
- I do not no poo. I used to back in the day, but not anymore.
- I only buy salon products at salons or specialty retailers. I do not buy Nioxin, Maccadamia Nut oil, Morrocan Oil,or Kera Care in the hood. You may get fake stuff if you buy it there.
- I usually wear protected styles 25%-50% of the time. This is normally a bun.
- I never rub towels through my hair. I’ll keep it on my hair to soak up the water, but I don’t rub my hair with towels.
- I always point my blow dryer in a down the hair shaft, never up.
One of these days I’ll add my routine to my Youtube channel.
Remember to love your natural hair.