HAIR UPDATE: What I’m doing and using in 2018 :)

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Hey lovelies. My first hair post of the year comes during the month of February, how timely πŸ™‚

Before we get to it, I’ll mention that I trimmed an inch off my hair during the first week of this year, just to start off in better shape. I had a couple of split ends that I needed to get rid of too.

And now, here are the products I am using:

Conditioners:

  • Protein Treatment
    • I am using ORS Hair Mayonnaise for my protein treatment. This product has always worked for me therefore, I stay loyal to it πŸ™‚ Always leaves my hair super soft and moisturized.IMG_20170916_181405
  • Deep Conditioner
    • Currently using Mega Growth Deep Conditioner. This is actually something I added to my routine late last year. I was looking for ORS and could not find it so I picked this up, and voila it is now part of my routine. I’ll explain how I use it together with ORS now later in the post.
  • General Conditioner
    • As always, Nice and Lovely comes through for me here. I have used that product since I was a child and it works well for me. You know what they say, if it ain’t broke…
  • Leave In Conditioner
    • I am currently using Kinky Curly Knot Today which doubles up as a detangler. This is hands down my best product ever. When I first used it I could almost feel my hair break into song and dance. It’s a blessing to my hair, which is crazy because the person that gifted me (read Yetty), it did not work for hers. Lesson: Find what works for you.IMG_20171202_183135

Shampoo:

I have always used either of two options when it comes to shampooing: Creme of Nature Sulfate Free or the old Nice and Lovely which is Sulfate Full :). I loved Creme of Nature because it was hydrating but I would go back to Nice and Lovely to get that squeaky clean feeling. Now I have found a blend of the two:

  • Bu.ke Shampoo bar
    • Started using it this year, just had one wash with it so far and I love it. It’s sulfate, silicone and paraben free and it also lathers well and gives me the squeaky feeling I’m obsessed with. I’ll keep using it and update y’all on how it’s going.
    • I also should mention I bought a cute hair brush from Miniso TRM (everyone’s going there now), that I use during my wash and my scalp loves it. Just a gentle scrub with it works wonders.
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Oil Mix:

Last year, I rarely oiled my scalp, and I was always curious about scalp care for a while. Towards mid of the year, my scalp got problematic, or maybe I paid more attention and noticed that I had problematic scalp, drying out and itching so I began to look for solutions, and it’s safe to say this is what’s working for me at the moment:

  • Castor, Jojoba and Peppermint oil.
    • Castor for hair growth, as they say.Β  A little amount of it since it is heavy. Jojoba since it is light and peppermint for it’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and the tingly sensation πŸ™‚ I use this mix three times a week on my scalp and do a massage after application.

Curling butter/cream:

On to what makes my curls pop. I have been using Marini since I went natural. I once tried Cantu Coconut Curling Cream and I kid you not, the product just sat on my hair. It did nothing. When I unraveled my hair the next morning, I felt like hopping into the shower and washing it all off. It also left my hair looking very dull, so that was it.

Marini is amazing, the only problem I have with it is the curls do not hold. Especially twist outs. I resolved to doing a mix of the gel and butter and that was better, but still. They have a new release so I am waiting to see how that works but in the mean time, I have found my new love:

  • Saru Organics curling pudding
    • This gave me definition from my twist outs and braid outs. I absolutely love this product. Works for me.IMG_20180204_200354

Sealant:

Since Kentatse Coconut Oil disappeared from the shelves, I had to look for another alternative.

  • Shea Butter
    • Shea butter it was for me. I always had it but only used it on my skin. I was also scared that it was not be the best option since it’s heavy, but it works amazing. Seals in the moisture perfectly πŸ™‚
    • Not sure I’ll go around looking for coconut oil again, because shea is pure magic on both skin and hair.

And now on to hair styles I’m wearing:

  • Braid outs
    • It has been a while since I did a braid out. Three strand braids stretch out my hair more and it gives me a fuller look.IMG_20180131_210407
  • Twist outs
    • Didn’t always work well but now with Saru Organics, I have my curls popping. Great to style a fro-hawk with.IMG_20180129_140434
  • Bantu knot outs
    • A favourite of mine last year. Gives the best defined curls of the three. Perfect for a voluminous fro πŸ™‚Five

Protective styles:

  • Braids and Cornrows
    • I love box braids, but they took my edges with them.Β I killed my edges because of how I would style my hair. And I knew it, but IΒ  kept doing it. So to reduce the temptation,Β  I’m sticking to cornrows for the most of this year.IMG_20180204_141823

Routine

This is my current hair routine as of November 2017 πŸ™‚

  • Shampoo every two weeks.
    • I wash my hair every two weeks.
  • Deep condition every four weeks
    • If I did a protein treatment the previous wash, I’ll do a deep conditioning treatment. And this is where I use Mega Growth Deep Condtioner.
  • Protein treat every four weeks.
    • If I did a deep conditioning treatment the previous wash, I’ll do a protein treatment.
  • Protective styles last for two weeks.
    • Since I wash my hair after every two weeks, I try to have protective styles that won’t last more than two weeks. If not, this is what I do:
      • Wash my hair with the protective style onΒ Β―\_(ツ)_/Β― Easier when it’s braids, but since I am keeping off braids, option two works.
      • Wipe my scalp with Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water and a few drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree is not a requirement, I just get fancy sometimes.

My struggles:

Not every journey is perfect. Every natural has something they are struggling with. These are mine at the moment:

  • Edges!
    • Yeah, they went away people. Working on re-growing them back.
  • Shedding/breakage
    • I am not sure about this since I don’t even really know what to measure myself against, but I do feel like I am shedding quite a lot of hair. I shed when I detangle before wash, I shed when I am washing, I shed when I am twisting/braiding, I shed when I am unraveling the twists. It’s not large chunks of hair, but I feel it’s quite abnormal to shed hair in all those stages. Maybe I’m overthinking, but I’ll definitely spend more time reading on shedding.
  • Problematic scalp
    • It’s not so bad at the moment, all the effort is going towards keeping it at bay πŸ™‚

Heat usage:

I used heat late last year to stretch out my hair and once this January at the salon before doing cornrows. I made sure I had stretched my hair using african threading method so that the exposure is minimal.

That’s it for this post.

Keep loving your fro :*

2 Comment

  1. Cheboi says: Reply

    This was so helpful. thank you. β™₯️β™₯️

  2. Hey…you could try black tea rinse for the shedding. πŸ™‚

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