Since I do not do regular wash day posts which is where I would probably talk about what’s been happening with my hair, I have decided to be posting regular hair updates just to let you guys know what’s going on with my hair and any new products, tools, homemade recipes or techniques I may have tried out. Sort of like a combined post on various things that have been going on with my hair over a certain period. I wore my hair out for just a little over seven weeks after texlaxing. I mostly wore braid outs (I tried a bantu knot out once or twice as well) and buns achieved with the help of a curly drawstring ponytail and a DIY braided braiding hair bun during this time. I wore my hair down and straight for one week. I currently have afro kinky twists installed; I hope I can keep them in for at least 8 weeks. I will take care of my hair using my braids regimen that can be found on my “hair regimen” page at the top during this period. I plan to have the perimeter redone at around week 4 when they start to get real messy thanks to new growth and carry them for another 4 weeks.
|Top left to right; Bantu knots, straightened hair and kinky twists|
Bottom left to right; braid out and DIY braided braiding hair bun
I have learnt to rely on my fingers more and my combs less. Most times I finger parted to oil my scalp and to moisturise my hair, finger combed and detangled especially when re-braiding at night for braid outs. This has helped tremendously with my breakage issues. I have started doing something I like to refer to as co-poo-washing as opposed to co washing. I use a ratio of 4 parts conditioner or thereabouts to one part shampoo mixed together and I prefer this method to plain co washing with conditioner alone. It took one co wash that left my hair feeling greasy (I had been a bit heavy handed with oils the previous day) for me to start co-poo-washing. Don’t forget to check out my “DC Recipes” page at the top for a new papaya/pawpaw recipe that I recently tried out. I must be doing a lot of things right, the other day I was at a friend’s place and another friend of hers who I had never met before comes in introduces herself, stares at my hair for a while and remarks “wow your hair is so healthy!” that was just the motivation I needed to keep going.
In products news I have been using what is marketed as a kiddies moisturizer for a while now and love how it leaves my hair feeling soft, it’s the Sofn’Free’n’Pretty Carrot Oil Crème it’s quite thick but spreads easily and a little goes a long way, I might just dilute it a little with aloe vera juice or distilled water when I take down my twists just to make getting it out of the bottle much easier. I infused my castor oil which I use primarily for my scalp with dried rosemary leaves added a few drops of eucalyptus and tea tree oils to it and that is how I am currently using it on my scalp and edges. A new oil added to my stash is avocado oil which is a nourishing oil. I started using Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer the last week before I had my kinky twists installed and I absolutely LOVE this moisturizer the only regret I have is not having started using it sooner. It is thick but not too thick the consistency is lighter than the kiddie carrot oil crème that I also use, it leaves my hair incredibly soft and moisturized in a nutshell this moisturizer is a keeper. Having fine thin hair I always thought thick crème like moisturizers would weigh my hair down, I was so wrong the trick is not too use too much product or dilute them down a little. Well that’s it for this edition of hair updates ladies have a fab day wherever you are whatever you’re doing!
What new products and/or techniques have you tried out lately?