Life has been moving at record speed this year! So unfortunately, I haven’t had as much time as I would like to experiment with my hair. I do what works and keep it moving. I thought I would update you guys on my current hair regimin.
Step 1: Pre-shampoo
I use Sporty Afros’ Ayurvedic oil to prepoo. I heat it up and do a pre-shampoo, hot oil treatment and scalp massage. This conditions my scalp, reduces dandruff, increases blood circulation which in turn stimulates hair growth.
**Oil heating tip
Use a double broiler method because warming the oils in microwave causes them to lose some of their nutrients and beneficial properties.
- Get a small sauce pot and fill halfway with water, and bring to a boil
- Place a small bowl so it sits on top of the pot opening (like a double broiler)
- Add an equal mixture of the two oils
Test with your finger until the oil is luke warm. You don’t want to burn your scalp!
Take it off the heat and use your finger and mix it evenly. Then dip the tip of your fingers into the oil mixture and begin massaging your scalp in a circular motion . Keep re-applying oil to different parts of your scalp until the scalp is covered evenly.
Massage your scalp for about 5-10 min.
Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave the oil on your hair for 30-60 min (massage time included)
Step 2: Shampoo
Lately, Ive been using Amazing Botanicals Black Soap shampoo. I really like it a lot! It gets all of the yucky-ness of the week out of my hair without stripping it too much.
Step 3: Deep Condition
I make sure to deep condition once a week. I’ve been using Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque. After I rinse out my shampoo, I apply the conditioner liberally, ring the excess water from my hair and blot it semi-dry. Then I begin my detangling process. I separate my hair into 4 large sections and detangle using a big comb and my fingers. After I’m done with each section, I loosely braid it so it doesn’t retangle. After I’ve completed all 4 sections, I let the conditioner sit for about 30 min (detangle time included) then I rinse my hair with cool water to close the hair cuticle to ensure my hair “holds in” the conditioner. Then I towel dry my hair with a jersey material pillow case I made into a towel (yea I know that’s ghetto) but the jersey material is a lot gentler on your hair than traditional cotton towels. If you want to be “proper” you can buy a microfiber towel.
Step 4: Moisturize
I moisturize my hair with my homemade shealoe butter. Here is the recipe I use.
- 4 tbsp shea butter
- 4 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 3 tsp vegetable glycerin
I combine all of these ingredients and put them in the microwave for about 15 seconds. I know using the microwave to heat oils or butters is a big natural hair no no but it works and its quick so….eh.
I got my original recipe from Diary of a Natural Hair Obsession she has the “proper” way to mix it, but it was entirely too time consuming.
Step 5: Style
I’ve been really lazy lately with styling my hair so I usually opt for a bun or a pony puff. I slick my hair back with a little Ecostyler gel to lay it down then I brush it up. That’s it. Sometimes I’ll do a twist out, but that’s for a special occasion or an expo.
I moisturize with Sporty Afros G+ Moisturizing Spray and my Shealoe butter in the morning when I get up. At night, I just pull it up into a loose puff on top of my head and I sleep on a satin pillow case. I also oil my scalp every other day with Sporty Afros Ayurvedic oil. The reason I moisturize in the morning and not at night is that I found the shea butter and the oil seems to seep into my pillow case and if I lay my face on it I break out over night! I have really sensitive, acne prone skin. But if I moisturize in the morning most of the excess oil has already been absorbed by my hair by bed time.
Also every 6 weeks I do a heena treatment and every 8 weeks I do a protein treatment. I also take B12 complex and biotin everyday to help my hair grow faster.