October 6th marked my 1.5 year natural hair anniversary. As it's Black History Month I couldn't think of a more befitting time to share my hair journey with you guys. I don't measure my hair, but my hair is between chin-neck length (when stretched/blow dried). However, my hair is mostly worn in its curly state so it's true length is rarely shown. Hello shrinkage!
During my last update I gave you tips and tricks for new naturalistas and in this post I'd like to share my hair regime with you. So in no particular order here goes:
- Wash (once a week-ish)I make my own African Black Herbal Shampoo from African Black Soap. I've been doing this for almost 5 months now. There are many recipes for this shampoo mix so have a play around with ingredients and adapt to your hair's needs. I adapted mine from Naptural85's video.
- Moisturise with water and seal using LCO method every 1-2 days as needed.Water/ Water & Aloe Vera MixGiovanni Leave In ConditionerMy shea butter mix
- Treat (monthly-ish)I make my own treatment concoctions depending on what I feel my hair needs. I'm always on the lookout for new organic DIY recipes, so if y'all have any to recommend me please holla :)
- Trimming. I don't follow a set regimen for trimming my hair. I trim my hair as necessary. I haven't trimmed my hair in about 6 months so at my next visit I'll be getting a trim.
- Combing. I don't comb my hair. I tried finger detangling and it doesn't work for me. I probably comb my hair monthly or when it feels very knotty. Due to my curl pattern my hair is always knotting and I realised that combing every day doesn't prevent it from knotting up so I just leave it be. I actually think excessive combing leads to hair retention issues and attribute this particular element to my hair growth.
- Styling. I'm not big on styling. I don't do much with my hair. My scalp is super sensitive and my hair doesn't like too much manipulation. Most of the time my hair is worn in a curly 'fro with my black bandana and I put a minuscule amount of gel on my edges to keep them laid. In terms of heat, I've only blow dried my hair 3-4 times in 1.5 years. I will blowdry my hair every 3-6 months to chart growth progress or if I'm getting a weave but other than that I'm not too into it.
- I do use a hair towel and don't wrap my hair at night. I also do use elastic bands sometimes. I know. These are big no-nos in the natural hair community. Shoot me? I'm kidding. In all honesty, though do you hunny. If there's anything I've learned in this natural hair journey, it's this: Everyone and their mother will have something to tell you about how you should do your hair and what would work best for it. Ultimately it's your hair and your journey. With trial and error you'll find what works for you. Also don't jump on the bandwagon of product hype. When I became a natural, coconut oil was made out to be the Holy Grail essential hair saviour. I have since found coconut oil to be drying for my hair. On my skin, EVCO is great, but on my hair it's a no-no. My best advice is to take what people say with a pinch of salt and find out what works best for you via research and experimenting :)
DISCLAIMER: Previously I've said I was 3C-4A. I now think I'm 4A-B (I have random bits of 3C at the perimeter and back of my hair, but it's not much).
I say ish because although I try to follow this hair regime regularly, sometimes I get lazy or life gets in the way and I might skip certain things.
As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls. LAM xoxo