I get a lot of questions about my hair and I have to tell you before you continue to read this; if you’re just beginning to go natural, please know that you will not always get the results you expect. This natural hair thing is a trial and error affair.
I have two ways to wash my hair: Wash Day & Co-Washing.
Wash Day for me is when I use shampoo. I’m completely cleaning and stripping away any products from previous hairstyles or weaves/wigs I’ve worn. I only wash my hair with shampoo once a month and so for me, shampoos aren’t a big deal as much as the next product I’m going to discuss. Don’t worry, I still wash my hair and I’ll explain how later. I can use any shampoo to clean my hair now, but when I was first starting out, I’d normally go for shampoos that hydrate my hair. My go-to’s for that was Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and Aussie’s Miracle Moist. For hair growth and scalp conditioning, I use OGX Tea Tree shampoo because it clears out old dead skin cells and then leaves your hair shiny.
Conditioner is my hair’s best friend and this is the product I spend the most money on because she drinks it right up. After I shampoo, I put A LOT of conditioner on my hair. Do NOT put a quarter-size amount of nothing in your hair if your hair is thick like mine. I use two different kinds: Creme of Nature Mango & Shea Butter Ultra-Moisturizing Conditioner and on wash day OGX Tea Tree conditioner. I let this sit for a long time – I mean a long time. I suggest your wash day be a day where you have nothing going on or nothing to do. I understand we’re busy so if you don’t have a long relaxing day to yourself, at least let it sit for 30 minutes before washing it out.
Another important element I use is a good leave-in conditioner. It’s just as important as a regular conditioner for me. It provides me the foundation for styling, hydrates and keeps in moisture in my hair. Because my hair is very thick, so I have to part my hair into 3 or 4 sections just to make sure I get my hair covered from root to ends. My go-to leave-in conditioners are Creme of Nature Mango & Shea Butter Ultra-Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner, Creme of Nature Pure Honey Leave-In Conditioner, or Luster’s Pink Shea Butter Coconut Oil Leave-In Conditoner. I do not mix my leave-in conditioners like I do my conditioners. Choose one and just see how they make your hair feel.
Just like my shampoos, I’m not picky about the oils I use. My hair loves coconut oil, but I’ve used olive and castor oil as well. The oil seals in the leave-in conditioner and adds shine that won’t fade over time. Keeping my hair in those 3 to 4 sections from the leave-in conditioner application, I put a little above quarter size amount to those sections. My go-to oil right now is Luster’ Pink Castor Oil, but again any oil is good.
After I apply my oil, I use a curl cream. Now, I do not know my hair type persé, but if I had to guess I think I’m like a 4B. I also have heat damage at the front of my hair because of leave-out from sew-ins. Due to this, I do not do wash-n-go because it never comes out right, so I’ve always been a twist out kind of girl. From your already sectioned hair, I apply the curl cream to each section. The curl cream I use is Crème Brule Whipped CURL Cream.
The last thing before I go is the concept of co-washing. I try to co-wash my hair at least once a week or two weeks, but it really just depends on how I’m wearing my hair at the time. Co-washing is basically washing your hair without shampoo but with conditioner. I do this so I won’t strip my hair completely of its natural oils and products. Depending on how my hair feels to me, I may add oil first then put the conditioner I mentioned earlier on my hair and I also use Shea Moisture’s Rae Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner instead of the tea tree conditioner. You can either let this set for 30 minutes before washing or go right in and wash your hair with the conditioner.