In 2014 I decided to do the ‘big chop’ which was a very scary and daunting experience for me, but I just had to do it for myself. I needed change and an uplifting one – transitioning from one hair type to another one.
When it was finally done, I immediately thought, okay now what… How do I maintain and look after this new hairdo? What are the next steps to dealing with my new texture of hair? My hair was no longer relaxed and smooth but it was coarse and super coiled.
Beginning Stages: When my hair was still very short and barely there all I did to it was wash and moisturise. I would mostly use shampoo and didn’t incorporate conditioner in the early stages because my hair was already producing excess oils naturally.
I would wash my hair 2 – 3 times a week with Dark & Lovely Beautiful Beginnings 2-in-1 Shampoo. I loved how gentle and nourishing the shampoo was for my hair in the beginning stages – plus it is enriched with Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil which is great for promoting hair growth.
To moisturise my hair and stop it from breaking I used another product from the Dark & Lovely brand. The Dark & Lovely Rich and Natural Hair Food with the key ingredient being coconut oil again this helped to combat dryness on my hair and scalp, helping my hair become what it is today.
Current Haircare Routine: Maintaining natural hair is not easy and it requires you to develop a serious bond with your hair. Give it the time, patience and care that it needs without it feeling like a burden. It took some time for me to realise this and now that I have, taking care of my hair has become an enjoyable experience. Whenever I wear my natural hair, once a week I’ll dedicate a whole day to nurturing the curls.
Washing and Conditioning: Now that my hair is spiralling into a glorious afro, it does now tend to become drier at the ends, so I need to use shampoos and conditioners that are rich in moisturising and strengthening properties. My favourite shampoos are: TreSemme Botanique Shampoo – when I need to moisturise my hair and Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo – when I need to repair and strengthen my hair, especially after doing braids.
Moisturising: I recently started using Shea Butter Whip from Anim Naturals and I’m obsessed! The shea butter leaves my hair feeling so rich and amazingly soft, which I love. I apply it at least twice maximum three times a week and it works wonders for my scalp and hair.
Treatment: To treat my delicate edges and my scalp I like to apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil also from Anim Naturals to moisturise my hair and protect it from breakage. I usually apply this at night and wrap my hair in a satin head wrap, to let the product work overnight.
Natural Haircare Tips:
Products You Need: A shampoo and conditioner that work to for your hair’s concerns. So if you suffer from a dry hair/scalp use a shampoo and conditioner that is enriched with moisturising ingredients such as coconut oil. If brittle hair is your concern look for products that will repair and strengthen your hair.
You also need to incorporate a moisturiser in your natural hair regime and as well as oils. Hair oil products will help seal in the moisture in your hair and scalp.
Protect Your Hair: Wear your hair in protective hairstyles to prevent you from regularly combing it, which can result in severe breakage. Just, remember to change your hairstyles frequently to prevent damage around the hairline follicles.
Moisturise Your Hair: Be sure to moisturise your hair at the ends to protect them from splitting and always wrap your hair in satin head wrap to keep in all the nutrients.
I hope the haircare tips and my haircare routine will help you with your hair journey. We are here to learn from each other and help one another where we can. So, if you have any hair questions please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll answer it as best as I can.