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My Current Hair Regimen

Hi! I’ve been wanting to do a post on my current hair regimen for some time now, but I felt that it was a grand task to embark on and I haven’t had much time lately. My regimen will change with the seasons and with hair growth, but I have had this regimen all fall and winter. I have noticed a major change in my hair (softness, growth, less breakage) since I started deep conditioning my hair each week. I highly recommend incorporating this into your regimen if you don’t already. I will post a picture of my hair from last summer so that you can see the growth. When stretched, my hair is just below my shoulders in the back, about an inch from my shoulders on the sides, and below my bottom lip in the front. Later this week I will be blow drying my hair and mini-twisting it (I will post pics). I plan to wear my hair in mini-twists for 2 weeks. Okay, I am going to try to condense this down as much as I can (I do a lot with my hair). Each week I:

Detangle and Deep Condition
I spray my hair with water and apply either the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque or my Aubrey GPB conditioner mixed with a tbsp of olive oil and a tbsp of honey to a section of my hair. I then detangle that section with a wide-tooth comb. Next I twist the detangled section. I repeat this process throughout my entire head. This is also when I snip split ends from each twist if needed. When completed, I put a plastic cap, then satin bonnet, then yarn hat over my head. I usually deep condition overnight, but when I’m in a rush I will deep condition for a few hours.

Wash and Retwist
I only shampoo my hair once a month, but I condition-wash my hair 3x a month. When I shampoo I use Kinky Curly Come Clean. I use Aubrey GPB for co-washes. I wash my hair in the twists that I put in during my detangling and conditioning session. After rinsing the deep conditioner out of my hair I undo one twist at a time and apply Aubrey GPB. Once I’ve applied the conditioner to each twist I cover my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for 30-45 minutes. I then rinse my hair with lukewarm water and pat my hair with a towel until it is no longer dripping water.

The last step is to style my hair. I usually spray my hair lightly with my hair spritz before styling. On damp hair, I apply my leave-in conditioner (Giovanni Direct) mixed with 2 tbsp of jojoba oil and 1 tsp of vitamin e oil to each twist (I unravel the twist, apply the styler, then retwist). When completed I spray my hair again with my hair spritz and apply a small amount of oil to my scalp and hair. Sometimes I let my hair air dry, other times I wear a scarf or hat. I typically take the twists out the next morning.

My hair plans for the summer is to do some major protective styling. I will be wearing mini-twists, buns, and wigs (with braided or twisted hair underneath) for the majority of the summer. I am only doing twist and braidouts for special occasions. I will still do my weekly hair routine, but I won’t have to worry about my hair throughout the week. I anticipate some hair growth from the consistent protective styling. Here is the pic from last summer that I mentioned:

My hair has come a long way, and has a long way to go!


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Twist Out Falls Flat

Perhaps I had the wrong idea about my twists. After all the work that I did, I was more focused on the great moment of undoing them and having cute curls. I don’t think I appreciated the “cocoon” stage that my hair was in while in twists. I think I failed to understand that twists themselves are just as pretty as twists outs.

After I trimmed all of my twists, I hopped into the shower and got my hair wet. That was a bit of a mistake, because some of them started to unravel at the ends. I towel dried and went to bed with a satin cap and flattened my hair a lot. By the time I work up and took them down, the result was not very impressive at all. At least not “butterfly” enough to take a picture of. I kind of wished I could go back to my “cocoon” stage.

I feel like there might be a grander metaphor in there somewhere.


Not in the Right Order?

I had a strange hair journey isn’t very much like most natural sisters I’ve been reading about. I’ve read and heard of a lot of women getting relaxers and salon perms for most of their childhoods, they wake up and decide they want to start over, so then comes the BIG CHOP! From there, they are reborn. . .

. . . they embrace their curls. . .

They are now Natural.

I wish I could say I had that same self-actualization, but it was a lot more muddled than that.

I had a mother who didn’t like dealing with relaxers, so I didn’t get them done too often. I can think of a handful of times when I had a relaxer as a child. Most of the time, I was just working with natural hair. It was long and pretty curly. As a young adult though, I ran into problems when I started handling it too much.

Hard Brushing
Tight Ponytails
Wet Combing
Stringent Shampoos
Hardly Moisturized

My 25th Birthday in Bangkok, Thailand

 I got some significant damage and about two years ago when I returned from Thailand, I noticed a significant length change and lots of breakage. Hair was in the sink and I was in a hair rut. That’s when I decided, last year, I would try a BIG CHOP! Only I would try a cute pixie cut that would mimic Rhianna’s. I got my hair relaxed after the chop and didn’t realize I was holding myself back even further! I had taken my old habits into an even more fragile situation.

After the Big Chop and Perm

 I wasn’t ready for the up and down emotions I would have while having much LESS hair and not continuing with perm treatments. I had a short half-natural, that was curl in the back and straight in the front. I was frustrated and didn’t feel pretty or feminine at all. I thought that none of this would be an issue if I had just left my hair care in the hands of my mother. At the age of 26, I know that’s pretty silly. I would have to learn all by myself how to take care of my hair.

With the help of my friend Evelyn, (who was working out her own hair issues but progressing much quicker than myself), I was turned on to moisture rich ideas and tips to get my hair back to the way it was!

It’s still a struggle and it’s our hope that this blog and others like it are helpful to women making the transition from straight to curly. Although my story didn’t go in the same order as others, it’s all the same exploration into the world of healthy hair!

Today’s hair, a bit longer, lots healthier!

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My Hair Crush!

Traci Ellis Ross, daughter of diva Diana Ross, has always been a natural curl gurl while acting. You may know her from the hit television series, Girlfriends (2000-2008). I loved watching the show for her big curls and awesome fashion sense. She manages to style her hair in so many varied ways! Which I think, is very important if you don’t want to get into a styling rut. To check out her natural hair regiment, read here