As I mentioned in my last post, I have always fought with my hair. It has a tendency to be dry and never wants to accept a style. In an effort to change that I purchased the book, “The Science of Black Hair” written by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. It was an informative and empowering read. This book is a wealth of information for the novice which I definitely was.

I started to adjust and build a hair regimen that cares properly for my natural hair.  I started by identifying my hair type. If you are unfamiliar with hair typing you might enjoy reading this great article on hair tying from curlcentric.com.

My curl pattern

My hair is 4a/4b with thin strands, feels a bit wiry and is very course. Now as much as I find hair typing to be helpful as a guide, I think it is still an inexact science.  I might think my hair is 4a/4b but someone else might easily make an argument for it being 4c. The important thing is that it provides a starting point for care.  Once one begins to treat the hair, it will be easier to determine hair type more accurately.

I use Tresemme Hair Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner to wash my hair.  I use the shampoo sparingly opting primarily to Co-wash (Co-washing is washing with conditioner and not shampoo to avoid stripping the hair of moisture.) Moisture is very important for black hair.  I like this shampoo O.K. but I often find myself missing Aveda’s Sap Moss (discontinued) which was the best conditioner I’ve tried.  I am still looking for a great replacement.

For deep conditioning I am using Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask and I really like it. It leaves my hair soft and manageable. Once I deep condition, I sit under the hooded dryer for a few minutes to allow the hair mask to penetrate my hair’s strands.

Once done my hair is ready to be styled. I have a good amount of shrinkage so once my hair has been blow dried it will look a bit longer.

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I use Cantu Shea Butter to condition.

I recently tried the Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and I love it. I actually get a decent twist out with this product.  Finally, I seal my hair with Olive Oil or Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. Like I mentioned last time, I haven’t found a natural “style” I think suits me as yet so I have just been wearing my hair in two braids.

Next week I will try a bantu-knot out though as I love the way it looks. We’ll see.

Till next time.

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