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 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.
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.