Good Morning ! I wanted to make sure that I post the routine I've been using to keep my hair healthy & happy. It's funny, because just as I get the hang of things, I have to switch up my routine because of the weather changing, or just because my hair becomes alittle longer.
Just recently, I did my first rollerset on my natural hair !!! I was so happy and proud. It requires a different strategy with different results, but IT CAN be done !! I definitely will continue rollersetting my hair up until April so that I can see more of my true length.
I really do love my curls, but shrinkage is so irritating when you don't want to have short hair ! My shrinkage hides about 50%-60% of my total length ! It's quite amusing. Uncombed, the hair reaches the bottom of my earlobes. When my hair is blown out/rollerset/flat ironed, the longest layers are past my shoulders! Here are some pics to help illustrate the frustration:
The first 2 pictures were of a flat iron to my nape only. The top picture was from November 09, the middle pic is from the very end of December 09, and the bottom picture is a wash and go from New Year's day.
As promised, here is my most recent hair routine for the winter 2010. It may seem like I do alot, but in actuality it's very simple and extremely nourishing to my hair !
MY NEW WINTER ROUTINE :
--> Lightly Oil my scalp at least every other day.
--> Apply Castor Oil to my edges everyday.
--> Massage my scalp daily
-Prepoo w/ MillCreek Botanicals Organic Aloe Vera Conditioner mixed with some EVCO, Castor Oil & honey.
-Cowash at least once a week [Organix Coconut Milk or Tresemme Vitamin E]. Twice a month shampoo, using KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo, or with Cream of Nature (green label).
-Deep Condition under heat for 30-45 mins, using KeraCare Humecto Creme conditioner mixed with EVCO & AtOne Botanical Reconstructor, or with my Elasta QP DPR-11 mixed with EVCO & AtOne Botanical Reconstructor.
-Apply my leave-ins [NTM Silk Touch Leave-In and ApHOGEE Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer]
-Apply my KeraCare Foam Wrap Lotion (5 squirts)
-Rollerset my hair all over using turquoise rollers & orange flexirods !!! lol
-If I decide to flat iron, I'll run a small squirt of Fantasia IC Heat Protecting Serum all over my dry hair evenly
-Pull hair into a loose pony at night, or wrap sometimes. Dare I say pincurl if my hair gets long enough? lol
-Moisturize and Seal with Shea Butter or Mango Butter and seal with EVCO
When Doing Wash & Go's, or Cornrows For My Wigs:
-Prepoo with MillCreek Botanicals Aloe Vera conditioner or Silk Elements MegaCholesterol. Mix either of the 2 with EVCO, honey, and Aloe Vera Gel.
-Cowash with Organix Coconut Milk, Tresemme Moisture Rich, Aussie Moist, or Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship .
-Sometimes after cowashes, I'll deep Condition under heat for 30-45 mins, using KeraCare Humecto Creme conditioner mixed with EVCO & AtOne Botanical Reconstructor, or with my Elasta QP DPR-11 mixed with EVCO & AtOne Botanical Reconstructor. Usually I skip this second DC though.
-Apply my leave-ins [Cantu Shea Butter or NTM Silk Touch Leave-In]
-Airdry completely. Then oil my scalp with EVCO and moisturize and seal. After moisturizing, I do about 12-16 twists all over my hair and tie my hair up for bed. I usually pull it into a puff the next morning. If I don't do twists, I cornrow my hair straight back and wear a wig cap and throw on a wig !! lol
I Also :
--> Take 2 multivitamins everyday.
--> Take 2000 mcg of Biotin at least 3xs a week.
--> Drink 8 full glasses of water each day, or more.
--> Detangle in the shower with my denman or shower comb with cheap conditioner on.
--> Do ApHOGEE 2 min. Reconstructor Protein Treatments about twice a month.
--> Clarify once a month w/ suave Clarifying Shampoo, then follow behind that with moisturizing shampoo.
--> Trim as needed !!! I can't stand ugly ends lol
I love my new routine, it is very simple (although long when you read it!), easy to follow, and still just as great, if not better than the previous one. I wish everyone continued success on the quest for healthy hair !!! Keep shattering the myths ladies !! :-)