I went to upton park with my little friend Wendy to do some ‘shopping’. My little sister had kept our leave-in conditioner and deep conditioner with her in Nigeria leaving me with…..nothing! So off to Upton Park we went.
I really was hoping to only buy these things but I kinda got distracted…..i’m definitely an unreformed product junkie 😥 this is what I bought:
- Elasta QP Olive oil & Mango Butter Leave-In Conditioner- £2.85
- Africa’s Best Organics Cholesterol Tea Tree Oil Conditioner-£1.85
- Mamado 100 Percent Pure Jojoba Oil-£5.85
- Nothing But Curl Wake Up Spray
- Nothing But Curly Pudding-both products for £10
So this is what I bought. I’ll probably do a few product reviews a bit later.
So now you know what you have to do to grow long luscious locks, the question you’re asking yourself now is:
How often do I need to do these things for maximum results?
Don’t fret my dear friends, because I have the answer!
You’ve now decided to go natural or on a healthy hair journey, but you’re stumped. Where do you go from here? The next step is to create a hair regimen. A regimen is basically a rough guideline of what you do for your hair, kind of like a hair timetable. Knowing exactly what you’re going to do is really essential to getting the most out of your hair and it’ll stop you from going back to bad habits. The main points to consider are:
- Deep Conditioning (Protein/Moisturising)
- Frequency of above steps
So lets start with the first point.
Cleansing simply refers to how often you wash your hair and what you wash it with. You may or may not have heard of something called co-washing, which is washing with only conditioner. People (including me) do this because shampoos can be damaging and drying if used too often, how often ‘too often’ is depends on your hair and your lifestyle. Some shampoos also may have damaging ingredients such as Sodium Laureth/Laurlyl Sulfate which have been proven to cause skin irritation in some people and parabens which have been linked to cancer. I’ll do a post later in the series which shows the worst offending ingredients you should avoid. In general most people alternate between co-washing and shampooing to retain maximum moisture.
Detangling is a highly debated topic, from our youth it’s been instilled in us that the only way to get knots out is to comb them, and if they’re still stubborn? Comb them harder! Now, common sense should tell you that if you pull at something that’s slightly elastic…it’s going to break! And break is what it does, that’s why some people only have about 1-2 years worth of growth on their head at any one time. To retain as much length as possibly you need to take time detangling your hair. Patience is key! Whether you prefer to load you hair up with oil, conditioner or nothing at all be fore you start. Or whether you prefer to use a comb, brush or just your fingers, you really need to take time to gently separate all the knots and your hair will love you for it!
Deep conditioners give your hair life! The essence is to restore what has been lost from your hair from daily styling and just normal activities. There are two type, protein and moisturizer. Protein conditioners give your hair strength and make sure it doesn’t just break off. However, mostly a lot of protein isn’t needed and so protein treatments are not needed very often. Moisturising treatments are needed more regularly depending on the properties of your hair and how well moisturised you keep it. There is such a thing as over-moisturised hair so you need to beware. These treatments tend to be kept on the hair for a while some people say overnight or 12 hours, whilst some use heat and reduce the time they spend, either way it’s up to you and your lifestyle. Continue reading