So I have a few people in my life who recently did a BC (big chop) and went natural. I am so proud of them! I get a lot of questions, such as: How do I keep my hair moisturized? What should I do with it? How often should I wash it?
This post describes what I like to call a Bread and Butter Hair Routine. The bare essentials. Perfect for a new natural, or someone looking to establish a hair routine.
Before I start, I have a few tips.
1. DO NOT SHOP BLINDLY
Read the ingredients before you buy products and not just the labels. Labels promise false miracles and are designed to grab your attention. It's important to look at the ingredients as well. The label might say: "Contains 100% Shea Butter!" but when you look at the ingredients, 90% of it is petrolatum and other cheap fillers. Aim for more natural oils and butters!
2. Stay Consistent
Remember, you're not going to notice results over night. But if you stay consistent, you'll have healthy hair in the long run.
3. Be patient!
Be patient with your hair and show it some TLC. Curly hair is fragile and more susceptible to breakage, so if you don't have the patience to deal with your hair, save it for another day!
1. MOISTURIZE[Or every other day, depending on how dry your hair is. You can either do this at night or the morning]
Moisturizing is ohhh-so very important, especially for curly hair as it can be very dry. This is because the natural oils produced by the scalp don't travel as easily down a curly hair shaft in comparison to straight hair.
1. Mist your hair with water.
2. Apply a leave-in conditioner.
3. Use an oil or butter to help seal in the moisture (i.e., coconut oil, shea butter)
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2. HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Remember it's not all about what you put on your hair, it starts from the inside out!
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AT NIGHT1. You can moisturize as above.
2. Give your scalp a 2 min massage, it will help to promote hair growth. For some added kick, add castor oil to your scalp and massage. It'll help thicken your hair.
2. Sleep with a silk cap or silk pillowcase. This helps to protect your hair and prevent breakage.
1. DEEP CONDITION (DC)
[Or every two weeks. My hair can get very dry, so I DC every week.]
Deep conditioning is very important, it helps infuse much needed moisture into your strands.
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Remix your Conditioner
As per below, you don't need to shampoo every week. A co-wash is a "conditioner only" wash. Do this instead of your shampoo.
1. Rinse your hair thoroughly with water (water alone will help to remove a lot of dirt).
2. Apply the conditioner like you would a shampoo and rub through hair and scalp.
4. Follow the Moisturizing steps above and voila!
SHAMPOOYou do NOT need to shampoo your hair every week. Shampoo-ing can dry out your strands. Do this maybe once a month or when you feel product buildup. I'll sometimes go 6 weeks without shampooing. I find that co-washes do a lot to help cleanse my hair and keep the moisture.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO HAVE IN YOUR ARSENAL1. Leave in Conditioner.
2. Deep Conditioner
3. Natural Oils and Butters
4. Spray bottle with water.
5. Brushes and Combs with wide tooths (or use your fingers!)
6. Cute head bands and accessories :)
Hope that helps!!