Natural Hair Regime Winter 2014
A winter hair care routine is very important to keep your hair moisturized and protected from the harsh weather. I would consider myself as 4 c and low porosity hair type. Believe me I tried a lot and this is what I am currently doing to see how it will work for the next months.
My Wash Routine
- The day before I wash my hair, I do an overnight pre-poo treatment based on oils (coconut oil or olive oil). I section my hair into 6-8 parts and apply oil from root to tip and twist. I place a shower cap over and let it sit overnight.
- The next day I shampoo and condition as usual.
- Then I deep condition my hair and let it sit under a plastic cap for minimum 30 minutes. Sometimes I use a hooded dryer.
- Then I rinse everything out and condition my hair again and rinse thoroughly.
- An old t-shirt (no towel) helps me to dry my afro.
- After 15 minutes I finger detangle section by section on damp hair by using a styling hair milk and oil (no combs or brushes).
- For twising I use a cream and seal the ends with a butter or oil. This procedure takes 45 minutes.
- Most of the winter time I wear my fro in twists or bantu knots and cover them up with cute hats or I wear a turban.
- Sometimes I rock my Frolicious curls before wash day. I use a bit olive oil to untwist my hair and then style.
Mostly, I wash my hair on Saturday or Sunday. Once in a month I clarify to remove build up.
How I Maintain My Protective Hairstyle
- I re-moisturize my hair almost every evening and seal it with an oil. It keeps my hair soft and manageable. Therefor I use my spritz mixture (water and leave-in conditioner), cream and seal it with an oil. If necessary I re-twist the twists that look messy.
How I Maintain Moisture
- Once a week I do a hot oil treatment by using coconut oil and/or olive oil, sometimes I add glycerin and/or honey in my mixture. I section my hair into 6-8 parts and apply my hot oil treatment or mixture from root to tip. I place a plastic shower cap over the hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then I rinse my hair and use conditioner. After that I follow the step 5 (see above).
- Two or three times a week I do the LCO method (Liquid, Cream and Oil) overnight.
What I Have Learned During My Winter Hair Routine
- I have learned that detangling my hair in a damp state is the best way to avoid breakage.
- I have learned that finger detangling takes longer however causes less breakage.
- So far my hair is not missing any protein treatments as I have low porosity hair.
Stable Hair Products
- Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo
- Crème of Nature’s Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo
- Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo
- Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine conditioner
- Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration Conditioner
- Balea’s Professional Oil Repair Conditioner
- Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque ( + virgin olive oil)
- Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
- Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler
- Alverde’s Repair-Hair butter (I add some ingredients to make it work for me)
- Giovanni’s direct leave-in conditioner (I mix the leave –in conditioner with water)
- Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
- Camille Rose’s Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter
- Olive Oil
- My homemade Shea Butter mixture
You have to try what works best on your hair. I am not a hair guru or a professional, I am just trying and sharing my experiences. Click here if you are considering doing a big chop. I have some points for you to help you to find a decision. Or are you thinking of transitioning for a while? All in all the important thing is to love yourself and embrace your natural Frolicious hair. Be Frolicious – Be You!