- Natural Ingredients My Hair HATES (Yours Might, Too)Okay, okay–so this isn’t the most exciting or dynamic blog post to come back into the flow. It is, however, extremely relevant for me right now. During this time when staying at home is helpful to both myself and to everyone else, I’ve have a lot of time to reflect on the way I’m living. …
- Back to My Roots: (Re-)Growing My Natural HairSooooo…. Remember when I said that I was done trying to grow my hair to epically long proportions? Well…I’m still doing that. HOWEVER…a few days ago, I came across a vlogger that I used to watch religiously circa 2010-2013. Her name is Whitney, but she goes by the user name Naptural85. Basically, for those who …
- I’m Giving Up on Long Natural HairI know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for years, one of my greatest goals in life was to have long natural hair. In October of 2010, I received my last relaxer ever. I remember that day, because it was also the day that my (perceived) love of my life married someone else. …
- Hair Revamp: Hair Oils for Sensitive ScalpsDisclaimer: I am not affiliated with the websites that I reference. They do, however, offer some amazing advice on the chemistry of carrier oils, sensitive scalps and hair care. Please feel free to read further and enjoy the knowledge! As I (once again) get into the flow of posting regularly, I’ve decided to start on …
- Not Wearing a Satin Cap Will Increase the Health of My HairImage courtesy of Amazon.com. About two weeks ago, I had an epiphany about making my twist outs and Curlformers sets last longer. I was staying with family out of town and was so exhausted one night I didn’t even bother pulling my satin cap out of my luggage. Instead, I merely pineappled my freshly Culformed …
- When Someone Says You Can’t Do ItOne thing that has always eluded me is the ability to grow my hair past my shoulders. While this may not be a big deal to most, it’s something that I’ve never experienced my entire life. Due to poor maintenance, heat damage, and chemical damage, my hair has never been a pretty picture. Ever since …
- The Beauty Product That Made Me CurseFor those that know me, they know I don’t curse on any level. Well, except for when— But I digress. On my natural journey towards longer, healthier, fuller hair, I’ve been tweaking my hair care regimen to maximize results. I thought I was covering my bases pretty well when, during a perusal of scientific backings …
- I Am Not My Hair – But My Hair Is MeI’m proud to say that I’m slowly finding my way in this blogging journey. I have managed to narrow my topics down to three fields: Writing Taekwondo Beauty This seems to be working for now, so I’ll just rotate amongst them unless something severe seizes me. Like a video game. Or a WWE Superstar who …
- Ayurveda and My Hair RegimenIt’s Sunday. That means that it’s time for my morning Ayurvedic hair care regimen. As I am furiously getting back on track with this blog, I realized that I should be a little more informative when I write my posts. That means I should probably explain a little of what I’m doing and why I’m …
- Confessions of a Product JunkieThere are two rules that must be enforced at all costs: Never go shopping for groceries when you’re hungry. Never shop for beauty products the day before you wash your hair. Thus was my fate today. Surprisingly, while shopping for groceries went fairly well, my downfall arose when I passed a Sally’s Beauty Supply …
Basic “Grow Your Curly Hair and Keep it Healthy” Hair Care Tips
For those of us who have curly hair, we know that washing and styling days are an extremely different experience than those with straight hair. Below, after nearly ten years of being a natural curly-haired girl, I have compiled some of my tried and true hair care habits that have never failed me.
Apply an oil to your hair (avoid the scalp if you have skin issues) and let it marinate under a plastic cap at least an hour before washing. This prevents the hair shaft from expanding too severely known as hygral fatigue, as well as protecting the outer layers under the running water.
Avoid harsh chemicals and detergents (like sodium laurel sulfate) that will strip your scalp and hair of way too many of its natural oils.
If you absolutely must have the lather, try vegetable-based soaps from shops like Chagrin Valley or even goats milk soap from Creamery Creek. For more mainstream options, Shea Moisture and tgin are two highly reputed brands that are available.
Deep Condition at Least Once a Week.
My deep conditioners of choice are all Shea Moisture-based. I’ve tried other hair masques from other companies, but none have made my hair feel as consistently strong, soft, and resilient as these do. Feel free to test with the travel packs before committing to the full size; I can usually squeeze two uses from each pack.
Update May 23, 2020: As of November 2019, I no longer use Shea Moisture products. Instead, I have switched to brands that do not use shea butter or coconut oil in every product, as my hair and scalp are sensitive to these ingredients.
Detangle Your Hair.
I was surprised at how much of a difference a good, thorough detangling made in the quality of my hair. For years, after big-chopping and reading at how “evil” combs–even wide-tooth combs–were on curly wet hair, I would occasionally finger-detangle my hair.
One Christmas a couple of years ago, my sister Tiki bought me the Hercules Sagemann Magic Star Seamless 9″ comb.
Using it made my hairstyles last longer, look better, and even feel better. Even my level of breakage has reduced. I’ve comb-detangled during the conditioning step ever since.
Seal Your Hair with a Butter or Oil.
My hair and scalp are severely finicky, and there are many ingredients that it absolutely HATES, no matter how I use them. This has forced me to make my own hair butter sealant with ingredients that are friendly to me. I’ll post the recipe for this butter soon, but in the meantime, I will just say that sealing my hair with this butter not only helps my hair hold moisture longer, but most times it’s all I need between deep conditioning and styling.
Stay off the Product Junkie Wagon–and Stay with What Works!
Did I mention how finicky my hair is?
Did I also mention how much I am swayed by pretty packaging, YouTube stars, and five-star reviews?
From henna to Carol’s Daughter, I have tried products, techniques, and tools to see if I could get the magic results that everyone else got. Most times, my hair fared pretty well. A few times, it laughed in my face–and you haven’t lived till your hair’s laughed at you.
It’s taken me nearly the full time being natural to learn what my hair likes. Many of it’s likes have been what I used at the very beginning. Some, I have to make myself. And other products have–gasp–artificial ingredients!
But you know what? My hair likes them. And now I know.
And I’m not going to stray anymore.
Other hair care tips:
- Trim regularly. When you have trouble pulling apart your hair at the ends or your ends don’t curl right…it’s time.
- Wash and condition your hair in sections to make it more manageable and reduce the chance of tangles.
- Focus all cleansing action onto the scalp. Keep those follicles clear and dirt-free!
- Add any pre-sealant product (like a leave-in conditioner) to soaking wet hair, give it time to absorb, then add your sealant just as you begin styling on damp hair. Shocking the different this has made to my hair.
Above all…the #1 hair care tip I can give:
Listen to your hair.
Test how it feels after shampooing, after conditioning, while detangling. Be aware of what styles make it more prone to tangling, and how your scalp feels. So long as you’re following what it is saying to you, you don’t have to follow any trend or marketing ploy to get the health or beauty you want.