Your hair is so long! How long have you been natural? These are questions that are regularly asked by strangers whenever I let the fro out. With that comes my vague go-to answers that don’t include detail answers to satisfy their knowledge on ways to speed their hair growth. Despite my efforts to answer their question to my best abilities, I feel distraught that I haven’t been of help as I would like to be. Thus prompting me to write my routine and products in a concise and detailed manner.
The standard staple in everyone’s hair routine is the lather, rinse, repeat process. It’s the generic option which can make us complacent with our hair. The same way our skin needs to be nourished to remain hydrated and glowy, our hair needs that attention and care. Having being natural for almost three years, trailed products that have failed to nourish my hair, and ways to maintain my hair hasn’t been easy. But along the years, I stumble on products that have helped through attending hair company events, gifted by friends and picking at random in my local hair store. And these products have been my holy grail for three years and counting.
The Shea Moisture Range
There are six products in the range, Coconut and Hibiscus, Jamaican black castor oil, and Raw Shea Butter, to run alongside the existing Shea Moisture lines. The raw shea butter caters to those with damaged, transitioning hair, Coconut and Hibiscus enhance curls, while Jamaican black castor oil strengthens and restore hair, which is why I diverge to all three products. As mentioned in a previous post, relaxers have been the catalyst for stagnating the health and growth of my hair. However, thanks to the formula in the raw shea butter restorative conditioner, it deeply penetrates the hair, sealing and smoothing hair cuticles, restoring health and shine to my transitioning hair. While using this product, it softens my hair making the detangling process during my hair wash easier.
For a black consumer that believed using a leave-in conditioner is a myth, I can rest assure that this conditioner softens the hair while blow-drying, controlling the frizziness that occurs when the hair is in a dampened state. The gentle, quick-absorbing formula removes excess buildup, strengthens and retain moisture while leaving the hair looking and feeling healthier and manageable.
During the warm months, I limit my use of heat that can put a strain on my hair, and opt for different styles. To achieve those styles, I use this enhancing smoothie to tame stray flyaways and create bouncy curls. This formula hydrates and protect hair against breakage that the heat from the sun, which oxidises, wipes outshine, and leave the locks brittle. The silk protein gives a soft, silky finish, adding volumes and definitions to the curls.
How I Care For My Hair
Strolling through bumascloset, you’ll notice I love using braids and different hue of wigs to protect my hair. Wearing these styles mostly during the colder and warmer months as a way to retain length and health without putting stress on my hair. So I always carefully have to follow the steps to ensure the continual growth of my hair.
Don’t Brush, Use A Wide Tooth Comb
The process will help eliminate the process of struggling to detangle your hair mid-wash. I take my time removing my cornrow by using a wide tooth comb to detangle the knots formed from the roots to the end.
Deep Conditioning Before Wash
Being lazy has come in handy when dealing with my hair as I tend to condition the strands of hair using two conditioners, Jojoba Oil, Argan oil of Morocco, interchanging them at times. I apply the conditioner to my hair, let it sit for five minutes before adding a generous amount of ORS Olive Oil Pequi Oil to the hair and gently massage into a rich lather. Then Rinse until no trace of shampoo is gone. Repeat the washing steps twice.
Apply a generous amount of raw shea butter restorative conditioner from roots to ends. Concentrate on the last ¼ of the length since this is the oldest part of your hair. Try not to get conditioner on your scalp, especially if you have issues with dandruff and dry scalp. Wait 3-5 minutes or use a plastic cap and heat for a deep conditioning treatment. Comb out your hair then rinse the hair thoroughly and gently squeeze and blot the water from your hair.
Drying My Hair
There are three ways to achieve drying your hair after using the Shea Moisture range. However, I always opt for the healthier option, air drying. It’s the best method as you don’t have to straighten the hair. On days I’m in a hurry or a last minute special occasion arises, I use the “indirect heat” method.
The Indirect drying is known as the bonnet drying. This method drys the hair quicker and it’s less damaging than using the “direct drying”.
Tell me what you think of this hair care range. Do you think you may benefit from my method of hair care? Tell me how you get yours done.