I've got really screwy hair. LOVE IT.
I been experimenting a bit and reading a lot of online info over the last couple months and I think I’ve figured out what works for me for now. Because of my schedule and health, I need simplicity in caring for my hair and so far this regimen works. Also, I don’t use wash with warm water because it’s so hot, so what I use really counts. I’m getting lots of moisturizing and strength from my new regimen and my ends seem nice and healthy so far.
So here are the process and recipes that work for me, but remember: it’s always important to figure out what works for YOU and stick with it.
New Weekly Regimen
Once a week:
– Co-wash first. Because the water at my house is hard, I buy cheap drinking water and use that
– Next is a deep conditioning treatment (recipe below). I massage in all of the DC mix and leave in for 1-2 hours while wearing a snug shower cap
– I then add some regular conditioner and gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb
– I rinse out the DC mix, then spray with diluted glycerin and massage in my leave-in conditioner (see below)
– I then section my hair and do twists, working in the shea butter mix from root to tip and sealing the whole shaft with my oil mix (see below). I’m currently using a shea mix Ms B sent me. It’s lovely. (Thanks, Ms B!) I believe it’s got shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and glycerin. (I’ll mix up my own batch when this one runs out and post the recipe)
Every two weeks:
– Rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar (see below) after co-washing
– Add an egg to the deep conditioner mix
In between washes:
– Mist with diluted glycerin at least twice a day
– Mist then seal hair shaft and ends with shea butter mix or oil mix every other day or so
– Sleep with light shower cap inside a satin cap, or (if it’s hot) wrap my pillow with a satin scarf and go without the shower and satin caps
Weekly Deep Conditioner
(I mentioned some benefits of these ingredients in my last post)
I’m excited about the vegetable glycerin addition. Living in the tropics, this is a great addition to my mix because glycerin, as you probably know, is a humectant and there’s so much moisture in tropical air to pull into my hair, especially right now in the rainy season. The other great thing about glycerin is that a little goes a helluva long way, so my huge bottle will last me a long time (which is good because I can’t find it in Lagos). You’re not supposed to use it during winter, but I think it’ll be fine during our dry season as long as I’m misting my hair as usual. Will test the validity of that theory later in the year.
Conditioners + Rinses + Oils
When I let my hair out to go somewhere, I’ll post a photo. I hope this has been helpful!