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Easy Hair Practices For The Lazy Natural

21st October 2015
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If there’s one thing that does not go together it’s natural hair and being lazy . The same fun and funky curls that frame and compliment our faces are the same curly, poofy and knot prone strands we battle with most days.  I’ve currently found myself experimenting with different methods that could be beneficial for me during a lazy spell and came up with this regimen. Here are a few practices that keep my natural hair moisturised, flourishing and growing when I’m in a lazy state of mind.

Starting with the most important thing that lays the very foundation for any of this to work, I cowash and steam every other week. When you’re not doing much to your hair it’s not going to get terribly dirty too fast so there’s a little wiggle room in how often you’re washing it. Normally  I wash my hair every week and steam it every other week while washing with shampoo once a month. Whenever I do cleanse my hair I have to make sure that everything is evenly distributed, locked and sealed in. Steaming is great for helping products and oils to penetrate the hair strand, read about more of the benefits of steaming here. In doing this my hair remains soft for long periods and doesn’t easily dry out and tangle.

I’ve gone through so many different looks and hairstyles but putting my hair into a bun has become my favourite and  most important practice. I bun it all of the time! I mean literally when I’m done washing my hair I allow it to dry follow with my oils, leave in conditioner, a little styling gel and put it into a bun. I keep my hair tied up at night with a silk head wrap and take my bun down once a week to moisturise my hair. When you do take it down there will be tons of strands coming out because they weren’t shedding freely. Do keep an eye out for globs of hair as this could be a sign of something more.

Simple enough isn’t it? Ah yes, the glory of doing hardly anything and reaping the benefits can make you feel like you’re getting away with something. Just a few things to be specific about and then hopefully you’ll try these out on yourself. When it comes to my washday here’s everything I do to make sure that I can keep up my laziness successfully for months at a time.

1. I apply whatever I’m co-washing with to my roots and spray water on top of it working it in with my finger tips to break up whatever needs to wash out. I also pull downwards on my hair with my other hand to keep my hair from tangling while I’m rubbing the co-wash into my roots. Sometimes if I feel my hair could really use a boost of moisture I heat up my conditioner using this cool mini-frying pan I bought. There are more simple ways to do this but I just love using the frying pan, seriously check it out.

 

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2. I then heat up and melt a chunk of raw shea butter in my mini frying pan and massage it into my scalp and my hair. This feels so good and it’s an amazing hot oil treatment. Raw shea butter comes in chunks and is very thick in its solid state so heating it up melts it like butter and makes for easy and even distribution. After this step I plat my hair and place Mamado Organic coconut oil over them and put a plastic bag over my hair and a beanie on top to let everything set in. Or instead I just use my steamer for 15 minutes.

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3. Whenever I’m done washing everything out of my hair I use an old t-shirt to dry up some of the water and once it’s damp I coat my hair with Jamaican Black castor oil using a bottle with a long nozzle (due to how thick the oil gets on your hands after a while) and then I follow up with Palmers coconut oil. I find this coconut oil as opposed to Mamado’s brand is a lot greasier and coats my thick hair a lot better. However Mamado’s is great for hot oil treatments.

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4. Finally, when putting my hair into the ponytail I use castor oil to generously coat however much hair is in the pony tail. After I do this I simply wrap my ponytail in a circular motion until I get my desired bun shape. When I tie my hair up I do so with a scarf that I tie specifically to wrap around my bun snugly and then place a satin cap over it. This is just a little extra security to dissuade product transfer onto my pillows.

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All that’s left is making sure you’re taking your bun/hairstyle down to detangle and moisturise if you need to. My hair has grown so much and I’m keeping all of the length because I’m not messing with it! This practice carries over into any protective style and for the lazy natural knowing how to cut corners without sacrificing your hair is important. I love my hair but sometimes I just want to do the bare minimum and still have gorgeous hair and this has absolutely worked for me.

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My Natural Hair Care Regimen, Trade & Steal These Tips

9th May 2015
natural hair regimen

Every natural has their own rituals and regimens that they’ve created or borrowed from within the community. We must keep this silent tradition going by continuing to share secrets and trade information. So in the tradition of things I will now share my regimen that has allowed me to retain all of my hair growth and put an end to my dry hair streak!

 

Daily Regimen

I start by spraying my edges and putting castor oil on them, specifically for this oil’s nutrient rich hair growth promoting properties. My spray bottle contains aloe vera juice, tressemee naturals conditioner and argan oil. Lastly I apply castor oil to my ends (if my hair is out) and work it through with my hands.

 

Nightly Regimen

I wear a lot of protective styles so at night I apply a bit of coconut oil to the sides of my hair and on the back of my hair. These areas are where I lay and some of my products soak through my satin cap and rub off. I then wear a silk scarf over my hair then use a satin scarf to place over that one to lay down my hair (I try not to use a lot of gel in my hair) and then place a satin bonnet over it to keep my protective style in place.

 

For My Itchy Scalp

If I feel that my scalp is itchy but my hair is moisturised I usually take my hair down and spray my hair lightly with aloe vera juice and massage it into my scalp. It seems to really hydrate and quench my scalps thirst. I then massage either coconut oil or argan oil through my scalp and style my hair back again.

 

If My Hair Feels Dry

There are certain levels of dryness that tell me what’s going on with my hair because I pay attention to my curls very closely. If my hair itself feels dry but doesn’t appear very frizzy I know that I just need to hydrate the hair strands and use the L.O.C. method. If my hair looks feels and sounds (crunchy) dry then I know I need a co-wash as major moisture needs to be restored.

 

Things I Avoid:

Coming my hair more than 3 times a month (combs cause breakage)

Using too many styling products (build up, yuck)

Going more than a month without protective styling (leaving your hair alone is key to length retention)

Trimming my ends often (you just don’t need to)

Finger detangling on dry or damp hair (always have my hair wet)

 

Things That Have Made BIG Differences:

Steaming my hair twice a month with my own DIY conditioner mixes

Putting castor oil on my ends and edges

Using aloe vera juice on my scalp

Protective styling often

Not using combs hardly ever

Co-washing with Tressemme naturals

 

Key To My Healthy Natural Hair:

Steaming

 

All of these things have really helped my in my journey and have caused me to retain serious length and have healthy hair. My regimen isn’t full of tons of product but oils and natural supplements. If it’s found in the earth naturally then I love it and use it frequently. I’m not product junkie but I love my little regimen and it has done me justice because I see the effects in my hair everyday!