Many people have been asking me how I was able to transform my dry natural hair into looking like it was alive again. I did a number on my hair by overdoing it with protein and my hair paid the ultimate price. In doing so I had to chop off all of the damage, but even after I did… I had to make changes to my natural hair regimen because my hair was still extremely dry, and had no curl pattern whatsoever. It was in discussing with my hair stylist Vincenzo that I realized that some of the products that were marked as “moisturizing” weren’t effectively moisturizing because of the ingredients they contained. Most specifically different forms of protein that were hidden in the ingredients. I had to spend quite a bit of time tossing out/giving away products and replacing them with products that would be a positive aspect in my hair care regimen. It was “do or die” so to say for my hair, because I wasn’t doing what was best for it. So here is a break down of what I’ve been doing for the past four weeks that has greatly changed how my hair responds to styling and the environment.
Pre-Poo: I was a major fan of the pre-poo during my transitioning period and as I became more comfortable in my hair care regimen I took shortcuts when it came to my pre-poo. So what did I do to help start the re-moisturizing process? I went back to a simple DIY Pre-Poo recipe that I knew would be moisturizing and effective. (Here are 9 other DIY moisturizing Pre-poo recipes you may also love)
I mix those ingredients up (usually in a blender or my Nutri Bullet if I’m lazy) and I apply it to my hair. I leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes. During that time period I use my Q-Redew hair steamer (Full Q-redew hair steamer review here) to steam the hair.
Cleansing: I used to be a weekly co-wash girl that would use a bentonite clay mix to fully cleanse once a month. When dealing with protein overload it was important to use a shampoo to cleanse to help remove excess protein from the surface of my hair. I wanted to make sure that the cleanser I chose didn’t possess any protein in it and would be gentle during the cleansing process. I decided to go with the Kinky Curly Come Clean Natural Moisturizing Shampoo. I must admit I was thoroughly pleased with this shampoo. No other shampoo has ever made my hair feel as soft as this one did. I don’t know if it was because of my pre-poo steam session but my hair felt so clean and soft after each wash I am considering keeping this shampoo as a consistent part of my hair regimen even after I get the moisture/protein balance back to normal.
Deep Conditioning: I’ve always deep conditioned on a weekly basis during my wash day but I was using very heavy protein deep conditioners that were leaving my hair feeling like straw when rinsed out. That is the opposite feeling you want to have after spending time, energy and product on your deep conditioning process. Deep conditioning with protein overload or protein sensitivity can be tricky as many deep conditioners have protein in them or COCONUT. Finding a natural hair product that doesn’t have coconut in it is a very rare occurrence. I recommend if you want to continue down the DIY path that you just use your favorite moisturizing oil as your deep conditioner and leave it on for 30-45 minutes. You can sit under a hooded dryer or use a steamer during the process for further penetration as well. If you want to go the store bought route I recommend using TGIN’s Honey Miracle Mask. Its two main ingredients are Olive Oil and Honey which are two moisturizing ingredients that I already use in my pre-poo so I love having a double dose of them in my hair regimen. This deep conditioner is a god send and it smells delicious. My hair feels super soft and moisturized after leaving this on for 20-30 minutes.
Styling: With styling dry natural hair you want to focus on low manipulation styles that don’t bother the hair much. You also don’t want to have to do too much to it on another day but rather have the style last for a few days at a time. For styling, product wise I like to keep it extremely simple. I use either Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter or Wonder Curl’s Butter Than Love Pudding mixed with Aloe Vera Gel. And that is all! I try not to fuss too much so I usually do two strand twists or bantu knots. On rare occasion I may do a perm rod set but I find that it is hard for me to make that style last longer than 1-2 days.
Steaming: Steaming consistently is a new part of my hair care regimen that I never tried but have seen great results in doing so now. I steam my hair twice a week. Once on wash day during my pre-poo, and another time mid week when I restyle or need to refresh my strands. I recommend steaming your hair if you are dealing with dry natural hair, specifically if you have low porosity hair. The steam helps to open up the cuticle of the hair in order for moisturizing to occur. You then want to follow up the steaming process with a nice sealing oil to help keep the moisture locked in.
What steps have you taken to adjust your hair care regimen to get rid of your dry natural hair? Share your tips or tricks in the comments below!
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