Just a brief update on my hair. I have not relaxed it since January 2015. My hair is now at an awkward transitioning phase. Six inches of it is natural and the rest is bone straight. I have been here before, except this time I think I am going to go all the way and just go back to my natural hair. I am anticipating the versatility of natural hair, I want to go straight if I need to, curly with wash and go’s, braid outs, twist outs etc. and I can have big hair.
I love big curly hair. I have always loved that look and since I wore my relaxed hair in curls 90% of the time anyway this just seems to make sense for me. So, the regimen below is what I will be doing for this year.
I have already started. It took me a while to find the right sweet spot and products to use. I may cut off the relaxed ends January 2017. That will give me enough natural hair length to work with. I thought about doing the big chop and realized that it is not for me. As it is, I trim my hair an inch or so for the month it’s now at shoulder length.
The following regimen is a transitioning regimen.
My Hair Type: A mixture of the 4’s, A and B. I thought I had some C at the back but it turns out that I just needed to moisturize that section of my hair more. It’s now 4 B I think.
Hair Philosophy: Less is More.
Shampoo: I shampoo my hair twice per week on a Tuesday and Friday with a clay wash. I currently use my facial clay (a combination of Fuller’s Earth, Bentonite and Green Clay). However, I am waiting on some Rhassoul and Bentonite Clay to do a mixture. I add ACV and Honey to the mix. My current concoction is 2 Tbsp clay to 1 Tbsp honey and 1 Tbsp ACV and warm water for yogurt consistency.
Any left over clay I use on my face and neck. My process is to wet my hair, put it in four sections, apply the clay as you would a relaxer. Massage the clay into each section, clip up hair still in sections, cover with a plastic cap for twenty to thirty minutes. Rinse out.
Condition: Tressemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner.
Deep Condition: Ettenio Moisture Rich Deep Conditioner sit under dryer for twenty minutes cover and leave it in over night. Molasses, Egg and Conditioner mixture every two weeks or so. Henna and Conditioner mix once per month.
Hair Styles: I wear my hair mainly in curls. Instead of trying to match my natural hair to my straight hair, I try to match my straight hair to my natural hair. I do satin scarf braids, large braids when I am in a hurry, smaller braids when I want tinier curls. It has been working so far. I will not be using heat this year, not even to length check.
Product Must Have: Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Ettenio Moisture Rich Deep Conditioner.
Favorite Hair Moisturizer In Order of Preference: Ettenio Free At Last Leave In, Ettenio Hair Milk, Warm H2O and then seal with an oil.
Favorite Oils In Order of Preference: Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil. The heavier oils I will leave for hot oil treatments, which I do once per month or once every two months.
Products I would love to use and why? : I want to try Kinky Curly Knot Today. I hear rave reviews about it. I also have all the oils under the sun except grapeseed oil! I need to rectify that oversight this year. I am toying with the idea of getting a hair steamer. Should I get the handheld one or the overhead one? That is a constant debate I have with myself. I hope it is solved by 2017.
Summary: Clay Wash, Deep Con with Moisture Rich Conditioner with heat, Protein every two weeks or so, when hair is wet seal with an oil. And then I do it all over again.