- I oil my scalp with a mix of coconut and castor oil (mostly), which I placed about 1 part each in an applicator bottle, then I brush my hair out with a soft bristled brush to distribute the oil and detangle as well. I learnt the brushing tip from a friend of mine studying cosmetology, she said it helps with smoothing the hair cuticle and distributing the natural hair oils. Since my scalp is dry most of the time I apply oil to help. I found this helps with the shed hair I would encounter during the wash and detangle process in the shower.
- After letting the oil sit for about 10-20 minutes, I wash and condition my hair using the ORS HaiRepair Invigorating shampoo and ApHogee 2 Min Reconstructor, respectively. I love the Invigorating shampoo, the tingly-ness just feels wonderful and my scalp feels like it’s really getting stimulated, not to mention clean, but not squeaky clean either. I also like this ApHogee conditioner because it makes my hair feel strong. I was totally taken aback by it. I leave it on for about 5-10 minutes because my hair really needs it, plus I’m in the shower so I use the available heat as I finish up my bath. I find that’s been working for my hair.
- I semi-towel dry my hair, then plop with a T-shirt until my hair was mostly dry. Following that, I moisturised my hair using the LOC method with my leave-in hair moisturiser mix (liquid), Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth split end protector (liquid), my oil mix (oil) and a smidgen of my whipped shea butter moisturiser (cream). I let my hair air dry the rest of the day, either in a loose bun or just open.
Either in the morning or at night, I apply my leave-in moisturiser spray to my ends, detangle with a brush, and then apply my oil mix to the ends. Then I allow it to penetrate my roots while I do other things like my makeup. Then I'd style my hair (not many ways to it sadly). Every 2-3 days oil my scalp since it gets dry. I like to keep the routine simple.
When I curl with a curling iron:
I apply the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat protectant (which I'm sadly all out of), or the Elasta QP Design Silk Thermal spray to my ends and brush or comb through. Then section by section I curl with a 1 1/4" curling iron. I want to get a smaller barrel so I can achieve tighter curls, but this works for now. Finally I finish off with ORS Olive oil sheen, or the HASK Argan oil Shine serum for additional shine. I find the Elasta QP allows me to have curls which last for days, so I gravitate more towards that. I do basically the same thing when I flat iron my hair, except I use my Conair Wet-Dry Flat iron.
When I use Flexi-rods:
I dampen my hair with Elasta QP Design Silk after I have moisturised my hair as usual. Then I simply wrap sections of my hair with the flexi-rods (orange 5/8" and purple 7/8"). I am still working on the orange ones. Those tend to give a tighter curl than the purple ones I have mastered for voluminous hair. I leave my hair to set overnight or for over 4 hours then I take out the curls and sculpt until I'm happy. I may apply some oil to the ends of my hair depending on how rough they feel. I do similar steps when I'm doing a braid out too.
When my hair feels very dry:I have a few packets I'm trying out, but since finding out the protein-moisture balance of my hair, I haven't had this problem too often. I like to deep condition with any moisture-rich conditioner if this does happen. I last used the Optimum Care Salon Collection Deep Conditioning Masque as recommended by Ebony, after I recently dyed my hair but more on that later.
So these are the steps I typically take when it comes to my hair, I sadly don't wear it down that often, it is mostly seen in a bun. I am getting a bit impatient with the length, but at least I know now it's a lot healthier than it was this time last year.
Until next post...