The Voyage to My Natural Hair Regimen

In my last post, I mentioned how difficult it was to find a routine that worked for me and my hair texture. When I tell you that I tried everything, I tried E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! I have so many products left over from my natural hair experiments that my husband always jokes to his friends and says, “I don’t ever need to buy hair products again. I just use the hundreds my wife already has.” Now you’re probably wondering, you used everything like what? I’ll name a few to give you an idea of the product trauma I put my hair through (sorry boo!).

First, I tried Kinky Curly. Everyone ranted and raved about how amazing it was and how it worked wonders for their hair so I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, it didn’t work one bit. I was literally mimicking YouTube videos of women applying the products to their hair and shedding a tear with every stroke because it just wasn’t giving me the same results. So I moved on. After trying Cantu hair lotions, Mizani sprays, Motions mousse and about half of the cooking ingredients in my kitchen, I tossed my aspirations of being natural to the side for good. Or so I thought.

Fast forward to that race I told you about in my previous post—the year I fell in love with Shea Moisture. My trial and error experiences with the abundance of products I tried before made me leery despite the resounding reviews I kept finding online. I decided to try my luck again by giving it a whirl and I am so glad I did! Shea Moisture literally got my hair in Formation. It moisturized my hair, made it extremely soft, and gave my curls a beautiful shine that other products simply did not.

Side note: the other product I saw ladies raving about was Eco Styler Gel, which I tried at least 10 times and every single time I used it, I had so much breakage that I’m surprised I’m not bald. But I’ll save that review for another post.

This brings me to my routine. Every other Sunday, I wash my hair with Shea Moisture’s Manuka Oil and Hydration Shampoo, which I typically buy from Ulta or Target. I also try to do a protein treatment once a month, along with a hydration treatment once a month to make sure my hair stays healthy and to minimize the breakage. After washing, I add the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner followed by Organix Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Penetrating Oil, which I love, love, love using on my curly or straight hair because it’s so light weight and smells good.

After applying everything to my hair, I begin to blow dry it on the low setting using the comb attachment. I don’t blow dry it until my hair is completely dry, but I do it just right so my hair has enough length for me to braid it. As I’m blow drying, I apply oil to my ends to keep them moisturized so they don’t break as I’m detangling and combing through them.

Once that step is complete, I cornrow my hair; I typically place 8 braids in my hair so they’re big enough to take out quickly but also small enough to dry overnight. As I part my hair to create the first braid, I dampen it with a spray bottle then literally saturate it in Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle mixed with their Curl Enhancing Smoothie (can you tell I love Shea Moisture or nah? hehe). After I complete each braid, I again apply oil, then wrap the end of the braid in a bantu knot to ensure that my ends will curl as well.

Around 30-40 minutes later, my cornrows are complete then I add Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my scalp, apply the old school Ampro Pro Styl Gel to my edges, place my satin scarf on my head and call it a night. When I wake up in the morning, I use my fingers to unravel each braid and break the strands apart to make my hair bigger and curlier. Then I give it a little fluff and I’m out the door!

Whew! I hope you lasted with me till the end. If you did, I’d love to hear what your natural hair routine is. What products do you use and how do you define your curls? Is it twist outs, bantu knots, wash & go’s? Drop a line in the comments!