|My stash of products.|
First things first,there is no such thing as a lazy naturalista because natural hair is time consuming and hardwork, but if you are a naturalista and love effective short-cuts like me then with time you make regimes that aren't too hard but are very effective and efficient. When I first went natural I didn't fully understand what it entailed and I thought it would be much easier than having permed hair, because I kept on reading how all new naturalistas enjoyed washing their hair as they showered,oh the bliss. As expected of all new things one tries I spent a tonne of money on products and time trying to do hair routines and styles.Two and half years later I have my routines down and such a small stash of products that I love and work for me.If you are a new naturalista or one with no hair regime and are looking for an easy one, look no further.
I wash my hair every other Saturday because I found that washing my hair every Saturday wasn't working for me as my hair is a ' dense rain forest' and takes forever to dry. One of the most important things to do is to decide how often you will be washing your hair,once you have this down below is the easiest of wash day..................................
|Rice water-the hair growth miracle worker.|
|The pre-poo tools.|
|The shampoos that are currently in my stash.|
The trick to shampooing is to start with the scalp, once it's clean use the run-off from the scalp for the hair strands.When shampooing I thoroughly massage my scalp as this improves blood flow in the scalp and this is said to help with hair growth.I have been loving the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture Replenishing Shampoo,Dove's Nourishing oil care and TRESemme Smooth and Silky Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo.
|Lowkey showing off my tassle earings(ok maybe not low-key,how pretty are they?!!).|
Deep Condition or protein treatment
|My favourite deep conditioner and protein treatment.|
I protein treat my hair after every 6 weeks and deep conditioner every 2 weeks.After I finish conditioning my hair if it's a day for deep conditioning I do not rinse off the conditioner, I apply my deep conditioner on top of it,put on my plastic cap and satin kitambaa and do things around the house for 30-45 minutes and then I rinse it off completely.Same applies for the days I do protein treatment the only difference is on these days I rinse my conditioner off before applying the protein treatment.I have only really used the ORS deep conditioner and hair mayonnaise, many tabs later I can confirm they are really good and my hair loves them.
After either deep conditioning or protein treatment, I rinse my hair clean, squeeze off as much water as possible and using a spray bottle soak my hair with rice water.I then put on my plastic cap and leave it on for half an hour.Then I do a final rinse with cold water. Cold water, I have learned, works on your hair the same way it does on your skin. When you wash your face, it's suggested that you rinse with cool water, as the chill contracts your pores, making them appear smaller. When it comes to your hair, cold water helps to seal your hair cuticle, making it lay smoothly. A smoother hair cuticle better reflects light, giving your hair the appearance of shine.It also closes the hair cuticle, sealing in moisture that you applied to your hair through-out the wash day.
I am mostly done with my wash-day by mid-day and I spend an hour in the evening oiling my hair and sometimes I plait it. Ladies, what tricks do you use to make wash-day shorter, which products do you love the most and why? I would love to know.