Styling – Phase 2
Now my DC is all rinsed out and I then can proceed to begin the styling process of my hair. While I am still in the shower I grab my homemade spray mix and spray it all over my hair and I like to work it through my hair. Once I achieve well enough coverage I will slightly squeeze some of the water out from my hair and prep for adding in my leave in conditioner. I love adding in my leave in conditioner as it really helps to clump my curls! The leave in conditioner I use a little goes a long ways so I don’t use very much to cover my entire head. As soon as I feel I have enough leave in conditioner I will hop out of the shower. I don’t towel dry or even t-shirt dry my hair anymore this is just my personal preference.
Styling – Phase 3
This phase is the most fun as it means I am almost done! 😉 I am a wash-n-go girl so that’s mainly my style of choice. I like to follow the L.O.C. method but I have tweaked it a bit on my maintenance days (non-wash days). So I already applied my L which was my spray mix and my leave in conditioner. As for my O I will apply my oil blend next and I only use a little as I prefer not to use too much. The last step is the C and I like to add my cream styler all over my hair just to help shape my curls and prepare to dry. I choose to air dry and I prefer to use no heat to dry my hair… that is up to you. I would recommend once you set your style into place don’t continue to touch or over manipulate your hair until it’s completely dry. This will ensure as little frizz and moisture loss as possible if you don’t desire much frizz. My hair is definitely frizz prone but this dramatically decreases any chances of frizz overload.
Styling – Daily Maintenance on Non-wash days
I personally believe it’s important to moisturize daily… and there are many ways to do that. This is my personal daily routine for re-moisturizing and styling my hair. You don’t have to re-style your hair daily I just prefer to due to the fact I am at that growing TWA length.
Morning – For my morning routine it’s very similar to my styling phase 3… with some tweaks. I still follow the L.O.C. method just not necessarily in the suggested order. As for my L I spray my hair with my spray mix until it’s damp enough and my hair begins to take shape. I don’t saturate my hair just dampen it enough to bring life back to my hair. I then proceed to add my daily moisturizing growth lotion and I don’t use a lot of this either just enough to re-moisturize my hair. After I re-moisturize I then add my O which is a small amount of my oil blend and make sure I seal in that moisture I just added prior. The C step is the last step and I add my moisturizing styling cream as my last and final step. I style my hair and once I reach a desired style that’s it then I leave it to air dry!
Evening – At night time I don’t really spend too much time doing my hair but I do like to prep it for sleeping. What do I do? Well, I will splash some water from my shower to reactive my curls while I am taking my shower. When I am out I will just add a little bit of my daily moisturizing cream and seal with my oil blend. I also every night when I add my oil blend take this time to give myself my scalp massage which a lot of naturals & experts say it aids in hair growth by increasing blood circulation in the scalp. Don’t forget to finish off with your satin cap before going to sleep. We wouldn’t want to ruin all our hard work right? (lol)
That’s all folks! This routine has definitely been working well for my hair texture. Although I am always looking to learn and grow even more. My suggestion to you is to try several routines and see which one your hair will love. My hair regimen may or may not work well for you but maybe it will inspire you to keep trying until you find a routine that works for you or even tweak your current routine. We must take care of what God entrusted to us and wear it well! One of the biggest tips I once heard regarding growing long healthy natural hair is consistency with our regimens is the key. So let’s strive to be consistent and embrace what we have be given. Chow, until next time!
Today’s Natural Hair Lingo
TWA ⇒ Teeny Weenie Afro
BC ⇒ Big Chop
DC ⇒ Deep Conditioner
Slip ⇒ How well a product aids with detangling/combing*Lifesaver*
Co-Wash ⇒ Cleansing conditioner
Pre-Poo ⇒ Usually an oil treatment applied to the hair prior to shampooing or conditioning
CAN ⇒ Calling All Naturals
L.O.C. Method – Liquid/or Leave In – Oil – Cream ⇒ 3 Step process for moisturizing natural hair