Well its that time again folks.. Beauty Talk Tuesday with me Miss Ksyn…. A look into my Natural Hair RE – Journey.
So for those that don’t know I have been natural for sometime now. Natural meaning no relaxers, dyes or chemicals have been put to my hair. It has been a journey that has taught me a lot, especially how to care for my hair.
I use protective styling (wigs and weaves) to protect my real hair and give it a rest from my everyday life (photo shoots, straightening, blow dryers, etc.) A lot of people assume that just because I wear wigs and weaves that I have little to no hair and this is not the case.
Some people wear wigs and weaves in order not to cause damage to their natural hair. Could you imagine a person who loves to change their hair color or length every two weeks, trying to do that to their own hair? After the first few coloring sessions their natural hair would become brittle and damaged or if they like to go from short to long then back to short that would take a very long time to do without the assistance of wigs and weaves.
Now below is a picture of my hair once I have taken off my wig and taken out my braids.
The process I do after I have taken out an install or my braids is fairly simple. As I am taking out each braid I comb through it with a wide tooth comb. I do this until all of the braids are out and I am left with a fro.
After I have successfully taken out all of the braids I section my hair and begin to lightly rub my scalp with a smaller tooth comb. I do this to get up most of the build up that has occurred on my scalp. Be careful not to scratch your scalp. To do this I use little circular motions.
I then hop in the shower to start the washing process.
When washing my hair I use Hair Rules Daily Cleansing Cream Moisturizing No Suds Shampoo. I have found that this product cleanses my hair and at the same time hydrates it. All you do is wet the hair in the shower and apply to the hair massaging it from root to ends. Then rinse out. No suds shampoo work for my hair the best. When I use a shampoo that does sud my hair and scalp feels stripped of all its moisture so i rarely use shampoos that sud.
I then part my hair into four sections and apply Hair Rules Quench Ultra Rich Conditioner which helps to soften my hair. This helps me with the detangling process. After I apply the conditioner I then part, finger comb and twist my hair. Then I let the product sit for about 5 – 10 mins. (As seen below)
I then proceed to wash the product out in the shower and lightly air dry my hair. Once my hair is lightly dry I then proceed to blow dry my hair while using a wide tooth comb to help detangle it.
After my hair has been blow dried, I pour Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Carrot Growth Serum ( the size of a dime) into my hand and massage it through my hair from root to ends.
The next step for me is to lightly straighten my hair. I do this to see and track my growth as well as get my ends clipped. Since I don’t wear my hair out in a fro I get it clipped while it is straight.
Below is a picture of my hair lightly straightened using my CHI flat Iron on the lowest heat possible.
Once my hair has been lightly straightened and my ends have been clipped I apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my edges and proceed to get my hair re braided for my wigs or re install for my weaves.
It has definitely been an educational journey for me. Learning how to take care of my hair, what products work best for my hair type and even looking up home remedies for my hair. I am convinced that being natural is not for everybody. It takes a lot of work, research and of course trial and error but in the end if it is something you want to do it is definitely worth it.
Feel free to share your hair journeys/ stories/ tips and/or advice below.
Thanks for reading.
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