My hair in the KPLR interview, as well as other recent pics have been the result of the routine below :)
Current Product Rotation:
- Shampoo- Mehandi Shampoo Bar, or Giovanni Tea Tree
- Deep Conditioner- Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment or Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose
- Conditioners- Depending on how I feel, I use one, or a combo of the following to co-wash, detangle, and leave-in: Herbal Essence's Totally Twisted or Hello Hydration, DevaCare One Condition, and SheaMoisture Shea Butter Leave-In.
- Sealant- Afrikan Republic Unrefined Shea Butter from Butters-n-Bars, or Oyin's Burnt Sugar Pomade.
- Henna - Bridal Art Quality Jamila from Mehandi I buy the Jamila in the foil pouch only, not the cellophane. I also purchase henna from Butters-n-Bars.com.
Hair Styles (listed in order of how often it is worn):
- Braid-n-Curl (see below)
- Chunky Twist-n-Curl (looser waves, and easier to do!)
- I haven't done a Bantu Knot-Out in a while due to the amount of time it takes to dry. I love the look, but hate sitting under the dryer!
Every other Saturday (yes, twice a month) afternoon I do the following:
- Thoroughly saturate hair with water in the shower, and divide into two (left and right).
- Cleanse hair with poo bar-- one side at a time.
- Apply conditioner of the day to both sides in a smooshing motion (usually Herbal Essence).
- Pass my head back under the shower stream for a second for better distribution and added slip.
- Clip the hair up and out of the way while I complete shower rituals.
- Take down the right side and finger detangle a bit -- detangling the rest under the water stream after the big knots are out. Follow up with the left side. If the conditioner is washed away and tangles are left, I add more conditioner, and repeat. The power of the water stream and the slip of the conditioner should make detangling a breeze!
- Once all the tangles are melted away, and the Herbal Essence is rinsed clean, I apply a generous amount of Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment or Aubrey HSR. I get out of the shower, don a plastic cap and let it sit for 30 minutes with heat (the bonnet or my micro heat cap).
- Get back in the shower and rinse thoroughly. Apply leave-in of choice-- usually Desert Essence or Giovanni Direct Leave-in.
- Make 8-10 twists- 4 or 5 on each side. **This step is to stretch the hair for the 'real' hairstyle**. You could also pull the hair into a bun, do cornrows, a roller-set, chunky plaits, or band.
- Seal the ends with shea or Oyin Burnt Sugar.
- Allow to airdry overnight, using a bonnet dryer if you're in a rush.
- The next morning (Sunday), take down the twists and finger detangle if necessary. Divide hair into two. I now prepare to braid my dry hair for a wavy effect.
- I do 9 plaits total, 4 on each side (one in the back, one above my ear, one framing my face, and one immediately behind that one), and one at the crown, braided toward my face.
- Start with the back- left side. Brush the hair out (this is optional... I use a goody paddle, but a wide tooth comb or fingers should suffice), apply a teeny bit of Burnt Sugar pomade, and make a braid/plait. I braid until I reach the last 2 inches and then I twist.
- Complete all braids/plaits in the same manner-- adding Burnt Sugar Pomade along the way, and twisting the last two inches (makes for an easier take down).
- Now, gather hair rollers and find your spritz (in a 2 dollar spray bottle from Sally's, I combine 1 part water, 1 part Desert Essence Green Apple Conditioner).
- Spritz each braid, making it damp, not dripping wet. This step sets the hair. To make sure the braid gets thoroughly saturated I cradle the braid in one hand and spritz directly, in close range, with the other. Finally, I squish the mix through by squeezing the braid gently. Set the end on a rod roller, and move on to the next one.
- Once all the braids are damp and the ends are rolled, I tie on a satin scarf, leaving the braids dangling, but the crown secure to control the frizzies.
- On Monday morning, I carefully take down each braid and fluff.
Preserving the Style:
- I re-braid every other night. Since the hair is somewhat straightened and already detangled, your fingers and a wide tooth comb should get the job done.
- On nights that I don't re-braid, I pineapple (gather the hair at the crown and secure with a loose, satin scrunchy, and tie on a scarf), and sleep on a satin pillow case.
-Moisturize once daily or every other day
-Stretched Hair (prevents breakage, splits, tangling)
-Makes fine hair appear voluminous
-Only have to re-style (wet, detangle, etc.) once a week, or bi-weekly. yay!!!
-Excessive manipulation (especially if you're brushing daily). If you try this routine, only use the brush on day 1.
-If you work out regularly, you'll have to water rinse more often than twice a month.
As I stated in previous posts, I got the inspiration from Amel... plus, this was the routine my mom followed when I was a little girl (only it stayed in plaits 80% of the time). Since my hair is stretched, I'm experiencing fewer knots and tangles. I hope to see excellent length retention with this routine!
**I plan to do a Braid-n-Curl tutorial in the very near future!