Like every natural hair veteran knows, we all start out as “product junkies” experimenting almost every product that looks fancy on the shelf, or has a promise of “health” on it. After about 6months you realize that this isn’t the most sustainable approach to managing natural unrelaxed hair. It’s gets expensive and very confusing quickly. This brings you to the stage of finding out what works for you and sticking to these and calling them your “staple” products. However, the occasional splurge still comes when you stumble upon a new product, but now your choice is guided by a better understanding of the product ingredients and the necessities of what it can really do for your hair, not just by the pretty labels 😄. At least this was my experience in my 1st couple months of growing out my natural unrelaxed hair.
For ease of describing each regimen, I am going to categorize it into 4 headings
Every hair needs to be kept clean at all times. Number 1 rule of natural hair is to keep it moisture full always. This might seem like 2 contradicting messages, how do you ensure your hair has moisture always and at the same time, cleansed. To achieve this, my golden rule when selecting a shampoo is to pick one that moisturizing or hydrating. It’s best to stay away from drying agents in shampoo which take out all the moisture. My shampoo staple is the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturising Shampoo. It’s very affordable and is available across many locations. In addition to this, since I colored my hair, I have also started using the Garnier Fructis Color Shield Shampoo Which helps in retaining the color and providing the extra moisture and defence that color treated hair requires.
2. Condition (Instant and Deep)
Using a Moisturising shampoo isn’t enough, adequate conditioning of one’s hair is required. It’s advisable to deep condition your hair at least once every month depending on the nature of styling done. I usually use the kind of protective styles done to determine the frequency of my deep conditioning but I stick to once a month or anytime I take out any style that stayed longer than 2weeks.
I usually mix all my conditioners for deep conditioning and then add in 1 or 2 deep conditioner. Currently, my staple Deep conditioners are Obia Natural Babbasu deep conditioner and Giovanni Hair Reconstructor . Both have given very excellent results. For color treated hair, I also use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Color which is an instant conditioner.
3. Retain Moisure
After cleansing and conditioning, I usually retain moisture using either of the 2 methods, mostly the LCO
- LOC (Liquid-Oil-Cream) method – I start out with a leave in conditioner (Creme of Nature Argan Oil Leave-In conditioner) as my liquid application. Then, an oil with preference to a light one as its being applied to the hair and not scalp, mine is coconut oil. For the cream, I go with a water based choice. Currently, I use the curl enhancing smoothie or Obia Natural twist whip butter.
- LCO (Liquid-Cream-Oil) method – The products used are the same as with the LOC, the only difference is the order of application.
So that’s it folks, natural hair maintenance isn’t sooo high maintenance once you have figured out the products that work for you.
For those in Lagos Nigeria, would like to list a few stores that carry these products
Will keep updating the list as more names come to mind.
Oooh and by the way, am 30months natural 👯 so I don’t know it all yet 😉
Looking forward to hearing what products are now your staple and more suggestions on where to get products 😊