As some of you may know, I chopped off my hair around May 2013 & I’m excited that it has now been 6 months since I began this new journey. So I thought I should share some of the things that I’ve been doing for the past couple of months, what has been working for me, my thoughts and my plan for the next three months.
If your new to my journey, let me just do a little recap, that I’m not newly natural. I’ve been natural for about 4 years, however when I first went natural I transitioned without any knowledge of how to properly care for my natural hair. Last year after having my second child I experienced a lot of postpartum shedding around my temple areas & decided to big chop for the first time.
For my full natural hair journey read along here:
Ok now for the update…
In my 3 months update, I mentioned that I had trouble retaining moisture in my hair, a lovely viewer mentioned that perhaps my hair was low porosity. This had never occurred to me before, I had heard of porosity but had no idea how important of a role it had in the way our hair reacts.
Therefore, I did my research on porosity. Porosity is basically the ability of hair to absorb and retain moisture. This is essential in growing healthy hair because lets face it, dryness equals breakage. Breakage contributes to unhealthy hair and problems with retaining growth.
I did feel like most of the symptoms of low porosity were exactly what was going on with my hair. I did the home based water test and according to this test I was low porosity. I also ordered a Hair analysis test from Live Curly Live Free and their results contradicted my water test. They said that my hair porosity was actually normal. I will get into more details about all this in a future post.
Before the hair porosity test came back, I got some products that naturals with low porosity said have worked to retain moisture in their hair and these worked quite well with my hair.
First product :SoftSheen Carson Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator
Claims: Dual Conditioning For Natural or Curly Hair. Activates and moisturizes in one easy step! Restores curls, smoothes hair and adds sheen. Leaves hair feeling silkier, looking livelier…never greasy or stiff.
Ingredients : 42480 SS4 -AQUA/WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, STEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, DIMETHICONE, OLETH-20, DICETYLDIMONIUM CHLORIDE, POLYQUATERNNIUM-11, METHYLPARABEN, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, DIMETHICONOL, LINALOOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, BENZYL BENZOATE, BUTYLPHENLY METHYLPROPIONAL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LIMONENE, CI 19140/YELLOW 5, C115510, ORANGE 4, BEHENTRIMONIOUM, METHOSULFATE F.I.L D37347/1
1. Apply small amount of Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator to palm of hand. Rub hands together, then apply evenly over entire head. Massage thoroughly.
2. Gently comb or pick through hair to evenly distribute and detangle.
3.Style as usual.
My thoughts: I love this. It does keep my hair moisturized & soft all day. When I rub it into my hair it brings out curls that I never knew even existed on my course 4 C hair.
Second Product: Long Aid Activator Gel
Claims: Moisturizes & Softens 27% More Glycerin For Long Lasting Styles. Long Aid Activator Gel is formulated to soften and moisturize your hair. Contains 27% more glycerin enhanced with Aloe Vera, Protein and Panthenol to provide extra moisture and help your style last longer.
Ingredients: Water(Aqua), Glycerin, Triethanolamine, oleth20, carbomer 940, Aloe Vera powder (Aloe Barbadensis), methylparaben, DMDM hydantoin, disodium edta, fragrance(parfum), Ext. violet 2(cl 60730)
Directions: Take a generous amount in the palm of your hand. Rub hand together and immediately apply to hair, massaging thoroughly to ensure even distribution. Style as desired.
My thoughts: This is nothing like your typical gel. Even though it looks like gel I have not experienced the crunchiness or hardness that most gels cause. It feels more like a styler to me. I use it to layer on top of the SoftSheen Carson Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator and these two work great together to define my curls further. However if you are looking for hold you will need another gel on top of this. This is more of a moisturizer and styler in one. Therefore after applying this I top it up with my gel of choice which is the pink curls and wave eco styler gel.
Fall Castor Challenge – update
As I mentioned in a previous post, I was going to take part in the Fall castor challenge. I did this for about a month and a half then I had to travel to Tanzania. The weather there is very humid and I felt like the castor oil was very heavy on my hair. Therefore, for the time that I was there I stopped doing the challenge. I did resume with the challenge as soon as I got back. My hair has been responding very well.
I’ve been using castor oil twice a day for at least 3 times a week. Before bed, I’ve been doing the baggy method. Which means, after co-washing my hair I saturate it with castor oil, cover it with a shower cap and satin scarf and leave it on over night.
In the morning I co-wash again, apply my conditioner/styling product and apply castor oil around my edges. I’ve been using Organic Castor Oil – 100% Pure Cold Pressed that I got from Amazon. With this routine, every morning I’ve been waking up to extremely moisturized hair. I have also noticed that my hair is much thicker and my edges are growing in. I plan to continue to do this as part of my regimen for at least the next six months.
Favorite Hair Style at the moment:
For the past 3 months I have only been wearing my hair in finger coils, I feel like this is the style that is most suitable for my current life style. It is minimum maintenance and saves me a lot of time that I don’t have right now. I also like the fact that I haven’t been fussing over my hair and I have a feeling that is one of the reason my hair has been doing well, I’m simply letting it do its own thing.
In the morning I cowash with whatever leave in conditioner I have in hand. Most of the time it’s Tresseme Naturals. I then use the soft sheen as my leave in I rub my hair hair together to create the coils, I then layer it with the long aid activator gel and the pink ecostyler gel and use castor oil on my edges.
At night I cowash again (I know this may be excessive to some, but at the moment this is what has been working for me.) I then proceed to apply castor oil all over my head, followed by my plastic cap and satin scarf..then off to bed I go.
Shampoo: I only do this when I feel like my hair has product build up on a need to need basis.
Deep conditioning: About once a month, but my plan is to start doing this much more often. Maybe weekly or biweekly.
Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,
Much Love & Stay Blessed,