It. Has. Been. Ages. Okay, more like eons. On a serious note though, the weather has been the worst! It was sunny today so my hope in the English weather still floats. Also, yes, lack of a good wardrobe (in my opinion) and no camera as well. Don’t even get me started on school stuff. I’ll keep giving that excuse until I get one! And believe you me, I’m sick of giving even myself the same damn excuse! For those who care, my birthday is in exactly 5 months, so y’all can start shipping your gifts to London from now. 🙂
Moving on, I highly doubt I’ll do another OOTD post soon, so please bear with me. Also, figured I should share my love for natural hair and thus, FCWL welcomes Asha! LOL. That came out wrong. Oh well. Anyway, this post features a good friend Asha, who I must say is honestly my hair crush! Ever since I learned that she BC’d (Big Chopped) I’ve been invading her natural hair privacy and stalking away at her pics and all! Asha, forgive me but I think I want to marry your hair. 😀
Enough of the gabbing. This post is basically about Asha’s hair and her regimen and hair journey. All that stuff, really. Feast your eyes. 🙂
Asha’s Natural Hair Journey
I have been natural for almost 7 months now with more than 5 inches of growth after my big chop. Seems the natural lifestyle is favorable to my hair and its growth. I recently styled my hair into a cut to just give my face more breathing space. I don’t have a clear cut regimen and I keep on changing what I do but here but there are some constants in whatever regimen I keep.
My Natural Regimen
NB: I shampoo my hair after two weeks
Thumbs up Shampoo: Herbal Essence For colored hair, Herbal essence curl enhancer, Vatika is also great.
Thumbs Down: Venus shampoo, Nice and Lovely, Motions.
I usually use warm water to just get rid of the oil build up then I rinse with lukewarm water. Cold water isn’t my forte.
I usually condition with Lorys Treatment and co-wash my hair with it as well. The Chocolate flavor has a great silky feel that trickles down to how your hair will feel and smell. I haven’t experimented much on conditioners just yet but planning on trying out Africa’s Organics or blue magics conditioners then I’ll let you know how it goes.
Advice: look for something that is moisture rich.
I have two ways of treating my hair.
1. The two weeks one, where I treat and let it sit in the shower cap for at least 20mins
2. Once a week in the shower, where I take a small amount and just rub it in with water, then rinse when I am done bathing. It’s a great way to kick in some life into your hair.
Thumbs up: Africa’s Organic olive oil treatment (I used it while I was transitioning and it really reduced on the breaking after just two weeks of using it. Hair always feels silky)
Mayonnaise Treatment: This was great when I had just colored my hair and it was really dry and I hated combing it.
Now coconut is great but I just can’t stand the smell. If you can, Please go for this.
Almond oil when hair is wet brings out my curls pretty well since its thick enough to hold the curls in but not heavy so you dont have grease just sitted on your hair doing nothing really.
Blue magics castor oil was great but now moved to Alisons coconut oil which is heaven.
Blue magics is great. My friend uses the blue magics cream based leave in conditioner. Gives her the exact outcome as gel would.
Leave in conditioner:
This is a daily must for me. Currently using Venus leave in and planning on moving to a better one.
Africas Best Curl and Wave keeper for men 🙂
I oil my scalp once a week or once in two weeks depending on how dry my scalp feels
Day to day: My hair is quite curly so water is my best friend. I prefer just letting water ran through my hair daily compared to the spritz bottle but I use the spritz at night. When my hair is wet and still moisturized, I use some oil moisturizer (Almond oil is great) and leave in conditioner. Then finally now currently using Africa’s Best Mens curl which is AMAZING. Leaves my hair so soft, fluffy and smells fruity. Ooh the the curls….
Evening: Spritz water some leave in and my silk scarf
Spritz bottle: Water + some leave in conditioner + oil(Almond, olive)
Co-wash every after 2-3 days.
Trim: Natural hair really tends to dry up at the ends and sometimes they get too damaged to salvage so trimming works. I trim my hair every after 3-4 months or and when I achieve greater length I can move to 6 months perhaps.
ADVICE: We all have different hair and what works for me might not necessarily work for you. You need to realize that your hair has its own little wild personality. Get to know it and find out what works specifically for you. I have my good days and bad days too. I think we all do.
Keep your head up.