Happy Monday friends!
First off, I really appreciate the love I received from my last post. I’m so happy to hear that it has inspired/encouraged/helped you in your respective hair journeys. Now, I’ve had my ‘fro free over the past month and a half and every time I post a photo (usually a selfie) of me rocking my hair on my Instagram and other social media, I always get questions regarding what I do to my hair. I thought that I’d address those questions in this post. For starters, I thought I’d start a summarised version of my regimen.
1. Wash hair. Because I try to work out at least 4 days a week, I usually start with clarifying my hair with a shampoo session. I do this because I sweat quite a lot (especially my head) so by the end of the week my scalp is quite itchy from it all. Note that I pre-poo my hair before I shampoo it to prevent stripping my hair from its natural oils.
2. Condition hair. Conditioning hair is important because it helps with restoring moisture to the hair after shampooing. It also helps with the detangling process and helps makes the hair easier to manage. In this pic I had the Aunt Jackie’s conditioner on my hair. Remember it in this post? Check out the shrinkage though! Lol.
3. Deep condition hair. As mentioned in my previous post, I always make sure I alternate between moisture and protein treatments (will post about the treatments soon). DC’ing your hair is important because it helps keeps the strands moisturised, healthy and strong.
4. Rinse out DC, pat hair dry, seal in moisture. I prefer to pat my hair dry with an old t-shirt or towel as it absorbs most of the water without tangling the hair again. After this, I usually seal my ends with my trusty coconut oil.
5. Bantu knots. On damp moisturised hair, I two-strand twist my hair and style them into Bantu knots. This has lately been my go-to style of choice. My apologies for the picture quality guys. And my edges though, lol. My hair isn’t perfect. 🙂
6. Take out Bantu knots. Whenever I take down Bantu knots, I usually apply a bit of coconut oil on my fingertips and apply to each knot that I take down. It helps with sealing them and easy detangling and styling. Below is how my hair looks with freshly taken out Bantu knots.
7. Style. Lately, my hair seems to want to cooperate only about 30% of the time so I end up wearing it in a high puff. (Side note: was still growing my eyebrows out in this pic). The jumper is an old one from H&M and the necklace is super old so I can’t remember where it’s from.
The versatility of natural hair though, means that you can play around with it. Below are pics of how I’d been wearing my hair over the past 6 or so weeks.
Hope this post helps! I didn’t want to split it into 2 different posts. My apologies if it’s as long as the previous one. More outfit posts coming soon!
Keep warm and be safe.