It's been nearly a year since my BC and I'm finally ready to start posting regularly-ish about my hair. I've been natural most my life, however, I never learned how to take care of my hair, natural or permed. Since my BC in 12/10, this has been my first attempt to truly learn about my hair and what it will take to keep it healthy. It's taken much experimentation, product junkie-ism, growth, frustrations, and time to get here. I'm still learning too!
Today's Topic is MOISTURE!
Now, before we delve into my thoughts and experience on moisturizing my hair, I want you to know that I'm still developing my moisturizing routine. I don't have a set one yet but I will be sure to post an update when I do.
The following pictures show you my hair at various lengths. It'll show you my hair texture, then what my hair looks like when it's terribly dry and what it looks like when it is ultra moisturized!
|This is to give you an idea of how much my hair shrinks. I was wearing Kinky Kurly Knot today and the Curling Custard in this look (about 3.5 mos ago). My hair isn't usually as defined on its own.|
|This is a true texture shot. This is a closeup picture of my hair about a week after my big chop. I do not have curls in my hair whatsoever. It is perfectly coily!|
|This is my stretched out hair (twist out ). It is VERY DRY. At this point in my journey I hadn't a clue what to put in my hair for moisture (frustrating). Also my hair was very hard to manage in such a dry state. Notice I'm not smiling here.|
|In this picture (twist out), my hair was SORT OF Moisturized..still lightly "crispy" to the touch. I'm smiling here..but I was secretly pissed off at the moisture gods for hating on me so much.|
|When I moved my head, my little bangs would fluff from side to side....tell me that's not moisturized!!|
|A smile!! She is pleased!|
But alas! I know ya'll are wondering what I did.
Washed my hair (Loreal Sulfate Free Shampoo)
Conditioned my hair using Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
Detangled my hair..after I got out the shower
Sprayed my hair with Aussies Hair Insurance leave-in conditioner (thin watery conditioner containing silicones)
Sprayed my hair with a water/glycerin/coconut oil/ aloe vera juice combo
then applied Oyin's Handmade Whipped pudding on my hair as I twisted
That's it for the 1st day BUT despite my efforts my hair was only OK in terms of moisture
The night of Day 1!
I decided to retwist my hair that night using my Taliah Waajid Loc is up Tight hold gel. I spritzed my hair with my Aussie Hair Insurance and water, then I applied the Loc and hold gel to a section of hair then twisted.
Wrapped my head when I was done then headed to bed
I took my hair out of the twists and styled my hair. IT WAS AMAZINGLY SOFT AND MOISTURIZED!! (The last pictures above).
I don't know what to attribute my extreme moisture to. Was it a combination of the products used? or was it really the Loc and Hold Gel / Leave-In conditioner/ and Water? Did I need to seal in more moisture the next day? Not sure yet. I'm experimenting with this product combination (and others) to see. I hate to leave on such a cliff hanger..but I promise to be back in about 2 weeks with an update.Till then be well!
Please share with me what has worked for you!