In late December, the 27th to be exact, I decided to take better care of my natural hair. This was brought on by the fact that I’ve finally admitted to myself, that I’ve been utterly lazy when it comes to properly caring for my coily crown. In addition to noticing (with a bit of sorrow) that my hair isn’t as full as it once was…
Now, I must fully admit that during my eight year natural hair journey thus far, I’ve been undoubtedly taking what use to be thick & lustrous tresses for granted. Sadly, this realization didn’t catch up with me until last January, when I was having my hair flat ironed (for the third time) and I saw just how thin certain sections of my curls had gotten. In particular my edges, and the areas that form a ‘v’ just above my temples. Mind you, I haven’t changed medications – because I only take one routinely. Well, up until being prescribed eye drops late last week. So, at this point, I’m assuming stress is causing my crown to collapse and I certainly ain’t got time for any of that! Besides, having primarily worn my hair in a pineapple (also known as an updo) for – FOREVER. Which most likely caused my edges to fade away – right before my very eyes.
And when I mean lazy, I’m talking about going to bed without wrapping my hair. Remembering to trim my ends (haphazardly at best) twice a year; which would result in cutting off two to three inches or more at a time. Deep conditioning when the mood struck me, maybe once a month and detangling only after working up the courage and arm strength to withstand the click of coils – that can act up worse than any child I’ve ever laid eyes on.
That being said, “It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life. For me. And I’m feeling good.”, about the possibilities that this “healthy hair care challenge” will do for this mop atop my head.
Below, you’ll see what appears to be a bevy of products & organic ingredients. Each will provide a particular purpose throughout this challenge:
Many of you know that I make my own rose water, however, for those that are unaware, you can find the recipe to make your own here. After it’s cooled, I like to combine mine in a spray bottle with a few oils (apricot, jojoba, sweet almond and/or glycerin) mixed in – allowing for a refreshing spritz to reawaken my matted mess. Throughout this challenge, I’ll be using this to refreshen my hair whilst I’m preparing it for protective styles – something I’m not akin to doing. However, during this time of the year, I’m learning that it’s a must. In addition, I’ve decided to incorporate some fermented rice water to my weekly routine. According to this video, applying FRW to ones hair once a week can aid in thicker, fuller hair, as well as, aiding in naturally moisturizing your strands due to its beneficial amino acids & vitamins. Additionally, I’ll be relying on my own homemade concoctions i.e. hair mask twice monthly, and a good ol’ apple cider rinse with baking soda to cleanse & clarify my scalp from any product build up in between protective styles.
As mentioned earlier, I like to infuse my rosewater with certain oils. Well, now I’m remembering how important it is to use them to pamper my scalp during my 15 minute (daily) massage breaks. Along with twice monthly hot oil treatments thanks to Queen Helene & those two bottles of Wild Growth oil. I’ve chosen to dilute the avocado oil with a few hints of peppermint and at times a few drops of rosemary, allowing for some tingling sensations to invigorate my senses. Oh, and the Jamaican black castor oils will saturate my scalp, but most importantly my edges every night.
…with the use of all of those oils, you’d best believe I’m relying on a shampoo from time-to-time (once a week) to rinse away the things that have gathered on my strands. Now mind you, I have a stock pile of certain products (which before their ingredients changed – was flawless) and will be utilizing them until they are no longer in my cupboard. In particular, I’m referring to that bottle of Shea Moisture baby shampoo…
When I’m not deep conditioning, I’m simply ‘conditioning’ these kinks once a week with a little TREsemmé Naturals. After rinsing out that product, I’ll be following up with a few pumps of Bed Head’s leave-in. Then applying ample amounts of As I Am Twist Defining Cream, whilst throwing up signs any hair dresser would recognize.
I’ve chosen to pick up a few packs of ApHogee. With hopes that it will revitalize and repair the damage I’ve caused due to neglecting the jewels flowing from my crown. My goal throughout this six month crusade, is to apply these once every six weeks during the duration of this marathon of maintaining my mane.
Keep in mind, if you choose to join me – you may have to adjust the products or even how often you perform the above routines. However, this is what I’ve chosen for myself and I’m wishing upon the brightest star, that by June 27th, I’ll have fuller edges, thicker and longer hair – something that I should have never taken for granted.
Oh, and here’s a pictorial of my natural hair journey throughout the years…starting with a short flow-fade hair cut on February 13, 2009, which eventually led to my big chop on September 13, 2009.