It’s been a while since I did a hair update. I was going to record a video, but I tend to ramble and miss important points so I figured a written post would be better. I have been doing okay with my hair. I still feel like I need to tighten my regimen up. I kind of feel like I am floundering in the wind and I don’t really know what my hair needs. Still, I can honestly say that I am taking WAY better care of my hair than I was just two months ago and my hair is growing.
My Current Regimen…
- DC with Lustrasilk Shea Butter and Mango Cholesterol (see notes below)
- Wash with Shea Moisture Yucca and Boabab Volumizing Shampoo (see notes below)
- Condition with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner & Rinse Out
- Condition with Shea Moisture Yucca and Boabab Volumizing Conditioner and leave it in.
- Spray lightly with Shea Moisture Reconstructive Elixir (an oil blend. See notes below)
- Bantu Knots, Flexi-rod Set, or Flat Twist (2 – 3 Twists Straight Back)
- Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex a.k.a. Nioxin Vitamins (see notes below)
- Spray hair lightly with water and re-twist/knot with She Moisture Curl & Style Milk. Cover with a Satin Bonnet. If I am wearing a flexi rod set, I skip the water and style milk except on my edges, and pineapple loosely with a silk scarf around my edges.
- Sleep on a Satin Pillow nightly.
Quick Notes on My Regimen…
- Deep Conditioning (and pre-pooing) before washing is a whole new concept to me. It seems a little counterintuitive, but I noticed a lot of hair bloggers do it that way so I thought I’d give it a try. The logic behind deep conditioning (and pre-pooing) before washing is basically to counteract the stripping that is inherent to shampooing your hair. Makes perfect sense when you think of it that way, huh? So, what I do is spray my hair with a spray bottle so that it’s wet, but not sopping. Next, I section my hair into four sections and slather on the Lustrasilk until it’s completely saturated. I put on a shower cap and let the conditioner sit on my hair for about an hour, or however long it takes me to finish whatever activity I have scheduled to occupy me on hair day (usually blogging. LOL!)
- I am not totally in love with the Shea Moisture shampoo but I stocked up on it at the Natural Hair Show so I thought I’d use it up before buying something new. Honestly, I don’t really know what I am looking for from a shampoo so I can’t say that I won’t ultimately end up coming back to the Shea Moisture. I do know that it does NOT have any of the bad stuff, and it doesn’t strip my hair… and that is a plus!
- I have tried intermittent co-washing but I have not been able to really fit it into my life. I don’t really want to “wash” my hair mid-week because I really don’t have time for the mid-week styling. I suppose people do wash-n-go styles and buns, but ehh I don’t really wanna do either. I don’t think I’ll be able to wear a decent wash-n-go until I chop of these straight ends and you may recall that one of my hair goals was to lay off the ponytails.
- I don’t particularly care for the Shea Moisture Reconstructive Elixir. I bought it on a whim because I needed some kind of oil for sealing, and I was nowhere near a health food store. It kind of just sat on top of my hair…definitely not what I wanted. Since then, I’ve gotten my life together and purchased some 100% organic extra virgin
olive oil. Correction: Coconut Oil.
- You may remember me mentioning that I’d started taking Biotin supplements. Well, that didn’t work out so well. They were making my face break out with HUGE painful zits. So, I swapped them out for the Nioxin vitamins and I have had NO negative side effects at all. I have been taking the vitamins for almost 60 days. It is my understanding that these particular vitamins have a 30 day gestation period where you don’t really see much of anything change with your hair, then all the sudden BOOM! Your hair and nails start growing strong and healthy. An important thing to note about vitamins. It is not likely that they will make your hair grow faster. Hair grows about a ½ inch a month. Period. You may have growth spurts here and there, and on the flipside there may be periods of time where it feels like your hair is growing slower but I personally don’t bank on products making my hair shoot out of my head any faster than the normal rate. What I do expect from dietary supplements like Nioxin and biotin is stronger, healthier hair that is less prone to breakage. Okay, so one of my other hair goals was thicker, fuller hair. Now, my hair has always been fine, but my hair was not always thin (which I believe it is now). In fact, my hair was unbelievably thick (but still fine in texture). They say you are born with the number of hair follicles you will have on your head for life. The only thing that varies is whether or not a hair is growing from that follicle at any given time. That said, I also don’t expect new hair follicles to magically appear on my scalp; however, I do believe that unhealthy hair habits and perhaps stress has caused some premature hair loss and tons of breakage. I am hoping that Nioxin will help remedy some of that. Now, Nioxin also boasts an increase in hair density…and by that they mean density of the individual strand…which I suppose will make your hair appear fuller and thicker. I have heard RAVE reviews about this supplement so I am excited to see the results on my hair. So far, I have seen splendid results on my nails. They are growing SO fast and they are stronger than they’ve ever been. I’ll keep you guys posted on my hair.
Here are my goals for improving my regimen over the next few months.
- Weekly hot oil treatments (did my first one this past Sunday).
- Monthly henna gloss (did one a couple months ago, but didn’t stick with it).
- Protective styling (twists, loose buns, ummm?).
- Mid-week cowashing (only because I keep hearing how great it is for replenishing moisture).
- Pre-pooing and sealing with coconut oil.
Hair Wish List
- 100% Coconut Oil
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- Ecostyler Gel
- Hair Steamer
- Hooded or Bonnet Dryer
- Thermal Turban Heat Wrap
The Fun Stuff…Pictures
Okay, so because I am not really good at this whole hair journey documentation thing, I never took a picture of my hair when I started. We’ll let this be my starting point J
My hair today (Sept 2011); I wish I had taken the picture with a regular bra or bikini top. If I had on a regular bra, you’d be able to see that my hair at its longest point in the back is about 1 ½ -2” shy of my bra strap. I guess this is called BSB (below shoulder blade) length hair? Now let’s keep in mind 1) I need to cut off all these nasty straight ends and 2) I have all these breakage induced layers that are going to require a lot of trimming and TLC to grow out. That being said, my hair is probably longer than it has been in years. After about 3 months, my hair is showing promise. I am looking forward to seeing where I’ll be after a year!
My 1st Successful Flat Twist Out (Still not my favorite styling technique)
A PERFECT Bantu Knot Out (I haven’t been able to recreate this)
The Original Flexi-rod Set (the most consistent styling technique)
My goals are not really changing, but previously I said I wasn’t really concerned about length. Well, I’ve changed my mind. After seeing the tremendous growth results all the healthy hair bloggers out there have experienced after implementing a healthy hair regimen, I have to admit the desire for looooong hair began to consume me. So scratch what I said before…. I now want waist length hair. HA!! (that is quite the 180, right?) But, my previous statement still stands… fuller, thicker, stronger hair trumps length for me, and over the next year my focus is going to be on repairing the damage that has already been done…which inevitably will include a lot of cutting…which means, I won’t be retaining my growth. Until, these fried ends are gone, I’ll sadly be cutting off an inch for every inch that grows.
So there you have it. I know this post was SUPER long, so God bless you if you actually read it! LOL!!
So many of you have given me such great tips and some of you have even emailed me your hair regimens. I SO appreciate that! It has been so helpful. Please keep the helpful tips coming…and thanks to those of you who allow me to stalk you on Twitter with all my questions!