My personal favorite DIY conditioner is an Avocado Deep Conditioner Mask. This is one of the first DIY Deep Conditioners I experimented with and still use to this day. I make this mask at least once a month and apply it on a washday to my hair. Over the years, I alter the recipe now and then and this is my current recipe. Continue reading
A couple of months ago I decided to try out the Straightening & Strengthening Kit by ORS. It is a texture manageability treatment to make the hair softer by smoothing the cuticle without any chemicals. The kit has natural ingredients as coconut extract and aloe vera and with the help of amino acids that create a protection layer around the hair cuticle. The kit is suppose to help you diminish frizz and gives more shine to your straight and curly hairstyles.
Last weekend, I asked my mother if she could apply some high lights on my hair. She misunderstood and actually made an ombre effect on my hair.
“Go have a look”, she smiled proudly. I went to the mirror and all my alarm bells went of. She noticed my facial expression and laughed. “Come here, one more step to go”
“Long hair, don’t care” That’s what they say (What does it mean though?)
A few months ago, I noticed that my hair was not growing…at least that is what I thought. My hair was (and still is) thick and very difficult to detangle. Besides, the shrinkage is real…I think that my hair shrinks by 50 percent.
I decided to analyze my hair care routine and guess what? My routine was not promoting growth, it was promoting breakage instead. My new routine not makes my hair grow; it makes my hair much healthier. You are curious now, huh? I am not going to let you wait, read more about my hair care routine…
1. The magical oils
Castor oil, Rosemary-mint oil, Amla oil, these oils are going to be your best friends until you finally reach your hair length goal.
In the past, I only used castor oil. I noticed some growth; however, my hair became so thick! Of course, having some volume is awesome…but, it makes the detangling process very difficult. Luckily, Caressa told me that I have to mix castor oil with another oil in order to avoid this.
2. Protective styling
As I mentioned earlier, type 4 hair has less natural protection than other hair types. Therefore, it requires us to do some protective or low manipulation styling. Sundays are my wash days, I close my wash routine with either braiding my hair or applying flexi rods.
3. Drink lots of water
Why? Water is not only healthy; it is the key to shiny and moisturized hair. So try to drink 2 liters water a day and this helps you hair to stay OK.
4. Finger detangling
At the beginning of the detangling process, you should detangle your curls carefully with your fingers. The chances of breaking your hair are considerably smaller than detangling your hair with a comb. However, if you have some huge knots it is better to use a comb.
5. Scalp massage
Massaging your scalp stimulates hair growth, because it helps the blood circulation to your scalp. Besides, repeatedly massaging your scalp improves the shape of your hair. Two minutes a day is enough, you can do it at any moment: when watching television, when trying to relax during work or right before pre-poo!