Lifestyle Habits to Keep Hair Healthy
It is VERY IMPORTANT to build a hair care regimen for retention and growth. I have found that my hair has grown since I have been paying attention to it, while having scheduled days that I wash (weekends), and freshen it (around day 3 after wash).
A good book to grab to learn more about this is "The Science of Black Hair," by Audrey Davis Sivasothy (I wish I was endorsed :)). Look for it at your library and take notes if you do. I just found her website too!
Check out the section -- Hair breakage 101: Protein and Moisture. I've found this information so helpful. Yes, you can check out her blog too! She covers different things than I do (but certainly things that are good to know).
When I did not have a hair care regimen for 4 years, my hair grew at turtle speed! My regimen went something like wash once a month and condition maybe twice a month. It was a really bad one. I considered letting my hair lock (dreads), but I was convinced by my sweetheart to wait a while.
Here's a few tips that I use to nourish dry weak hair.
3 things in my hair care regimen
1. Wash the non-sexy way to prevent tangles!
It is important to hydrate the hair with water and remove daily buildup (sweat, fumes, products). When I learned to balance my hair's pH during this process, that is when I truly saw it as HYDRATION (or giving my hair a drink of water).
I like to washing in sections. I separating my hair before I wash into four to six sections that are loosely braided or twisted into a section.
I step in the shower and rinse my hair with warm water, then take a section aloose at a time and apply shampoo or conditioner (co-wash). I rinse the section and retwist or braid, and repeat until finished with my whole head. I dry my hair usually with a soft t-shirt and seal with a hair butter, oil, or pomade. I like washing it this way because I am able to treat and clean each section well.
2. Finger Comb it slick!
My hair is really prone to tangles, no lie! As I have heard, read, and tried in detangling, it works best for me to saturate my hair with conditioner and GENTLY use my fingers to comb through it and then a comb if desired. I sometimes, detangle before I wash when I feel that I have a lot of tangles, otherwise, I will wait until after I've shampooed and applied conditioner.
3. Molasses Cream Conditioner
Molasses is everything left over after processed sugar is made. Molasses is rich in vitamins, iron, and sulfur. When I use it on my hair, it seems to act as a humectant. I love to include this in my conditioners for this reason.
Co-wash, or regular conditioner after shampoo.
This is a homemade deep conditioner that I love to use;
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 tbsp molasses
- powdered herbs that are soluble in water (opt)
I use plastic caps to seal in the heat and let it sit for 20 mins then rinse. This is my go to when my hair has been without moisture/water for too long and is starting to feel dry, this makes my hair so soft. Towel dry with a soft t-shirt (does not agitate and add tangles).
Be sure to follow this with a pH balancer. I like to add about a 1/4 tsp vinegar to 6 ounces of water, spray this on hair to restore pH that was alkalized through shower water rinsing. This step keeps the hair soft after it is dry.
It's VERY important to build a hair care regimen so that your hair is taken care of on a daily basis. It is a simple thing really, when the hair is healthy and strong it grows!