so, lina is going to kick off our rock solid regimen series… this is part one.
she was recently featured on keep it kinky, so you can check that out as well…
BGLH: What HAS NOT worked for your hair, in terms of regimen or products?
L: For regimens:
a) I cannot go for more than 7 days without washing or rinsing my hair. When I was permed, washing the hair before a retouch was viewed as a style-killer.. Regardless of the style I wear, I now wash or rinse my hair once (sometimes twice) weekly. At the very least, I need to cleanse my scalp and expose my hair to water weekly.
b)I also need to apply products to my hair. My hair does not like to be “naked”, but my scalp does. I usually have to apply an oil or butter to the length and a water-based moisturizer to the length and scalp.
a) Natural products work best on my hair. I noticed that at 9 months natural, all the relaxed hair products I was using began to negatively affect my hair, mainly because they had no nutrients to help my hair stay healthy. It was like I was feeding my hair processed fast food! I try to avoid products with mineral oil (most black haircare products unfortunately) and I use mostly products that are vegan/vegetarian, or I make my own.
BGLH: what, in your opinion, is the #1 mistake that aspiring naturals make?
L: I think the #1 mistake is not getting enough information on natural haircare beforehand. I notice that many potential clients who want to go natural or loc their hair already have a texture, length and hairstyle in mind and want to aspire to other people’s images and ideals BEFORE learning what their own true texture is! Also some newbies and naturals have to take into account where they live or whom they have access to — resources, knowledge, and support may also be needed to help keep them from abusing natural hair too. I think some aspiring naturals also assume that relaxed hair routines will completely carry over and that there is no learning curve for natural haircare.
There are several transitions within the natural hair journey. Sometimes it’s the hair (routine), then the products, then the mindset. For others, it’s the mindset, then the products (converting to kitchen routines or natural products while relaxed or transitioning) and finally the routine. It varies widely with every individual.
BGLH: what products work best for you, and why?
L: Oy Vey! I have tried soo many –My hair is soo thick that it takes several weeks to really detect whether something works or not. But overall, my hair likes diluted/mild cleansers for washing, and thick oily moisturizing products for conditioning. My hair also likes oils and butters for holding in moisture, and teas or floral waters for refreshing. From early on in my natural journey, I found that my hair really likes coconut oil and shea butter-based products. Aubrey Organics’ line is mainly based with coconut oil, and I get a lot of shea butter from my Nigerian connection (mommy and grandmom!). I use protein sources mainly when I have extensions or box braids, and henna, mayonnaise and yogurt work best for that . For light protein needs, I add Infusium 23 or silk amino acids (SAA) to my leave-ins.
my thoughts: like lina, i have a natural hair product bias… unlike lina, i wash my hair every 3 weeks (although i’m starting to become concerned about product buildup)… and are hair butters any different than water-based moisturizing creams?
compare to your own regimen and please discuss! lina, if you’re out there… please chime in!
and you can check out lina’s fotki page here…