By Cipriana of Urbanbushbabes.com
Weekend (which really means Saturday Morning)
1. Lubrication: Yes lubrication and no I’m not talking cars. Depending on the state my hair I will lube the hell out of my strands with my “Love Potion # 9” concoction for an easier detangling session. For the most part I can skip this step because at the end of the week my hair stays pretty moisturized but I do experience bouts of dryness that require lubrication.
2. Sectioning: In preparation for detangling I section my twists off in 6 sections. This makes the process much easier (or maybe makes it’s easier mentally to deal with sections instead of one huge mass.) If you think in baby steps it will give you more patience.
3. Clearing Scalp: This involves the use of my nails. Now I would never use my nails during my washing process but while my hair is dry I have found this step very useful. After I have sectioned my hair I will take each part and scratch very LIGHTLY at the scalp in each sectioned part. A light scratch is all I need to rid my scalp of most build up until my washing process. Since I do not use much product during the week buildup is at a minimum but I do experience a little.
4. Detangling: When it comes to detangling I start from the root. Yes OMG I said it. I Detangle From The Root. I have turned a major don’t into a major do. Now I would never suggest this if you comb your hair but I finger detangle so root detangling just makes things smoother. Now before I hear the ‘Ahh hells no’, let me explain. I wear my hair in loose twist so I find at the end of the week that the only part of my twists that really tangle are at the root while the rest stays pretty much tangle free. I detangle one twist at a time then re-twist. Since I do not blunt trim my ends it is much easier to search and destroy (knots and splits) one twist at a time and also ensures that I given attention to all of my ends.
5. Moisture: Now after I’ve finished the detangling and twisting process I will moisturize my twists in 6 sections with my oil concoction of coconut, olive, jojoba, rosemary and castor oil (or, as I call it, Love Potion #9). I also use my Love Potion to oil my scalp with my fingertips. Since I only wash my hair once a month it is important for me to place moisture in my hair. Water is the only substance on earth that can place 100% moisture in your strands, but coconut oil is a close second with olive oil a distant third. Coconut and olive oil are the only oils able to penetrate the hair shaft and reach the cortex like water.
6. Sealing ends: I seal in the same 6 sections. I take a small bowl of water and soak the last 3 inches of each section (for shorter tresses use a spray bottle. Just place the nozzle of the water bottle directly on your ends to ensure they’re the only section that gets wet.) I squeeze the excess water out and place my Love Potion #9 concoction and an extra application of castor oil on my ends. Since I seal only once a week it is important that it lasts all week. Heavy oils and butters (like castor oil and shea butter) are perfect for this job. Before I style I pile twists in a loose bun until the ends dry.
7. Stretching: We are now at the end of my weekly routine. Since I do not use heat to stretch my hair I will take my freshly detangled, moisturized and sealed ends and tightly twist my twists (ooh try saying that 3 times fast “tightly twist my twists”. Tongue twister) into sections of 6 and gather into a tight bun (remember not too tight, it should never hurt or cause a pulling sensation in your scalp) and leave in for a couple of hours or overnight. Then I will release and style my desired look for the week.
There you have it. Following the preparation in my weekly routine has really benefited me in saving time while not sacrificing the health of my hair during my daily routine and has actually allowed me to make my daily routine possible but shoot it took me almost a decade to figure it out but at least I got there, lol.
Ladies, what does your weekly hair routine look like? Is it similar to Cipriana’s?
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