*This post was originally published on May 11, 2017*
I did a second big chop in February 2014 after 8 years of being natural. I had managed to get some decent length, but my ends were very uneven and I had constant issues with my hairline.
My big chop was a fresh start and an opportunity to just enjoy my hair again. I kept it low for a while then decided in April 2014 to give growing it out a second try.
This time around things have been completely different. Retaining length has been incredibly easy and my scalp, hairline and ends are much healthier.
So what changed? My regimen is very similar to what it was before but having my butters on hand has made a huge difference.
Natural hair in particular (and textured hair in general) is in constant need of moisture. Like… constant. And during my first go round with my natural hair, I really didn’t have any products that locked in moisture effectively. After washing and conditioning my hair, I would add in castor oil. It was sticky, heavy and just didn’t do that great a job of sealing moisture in over several days. From time to time I would use raw shea butter, but the process of melting it down and pouring it onto my strands was messy and time consuming.
With my whipped butters, I have found a quick, light and non‐greasy way to lock moisture into my hair for days. And that has made all the difference
On wash day, I shampoo and deep condition my hair. I then divide it into sections and rake BGLH Marketplace whipped butter through it. My favorite for this is the Coconut Whipped Shea Butter. It is just three ingredients — refined shea butter, unrefined coconut oil and almond oil — and it packs a serious moisturizing and sealing punch. (That is not the only butter you can use. Any of the whipped shea or whipped mango butters will work!)
After this my hair is good for 5 to 6 days. All I do in between is a light daily spritz.
Part of the reason the butters work so well is that they are absorbent. If you’ve bought them, you know they disappear into your skin. The same is true of hair. Coconut oil (which is contained in all BGLH Marketplace whipped butters) can actually penetrate and moisturize strands. So you’re getting moisture two ways — both from what has been sealed in and what is replenishing from the inside. It’s dope!
Having a reliable moisture sealant has helped my hair tremendously. It is nourished, pliable and most importantly it isn’t dry — which is a major cause of natural hair breakage and a big issue I had the first time around.
My ends, especially, have benefitted. Sometimes if they feel dry I will do a ‘spot treatment’ — wet them with water or a spritz and apply whipped shea butter. And just like that they are bouncy and healthy again.
I mainly use my butters to seal in moisture, but they also work as a styling product. If I know I’m going to do a wash and go I rake whipped butter through my hair, from root to tip. It clumps the curls and produces a nice undefined wash and go fro. (Because the products are absorbent they do not produce white flakes or residue which can cause hair to unintentionally knot and loc.)
In addition to wash and go’s, the butters can be used as a general styling product. I use the butters on my children as my mother used hair grease on me — applied to the strands before braiding and combing to soften (and the butters do a waaaaay better job of this than grease did.)
But it doesn’t stop there. The butters are also a great scalp treatment (I swear these butters have, like, a million and one uses.) Shea, mango and cocoa butter are incredible for healing and reducing irritation in skin. If I want to give my scalp some love, I coat the tips of my fingers with butter and give myself a gentle scalp massage. It feels soooo good, and my scalp thanks me!
Three years after my second big chop my hair is the strongest it’s been, my scalp is healthy, my strands are retaining length and I owe it all to the buttahs 😉