I read posts for days. Took notes, compared blog posts. Asked questions online. Subscribed to Hair forums. And I chose a few products to buy. Here is what I have used in the past week since I started taking care of my hair and I will, at the same time tell you what I’ve learned about what you should/could do for your hair to help it get healthy with links to the appropriate blogs. I am not going to explain here the terms and concepts simply because I am in the process of learning and because some other ladies have already done a wonderful job writing extensive posts about it.
Moisturizing and sealing your hair to prevent dryness and breakage (Read about it on HairliciousInc.com)
To moisturize and seal I needed of course a moisturizer and an oil or mix of oils.
I chose Wave Nouveau Moisturizing Finishing Lotion and
Hot Six Oil that I sometimes replace with Coconut Oil
A few days ago I found a product in my stash. It’s the Elin Bianco Treatment Serum which is a product that is usually sold in salons only and that I received at a beauty event a few months back.
Here’s what it promises: For all hair types. Enriched with Organic Palm Kernel Oil. Seals and repairs split ends, restores natural texture to hair, and rehabilitates the hair structure. Gives the hair vitality and softness while preserving its nutrients and moisture balance. Enriched with Natural Silicon, Coconut Extracts, Flax Oil and Sea-Buckthorn Oil.
That sounded good to me and seeing that I did not have a serum in my stash I added it to my routine. Also, the “moisturizing/sealing” routine, from what I have read online should be done twice a day, morning and evening. But I know myself, and I know that my mornings could not take one more step. So I now apply the serum only in the morning and pay attention to the ends of my hair to give them some nourishment for the day.
I also do apply some Castor Oil to my scalp for hair growth every couple of days.
I decided that I would shampoo once to twice a week. Today is Oct 25th, I relaxed my hair exactly one week ago and washed my hair for the first time since the relaxer on Monday 22nd. I was starting to feel a bit of build up on my hair and also, I couldn’t wait to try all my products. Here’s what I did:
- Pre-shampooed (or pre-poo’ed) with Shea butter and Coconut Oil for 30 minutes Read more about Pre-Pooing
- Washed my air twice with the Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture & Shine Shampoo. It doesn’t lather much and is supposed to be very gentle and not strip your hair of its oils. Of course that means that it is less likely to remove the product buildup on my hair. Read more on Sulfate Free Shampoos So from what I have read it is important to have a monthly clarifying shampoo Read here about clarifying shampoos
- Applied a protein treatment for 5 minutes. I used the Joico K-Pak Deep-
Penetrating Reconstructor – Read more about Protein Treatments here
- Rinsed it out then did a Deep Conditioner. I used Blue Magic Cholesterol with an addition of Shea butter and coconut oil. I figured it wouldn’t hurt. I covered my head in plastic and kept it on for an hour and a half. Read more about deep conditioning here
- Rinsed it out and applied two leave in conditioners: Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream and Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment 3, Repair & Renew. Sidenote: I don’t know if this is a good combo because I understand that both have protein in them…I have read a lot about the importance of giving your hair a good balance of moisture and protein. Read more about Protein and Moisture balance here and here
- Next, I decided to air dry my hair which also takes quite a while as well. I have decided not to apply any heat on my hair for as long as I can take it. I read a few things about this but it also makes total sense to me that not using heat would promote hair health and hair growth.
- To finish, I applied Dermosalic to my scalp to fight the SD and before going to sleep I moisturized and sealed my hair like I had been doing the days before.
The whole process took me around 2.5 hours. Almost 3 because I was watching TV, cooking and sometimes got distracted. It is a real commitment. It took the whole evening for it to be done but while waiting I did get quite a few chores done so it kinda forced me to be domestic and that is not a bad thing. But again, I feel like it is a big change that requires its own schedule.
Money money money…
Let’s talk about the financial of this.
I bought all of these products as well as a wide tooth comb, a boar bristles brush to smooth out my edges. I also bought Organic Roots Stimulator’s Edge Control in prevision of the days when I get a new curly growth. I also bought a couple hair accessory to help style my hair daily.
I spent around 180$ in products and accessories. I believe that these product should last quite a while but seeing that I did not have any products before (apart from some good old Pink lotion) I did have to build a stash in a short amount of time. I also bought some Satin Foam Rollers because I want to try using rollers overnight and apparently satin foam rollers are a good way to avoid breakage. I also bought Diane Plastic Mesh Rollers (got’em on Ebay) to try speed up air drying time and styling at the same time. I chose the Plastic Mesh Rollers because I read they indeed reduced air drying time and that they don’t trap your hair and cause breakage…
I decided to also start vitamins right away. I was looking forward to helping my nail growth as well and I need supplements because my diest isn’t that good either. So I got Nutricap, a supplement for a canadian brand that seems to yield good results. I plan on going with this for 3 months then I’ll try Hairfinity. I heard good things about it too.
So here you have it. This is what I am doing now. It’s been a week and my hair seems to be ok. I have been noticing less breakage recently. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!
Again, if you have comments, ideas, suggestions about the products: please let me know! I need all the help I can get :)