I think a simple twist-out is always cute. Just twist your hair in medium to larger twists, depending on how much definition and volume you want, then untwist your hair the next day. Buns are also nice protective styles, as are wash-and-gos. I say just experiment with different styles until you find a few that suit you. Also, check out the my list of my favorite “natural hair gurus.” Several of them offer GREAT hairstyle tutorials for many different lengths. Hope I’ve helped and feel free to submit any hairstyles you decide to try. :)
So, last weekend, I was just about fed up with my hair (well, the top half at least). Ever since getting that section colored, it has been very dry and very difficult to retain moisture. In hopes of preventing further damage, I did a little research (and by research, I mean YouTube videos, blog posts and various product reviews). I ventured to the nearest beauty supply store and purchased 4 products. The first 3 products I picked up were:
Rituals? I have a regimen that I follow, but I wouldn’t say that I partake in any “rituals” regarding my hair. As stated in an earlier post, I rarely use oils. The only oil I own is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and I use that sparingly. As for medications, do you mean hair vitamins, Biotin and all that jazz? I don’t use any of those either. I enjoy simplicity, so all I really do is try to keep my hair moisturized, by applying water and a moisturizer when necessary. Although I love wearing my hair out, I try to do protective styles (mostly mini-twists) whenever I have time. I’ve also noticed that abstaining from heat has a big difference as well. My answer is kind of all over the place, but I hope I’ve helped. Feel free to ask if you’d like me to clarify anything :)
On Wash Days
- Deep Condition with Honey/VO5 Moisture Milk Strawberries and Cream mixture. Allow the mixture to sit on hair, under a conditioning cap, for 45 mins to an hour (sometimes less when i’m feeling impatient lol).
- Shampoo with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle.
- Apply Giovanni Leave-In Conditioner. Detangle with a wide-tooth comb or modified Denman brush (lol, whichever I can find. people keep jacking my detangling tools, yo). Twist hair into medium/large twists.
- Then I either allow my hair to air dry (about 75%), apply a bit of Moroccan Argan Oil EcoStyler Gel and do a curlformer set orrr allow my hair to air dry 75% and twist hair into medium sized twists. I don’t use the gel unless I’m doing a set.
- - Curlformer sets are either a Hit or Miss for me, so sometimes, if the set looks atrocious the next day, I’ll bun or pineapple the set for the day and twist my hair that night. My twist outs are nice and stretched the next day.
On CoWash Days
- Cowash with TRESemmé Naturals
- Apply Giovanni Leave-In Conditioner. Detangle.
- Allow to air dry (about 75%).
- Twist in medium sized twists.
- I don’t have a schedule for re-moisturizing. I simply spritz my hair with water when I feel it needs a bit of moisture.
- I rarely use oils. The only oil I own is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
- I don’t use any heat.
- I only do twist-outs. I style them different for variation.
- I don’t do many long term protective styles.
- I wear my hair up 99% of the time (I work a lot and it’s required).
Any questions? Feel free to ask :)
I’d love to hear your regimens and any tips you may want to share.
Disclaimer: This regimen is based on what works for my hair. I’ve endured much trial and error and I’m continuing to learn what’s best for my hair. I know I don’t follow a lot the the “Natural Mantra,” and that I could incorporate a lot more into my regimen. I am a college student and I enjoy simplicity.