To condition or not to condition, to oil or not to oil, when it comes to your hair you’ll find all kinds of advice. Mothers’ will tell you to “oil your hair” while your hair dresser will recommend the new IT thing “hair spa, Moroccan oil, strengthening not rebonding and all.” Before you pick your choice of treatment, here are a few things you must know.
The first step in hair care regimen is your diet and the two most important things in your diet are iron and protein. The hair cells are the fastest growing cells in the body but they are also the first ones to be affected you don’t eat right or suffer with deficiencies because they are not required for survival.
Try and include iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpea, soybeans and cereals in your diet.
You also need protein because that’s what strengthens your hair.Include complete proteins which are also rich in amino acids: like cheese, milk, soy, lentils, peas, quinoa and yogurt. Okay, I’m done being a doctor now.
It’s normal to lose 100 to 150 strands of hair a day so don’t panic when you see a small bunch crawling across your tiled floor.
Comb wet hair with extreme care because they’re fragile and prone to breakage.
Take a broad toothed comb and run it from the roots to the ends of your hair as gently as possible.
Trim your hair every three months or when necessary get rid of those brown and rough split ends. To avoid the split ends to grow out again.
Don’t wash your hair everyday and whenever you do, try and use the same brand of shampoo and conditioner.
I use this shampoo by http://www.nativechild.co Make sure your shampoo is sulfate and paraben free (not sponsored, I am just sharing what works for me)
1. Rinse off with warm water as it is good for both strength and shine.
Unlike the labels on the back of our food items, the labels on the back of our shampoos are mostly left unread.In the last few years, there has been a lot of focus on sulfate in shampoos.
What are sulfates? They’re the reason your shampoo lathers the way it does.They clean your scalp and hair, departing the dirt from it.
But some researchers also suggest that they strip your hair of essential oils. They’re also why your eye stings when shampoo runs down the side of your face. If you feel any kind of irritation on the scalp or find your hair drying up over time then try and buy a shampoo that’s sulfate-free.
2. After shampooing I then use a Hair Mayonnaise, but I only use it every each month, then use a deep conditioner every week after a wash, I honestly do not have any other explanation why deep conditioning is important other than “a deep conditioner is what a fabric conditioner is to your washed clothes, okay?!”
3. Apply the deep conditioner, then use a shower cap because it works well in heat. I use a Shoprite plastic shopping bag then wear my doek for 2-5 minutes. So basically I’ll be looking like Badu while at it, lol (Since I’ve been using a deep conditioner my curls are popping, I have never had defined curls before)
4. After rinsing the deep conditioner off with just water, I use my old cotton t-shirt to dry my hair, we’re in for my favorite part L.O.C if you’ve read my other posts on L.O.C you’ll know what is about and why it’s my favorite.
5. Then L.O.C – Liquid, Oil, and Cream because your hair will still slightly wet then that will be your liquid, but when your hair is dry then you’ll need to spray water on it.
–Oils, avocado oil, olive oil, black jamaican castor oil, tea tree oil they plenty, and fortunate enough they can be found in your kitchen cardboard, the lockdown is not an excuse.
Apply from tips to root. I prefer a more thicker oil in winter like this Castor oil from Nativechild.
6. Finally, for sealing all the moisture I finish off with a cream.
Cantu is my favorite because of its ingredients, it got water as its first ingredient which is very good for your hair and shea butter, of course.
I alternatively use this one from MyNatural, it’s in the bucket of favorites.
How my hair looked like before deep conditioning and the L.O.C method, quite dry.
This is how it looks after deep conditioning and L.O.C, my hair feels and look moistured and my curls popping guys.
Until next time, may your ‘fro glow and grow, of course. (Does that rhyme?) 😎👊