You Asked For it: My Natural Hair and Hairstyle Routine
Like most women I care a lot about my body and my natural hair (well I should say most humans, right?). I try to keep myself as healthy as possible by constantly learning about and cleansing out toxins. Well, back in 2006-2007 ish (my brain is a little fuzzy, alright…) I started changing my diet; I stopped eating out completely, stopped eating food that I deemed unhealthy for me such as pork, certain sea foods, and other junk. During that time my body went through many changes (with the help of cleanses); my skin became clearer, I lost a lot of weight in certain areas, and my natural hair changed and became so much more manageable with the use of a few products and even better after a change to a different set of all natural hair products. Before we get into that part let’s get some background info….
My mother started relaxing my hair when I was about 5 or so. I remember my grandmother saying, “I don’t know why she put that in your hair!”. At the time I didn’t really know what was going on but, I do remember thinking I had long hair. My hair was about 2-3 inches past my shoulders and it stayed that length until I was about 9-10 (5th grade). In 5th grade I started to notice my hair had gotten A LOT shorter. It was barely to my shoulders and in the middle it was very thin.
Well, I’m not going to go into all of my hair struggles I went through after that because it includes a “S Curl” (Yes. horrible, right?), braids and then back to relaxed. We would be here all day if I went through all of that. I hated my hair. I hated it natural (when I had braids my mom didn’t relax it) and I hated it with the “S Curl”. I wanted my hair back to how it was when I was younger; thick and somewhat long.
My hair always had a little “curl” to it, even after a relaxer. And when I got older (high school) the middle of my hair stopped relaxing. It would never take to the relaxer. Well, I started experiencing the same thing in 2007 after I started changing my diet around; my whole head wouldn’t relax. I tried Revlon, African Pride, Supreme, and none of them could relax my curls. I was looking a hot mess because my hair was breaking off and shedding. It wouldn’t even straighten with the hot comb! A mess!
So, in December 2007 I decided to go natural. I decided I was going to grow out my hair and stop relaxing it. I threw out the conditioners I was using. I read up about haircare online. I purchased Nature’s Gate Tea Tree Calming Conditioner and Shampoo.
I got them from my local health food store. I loved them but, a friend of mine told me about KeraVada and I have been using them every since. I love them! I have tried the Super Ego, the CoWash, and the Creme Brulee, the Caramel Souffle.
I just wish I could find this product in stores. (Update) It looks like recently they have added Free Shipping which just made my mouth water!! I am an admitted product junky and when it comes to Ayurveda products as mentions by Dr. Oz. and the ingredients that these products provide just give me what I need for my natural hairstyle.
Currently, I absolutely love the Creme Brulee. It seems to make my natural hairstyles less course and makes my hair hang more rather than all of the shrinkage that I get after conditioning. Moreover, the Super Ego oil is very light and I dont have to worry about that Jerry Curl wet spot (like on “Coming To America”). It seems like the oils soak into my hair rather than just sitting on top of it. I already knew that hair oils were what African Americans need for hair growth and for softening more than anything. I continue to see Dr. Oz talk more on Ayurveda and how it works for hair to help it grow and be healthy so I am sold!
After twisting: I oil each twist with Keravada: Super Ego
For deep conditioning: I Oil each twist and wear plastic cap overnight (or I sit under the dryer to let the oils penetrate my hair.. and afterwards my hair feels wonderful)
My twistout is what makes my hair hang… otherwise I would have a frizzy afro with no curl definition “At All!”
- Leave Ins
- Deep Conditioning
- Protein vs. Moisture
- Water, Water, Water
- Wet Buns
- and more….