Hair enthusiasts! This one is for you!
Oh hey guys, Thank you thank you for stopping by!
Way back in 2013, I decided to colour my hair. This was not the bad part, the bad part is that I neglected my hair and the colour worked a number on my hair! So with a heavy heart, I went back to Njeri, my trusted hair dresser and asked her to help me. Njeri has been making my hair since I had Imani in 2008, i cheat on her with Ngina who installs my micro weave and Alice who does my short weaves. Player! I love all my girls and encourage you to find someone you can trust with your hair. This is someone who is good at their craft and one who has your interests at heart. This is when I started my healthy hair journey.
This is my before and after.
Over the years, I have taken time to learn how to better take care of my hair and how my overall health contributes to healthy hair.
I would like to share with you guys some of the things that have worked for me, including products and regimen and hopefully inspire you to start taking care of your hair.
My hair type was 4C before I relaxed it, however my growth is still 4C overall and this means that it is very very coily and delicate. At the moment my hair is what is referred to as TexLaxed hair. This is because I stopped over processing my hair with relaxer and now only re-do my new growth (A process that I had to ask Njeri to learn and now we look like surgeons when retouching my hair; Precisions). This has caused my hair to be thinker and of course healthier and I was in nooooooo way ready for a big chop in order to start a healthy hair journey.
In 2016; I do intend to continue taking care of my hair. I am in love with the progress so far and I am very very grateful. Check out my goals, my wish list and what i am pegged on quitting this year.
-Maintain my washday routine. -Grow my Hair to BSL( Bra Strap length) Almost there. -Try different protective hairstyles -Increase my water intake.
-Not wearing a head scarf when going to bed. -Not drinking enough water
-I would like to try the Shea Moisture Range of products -I am curious weather Hairfinity Works (The Biotin Supplements)
Hair does not make the woman;but good hair definitely helps. TREsemme
Wash Day Routine
My 2016 hair wash day routine will not change so much. At the moment this is what it’s like. When I am in Doha, its just me and the sink but when I am back home in Nairobi, my girl hooks me up. So this wash day is based on what I do when I wash my hair by myself. Which is not so much fun.
The day before my wash day I love to just comb out my hair and detangle it. I wear it mostly in a bun or pony tail so there is usually not much to do. I then go on to apply my home made combination of shea butter, castor oil and olive oil all over working from my roots to the tips. I then cover my head with a shower cap and a scarf.
To wash my hair, I usually do the opposite of what Njeri does. She washes it from the front going backwards, which helps prevent product buildup along my hairline. When I wash it by myself, I cannot achieve this so I just ensure that I rinse it out better. I am currently using OGX Brazilian keratin therapy shampoo. I then condition my hair with L’oreal paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Conditioner. I pat with a clean towel to get off excess water before applying my treatment.
Now this is where I experiment and wah! Thank God nothing has ever backfired on me. I love Motions CPR not only the smell but also how soft it leaves my hair. I also use Pantene Oil Replacement. I use Black Silk for Haco Tiger brands. I keep the treatment on for about 30 minutes. My wash days happen during my days off because the process can be daunting and I never want to be rushed. I then rinse off and tie a T-shirt to dry it. I used to do what I saw on TV where people would rub a towel over their heads until Njeri sorted me out with this tip. Now I have less breakage.
Do you have any idea how hot it can get in Doha! during the hotter months, I would just air dry my hair and this helped me not use heat so much. During winter though and also when I am back home, I find myself using a hair dryer.
I usually have a mix of oils (olive, castor and almond mixed with some rose water) that I spray to give get a nice shine when I am to lazy. Other times, I use my trusted Chambers 2000 that my Ghanaian friend brought me. I love it so much. So if you are reading this from Ghana; Akwaba and send me some oil. I only let Njeri use a flat iron me. Some sort of creepy fear of burning my hair keeps me from doing it myself even though I can do it. Normally my go to hairstyle is a bun or a pony tail I do not know if this is good or bad.
As always I appreciate you reading and I would love to hear what your goals are for 2016. Did you make any? Are you on a hair journey? let me know.
Till the next post.
Stay Fly. Stay Positive. Be Joyful!