My journey into natural hair began over three years ago. I hesitated in taking the plunge because I was used to heat styling almost every single day and getting relaxers regularly as a child and up into my teenage years. I worried about how I would style my hair knowing it wouldn't be straight - I cringed as a child wearing an Afro or anything similar. Straight was the style I wanted and pretty much achieved it, but at the price of damaging my hair.
Looking back on it now, I laugh about how silly I was being almost. Yes, I was a child who didn't care about the health of my hair, but I wish I could go back and realize that my hair was perfect. I would NEVERRR go back to weekly straightening or worse - a relaxer. Natural hair, in its truest form, is beautiful, unique, and perfectly crafted for each woman and man who embraces it- I wish I could've grasped this concept earlier in my life. I'm so glad I did!
Since becoming natural, I've started buying products (like crazy), trying different brands, and methods to see how I want to style my hair and getting the moisture-protein balance right. But one thing I haven't done yet is “create” a winter hair regimen. Living in Michigan, you would think the cold weather and brutal winds would've forced me into creating one, but nope! I usually tend to wear sew-in and wigs during the colder months, so my hair can fit under a hat - a very serious matter when you are freezing!
Now it’s time I create that regimen and start caring for my hair in a more careful way by giving it more moisture, even more protective styling to retain length, and handling it with great care because of the weather. I never noticed how much deep conditioning makes a difference on natural strands until I started:
Deep conditioning is the first staple in helping me retain strong strands for this regimen. This natural hair care step helps to add an extra layer of moisture or protein, depending on type of deep conditioner used, to help strands remain strong for the protective styling ahead. When I first started as a natural, I rarely deep conditioned my hair, but now I cannot stop! I deep condition once a week, and like I mentioned earlier have seen a huge improvement with my hair's moisture levels, how much my curls pop, strength and shine of my hair. (There is a graphic below from Naturally Curly to help understand more of the Do's and Don't's of Deep Conditioning.)
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So what kind of deep conditioners do you use? I have tried a lot of brands, but right now I have three staple deep conditioners, and they are all BOMB. I believe my hair mostly needs moisture, so I tend to lean more towards that type of conditioner and only protein conditioners about once a month.
For heat, I use a Thermal Hot Heads conditioning cap to help produce heat to penetrate hair strands. The cap is easy to use and heats up in the microwave. I heat it, accordingly to the directions given, for the maximum heat. I've been using this cap since September, and I couldn't be more happy with it. It does it's job, but does require more than the first initial round of heating.
For more information on deep conditioning, I'm linking some helpful articles:
Are you a natural? How do you prep your hair for the winter months, and what do you use? Would you like to know more about my natural hair journey?
Let me know in the comments below.
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