Learning to take care of my hair has been a long journey. It’s big and thick and has multiple textures ranging from super coarse tight curls at the nape of my neck, to soft big curls on top. When I was in about 6th grade my parents left me to my own devices without really explaining what to do. My dad is white and my mom had relaxed hair most of her life, and when she did the big chop she continued to use Pantene. Pantene doesn’t cut it for me. I’ve gone through many iterations of this routine and this is whats currently working for me.
Every three to four days I wash my hair in the shower. When I detangle my hair (which I do every 3ish washes) I start by getting my hair wet under the spout, sectioning it, and running through it with a wide-tooth comb. Then I go in with conditioner. I use a hair masque as conditioner because I find it moisturizes way better. My favorite is the Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque from Shea Moisture. Then I let that sit while I all the other things one does in the shower. I rinse the masque out with cold (ish) water, then I wring out as much water from my hair as I can before wrapping it up in a towel.
I let the towel soak up the water for awhile and then I put in product. I do a partial LOC method with just the leave-in and the oil. I use the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Caster Oil styling lotion and I coat my hair with sweet almond oil, which I just get from Whole Foods. Then I part my hair down the middle and braid it. I’ll usually keep the braids in for like 36 hours, or two nights and one day.
When I take the braids out I just jouj my hair without using product. On the days in between washing and having braids I use the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine leave in conditioning spray to reactivate my curls.