Hello there 🙂 I hope you had a refreshing weekend. I must say I got a lot of positive feedback and encouragement from the first post I did and am so grateful for that. 🙂
Today I undertake to answer one of the most common questions I get, “What products do you use on your natural hair?” This post will elaborate on my current hair regimen. I usually change some of the products from time to time in the spirit of being experimental but there are those that I have been consistent with over the years.
Before I dish out the products I use,it’s important we understand why having a regimen is very important for you as a natural hair enthusiast. A regimen is simply a way of life/routine. A hair regimen would refer to the products you constantly use on your hair. Building a regimen is important because it establishes consistency. It is important to maintain a regimen over a reasonably prolonged period of time so that you get to see and understand the results of using a certain product. It will help you understand what works for your hair and what doesn’t. Remember that in your hair journey, Consistency is key. Long term consistency trumps short term intensity.
What you do every day matters than what you do every once in a while
For every step/action you take on your hair, site a products that helps you achieve the aim of that action. I don’t advocate for the most expensive products; just have something affordable that will work. In choosing out products, I actually look at the ingredients to see if they have what will help me achieve what I want. Price shouldn’t be the determinant; ingredients should work the magic in choosing products for your regimen.
So here goes my current regimen:
I use the liquid Tropical Coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the best prepoo oils because of its ability to penetrate the cortex of the hair. It has been proven to be the only plant-based oil that can significantly reduce protein loss in the hair. For this reason, I rub the oil against the hair strands so that when I shampoo, my hair does not lose it natural oils. You should try it out. Sometimes I warm the coconut oil; that way the penetration onto the hair is faster. I also mix it sometimes with olive oil which will protect the ends and reducing shedding during washing. You can buy this in any supermarket for less than Kshs. 100.
I have been using and loving TRESemme with vitamin b1-Curl Hydration Shampoo. I love the TRESemme line of products because they are very gentle on the hair stands. I chose the Curl Hydration simply because I normally rock my open most of the time and I left it with a bit of curls. I bought this from Nakumatt Supermarket, Galleria Mall for around Kshs. 950. It might sound expensive but the quantity and quality is totally worth it. 😉
I have also been using the TRESemme with vitamin b1 Curl Hydration Conditioner to co wash my hair. The Conditioner literally provides moisture as I wash. I usually love the texture my hair gets when using this conditioner. The Curl Hydration type simply leaves my hair defined with soft curls and easy to style. The Conditioner costs exactly the same as the Shampoo.
Deep conditioning was never one of my consistency practices last year. This year I vowed to deep Condition at least twice a month and the results have been impeccable. I settled on the Hair Mayonnaise Treatment which has natural herbs, olive oil and egg protein in it. I am a fan of products with herbal extracts, olive oil and egg proteins for the obvious benefits that come with them. I bought it from Super cosmetics in Nairobi CBD Mama Ngina Street for less than Kshs. 500.
Oil I use on a daily basis:
I usually infuse my hair with the scent free Tropical Coconut Oil on a daily basis. It’s good to settle on an oil that works for your strands.
For my hair tips:
I consciously apply Olive oil or Castor Oil onto my hair ends. As you can see, the castor oil is over. I use it a lot 😉 It’s Important that when leaving your hair open, you minimize on loss of moisture. These two products are really helpful; their dense nature will seal your ends really well and prevent dryness.
For Twist outs and bantu knots:
I am very experimental with Curling creams but I watch out for products which have Shea Butter as an ingredient. Currently I am alternating between my warmed-up Raw Shea Butter from Natural Hair Kenya and Texture my way Keep It Curly Ultra-Defining Curl Pudding. Shea butter costs around Kshs 500 if you buy from Natural Hair Kenya and the curling creams costed around Kshs 650 at Super Cosmetics Previously I used to use the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream and it worked quite well.
For my edges:
To lay my edges for a neater look, I use Eco Styler Gel (the green one). I really struggled getting a hold of this one and I was excited to get the last one in town from Natural Hair Kenya 😉
I have honestly not used any product to strengthen my hair of late but I want to try out heena. I will get back to you on that. 🙂
That really sums up my current regimen and I will be giving you updates whenever I try out new stuff. I hope you can identify products that will build up your hair regimen. They do NOT have to be expensive;trust me on this one. Just try to understand what you are aiming to achieve with a certain product, check out the ingredients, and chose the most pocket-friendly. :-).
I hope you can share your regimen with me below.
Till next time,
Just Margie. 😉