MY FIRST POST

Welcome, welcome, welcome. So this is my first blog post! I’m anxious to see how it turns out. I hope you like it. I thought, as it’s my first post, to go with something I’m used to. Hair Care.

In my household there are two ‘women’, myself and my 3-year-old daughter whose fiery attitude matches mine!

In my journey to healthy hair the only thing I could find that would allow my hair to grow at a healthy rate was to just leave my hair alone. I have the type of hair that if you play in it too much, it breaks. Its delicate yet thick. I managed my hair by using jumbo braids as a protective style however now that I have decided to wear my hijab again, it won’t be a suitable style. Not only that, when I leave my braids in for weeks I don’t get a chance to deep condition and treat my hair thus leaving it super dry all the time!

I’ve made a promise to myself that I will stop being so lazy with my hair and have gotten my daughter and I into a hair care regime. Twice weekly on a Wednesday and Sunday we co-wash, deep condition, acv rinse and condition our hair, come rain or shine.

I must say it’s difficult with two heads of curly, coily hair and I must admit we don’t always manage to keep it up but for the most part we do.

This week I decided to try out Shea Moisture products as I’ve seen many great reviews, they have been a little out of the price range I would normally spend on hair products due to the size of the product and the amount I would need to use. It wouldn’t work out as cost-effective as the cheaper brands.

We used the ‘Raw Shea Butter – Deep Treatment Masque’, ‘Raw Shea & Capuacu – Frizz Defence Conditioner’ and their ‘Jamaican Black Castor Oil – Strengthen and Restore Leave In Conditioner’.

My daughter is half Jamaican and half Nigerian with high porosity hair like me. We gain moisture quickly but lose it just as fast, this is why I have incorporated the ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse into our routine to help seal our hair.

For obvious reasons I can’t show you my results but I can show you my Aaliyah 🙂

Heres our step-by-step routine:

  1. I use our ACV mix in a spray bottle and spray her roots, just enough to cover her scalp. I then vigorously massage her scalp to cleanse it and also increase blood flow. I give her dry hair a good soaking to rinse away the ACV as well as preparing it for its co-wash.
  2. I use Aunt Jackies ‘Purify Me -Moisturising Co-wash Cleanser’ to gently cleanse her hair.
  3. After rinsing I apply the ‘Raw Shea Butter – Deep Treatment Masque’  and cover her hair with a plastic cap for an hour or so. I let her run around and play to increase her body heat and help the masque to penetrate. I would use the hooded dryer but she doesn’t like it.
  4. After rinsing out the deep treatment masque I completely spray her hair with the ACV rinse to help seal all of her cuticles. I let this sit for a few minutes.
  5. I rinse the ACV out of her hair with cool water and then apply the ‘Raw Shea & Capuacu – Frizz Defence Conditioner’ and again let this sit for a few minutes.
  6. Finally I rinse with cool water and wrap her hair in a spare t-shirt to avoid breakage. I then moisturise with ‘Jamaican Black Castor Oil – Strengthen and Restore Leave In Conditioner’ and apply any oil I have to hand to help seal the moisture in.
  7. In the morning I refreshed her hair with BouclĂ©me’s Curl Cream (one of my favourites) and these were the results. Perfectly coily springy curls.

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