“Let it FRO!”
I don’t know about anyone else, but I absolutely DREAD my hair wash days! It always makes me think back to my “relaxed” days when washing my hair was so much easier…still time consuming…but easier. I could wash, blow dry and flat-iron my hair in three hours…tops! Now? With detangling, washing, deep-conditioning(sometimes overnight), styling and air-drying/diffusing it’s damn near an ALL DAY task! Of course I’m exaggerating a bit, but it does take up a good portion of the day, especially if I’m deep-conditioning. Although it’s a lengthy process, given my hair length and texture…I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I definitely have embraced my natural curls more in recent years and LOVE seeing other naturalistas doing the same.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND…
I’ve been natural for 12 years to be exact. You would think after 12 years the process would be easier/faster…NOPE. You can’t rush greatness…right? There was no big chop, my transition was sort of an accident-it just happened. When I was in undergrad at Delaware State, it didn’t make sense for me to drive 4 hours to my hometown (Richmond, VA) just to get a relaxer. I know you’re probably thinking why not find a salon closer? I have serious trust issues when it comes to my hair. For that reason, I’ve been going to the same hair stylist since High School! I eventually started doing my own hair and got trims often to get rid of my relaxed ends. So…that’s when my natural hair journey began.
Who’s infamous for prolonging their wash days? I know I am, but we all know it HAS to get done! One thing’s for sure, Kinky Curly products never let me down! Specifically, the dynamic duo of the Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner and the Curling Custard for styling. They are my all time favs for sure! I have been using the Kinky Curly product line for years and they were great during my transitioning period. My hair is super thick (as you can see below) so when styling, I need a slightly thick, gel-like consistency to help define and lock in my curls. If you are looking for curl definition…this is it! I’ve experimented with other products but nothing quite amounts to these jewels…or at least I haven’t found it yet.
Testing new products are cool, but COSTLY! For someone on a tight budget(like me!) it’s best to stick with what works best for your curls. So what are my “Go-to’s” on wash day? Well, you already know I’m a fan of the Kinky Curly line…but also Shea Moisture products.There are tons of amazing products within the Shea Moisture family but right now I’m hooked on the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo and the Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. I’m not a huge fan of shampooing since I typically co-wash (meaning conditioning-ONLY). However when I do, this one is a winner! This is the only shampoo I’ve found that feels like it’s not stripping my hair of its natural oils. And for the conditioner…saves my hair every time! I also use this as a deep-conditioner and occasionally a leave-in.
I DO NOT like vinegar of any kind and definitely cannot get past the potent smell! So when I saw tutorials and heard of all the great benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) with “Mother” for natural hair (and body) I became very intrigued. Lo and behold, an ACV rinse was the BEST thing to happen to my hair. I was stunned at how soft my hair instantly felt after the rinse! Once you get past the smell it’s really worth it. Check out the benefits:
- Balances hairs pH level
- Kills bacteria and relieves scalp
- Clarifies and Cleanses hair
- Detangles and defines curls
- Adds shine and reduces frizz
- Stimulates hair growth & prevents split ends
I use the ACV rinse in place of shampooing most wash days and use 1 part ACV to 3 parts water. Tip: make sure you purchase the Bragg with the “Mother”. I’ve tried using regular vinegar and trust me, it does not work the same! The ACV with “Mother” is unpasteurized and naturally gluten-free. Pour the ACV/water mixture directly on hair, massaging into scalp…then rinse (followed by conditioning). Another tip: it’s best to pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy application. The amount of ACV used depends on what your hair can handle, so it’s a trial and error process. Try it, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
What are your wash day essentials? What products do you obsess over?
Until next time!