Current Hair Routine

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Many people are recently asking me what do I use on my hair, how do I maintain it, is it hard to upkeep? These have been to most popular hair questions I’ve received as of late. Before I decided to wear my hair natural 100% of the time, the number one question I was ALWAYS asked almost every day of my life, as I wore it straight was: ‘Is it REAL?’

I wont go into the psychological issues that occurs for both parties during those interrogative experiences, but I’m glad that’s over. Yet at time I wonder…how does wearing my hair natural now, proclaim its REALNESS, more that before? Ah, that may seen like a social cultural concern, that I’m not sure I’m ready to approach, but let’s get back to my routine.

First the products I use:
I change products depending on what I’m targeting to that moment~ more moisture, retaining length, or keeping my scalp oiled. I have tried, used, and found favs with a range of products. Below, I listed the best suited for my hair, with is very coarse, very thick, very black, and very 3C/3B:

*Shea Moisture
*Creme of Nature
*AS I AM
*Curls
& Blends of every oil on the market, especially those oil mixtures that come with a 1000 oils inside ūüôā


As for my routine:

*I wash with chemical free shampoo every month or so ( this works for my hair, I know most naturals have a more vigorous wash schedule )
* I follow up with a hair conditioner that is for extra moisture or for deep conditioning
*Then I rinse and pick-comb or finger-comb out with a leave in conditioner
* Finally I alternate days of applying more leave-in conditioner & oils, as I experiment with various protective styles

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Level of difficulty for upkeep:

This question has always been hard to answer. Because when people ask it, they are asking form the perspective of their individual unique hair type and how mine compares to theirs. Because I never really had straight or loose wavy hair as a natural hair type, I don’t know if caring for mine is ‘easier than theirs’. Yet this I can say: it does take me considerable amount of time to prepare it to look, act, & be at the level of beauty that I desire it. In that sense, it may be harder to maintain than theirs, as most of those who ask me, have naturally straight hair.

What about your hair?
What do you do differently from me?
What techniques can you share to shorten my time in doing my hair?

What’s up with all the Different Product Names?

Ever notice & got confused on these natural hair care labels on the market, curly puddings, creamy gels, or milky smoothies? Well I looked into this and found some overlap in purpose, while others are completely different…


Let’s demystify the difference between the 9 types of natural hair products:
Creme ~ the consistency of this product will be thick & is designed to give a stronger moisturizing hold, yet not stiff
Gel ~ it will look like opaque jelly & is used to retain a hair style or shape throughout the day
Mist Spray  ~ this product is used to refresh your hair style during the day as well as bring more moisture back into your hair
Mousse  ~ is a foamy substance to help with hair volume, but once applied and styled, it will set in the style
Souffle ~ a whipped substance that is good for managing hair, bringing shine, & defining your hair pattern
Smoothie ~ this rich & thick moisture of various hair loving nutrients will tame & smooth out wild hair
Milk ~ this product is thinner in consistency , yet will bring hydrating, replenishing, & softening to your hair
Conditioner ~ surprisingly, this can come in five forms depending on your hair’s specific need. It can also be used as a wash out or leave in hair product. Although its term, CONDITIONer, is alkaline in nature, as it’s supposed to condition your hair back to softness after using ‘acidic shampoos, it can also focus on these ways to correct your hair:
~moisturizer
~detanglers
~reconstructors
~protectors
~acidifiers ( good kinds)
Pudding/Custard ~ a creamy product that will smooth, nourish, condition, smooth, moisten, & elongate your hair.

Right now, as I go through hair product stages ūüôā , My favorites are the hair pudding, because it brings me moisture, length, & semi-permanent hold of a style.

What’s your favorite natural hair care type and why?

And You Thought Custard was a Dessert..

If you have type “3b” hair like me, you’re probably a bit frustrated at trying, mixing, swapping, & adding to every natural hair care product on the market. Initially, my hair was super dry, then the Lord blessed me & it became super moist. So moist, that it seemed limp & the shrinkage was very real and present ūüė¶ but it was soft…so soft, in fact, it seemed fragile.

Well, my sister came in one day and handed me a a new hair product. I looked at the label. It was a custard. I never used a custard before. I mean on my hair. I thought custard was a dessert.

So I try it the next day.

And the next one.

And the next….

And, OH-MY-GOSH…no one could tell me that heaven did not send me the most perfect product for my hair!! It worked a miracle!!! My edges & side hair (which had a slightly coarser texture than the rest of my head) were laid down, with ONE application. All my¬† hair also seems to show more of its true length. And my curls! They were more defined in areas where more work is usually needed to bring them forth. I felt I truly landed in hair-do haven.

So I’ve been using this custard for over a week now and I haven’t had to braid my hair once. It works perfectly to keep from tangling & shrinkage, plus I haven’t seen more than one knot since. Bless my hair God, Jehovah Se’arot Arukho!

If you have a similar hair texture to mine and are struggling to find a product that does it all, try a custard, like me, & let me know how it works for you ūüôā

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…Oh, here is the custard she bought me..
…No I’m not endorsed by them ( yet! )
…But I am a believer…of this product.

Best Styling Products on the Market for Curling up natural hair ( for men & women )

These are in order of personal preference:

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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~Smells good & does what it advertises

As I Am Curling Jelly

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~Smells really delicious & good product

Curls Creme Brulee

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~Smells delectable and good hold on length

Miss¬†Jessies’¬†Quick¬†Curls

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~Maybe expensive but very popular

Kinky-Curly Original Curling Custard

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~Another popular choice with no flaking

Aunt¬†Jackies¬†Curls¬†&¬†Coils¬†Don’t¬†Shrink

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~Growing in top options & touted to elongate curls & defeat shrinkage

Eden All Natural Curl Defining Creme

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~Good light product with water and coconut oil base

Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme

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~Good for 3c/4a hair types

Boing! Oyin Handmade Kitchen

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~Yummy product with water & shea butter based moisturizer & define curls

 

*all photos taken from pinterest

Why I am NOT a Product Junkie

Oh how I LOVE natural hair style products! From AS I AM to SHEA MOISTURE to CURLS, to name my favorites, I long to try and use every brand on the market. I have made lists of natural hair care products and also natural ingredients hair care products ( beware – there is a difference!!!) that could fill this site. I have switched brands a quadrillion of times just to smell something new on my head. I was a product junkie…

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But I have been redeemed.

I no longer am a product junkie and have come to my senses that it’s just not right to be one. It does many things to you unknowingly when you are deep in it. Since I came out of that bondage, I now see the light. There are many deliverances I received once I gave up the plethora of product scouting and buying.

I became richer.

You see being a product junkie causes you to shell out dollars upon dollars for conditioners, creams, gels, and milks of the same brand because – it just doesn’t work right without the accompanying match. I had to try, not only a new product, but at least two of those within the brand, so the ‘one’ product could work better. The labels always suggest ‘following up’ with another one of their products for best results.

My hair became accustomed to a routine.

Right now, my hair is thanking me, because I use to change products after every bottle was finished. Since I found the best product within one label that works, my hair is now working with that product for optimum results. It can rest assured it will get more of the same to grow. After all, do we change the type of sunlight, soil, food, and water a plant receives to grow?

My sanity was calmer & clearer.

I no longer have to worry about what to try next, how it might react to my hair, and where to get it. Different stores have varying promotions on different products: One week you can find this here for less and another week somewhere else, and it just got confusing. With each new bottle, container, or tube, I did buy, I’d pray that it would work well with my hair so I wouldn’t have to start the process again when exchanging it. Plus it was so hard not to lust after other brands. There were just too many good ideas to try and new brands popping up every month!

I became free from the influence of marketers.

No more wooing me with the naturals lexicon of ‘free from this’ , ‘made 100% with that’ , and ‘mixed with this hair promoting ingredient’. I have become strong. I am not moved by the ads, slogans, photos, and packaging. Well, sort of. I still like the packaging. Ok, I love the packaging and photos too! But now that I found my product love, I am not totally moved.

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I hope I will continue to walk in this state of redemption, as more and more luscious looking, yummy smelling, moisture conditioning products continue to surface on the market. But what about you? Are you a product junkie or not? Why??