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My Hair Regimen… the details

2 May

 SHAMPOO

The two shampoos I use are Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo & DOO GRO Moisturizing Growth Shampoo. Elasta QP is great b/c it’s sulfate-free, dirt cheap (I got this bottle for $2.99) & it cleans your hair without drying it out. If you are a faithful follower of the Curly Girl Method, you’ll probably like this shampoo. However, if you use a lot of synthetic or petroleum-based products, Elasta will not remove all of the product build up. On occasion, I use products containing silicones & other synthetics, so when I need to clarify (every 4-6 weeks), I use DOO GRO shampoo (costs about $5). I’ve been using DOO GRO since my permie days & I have always liked it. CAUTION: DOO GRO contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate. To minimize the drying effects of SLS, I dilute it mine with water (about 5:1 ratio).

CONDITIONER

V05 Moisture Milk Conditioner ($1) & Suave Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner ($3) are two inexpensive conditioners that I use from time to time, especially for co-washing my hair. They smell awesome!!! Co-washing is simply washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo (it’s also part of the curly girl method I referred to earlier). The rationale is that most conditioners contain enough cleansing agents in them to clean the hair & scalp sans the harsh detergents. I do co-wash my hair, but only about once a month. Plain conditioner doesn’t remove enough oil/sebum/product build-up for me to use it solely.

PROTEIN

Our hair is made up of about 70% keratin protein. Proteins are responsible for giving hair it’s strength & structure. Chemical processes (such as relaxers & hair dyes) work by breaking down those protein bonds to permanently alter the texture of or deposit color onto our hair. On the molecular level, damaged hair looks like swiss cheese, so protein treatments help you fill those gaps & prevent breakage. Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is an intensive treatment that I only use every 6-8 weeks. It costs about $7 & smells like dinosaur urine, but it really works!!! **NOTE: Follow the instructions on the label, or you will not be pleased with the results** On the week after I use Aphogee there’s almost no hair in my brush/comb, which means it’s staying on my head & I’m a fan of that! 😉 Mane n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner ($5) is a protein-rich conditioner that I use in between protein treatments. I use it like you would any regular conditioner.

DEEP CONDITIONER

Protein can cause your hair to become hard or brittle, but you can counteract that side-effect with a deep conditioning treatment. I deep condition my hair just about every time I wash it; that’s about 2-3 times per month. The two products I’ve been using lately are Pantene Pro V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask ($6) & my DIY “hair crack”… Pantene DC Mask is the friggin truth!!! It smells amazing, makes detangling a breeze & noticeably softens your hair. The only problem I have is that it is NEVER IN STOCK!!! Walmart, RiteAid, CVS, Winn-Dixie, Target… doesn’t matter where you go, they’re always out. The scarcity thereof either speaks to the popularity of the product, or the meanness of the Pantene people 😐 Yeah! So my hair crack is just an amalgamation of different conditioners & oils… I’ll post my recipe at some future point in time.

STYLING PRODUCTS

After I wash, condition, detangle & towel dry my hair, I divide it into about 6 sections, add product & roll it up (back to front). Because naturally curly hair is particularly dense, it is best to apply all hair products in sections, for controlled & even distribution. These are the styling products I use to achieve my roller set: TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray ($5), African Pride Leave-In Conditioner ($5) & The Body Shop Macadamia straightening balm ($12). In a spray bottle I combine equal parts water & African-Pride Leave-In. I do this because I prefer soft hold & it can make your hair hard, not to mention sticky, if left undiluted. I apply all three products to each section of hair before rolling it up. Piece-o-cake, no?

BUTTERS & OILS

These are the oil-based products you apply to your hair during styling to seal in moisture & impart shine. I also use them for (pre-shampoo) hot oil treatments. My favorite oils/butters are Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($8), Mango-scented Shea Butter (smells so pretty, cost me about $4), Organic Root Stimulator Nature’s Shine Spray ($5) & Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil ($5). WORD OF CAUTION: apply these products sparingly, cause errbody knows a greasy head is NOT a fabulous one!

SMOOTH EDGES

Sistas will act a plumb fool about our edges, won’t we?!?! I’m not even gonna lie to you, natural (i.e. un-relaxed) edges prefer to be wild & free… the way God intended, but fortunately for us, the cosmetic powers that be have made all sorts of gels & pomades that can encourage your hairline to “behave” more civilized. How do I use it? I scoop out a small smear of product & rub it across my hairline, then I brush it back & tie it down. I leave it tied for a few mintues while I finish getting ready. When I take it off… VOILA! Slick edges! My favorites are Shea Butter ($4), Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade ($5+ shipping) & EcoStyler Olive Oil Styling Gel ($4). Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade ($4) is a carry-over from my permie days… It’s BAD for you b/c it has mineral oil & a bunch of other synthetic ingredients in it. But I’m being honest with you & putting it on my list b/c I actually use it & it works *hangs head in shame for leading you astray*… Oh & don’t be like me & buy 16 products that do the same thing, just PICK ONE.

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NOW you see why I call myself a product junkie… And these are just my favorites! SMH

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7 Responses to “My Hair Regimen… the details”

  1. Anonymous July 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    If you have to use all these hair regimens just to get your curl pattern, then sweety I am sorry to tell you that you are not natural. Your so-called curl pattern is a bunch of BS and anyone who knows anything about hair, will know that you either twist, coil, or roll your hair to get you natural curl pattern. A REAL natural curl pattern is when you wash your hair and the curls form naturally; not after using over 10 products on your hair.

    I suggest you learn the real definition of natural before you try to proclaim yourself to be all natural. Have a good day booh booh!!

    • Sham July 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

      I did this post in response to the question “what hair products do you use?” NOWHERE in this post did I state that I use ALL of these products in my hair at the same time. I am a self-proclaimed “product junkie” therefore I possess more than a few products that do the same thing. I think I stated that in this post.

      And keep reading, sweetie… in the following post, I discuss the fact that I roller wrapped my hair throughout most of my transition. I opted for a long-term transition & had to deal with 2 completely different textures. Roller setting my hair was the most comfortable way for me to do that. My hair regimen is constantly evolving due to changes in the needs of my hair. In the beginning of May I was using SOME of these products to achieve the hairstyles you see in my April & May photos.

      If you would like to know what products I’m using NOW, especially in the pics that show my natural curl pattern, then please read the newer (June & July) posts.

      Lastly, the term “natural” has a different meaning to different people. I use the word natural to describe my hair because I no longer use a relaxer to alter my natural curl pattern. Some naturalistas call for the complete cessation of chemical usage. They would argue that because I have color-treated hair, that I am not natural. They (and you) are entitled to your opinions & I thank you for sharing, BUT please be mindful that THIS BLOG is a place of positivity & NOT a forum for the anonymously snarky.

      God is love. I pray that you enjoy your day as well 🙂

  2. Aaronetta July 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Sham your hair is gorgeous!!! Girl please ignore ignorance!!!!!!! keep posting!!!!

  3. lovelyzphib1920 July 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Mika: of course some ratchet person would make an out of pocket statement as such behind an anonymous name…*yawns and sips tea* #haveaseatma’am

  4. mssurvivor July 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Well you already know that I can’t stand you becuase your hair is always fabulous and pretty. You keep doing you “booh booh” even though I thought it was boo boo. Adding a “h” is not the natural way. But since you said this is a place of positivity its best that I just end this here. You stay Glam, Sham.

    • Sham July 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

      *HUGS* to all!

      LOL

  5. Keisha Felder July 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Why the hater-aid, anonymous!????!!!!! Well said reply Sham. My thoughts exactly. The term “natural” in its most general sense means “hair free of chemical straightening relaxer”. The term “relaxer” speaks to the chemical, “relaxing” the natural curl pattern of ones hair. When one twists, coils, roller sets, or flat irons their hair, that is NOT considered a natural CURL pattern either. You have never proclaimed that your hair styles shown in tutorials were the result of your NATURAL CURL PATTERN, however they are the results of hair becoming more & more independent from a “chemical straightening relaxer” meaning…. You going NATURAL Boo!! Congratulations on your completed journey to “hair free of chemical straightening relaxer!!!!!”

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