Honestly, I could probably do a little more but I literally dread messing with my hair. For years, in my teens, anytime I went anywhere (save for the occasional trip) I would shower, slather my hair in a smoothing creme, blow dry and straighten it. It took a good 45 minutes collectively. Now I look back shaking my head because over half the time I did this my hair was as long as it is now but thicker. I would break a sweat in February doing this routine. Oh, the things we do...I can't even imagine attempting that now...with two kids!? No way in hell. Oh and a major downside to naturally curly hair is that it wants to dread at the nape of your neck 5 minutes after you brush it out. It takes me a good 10 minutes to brush through my hair, I could probably cut that time in half if I didn't cry while I was brushing it.
|Oh and I was proud of my hair in this picture. It makes me want my bangs back, but I am not going down that dark road again.|
Oh and I know this post might make me sound like an egotistical brat but please don't think that. I promise you I'm not.
So basically, my hair "routine":
- Brush before you wash and not too often. I have read countless articles about how brushing your hair can actually do a lot of damage so I brush through it about once a week or so. (That's almost all I can manage, it is a pain in the neck)
- I wash my hair with a natural shampoo (currently using this and I highly recommend it) and I try to stay on my scalp/roots, taking care to stay away from the rest of it. Sometimes I use conditioner on the ends and this is the conditioner I have been using lately.
- After I shower I towel dry my hair, I don't wrap it up since it is damaging. I usually go ahead and rub coconut oil onto my face and then use whats left on my hands to rub throughout my hair, focusing on the ends. (Please note: I don't use much at all on my face, a itty-bitty dot is all, I mean teeny and then I rub it across my palms and fingers to distribute it in my hair. Play around with the amount but start with less, you can always add more and it can get greasy fast.)
- Occasionally I use a little dab of conditioner to "freshen" my curls between showers but other than that, I don't use anything.
(Let me know if you have any other questions!)