As I mentioned in my previous post I have a better understanding of my type 4 kinky coily hair having studied it over the past 5+ years. So the practices I now incorporate into its upkeep are based on what I found best kept my hair soft, moisturised, manageable, shiny and stress free.
In the beginning of my healthy natural hair journey I was working for Lush Cosmetics so I would use Lush henna as a way to strengthen, condition and safely colour my hair. In the first 2 years of my journey as well as using henna I would use pre-poo (pre-shampoo) treatments that incorporated a lot of oils, such as the Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff Ease that had a blend of oils such as Olive, Coconut, Jojoba, Brazil Nut and Wheatgerm oil to tame frizz and red henna to coat and strengthen the hair. I and a couple of my fellow curly haired colleagues would keep it in our hair for the last few hours of my shift weekly (fun times!) When I think back to all the natural goodies I would slather on my hair and how manageable my hair was before I became the curious product junkie natural, I remember that my hair was always had so much moisture, shine and even when it was dry it was still soft.
So, I’ve decided to incorporate more oils into my hair care again especially as pre-shampoo treatments and hot oil treatments. So far I’ve started mixing my own henna mixes with coconut milk and a blend of oils inspired by Curly Proverbz and her ayurvedic DIY treatments and super growth oils. It’s only been just over 6 weeks since I started this and I’ve done two henna treatments one month apart. It’s still early days but I’ve seen a change in the increased levels of moisture and shine I’m able to retain days after wash day. I’ve also incorporated scalp massages with a modified Curly Proverbz super growth ayurvedic oil. I’ve noticed some growth so I’m encouraged to continue doing scalp massages daily.
I’ll be sharing my current Hair Care Routine in my next post.