Hey Hey! So yeah, this post has been sitting in my drafts file since the beginning of February. I was just too lazy/unmotivated to post it. So here it is. Finally.
At the end of February, I hit my 2 1/2 years natural mark, so I figured it was time for another natural hair update. Audrey II has grown a lot and I am constantly learning what is best in taking care of my hair. My routine is pretty much the same but I have a few new products.
One new thing about my process is I use the Bobeam Shampoo bars (either the Honey Shea or the Honey Hemp Green Tea. I prefer the Honey Shea.) when I feel like my scalp needs a good scrubbing and conditioning especially in these cold months. I separate my hair into 4 sections and concentrate the bar on just my scalp. The bars provide nice suds but are also really moisturizing and clean my hair really well.
If I shampoo, I usually follow up with the Curls Coconut Sublime conditioner and detangle my hair with that. On the days that I don’t want or need to shampoo, I will co wash/detangle with my As I Am Coconut Cleansing Conditioner or most recently, Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan oil Conditioner. I detangle my hair in sections, twisting each section up when I am done. I usually end up with 8 twists. I then wash the conditioner out with my hair still in twists. I then let my hair air dry still in the twists for a couple of hours before I start twisting. My hair turns out a lot better if my hair is slightly damp vs soaking wet.
For leave ins, I rotate between Eden Bodyworks peppermint tea tree conditioner or Oyin handmade honey dew leave in. I also used Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave in with either of those before I ran out. I also used it as a refresher either alone or with Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt moisturizer if my hair was feeling dry throughout the week.
I also rediscovered Giovanni direct leave in. I first used it post big chop but I never finished it so I am using it up. I might have to buy some more.
I deep condition with Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Penetrating Leave In Treatment whenever I remember to and/or feel up to doing it. I know it sounds bad, but usually I am very lazy when it comes to hair. It takes most of day just to cowash and twist so most times I don’t feel like adding in an extra step. I try (try is the key word here) to deep condition at least once a month.
I am still using Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter for my go to style: twistouts. But sometimes I do them a little differently as in I do a hanging bantu knot on the ends. I actually learned this technique from Yolanda Renee of EtcBlogMag. The tutorial is here. It gives a nice ringlet curl on the ends. My ends just look better and for longer this way.
I don’t retwist at night. Again, I am way too lazy. My twist-out stays in pretty good shape for the week until I have to wash it again. If it doesn’t, (usually by day 5 or 6) I either put it in a puff or put on a headwrap. If I am feeling festive, I’ll put it in an updo or goddess twists.
I think I mentioned in a previous update post that I experienced some breakage in sections on the top of my head. It is slowly growing back thanks to some TLC and Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil. I have also been using Jane Carter Solution Scalp Nourishing Serum. My scalp tends to be very dry and itchy even after washing. The serum helps to soothe my scalp and calm the itching. Plus it smells really good. I then massage my scalp with the scalp massaging shampoo brush from Vanity Planet. I got it at a major discount using Naptural85’s coupon code: HAIR85W.
As far as length, my sides are almost to my collarbone, the front is almost to my chin and the back is to my shoulder. I’ve trimmed my hair a couple of times since my last update; my hair is very prone to single strand knots.
Check out my past natural hair updates here.