The name of the hair game for me is almost always Keep It Simple! My journey to waist length hair will not be achieved if I have to practice anything complicated. I have watched and observed many of my own hair crushes and they have one thing in common is they are creatures of simplicity and their hair has thanked them for it.
The start of my simple journey began when I decided to learn what is best for my strands rather than emulate the routines of other curlies. That does not mean that I no longer learn from the experiences of others, but it means that I truly listen to my hair, find out its likes and dislikes based on what I have learned so far.
In Jamaica, they have a term called ‘waggonist’, and it is used in a fairly negative way but that can be changed fairly easily because there are some bandwagons that have helped me retain my length and that will ultimately lead to my goal
▶︎ Co-washing- This means only using a conditioner to wash my hair eliminating the shampoo. I cannot begin to tell you how beneficial this has been for my hair. She literally grows like a weed especially if I co wash every day. My co wash regimen is often done daily especially with daily workouts and my hair is normally banded after my wash to keep it stretched and tangle free.
▶︎ Deep Conditioning*/Pre Poo. For me this provides an extra boost in moisture or protein depending on what my hair asks for. I do not buy fancy deep conditioning* products because normally I can find something in my kitchen that does the trick.
▶︎ Sealing. Recently I jumped back on the grease bandwagon, and I have no idea why I jumped off in the first place, but let’s not cry over spilled milk. I do not grease my scalp but I do add grease to my hair after moisturizing with a water based/cream based leave-in. On my scalp I will use regular oils* such as coconut oil*, safflower oil or simple olive oil*.
▶︎ Solid diet. This is necessary for overall health and hair growth starts on the inside, feeding my hair by maintaining a healthy diet can only help with attaining my goals.
I have kept this regimen for a solid 3 months and I have no regrets, the simplicity and the benefits I have seen have me convinced that I am on the right track.
Have you determined your simple routine?
Marsha Buchanan says
Yep! I find that my hair is high porosity so holding on to moisture has been a problem. There is no way I can use just water and oils I need something heavy to strong arm that moisture into my hair LOL! In the past African Pride grease with all the herbs in it, or Indian Hemp were most effective at keeping moisture in. I haven’t used them since the start of my HHJ. I got a sample of Sweet Mimosa Butter from HennaSooq though and my hair is just eating this stuff up! I am going to do a little experiment and see what happens.
I have just learned that I have low porosity hair.
It’s very dry, so when I add oils they just lay on top of the hair. It doesn’t matter if I massage them into my scalp on wet or dry hair.
Can anyone please advise me on what I should do?
I’m trying to nurse my hair back to health.
I’ve been natural since 2003. My hair was coming out in strands for the last two years because I was going through a long term illness. Now that things are looking up, I’m going to have to cut my hair to even it out – I mean a big chop.
Colette, I have low porosity hair also. I find that applying my products with heat helps. I shampoo and conditioner once a week with sulfate and silicone free products. I always deep condition with heat, and rinse with warm water, then apply leave-in and styling products on wet or damp hair. Search You Tube for other low porosity naturals for more tips. Good luck!
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Marsha Mcclinton says
What site please let me know
Tsebo Kobbina says
Tried all still waiting beginning to wonder truth versus lies and or promotion of products? Truth is what I want not lies tried it all still waiting for my hair to grow?
Hannah Okorafor says
Patients is key! But I hear you 🙂
I stopped buying deep conditioners too and just make one with banana, olive oil, honey and greek yogurt. My hair feels (and smells) much better after I use it.
Tiffany Marie Banks says
Everything does not work for everybody but this article is on to something. As a professional I will say that our hair grows best when it’s moisturized and left alone. Whether that be in a protective style or left natural. Over manipulation and/or dryness WILL stunt hair growth and even cause breakage.
Fallon Pryce says
She recommends Co washing your hair EVERY day. Surely that’s not healthy for your hair!!!
Markisha Tingle says
My hair is mid back i can’t do the co washing thing makes my hair feel flat and dirty so i shampoo and condition
Carmel Munroe says
Loving benefit so much from your info
Feevas Natural hair studio says
Always love anything about faux locs braids
Rosy Rose says
First rule, genetics!
Maria Smalls says
It’s a book called the art of black hair it cost 14,99
Jo Offor says
This young lady is wearing extensions in the second pic, a shade lighter than her natural hair at that.