Hey, Girl, Hey!
So lets just get into this! What have we learned? Listening to our hair is a MAJOR KEY and through research finding the proper products is what brings the life into our hair. So now lets talk products! Personally I only use a few products and I typically don't vary because they what work for my hair, they bring mega moisture to my hair so why fix it if it ain't broke ya know?? If and when I do change products it's because I have changed shampoo and conditioner but my main products will remain the same unless my hair says differently. So In my latest natural hair routine, this is what I use for my hair, in this order;
Pre-poo: Oil Mix + Water: I mix several different oils (avocado, grape seed, extra virgin olive, black caster, peppermint, and tea tree) I mix them in a color bottle and shake, shake, shake. Some use coconut oil to pre-poo, others use conditioner, whichever should still help you achieve the same results. I just personally like my mix. I simply section my hair into four sections, wet and detangle from ends to root, coat my hair making sure to baby my ends and depending upon what I am doing I will put a plastic bag and my bonnet on, I might do a 30 min pre-poo or it might be 12 hours, lol. It just depends on the mood.
*Side note* Even when I go to the salon now, I make sure to pre-poo my hair. it just seals in so much moisture and helps with length retention.
Shampoo & Hair Mask: *Disclaimer* the products I use are a little costly but do your research! Pacifica Pineapple Curls(Curl Defining)Shampoo and Pacifica Pineapple Hydrate Curl Nourishing Mask. If you go to purchase these products DO NOT and I mean DO NOT purchase the Pacifica Pineapple Nourishing Curls Conditioner. It re-dries and the hair and makes it completely unmanageable. Personally I deep condition with every wash, some will say you don't have to with every wash, I say natural hair thrives on moisture so it cant hurt. To each her own, mmmmmmkay!
Mask #2: Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat 1 minute Hair Mask + Avocado extract. Now, I do not use both hair masks in my hair, I use this one when I feel like it and because I'm trying to save my other mask since it was on clearance at Target and is now gone. =(. I love this product because I can use it as a two-in-one! I can use it as a deep conditioner (1 minute or longer) and I have also used it as a one product wash-n-go.
The PERFECT TWIST OUT: Here's what I use to achieve the PERFECT TWIST OUT, these products have never failed me and I believe they NEVER will! The order they are listed is the order in which I use them.
Shea Moisture Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone Free Miracle Style Leave-In Treatment w/ Marshmallow Root + Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie + Carol's Daughter Hair Honey Mimosa.
I know you're reading this like... That's it... YES SIS THAT IS LITERALLY IT! I have used these three simple products for a wash-n-go plus some eco, twist out, braid out, bantu knot out out and most recently a roller set. The products never fail me and my hair is always left feeling moisturized and is always defined!
Part 4 Lets talk Length Retention,