How I am wearing my hair today – my new low maintenance natural hairstyle

After recognizing that I needed to spend more time nurturing my hair from the inside out, I decided that I wanted to care for my hair without heat.  I felt that this would be the best way to help my hair recover (see my previous post for details).  After a lot of trial and error, I have come up with a low maintenance natural way to care for my hair.  Basically I am defining the curls in my hair and wearing my hair in this state in between washes.  I like this method because it leaves my hair really soft, and once I do it, all I to do maintain it is tie up my hair at night with a couple of silk scarves. When I get up, I take off the scarves, pull on my hair a little bit to arrange it, and I’m good to go. My favorite hair accessory to wear with this style is a simple fabric headband.

My method is still a work in progress, but what I am doing is the following:

Part A:

In the shower:

  1. Shampoo my hair with Northwest Scents™ shampoo.
  2. Cleanse and detangle with Northwest Scents™ Keratin and Silk Curl Cleansing Cream.

Get out of the shower and apply Northwest Scents™ conditioner liberally to my hair to seal in moisture.

Divide my hair into four sections, braid each section, and let the hair dry.

Part B:

After my hair has dried then I:

  1. Unbraid a section of hair.
  2. Apply Northwest Scents™ hair oil liberally to that section of hair.
  3. Separate that section of hair into smaller sections.
  4. On each smaller section I apply additional Northwest Scents™ hair oil, then I apply Northwest Scents™ hair gel. I rake the gel through the hair until it straightens out partially.  I then twist the section.

I repeat the above four steps until I have finished all of my hair. Then I let the hair air dry and I take the twists down. I then carefully separate the twists, and I am done.

I have been experimenting with this method for a few months and I like the fact that it keeps my hair soft and it is easy to maintain between washes.

In the photo above, I dampened my fingertips with a teeny bit of water and applied that water to the sections of hair in between applying the oil and the gel (Part B after applying the oil in step 4).  What that did was use less gel and create a fluffier hairstyle.  When I didn’t apply the teeny bit of water to the sections of hair I got more definition.

The products that I have used are available in a sample kit (it is called the curl defining sample kit) for anyone who wants to try them.

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A Healthy Body Is Important Too!

One interesting observation that I have made during my hair journey is that many people are not as concerned about the foods they eat as they are about the products they use on their hair.  While I think that the products you use on your hair are important, I believe that taking care of your body from the inside out is even more important. What good is long hair if the rest of you is suffering from poor health? In the near future, will be writing posts on healthy foods that also contribute to healthy hair.

Question about my hair routine

Question: Can you please tell me your method of how you grew your hair, and how long it took, because i want to regrow my hair naturally, thank you.

Answer: Hi. My method began when I realized that the problem wasn’t that my hair wasn’t growing, it was breaking off. So instead of focusing on how to help it grow, because it was already growing, I decided to focus on how not to break off my hair. Then I started analyzing all of the things that I was doing to take care of my hair. I looked at how I washed it, styled it, what products I used on it, etc. I looked at whether or not my hair was breaking when I handled it, and I changed my routines to work with my hair so that it stopped breaking off.

For example, my old hair washing routine would be:

1. Take down hair
2. Wet hair, apply shampoo, scrub scalp, rinse
3. Repeat step 2
4. Apply conditioner, rinse
5. Towel dry, then comb through hair

Realizing that I needed to make some changes, I decided to look at the products I was using. I’ve never really been a product junkie. When I was younger I would use whatever was in the house, then when I got married I used my husband’s brand (St. Ives), and later on I decided to go more natural, and started using a natural liquid castile soap as my shampoo. During this time I had noticed that my hair was never really soft, but I didn’t think about it too much. It wasn’t until I started really taking a look at my hair care practices, that I decided to change my method, and change my hair products. I tried different natural shampoos (Jason’s, Nature’s Gate) but none of them really worked out for me. So I formulated my own brand (Northwest Scents™) which has made the difference for me in how my hair feels and how easy it is to work with.

Then I looked at my hair washing and conditioning method. My old method caused hair breakage due to the type of shampoo I was using, and because I would comb through my hair after I was done washing and conditioning it. I discovered that the best time to comb through natural, textured black hair is when the hair is wet and has something it in that allows a comb to pass through easily (like a rich natural conditioner).

Now my hair washing routine is:

1. Take down hair
2. Section into braids.
3. Wet hair, and wash each braid individually.
4. Condition each braid individually.
5. While hair is still wet, in braids, and with conditioner in it, detangle each braid individually.

Even though my new routine is more work, it isn’t as much work as it looks like, and it is easier on my hair. This has resulted in reducing hair breakage, which has resulted in hair growth. I talk more about my routine, and other things that I do in my book – Twelve Steps For Growing Black Hair.

As far as a time frame, once I started using my new method, I saw a difference in 30 days. It wasn’t a huge difference, because hair only grows 1/4″ to 1/2″ a month. But I still saw a difference. I could tell that my hair was getting longer because I could see a little bit of growth. I also wasn’t loosing as much hair as before. It took longer to see a dramatic difference because I still had some things to change. I loosened up my hairstyle and I stopped using brushes. This has helped my hair to grow back along my hairline where I had lost some hair.

Twelve Steps For Growing Black Hair now at Amazon.com

Twelve Steps For Growing Black Hair is now available at Amazon.com. So, if you are an Amazon shopper, and you’d like to get a copy of our book, you can order it through Amazon. Or, if you prefer to shop in person, and you have a favorite bookstore that you would like to support, you can give them the ISBN number (1435725158) and they should be able to order a copy for you.

Northwest Scents™ Natural Black Hair Care Products

repairkit608Some people mistakenly believe that the products you use on your hair don’t make a difference. I have found the opposite to be true, especially when it comes to black hair. I have done research in the area of cosmetic science for the past several years, and in doing so I have developed a line of products which I use to take care of my hair. This line consists of a shampoo, hair oil, and hair conditioners. I designed these products to gently cleanse and condition my hair (dry, kinky, type 4c hair) and make it more manageable. These products are made using natural vegetable oils and essential oils, and are free from petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin wax, harsh detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate, and artificial colors. Click here to see the products.