I promised to share what I learnt yesterday, here it is.
You read blogs, or watch vlogs and one really awesome product is being reviewed, and then another. You’re here in Nigeria and you know that 99% of the products in the regular stores have silicones, or SLS or any of the bad stuff you’ve been warned about. Shampoo is shampoo. Dye is dye, hair colour, simple. Nobody really cares if this product has silicones or SLS or any of the bad stuff you’ve been warned about. You can’t blame them though- few people are actually curious about what really goes on inside, and to them if you’re worrying about these things, you clearly have too little on your mind. But you do care, and this is a good thing! You don’t have to sweat it though. God has got your back. There are quite a number of natural remedies for your hair cravings. Managing your natural hair can be easy (on your curls, your mind and wallet!) for you here too, much easier than you think!
TIDBITS FROM YESTERDAY
Courtesy: NatMane. If you want to know more, you could swing by her blog here, leave her a comment or something.
- Want a natural hair dye? Try Henna (a.k.a. Laali- not sure if this is Yoruba or Hausa) Henna darkens the hair. If blacker hair isn’t what you’re going for, mix Henna with tea for a brown tint, or Henna with hibiscus for a reddish tint.
- Did you like me just wonder whether you’re supposed to grow a hibiscus bush, or where you could possibly buy hibiscus leaves? Worry not, sister. Hibiscus petals = Zobo leaves. Yuuuup. I was so shocked by this information. I reaaaaaaally love zobo. Bar 1, I used to drink it like every day. I’ve even brewed my own before, but never did I think that zobo leaves were dried hibiscus petals! I think somebody suggested that once and I just brushed it aside without blinking like “haha, right.” So you could get to mixing that red dye asap!
- Henna loosens tight curls. Mixing henna into your deep conditioner could temporarily loosen your curl pattern, if that’s the look you want to go for. Wonderful henna!
- Olive oil softens the hair. You could use it on the daily, or make it a part of your deep conditioner. Apparently, there is Olive oil and there is Olive oil. NatMane recommends Goya, from her experience.
- Mai Shanu is great for deep conditioning too, and it’s also a good pre-poo treatment. It’s supposed to be available at Wuse market and maybe any market really. Fresh mai shanu is supposed to look and smell like yoghurt. Saw a picture though, I will be going to a market to find it soon enough.
- We live in Nigeria. If you’re going to pick a product, try to pick one that you know is stocked at a store easily accessible to you- except you travel a lot, or know someone that could always get it for you. This is just so that when that awesome product that you feel was specially designed for your hair finishes, you won’t be stranded. Consistency is important.
DOING IT WRONG!
I also learnt that I’ve been doing it all wrong, with my daily regimen. I gleefully set out my wrong steps in this post here. I learnt yesterday that my steps haven’t been in order, so this is going to change.
My daily hair regimen was this-
1. WET WET WET my hair.
2. Seal with Coconut oil
3. Put in my Cantu leave in
Do you see the problem? The P is supposed to be MOISTURISE and SEAL. My leave in is a water based moisturiser, so I’ve been breaking the moisturising process up- sealing in the middle. It really should be-
1b. LEAVE-IN (definitely water-based) and then
HMMM, GOT ME THINKING: OVERMOISTURISING
Too much of everything is bad, they say. I read somewhere that there really is such a thing as OVER-MOISTURISING. I’ve read some naturalistas say that they wet their hair only once a week and each time I wondered how they manage to comb. I also read somewhere that you can never be too generous with the water you wet your hair with. Confusing.
Sha sha, I’ve been really dedicated to wetting my hair in the morning, sitting with it for 15 minutes, letting it drink it in. But on Friday, I gave my hair this wet wet treatment twice. In the morning and at night. I let it air dry for a bit, and covered it with my satin bonnet when I was ready to go to bed. I woke up Saturday morning and my hair was SO dry. Like I noticed. I was surprised cos it was supposed to be SO not thirsty after the day before, or so I thought.Even when I was wetting it again, I felt like it took a little longer than usual to open up, and get soft again. It sounds weird, perhaps I was imagining? O_o
So I asked about this at Capital Naturals, and I was advised to not let my hair soak all the time. Instead, I should sprinkle some water with the assistance of a spray bottle, and then put a water-based leave-in conditioner. Apparently, though type 4 looks really coarse and dry, it doesn’t mean that that’s actually how the hair feels inside. Someone called my hair soft sef (I almost laughed out loud). I’m going to try this, and see how it goes. Only going to wet wet wet on Wash day (Sunday) and mid-week co-wash day (Wednesday), for obvious reasons. Let’s see how my hair responds to this.
Have you ever experienced over-moisturised hair? How did you get there? How often do you wet your hair? As always, I’d love for you to share.