One thing I’ve realised, when it comes to my hair is that although there’s not much that changes in terms of my staple products, I still find that changing how I treat my hair happens pretty much on a yearly basis depending on habits I think I may need less of and those I believe I may need more of. Having been on this hair journey for a little over three years, I won’t lie, I’ve probably changed my healthy hair habits a quadrillion times. Sigh… But honestly, it wouldn’t be a hair journey if it didn’t require assessing my hair regularly. I can’t even begin to tell you the many times I thought I knew my hair only to realise that, well, actually, I don’t. I’m constantly learning about my hair and as I do so, I try and share as much as I can regarding what’s going on with fro in the hopes that I may just step onto a gold mine that shifts the dimensions of someone’s world.
I’ll be honest…I haven’t always been good to fro. Sometimes I’m still not – gasp! But I’ve seen a massive difference in the health of my hair since I added just three new habits into my hair regimen.
Hot oil treatments
I honestly think adding these to my regimen was a game changer of note in terms of how soft my hair is. Late last year I started researching certain methods that fellow naturals with longer hair include in their regimen and hot oil treatments seemed to be the number one common aspect in their regimen. Since I’m low porosity I opted for avocado oil as my main oil with a mix of grapeseed and castor oil. I pour just enough of each oil into a bottle – I only add about a teaspoon of castor oil – heat them in warm to hot water then do my hot oil treatment overnight before proceeding to wash my hair the following day. I cannot even begin to tell you how much more soft and pliable my hair is now compared to how it was before. It’s just all kinds of amazing it makes me want to cry…no, I can’t even. I do this every 2 weeks, so twice a month. This stuff is what best kept secrets are about, y’all! Hot oil treatments do the things. Every. Single. Time.
Some of you are probably thinking “Isn’t this what everyone does???” Um, well, no. I raise my hand in shame to admit that I was an avid dry detangler for majority of my hair journey until late last year. Like every single wash day. Now look, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with dry detangling, sometimes it’s necessary. But let’s just say I understand now why detangling your hair when it’s drenched in conditioner is the way, especially for type 4 hair. I always make sure to detangle my hair before I wash it and then I section it into six chunky twists. If I’m doing a hot oil treatment, I’ll detangle my hair with water to dampen fro before adding an oil.
Castor oil massages
A few weeks back on my Facebook page I mentioned that I have been using castor oil and sometime towards the end of last year I said that I wanted more voluminous hair. I started adding black castor oil to my regimen in three ways: adding it to my deep conditioner, adding it into my hot oil treatment combo and using it to massage my scalp every two days. As a Lo-Po girl, the idea of adding castor oil into my LOC method didn’t cross my mind because I knew it would be too heavy and would either dry my hair out or weigh it down. If I’m really honest, I was more curious as to whether the claims about black castor oil were really true and so I wanted to try it out for myself. What I can say is that I have seen a noticeable difference in the volume of my hair and my hair is a lot more stronger than it was before.
I’m not a fan of relying on products alone as I am a firm believer of the fact that there are various factors that aid in hair growth aside from products. But with consistency, and other healthy hair habits that I practice every day, I believe that adding these three habits into my regimen has helped my hair stay healthy, not to mention I’m even more in love with my hair, so much so that I could play in it all day. Alas, we won’t…we don’t play such games here. But seriously, I hope this gives you an idea of what you can add to your regimen if you have been mulling over what to do with your fro, especially if it’s dry, then I’d definitely recommend adding a hot oil treatment particularly now that winter has come upon us.
I’d love to have a conversation with you all! Which three habits have added to the health of your hair?