I have several friends that have extremely, I mean ridiculously dry natural hair that won’t grow well. Their stuff is CRUNCHY when you touch it. Makes me want to scream!
But each was confused about what to do and asked me for help. In response I provided them with the following basic hair care regime, along with a few suggested products.
#1 Before each wash do an overnight oil pre-poo. I normally use virgin organic coconut oil or Vatika oil. However, olive oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, apricot seed oil, Meadowfoam seed oil etc. all work well. At this point you want to use a PENETRATING oil, not a sealant oil. Your penetrating oil should stay on your dry hair at least 12 hours for maximum effectiveness.
#2 Cleanse hair with a no-shampoo method 90% of the time. I use a Rhassoul Clay cleanser. Some people use the commercial version which is Terresentials Earth Wash. I recently tried Cream & Coco’s Conditioner Co-Wash bar with fabulous results, so now I feel comfortable about recommending that as well. If your hair is dry and breaking, the detergents that cleanse hair in shampoos won’t be your friend. The rare times I use shampoo on my dry hair I use raw African Black soap diluted overnight in distilled water.
#3 Do a 100% Natural Deep Conditioning and Moisturizing Treatment. My most highly recommended treatment is made at home with a ripe banana, a ripe avocado, coconut creme and oil. Find the recipe and instructions for mixing and usage here: Avocado, Banana and Coconut Creme Hair Conditioner.
#4 Use a Leave in Conditioner which Balances hair pH. If you use the Rhassoul (or Bentonite) clay treatment this isn’t so much an issue. However, if you have been using commercial shampoos, you might need to do an apple cider vinegar rinse with water (1-2 Tablespoons in 3-4 cups of water) to rebalance your hair and close the cuticle. Pour the ACV mixture onto your hair and scalp. Let it sit for 1-2 min then rinse out. If you used a clay cleanser, your pH should be balanced already, so you would go right from rinsing out the clay to adding your leave in conditioner. My favorites are Duafe Naturals Protein Hair Milk, Ynobe Hibiscus & Marshmallow, Siamese Twists Melonberry Refresher Creme, or Giovanni Direct Leave In. The Giovanni and Duafe brands contain a bit of protein, so if your hair is protein sensitive, opt for the Ynobe or Siamese Twists leave-in instead. See my review of Duafe Protein Hair Milk here.
#5 Apply thin layer of oil to dry hair to seal in leave-in conditioner. I usually take some Amla, Avocado, Apricot Kernal or Argan oil in my hand and distribute it evenly throughout my hair. Some women prefer almond oil, Jojoba oil or Macadamia nut oil. All are excellent choices.
#5 Divide hair into 10-16 sections and clip apart. The number of sections depends upon the length and thickness of your hair. You want small, manageable sections that you can handle gently. Take one section, gently comb through with wide-tooth comb to detangle, then add some Green Goop, or Herbal Hair Butter Smoothie at the scalp. Goop should be massaged into the scalp for at least 5 minutes. You can also use your favorite butter whip, either commercial or DIY. Smooth butter through to ends of hair, adding another dab to seal moisture into dry ends. Twist or braid or Bantu knot as usual.
#6 Let your dry hair air dry naturally without heat, then fluff and style. You are already suffering with dry hair, damaged from handling or chemicals. Now is the time to support your hair’s return to health with easy to do styles and gentle handling. You should avoid excessive handling, hair dye and heat as much as possible. Wear a hat or scarf when outside in warm weather, and carry a purse sized spritzer bottle to replenish lost moisture during the day.
Other tips for success:
Make sure you cover your hair every night with a silk or satin bonnet or scarf, or sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.
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About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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