Tender Loving Hair: My Current Staples (Fall 2011)

Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:00 PM

Roller Set  (not sure what i was doing with my mouth but my hair looks shiny :)

My Current Product Staples:

KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo
Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

*Typically, I shampoo every two or three weeks. If I'm using products with mineral oil, I will wash more often because it causes build up more quickly. 
*Usually I like to pre-treat my hair the night before I wash it. I'll use EVOO or coconut oil or a deep conditioner.
*I keep EVOO or castor oil in an applicator bottle mixed with a bit of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties. After I shampoo each section of hair, I'll apply the oil to my scalp and rub it in. Then I'll also apply the oil to each section of hair before I rinse out the shampoo.

Cowash Conditioners:
Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Aussie Moist
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
Yes to Cucumbers

*This list hasn't changed since last time. I do use Pantene conditioners sometimes too. I rarely cowash in the fall and winter. If I do, it would be because my hair is extremely tangled and this is the only way for me to clear it out.

I think this was a two day old twist out

Deep Conditioners:
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner
Pantene Curly or Thick Hair Deep Treatment
Curl Junkie Deep Treatment

*I deep condition about once a month. Tyically, I don't use deep conditioner before shampooing and then do it again afterwards. I do one or the other.

*If I haven't added pre-treated or added oil during the shampoo process, then I'll probably add some oil to my deep conditioner. My hair loves oil.

Moisturizing/Detangling Spray:
Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner
Shea Moisture Hold and Shine Moisture Spray
Infusium Moisturizing Leave-In Treatment
Bottled or Rose Water
Fermodyl 619 for coarse/curly hair (comes in a vial)

Creamy  Moisturizers/Leave-In Conditioner/Styling Creams:
Kinky Curly Knot Today
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Oyin Handmade Burdock Root Butter Cream
Carol's Daughter Hair Milk
Bee Mine Hair and Scalp Moisturizer
Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade
Homemade shea butter, coconut oil, aloe mix
Hot Six Oil
Castor Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Pink Oil Moisturizer
Queen Helene Coconut Oil (with mineral oil)
Organix Shea Butter or Coconut Oil Anti-Breakage Serum

Honorable Mentions:
Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner
Aveda Anti-Humectant Pomade
*I like to use this Shea Moisture Balancing Conditioner in tandem with whatever conditioner I'm cowashing with. It doesn't give enough slip to use alone as a detangler but it makes my hair feel very soft and it's good for your scalp.
*This Aveda pomade is expensive but I love sealing my hair with this when wearing my hair straight.

This post is getting long!  My Staple Care and Styling Techniques after the jump...

I blowdried my hair first then twisted, wrapped into little buns and pinned.  This gives a beachy, wavy look.
Staple Care Techniques:

Oil Rinse:
After a shampoo, I rinse my hair clean and massage an oil through my scalp and hair. I let it sit for awhile, then rinse and follow up with a rinse out conditioner. 

The night before a hair washing session, I like to douse my hair with coconut oil or EVOO, put on a clear plastic cap with a scarf over top and sleep on it. Shampoo or cowash in the morning. Sometimes I pre-poo with a deep conditioner. Same process.

When deep conditioning, I apply the conditioner to my hair in sections and either sit under the dryer (rarely) or use a warm towel for however long. After awhile, I go back through and reapply the conditioner (without rinsing) and get back under the dryer or towel.

Plain Rinse:
If my twist out is starting to get tangly, but my hair is not dirty. I will just rinse my hair in the shower without shampooing or cowashing. I'll use a spray detangler on my wet hair, and then I'll moisturize, retwist and seal.

Trimming and Dusting:
After getting my hair trimmed in August, I realized that I will need to do this every 3-4 months if I'm going to continue to grow my hair. My hair is so much more manageable with well maintained ends!  I still check my ends during routine styling sessions and cut any knots or damage that I see.  I will be getting another trim in early November.

Twisting my hair at night gives buns and updos more texture and makes them more interesting!

Staple Styling Techniques:

Twist Outs/Braid Outs:
In preparation for a twist out/braid out, I moisturize my hair on four levels.
First with a spray - it could be just water or it could be one of the spray leave-ins mentioned above.
Then I add a layer of a light, water-based creamy moisturizer (again, see above).
Next, I seal with an oil or shea butter based product  (see above.  I get AMAZING results when I use Queen Helen's Coconut Oil (with mineral oil).
Finally, I seal over top of that with a silicone based serum (above).
Adding this final step gives me a moisturized set for days!! It may sound like a lot, but it works for me. Some nights, I put on a clear plastic cap and tie my scarf around it. This acts like a mini-heated moisturizing treatment and helps to remoisturize my hair when I'm between styling sessions.
You can see an example of a recent twist out here.

Buns and Updos:
Pretty self-explanatory, but you can find details here.

Roller Sets:
I don't have the patience for a standard roller set where you set your hair when it's sopping wet and get under the dryer.  Trust me, I've tried.   I can not (will not) roller set my hair without blowdrying it first.  I blowdry it on medium heat until it's stretched but still just a bit moist.  Just a bit.  Before blowdrying, I spray it with Jane Carter leave-in or whatever spray leave in I'm currently using.  I do it section by section (total of about 12 - 14 I think). After I blow dry a section, I apply grapeseed oil (because it's a heat protectant and it's not too heavy) and comb through it with a small tooth comb until it's very smooth and then I roll as I go.  I use 1.5 inch magnetic rollers or velcro rollers. I do this blowdry/roll process section by section until I'm done.  I maintain throughout the week either by pincurling (pictured here) or by taking big sections (about 5 or 6) and using a sponge roller (with end papers) and throwing on a satin cap.  I apply grapeseed oil and hot six oil or serum to my hair and ends throughout the week as needed.

For more posts about my hair care journey and regimen click here