I am quickly approaching my third year of being natural, and with that being said I think it is safe to say I have found a hair care regimen that works well for my hair and fits into my busy lifestyle. With the beginning of the new year and new year resolutions, I thought maybe a few people have hopes for healthier hair in 2015 so I have decided to share a few must haves for healthier hair in the new year!
1. Co-Wash When I first heard of the concept of co-washing I was not completely sold on the idea of washing my hair with conditioner. It was not until I began to co-wash my hair on a weekly basis that I began to see the results for myself. My hair was able to retain moisture much easier and it did not dry out as much.
2. Sulfate free shampoo I am extremely obsessed with keeping my hair adequately moisturized, especially during the winter season. I learned of sulfate free shampoos around the same time I was introduced to the concept of co-washing. I thought well since I am washing my hair with conditioner regular shampoo obviously isn’t good for my natural coils and kinks, and after a little research I found my initial thoughts to be accurate. Shampoo with sulfates strip the natural oils from your hair causing it to be more susceptible to breakage and other types of damage. My favorite shampoo has to be Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo because my scalp feels really clean after every use.
3. Leave in Conditioner What good is a good wash and condition without some leave in conditioner as a follow up? My favorite leave in conditioner is Cantu’s Shea Butter Leave in Repair Cream. This leave in is amazing because it detangles, hydrates, and protects my hair. How great is that?! It’s a product every natural should consider trying because it makes my hair care regimen less time consuming as it helps to keep my hair healthy and extremely manageable just in case I decide to style my hair.
4. Essential Oils Oils are a huge component in my hair care regimen. I actually only use three oils for my hair and they are Dax’s Coconut Oil with Vitamin E ,Organix’s Extra Penetrating Argan Oil, and any brand of Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I use Dax’s Coconut Oil for everyday use in order to keep my hair moisturized and I use Organix’s Extra Penetrating Argan Oil when I am in need of a deep conditioning. I tend to use JBCO if I am experiencing any breakage or thinning because it helps to stimulate blood flow in the scalp, thus encouraging new growth.
I hope that my hair care regimen for 2015 reaches you all in good spirits, and I wish you all a prosperous new year! 🙂