Sunday, March 22, 2015

Curls, Curls, Curls: Curls I Do Adore



This post is very spur of the moment based on several requests for my daily hair care regimen. I am more than elated to share, because I am a sucker for all things hair, healthy hair that is! I love everything about hair from short to long, curly to straight, black to blonde, weave to extensions. Trust me when I tell you that my hair history has had an encounter with each and every one of these styles.

I really have an affinity for hair and all that it does to accessorize the personality of a woman. For the past five years I have been a curly girl, as I reverted back to my natural hair texture in June 2010. I love the freedom that comes with my curls, and there is just something about them that gives my spirit ease. I recently chopped all of my long curly locks off in August 2014 simply because I needed a change, and indeed a change is what I received. I am currently in that awkward in between stage of growing my hair once again, and it is far easier this time because I know the ropes of the curly hair journey.

I post pictures on my personal social media pages, and often times I am questioned on my curly girl routine. So, I decided to share what works for my curls, and makes them what I like to refer to as “super popping.” Now keep in mind that works for one curly girl, may not necessarily work for the next. You may need to tweak or bend my regimen, and modify it to fit your lifestyle & specific curl pattern.

When it comes to my regimen I am really big on no-fuss, and I am a pure minimalist. The very reason I reverted back to my natural hair pattern was due to me being sick and tired of being indebted to my hairstylist week after week. So, with my natural hair it has to be quick, fast, and in a hurry!

Cleansing

My cleansing regimen consists of me washing my hair two to three times per week with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. My personal experience is that the sulfate-free products keep my hair color vivid and does not strip it, and it gives my curls serious definition.  Now while I am a fan of sulfate-free products, I still feel the need to use regular shampoo & conditioner once every few weeks to remove any type of product build-up that I may have acquired. I deep condition my hair once or twice a week, simply because I have color and I need to keep my hair as healthy as possible. I personally do not sit under a heated dryer, steamer, or a cap. I simply slather deep conditioner on my hair while in the shower, and rinse it after about 5-10 minutes. I am not opposed to letting the conditioner set with heat, as I often get the royal treatment when I visit the hair salon for cut and color (shout out to my stylist Donna at Polish Hair Bar-Philadelphia, PA). However when it comes to my home routine, I am not here for sitting under anyone’s heating agent for deep conditioning.

I dry my freshly washed hair using the T-Shirt Drying Method. The method consists of using a cotton t-shirt, which you can cut down the center to elongate. I simply run the cotton t-shirt through my hair in the very same manner that I would use a towel. I personally find that the cotton t-shirt minimizes frizz, and absorbs a significant portion of the water from my super-thick hair. While the cotton t-shirt absorbs the excess water, it does not absorb the moisture from my curls. In fact, my hair is soft and shiny once I remove the towel.

Hydration

My hydration regimen is based exclusively on the L.O.C. Method, which is an acronym for Leave-In Conditioner, Oil, and Cream. It is simply the order in which you apply your hydration products, which helps to lock and seal the moisture into your scalp and hair. This method works wonders for my hair, and I have not wavered from it in months. I use this method to hydrate my freshly washed hair.

Styling

My styling regimen consists of virtually nothing! At this phase in my hair growth journey mousse works best for styling my curls. The brand of mousse I use does not dry or harden my hair, and it does not leave any flakes or residue. So after my hair is cleansed and hydrated, I apply a liberal amount of mousse to my hair and proceed to use my fingers to define the curls.


Finally I use the T-Shirt Drying Method to set my curls. I use the same cotton t-shirt used earlier in the cleansing process, and wrap my hair in the manner of a turban for drying. I move on to my morning routine while my hair dries under the cotton t-shirt wrap. Once I am ready to walk out the door, I let down my hair & run my fingers through it to plump up my curls. I promise my curls are Tracee Ellis Ross drool worthyJ






Products

As far as products are concerned I am not a junkie, and stick to the most natural and readily available. Here is a listing of my staple products for each phase of my hair regimen. Again, these products are my personal preference, and you very well may have to go through a trial & error phase to find what works best for your hair. I hope this helps, and I hope that it answers many of the questions that I am often asked.

Cleansing
  • Shampoo
    • Crème of Nature Sulfate-Free Shampoo
    •  Tresemme Naturals Low-Sulfate Shampoo
  •  Conditioner
    • Crème of Nature Sulfate-Free Conditioner
    • Tresemme Naturals Low-Sulfate Conditioner
  • Deep Conditioner
    • Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner
    • Eden Bodyworks All Natural Deep Conditioner
Hydration
  • Leave-In Conditioner
    • Crème of Nature Leave-In Conditioner, Spray
    • Curls Unleashed Leave-In Conditioner
  •  Oil
    • Coconut Oil
    • Olive Oil
    • Grapeseed Oil
  •  Cream
    •  Crème of Nature Oil Moisturizer, Cream
    • Shea Butter 
Styling
  • Crème of Nature Argan Oil Mousse
  •  Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hair Milk

Tools
  • Wide-Tooth Comb
  • Cotton T-Shirt
  • FingersJ
X.O.
Shreen 

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