It’s been almost two months since the last hair post and so much has happened since then, and by that I mean I had to cut off half of my hair to officially go on this natural hair journey (Yes I’m still sad about that). Deep down I know it will be worth it in the end, I mean I’m already seeing progress.
I’m going to share a few tips with you guys, which is just what I’ve been doing since I’ve cut my hair (3 1/2 weeks ago).
- AVOID HEAT
This is probably the hardest thing, that’s why I put it first. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to avoid using heat on my hair in the past and failed miserably, I have very curly hair (when wet) so my routine normally went like this: Hairdryer followed by using a flat iron which is like triple the heat and that alone left me with unwanted split ends and dry hair, but ever since I got rid of all that damage, I haven’t been using any heat and rather been rocking my naturally curly hair.
- Use A Moisturized Shampoo & Conditioner
Most people would recommend that you use Sulphate free products, and I’ve tried that in the past but it just left my hair dry so I had to change shampoo and conditioner yet again. I teamed up with Beauty Bulletin around the same time I cut my hair for their #BBUndercover Shampoo and Conditioner project and the set honestly made such a difference in my hair. Click here for the Video review.
I can’t wait to actually know what the brand is, the only thing I know is that it contains Shea Butter and I guess that explains why my hair is so much softer and moisturized. (I’ll share the brand with you as soon as I know what it is)
- Deep Conditioning Treatment/ Hair Mask
Now if you know me you’ll know I prefer homemade masks, but if you don’t want to go through all that trouble, I recommend trying out the HASK masks. I personally just mix an oil of my choice with my conditioner and keep it in for half the day, to make sure my hair doesn’t dry out. I do this twice a week.
My go-to oils are Black Jamaican Castor Oil or Organic Coconut Oil.As for the masks, Avocados are really good for your hair, so take one ripe Avo, two teaspoons of organic honey and two teaspoons of the oil of your choice (coconut/olive or grapeseed). Mix it all together and apply that from root to tip. Put a shower cap on and keep it on overnight. I suggest doing this a day before you wash your hair. This mask will leave your hair softer than a baby’s butt and give you that straight, sleek look.
- Hair Growth Spritz
If you go online and search for ways to grow your hair back faster, one of the things that often pops up is keeping your hair hydrated and moisturized. I found a hair hack that will make your hair stronger, healthier and help with hair growth, I tweaked it a little to go with my semi-sensitive scalp.
All you need is:
- A spray bottle( mine is 640ml)
- 10ml Bergamot essence (The oil is harsher on the hair, so rather go for the essence.)
- 60ml Bay Rum
- 2 Ampules of Placenta (I used the NU-Hair Brand)
- 70ml Aloe Vera Juice (With Gel)
- 5ml Black Jamaican Castor Oil (You can use regular castor oil)
- 5ml Coconut Oil
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water
Depending on your hair routine, you can use this as a pre-shampoo treatment (keep it in for an hour) or you can spritz it twice a week. Warning: Your hair will smell like aftershave courtesy of the Bay Rum.
Here’s why all of these ingredients are good for your hair:
Bergamot Essence: Stimulates the blood flow to the hair’s follicles to give hair strength and shine, it also acts as a natural serum to tame frizzy and stray hair strands and to get rid of scalp build up.
Bay Rum: Stimulates hair growth and helps alleviate dandruff.
Placenta: Increases hair follicle growth and decrease hair shedding, it also returns protein to the hair and repairs the hair follicles. This coating also works to smooth the hair cuticle making it appear shiny.
Aloe Vera Juice: Aloe Vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair.
Black Jamaican Castor Oil: Moisturize your roots and scalp to prevent dry hair, it promotes hair growth, the oil also prevents hair damage and enhances its health, which leads to thicker hair.
Coconut Oil: Stimulates hair growth getting deep into its follicles. Coconut oil promotes the scalp health fighting against such problems as lice and dandruff. Coconut oil also adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair and prevents hair breakage and split ends, contributing to hair length.
Water: Water is a natural miracle ingredient that supports vitamin consumption and assists in healthy hair growth.
That’s about it, I’ve been using this spritz for over two weeks now and my hair is softer, fuller, shinier, healthier and stronger. It also grew about 1.5 cm since my haircut.
Let me know if you try any of these and if it works for you.