So on June 3rd I decided no more relaxer on the hair. My scalp (and pocketbook) can take it no more!!! I went to the salon on my birthday, and for the first time in years, I got my hair pressed.
I have to admit that I already don’t miss getting my hair relaxed. Who in their right mind misses burning relaxer cream, stinky neutralizer shampoo, a scabby scalp and limp hair? Anyway, mama wants a twist-out!!!
So after a number of tests of some new products, new equipment and some unconventional techniques, I’ve finally got a pretty good system going on here.
- Shampoo: Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner
Yes, that says conditioner, not shampoo. I have found that the natural divas on youtube, CurlyNikki and all of the other sites that talk about being a curly girl have all figured out that most shampoos are pretty harsh and strip you hair of everything – good and bad. Most conditioners have some sort of cleaning agent in them but they tend to be way less harsh than the standard soap/lathering ingredients in shampoos. Surprisingly enough though, conditioner will so get the cleaning job done like a champ. Seriously, I totally over used some products the last time I did my hair (like WAY overused) and had massive oily hair this morning. Did a cowash (conditioner wash) and it totally got rid of all the stuff I overdid it with but left my hair soft and moisturized. (I will probably do a cleansing shampoo once a month or so (not sure what product though) but I’ve always had to do that. Even when I used normal/harsh shampoos in the past. That’s just how my hair is.)
I highly recommend this type of shampoo process and this particular conditioner. I know, it seems strange – especially using freakin’ Suave Tropical Conditioner – but it rocks and is a curly girl favorite (Black and White curly girls alike). Give it a try. Your hair will feel great! Your pocketbook/wallet will heart you big time too – I got the family size bottle from Walmart for $2 and change and my bff got the regular size bottle for 89 cents (she went all out and bought two bottles – she’s a baller like that!)
- Conditioner: Joico Silk Results Smoothing Conditioner
I was trying to mix my own conditioners up, using stuff like Carol’s Daughter and then mixing other stuff into it but it just didn’t quite cut it. Don’t get me wrong, all of this stuff left my hair soft, but it also left it very oil (plus I’m heavy handed with product which sooo doesn’t help the problem!). And to be honest, my hair just likes the Joico. It leaves my hair soft, moisturized and unbelievably easy to comb out. I know it’s so not a natural product but it works wonders on my hair so I’m stickin’ with it.
- Leave-in Conditioner: KimMayTube from Youtube’s leave-in conditioner recipe
Here’s the basic recipe:
2 tablespoons of your conditioner of choice (silicone free!)
2 tablespoons of Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice
2 teaspoons of Castor Oil
2 teaspoons of Jojoba Oil
I used the Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler and Lily of the Valley Aloe Vera Juice. I used the jojoba oil because I already have some at home (I added some rosemary oil to it to give it additional hair healthy ump!). I didn’t, however, use the castor oil. I have a bottle of Carol’s Daughter’s Lisa’s Hair Elixir Oil and I used that instead. It just seemed like a good choice. Not only did I already have this at home, but it already has tons of good stuff in it – sweet almond oil, sage oil, olive oil and all sorts of other healthy oils. I figured this way I would get the benefit of a number or healthy oils instead of just a couple.
- Wide tooth comb and a medium tooth
comb – No small tooth comb on this head of hair!
- Tangle Teeser – This comb/brush looks like it’s not going to do a damn thing to your tangled hair but it detangles with minimal breakage better than any comb or brush I’ve ever used – even my kinky natural roots. It’s a fairly new product out of England and it rocks. It doesn’t hurt that you can buy it at Sally’s Beauty Supply or off of Amazon for a whole 10 bucks. Beware – the original version is very pink! So very pink. I bought the purple glittery one – the pink one was just tooooo much!
- Conair Ion Blow Drier – Nothing exciting here. Just a normal blow drier that cost me $20 at Walmart when my old drier blew out nothing but cold air.
- BaByliss Flatiron Steam Straightener – I’ll say it, steam flatirons are the bomb. I would have never imagined that a steam flatiron would do anything other than make my hair extra nappy. So not the case. It straightens amazing well and leaves your hair soft and silky. It also helps keep the hair straight longer too. I’ve been wanting one for a while but didn’t particularly care for the $200 price tag that originally hung from them. I went on Amazon recently and found one for $149 on sale for $49. Word. Yeah freakin’ Amazon. Love this thing!
- Wash my hair with the Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner two times
- Liberally apply the Joico Silk Results Conditioner, comb out the tangles with wide tooth comb or Tangle Teeser, cover with plastic conditioning cap and a big towel and let it sit for about 15 minutes (knitting time!)
- Rinse well and gently wring out excess water
- Apply the KimMayTube leave in conditioner (about a teaspoon – give or take)
- Blow dry
- Flat iron
Right now, this process is totally working for me. I just finished my hair and it looks and feels great. I’m super pleased.
And seriously, thank goodness for the internet. I found out about a number of products and supplies from some of the natural divas’ websites and youtube videos.
What the hell did we do before youtube. Crazy!