So as I’ve mentioned before, I wanna be the most amazing version of myself POSSIBLE! I want an AMAZING body, an AMAZING attitude, an AMAZING relationship, an AMAZING career … ok so you get the idea, right?
And guess what? On top of all that AMAZINGNESS, I also want AMAZING LONG, CURLY, NATURAL, THICK and HEALTHY HAIR.
Yep, just like this …
KIM LOVE’S HAIR IS TRES FAB!
Natural long Black hair is a bit of an enigma for many Black women. Many of us have no idea how to properly deal with our hair and as a result we fry it, dye it, weave it and braid it into oblivion. We are brought up being told to not get our hair wet, to saturate our hair with chemicals and chemical filled greases, we’ve been brought to salons to spend hours applying heat or chemicals to make our hair manageable and many of us have been told that our natural kink is far less desirable than bone straight, easy-to-run-your-fingers-through hair. No wonder Black women struggle with keeping healthy hair on their head!
Now, if you didn’t know I am a research freak and I love researching and compiling information. For the past few months, I’ve been conducting researching on growing and retaining length.Here’s what I discovered …
Black hair grows! Black hair grows just like the hair of every other race. It does not grow slower. IT GROWS! The reason why many Black women do not have healthy long natural hair is because our hair is naturally drier than that of other races and as a result we suffer from a great deal of breakage. Meaning our hair grows and then the ends break off making it appear as if our hair is not growing. In addition, our hair is not as strong as the hair of other races, it is very delicate and requires a great deal of moisture and proper care.
So here’s my new FEMINISTA FABULOUS HAIR ROUTINE
Every Sunday I do the following …Shampoo
- saturate hair with warm water warm water encourages cuticles to open
- gently massage in shampoo focusing on roots
- rinse with warm water gently – trying not to tangle hair too much
- section hair into 4
- apply detangling creme (cheap conditioner mixed with oil) to a section
- use fingers to detangle first and then comb through with a wide tooth comb, start @ the ends
- retwist the section
- repeat for each section
- unravel twist, apply deep conditioner and then retwist
- repeat for each section
- place a shower cap on and wrap with a towel – keep on for at least 45 minutes or sit under a hooded dryer for 25 minutes
- rinse out the deep conditioner with cool water while the twists are still in Cool water causes hair cuticles to close.
- squeeze out excess water
- unravel each twist, apply leave-in conditoner and creates smaller twists for STRETCHING
- pin twists up,wrap hair and let dry overnight
- wear hair in twists or another protective style, i.e bun, french braid, etc.
So that’s my new routine for myself AND NALA! I’ve been doing it for a few weeks and I’ve noticed a couple changes already:
1. less breakage and shedding
My hair was falling out every time I detangled and washed it – some was breakage and some was shedding but I knew it was way too much. The amount of hair I shed now seems normal!
2. hair is less dry
Both my hair and Nala’s appears and feels less dry.
There’s much more info and pics to come. So stay tuned!!!!Ciao bellas,