So, today was a really bad day….why? Because I had to wash my frikin hair! Now, I must admit, I am probably one of the nastiest people on the planet when it comes to washing my hair, but in my defense, it is a day long process. Nevertheless, I sucked it up and washed my hair today. As you can see from the above picture, I was less than enthused. I figured that this would be an awesome opportunity to do a tutorial so that newly natural dolls and/or experienced natural dolls can get some ideas and maybe try something new! Ok, so first things first, I like to start with Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap to cleanse my hair of all the grease and ickies that build up in it (especially when I decide not to wash it for like 3 weeks). I love this soap because it is so minty and the bottle has lotsa interesting things to read! It would be wonderful reading material while one is washing their hair, but the peppermint in the shampoo is so strong, you have to keep your eyes tightly shut or the minty suds will burn the shit out of you! I know this from experience! lol! Anyways, your scalp will tingle with minty freshness. You can get it at any whole foods or vitamin store. Vitamin World sells it for sure! It’s phenomenal!
Next, I do a second wash with Optimum Shampoo. It smells so sexy, y’all! It has olive oil, avocado oil and lots of other moisturizer to help your hair stay soft and manageable. This shampoo takes really well to my hair after the inital wash with the castile soap because my hair just sops up all the good stuff this second shampoo has to offer. It’s like 5 bucks at Wal-Mart, in the “black folks hair product” section.
Third step is a condition and comb out with the accompanying conditioner. This stuff is so creamy and thick, it works wonders for combing through hair in the shower, lemme tell ya!
After I comb through with conditioner I leave the conditioner on my hair and add warm olive oil to my hair for added moisture. I slap on three (yes three) shower caps and a Rastafarian hat and go do something else. I left it in for like 2 hours today. The longer I leave it in, the more it soaks in. This works for me. It may not work for everyone else though. As I was combing out my hair, I noticed that I am shedding über bad. I know it’s because I don’t do low manipulation hairstyles and washing as often as I should, but not that I’ve seen this, I am going to. My hair is growing fast, but if I don’t start doing low manipulation hairstyles like braids and start washing my hair regularly, it’s going to be all for nothing :-(.
After the deep treatment. I washed out my hair with cold water, but left them in the twists so that my hair wouldn’t tangle. As you can see from the below picture, I am still not pleased with this damn hair washing thing.
Anyways, after my hair was clean and ready to be styled, I had my fiancée grease my scalp with DooGro. This stuff makes my hair grow like weeds!
I then began styling my hair with my natural creamy crack mixture that Sherica mentioned in an earlier post. I will do a post on my formula once I perfect it ;-).
The style below is what I will keep my hair in until thursday when Sherica re-styles it. Let me know what you think! There will be more posts tomorrow when I get home from church. I hope you enjoyed my post and found it useful. I will be back soon! Stay gorgeous dolls!