December is way too cold for wash-n-go hairstyles. However, as many African American women know, if you don’t keep your hair very well moisturized, your hair will become dry and brittle. So, what do you do to maintain your naturally curly hair without walking around with miniature icicles hanging from your head?
Well, this is the next stop on my journey to find my perfect hair care routine for my curly hair. So far, I’ve tried the overnight two-strand twist out, baggying, and product overload. Unfortunately, my hair is just not satisfied. The curls won’t spring back into action.
In a previous post, I mentioned possibly going back to the weave (at least for the duration of the winter months). I went to the local beauty supply store and looked at some hair. The quality and selection has greatly improved since the last time I went in. It was so tempting to buy a bag of European Deep Wave 14 in hair in 1B. I got goosebumps thinking about having my own hair safely braided to my scalp while this other hair took the abuse of everyday manipulations. As the saleswoman was about to ring it up, a part of me said “Don’t give up yet.” Maybe there’s a something else out there. I changed my mind and walked away from the weave.
But, seriously, what do I do now? The natural products are not helping me achieve any hairstyles that I can rely on to go to work everyday. The hair is unable to curl correctly. I’m left with patches of straight, kinky, frizzy, jherri curl string hair.
Finally, I decided on a compromise. I went to my professional hair stylist and had a gentle Wave Nouveau put on the roots to get some curl definition. I also cut the ends to make a more uniform halo effect.
Currently, I co-wash with Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural for Women of Color Conditioner, Dry to Moisturized . I find that my hair comes out pretty soft and detangled when I use this product. I follow this with a leave-in conditioner (Infusium 23 or your favorite will work). A moderate amount of Soft Sheen Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator 16 oz comes next to help the curls bounce back into place. I let this stand for a few minutes before finishing off with a natural oil sealant (such as coconut oil or Extra-Virgin Olive Oil).