There’s one thing I take even more seriously than glowing moisturized skin— my hair, and whether it’s curly or straight it always has to be on point down to the last follicle.
It’s taken me a long time to get to really know my hair and discover the best ways to care for it. Especially my curls, since most of my adulthood I’ve relaxed my hair I’m just getting to learn the best ways to pamper my curly locks. I’ve maintained my natural curls relaxer-free for the past 2 years and it has been a definite learning experience. Through a lot of research, reading and bombed attempts I’ve learned some of the best ways to care for and style my hair…and believe me, I’m still doing a lot of learning.
Adventures in Products
Product wise I’ve tried Wen, Carol’s Daughter and Shea Moisture
— all great brands, but I’ve learned two things from all my trial and error:
- What works for your hair might not work for mine and vice versa
- The needs of our hair changes and in order to keep it happy you’ve got to switch up your hair care routine sometimes.
Right now, I’m loving Giovanni’s shampoo & conditioner— my baby sis got me hooked on them, funny how someone who loves to shave her hair off always finds such great hair care lines, she put me on to Shea Moisture before that.
Surviving The Elements
Because I live in Miami my greatest foe is humidity, that sucker can turn any straight or curly style into a pile of nonsense, so I’ve started to use keratin on my locks. The keratin lets me keep my natural curls, but gives me the freedom to go straight when I choose to with minimum heat styling stress to my hair and the best part is regardless of the style I choose the keratin serves as a barrier for humidity…boom! foe defeated.
Now a typical summer afternoon in Miami consists of 3 main ingredients: heat, humidity and unexpected showers– and we’re not talking dainty showers or sprinkles, we’re talking spectacular sunshine one moment and a full blown monsoon the next.
So I tend to let my curls flow in the summer, it’s less stressful than constantly heat styling my hair to keep it’s silky straight look.
Hair Care Routine
Right now I’m head over heals with Giovanni’s regular & leave-in conditioners, anyone with curls knows rule no #1 is condition, condition, condition because a good conditioner = happy bouncy curls. My current hair care routine goes something like this:
I co-wash, which is short for conditioner washing— cleansing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo, every week & shampoo only once a month. So far this co-wash/poo combination has given my hair the best results. Every two weeks I deep condition with Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and I use their Jamaican Black Castor Oil Grow & Restore Edge Treatment on a daily basis to keep my hair looking glossy plus it helps me tame any pesky fly-a-way.
It’s a short but sweet routine, sometimes I tweak it in order to try out a new product but so far this is the combination that has worked best. I believe we all have our own hair journey and in the end we have to find the products and hair care routine that works best for us & our hair.
This was so fun! I loved talking hair with you. If you have any fabulous hair secrets or tips you’d like to share with me go on and drop them down below in the comments area. I’m always up for trying something new. Until next time my lovelies,
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