I am closer to cracking my natural hair code.
My wash day experience has been a breeze since I finally stopped being cheap and actually bought a really good sulfate-free shampoo. Yet, every great step toward my perfect natural hair comes with another challenge or three.
Challenge #1 - Hello frizz-halo. I know Natural Hair frizzes, but mine balloons as the day goes on. I found this article from Naturally Curly. Guilty of items 3, 4, and 8. So, I will dabble in soft hold gels and mousse to see if I can overcome Challenge #2.
Challenge #2 - The dry hair dilemma. What's Day 2 hair and how do I get there? My high porosity hair looks great until I step outside. Then its like the air seeps into the cuticle of my hair and pushes out all the products I layered onto my hair. Is that even possible? Is there a Trichologist in the room? I'll be experimenting with protein treatments to fill the gaps in my hair and keep you posted.
Challenge #3 - And dull. Ahem. Can I get some shine please? A friend of mine uses Sweet Almond Oil to add shine. Simple enough. I'll give that a try.
No worries though. I'm guessing, I'm just a protein treatment and the right stlyler away from a solution. Join me on the journey and if you know something that I don't, please share!!
Pictured: Day 4 hair with nightly refreshes and moisturizing.
Details on products that are loving my hair are listed below.
PRODUCTS THAT I USED:
Shampoo: TGIN sulfate-free shampoo. I spent $11 for this shampoo and have gotten through 4 wash days. I still have enough left for almost two more months of weekly washes. I have fine, low density hair. The amount you need may vary based on your hair length and density.
Conditioner: TGIN Honey Miracle Deep Conditioner (one-hour). I am in love with how crazy-soft my hair. I haven't fallen in love with a regular conditioner yet.
Moisturizer: TGIN Daily Butter Creme. It's literally like butta baby. I love the way this creme glides through my hair. The slip is fantastic. I also get a nice soft hold. So, I use the butter creme from my edges, slip on a scarf for 5 minutes and nicely laid. I try not to use too much to avoid getting a white film.
Styling Method: Banding Method (love this more than twist outs and wash & go-s) Tutorials coming soon.
NIGHTTIME REFRESH & RE-BAND
Liquid: a D.I.Y. 50/50 mix of Aloe Vera Juice and Water. Makes my hair super soft. The best $6.44 I have ever spent since that gallon is still sitting in my fridge.
Refresh Moisturizer: Curls Dynasty Icing on A Curl. This all-natural mango and shea butter blend stretches my tight curl pattern like a dream.
Then I band my hair, sleep and release the bands in the morning. Just a fluff and maybe some edge control and I am out the door.
I am so close to cracking the code. Stick around. It wont be long now.