Hair Stuff

It’s been nearly 2 months since my last update. Laziness, as usual. Get ready for the boring shit. To start off, maintaining natural hair without chemicals has proven to be difficult over the years. I’ve experienced shedding, breakage, split ends, and just overall dry and brittle hair. Initially Shea Moisture products were working great for me but over time they simply stopped working. My hair has difficulty absorbing moisture because it is of low porosity. Over the summer I did some hair research and discovered a few things:

  1. Hair steamer: Dealing with low porosity hair can be a pain but it’s not impossible to maintain. I purchased the Q Redew hair steamer. When you have low porosity hair, your hair cuticles are basically closed. Using a hair steamer opens the cuticles and allows moisture in. I’ve found the Q Redew to be a very useful product and I’m 100% glad that I purchased it. After shampooing my hair, I use the Q Redew right before a deep conditioning. I’ve found this to be an effective hair steaming method for me. My hair seems to maintain moisture after this method.
  2. Protein Treating: When I started on my natural hair journey I was transitioning rather than doing the “big chop.” To keep the hair strong during transitioning, I was doing protein treatments every 6 weeks. Now that all of my hair is completely natural, I discovered the treatments were less effective because my hair pretty much always maintain it’s own efficient levels of protein.
  3. Oil Treatments: This was something that I simply was not doing and it is one of the simplest things to do and also great for my hair type. One oil in particular that I’ve discovered to be most effective is Amla Oil. Initially I couldn’t deal with its strong smell but this treatment has worked wonders for my hair. Please note that this isn’t really an oil you should apply to your hair and not wash out unless you do this in moderation. For more information, research on how to use Amla Oil.
  4. Clarifying Shampoos: These pretty much thoroughly wash residue/products out of hair when they build up. This was an issue for me being as though my hair wasn’t successfully absorbing products. Products would build up in my hair making it sticky at times.

Boring shit. But if you’re looking to maintain healthier natural hair, it can be helpful.

4 Comments

  • I have low porosity hair as well, but only in a few sections. Because of this, I typically have to treat certain sections of my hair differently. I agree with EVERYTHING you’ve posted here as it has been key to my hair’s health. I didn’t big chop either and I didn’t find it necessary because I was straightening my hair throughout the process and just cutting off the remaining permed ends.

    Good luck with your hair journey. I’ve gotten past the point where I want to perm it on those tough days.. (thank God). Now if I could only get past wanting to straighten it on those rough days. LOOLLL!

    BTW, Love the new look here.

  • My hair is dry trash so I cut it off. lol I’ve been using aloe juice and water and that has helped with the dryness on the little hair I do have. With my haircut I feel like my curls pop more and are more defined. I’m glad I’m bald headed. Try the brown argon oil products at Sally’s. I had a sample of the curly gel and my hair thrives.

  • I’ve started over with my hair. This is my second big chop. But I got it down packed. I know what works for me and I’m sticking to it. I just like my blow outs every now and again. I’m always caught with heat damage. Reason one for second big chop. My curls never behave in the winter when it’s short. It’s always dry and brittle during the winter. So I’m on a hunt for a good oil serum. But when it gets to shoulder length it actually does what I tell it.

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