Hair Care: I Keep it real simple

Following my previous post (Mother’s Day post ), I’ve been asked what hair products I use? And if my hair is Natural? How I maintain the mane?
Well, Yes, my hair is natural (did the big chop in 2014 and several other mini chops before I let it grow again). Before I say what hair products, let me state here that when I’m pregnant🤰🏽my hair grows fastest in its natural form – Don’t know if it’s the supplements (pregnacare with omega3 and folic acid), the hormones, plaiting to avoid the hair dryer or genes… its volume is healthiest and bouncy during and after pregnancy (Baby is now a little over a month old).

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Top: Joy Doreen Biira (down inset) with baby

Now to the products and maintenance question; I treat my hair depending on what I think it needs at a given time. I KEEP IT REAL SIMPLE – I oil my scalp 1-2 times a week with Shea butter from Ghana🇬🇭 or Uganda🇺🇬 (the Scented one as I don’t like the smell of the Shea butter) or scentless coconut oil 🥥 (Made in Kenya🇰🇪 is the best). Once a week or once every two weeks, I’ll part hair and sprinkle avocado oil 🥑(Also made in Kenya🇰🇪) to keep hair moist. I visit the salon once every two weeks to wash, condition (I’m not so much a do-it-at-home Naturalista like the many I admire here – I can’t keep up 😊). I do natural hair treatment once a month (using whichever natural hair treatment the salon has at the time as I’m not too particular with with shampoo or conditioner or treatment as long as the pH levels are balanced and there are no sulphates in the ingredients.

I also plait hair when I think it’s starting to thin out (braids, cornrows or a kinky weave) to allow it regain its body. I blow dry hair once or twice a month. I go to the same salon and use the same stylists, they know my routine and understand my hair texture and type. I plait two knots in the evening, cover hair with hair cap when going to bed and comb them out in the morning, it gives hair super curls👌🏽. Finally I trim ends of hair and layer it once a year. I think that’s pretty much it 😊. How do you maintain your natural hair? Share your routine…

cropped-img_0549PS: don’t let your stylist blow dry your hair to a point you can smell it or see it “smoking”. It thins the hair very fast.

Also make sure when your hair is washed, shampoo is completely washed out else it breaks when not washed thoroughly well.
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