Recently big chopped or starting a healthy hair journey? I am excited to share some of the basic things you’ll need for your hair journey because as they say, knowledge is power right? right? Oh and most importantly, I’ll be outlining some great yet affordable products that wont leave a dent in your pocket because we are not about to be spending so much on these things please.
- Shampoo: Is simply the process of thoroughly cleansing your hair or scalp. Many people skip this or indulge as little as possible. The issue here is that some of the cleansing ingredients used in making shampoos (e.g Sodium lauryl sulfate) are too harsh thereby stripping the hair of its natural oils/moisture although some people are okay with this.
I think its important to find a way to lift off dirt and product build up from your hair as much as needed because negligence can lead to blocked pores which could stunt hair growth or cause hair to be heavy and look dull or lifeless so please do not skip this if you use so many products or you could co-wash regularly instead. Using black soaps are also a good way to cleanse your hair and scalp.
The cheapest shampoos however contains some of these harsh ingredients but that doesn’t mean they’re totally bad.
Some good Sulfate contained shampoos
- TRESemme Naturals (low sulphate and silicone free)
- Alberto VO5 shampoos
- Suave naturals shampoo (silicone free but contains sulfates)
These products range from as low as N400 to less than a N1000 and can be found in your local drugstore. But please make sure that if you’re using a shampoo that contains any of these harsh products (SLS, SLES, ALS, ALES) etc, you use them as less frequently as possible and consider pre-pooing (more details on this later) and deep conditioning with a very good moisturising conditioner to restore back moisture when you’re done.
Some Sulfate free shampoos
- Crème of nature argan oil moisture and shine shampoo
- Trader Joe’s tea tree tingle shampoo with peppermint
- African pride Olive Miracle 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
- Karen’s body beautiful ultimate conditioning shampoo & Karen’s body beautiful Delicate doo no poo lather free hair wash.
These cost about N2000 depending on the store from which you purchase them which is still on the reasonable side. I told you, I’ve got you!
2. Conditioners (protein/moisturizing): This is one of the most important step or regimen you cant do without in your hair journey. Not only does it soften your hair therefore making it more manageable and reducing breakage, it restores lost moisture, provides elasticity, seals the cuticle and strengthens your hair. These should be silicone free by the way.
Conditioners can either be moisturizing or Protein conditioners. Both of these are very important to any hair regimen and I’ll be sharing more details on how to go about them soon.
Its important to alternate between moisturizing and protein treatments. Personally, I do protein treatments before and after installing any protective styling and once in a while when my hair feels fragile. I don’t use heat on my hair but if you do, protein treatments should be your friend. Here are some conditioners I recommend:
Conditioners (should be WATER based):
- Organics cholesterol tea tree oil by Africa’s best (M)
- Organics Olive oil deep conditioner by Africa’s best (D)
- Olive Oil ORS replenishing conditioner (M)
- Aphogee Keratin 2 minute re-constructor (P)
- Queen Helen cholesterol hair conditioning cream. (P)
- Alberto VO5 moisturizing/ balancing conditioner (M)
- Honey + olive oil mixture (M)
- Jessicurl deep conditioning treatment.(D)
- Banana + coconut oil + honey (D)
- Egg + honey (P)
Some of my personal favourites are outlined there and would cost you about N1000 or less depending on the vendor and don’t forget, you can DIY! (I’ll be posting “crazy” recipes soon so sit tight). Any of this could be mixed with a little of your favourite organic oil (olive, coconut etc) to give your hair that extra extra.
3. L.O.C: This method is known as Leave in>Oil>Cream and it is basically just a way to infuse your hair with moisture and seal in that moisture on a daily basis.. yes I said daily! Protective styles or not. Our hair especially the coily/kinky kind naturally doesn’t retain enough moisture and I wasn’t paying enough attention to this when I first started my hair journey and I could see the result in the way my hair kept breaking.
Now the best part is that the best moisturizer your hair can get is WATER! After spraying your hair with water or your favourite leave in (or a mixture of both), Oil it. Leave-ins could be in cream or spray form and can be a bit pricey (N1000-N2500) but don’t worry because most of the time, a little goes a long way.
Oiling your hair/scalp prevents dryness and in some cases promotes hair growth. Follow this by sealing with a cream of your choice. This locks the moisture in. I just use whipped shea butter (very easy recipe) and it doesn’t cost up to N500. This step is a must for your hair regimen. I’ll outline below some leave-ins, oils and creams you can use:
- African Pride Shea butter miracle leave in conditioner
- Beautiful textures tangle taming leave in conditioner
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Extra virgin coconut oil
- Castor oil
- Tea tree oil
- Argan oil
- Jojoba oil. The list goes on… and are really affordable depending on size or oz being purchased.
Creams: (This shouldn’t include any mineral oil product e.g paraffin, petroleum oil etc) as these ingredients block the pores, could weigh down the hair and keep moisture from getting into your hair. To be honest most of this are on the pricey side so if you want to splurge, I’ll outline a few below but I stick with my mixture of whipped shea butter and Jamaican black castor oil to seal.
- Shea moisture extra moisture transitioning milk
- AS I AM doublebutter cream rich daily moisturizer
- Jessicurl hair cleansing cream.
- Shea butter + castor oil
4. Protective styling: This could be your best friend or worst enemy depending on how it’s handled but I recommend that you wear your hair in protective styling to promote minimal manipulation, need for detangling and even hair growth. Such as simple two-strand twists, bantu-knots, high buns, box braids using either kanekalon or marley hair extensions or without, weaves and wigs.
The trick to doing protective styles is to know your hair and what works for it. Personally I had to learn to stay away from box braids the hard way as they don’t agree with my edges at all. So learn your hair type.. It’s very important.
With all being said guys, some of the products you use will work wonders on your hair while some wont but you have to be willing to try to find the ones that best suit your hair and use them religiously.
I’ll be sharing my hair regimen with you soon and some of the products I Use, how I use them and some steps that weren’t included here that I personally follow. I am more than willing to answer your questions and if I don’t have the answers, I’ll get them for you because you are special and your hair is special.