So now that you’ve read my story, I am now going to share with you some tips that I’ve gotten and was able to add to my hair care regimen. For the past months I have been exclusively using deep conditioners (homemade and store bought) in my weekly hair routine to retain moisture and so forth. Yet I notice that after a few days or weeks, my hair becomes dry once again and a lot of that dryness are at my ends. I have tried different DIY conditioners which have given my curls so much love(I will share a few later on), but I knew that the one thing that was missing from my routine was a good old hot oil treatment.
Thankfully I have amazing naturalista friends who are never stingy with tips and secrets to bouncy, soft curls. So on this faithful wash day I decided to combine a hot oil treatment along with my weekly deep conditioner. Using hot oils or applying heat to your hair with the oils allows the oils to penetrate your thick hair, dry hair. The oils gives your hair a more moisturized feeling, rather than making it oily. Hot oils not only prevents a dry scalp, but also helps by minimizing damage caused from dry ends and daily combing and styling.
Below are a list of the products & Items that were used and where they can be purchased.
-Oils (You may use any combination of oils that you feel suitable): Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Black Castor oil, Grape seed Oil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– Applicator Bottle (available at any beauty supply store)
– Cowash, Optional (Creme of nature, $6.99 at most beauty supply stores/walmart )
– Wide tooth Comb
– Hair Clips (For sectioning off hair)
– Shower cap/Plastic Bag
– Hair dryer (Got mine from Target $39.99 )
– Deep Conditioner of your choice (Queen Helene Cholesterol with Ginseng Conditioner)
– Egg (optional)
First I began by washing my hair, I choose to shampoo my hair because of all the product that was used in my hair the previous week. I followed up my shampoo routine with a conditioner. With the conditioner applied, I proceeded to untangle my hair and sectioning it off using the hair clips. I then washed the conditioner out and continued by applying the oil mixture to my hair from my roots to the ends. With a plastic bag and shower cap covering my hair, I then sat under the dryer for a total of 30 minutes, allowing the oils to be heated and penetrate my hair. I then used my favorite creme of nature cowash to remove the oils and applied a deep conditioner. I decided to add an egg to my deep conditioner for extra protein.(Side note: Eggs contains protein and biotin which both contribute to shinier, healthier hair).
After applying the deep conditioner mixture, I returned to the dryer for an additional 15 minutes to allow the conditioner to penetrate my hair. At the end of that 15 minutes, I rinsed my hair, towel dried, combed a generous amount of coconut oil to lock in the moisture and proceeded to air dry my hair as usual.
The results: Shiny, hydrated curls!