Thanks for your wonderful blog. It has gotten my wheels to turning, and I think I can stay natural. Can you recommend a hair regimen for me? I believe I have the type 4a/4c hair. I've been natural since April 2007. I did the big chop then. I have since worn my hair in micro braids, sew-ins, cornrows w/ extensions, and an afro. I wash my hair with the Pantene line for colored, natural, or relaxed hair. It makes my hair soft, but I'm not sure if I'm damaging it. I look on a lot of sights, but none of the women seem to have hair like mine. I don't know if they started out like me, but over time their hair has changed and become healthier. I'm not really sure. Any insight you provide will be appreciated. I'm pretty much new to the game even though I've been natural for over a year and a half. I've attached pics for your viewing.
Your hair is unique. It has one of the most interesting curl patterns and is the most fragile. It needs moisture to stay soft and supple. Sulfate-free shampoos, moisturizing conditioners, leave-ins, and natural oils (like Emu oil or Jojoba oil) are your best friends. I recommend washing your hair once or twice a week, deep conditioning afterward (with a plastic cap under a dryer), applying a leave-in, and massaging natural oils on the scalp. In between your wash days, I suggest a protective style like twist-outs or braid-outs to reduce manipulation and tangles.
CURLS Curlicious Cleansing Cream
My HoneyChild Banana Creme Scalp Cleanser
Hair Rules Daily Cleansing Cream
CURLS Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Conditioner
My HoneyChild Banana Creme Conditioner
Hair Rules Deep Quench Conditioner
Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner
Reconstructors (use only when hair feels too moisturized)
Aubrey Organics GPB
And remember to use a wide tooth comb and to only detangle with fingers (if your hair is dry) and with a lot of conditioner if your hair is wet. Okay, I think that's all. I hope this helps!
- Belle Cheveux