Not completely throwing the baby out with the bath water, but there are some parts of my regimen that have been done away with, some parts that remain and new steps added. Do I still air dry? How often am I doing all of this? What NEW steps have I added? These are all details that will be shared and a video demonstration will also help to shed a little light. Let’s begin!
Before shampooing or deep co-washing, I remove shed hairs with oil. At this time my hair is sectioned into 4 to prepare for conditioning (or shampooing when needed). I let oil sit for a minimum of 45 minutes before proceeding.
This is done as needed. Shampooing usually only occurs prior to completing a product review or when build-up needs to be removed, usually every 3-4 weeks.
Deep Co-Wash [OLD]
This is mandatory. I often apply the conditioner with a heavy hand, to dry hair, in sections of 4, starting with the ends and going upwards. Using a hair therapy wrap, I leave the conditioner in for a minimum of 2 hours. While rinsing the conditioner, I detangle with a wide tooth comb. During this step, I also use the pads of my fingers to massage and lift debris from my scalp.
Immediately after rinsing, I separate the 4 sections into 8-12 sections and moisturize with a leave-in. I allow my hair to mostly air dry and then I use a blow dryer to stretch the hair and prepare for styling. After each section is stretched, I immediately apply additional moisturizer and re-braid or twist and allow my hair to absorb.
Typically my hair is twisted and then worn in a bun for most of the week. Towards the end of the week, when I want to get just a bit fly, I will curl the ends and twist it out (similar to this). Doing this can add an additional week to the life of the style.
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