In March I loosened my long-term winter protective style anticipating some new growth (which I got 😀 ). Unfortunately I also got a lot of breakage 😥
Normally I would have gone for a trim without thinking too much about it. But this time I wanted to see if there was a way to reduce the amount of split hairs I got. I should add that I live in an area that can get really dry during winters and probably played a big part in my horrible ends.
Let me put this out there: I’m lazy. I want good, cheap results with the least amount of effort. Which is what turns me off most natural hair sites ‘cause some of these recipes or procedures sound like they need a lot of work and/or sound ridiculous. They also tend to use a lot of expensive products (at least to me as a college student) and I keep wondering if I really have to use them to achieve desirable results.
So, I did my research trying to find the ingredients in products that would provide both moisturization and protection against the dry environment I live in. I also wanted a routine that would require minimal effort. Just putting moisture in my hair was no longer enough; my hair was getting too long.
A lot of ingredients found in commercial conditioners and moisturizers are there primarily as moisturizers – or they wouldn’t work and we’d want our money back. Examples of some you should be looking out for when buying products are: glycerin, cetrimonium chloride, hydrolyzed wheat/milk/soy proteins and mineral oil. Of course conventional oils and butters like shea butter or coconut oil are also usually found. In my routine I use pure coconut oil because I love how light it is plus I love the smell. Do use what works best for you though.
Pro-tip #1: Ingredient percentages are arranged in descending order, the first few are found in the highest percentages, which is why water is usually first.
I also needed ingredients to keep the moisture in and honestly, I discovered that using products that contained silicones were probably my best bet. Silicones work by forming a thin layer over the hair locking in moisture and leaving hair silky to touch. Examples found in hair products are dimethicone, cyclomethicone and amodimethicone. In my routine I use Avanti’s silicon mix and Kanechom’s Hair Treatment because they’re cheap and very long-lasting. Kanechom costs just 34 cents an ounce! OGX conditioners are also good cheap alternatives.
The alternative to using silicones would be LOC/LCO methods that lock in moisture using creams and oils. They don’t last you very long and from my findings, you have to do them thrice a week to see results. I certainly don’t have time for that.
Unfortunately silicones do have a bad rep because they can cause build-up (when hair can’t get moisturized because it’s clogged with too much product) but using a good clarifying shampoo once in a while (I would recommend a V05 shampoo, cost only about $1) would rectify the problem.
This is the routine that I settled on which I follow twice a month on pre-sectioned hair:
- A gentle shampoo like Shea moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo (which I use) or Baby shampoo.
- A tablespoon and bowl to mix conditioners (optional)
- Coconut oil
- Deep conditioners like Avanti’s Silicon mix and/or Kanechom’s Hair Treatment Goat Milk
1. Prepare 1:2 ratio of Avanti’s Silicon mix and Kanechom’s Hair Treatment
Pro-tip #2: To avoid wasting product, rub the conditioner mix in your hands first before putting in your hair. A little of this stuff goes a long way. 1 tablespoon to 3 tablespoons should be enough and you could even add little water if it doesn’t feel enough.
2. Shampoo hair gently and leave hair dripping wet.
3. When hair is still wet, massage in coconut oil
4. Wait for hair to dry a bit then put in mix made in 1)
5. Cover hair with shower cap for 30 minutes
6. Wash out mix thoroughly(to prevent build-up)
The ratio of the mix is only because the Kanechom is usually twice as big as the Avanti (35.2oz to 16oz). You can decide not to use the Avanti but I would recommend it because it contains Ceramide. Ceramide is a protein naturally found in hair that acts as a cement and helps with hair breakage.
That’s it for today guys! Remember you don’t have to use any of the products I’m recommending. But please do mention the ones you used and your experiences with using them. How else are you keeping your hair moisturized and protected in your harsh environment? Sound off below!0 Did you love this post?