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My New Routine with Tips for You!

Hey Guys,

Here’s my updated hair routine:

  1. Wash and condition every 2 weeks
  2. Oil hair and scalp every 2-3 days using castor oil and/or a water based moisturizer. A mini-LCO but no liquid.
  3. My Shea Butter Co-wash Treatment weekly during winter and forthnightly during summer/spring
  4. Protein treatment every 3-6 months (Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment)

 If you follow me on twitter (@CosmeLagos) you should have seen me posting about how I’ve mastered natural hair. In case you haven’t, I’ve provided the tweet below:

The treatment I’m talking about is so easy that I feel a little stupid for not figuring it out earlier. I’ve been doing it twice a month but as it’s getting colder, I’m increasing its frequency to every week. No matter how often you decide to use it, remember that it is your consistency that matters the most, not the “effectiveness” of the product.  I hope this helps you:

Sarah’s Shea Butter Co-Wash

You’ll need:

  1. 2 tablespoons of Shea Butter or more if you need more protection
  2. 1 and a half tablespoons of a cheap conditioner (as long as cetyl/cetearyl alcohol and centrimonium chloride are among the first five ingredients)
  3. 3 teaspoons of Agave Nectar/ Honey (you can add more if you’d like a more sticky hold)
  4. 2 teaspoons of water (or more if you prefer a watery formula)

Instructions

  1. Section your hair into four or more sections. Detangle as you normally would. I detangle in the shower and add a little bit of my cheap conditioner to my hair if necessary.
  2. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork for about a minute.
  3. Then put the mix into a microwave and warm for about 30 seconds and no more. You don’t want to caramelize the sugar in the agave/honey. Mix again until it’s like a fondant.
  4. Now apply the mix to very wet hair. Re-wet your hair if you have to. Make sure every part of your hair gets saturated with the mix (yes, especially your edges).
  5. Twist your sections up, cover your hair in a shower cap and leave overnight or at least for 5 hours.
  6. Wash off each section and re-twist again. Feel free to blot and wring excess water but allow the twisted hair to air dry.

Results 

This was my hair right after I put the treatment in. I had about 10 sections because my hair is a bit thick.

After washing out and allowing to air dry in twists:

And another one:

 

A Few Hair Journey Lessons

Sometimes I feel there’s a huge push in the natural hair community to grow your hair as long as possible in the shortest amount of time. And while that is a valid goal to have, the truth is it will take most of us a while to get the hang of natural hair, especially if you’ve started your hair journey and had very little experience prior. So hang on even if you’re not seeing the super quick results everyone on youtube seems to be getting.

It took me 4 years to learn what should have been obvious to me from the very beginning: consistency is key. I’m a recovering product junkie who’s learning it’s not about having all the hot new products but actually using them consistently. It’s also definitely not about getting lazy and then looking for a magic product to fix all your problems (Hint: there is no magic product).

Consistency is Key. There is no magic product to fix inconsistent hair care. Click To Tweet

And no, my hair is not perfect. I still make mistakes here and there, especially with keeping my hair moisturized. The only thing I try to do is learn from those mistakes. I’ve had setbacks (just last year I had to cut off 4 inches) but now at least my hair is flourishing and that’s really all that matters.

Finally, while SheaMoisture and other natural hair lines have bomb products, you don’t necessarily need them to take care of your hair. Consistency and technique matter a lot more than the brand of product you’re using. For instance, I’ve been using a $5 big jar of conditioner for my shea butter co-wash and it works just fine.

See you guys again soon. I’ve got a lot to do as a final year student in uni. That’s also why you haven’t heard from me in 6 months. Hopefully, everything works out just fine and I’ll have a wonderful story to tell you all 😀

P.S.: I realized my routine is useful for if you leave your hair in loose protective styles like me. If you do crochet braids and long term weaves, it just won’t be as helpful. In that case it would be better to use a water-based leave in conditioner for regular moisturization then use my shea butter co-wash after taking down and washing your hair.