Most of you might know that over the past few years, I transitioned to natural hair- by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my hair! The transition is a process of growing out your relaxer. This means, scaredy cats like myself can pass on the big chop and instead grow out our hair and the relaxer over a period of time. Lots of protective styles came to play during this period, from cornrows, to braids, to weaves, you name it!
As new as I am to the curl chronicles, I’m enjoying the versatility and styling options available for natural hair! I recently paid Alex- natural hair guru- a visit at his salon where besides getting lots of advise, we managed to achieve a look I absolutely loved, using just a few products and perm rods and today I will be taking you through a step-by-step process of the same 🙂
STEP 1: CO-WASH
Co–washing is the abbreviated term for “Conditioner Washing,” which as the name suggests, is a method of cleansing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo.
Since I had shampood my hair a few days prior to the visit, a co-wash was the most logical move so as to avoid stripping the hair of moisture. Retaining moisture, I learnt, is key as far as healthy natural hair is concerned. Anyway, for this we used Daily Defense Keratin Conditioner which is available at Chandarana Supermarkets.
STEP 2: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV) RINSE
Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an ACV rinse. Many of the hair care products we use are strongly alkaline and ACV serves to balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products. It also reduces the mess that is flaking and dandruff! Yaas, please! We mixed one part of American Garden ACV into three part water, massaged it on the hair and scalp and let it sit for a minute or two, after which we rinsed it off. The vinegar is available in most supermarkets.
STEP 3: STRETCHING
Before stretching the hair, Alex applied some CANTU Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner, a mix of Argan and Avocado Oil as well as some Olive Oil Eco-Styler on the wet hair, paying attention to the tips which otherwise tend to get dry. The Leave-In Conditioner, Argan and Avocado Oil are all available at Super Duper- Greenhouse Mall. I got my Eco-Styler a while back from Super Cosmetics, so my guess is it’s still available 🙂
STEP 4: PERM RODS