I refer to it as my hair ritual. It has to be followed, although throughout pregnancy and now motherhood I have let it slip on occasion. But as auntie Ceppa says “don’t diss di program or da program a ga diss you”.
I wash my relaxed hair once a week. If I do not wash my hair every week, my scalp gets dry and itchy regardless of how much product I reapply. I like to wash my hair on a Sunday as it normally takes five hours. Yes five hours. It does not have to take five hours but that is what I do. I wash with a variety of shampoos. I do not stick to the same brand but I love Optimum products, so at the moment I am washing with Optimum Conditioning Shampoo.
I then apply Optimum Opti Intense Conditioner. I have been using it for maybe 15 years now. I swear by it and never use anything else for this stage of the ritual. It is a protein conditioner which some people do not like to use in their hair, but for me it works wonders. I leave the conditioner on and put on a shower cap or plastic bag then I will do some housework for a couple of hours. I then wash it out. The protein conditioner leaves my hair hard like straw so I have to conditioner again to soften my hair. Again, I will use any brand.
I like Le Kair Cholestrol Conditioner but at the moment I am using Tresemme Salon Silk Conditioner which is also good. I have just bought Organics Olive Oil Deep Conditioner to try next. Once this conditioner is on I put the shower cap on for another couple of hours. Before I wash it out I like to have a bath to steam it out even more or I also have a steam cap which I use occasionally. When I wash this conditioner out my hair is lovely and soft, however, I have just started using a leave in conditioner as well. Sounds mad right? I use three conditioners in total and leave them on while I do my housework for hours.
I then blow dry and pull the straighteners through. I used to use Top Brass for my dry, itchy scalp but now use Five Star as Top Brass was discontinued. Why do they always discontinue products that work well?????!!! I use either African Pride Hair & Body Oil or Luster’s Pink Moisturiser in my hair depending on what style I am trying to achieve. I trim my own hair every two to three months and wrap at night to go to bed.
The conditioning may seem extreme but this keeps my hair in really good condition. After having the children, I do not have the time to wrap my hair every night like I use to. Admittedly there are days that I do not even comb my hair. But my hair does not break and I am sure it is because of the ritual I follow.
I have a lot of hair conversations with a girlfriend of mine who has long natural afro hair. Her hair is gorgeous and she maintains it exceptionally well. She uses little heat because she is trying to grow her hair to waist length. I used to use the straighteners daily but now I work from home I use them once to twice a week. I decided to experiment with only using heat to dry my hair and no more straighteners! I thought I would copy my friend and we can have waist length hair together! I will blog later about my recent hair exploits!