I hate shrinkage. That seems to be the one thing that I don’t like about my natural hair journey. My hair loves to shrink up into a tiny afro so I’m always looking for ways to get more hang time. I used to think that the hair products I used for my curly hair routine would give me more length. Lately though, I’m finding that it has a lot more to do with technique.
My Curly Hair Routine with Less Shrinkage
Whenever I wear my hair curly I usually only use three products. I always reach for a leave-in conditioner, a moisturizer and a styler. The only other thing I use is water which I keep in a spray bottle so that I can spritz each section when needed. Currently my wash and go combo is Aussie Moist conditioner, a Shea Moisture product for, well, moisture and Eco Styler Gel with Argan Oil. Now, I didn’t specify which Shea Moisture product because I have been getting great results from multiple items in their line. The Curl n’ Style Milk is a keeper while the Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk and Restorative Conditoner also work for my hair. Lastly, to combat frizz and give curl definition, I use the hair gel. Eco Styler gel and I go way back so be sure to check out some of my other posts on this product.Continue reading “How I Avoid Shrinkage with My New Curly Hair Routine”→
Here’s my latest Youtube Video where I go over a few updates for my channel and natural hair
journey. I even speak a little bit about what I’m doing with my hair now for moisture during the colder weather.
WATCH MY LATEST HAIR UPDATE ON YOUTUBE
My Protective Style Challenge
This weekend I posted a video to help keep all of my viewers up to date on my protective style challenge. I started wearing my natural hair in protective hair styles in hopes to retain more length this year. I would like to see my hair at least a few inches longer so I thought putting it away would help speed things up.
One Name to Rule Them All
Last month I took the plunge and renamed my Youtube Channel. It was something that I was contemplating for some time now. It feels good to have one name across all of my social media platforms as well. Just makes things so much easier for me.
Winter Hair Routine and New Products
Lately I have been playing around with a couple of moisturizers to help boost my curly styles. I’m having great success and mention both in my new video.
Be sure to stop by my Youtube Channel for more hair tutorials and curly hair updates!
A few weeks ago I realized that my hair needed a protein treatment. This may contradict what we are told in the Natural Hair community where popular belief is that natural hair doesn’t need additional protein. A protein treatment is often used to give added strength to hair strands. A lot of people think that since natural hair is free from chemicals that alter the texture, then the protein core is safe. However, there may be other times when a protein treatment is needed. The following are things that I look for when caring for my own natural hair
5 Signs Your Natural Hair May Need a Protein Treatment
1. Excessive Shedding
When the hair sheds you’ll find full strands of hair with a white root bulb on one end. Shedding is considered normal at a rate of 50-100 strands of hair each day for most people. However, you may notice a drastic change in your rate of shedding that continues for a prolonged period of time. A protein treatment may aid in reducing the amount of shedding.*
As I stated above, a protein treatment can give added strength to hair strands which in turn helps to protect the hair from breaking. If you are seeing small pieces of hair breaking and it’s not shedding then this may help.
WATCH ME USE THE
APHOGEE 2 MINUTE KERATIN RECONSTRUCTOR
PROTEIN TREATMENT ON MY CURLY HAIR
3. Change in Hair Texture
This can happen after using heat. The higher the temperature the more damaging the heat can be. For this reason you may find your hair is not curling back up or reverting back to your normal texture. I have experienced this several times and I always turn to a protein conditioner to see if that helps. If not, the damage may be permanent but at least the protein gives the hair an added layer of protection.
4. Excessive Split Ends
A few split ends here and there can be considered normal. It’s when you’re seeing a significant number of splits that you should be concerned. This calls for a trim and then maybe a light protein treatment to strengthen the hair and prevent further damage.
5. You Use Direct Heat and Hair Color
Some naturals are relaxer free but use hair dye and direct heat to alter the look of their natural hair. These can potentially lead to damage (cuticle layer damage or porosity issues) that can cause dryness and breakage.
What to Use for a Protein Treatment
A protein treatment can be made at home with mayonnaise, eggs, coconut milk and or avocado. There are also store bought conditioners that claim to fortify the hair with added protein. Look for things that say, “Strengthening” or, “for Damaged Hair”. This means there is protein in the ingredients list that may be helpful for hair that is dry, damaged and/or breaking. I like to apply a light protein conditioner to my hair and sit with it covered by a plastic cap for about twenty minutes. Remember though, anytime you use protein treatment on your hair it must be followed by a moisturizing deep treatment. Too much protein can make the hair feel brittle so the moisture will help to balance things out.
NOTE: If your hair is sensitive to protein then this may not be an option for you.
*Excessive hair loss can also be a sign of stress or a deeper health issue. It may be best to seek professional help if the condition does not respond to the use of protein or other at home treatments
When my hair was relaxed, I never took the time to deep condition my hair. I had a pretty simple regimen which included shampoo, conditioner and a leave-in conditioner. If I had been introduced to do the idea of using a light protein treatment, my hair might have been a lot stronger. Since I was clueless back then, my color treated, chemically straightened hair broke off like mad.
I heard about the Aphogee line when I was doing research on how to keep my hair from breaking. The two step protein treatment sounded a little too involved for me. However the conditioner like Keratin 2 minute Reconstructor I thought was worth a try. I started using it once a month during my transitioning period and experienced a lot more length retention.
WATCH HOW I USE
APHOGEE’S KERATIN 2 MINUTE RECONSTRUCTOR
After doing my big chop I figured I didn’t need the product anymore. I started wearing my natural hair straight once a month and quickly learned that my hair still needed protein. That’s why I still use the light protein treatment by Aphogee. It is my go to product when my curls need a little help. Now, don’t get me wrong, this product will not bring severely heat damaged hair back from the brink. It will however help strengthen damaged hair and lessen the chance of breakage. Take a look at my video to watch a quick demonstration of how I use the product.
DISCLAIMER: If your hair is protein sensitive then this product may not work for you. Be sure to read the product instructions prior to using this product. I consider this to be a light protein treatment but if used too often it can lead to dryness and breakage. Always follow a protein treatment with a moisture deep conditioning.
It’s a new year and we can expect lots of new events by the local group Colorado Urban Naturals. This is the same organization that coordinated the Denver Natural Hair Care Expo last summer. The event will be a smaller workshop on how to make a head wrap using your own fabric. There will also be some discussion on natural hair color options for natural hair. Tickets are still available for this event which is only two weeks away!