So you’ve been natural for what feels like forever, maybe one, two, or three years and it seems like your hair is stuck. It’s not flourishing like the photos you see on Instagram. You haven’t figured out your hair regimen. You are missing key ingredients in your regimen. It’s hard for you to retain moisture, you don’t know what products to use, heck you don’t even know where to begin. So you’ve been rocking wigs and braids as a protective style dreading to deal with your natural mane underneath it all.
When it comes to wash day, it takes you hours just to comb through your hair and style it. Or maybe you’re transitioning or thinking about going natural. But you have the slightest clue on what to do when it comes to natural hair. When you hear others talk about hair regimen, you’re thinking “what hair regimen? I just found out what the L.O.C method (leave-in conditioner, oil, and cream) stands for.” It’s just too much to learn and you’re this close to giving up on your natural hair goals! OK, naturals if any of these thoughts go through your mind and they apply to you, I want you STOP! Before you continue to read BREATHE sister. Everything is going to be ok. We got you. We understand the struggle more than you can ever imagine.
We’re excited to present to you the Kinky Hair Rocks “Natural Hair Care Regimen Blog Series.” We feature so many Natural Hair Enthusiast on our Instagram feed who makes this natural hair thing look like a walk in the park. You guys are always asking us, “what products does she use or what’s her secret?” We created this blog series to provide informative information to you from those who have seen results. Many of you are newly natural, you’re still trying to figure out the right products to use. A lot of you are unsure of where to begin or maybe you’re still learning about your hair type and that’s OK. We reached out to a few of these ladies “10” to be exact and they are sharing everything with you from hair type, porosity, go-to products and tips for those of you who are transitioning. Naturals, this series is for YOU, take notes and tune in for all 10 parts of this blog series. You do NOT want to miss this.
This natural hair journey is exactly that a journey. I want you to understand how you care for your hair will determine the growth you experience on this journey. Let’s be honest we ALL want long hair. We get it, but you must first change your way of thinking. We always stress to you guys to focus on the overall health of your hair. HEALTHY HAIR GROWS. Now that we have gotten this out of the way, a good hair care regimen will cause your hair to grow like a wildfire. If you are able to design a hair care regimen for yourself and be consistent and patient while following your regimen. Whew, chile the growth you’re about to walk into. It’ll be your season to flourish. BUT that’s only if you’re willing to learn about your hair and take time to care for it. These ladies have all created an effective hair care regimen that works for them. As a result, their hair is flourishing!
This blog series will feature women with different types of hair textures and porosity. We have something for everyone from my type 4 naturals to type 3. For the naturals with low to high porosity hair. We all have different hair textures and sometimes how a product will respond to my hair it may respond to yours differently and vice versa. But it does not mean you can’t learn from the next person’s success story. My advice to you as you follow this blog series is to look for the Natural Enthusiast with a hair type and porosity similar to your hair and follow them. See what they’re doing differently. Most of these ladies are on YouTube and Instagram so get connected with them.
I reached out to these ladies to find out the story behind their natural hair journey along with several other questions about their hair regimen. So without further ado meet Jo:
Hair Type: A mixture of 3c/4a (it looks 3c when wet, but when dry it looks more 4a)
Hair Porosity: Low Porosity
My name is Jo, I decided to go natural when my daughter was three years old. I had enough of dealing with my natural hair as well as hers. Because of my laziness, I decided to add a texturizer to both of our hair. As a result, our hair ended up severely damaged and hard to managed. When my daughter turned four years old and most of her hair grew out. I decided to chop the damaged ends off. This led to her having this really miniature afro and she was really upset about being “bald” and having “nappy hair”. When I realized how upset she was, I decided to cut all of my hair off so she wouldn’t feel alone. From this moment, I was determined to take excellent care of our hair so that it can be healthier and longer. I wanted to teach my daughter to embrace her hair and love herself for who she is and not what she looks like. It was a learning experience for me very early in motherhood.
What was your biggest struggle when you first started and did you transition or big chop immediately?
In the beginning, I didn’t give myself a chance to transition because at the time I didn’t know much about natural hair or how to care for it. I big chopped as soon as some of my relaxed ends grew out. My biggest struggle was finding the perfect products that didn’t leave my hair dry, flaky, sticky, or too hard.
What are your go-to products right now and why do you use them?
My go-to products at the moment are mainly curly-girl friendly (sulfate, silicone, paraben free) products such as Tailored Beauty, Mielle Organics, ORS, Miss Jessies, and Taliah Waajid. I have recently colored my hair, my curls have loosened and I don’t want to dry them out, so I use products that contain Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Avocado, and Aloe which are amazing moisturizers that helps prevent breakage, strengthens hair, and aids in hair growth.
What have you learned about your hair thus far?
I have learned that my hair is not too big on protein so I only do protein treatments once a month or as needed. My hair grows faster when I am actually caring for it weekly rather than when I am wearing a protective style such as weave or wigs. My hair loves Avocado oil, Aloe Vera gel, and Shea butter. The longer my hair gets the more my texture changes.
What advice would you give to someone with the same hair type or porosity and what should they know about that hair type and texture?
Someone with 3c/4a hair with low porosity hair should, at all cost, keep their hair moisturized and hydrated. It’s super hard for me to keep my hair moisturized because my hair does not absorb water as fast as someone with high porosity. The water literally slides off my hair strands causing it to dry faster. When styling, I suggest using a tad bit more product and oil to substitute for the lack of water so your style does not dry out fast and leave your hair frizzy.
My hair regimen is fairly simple:
- I wash my hair every 5-7 days depending on my hair’s needs (whether it is dry, sticky, or flaky).
- I shampoo and condition with color-safe, curly girl friendly products (none in particular) when my hair is extremely dirty and itchy from product buildup. I usually co-wash and condition only if my hair isn’t dirty from product buildup but in need of moisture.
- I deep condition once a week using DIY ingredients found on Pinterest.
- My go-to style is twist-out using Mielle Organics Twisting Butter or Curling Custard, ORS for naturals styling milk or leave in butter. I normally use the (L.O.C method leave-in conditioner, oil and cream) when doing this style. I leave my twist in for 2-3 days then I take them out and wear as-is for the rest of the week.
- When doing a Wash n Go my steps are: water, oil, cream, then gel. I use Miss Jessie’s, Taliah Waajid, or Tailored Beauty products. I’ve learned that doing the water, oil, cream, then gel method helps my hair stay moisturized for more than 3 days which helps the style last longer.
- I pre-poo with water and oil when necessary, meaning when my hair has been neglected and lacks moisture and is extremely hard to detangle.
- I don’t have a night-time routine, I usually just sleep with a bonnet and pray that my style looks good the next day lol
Naturals, I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new from Jo’s regimen for those of you with 3C and 4A hair. I hope you found this informative. You can continue to follow Jo’s natural hair journey on Instagram @_GrowwithJo . If you don’t know what your hair texture is. I recommend taking the texture quiz over at NaturallyCurly.com. If you don’t know what your hair porosity is I recommend taking the test. You can do it with a glass of water at home. You can find more details about the test in my hair regimen for the high porosity hair.
Be sure to tune in for part 2 of this series which will be posted on Thursday featuring a natural influencer with 4C hair.
Did you find this post helpful? What other questions do you have? Let’s continue the conversation in the comment section below.
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Dear Pretty Black girl, You are dripping with melanin and a force to be reckoned with. You are made of brown sugar, cocoa, honey and gold. You’ve been crowned with kinks as loose as 3A to as tight as 4C. No matter what type of strands you were crowned with, pretty girl, embrace them unapologetically. You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. -Welcome home, pretty girl!