Naturals welcome to part 9 of our Natural Hair Care Regimen blog series. This regimen series has been very informational and if you have not checked out the full blog series. We highly recommend you do. If you’re someone still struggling to set a proper regimen in place for your hair. This series gives you an idea of where to begin. The types of ingredients to include in your regimen for type 3 or 4 hair with low or high porous hair. The right ingredients are everything for your hair to flourish.
We’re not going to keep you guys waiting. We think Monique is one of the lucky naturals with normal porosity hair. Let’s check out her amazing hair tips!
Hair Type: My hair is a combination of 3C/4A. My curl pattern is definitely looser in the front and tighter in the back.
Hair Porosity: I definitely feel as though I have normal porosity, not too high or low. My hair easily absorbs and retains moisture.
I decided to go natural simply to get my hair thicker and healthier after severely damaging it with relaxers for years. I actually stopped getting relaxers about 3 years before I even begun wearing my hair in its natural state. My biggest struggle when I first started was embracing and loving my hair. I was transitioning, so my hair was not at all where I wanted it to be. I was very intimidated by other naturals, always comparing my hair to theirs. It took me a while to finally love my hair and to realize that all natural hair is different and that just because my curls weren’t as perfect as the next girls, my hair was still beautiful and unique to me. Did you transition or big chop immediately? if you transition, give at least two tips for those looking to transition or currently transitioning.
I originally transitioned (followed by 2 big chops in the next two years). The best thing for me while transitioning was doing Bantu knots and perm rod sets. It gave me the look of naturally curly hair even though my hair was in a stringy, not-so-cute state lol. The other thing that helped was protective styling. I wore a lot of sew-ins, wigs, and braids while transitioning. It allowed my real hair to get a break from everyday manipulation/styling. It was also a great way to hide my hair once my damaged hair started growing out and I had two totally different hair textures!
What are your go-to products right now and why do you use them?
One of my fav go-to products right now is Aussie Miracle Curls deep conditioner. It leaves my hair sooo soft and curly even after washing it out. Not to mention it smells amazing! A lot of conditioners leave my hair dry after rinsing, but Aussie does the total opposite. My other favorite go-to product at the moment is Shea Moisture Virgin Coconut Oil styling gel. I discovered this gel a few months ago and it changed my life! It gives my curls so much definition and makes them last longer, without leaving them dry and crunchy. I’ve had so many different curl definers, yet always find myself coming back to this one!
What have you learned about your hair thus far?
I have learned that my hair is constantly changing; what products work great for me right now may not work in a few months. It’s really all a learning experience. For example, I use to basically only use Cantu products for almost a year and loved it; then one day it started drying my hair out and I realized it wasn’t working for me anymore. Another example would be that Shea Moisture products did absolutely nothing for my hair while I was transitioning, but now that my hair is fully natural and healthy, I live by Shea Moisture! Getting familiar with your hair is like getting to know a new person; you learn what it likes, what it doesn’t, how it will react to certain products as well as even just the key ingredients in the products.
What advice would you give to someone with the same hair type or porosity?
I would say for those with normal porosity like me, to be gentle with your hair. Although my hair easily absorbs and retains moisture, making it fairly easy to style and deal with, it’s also easy to damage. I have found that even using the wrong comb/brush to detangle can damage my hair. The best way to avoid this is to style the hair when it is very wet; I find myself having way less shedding and tangling during styling when I style on wet hair vs damp/dry hair.
I wash my hair about 2 times a week, sometimes 3 depending on the weather, the style, etc. because of my hair type. My curls don’t typically last longer than 3 days. I only use shampoo about 2 times a month, I prefer to use a co-wash. I have found that shampoo strips my hair of its natural oils, leaving it extremely dry. So I typically only shampoo after wearing a style that might leave a lot of product build-ups, such as a slick ponytail or braids. I also try to deep condition at least once a week.
Currently, I do not pre-poo but after doing recent research, I think I may start!
I don’t use the LOC method because I skip the oil step… oil tends to weigh my hair down and make it greasy. I do soak my hair with water, which is the liquid. And follow up with a creme product to seal the moisture in.
Naturals, I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new from Monique’s regimen for those of you with 3C and 4A hair. I hope you found this informative. You can continue to follow Monique’s natural hair journey on Instagram @moniques.curls . 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.
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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!