So You Want To Be Natural Pt.5 – Products & Tools

Now that you have decided on where you will get your products from, either the kitchen or the store let’s talk about some of the products that you will need to make your natural hair journey  a healthy journey.

The first and most important step in having healthy hair is moisturizing it. So you have to have a product that is a moisturizer. To be an effective moisturizer it’s first ingredient MUST be aqua, water, H20. Water is by far thee BEST moisturizer for our hair and skin. In fact it’s such a great moisturizer that it alone can be your moisturizer (I speak from experience as water is my primary moisturizer), when your hair is in its naturally curly state of course (if you straighten your hair and moisturize with water it will revert your hair back to its curly state).

Another product necessary is a leave in conditioner to continue to moisturize your hair as the days go on. I’ve seen some naturals go without this step. I was one in my pre loc journey, now that I am experimenting with the LOC and LCO techniques I’ve incorporated it into my regimen.  My hair seems to be a lot softer and stays moisturized longer.

You will also want to invest in a cream or butter moisturizer to assist the leave in with providing more moisture to your hair and other benefits such as shine.  This is the second step in the LCO method and the third step in the LOC method.

All of this moisturizing will be done for nothing if you do not invest in a sealant. There are a multitude of oils you can use to seal the moisture in your hair. Without this vital steps the moisture will leave your hair causing it to be dry and breakage will occur.

Where we would be without a good cleanser to help us clean our scalp and rid it and our hair of all the other products we put in it.  Selecting a cleanser will require some consideration on your part. Biggest choice being to shampoo, cowash, or,both. Some naturals swear by cowashing alone, others stick with tradition shampooing.  If your a neo in the natural world cowashing is the act of using a conditioner to cleanse your scalp. Many naturals use both in their regimens, like yours truly 🙂

Another essential product is a moisturizing deep conditioner. This beneficial treatment aids in providing deep penetrating moisture to your hair and scalp. There are many natural, non natural and home made products that fall under this category.

In Order to provide strength to your tresses you should use a protein treatment. Just like the moisturizing deep conditioner the protein treatment will aid in the overall health of your hair and it to can be purchased or made in the kitchen.

This is not low on the list because it is least necessary! A Hot oil treatment is one of the best things we can do for our hair.  It is the spa treatment for hair.  It helps condition, strengthen, moisturize and heal your hair.  It can be purchased or made.  It is one of the easiest of the home products to concoct.  A journey without this is missing an important part of healthy hair.

Last but certainly not least is a rinse out conditioner, this is also used by some naturals after washing the hair but before the leave in is applied. It is another method of conditioning for those who feel it is necessary to help their hair be more manageable and moisturized. I do not incorporate this in my regimen.

Styling tools will also be necessary, items such as wide tooth combs or tangle teasers for detangling, Denman brush used for smoothing and clumping curls, butterfly clips and elastic bands for
separating hair. A spray bottle or two is also a necessary tool.

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Disclaimer: Everything listed here is basic and is meant to be a starting point. The links I’ve including will take you to some of the products I use for the various steps of maintaining my natural hair. I am no expert on hair care, I do not have my costmatology license, nor am I a chemist, biologist, or scientist. I am a natural women who’s been researching natural hair care since 2012. I am however an expert in my own hair story and that’s what being natural is all about…developing a relationship with the hairs on your own head. I share what has worked for me in hopes that it may work for you as well. 

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Cleaning with Castile Soap

I researched a lot prior to doing my BC…about everything…lol One of the things that I discovered was castile soap. Castile soap is an oil based soap. Unlike our regular soap, it retains its natural oils that it took to make it (all soap starts out this way but the oil is removed from the soap). Unlike shampoo it does not contain any detergents which can be stripping to our hair. So I tried it and boy did I love it. It made my scalp tingle – which felt good to me – and my strands were not squeaky …I liked that A LOT!

I clean my hair with my castile soap mixture weekly just prior to doing my DC. Below are two ways to mix it. The first is my current mixture and the second is what I will be trying on my next wash day (Friday’s are the day :)) I’ve decided to modify my current mixture by adding coconut milk to see how my hair responds to it, as it turns out that the coconut milk has very beneficial qualities.

With Olive Oil (my current mixture)

1/2 cup of Dr. Bronners Castile Soap

1/2 cup of Olive Oil

4 drops of Tea Tree essential oil

8 drops of peppermint essential oil

With Coconut Milk

1/2 cup of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

1/4 cup of Olive Oil (cutting down, there is already oil in there…should be ok if not I’ll modify)

1/2 cup of Coconut Milk

UPDATE: Since you cannot make loads of this stuff because the coconut milk will spoil after four days I’m only going to make enough to wash my hair once. You can freeze the unused portion of the coconut milk for use at a later time. I put mine in an ice cube tray then in a baggy.

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My regimen

My  regimen

Daily (Saturday thru Thursday)
* co-wash w/ VO5
* leave in conditioner VO5
* seal w/ Tea Tree Oil
* apply selected product (so far this is only Kinki-Curly Curling Custard, I may try something else this weekend)

Weekly (Friday)
* cleanse w/ Castile soap, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Tea Tree oil, and water mixture
* deep condition w/ honey, EVOO, and Vitamin E oil with cap overnight

Monthly (Sunday)
* hot oil treatment w/ EVOO, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Tea Tree mixture with cap for 30 minutes
** if needed ACV rinse as clarifier in case of product buildup