*December 2016 Update
I've changed the products I use and my regimen.
I've completely switched to Eden's Body Works for my co-wash and deep conditioner. I use V05 when I feel like I have too much product build up which doesn't happen often because I don't use tons of products. I haven't had to use the L'Oreal straightening conditoner since I switched to Eden's Body Works which is incredible. I still use the same flat iron and blow dryer though. I went back to Dax grease and Razac's perfect for perms to keep my hair moisturized in between washes. My hair is approximately, 1.5 inches from waist length. Eden's Body Works Deep Conditioner has also replaced Camille Rose for stretching my edges. A little water and head tie and voila!
We all knew there would come a day where we would have to talk about my hair care regimen. I've been asked several times and after putting it off forever, I have decided to come clean about my hair care life. I've been natural for 3 years after my best friend Boobie and I decided to venture into this new lifestyle together. I kept that creamy crack on standby because I found myself saying "DIS TEW MUCH" way too often. One day as I was washing my hair, those single strand knots were relentless. They got the best of me. I chopped all but an inch of my hair off. I went into hiding for a few months. Refused to take pictures. I looked like Dora, but I learned a lot about the way the world truly works and the way people perceived me. Going natural was one of the best things I have ever done. In 2014, being pregnant accelerated my hair growth by 200% only to have every single edge in sight to just fall out on me. Life, give me a damn break. I decided not to cut my hair off last year and I just wore a middle part. Look where I am now! Okay, let's get down to business.
I am by no means what you call a "product junkie". The less shit I have to use the better. Luckily for me, I keep finding amazing products that blow my mind and occasionally, I step out of my regimen to try something new.
Here's what my normal arsenal consists of and their purpose to my soul:
v05 conditioner: Anyone because it's cheap, they all smell good and I like to lather it on for fun.
OGX conditioner: Favorite scents Awapuhi ginger, coconut or Moroccan argan oil, I use this as my main conditioner for detangling. I buy these in bulk because I use them generously and I also use them as deep conditioners.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle: Only one scent, I use this conditioner sparingly because the bottle is super little and I only use it for super crazy, knotty, tangled hair. Think, wash and go and you just kept going... For weeks.
Johnson & Johnson: shampoo for when I need to strip the gunk products out of my hair.
Missiko flat iron (8 years strong baby)
Conair Yellow bird blow dryer (This shit right here!)
For buns & flat edges:
Camille Rose almond Jai twisting butter + a little eco styler + water and a head tie = magic.
Once I straighten my hair, I do not flat iron it again because it's so unnecessary. It damages your hair this is a known fact. If your hair poofs up just let it go. A flat iron is a convenience because you can achieve the same results without using heat, it just takes time. When you get home, wrap your hair or put it in a ponytail and lay your edges down. You'll be fine I promise.
The day after I blow dry my hair I usually put it in a bun or curl it with flexi-rods and rollers. It stretches my hair even further than the blow dryer does and then on day 3 or 4 I determine whether or not I need to flat iron my hair. If I do, for the first 3 days, I'll wrap it. The next 3 or 4 days I'll curl it and the remainder of the time it will be in buns or a pony until my next wash.
I only wash my hair with shampoo when I see product build up otherwise, I do co-washes. So if I put conditioner in my hair and it doesn't lather, it's prob time for me to shampoo it. Occasionally I'll put olive oil in my hair as a deep conditioner when the seasons change because I get bad dandruff(and dry feet) and olive oil prevents it from showing. I do have to admit that from like June to the beginning of August my hair runs wild like a horse. I barely comb it. I detangle when I feel like and I definitely don't straighten. One simply does not have the time to deal with natural hair and summer humidity.
I also got some other questions about my hair dye. I bleached my hair earlier this year. It was bleached last year using a box dye and I put the Adore hot pink rinse in it. To get that out, I used baking soda. Then I bleached using Clairol BW2 and 40 developer and some shit the Korean man gave me at the beauty supply store. He specifically told me to mix it in with the bleach otherwise my hair would fall out. Not sure why I trusted him but I did and voila! I then lifted the color with Wella( cause it was orangey) and then took away the brassy-ness with purple shampoo. I know I have mad skills. You're probably surprised that I still have hair. I am as well. LMFAO. It just goes to show you if I can do it you can too. Right now, I have two colors both by Adore a baby blue and a midnight blue which creates a nice ombre until I wash my hair and then it turns green. I expect to be all midnight blue by January and prob purple by March.
If you're scared of the big bad bleach, you can use box dyes. It might take you 3 sessions over the course of 5 or 6 months to safely do it but if you're skeptical then that's the way for you. I've done both methods and I much prefer using the professional bleach only because if you wait too long with the box dye, you will have more than one hair color maybe several. And that's not acceptable Peggy.
Here's some things you should know about the products of my past that haven't made it to the team
CHI - Hair protectant, NOT MADE FOR BLACK HAIR
Kinky Kurly Knot Today - Was terrible for blowing my hair out. Made it hard and crunchy.
Any body's edge control - It's a terrible pomade that sticks to your edges and eventually pulls them out.
Aussie Moisture Conditioner - It just nuh mek it.
Dominican Magic - Smelled so good, but all those cones did my hair dirty. STIFF like a rock!
Shea Moisture - Too damn expensive
NO BLACK GEL EVER!
I think that covers about everything. Below is a pictorial story from struggle to sexy then back to struggle and now sessssssyyy. Drop a line if you have questions.