When my hair is hanging out free and in the breeze, I shampoo every 2 weeks or once a month depending on what my scalp and hair conditions are with Castile soap (in my fav fragrance) and with the Shea Moisture system for thick, curly hair. My hair adores this system. In the summer I use the Andalou Naturals shampoo/conditioner system.
Your hair is? My hair is natural, mostly 4c texture with 4b edges/nape.
When and why did you start your healthy hair journey? I have always been into hair, but not healthy hair care until December 2009. My hair prior to that was a canvas for constant styling (I view our hair as art). I have permed, colored, bleached, weaved, hot curled, flat ironed, hot combed, braided, twisted and wigged – did I miss anything?! What finally slowed my little hiney down long enough to process the result of all that was the retirement of my hairstylist (my Godmother) and becoming tired of doing all that myself after she stop doing hair.
At the time, I also had an itch/dandruff problem (I would scratch my scalp until it was raw) and used a prescribed medicated shampoo however, I had to wash every few days and I just did not have the type of hair for that. I searched the internet and books about hair care (not just hairstyles) and began learning about natural hair care products. I found a natural shampoo from a health food store and started to notice my scalp problem getting better after its use. So self said to self “there was something to this” and thus my hair journey began. I came across LHCF in January 2010 the following year and joined “an inch per month challenge”. I saw women with long hair similar to my texture and was in awe. For a moment I did not believe it was hair grown from their heads as everyone I knew or saw in passing had short hair and wore wigs or weaves. I always wanted and hope for long hair, but never really knew such long lengths were achievable for my texture in a short period of time. Upon these new discoveries I came to realize that I have not seen my own hair past my shoulder blades – ever.
Armed with the beginning knowledge of a healthy hair care regimen I began to gradually cut off my permed ends with 6 inches being the most cut at one time.
What is your current length? What is your goal length? I am currently BSL, Woohoo!! At first I thought MBL would be a good length goal, but thick hip length won the coin toss.
What is your regimen – wash day, daily, nightly? My hair regimen consists of a wash with vinegar/filter water equal mix (no shampoo) every 2 weeks for scalp and hair cleansing when my hair is in braids. Once a month I clarify with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa shampoo/conditioner system. Then I vinegar/filter water rinse.
How often do you trim / use heat? When I’m not showing my natural curls I use direct heat once a month, trim 2x a year and dust trim only when needed.
What’s your fave go-to style? I’m very eclectic with my hair so my fav style is whatever I am wearing at the time.
What do you love most and least about your hair? I adore my texture and am frustrated by it. I enjoy the fullness and curl pattern of my hair, however the tangles I can do without.
Do you take any supplements or use growth-aides? How have they helped? I do take herbal supplements for overall health, in addition, for hair focus I take Bee Pollen (a super food), MSM, Biotin, Omega-3/omega-6 and DE (diatomaceous earth) for its silica and cleansing of impurities. My hair is stronger, thicker and longer since I have incorporated these into my daily lifestyle.
What has helped you most in achieving and maintaining length? At my personal hair salon (my bathroom) I spa treat my hair once a month with either protein or moisture treatments. I grab things from the frig like eggs, fresh avocado/avocado oil and 100% aloe vera juice for protein. My moisture cocktails consist of (coconut, extra virgin olive, jojoba) oil, Shea butter, glycerin, organic mayo, honey and bananas, not all at once though. “Shea Moisture” has a great moisture masque treatment as well and my new fav from late last year, hemp seed oil which packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is used to improve my hair growth, hair thickening and retain moisture. I also use 99% aloe vera gel or my homemade version consisting of 100% aloe vera water. This serves as a heat protectant, sheen and makes my hair uber soft. It is my hair’s best friend. Afterwards, I apply vitamin E to my ends which assist in repairing split ends and I do this often since I like to wear my hair out a lot – that’s the point of having long hair isn’t it?
I still color and heat press my hair so for me these items are vital for maintaining healthy locks. Vitamins, exercise, healthy eating and lots of water are what help keep me achieving longer lengths.
Name a hair product, accessory or tool you cannot be without? And why? What I have to have in available to me are my vitamins, water, my silk/satin scarf, wide metal tooth pick, aloe vera, hair oils and 8-9 hours of sleeeeep, oh wonderful sleep! All of these work in conjunction to provide me with healthy mind, body and heart. This includes growing healthy thick long hair.
Where can we check you out on the web? Visit me, BeautifulWildflower on Long Hair Care Forum
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