Since I’ve only been natural for about 4 months, I was ill-prepared for the next season as far as my hair regimen goes.
Not that I haven’t been scouring hair forums, blogs and the likes looong before I even decided to go natural – I definitely knew that I couldn’t do wash-n-go’s in the middle of the winter! I guess I was just expecting more time to transition and wrap my head around styles that do not include washing/completely wetting my hair everyday.
But, alas, winter takes no hair prisoners. Cold or harsh weather will tear that head up if you aren’t prepared and willing to make necessary changes/tweaks to your warm weather regimen.
Believe it or not though, developing a winter regimen has actually been a great change in hindsight. It kicked my butt into gear, and helped me to step away from puffs everyday (yaaawn) and wash n go’s with a headband (snore). lol –> Don’t worry, I still have love for those styles, but I was feeling kinda limited!
I have found a new love. Braid Outs!
In my previous post you will see my original technique, but since then I have really simplified things. My goal for the new year is to try to keep things simple. Low heat- low fuss- more length retention.
My current braid out is as simple as this:
I divide my hair in half and do 5 braids on each side using Lustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol (I can now vouch that this stuff is officially the truth, since I’ve been using it for a bit). I then seal my ends with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
No more perm rods, I just bend the ends under – sometimes I will use a bobby pin or two for braids that like to get crazy when I sleep. I just pin the braid under.
I still co-wash my hair, but only about 2 times a week. I always try to wash at night, seal with EVCO, then pat my hair dry. By morning my braids are usually dry enough to be unleashed – I haven’t done a puff since!
Change is Good.
Here are some pics of my current braid outs:
How have you ladies changed your regimen/styles during the colder months?
:: Grow On ::