I can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last post. Life can be so hectic sometimes.
Though I haven’t been sharing my journey latey, I’ve managed to make a lot of progress in my hair journey. I suppose I wanted to keep it a secret just in case it was an epic fail.
I’ve Mastered The “FEEL” Of My Hair
I have always been one of those naturals that couldn’t tell when my hair needed protein vs. when it needed moisture. It’s part of the reason I tried the water only washing method a few years ago.
Even though my days without products are gone, I’ve learned what KIND of products my hair likes and I’m able to alter my products based on my hair’s current needs.
It may not seem like a big deal, but it’s one of the things that was keeping me from retaining length and it wasn’t until I learned how MY hair felt when it needed a specific thiing (protein or moisture) that I really started to make better hair maintenance choices and progress in my journey.
If you’re having an issue identifying what your hair needs, it’s time to stop buying products just because your favorite YouTuber says they love it. It’s time to focus on how YOUR hair responds to the products you’re using and researching the signs of hair that needs protein vs. hair that needs moisture and THEN you should see how many of those characteristics matches your hair’s current state.
I Made A Routine (And Am Sticking With It)
I based my routine off of the fact that my hair is high porosity and that my hair was breaking more than normal and seemed pretty darn weak in general (gotta love having fine and medium strands).
Since I knew I was being consistent with my moisture routine (and the fact that my hair felt soft yet kept breaking) I figured I was probably missing protein in my routine.
My Experiment Begins
One day, during my wash day, I started thinking about the condition of my scalp. It’s exremely oily by the time my wash day came. At the time, I was only washing once a week and not only was my scalp super-mega oily by then, My hair was parched and tangled.
I took a good look at my hair products and I realized something:
I’d collected a number of random products I loved, but very few of them were from the same line. I then thought back to the numerous product collections and realized this was a “thing” for me.
I’d never used an entire line from a single brand, nor have I ever stuck to a single brand even when mixing product lines.
I decided to do some quarantine shopping and stumbled upon some Brazillian products.
Crecé Pélo was a product I’d previously used (from the Dominican Repulbic) and I love it! However, I noticed this was a protein heavy treatment and they don’t have a moisture line so I opted to venture into a brand called Novex.
I noticed this company caters to ALL hair types and they offer a lot of different lines. They’re also affordable! How often can you buy 35oz of deep conditoner for less than $20?!
***(You can get 10% off your order with code: MYHIPOFRO)***
I stocked up on their deep conditoners, sulfate-free shampoo, rinse out and leave-in conditioners and I began to use ONLY this brand.
I’m curious to see how sticking to a single brand affects my hair, since in the past years I’ve read numerous articles stating that using products (even if from different lines) from the same brand would give you better results than mixing and matching random products from different companies.
Sally Beauty chimes in on whether or not we should be using the same brand’s products together: Is it important to use the same brand of shampoo and conditioner?
Meanwhile, an article published by Women’s Health Magazine states using products from the same brand is “a bad idea”. You can check out what they have to say here:
The way I see it, since I’ve always MIXED different brands, I figured I would try sticking with one brand for a while to see if I actually noticed a difference.
Amping Up The Pre-Poo
I’d been doing very simple coconut oil pre-poo overnight, but I decided to pull out my ayurvedic powders to use more frequently than I have in the past.
Will they benefit my hair journey? I’m sure they will, but time will tell. (stay tuned for a future post on ayurvedic powders and how they benefit your hair)
I Increased My Washing Frequency
I used to wash my hair once a week (as I previously mentioned) but have increased this to twice a week. Not only have I started washing more frequently, I’ve decided to ditch the sulfate shampoos for a while because while my scalp loves being stripped (at least it feels amazing) the length of my hair suffered.
Since learning that sulfate-free shampoos can remove silicones, I realized I may not need to strip my hair with such a harsh cleanser. Again, time will tell.
Using More Protein
I started using waaaaaay more protein than I have before. One of the first things I noticed was my shedding decreased immensely. I also noticed much less breakage.
I needed to trim my hair, but I decided to use my experiment as an excuse to cut my hair short again (I admittedly have a scissor habit after my hair gets a certain length).
I wanted to see how much of a difference using one brand for a while would affect my hair’s length retention.
Venturing Into The “Forbidden” Wash-N-Go
A lot of type 4 naturals and naturals with fine strands avoid this style like the plague, claiming the style causes hair breakage and tangles, however, NaturalReign, a popular high porosity YouTuber, has hair that is THRIVING even though her go-to style is the very one that has given so many others so many issues.
Trying New Things
In a nutshell, I’ve been trying new things. I think I’m just at that point in my hair journey that I know my hair well enough to be more bold because I now know all of these new things about my hair.
When you know your hair, you find it’s okay to try new things even though the sound of it may sound like a nightmare. Sometimes it comes down to changing your routine or technique.
There are a lot of new thins I want to try and share with you and hopefully you will be inspired to experiment with your natural hair as well.
Until next time, stay positive, accept yourself and love your curls! They’re unique, just like you!
What are some new things you’ve learned during your natural hair journey? Share your comment below!