05-06-2012, 08:33 AM
Join Date: May 2012
Newbie here and Moisture Questions
I have been natural since 2008. I have mixed textures in my head, mostly 4a, but the back is a weird random 3c and you can even see the looseness of the curls there. My hair has been mostly braided under wigs but now that i live in the Middle east and dont go out too much (its hot here dangitt and I am 6 mos. pregs, not here for Army or anything).
Since i am in the house, and styling is no longer an issue (when i do go out it's with a wig or with a headwrap/scarf), I can actually stop sabotaging my hair and start actually working on it, which is high time i did anyway since i am going to be 31 this August!)
My questions are as follows (i know everyone's hair is different but i want to try anything and see what works)
1. finger detangling, who does it, and whats the best way for mostly 4a type hair (in your opinion)
2. Leave in conditioners, all natural homemade, any good recipes?
3. Co washing, is shampooing really ever necessary?
4. Curl definition, how to get it
5. Henna, how do you do it?
Any information would be helpful. It seems like for this hair texture its hide and go seek for answers.
I am starting a challenge with myself to cowash about 1-2x a week with Garnier fructis 3 oil (its available here but it kinda sucks but i am going to finish the bottle out then get something else), then Deep conditioner (last night i did EVOO, natural plain yogurt, and Depth Conditioner and the Fructis left it over night with a plastic cap rinsed this am results: OKAY, still pretty dry, lots of shedding, i did have a sew in and i think it may be not shedding but me having cut some hairs out but my hair is so thick you cant tell) and then i did pantene oil replacement (its a creamy leave in type substance, not as oily as pink lite but kinda thick and creamy does make it feel softer) and then i sealed in the moisture with castor oil, EVOO and tea tree oil, and braided my hair in like 10 big box braids and let it air dry. I plan to do this for a month and evaluate my hair's health. I also plan to rub castor oil in my scalp 3x a week and spritz my hair with water and then rub the EVOO on my hair a few times a week.
My hair is dry, brittle and it's about 5-6" long. Edges are great, but i have a dime sized bald spot on the nape of my neck (i kept in yarn braids for too long).
thanks so much
PS the pics are one of me with a Bohyme sew in last year and the other is me with Kinky twists last year