1. Wash and go as my year-round style
I am the wash and go queen year-round. I rarely break from this style, as it works for my lazy curly girl mentality. I am not a hair styling fiend and prefer a wash and go. Despite living in a state with all four seasons (sometimes all in the same week!), I can manage to nix protective styling and opt for a simpler style for me. No colds, no phenomena, dry hair, or breakage. I might wear a puff or a ponytail occasionally, but despite the style I still manipulate as little as possible and maintain length.
2. Wash day routine
My wash day is less of a hassle than for some as my tangles are pretty minimal. I do this by staving off tangles with twice-yearly trims and finger detangling, as combs and brushes seem to yank more than help me. I also enlist the help of three cleansers: As I Am Naturally Coconut CoWash, SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strength, Growth, and Restore Shampoo, or Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. I make sure to deep condition 99% of the time and enlist the help of tea or coffee rinses to help with shedding and hair growth. My conditioner + elixir cocktail is next followed by my gel. I don’t do tea rinses frequently, but I do consistent protein treatments once a month.
3. Conditioner + elixir
You wanna know why my hair does not suffer from the dryness of Colorado like many other woman with curly or coily hair? I make sure to add an elixir to my conditioner to help keep the moisture in my strands without my hair feeling or looking greasy. SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil with my SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Elixir (just a few pumps) is the ultimate cocktail to prime my hair before I apply Kinky-Curly Curling Custard (gel) and air-dry. No matter the season or temperature I am moisturized, frizz-free, and curltastic and this seems to be the reason why.
4. Me listening to my hair
I go by what my hair tells me. My coils give me cues on what it needs and what’s working or not working. The only difference in product changes for any particular season would be me adding glycerin to my spray bottle concoction during winter. My hair thrives off of glycerin during winter months. It gives my hair that added moisture that winter can steal from my coils. I am not stuck on what would be best for this particular season and more about what my hair needs regardless of the season. I’ll try something if my hair is giving me cues it wants and that really helps when I’m traveling to a different climate. What works for me may not work for someone else and I am reminded of that since my daughter and sister (both natural) have different routines and use different products while we all live in Colorado. Trial and error guides me and my advice to anyone is to allow it to guide you too.