I usually cowash or shampoo, deep condition, use a leave in conditioner, use an oil (olive, castor, coconut or avocado) then a styler. As I Am defining twist cream has defined best. I started using Shea Moisture's curl enhancing smoothie under the oil as a moisturizer since it didn't work well as a styler. I've been reading as much as I can about this natural journey and I did read that glycerin could possibly dry out hair. I found one product with glycerin low on the list of ingredient list, but no styler completely w/o so I don't know if that is the culprit. I've tried eco styler gel, aloe vera gel. Nothing helps. I can get defined curls, but they poof as soon as I pull from my root for a little volume. Last week I did a bunch of twists so I wouldn't have to pull out for volume and though the twists lasted throughout the day this time, the roots were a mess within a few hours. I'm lost. I was thinking of trying ACV, but at this point, I'm sick of spending $ and trying things when I just don't know what the problem is.
Originally Posted by Tash609
Hi Tasha. I can relate to your frustrations. I'm newly transitioning myself and finding my way. How often do you wash your hair? This is my routine: My curls last for about 3-4 days. so My wash days are on Friday, or Saturdays depending on how busy I get. I Pre Poo for about 1hr - 2 hrs (max) I Pre poo using water, organic coconut oil & some cheap conditioner. Then I twist as I go along. When I'm done my hair is parted in 6 sections and 6 braids. I shampoo like that and rinse. Then put some conditioner & leave it for about 15 mins. Rinse out. I have some curl definer product that I use and I either French braid 6 sections, twist out, or flat twist. I use some light gel on top of that & put coconut oil on the ends of my hair and bone rollers after I oil them. Tie a silk scarf. And the next day when it's completely dry I take some coconut oil in my finger tips as I'm taking the braids a loose. This helps so that it won't frizz and I'm careful not to manipulate too much so I don't mess up my curl pattern. It's a process but the more I'm getting use to everything the more I'm loving it. (: