Been doing it all WRONG!!

Soooo I had locs for 5 years (went straight from relaxed hair to locs for twists) Sept 09 cut and combed them just because one day( took a couple of weeks). Rocked sew-ins, blow -outs, presses, got a relaxer at a weak moment in mid -summer. I cut it bald 3 weeks later (I HATED the flat lifeless feel as SOON as they washed it out.) Sept 10
So although I have natural time under my belt I have never truly taken care of my natural hair. I had been wearing the low cut and got bored of it. (Hence all the changes)

Now I want to grow it back, no particular goal other than more style options. I will never relax again and want to do it right this time. I've been growing it from a fade for about 5 months and have about 3 1/2 inches.
I've been trying to figure where to start. And kinda overwhelmed with information. I just want a curly healthy fro that I can twist and pull back with a headband.

I need the basics.... washing/conditioning, and mostly moisturizing. I'm sure I need a trim. But its dry brittle and never has any luster... if someone could just give a newbie shopping list I'd be forever grateful.

I'd like to use olive oil, and I only really condition in the shower. But that's every time I shower...I use Herbal Essence now (on a budget) and massage grease when I get out. Please help me get on the right path!!! Sorry so long thx in advance.

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Well as far as a product list, products are always trail and error. The productsbI'm using are suave rosemary mint shampoo/condish, elasta qp shampoo/condish, african pride herbal leave in, elasta qp mango butter/olive oil moisturizer, and hollywood beauty deep treament conditioner.
Im not sure if you want to used all natural/organic products, but the ones I use do contain cones/sulfates/parabens. I was using Shea Moisture products but I feel that they have changed the quality of the products so I haven't used their products lately. I do have their purification mask, its nice, also their deep treatment masque is good too. I don't really care for their curly hair line, it didn't really make a difference with my hair. Also make sure you keep your hair moisturized daily, I like to use natural oils. Well good luck, hope this has helped
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Still loving my curls and kinks!
Products I love:
Ion Dandruff/Seborrheic Dermatitis Tar Shampoo
Suave Shea Butter Conditioner
Biolage Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Biolage Fortify Therapy Shampoo
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil
Thank you

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I wash about twice a week (once while still in twists and the second time out but washed in sections). I get moisture from the steam of my daily shower and just put a light amount of oil on my damp hair. Olive oil breaks me out so I use sunflower or grapeseed oil.

Products are trial and error but on a budget I like Tresseme moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. I don't use gels or have a leave in. I do leave just a little of the regular conditional in my hair after washes.

I see good luck and don't mess with your air too much. I find simplicity is always best and protective styles are your friend.
"You Tied that thing up outside?" said Kepler. "What if he got hungry and ate a mailman or a kindergarten class or something? The least you could do is tie a decent knot." Metzger's Dog by Thomas Perry

Last edited by law; 11-12-2011 at 09:57 AM.
I am a shea moisture product junkie. My hair is thick, and always dry. I use the raw shea moisture retention shampoo weekly, I use the restorative condish daily or every other day. I use the hair milk & smoothie as a leave in/daily moisturizer. I greenhouse my hair overnight and deep condition overnight weekly before shampoo day. I am living by flat twists and flat twist outs to elongate and dry my hair. Bantu knots are cool too but I have two take them down after 10 hrs for the right length.

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About my hair:
weekly shampoo-HE Honey I'm Strong
daily conditioner-HE Honey I'm Strong (use as li)
go to style-Pocahontas braids
Thanks ladies this is really helpful. What's the deal with hair milk? Is it like a leave in?

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I saw the whole locs deal and was like "Did I post this?" LoL!

Anyway, I'm a newly freed too (locked almost 6 years.) and I feel like a newbie too. Plus I'm on a DEEP budget as well.

Right now I'm using:

Shampoo- Dove Daily Moisture. It's a sulfate, but it doesn't dry my hair out. ($6 for a GIANT bottle at Sam's)

Condition, leave in- Aussie Moist. $5- $5.60 at Walmart for 29oz. )

Moisture- African Pride Olive Miracle Moisturizing lotion. ($3 at Walmart),

I also use my Aussie as a moisturizer through the week.

Seal- LouAna coconut oil. ($6 for 32oz at Walmart)

Style/moisture- Long Aid Activator Gel. (Curl activator gel.) ($6 for 32oz at Walmart)

Girl, I'm on a budget myself! I keep it cheap.

Thanks Jen good luck too... I'm gonna try that coconut too. Wally World here I come!!

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Last edited by honey3; 10-29-2014 at 02:53 PM.

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