It’s not official in the calendar yet, but ask anyone who lives up north and they’ll tell you – IT IS WINTER. Here in Chicago it’s cold, blustery, snowy and windy and did I already say cold?? I forgot. Cause it’s so COLD in the C!
I’m still new to the winter thing, so I need all the help and advice I can get. So when Curly Nikki and I decided to swap winter hair regimens, I was SUPER STOKED. Because besides being wonderful, warm, and supportive to her fellow natural hair bloggers – Nikki is also SO extremely knowledgeable about natural hair in ways which I am not. This is what she does during the winter to care for her natural hair! Take it away, Nikki!
Current Product Rotation:
* Sealant- Afrikan Republic Unrefined Shea Butter from Butters-n-Bars. I refresh and fluff my hair with Philip B Formula 57 Frizz Serum
* Henna – Bridal Art Quality Jamila from Butters-n-Bars.com. I buy the Jamila in the foil pouch only, not the cellophane.
Every other Saturday (yes, twice a month) afternoon I do the following:
* Thoroughly saturate hair with water in the shower, and divide into two (left and right).
* Cleanse hair with shampoo– one side at a time.
* Apply conditioner of the day to both sides in a smooshing motion (usually Aussie).
* Pass my head back under the shower stream for a second, for better distribution and added slip.
* Clip the hair up and out of the way while I complete shower rituals.
* Take down the right side and finger detangle a bit — detangling the rest under the water stream with Ouidad Double Detangler after the big knots are out. Follow up with the left side. If the conditioner is washed away and tangles are left, I add more conditioner, and repeat. The power of the water stream and the slip of the conditioner should make detangling a breeze!
* Hop out of the shower, allow hair to dry for 15 minutes… blot with microfiber towel.
* Make 8-10 twists- 4 or 5 on each side. **This step is to stretch the hair for the ‘real’ hairstyle**. You could also pull the hair into a bun, do cornrows, a roller-set, chunky plaits, or band. If you don’t have time to do a wet set to stretch your hair in preparation for a dry set, you can blow dry your hair on warm, concentrating on the roots, and skipping the ends. A twist or braid-out on blown out hair may not last very long, but you’ll definitely be rocking the Joan from Girlfriends look. I would reserve this style for special occasions. The blow dryer is definitely a frenemy.
* Seal the ends with shea.
* Allow to airdry overnight, using a bonnet dryer if you’re in a rush.
* The next morning (Sunday), take down the twists and finger detangle if necessary. Divide hair into two. I now prepare to twist my dry hair for a wavy effect.
* I do 10-11 twists total, 5 on each side (two in the back, one above my ear, one framing my face, and one immediately behind that one), and one at the crown.
* Start with the back- left side. Brush the hair out (this is optional… I use a Denman paddle, but a wide tooth comb or fingers should suffice), apply a teeny bit of CURLS Souffle (leaves no residue and adds lots of moisture and shine), and twist with wet hands. Set the end on a flexi rod , and move on to the next one.
* Complete all twists in the same manner– adding CURLS Souffle along the way.
* Once all the braids are damp and the ends are rolled, I tie on a satin scarf, leaving the braids dangling, but the crown secure to control the frizzies.
* On Monday morning, I carefully take down each twist and fluff.
Preserving the Style:
* I re-twist once or twice a week. Since the hair is somewhat straightened and already detangled, your fingers and a wide tooth comb (instead of brushing) should get the job done.
* On nights that I don’t re-twist, I pineapple (gather the hair at the crown and secure with a loose, satin scrunchy, and tie on a scarf), and sleep on a satin pillow case. I fluff the next morning with Philip B Formula 57 Serum.
I’ve been experimenting with this routine for a little over two months now. I like that I don’t have to wet my hair as often, and that it yields fluffy, HUGE hair on day one. It makes my hair look thick, healthy, and full of life.
** I will resume once per month henna’ing soon.
**I deep treat once a month.
Please visit CurlyNikki.com to see MY winter hair routine. And you’ll see I have a LOT to learn! I am totally going to try Nikki’s routine out!