by Alicia James of MsAliciaJames.com
So, I have decided to get back on my hard workout regimen. I’ve always been someone who works out, but now I am getting back to being disciplined increasing the workouts and staying consistent. I am currently working out six days out of the week.
I have found that this makes it difficult to do any major styling to my natural hair. I don’t see any point in blow drying, straightening, stretching. I have found myself doing nothing but a wash and go. I started conditioner washing daily, but I found that my hair was taking forever to dry as always. My hair would be wet during the day, wet at night, and still wet in the morning. I started to feel like my hair was never dry. The fear that my hair would start to mold really freaked me out. One day, I was getting ready to head out to my son’s football practice. I had been working out earlier that day and was styling my wash and go. I love going out to his practices, because my hair dries faster when I am on the go. I was just happy to know I wouldn’t be going to bed with a wet head that night. I noticed that my hair was kind of flat, and I didn’t really like it. I wanted more volume. I didn’t want to blow dry, and I couldn’t run my fingers through my hair, because it was still soaking wet and would frizz up like crazy. For some strange reason I got the idea to try not adding a styling product to my hair. I know that sounds really crazy for 4 type hair, but after his practice I literally sat up in bed for over an hour daydreaming about it. LOL! I am not joking. So, that morning… I woke up went to the gym, and skipped into the bathroom. Oh yaaaay! I was excited. Guess what ladies?! It was NIIIIIIIIIIICE! The funny thing is not only did it add volume, my hair was dry in like 3-4 hours. What? That never happens for my hair. If someone would have told me this a long time ago, I would have threw out my gel, leave in, and magic potions a long time ago. LOL! I am not saying this will work for everyone, but if you are curious give it a little try. I do this routine daily.
My Fast Drying Wash & Go
I conditioner wash my hair using Suave Naturals
I finger detangle my hair in the shower while soaking wet with a generous amount of the conditioner
I rinse all of the conditioner out once the hair is fully detangled
I add extra virgin olive oil to my hair, not too heavy. Make sure you get oil on all of the hair. I like to flip my head upside down.
I wrap my hair with an old t shirt so that the hair is not dripping all over the place. It also helps to dry the hair a little faster.
I leave the t shirt on for at least 15 minutes while I am getting ready, and then I take it off so that the hair continues to air dry.
The oil leaves the hair nice and shiny. It doesn’t necessarily define your curls, but it leaves the hair looking beautiful and soft. The volume is beautiful, the hair also has great movement. When you are not layering your hair with products it definitely dries a lot faster. I haven’t gone to bed with wet hair in a long time. I’ve also noticed that my scalp is not itchy and irritated. A beautiful accident!
Good luck if you try it out!
Evelyn of Naturallycurly.com writes:
We’ve all had them—curly hair disasters. Check out our tips for all hair types for fixing your curly hair disaster.
The Flat Iron Fiasco
You decided to try something new—a straight style! But come wash day, you noticed your hair hasn’t rebounded back to its tight, springy coils. You shake your head in disbelief, fighting back some of the most painful words in your natural hair journey: heat damage. Put the hair shears away! It might not be permanent.
Solution: Deep condition! Heat clamps down the cuticle of the hair, not allowing any moisture in. It may take a while for the moisture to reach your hair and revert. Use a moisturizing deep conditioner and let your hair sit under a steamer or shower cap for 30 minutes. You may even have to do this over several days to train it back into its natural curl pattern.
To prevent this in the future, make sure you do protein treatments to strengthen your hair. They can be natural treatments like an egg deep conditioner or store bought like Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery.
What a Tangled ‘Fro We Weave
For me, it’s midterms, student organizations and internships. For you, it might be a big project at work and chauffeuring the kids to football practice. Either way, after a month or two of loose hairstyles and NO combing, your hair is crying to be free! Free-form dreadlocks are cool…only if that’s the look you’re going for! Detangling at this point seems like an impossible task, but we can get through it . . .
Solution: Wet your hair, divide in big sections with no-snag elastics. Slather on a super slippery conditioner. Let sit under a shower cap for 15 minutes to let the hair soften. Take one section, divide in to 3 smaller sections, and detangle with a wide-toothed comb. Start at the ends of the hair and work your way up. Follow with a Denman brush to ensure all the shed hair is removed. Two-strand twist that small section and move on. Take your time! Rinse out the conditioner with cool water.
This problem usually happens to those of us who don’t like protective styling and just never get around to sleeping with a satin scarf. To prevent this from happening in the future, use a light gel or serum (like Kinky Curly Curling Custard) and rake through small sections of your hair. Even while wearing your hair in a ‘fro, defined curls take longer to tangle and get fuzzy.
Dry Hair Disaster
You’ve tried all the hair creams, greases, and conditioners imaginable, and your hair still feels rough! There has to be a way to get soft natural hair, right? Yes. Here’s how . . .
Solution: The cuticles or layers of a hair strands are overlapping. When they are raised, it gives the hair a rough feeling to it. Human hair is slightly acidic with a pH of 4.5-5.5. You can close the cuticles and smooth down the strands by using acidic ingredients. Aloe vera gel is a great ingredient for this! Also, warm water opens the cuticle, while cold water closes it up. Rinse the conditioner out of your hair with cold water. Also manually smooth down your hair when you moisturize it. The act of smoothing down product downward from root to tip will push the cuticles down. When the cuticles are closed, moisture stays locked in the hair. Remember that afro-textured hair won’t have a “silky” feeling to it. When properly moisturized, highly textured hair may feel light and airy, like cotton!