Hello, Joycelyn here! When it comes to my natural hair I like to keep things as simple and easy as possible. This means low manipulation and protective styling. I have a simple routine to help me take care of my natural hair.
I wash my hair every 7-10 days with Swish. Before washing, I section and lightly detangle with a wide tooth comb (if I feel like it I’ll finger detangle as I lose less hair this way). Deep conditioning is part of my weekly routine, so after after washing I apply my deep conditioner in sections, cover with a disposable plastic cap and sit under my hooded dryer for 30 minutes. If I need to move around I’ll wear a winter hat and leave the deep conditioner in for one hour. I find that leaving the deep conditioner in for longer makes it difficult to remove from my scalp plus it doesn’t make a difference to how conditioned my hair feels. I rinse out the deep conditioner, making sure I retain the sections as this makes for easier styling after. I pat my hair dry with a towel, apply my favourite oil Seal and flat twist in sections using Smooth.
Monday to Friday I tend to wear my hair in a protective style, usually two large flat twists, a bun or some sort of up-do and I won’t touch my hair during this time. I’ll spray a little Sheen and cover my hair with a silk scarf to preserve the style. I often wear my hair in a bantu knot out or twist out on the weekends.
Once a month on wash day, as a special treat, I pre-poo using Soothe as my hot oil treatment. I heat up around 30ml in a bain-marie and apply on my hair then leave on for 1-2 hours. The results are phenomenal! My hair is super soft and silky after washing
I install crochet kinky twists or box braids 3-4 times a year and ensure I do not leave them in for longer than 6-8 weeks. I use Sheen to maintain my braids and apply Soothe scalp oil on my edges. I’ll wash my hair and redo the braids round my edges every 2-3 weeks to avoid breakage. I hardly use heat because it dries out my hair but I may blow dry 4-5 times a year. I do a big trim once a year. This happens after straightening my hair professionally. During this time I will dust my hair during detangling to get rid of knots and tangles on the ends of my hair.
How do you keep your hair in top shape? I would love any suggestions to improve my routine!