Taking Care of Dry & Knotted Natural Hair

I have been loving mini twists for the school year. Since I have work and a full course load, I don’t have the time to wash my hair every weekend or style it every single day. That’s why I think mini twists are hands down the best hairstyle for any natural girl in college. The whole process from wash to twisting takes me about 5 hours. That seems like a long time, but I’ve had my current set of mini twists in for about a month. If ya’ll are interested in a full mini twist tutorial, let me know and I can try to make a video of the process!

Any who, after a month of these twists I really miss my afro and having big hair. Plus, I’m finally on break from school so it’s the perfect time for me to have some fun with my hair before I put it back into twists towards the end of this month.

The process that I’m going to deal below is perfect for those times when your hair is dry, knotted and needs some TLC. It’s the perfect base for any style afterwards like twist/braid outs, protective styles, etc.

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How I Maintain Senegalese Twists (and other protective styles)

I love my natural hair. I honestly do. I love how versatile it is, how big my afro is, and experimenting with different hairstyles. If there’s one thing that I hate about natural hair, it’s how time consuming it is to style.

For some naturals with different textures it might not be a hassle to restyle or wash during the week, but for me even using my Lazy Girl Natural Hair Routine, it’s still difficult to make time for this process during the week. It used to not be a huge problem, but since I started exercising regularly my twist/braid outs don’t last as long. Which leads me to my current hairstyle, Senegalese twists.

If you’re not in the know, Senegalese twists are basically rope twists done with a silkier grade of synthetic hair. They’re typically a bit more expensive than box braids and other types of braided styles because they take a bit longer to do. According to my braider with proper maintenance Senegalese twists can last up to three months. I doubt I’ll leave them in for that long (I’m probably calling it quits after a month and a half. I miss my afro), but it is cool to have a style that can last so long.

My routine and the products I’ve used with my Senegalese twists have kept them looking pretty good and fresh for the past month!

 

Witch hazel

(no picture because it was totally too bright)
I wrote about witch hazel in my post about clearing my acne naturally. Witch hazel is an an astringent, which according to Wikipedia means that it is a “chemical compound that tends to shrink or constrict body tissue”. I’m no chemist, but apparently using an astringent on your scalp helps to remove oils/buildup on the scalp.
I apply witch hazel to my skin using a cotton round, making sure to only moisten it, not saturate it in the witch hazel. When you clean your scalp this way you don’t want to wet your hair (it’ll get puff if you do), you just want to refresh it.
So far, I’ve really been liking Witch hazel because it’s such a good multipurpose tool. Plus, my scalp feels a lot better after using it (which I usually do this about once a week or after a particularly tough workout).

ORS Nourishing Sheen Spray

I don’t know too much about this product, but my braider swears that this product is the best way to keep extensions looking new for the longest amount of time. This product claims that the olive oil that in it helps to keep the hair moisturized and keep the hairs’ protein/moisture balance in check. I can’t really vouch for the hair moisture balance or anything, but I do like that the product gives a really good sheen. It seems like it provides a pretty good oil protective layer too!

Earth’s Nectar Jojoba Tea Tree Scalp Oil

I bought this product on a whim like 6 months from Sephora and boy oh boy do I like it. This product is made by a small, black owned business and the products seem pretty legit. Jojoba and Tea Tree oil are both great for moisturizing, calming, and treating the scalp.
This oil can be used for a ton of different things. In Senegalese twists I just apply it to to my scalp making sure to rub it in along the partings of my braids. If you’re rockin’ loosey goosey free hair or want to treat your hair, the oil can be warmed and applied to the scalp as a hot oil treatment.
I use this about once a week too because I don’t want my scalp to be too oily, but I still want to make sure that I’m moisturizing the partings. Also, pro-tip if your braids/twists/etc. are too tight, massaging some oil into them can help to loosen them!That’s basically all I’ve been doing the past month and my twists look as good as new. Once I take these out though for some much needed afro time, I plan on doing a set of mini twists for October.

Do you have any tips to maintain your protective styles or make them last longer? Let me know in the comments!

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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Natural Hair

I’m a lazy naturalista. There I said it. I don’t spend hours deep conditioning, finger combing, detangling, or re-styling my hair. I don’t have the time or the effort for it.

When I began my natural hair journey five or so years ago, I was much more involved in my natural hair. I would prep with pre-poos (saturating my hair with oils the night before) and dry finger detangling, then wash it, use some homemade treatment, then deep condition, then detangle, and then style. At one point my hair routine averaged in total around 6 hours.
As I’ve progressed in my natural hair journey and become more educated about my hair, I’ve learned that any natural hair routine can be simplified into an easy, stress free process. I don’t use too many products and in this post I’ll show how I maintain my natural hair.

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My Five Favorite Natural Hair Vloggers

After becoming natural in the spring of 2010, I was super interested in how to manage my natural hair using the advice of the burgeoning Youtube natural hair community. Now that I’m in my fifth year, I’m not nearly as involved in the community as I once was. I’ve found the products, processes, and styles that work best for my hair type and lifestyle, but I still make time to watch my fair share of Youtube videos.

If you’re becoming natural or interested in learning about the natural hair community, it can be really overwhelming to explore the over 1 million different search options on Youtube that come up if you search “natural hair”. I’ve decided that it would be helpful to pick 5 of my favorite Youtube natural hair vloggers and my favorite video of theirs (these are in no particular order because all of these women are incredible). I have a type 4 (a/b/c) mix of natural hair (here’s more info about natural hair typing — also natural hair typing isn’t for everyone I just include it as a potentially helpful tool), so most of the videos that I watch are of women with similar hair types to me.

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