After having a conversation with a fellow naturalista who’s been one ever since I can remember, I realised that some things that we all think are common practice among us really aren’t. They’re worth mentioning every now and then to remind us “old foots” and to teach those new to the journey. Here’s how I get soft, shiny hair even with harsh colour.
I’m not yet an old foot as this is my first time travelling the natural hair route since childhood and so with each stage of growth, a new set of challenges arise that need to be addressed. Week-long natural hair moisture retention is certainly one of them, especially on colour-treated hair.
Satin Bonnet for Eveyday Shiny Hair
Sleeping with a satin bonnet is an absolute must. Tossing and turning on a cotton pillow will dry out every cream, butter and oil situation and will cause a snag here and there too. I know it’s not cute when #bae is over so you may want to get some satin/silk pillowcases as well. They’re necessary for those nights when you want to just lay your head down looking all soft and dewy. 😉
Night Twisting or Protective Styling
I get it because I certainly DO NOT have the discipline to twist up my hair every night. I try to twist my hair on a Sunday after wash day and keep those twists in all week but if I take them down any time before? Child please, retwisting ain’t happening. On those nights, I try to put the hair in a puff on top of my head then satin wrap or bonnet. Retwisting is GOAT though if you have the time to do this at nights. Spritz the hair with a mixture of oil, leave in conditioner and water and do 5 or 6 big twists for a chunky look or more twists for more definition.
This is a must for me because I have bleach in my hair and will be bleaching it forever X_X. The average person should still try to deep condition natural hair at least monthly but if you’re having a moisture issue, amp that up to bi-weekly until you’re satisfied with your routine and feel you can drop it back. This is my favourite deep conditioner mix for my hair but feel free to try those on the market if you’re not big on DIY. This is my favourite store-bought line which also gives me soft, shiny hair.
If you’re like me and avoid shampoos, only using conditioner to cleanse the hair weekly, then you will have a bit of buildup. This leaves your hair dull and not responding well to your favourite products. Time to get rid of all that gunk with a clarifying rinse. My favourite way to do that is to rinse my hair with a mix of organic apple cider vinegar and water after my co-wash. This gets my hair squeaky clean and shiny and restores my hair to its natural pH balance, ready to absorb my favourite leave-in conditioners.
Those are my basic tips for retaining moisture on longer hair. It’s really easy with shorter hair, I simply co-washed in the shower more often or sprayed with water to refresh. Spraying with water brings a whole different set of problems for my longer hair. Do you have any tips to add to this mix?