Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Our Winter Hair Routine

Enjoying one of the last warm days of the year.
The temperature has dropped in our neck of the woods and with it the humidity. Even though we keep a humidifier running in the boys' room during naps and at night (12-13 hours total per day), their hair has been much drier. We have had to adjust our hair routine.

Today was bath day. The perfect time to regain lost ground when it comes to moisturizing the hair. Explorer's hair is usually free in a fantastic fro, so it dries out very quickly. It also seems that his hair does not hold the moisture as well as Scholar's. When Scholar's hair is in cornrows, it is easier to keep it moisturized, but it has been free for over a week and was getting very dry.

In their bath, I wet their hair thoroughly and add conditioner. I have not tried many different conditioners, but we have found that Aubrey Organics works well for detangling their hair. I let the conditioner sit for a few minutes while they play and then comb out their hair with a wide tooth comb. After their hair has been detangled, I rinse it well.

I apply an ACV rinse. I keep a spray bottle of ACV and water (3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water) in the bathroom to use on the boys' hair and on mine as well. I spray their scalps and work the ACV through their hair, being careful not to get it in their eyes. I hold a washcloth over their faces while I am spraying. Then I rinse their hair once again.

Today, after the ACV rinse, I applied more conditioner. This time it was Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. This conditioner seems to keep their hair more moisturized, but does not work as well as a detangler for us. After a few minutes, I rinsed thoroughly again.

The key for keeping the boys' hair moisturized seems to be in using a lot of oil. I mix together a few different oils for their hair (keep reading for the recipe that I use). I use this oil mixture in our daily spray, but also use it in the winter directly on their hair after bath while the hair is still wet. I drizzle some oil in their hair and work it through with my fingers. Today I ran out of the oil mixture so I used the Healing Coconut Oil Lotion instead. It worked great!

You would think that this would make their hair oily and limp, but their hair just soaks up the oils, so they still need more after this! I let the oils soak in for a few minutes while I put lotion on their skin and then I scrunch in a healthy amount of Babycakes Hair and Body Butter. This product works very well for the boys' hair. I notice a big (and not so great) difference in their hair if I do not use it. It really does make their hair so much more healthy and keeps it moisturized longer.

At this point, the hair routine for bath day can be finished. Today, however, I had extra time and I put some coils into Scholar's hair using Babycakes Honey Butter. Though this is not really a protective style, it does allow me to make sure that all the hair is coated with product to seal in the moisture. It also helps to keep his hair from tangling as much and reduces the amount of lint and fuzz that gets stuck in his hair. Besides, it looks so cute!

Throughout the week, on days we do not have bath (baths are only twice a week), I use the spray bottle on their hair in the morning and scrunch in more Hair and Body Butter. This keeps their hair well moisturized.

Recipe for oil mixture:

1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp jojoba oil
4 tsp Jamaican black castor oil
4 tsp sweet almond oil
2 tsp vitamin E oil
1 tsp argan oil

This oil mixture can be applied directly to the hair and/or added to a bottle of water for freshening up in the morning. I typically add a tablespoon or two of the oil to a cup of filtered water (or filtered water and distilled aloe in equal proportions). This mixture is also handy when I need to keep the hair damp while cornrowing.

Do you experiences changes in weather that affect naturally curly hair? If so, how has your hair routine changed with the change in the weather? Are there things that you need to add to your routine or take out?

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