The Healthy Hair Routine
So I know it might be easy to give in to the lazy spell that quarantine or a long work week can cast on us, but that doesn't mean that we should neglect our health inside and out. It might be tempting to throw your hair up in a bun and call it a day because you feel like your hair is becoming a second full time job. But too many days with your hair up in a bun will massacre your edges! I'm talking about receding hair line because your brushing your hair back to much, no growth to the hair in the back of your head (the Kitchen),matted hair, dry knots and the inevitable............ split ends.
We do not want that! We want growth, we want strength and most of all we want healthy ends!
So how do we achieve that?
Don't worry its not a long process, its just three easy steps that you have to do every week:)
The First Step starts with Wash Day.
Make sure the shampoo and conditioner you are using are Sulfate and Paraben free. Using shampoos and conditioners that have these harsh chemicals severely dry out your hair and strip your hair from all its good oil called sebum. You may think that since your hair is already really oily it would need more of these products that dry out your hair, but you don't. Your scalp is maybe really oily because your shampoo and conditioner is too harsh for it, so it makes more oil to overcompensate. Your scalp also produces more sebum (oil) to calm down irritation that these harsh chemicals can be doing to your follicles. You might start to notice this irritation when your head gets really itchy throughout the week. Some people may think that itchy scalp is a sign of dirty hair ( which it can be) but most of the time its the irritation from these harsh chemicals. Try switching to a sulfate free oil based shampoo and conditioner. Invest in a deep conditioner or hair mask that you can do every wash day to make sure your hair is getting a fresh batch of powerful nutrients.
Finally the Second Step! Protective Styling + L.O.C Method
On the same day as wash day try wearing a protective style incorporating the L.O.C method. The L.O.C method ensures that your curly hair gets all the moisture it can get while the protective style protects all the moisture from evaporating. Doing both of these techniques together allows your hair to rest from the constant pulling and friction against your clothes that comes with wearing wash n go's. If want to learn more about the L.O.C method check out our blog post PERFECT THE L.O.C METHOD.
The Last step
is the most most most important one and it requires little to no effort. That last step is investing and sleeping on a satin pillowcase! Girl, let me tell you as a lazy girl with crazy tight curls sleeping on a satin pillowcase has saved my ends and my edges. I tried the old fashioned satin bonnet wave and it did not work for me, AT ALL! My satin bonnet was always half way across my room floor in the morning like if I woke up overnight and flung it there. Don't even get me started on how ugly my curls looked in the morning if my satin bonnet survived. The satin scarf always slipped off my head and made my curly bangs look hideous. But the satin pillowcase is genius! Unlike cotton pillowcases, satin pillowcases do not soak up all of the oils your worked so hard to put into your hair. Satin pillowcases also allow your beautiful curls to glide against the fabric, instead of creating friction which massacres your edges. All you have to do is plop in bed with your hair up with a satin scrunchie or your hair loose and your done! No fussing with finding your bonnet and no getting out of bed once you are already comfy to find your bonnet before going to sleep. Just blissful hair breaking- free sleep.
See how easy? Now let's see you try it! DM your results to @Ok.curls on Instagram