Part 1: Essential Hair Regimen / routine switch up.

My hair regimen has really changed overtime, the adventurous self been trying new stuff, letting go and brushing others off.

Heeyyah mane embracers, how’re y’all holding up? Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my natural hair blog.

Some of the changes were due to product FAIL(I literally cried), ever tried a product with all the right ingredients and heavenly scent but it screws your hair? No, will fill you in about it. I did let go of some products as well since they didn’t seem as important and embraced new products, routines and styles.

This being my third year since I embraced my natural hair with a couple of big chops (I do get scissors excited sometimes), crazy breakage, more volume and length, perfect twist and braid outs, I have learnt to know what my hair wants and just because everyone is doing it, it doesn’t make it right or necessary.

As a beginner you tend to try every product, hair hack, DIY just everything that seems to work for someone else which am always against, I always advice start with a line of product and figure out how your hair acts and feels then start switching up products and routines but until you’ve figured how your hair behaves, trying lots of stuff at once can ruin your hair and the worst part is figuring out which of the changes caused it. Try one change at a time and on to my changes;

hair regimen pre poo step
Pre-poo
At first, I skipped prepoo for no main reason really let’s just say I didn’t buy the adding oil or conditioner on already dirty hair with products build up, how now? I used Aloe Vera applied directly on my hair from the leaf as my prepoo and detangler.

product_image_name-Mikalla-Honey & Butter Conditioner 500ml.-1

Did it work? Yes, for sometime until it started drying my hair like crazy.
My next prepoo product was an instant conditioner from mikalla, gave a good slip, left my hair feeling soft after cleansing and the scent was heavenly. I can’t really tell how long I used it until I switched up to using oils as my prepoo and detangler.

I use a mixture of castor and olive oil, no coconut oil will fill you in on why I switched up from coconut oil. Ratio of the mixture? I don’t measure anything other than medicine syrup. I just pour them in my oil container until I hear the spirit of my ancestors say,” that’s enough my child”
Cleanse.
I have had my share of failed shampoo trials. Well, one of the shampoo was working just fine until it started drying out my hair, I wanna blame the sulphate in the shampoo but I think as you transition your hair changes so does it needs and most probably that what happened.

On to the next shampoo and my hair got a new shade of brown and everyone thought I had dyed my hair. I really hated my hair then, I almost chopped it off but mama raised no quitter.

hair regimen.. shampooing step
I began the journey of darkening my hair and my first step was to cut the ends, they had concentrated shade of brown then to using olive oil. Olive oil gives your hair a darker color and shine and a year plus down the line, a girl is happy.

Oils
I know I know, conditioning should be next but I thought of doing oils next and then do conditioning, moisturizing and styling as part two of this blog post. I mean, this post is long enough and I don’t wanna bore you with a long read.

Coconut oil was my oil of choice during my transitioning but down the road I figured the oil dried out my hair, didn’t seal in the moisture anymore and on to a heavier oil. I switched to castor oil for moisture sealing and scalp massage since it stimulates growth and mixed it with Olive oil, remember my dyed hair scenario?

Natural hair journey needs patience, love, resilience and changes in hair regimen/routine when necessary. Has your natural regimen/routine changed since you began embracing your natural? How and why?

Thank you for reading and see you on part two of changes in my hair regimen/routine.

Everything Tangles and how to properly detangle Type 4 Natural Hair.

Tangles! Tangles! Tangles! Let’s talk about causes of tangles and how to properly detangle even the worst tangles. Long time no post but here we are. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for hair care tips. Let’s talk about tangles for a minute but first, is your hair always tangled? Here is why. Tangles and knots can be such a pain but can be minimized. How to minimize tangles. Keep your hair moisturized. Moisturize properly and regularly. Let go of damaged and split ends. Don’t keep your two strand twists for too long and re-twist when you notice your roots are getting fluffy after cleansing. Detangle properly  Consider low manipulation styles to wearing your hair out Wear low manipulation & protective styles on stretched hair. Pat your hair with an old t-shirt/ towel to absorb the water after cleansing or use a microfiber towel. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel. Essential detangling tools. Spray bottle Hair clip or scrunchies Wide-tooth comb Micro-fiber towel Conditioner/ Detangler Detangling brush How to properly detangle/ ultimate detangling steps. Work with sections. First, section into smaller parts. Detangling smaller sections is easier and not as time consuming. Start with damp hair. Spray water on your hair until damp. Add a conditioner/ detangler with a good slip to smoothen the tangles. Start detangling from the ends to the roots with your fingers. Don’t snap off the tangles, slowly separate the strands from the tangle. Comb with a wide tooth comb from the ends to the roots of each section then run it through your entire length. You can also use a detangling brush to detangle. Twist / braid or clip the detangled section and repeat the same for all other sections. Detanglers & conditioners to check out / purchase. TGIN Quench 3-in-1 Co-Wash Conditioner and Detangler SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Hair Detangling Kinky-Curly, Knot Today, Natural Leave in / Detangler Oyin Handmade Oh My Glide! Prestyling Detangler Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves & Naturals The Great Detangle Marini Naturals 3 IN 1 Leave-In Conditioner  Saru Organics Tea Tree And Peppermint Detangler SHETH NATURALS Detangling Instant Conditioner Share with the tribe your detangling tips and detangling products and tools that have worked for you.

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Natural hair Styles; 5 Easy to achieve styles.

I did a thing guys. Your girl is on a mission to try new styles and up her styling game. Hello Mane Embracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it for healthy hair care tips and tricks. Flat twist-out Afro I did another thing, installed flat twists as my low manipulation style for a week or so and the flat twist-out turned to an Afro. I love wearing my Afro or may be I love it because my styling game is 👎👎👎. Either way we all agree that afros are cute. Bun & bangs. First, I uploaded a tutorial on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to check out. It’s an easy to achieve style. Got no time to figure out how style your hair? Well, this style is for you. Bun & flat twist Same bun but flat twisted the bangs & the look gave me some ‘ hey there, praise and worship & good gal vibe.’ It’s an official look, easy to achieve style & a less than 5 minutes style. Low puff & twists. I live for high puffs but side puffs are okay too. I loved the look & the twists were, “hide my forehead thing.” Hello fellow gals with a big forehead & heart. Twists & tucked twists. Turned the low puff to chunky twists and pinned them. For a moment I thought I had locs but they don’t look like locs though. The IT style. How gorgeous is this style? I would love to know which of the styles is your favorite.

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