First I did a dusting for practice, and then trimmed my ends. I had to look this up to find out what it was called and what to do about my ends to prevent this from happening again.
I am going to do hot oil treatments every two weeks with a pre poo before. This method works great for my hair in it’s best condition ever.
I have my hair braided in a design in the front just past my ears so I can keep the ends moist with OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Penetrating Oil Dry & Course Hair.
Fairy knots are a huge problem with my hair and I am trying to prevent them. I will do a product review of OGX in the up coming weeks. I am also trying the conditioner.
This product I have been using for a long time. When I first started growing my natural hair back, this product was apart of the products that I used. I like it so much that I use it with every wash but this time I decided to do a pre poo with it after I trimmed my ends for the first time in decades.
I watched a YouTube video on how to trim your own ends which I posted a link to in a previous post and I simply followed those instructions. I trimmed off as much as I could tolerate and I most certainly did not cut my hair off like they do at these shops when you pay to get your ends trimmed. I took off 90% of the damage. Maybe even more, which made me think, my ends have been crunchy and dry for years and I never really take the time to deal with them. Taming them went well, trimming was better, but what else do I need to do.
I realized I needed to do two things before I dye my hair. Start doing pre-poo’s which I take the best conditioner I have and apply it to my hair the day before and let it sit over night. Rinse it out and shampoo with my favorite shampoo at the moment. Two. I need to do some hot oil treatments with avocado and argan oil along with my other favorites. I could actually do the hot oil treatment with my oil blend. I ordered some more avocado oil and some argan for my hair care. These two steps along with keeping the ends soft and trimmed when needed will make my hair and yours healthier and for those who are just starting their natural hair journey, if your ends become dry and rough feeling, you do not have to do the big chop. You just need to add a few steps to your hair routine.
I decided to pre-poo with something inexpensive of course, just to see if it would make any difference in how the hair feels after I was done with washing, and drying it. I have been blow drying my hair once every 3 weeks. I used Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque. It can be used as a leave in conditioner or rinsed out. I am using it as both. It smells great to me but if you don’t like your hair to have much of a scent, don’t buy this product. You will either love the way it smells like I do, or hate it. It has a very fruity cocktail smell to it but makes my hair soft and adds moisture and shine. I absolutely love this product and will continue to use it as long as it is available to me. You can find this product on Amazon as well and in some beauty supply stores. It is worth a try but remember that it has a rather loud but fruity smell that dies down over time. I love the results of this product and a hot oil treatment. My hair is shiny and moist but not greasy or weighed down.
The second product I recommend you should try will make some women stop perming their hair and try going all natural. Or not. It is for all hair types including extensions, wigs, and permed. I used this product on a Barbie head because the hair was tangled. Somebody told me to use fabric softener and water in a squirt bottle to untangle/detangle the hair but I hadn’t purchased any yet and was looking around the house for something to try on synthetic hair or as we like to call it, doll hair. This product works similar to a wig spray we used to detangle our extensions with. It is such an old product, you would think it would be harder to find or discontinued like some of the others products we like.
The Original Mane & Tail Detangler by Straight Arrow is the second product you should give a try if you have difficulty combing your hair. This product works excellent on adults and kids and is very inexpensive. I know some people would say why still use it? There are newer products on the market now. Why not? I still have the same bottle of it and it still works excellent. The Mane & Tail Leave in Conditioner by Straight Arrow is what we used in high school to make our hair lay down when we all had perms and wore our hair in wraps. The detangler that usually comes in a 12 oz. size could last you at least a year or maybe even more.
The first ingredient in this product is water which is something I look for in all hair products I use. For me, this is a plus and the fact that it comes in a spray bottle makes it easier for me to use. If you prefer not to let the smell of your hair take over like a perfume, this product is for you as it barely has a scent. You can use an oil with some scent and use this to keep it detangled. It has the consistency of a water and does not cause build up in your hair like other products might which is why I still use it on my hair every now and then to make it comb through with no problems.
You can find this product easily online. I found some in a local store but a lot of Beauty Supply stores stopped selling it. This could be a local problem, or it just isn’t available like it used to be. By request I tried this on her hair and she had no problems. I really only used it on her ends because as we all know, they are the hardest part to comb especially if you don’t trim yours like me. I don’t trim hers ends either. I like to stretch my hair with braids in different styles or curls. This is where the first product comes in at. Styling. This product is for maintenance.