Saturday, September 20, 2014

My 5 Favorite Go-To Hairstyles

It's taken me a long time to discover hairstyles that work best for me to create quickly and easily. I've learned that the foundation of any great natural hairstyle is healthy moisturized hair. So I start by using a coconut oil treatment on my slightly dampened hair before I shampoo. This is known as a coconut oil "pre-poo" to naturals who know natural lingo.  :-)
I leave the pre-poo on overnight or a few hours before washing my hair. I put on a shower cap and headscarf to lock in heat from my head to allow the oil to penetrate my hair strands. Once that's done I fill up my sink, submerge my hair, massage my scalp for about 5 minutes and drain the sink. Then, I divide my hair into 6 or 8 sections while still wet and apply shampoo and wash each section thoroughly one by one.
Next, I rinse well with plain water and fill up the sink one more time to soak my hair in warm water. I add a bit of apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) or baking soda to open the cuticles on my hair strands to let the conditioner penetrate. That also helps to remove any soap residue. I use about a 1/4 cup of either the ACV or baking soda.
I really go to town on my scalp to make sure no styling residue is left. Then, I let out the sink water, ring my hair out gently and apply deep conditioner. Finally, I put the shower cap and scarf back on to let the conditioner penetrate and do it's magic for maybe 10 minutes or more. I rinse that out really well, squeeze water out of my hair and dry it with a Turbi Twist hair towel.
Now, for the home stretch I put a heat protectant leave-in conditioner in my hair, detangle with a wide tooth comb. Then, I'll either heat straighten by blow drying using my faux Denman brush and flat iron OR twist my hair depending on the hairstyle.
I also don't use extreme heat either.
So without further adieu, here are my 5 favorite go-to hairstyles:
Side Twist + Braided Back Knot
Twist Out
Braided, Twisted Updo
"Olive Oil" Braided Top Knot
What are your favorite go-to hairstyles? Leave links to pictures of your fave go-to hairstyles in comments below!
Thanks for reading, take care.

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