Hairology 101: Washing Your Way to Great Hair

Hi Guys,

I have been asked by some people to do some haircare posts in the past. However, I’m rubbish at haircare and only starting to learn the ropes myself. But because I love y’all so much, I went a-seeking a hair guru, if you would like to call it that.

Our guest post today is written by the lovely Funmi who is a hair product junkie and is currently embarking on a healthy hair journey. She’s joined as a permanent contributor on She Loves The Finer Things so please welcome her guys :-).

Hairology 101 by Funmi

I
recently became a hair obsessed freak and would like to use this post to share
some of the many things I have learnt about caring for relaxed hair. I do not
claim to be a hair expert or have the most beautiful locks of hair in the
world. However, I do know that reading loads of beauty magazines, online hair
care forums and blogs have greatly enlightened me, and I hope this post would
be a step in the right direction for those looking to commence a healthy hair
journey.



I began my healthy hair journey about six
months ago. Up until then, I had never been one of those girls whose hair made
you green with envy. On the contrary, I always had lifeless hair that was
barely there, neither long or short. The first change I made was in the way I
wash my hair, which is explained in the 7 step process below. Yes I know 7
steps seem way extreme and bordering on neurotic, but trust me it’s not!
J By the time you read the
benefits of each step, you would agree with me that this is necessary if you
want luscious silky hair that will be the perfect crowning glory to your pretty
self.




Pre-poo: “Pre-poo” stands for Pre-shampoo
and as the name implies, this is the step that is done before shampooing your
hair. I like to do a hot-oil treatment at this stage. Some people prefer making
a hair mixture with pure African shea butter, any oil or your choice and a
conditioner (particularly for dry hair that requires moisture). Basically, your
hair treatment should be suited to your hair type and needs at that point in
time. I use different oils such as 100% pure coconut oil, African Pride’s Olive
Miracle (rich in extra virgin olive oil), Organics Carrot tea-tree oil therapy
by Africa’s best, 100% pure grapeseed oil, 100% pure sweet almond oil, etc. It
has been said that 100% pure oils are most effective for the hair; I like to
have a mix of pure and mixed oils though. These oils offer different benefits
such as rejuvenating lifeless hair, stimulating hair scalp and aiding growth,
stopping breakage and split ends, and moisturising dry scalps. 




I usually do a
mix of 3 to 4 oils, alternating between the oils to ensure I reap the
collective benefits of my oil collection. I warm the mixture of oils in the
microwave for just a minute, and apply the oils first to my hair scalp and then
the hair ends. I cover my hair with a conditioning cap and leave the oils in my
hair overnight. You can however leave it on your hair for a few hours, depends
on what is convenient for you.



Shampoo: I am sure everyone knows the basic
step in shampooing your hair. The most important thing is to ensure that your
hair is clean and no shampoo residue is left in your hair. I normally wash my
hair in 2 or 3 cycles, depending on how dirty my hair is from product build-up.
I also ensure I scrub my scalp thoroughly and not the surface of my hair. I use
a moisturising/smoothing shampoo weekly, and a clarifying shampoo once every 6
weeks. A clarifying shampoo is more intense than a regular shampoo, and should
be used less frequently when you want a thorough scalp cleaning. 




I use shampoos
that contain natural products (like shea butter, aloe vera, olive oil, yoghurt
protein, etc) that are good for the hair. These products include Herbal
Essences Fresh Balance Clarifying Shampoo, Organix’s Smoothing Shea Butter Shampoo
and Organic Root Stimulator’s Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo.


Tea Rinse: This step was one of the best
discoveries I made during my rigorous hair search. It can be done using black
or green tea. After shampooing, I put 2 or 3 tea bags in a bowl of warm water and
let the tea brew for a bit. Then I slowly pour the tea mixture on my hair,
ensuring it gets to my scalp and my hair ends. I wait for about 3 minutes then
I rinse out the tea completely. Tea Rinses are done to help reduce shedding,
stop breakage and make hair thicker. Your hair literally feels very stiff after
a black tea rinse, which is why I prefer doing a green tea rinse. 




Since I
incorporated this stage into my wash routine, I have seen a tremendous
improvement in the amount of hair shedding. The
best part of it is that it is an easy to find product in the kitchen. I use
Tesco Green Tea with Lemon. Lemon has a
high concentration of nourishing elements like vitamin C,
vitamin B, and phosphorous
, which provides added hair benefits such
as strengthening the hair and preventing hair loss. It also gives your hair a
fruity and lovely scent. Any other brand green tea with lemon will work great too. 



Protein Treatment: I carry out this step
once every 4 weeks, or when I feel my hair requires it. Any good hair stylist
recommends a protein treatment as the first step in combatting hair breakage.
This is because protein helps your hair grow thick and healthy, and is
particularly advised for people with chemically treated/relaxed hair, or hair
that is constantly exposed to heat. 




I use Organics Cholesterol Tea-Tree Oil by
Africa’s Best because it contains proteins as well as natural herbal and
botanical extracts. I’m a strong believer of using natural products for hair and
skin treatments; I actually intend on mixing this treatment with raw eggs,
mayonnaise and olive oil for my next wash. I massage the treatment into my
scalp and hair ends, cover my hair with my cap and leave on my hair for 30
minutes.



Deep Condition: I deep condition weekly
after every wash in order to impart moisture into my hair. Lack of moisture and
dryness would lead to hair breakage and hair loss. Combatting this by regular
deep conditioning ensures that your hair has the adequate moisture it needs and
is able to grow effectively. If you do not have the time to carry out any of
the above steps, try and do this particular step weekly for just a month and
see the difference in your hair. A trial will convince you!  



I use Organics Olive Oil Deep
Conditioner by Africa’s Best. It is formulated with extra virgin olive oil and
promises a higher level of conditioning and moisturising, as well as
strengthening damaged, over-processed and weak hair. I apply this on my hair
and cover with a conditioning cap. I usually leave it on my hair for 2 hours.
This is because I always had a dry scalp, which led to dandruff in the past. I
have noticed that keeping my hair moisturised has really helped to reduce
breakage, and I am able to retain my hair length in my bid to grow my hair
longer.



Treatments: When I finally wash out
the deep conditioner from my hair, I wrap a towel around my hair and leave it
on for about 30 minutes. I do not comb through my hair or apply my leave –in
treatments immediately after washing. This is because hair is at its weakest
point when it is wet, and running a comb through wet hair would result in more
breakage than when your hair is less wet. 




After waiting 30 minutes, I apply
Motions’ Nourish Leave in Conditioner. It contains a blend of vitamin E and
silk proteins which strengthen and protect the hair. I also use Motions’
Critical Protection and Repair (CPR) Anti-Breakage Hair Lotion. It contains vitamin
E and aloe extract, which helps prevent breakage and reduce hair dryness.
Lastly, I apply Organic’s Hair Energizer Hair Growth Booster with Pro
Vitamin-B5 to my hair scalp. It is an intense DHT Blocker treatment which is
used to repair damaged hair, boost strong healthy hair, and prevent hair loss
& thinning. DHT is an acronym for Di-Hydro-Testosterone, the hormone that
inhibits blood supply to hair follicles and results in hair loss. The role of
DHT blockers is to suppress the formation of DHT and make the dormant hair
follicles active for healthier hair growth.



Drying: After applying my treatments, I
leave my air to dry naturally and do not use a hair dryer. Heat is one of the
main causes of hair loss and breakage, and I have been trying to reduce the
amount of heat I expose to my hair.


Where To Buy


If you’re in the UK, all products can be gotten from pakscosmetics.com and amazon.co.uk

In Nigeria, Casabella Beauty in The Palms/Ikeja City Mall/Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall stock a wide variety of hair products. Blush Beauty Salon at 1388 Tiamiyu Savage, VI is pretty well stocked too! To buy hair oils online check out vanityoils.blogspot.com


Well,
that’s all folks! Thanks for reading and good luck as you proceed on your journey to healthy hair.



Funmi. 



About Funmi


Funmi is a young lady determined to grow her hair to bra-strap length in two years. She will be documenting parts of this journey and any great products she discovers along her way on this blog. If you have any questions, she can be reached at funmiobash@yahoo.com. 



7 Comments

  1. January 15, 2013 / 9:39 am

    I also love taking care of my hair so I'm happy that Funmi is now part of the blog. I love how simple your hair regimen is Funmi. Tk care

  2. January 15, 2013 / 10:23 am

    Funmi mama!!!!!!!!!! Nice Nice!! Welcome to SLTFT yay!!! So many products… Thank you!

  3. Eni
    January 15, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    Yay! Funmi! Welcome:) when you have a weave, how do you go about the shampoo process? I know a lot of people go for weeks without washing their weaves, is this ok or does it damage the hair underneath?

  4. Anonymous
    January 15, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    I jst started my hair journey too n am soo happy for dis post!!tanx so much Funmi n Yewande!God bless
    Mz_dewunmi

  5. Anonymous
    January 15, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Dis is a rily nice post!!pls I'd like to ask for anyone's opinion on Nature's Gentle touch products!tanx in anticipation

  6. January 15, 2013 / 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the very warm welcome guys! It is much appreciated 🙂

    Eni- I would advise not wearing weaves for too long so you are able to take care of your hair underneath. Though weaves are a good form of protective styling, most people tend to leave it on for too long without any form of washing. When your hair gets dirty, your scalp is most unhealthy because dirt clogs your hair follicles, leaving little or no room for hair growth. If you absolutely must leave your weave on for a long period, washing it regularly while on your head with a mild shampoo (or conditioner,i.e co-washing) should do the trick. 🙂

    Anon – I am yet to try any Gentle touch products. But i once used the kit relaxer and it was very good.

  7. Anonymous
    January 15, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    Thank you so much for this post Yewande!

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