Annual Hair Post: I’ve Been Doing This All Wrong!

Hiyah! I haven’t posted in a long time — I’ve been really busy. This semester was a rough one. I’m a pretty hearty person, but I caught a cold by the end of the semester.

In any case, I’m not here to discuss the Special Collections library, but hair of course! Ha! So, I finally got my hair cut after eight years. After years of having people in my head: blow-outs, micro-braids, hair pieces, and weaves (I was performing when all this hair action was going on) I simply hated getting my hair “done.” So once I committed to the hair that naturally grows from my head, I didn’t want to see another hair stylist.

There are curly girl salons closer to my house, but I decided to go way up north in the city (Chicago) for my first Devachan cut. This salon has been around for about seven years, and I have been holding out for the time, and money to make my appointment. It was totally worth it!

I was really scared to get my hair cut, but it really hasn’t been growing, and it always tangles (single-strand knots, dryness, frizzy hair, etc.). But I had come to manage these issues. I already knew that my stylist was white because her bio was on the salon’s website. I mention this because the last time a white stylist did my hair I was a freshman in high school, and it was one of those franchises…it just didn’t go well, ha! Please do not take this personally followers because there is light at the end of this tunnel.

My stylist was amazing! She taught me so much in one appointment that she made me fall back in love with my hair, and I will definitely be booking with her again. First, Afro textured hair needs hydration. I know this, but I didn’t know just how much. Also, it needs specific hydration — WATER. She told me that it is a myth to think that you can’t wet your hair at least twice a week (she suggested more, but I don’t have the time for that right now, ha!). After following blogs, and listening to so many naturalistas online, I thought that having your scalp wet a few times a week was bad –not so.

Also, the second most important thing she shared was stop using so much oil and butter. I wasn’t going crazy with the oils and butters, but I was using them for the LOC method, and to refresh my hair, and it simply does not work. I use light oils, too, but they should be used sparingly. Oils and butters coat the hair strand, and can lock moisture out. This makes total sense. I had been using oils and butters to lock moisture in, but they can also lock it out of the hair strand. Perfect sense. No wonder I couldn’t manage my frizz and tangles properly.

I also had not used the full line of DevaCurl products. I am now doing that, and am obsessed with them. I use the No Poo Decadence and One Condition Decadence (for the winter months, I will go back to original during the summer), B’Leave In curl primer, and Ultra Defining Gel. Side note: I’m about to experiment with a line called LivSo because I’m still struggling with scalp issues when I use shampoo*. I will post a review of that in about four weeks. Interestingly, I have significantly reduced dryness and itching when I No Poo, which is my second wash of my week.

Okay, so, DevaCurl products. I used to use the One Condition original, and loved the scent, and it was pretty moisturizing. But I think they changed the formula at some point, and some other weirdness, so I stopped using it.

There is a learning curve. You have to use a lot of WATER! That is, your hair has to be soaking wet when you apply the styling products, like, dripping wet. And you have to allow your hair to completely dry before manipulating or scrunch/fluffing the hair. The gel will make what they call a cast on the hair, and when that cast completely dries it creates a hold and moisture barrier for your curls.  You will apply a little bit of leave-in conditioner making sure it coats every strand at every level of your hair, and then you apply the gel on top. You have to make sure that the products make a “squishy” sound. That tells you that you have a balance of water and product in your hair — don’t squeeze the water out — just make sure that product and water are evenly distributed, but that your hair is still soaking wet — even if you have to spray more water in your hair. I do my hair in the shower just to make sure that it’s really wet.

I haven’t mastered this process yet, but I am close. And the one thing that I’ve noticed already is that I get more consistent curls and kinks. So, even if it is a little dry or frizzy, my curls and kinks are still poppin’.

Your next step is to allow your hair to completely dry. Don’t touch it! You can sit under a hood dryer or air dry. After it’s completely dry you simply fluff and scrunch to break the cast!

I hope this helps someone else out there! Happy holidays, and here’s hoping for a great 2018 (Prayers up!) If you have questions, just send a reply!

 

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