I wanted to share my Wash Day Essentials and Routine for my dry, porous( please RESEARCH this, it will change your natural hair LIFE), type 4c hair. I used struggle so much with keeping my hair moisturized, until I realized that it was all about layering moisture rich products BEFORE styling this hair. I'm able to retain moisture for days on end when I start off with a good wash day routine.
I deep condition on dry hair. I deep condition once a week like clockwork. Before I wash, I deep condition on my dry hair. My porous hair takes the DC better dry. Just 15 mins under a plastic cap is perfect.
My favorite products right now are Nene's Secret My Mom's Hair Masque( My Dollar Tree had a ton!! Check out pictures on my Instagram and Suave Moroccan Infusion Color Care Conditioner( their Moroccan Oil Brand Dupe)
I rinse out the DC and wash my scalp with shampoo twice. If I don't wash my scalp once a week, it gets very angry!! I used have flakes and itching but washing my scalp once a week and removing the product from it cleared up the problem. Then I co-wash my hair with a cleansing conditioner. This keeps my hair soft. I don't put this product on my scalp.
My favorites right now are Shea Moisture Strengthen Grow & Restore Shampoo and Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner.
I apply my leave in conditioners to my clean hair. Right now I'm using two, Shea Moisture Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave In Conditioner and Suave Keratin Heat Defense Leave In Conditioner. Both products are really creamy and my hair loves that creamy moisture.
Now for the moisturizers. After two leave ins...yes...moisturizer!! Both are water based which helps with the layering of moisture. I'm currently using Jane Carter Solution Hair Nourishing Cream and Palmer's Hair Milk.
My last step after all the products are applied, is SEALING in the moisture. I love shea butter based products for sealing in all the products. Normally I make a Olive Oil & Shea Butter whip butter but I was lazy and bought Nene's Secret Gorgeous Gro to seal it all in. After sealing, I section my hair to either be braided down for whole cap or hair wig with a leave out. This routine is also good for twist outs. I just add a styling product( a wrap lotion) before sealing then twist.
That was A LOT I know but it has worked for me for over four years with different products but same regimen.
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