4 Months and the winter months...

Soooooo it's almost November. The temperature has dropped and we're getting less and less sunshine.

My hair is getting longer, and so is the time I spend looking after it.

That's my hair a few days ago (semi-)stretched out. I couldn't be bothered to twist it, cos it still takes a while with my hair at it's current length. So I divided it into like 6-8 sections and just a hair bobble at the roots and the tips. I wore a silk scarf over night and took the bobbles out in the morning.

I made a video: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp3lpkQlp3k]

My hair didn't stretch out as much as it would have if I had twisted it, but at least it didn't shrink all the way down to my head. Progress.

I think I was becoming a bit lazy when it came to taking the extra steps that you need to when the weather changes, or you move to cooler climates. Pre-poos (pre-shampoo treatments)/hot oil treatments are a good way to lock in moisture and protect your hair. I'm trying to get back onto the habit of doing them once a week.

Moisturising and de-tangling my hair is something else I haven't really been dedicating time to do. My hair is very thick so not doing it is pretty silly. Tangles = breakage. So now I de-tangle in sections every 3-4 days. That probably sounds lazy, but it takes a while to do. I don't have the time right now to do it everyday. Spending hours on your hair everyday seems a little excessive to me anyway. Look after your hair, but don't let it become the centre of your universe and the only thing you take time to do.

So my moisturising and de-tangling routine:

I normally do this in the evenings

  1. Part hair into section (with fingers, combs hurt) and clip to keep the section separate
  2. Spray a section with water, apply a little moisturiser and/or leave in conditioner (I use elasta QP Olive oil and mango butter/ Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 moisturiser/ Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioner... depends on how I'm feeling)
  3. rub gently through hair from roots to tips (focus more on the tips)
  4. Use a denman brush/ tooth comb to comb through hair (start at the tips, work your way up)
  5. twist/separate that section and move on the the next until you've covered every sections
  6. style as desired or leave in twists and cover with a silk scarf/ satin bonnet
  7. (if your hair is REALLY dry try sleeping with a plastic cap on your head, it works for me)

Products

My favourite product right now is Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 moisturiser. It's amazing. It smells really nice, it wasn't too expensive, it moisturises my hair, and helps define my curls. If I use it in the morning my hair is pretty much good to go all day. When I use it my hair is really soft and shiny. No bad comments. I just wish the bottle was bigger.

I've gone back to just spraying my hair with water and using a leave in conditioner when I think it's getting dry during the day.

Ermmm I don't think I have much more to say.

I'm getting used to my hair and the texture, and I'm slowly learning what works and what doesn't. It really is just a case of trial and error/ trial and elimination.

Ciao for now x