If you are new to The Anti Hair Slave, let me share a few fun facts about me and my hair with you.
Hair Type: Relaxed (or tex-laxed because I'm not bone straight)
Hair Color: Natural color - no dye or rinses here
Update: I do use Henna every few months
Starting Length: Shoulder Length
Current Length: In between APL & BSL
Cuts?: Over the past few years I've had several hair cuts, I get scissor happy really easily and I've had a Lob (long bob) @ the end of 2008 and a shoulder length cut in Aug. of 2009. Then in 2010 I added bangs and got another cut.
Length Goal?: Current goal is BSL
Update: new goal is MBL
Problem Area: Nape
Update: Still my weakest area but not so much a "problem" anymore.
My current hair care regimen is based on weekly washings, conditioning, deep conditioning and treatments. During the winter I don't like to wash my hair as often because of the cold, for the warmer months my regimen changes up. Update: I only relax about every 12 weeks.
Each week I pre-poo my hair with a pre shampoo treatment, it's usually an oil like coconut oil or Burt's Bees Avocado Treatment. Sometimes, I pre-poo overnight or for 15-30 minutes before shampooing with or without heat. Update: I use a Huetiful steamer ($125.00, Amazon.com) with my pre-poo treatments. Plus, usually I start off with a scalp massage using an oil.
After the pre-poo treatment I shampoo my hair, actually my scalp. I try to focus on shampooing my scalp instead of my hair because shampoo can be really drying to the hair, especially if I'm not using a sulfate free version of shampoo.
Following my shampooing I condition my hair with a quick type of conditioner, meaning a regular conditioning conditioner, not a deep treatment type. I leave that on for about three minutes in the shower and then rinse it out. After that I get out of the shower, towel dry my hair very gently (I don't run or twist my hair with the towel). After it's dry a little I apply my deep conditioner in sections to my hair focusing on the ends, pop on my shower cap and sit with heat for about 30 minutes. Finally, I rinse it out and style my hair using very little heat.
Update: During the week, I wrap my hair up at night or sleep on a satin pillowcase. I use JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil, $10.00 Amazon.com) on my scalp and my nape area. I moisturize my hair with a water based moisturizer (water must be in the first three ingredients) and use an oil to seal it in only when I feel my hair feels dry. My go-to hairstyle is a low bun.
Note: The reason why I didn't mention too many products here is because I have a bunch of different things in rotation, most of which have been reviewed right here on this site. Plus, I always testing things for review here as well. So at any given moment I could be using a different product, plus you want to find products that suit your hair needs so when you read about different regimens don't focus too much on the products used. Instead focus on techniques the person is using.