My Hair Maintenance Routine

I don’t have a specific hair care routine that is carved on stone but rather a hair maintenance routine and that is just the reality of my hair life.

It has been just over 2 years since I cut my hair, and I have never taken myself to the salon since then, bar the times I go for braiding, but even then my hair is always pre-washed at home. Caring for my hair has given me a responsibility that I never knew I needed and has also saved me a lot of bucks, that I rather buy products with.

The internet says I have 4c hair with high porosity, meaning I use more product to keep my hair quenched and well maintained. My hair has become much easier to take care of with length, I can section it better which makes washing and styling a breeze.

Here is my maintenance routine:

Week 1

  • Sunday is my wash day – I use the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Co-wash, then I use Native Child deep conditioner. Once all that is done, I section my hair into four, do light braids then spray each section with rice water then put on a shower cap and two doeks/headwraps and let that cook for 10 – 20 minutes then rinse out the rice water.
  • Post wash I towel dry my hair then let it air dry a little while before applying any product. once its lightly damp, I apply oils for basing – I alternate between castor oil, avocado oil, and follicle oil. Then I add heated shea butter and seal off with a Native Child Moisturising creme. I put on a shower cap again with a doek and let it heated treat for 30 minutes to an hour. That keeps my hair moist for a while.

Week 2

  • This is the week of real maintenance, where I need to keep this crown well taken care of. I keep a spray bottle with a mixture of water, avocado, castor, and coconut oil which I spray on my hair on days when I feel like my hair is a little dry.
  • I always heat treat my hair with the shower cap and doek on the days of re-moisturizing.
  • I take extra care of my hairline by following the LOC method.
  • I sleep in my satin doek and this does help with retaining moisture and keep my hair texture soft and workable.
  • I keep my hair in light buns or Bantu knots, making sure I am not pulling on the hairline. towards wash weekend I normally let is loose from Wednesday.

I follow this 80% of the time, I am human and the reality is that sometimes we don’t follow routines. However, I always ensure that my hair is in good condition and looks presentable enough for me first.

Thandazo is a digital content creator with a focus on fashion and lifestyle. She recently completed a Content Creators Cohort Programme with Digify Africa and LiveMagSA. She has experience in the media industry and is currently working as a Digital & Content Marketing assistant at Adclick Africa. You can follow her at @mehloe on Twitter and Instagram.

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