There’s no better time than now to step up our hair care regimen. Below are my top 5 tried and true steps to get shiny and defined curls this holiday season.
Step 1 – Bentonite Clay Mask
As some of you already know, bentonite clay is a game changer for curl definition. This healing clay absorbs and removes toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and all other impurities. This clay also has a high concentration of minerals that will define your curls without the frizz. Add this to your hair care routine once a month and you will see those curls pop! Check out how to create the mix here.
Step 2 – Shampoo w/ Aloe Vera Juice
You should shampoo your hair weekly (biweekly for protective styles). Adding Aloe Vera juice to your shampoo is like having all the best with none of the worst. Natural Aloe Vera juice has enzymes that help reverse hair loss and increase shine and softness. It also balances your scalp pH, putting hair in the best state to flourish. Side note: drinking this juice can also help with that holiday bloating.
Step 3 – Deep conditioning w/ Honey
Deep conditioning should be done weekly or every 10 days max to ensure that your hair gets the proper moisture and nutrients absorbed into the inner hair shaft. Adding honey strengthens your deep conditioner. Deep condition for 30 minutes to an hour and call your girl and tell me your results. Your hair will thank me.
Step 4 – Shine on: Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse
After deep conditioning, go for the shine. Nothing is worse than lackluster, frizzy hair after working so had to get that poppin’ braid/twist out. Oil or ACV can both work with any hair type, but in my experience, coarse hair does not respond to oil treatment as well as it does to an ACV rinse. Fine hair and typically go either way depending on porosity.
Step 5 – Thicker Leave-In Conditioners and Oils
Last, but not least is that leave in conditioner. This is a daily need especially during this season. During the winter months, it’s a good idea to trade in your regular leave-in for something thicker to lock in that moisture. I usually use Jane Carter Weightless Leave-in for my low porosity hair, but for winter, I’m in search of something that is still light weight but more moisturizing. If you have any suggestions, comment below because ladies, we are in this together!
With these 5 steps, slaying is in our future this holiday season. Please let me know if you have tried any of these and what the result was. I would love to hear your winter hair care strategies as well.
Until next time,
Ailan Hair Care