The natural hair experience is certainly prevalent throughout any black person’s life. The tugging, pulling, twisting and combing can leave you in pain for hours after the dreaded hair wash. Switching between hairstyles and products makes black hair fun, but when maintaining your hair you have to be aware of the products and ingredients that you are using.
My haircare routine usually consists of a deep replenishment every three to four weeks – wearing wigs regularly can be great for daily maintenance but a struggle in terms of build-up. While two shampoo washes and a deep condition usually carries my hair through the month with the application of oils or creams on a weekly basis, after a year in this routine I found my hair becoming dry and brittle.
AMIKA SOULFOOD NOURISHING MASK
The dryness I was feeling was due to a lack of moisture and hydration in my roots. The first product that truly turned my dry hair around was Amika’s Soulfood Nourishing Mask. Designed to deeply condition, hydrate and restore hair, the mask is the perfect addition to my monthly hair wash routine. Pumped with natural ingredients like jojoba seed oil and vitamin C, the duo is formulated to work miracles on dry hair and leaves mine feeling nourished and noticeably softer.
Working on defining my curls can often be a struggle – many products fall short of nurturing my hair and end up drowning it in chemicals. The Briogeo Curl Charisma range really works to define my curls, leaving them soft and evidently defined. I especially love the Briogeo Rice Amino & Avocado Leave-in Defining Crème – a treatment that can be added to damp hair before the drying process begins. Working this into my hair with my hands before combing through immediately softens my hair and makes the usual comb out process a lot more bearable.
Thanks to these two products I find that immediately after washing and towel drying my roots, my curls feel softer and more defined. Plus, with the added nourishment to my hair, combing through and styling my curls is 100 times easier than normal, Goodbye, dry hair.