The first two years of college were tough on Claudine (my hair). I started transitioning once I got into college. Then I cut off my relaxed bits after two semesters of transitioning. Afterwards, I spent another good year or so figuring out my regimen.
It was such a trying time. I broke down crying in the bathroom more than once. To be honest, just two days ago, I flung myself on the floor of my bedroom when I was almost convinced I would lose a section of my hair to a big knot. Obviously I’m making progress because flinging myself on the floor > crying in the bathroom. Or is it?
Remember how I said, in my previous post , that Claudine started thriving in 2016. It was because after 2+ years post relaxer, I finally figured out a good haircare routine. Today, I’ll be sharing my college regimen with the products I used. Yes, I finally posted this up. Sorry it took so long, Alicia.
- Preshampoo with a mixture of grapeseed oil oil and a cheaper hair oil mixture (my absolute favorite was African Royale Hot Six Oil, a close second was Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil With Ginseng . Both smelled really nice and were super affordable. I always ”prepooed” on a Friday evening, then washed on Saturday.
- Shampoo with Hask Charcoal Shampoo. Cool story: I discovered this brand because they sent me FREE products as a broke undergraduate through Influenster. Let me tell you, honey, this was the shampoo I absolutely fell in love with this. This shampoo helped my serborrheic dermatitis and made me smell like the tropics. This shampoo had the PURRFECT consistency. A little went such a long way. I used one bottle for about 10 months. The rest was history until I relocated to Nigeria.
- Deep Condition: Aussie Mega Moist Conditioner with two tablespoons of honey. I tweaked KyssMyHair’s DIY recipe. So instead of adding mayonnaise and olive oil. Please don’t ask me if it was pure honey. I always got the honey from Walmart, I can’t vouch for its quality. Lord knows when I brought it to Nigeria one summer, Nigerian ants attacked it. According to pretty common local knowledge, honey’s not supposed to attract ants. I still used that honey because money cannot waste. So don’t kill yourself trying to find pure honey. If you can find it, great. If you can’t, get the closest thing you can to it. Life’s too short.
- Leave–in Conditioner– For the longest time, I struggled with finding a good leave-in conditioner. It wasn’t that there weren’t great leave-in conditioners out there. It’s just that I absolutely refused to spend more than $5.00 (plus tax) on each hair product. So yeah, it wasn’t super easy to find a great one. But once I bought African Pride Shea Miracle Leave-In Conditioner, my life was never the same.
- Seal– What I used as a sealant (a.k.a hair butter, hair cream) was actually best known for its ability to fry chicken, bake fluffy American biscuits, grease cupcake tins, etc. No, it wasn’t extra virgin olive oil, it was. Crisco Vegetable Shortening. I know that sounds ridiculous.
But allow me, ladies and gentlemen, panel of judges, accurate timekeepers, and my co-debaters (aka, my Crisco naysayers) to convince and not confuse you that Crisco is the perfect budget friendly, non-wallet disrespecting, dare I say, almost perfectly organic hair sealant.
Exhibit A: its ingredient list. HELLO. Look at all these hair loving oils. Thick, heavy oils, perfect for sealing the moisture and blocking environmental enemies of progress from hindering your hair growth. Could your fave even come close?
Exhibit B: Its fluffy texture allows the oils to really penetrate the hair. In addition, it can withstand heat, meaning that it has the ability to protect your hair strands from the elements.
6. Moisturizing from time to time with Bronner Brothers Hair Strengthener Growth Moisturizing Lotion THEBOMB.COM. Till today, I haven’t found any hair lotion that compares. My hair thrived using this product. Claudine was such a show off. She didn’t even know how to act. Growing like a weed. Tbh, I cannot until the next time I can get this in my hands. I didn’t have to do the LCO/LOC method when moisturizing during the week or in-between wash days. This product was enough. And the volume was sufficient. More than sufficient. Lasting for months at a time. What’s more, it’s manufactured by a black-owned company (Bronner Brothers). I want to throw shade at Nigerian natural haircare brands. However, running an natural haircare brand in Nigeria is already a trial, so I won’t add to their tribulations.
Notable haircare mentions: Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Oil With Amla and Lemon . I hated how this smelled, but it made my twist turn out pretty well.
Wait. You didn’t think I was going to end it like that? Please tell me your affordable haircare faves? Your girl is always trying to save some cash (who has time to be counting coins). Well, if you’re in Nigeria, you won’t be counting coins, sigh.
If you find out that your hair gets harder after using many hair brands, you might be protein sensitive. Find out more from my previous post. HERE