1) Take out whatever style was in (usually done the night before).
2) Wash hair. Usually this is a "co-wash" (wash with conditioner only). If there is a lot of product buildup I'll do a baking soda rinse (baking soda dissolved in warm water). Every two weeks or so I use a no-sulfate shampoo. Currently, we're using a very affordable line called "live clean". I like the Apple Cider "clarifying" shampoo. I usually wash JJ's hair in two sections as it is very thick.
|Usually I wash JJ's hair in two sections - back and front.|
|Sitting with conditioner.|
|Jojoba oil, and live clean shampoo & conditioner|
(sorry - focus problem)
6) Apply product and style. Typically, I lean towards "protective styles", like two-strand twists. I try to style so that I can change it up during the week by adding/changing hair accessories. Usually I add some almond oil to a tub of organic shea butter and mix it around with my fingers until I get a smooth, creamy consistency. I then divide the hair into sections, add the shea/almond "cream", comb through, and twist, making sure to twist right to the ends. I have a bottle of water to spritz as JJ's hair dries quickly. Usually I'll wrap the ends of the twists around a barrette a few times and secure. This helps the ends curl up nicely instead of getting frizzy. It also helps "pull down" the twists for some length. I take the barrettes out once the hair is dry.
|I start with the back as JJ's scalp is most sensitive there. |
Note length of the combed out section.
|Back row of twists, second section ready to go. |
Barrettes added to stretch the twists and keep the ends neat.
|Two rows done!|
|Three rows done, added some flat twists for variety |
and to keep JJ's hair out of her face.
|More flat twists and a flat twist to the side at the front.|
|Added some baubles - done!|
|From the top.|
Addendum: Katie's post on Happy Girl Hair called The Care and Feeding of Protective Twists reminded me that a daily spritz is a very good thing for twists (or any style for that matter). I've been trying to remember to spritz JJ's twists daily. I've been using a homemade mixture of live clean Argan oil smooth and shine cream, a little almond oil, and water. I just shook these together in a small spray bottle. So far, so good....