THE TWA

REMEMBER WHEN BIANCA FROM TOP MODEL WAS FORCED TO BIG CHOP? SHE BAWLED LIKE BABY. I WOULD HAVE HAD A BUCKET FULL OF TEARS TOO GIRL.  THAT WAS A CLASSIC EPISODE! THE BEST ANTM EPISODES WERE THE EARLY CYCLES. I BET BIANCA WAS SO CONFUSED AND HAD NO IDEA HOW TO CARE FOR HER HAIR, MUCH LIKE A CHICA WHO INBOXED ME THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE…

“I like really need advice. I big chopped. Now im like super lost. My hair is dry and having breakage. I dont know what to do ! Please help!”

I KNOW BIG CHOPPING FOR MANY OF US IS A SHOCKER IN ITSELF.YOU NOW HAVE A BRAND NEW HEAD OF HAIR THAT YOU’VE NEVER HAD TO TAKE CARE OF BEFORE AND YOU’RE A BIT OVERWHELMED. MY ADVICE IS TO KEEP IT SIMPLE SHAWTY. YOU SIMPLY NEED TO FORM A REGIMEN BASED AROUND MOISTURE RETENTION. IF YOUR HAIR IS RETAINING MOISTURE AND YOU AVOID HEAT AND THE HARSH INGREDIENTS IN PRODUCTS IT WILL STAY HEALTHY. HERE IS  A BASIC ROUTINE:

  • CO-WASH, USE CONDITIONER ONLY TO WASH YOUR HAIR. SHAMPOO STRIPS THE HAIR OF VITAL OILS. SOME WOMEN’S HAIR IS  NOT EFFECTED BY THE USE OF SHAMPOOS BUT I ONLY USE SHAMPOO WHEN I FEEL LIKE MY HAIR NEEDS A THOROUGH CLEANSING OR EVERY 3 WASHES. PLAY AROUND WITH IT TO SEE HOW YOUR HAIR RESPONDS. 
  • DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR. ALL YOU DO IS LEAVE A NOURISHING CONDITIONER ON YOUR HAIR AND PLACE A PLASTIC CAP OR BAG ON OVER YOUR HEAD FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES. THIS GIVES YOUR HAIR MOISTURE AND IT WILL ALSO SOFTEN YOUR HAIR FOR DETANGLING.
  • DETANGLE WITH A WIDE TOOTHED COMB. LEAVING CONDITIONER IN YOUR HAIR AND POSITIONING YOUR HAIR DIRECTLY UNDER RUNNING WATER EASES THE DETANGLING PROCESS.
  • DON’T DRY YOUR HAIR (YOU CAN DRY IT SOMEWHAT BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO BE LEAKING ALL OVER THE PLACE). YOU NEED THE WATER TO GIVE YOUR HAIR MOISTURE. ADD A LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER WHICH ALSO PROVIDES MOISTURE AND SEAL YOUR HAIR WITH AN OIL. THIS IS MUY IMPORTANTE’! THIS LOCKS THE MOISTURE INTO THE STRANDS.
  • THEN BRAID OR TWIST YOUR HAIR. LET IT DRY OVER NIGHT AND UNRAVEL THEM IN THE MORNING. THIS WILL ALLOW YOU TO WEAR A TWIST-OUT OR BRAID-OUT STYLE. YOU CAN ALSO DO A WASH ‘N GO BY ALLOWING YOUR HAIR TO AIR DRY AFTER YOU APPLY THE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER AND OIL. MANY NATURALS LIKE TO USE A CURL  ENHANCING PRODUCT FOR WASH ‘N GOS AND THEN APPLY AN OIL. KINKY CURLY CURLING CUSTARD IS A GOOD PRODUCT TO USE FOR DEFINITION.
  • MAINTAIN YOUR TWIST-OUTS AND BRAID-OUTS BY RE-TWISTING HAIR AROUND YOUR FACE AND THE TOP OF YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT. YOU CAN RE-DO YOUR ENTIRE HEAD BUT THIS IS A BIT MORE TIME CONSUMING. TO REFRESH YOUR WASH ‘N GO, SPRAY YOUR HAIR LIGHTLY WITH WATER AND ADD A LITTLE MOISTURIZING PRODUCT. AT NIGHT, YOU SHOULD PINEAPPLE YOUR HAIR SO THAT YOU WON’T SMUSH YOUR CURLS; GATHER YOUR HAIR AT THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD AND LOOSELY SECURE IT WITH A SCARF. THEN PLACE A SATIN BONNET ON TOP OF YOUR HEAD. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS WEAR A SATIN BONNET TO BED IF YOU DON’T HAVE SATIN PILLOW CASES.

THAT’S IT! THIS IS A GOOD BASIC ROUTINE THAT MOST NATURALS FOLLOW. THE LONGER YOU ARE NATURAL YOU WILL DISCOVER WHAT WORKS FOR YOU AND WHAT DOESN’T. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN A STYLE MAY NOT COME OUT CORRECTLY OR YOUR HAIR IS FEELING DUMB DRY BUT IT’S ALL APART OF THE NATURAL GAME. IT TAKES TIME TO FIND THE RIGHT ROUTINE, TECHNIQUES AND PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HAIR. SHEA MOISTURE, KINKY CURLY AND MIXED CHICKS PRODUCTS HAVE GREAT CONDITIONERS AND LEAVE-IN CONDITIONERS TO CHOOSE FROM. YOU CAN FIND THEM AT YOUR LOCAL TARGET. YOU CAN ALSO BUY COCONUT, OLIVE, ALMONDS, AND A VARIETY OF OILS FROM THE GROCERY STORE OR WAL-MART. DO Y’ALL HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEWLY NATURALS?