As for being overwhelmed by all the information withing the natural hair culture, I am finding a balance by keeping things very simple. I don't have a lot of money to spend on products and there are too many to try without going broke. You don't have to spend a fortune on products to take care of your natural hairstyle.
So. What to do? The same thing as with my other cosmetic issues: go natural to be natural.
First, I thought about what my hair type needs:
|Moisture, moisture, moisture|
In addition to hydrating my body from the inside, I am also watering my hair on a nightly basis. While steaming is way too much trouble without the right equipment, anyone can manage a spray bottle and plastic cap (like these). I think I paid just over a buck for the little sprayer and not much more for a bundle of plastic hair caps. (Heck, I might just mess around and get fancy and spring for a sturdy conditioner cap next month.) I take a 30-minute break in the evening, treat my naps to a good leave-in conditioner, adding a few drops of some SoftSheen glycerin, and do my routine spray-bag-and-sit in a warm bathroom. Just to kill more than one bird with that stone, I downloaded a really cool brick-blasting game on my phone. Reading a book or studying something useful might be a better way to go but, hey, at least I'm not still playing Angry Birds. As much.
|$1 Spray bottle from Walmart|
|JBCO (About $6) This is great on my skin too.|
| mix of black castor oil, sunflower & olive oil. |
(Beauty tip: Use w/a baby wipe to remove
make-up or cleanse & moisturize the skin.)
|My niece gifted me the scarf a couple years ago. Thanks Gabs!|
|Left from an old relaxer kit I had. It's good stuff.|
I added a touch of oil to it though.
|I like this for the softness and shine|
For the wake-up, I will cover my hair for the shower (or another light water-spritz) so that I can add some more leave-in or oil if needed. By the time I brush my teeth and hit my eyes with some liner, my hair is ready to be finger-styled. If I do need to use a tool to "lift" my curls, I use either this comb or a "pick."
|Great for styling the natural|
Since I was too lazy to go get my glycerin spray from the bathroom pantry, this is what I'm talking about.
For now, I have not even gone out and gotten any special shampoos or wash-out conditioner. I've always used ones that are for boosting moisture and softness. Until I use up the different brands I have in the bathroom closet, I am just adding a few drops of oil to them. Next time I buy, I will worry about things whether or not they are sulfate-free or have good "slippage. For now, I'm glad I don't have to buy anything for a couple months. Maybe if I save on products, I'll be able to get this t-shirt
|I like it kinky|
There you have it. That's my cheap and easy way to keep these natural curls in shape and looking nice. If you have a good routine, you don't have to spend a ton of money. And by the way: