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This month I’m sharing a new natural hair care routine that I tried. My hair has been naturally curly for about 5 years now and it has been a looooong journey. I had no idea what the hell I was doing at first but after trying many products I eventually learned what type of products work best with my hair. My curl pattern type is a mix of 3b and 3c. Here is a hair type guide for those of you who may not know what different curl types exist. Before I stopped chemically relaxing my hair I had no knowledge about curl pattern types. This is the first step to properly taking care of your curls, so it is good to know.
Another critical thing that I looked for when I first went natural was a good detangler. My hair is super thick so detangling it is a serious process. Luckily I came across the Jane Carter revitalizing leave in conditioner. This product is a leave in conditioner but detangles my hair with ease and minimal shedding. When I saw that the Jane Carter line recently released some new products, Curls to Go!, I knew I had to try them and share the fabulousness with you guys. I also threw in one of her old staples, the Revive and Repair hair mask, as well as a couple of other items that I have grown to love!
This is one of my go-to hair masks when I want to give my strands some TLC (yes I have a few go-to’s shhh). It is formulated with maracuja and coconut oils that work to revive dry and/or damaged hair. I use Revive and Repair as a deep conditioner which is how it is intended to be used. Normally I use it without heat but you can also use with heat for an even deeper treatment. Without heat, I leave it in for about 15-20 minutes.
When deep conditioning with heat, I leave it in for about 30-45 minutes. This is why I don’t use heat often, I just do not have that kind of time but that does not mean that you shouldn’t. In fact, this is a critical step in any hair care routine if you want to maintain a healthy head of hair. I can definitely tell a difference when I do use heat, my hair is much silkier and luxurious.
Next in line is the leave-in that doubles as a detangler. Jane’s latest version of her magical leave-ins is even better than her Revitalizing version. Untangle Me is enriched with mango butter, slippery elm, and marshmallow root that results in a super silky weightless formula that hydrates, detangles, and controls frizz all at the same time!
Unlike the liquid consistency of the Revitalizing leave-in, Untangle Me is more like a creamy gel that you easily squeeze into your hand. When emulsified it feels like silk and it goes on nice and slippery which immediately tames my curls letting the comb to slide right through! It also smells delicious to me, like candy! Although I don’t normally do wash and go’s, this leave-in can most certainly be used to style a wash and go. It clearly defines curls and provides a soft and bouncy feel. Can you tell how much I love this stuff?!
The third step in my routine is to apply a gel. My curls fall in the 3b/c range so gels work together with my curls to better define them. I thought this gel did a great job minimizing frizz but not so great elongating my curls. That does not mean that it will not stretch another curl type but my curls are SUPER dense! I would probably need to use an entire bottle (or close to it) to really see this product in full action. Unfortunately I can’t buy a new bottle every time I wanna do a twist out. On the other hand, my hair felt very moisturized which is probably a result of the coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and nettle leaf extract that this formula contains. There is some minimal flaking but I applied some coconut oil and that eliminated it. I would use this again because I really did like the way it made my curls feel.
Castor oil can be used to treat several conditions that affect hair, skin, and even digestion. The main reason that I began using it was to see if it would help my hair grow like it has been know to do for other users. Sunny Isle claims that it’s castor oil helps to stimulate hair growth for those dealing with alopecia, chemical hair loss, and stress. It can also be used as a natural acne treatment and for aromatherapy massage. This product contains Jamaican castor oil and pure lavender essential oil. I opted to purchase this particular type because I’ve heard that pure castor oil does not smell the greatest and honestly this one doesn’t smell that great either, but the lavender does help. I have only been using this for about two months and I have seen some hair growth, although my hair naturally grows fast on it own. So I’m not quite sure yet if this oil is actually impacting my hair growth, but I do love how it makes my scalp feel.
This towel is a lifesaver! Ever since I went natural I have used a regular towel to dry my hair which is really a no-no because it sucks ALL of the water out of your curls. Many naturals suggest using a t-shirt but I have tons of hair so a t-shirt just wasn’t getting the job done. Finally I came across this DevaTowel and at first I didn’t expect a huge difference but I was mistaken! There is a big difference in the way my curls look when I take the towel off my head to style my hair. It’s about the size of a kid’s body towel (20”x 39”) but it is large enough to comfortably wrap around my head. The microfiber texture dries hair without causing frizz or static and helps to maintain the shape of my curls.
DevaCurl recommends applying your chosen styler and then using the DevaTowel to wrap around your curls and scrunch them upwards to dry. I personally do not use the towel this way. Like I mentioned before, I don’t normally wear wash and gos. I just wrap the towel around my head after I get out of the shower and them remove to style.
Comment below what you think of these products and share some of your natural hair care favorites!