After much consideration, I have decided that my hair care regimen will stay pretty much the same. After writing the KISS Hair Care Regimen post series, I have decided the following:
- I don't feel the need to purchase only 100 percent all natural products, which are usually available online. I like to order the great bulk of my products from Brick and Mortar locations.
- I don't feel the need so many differnt types of conditioner again, including my Herbal Essences conditioners. Currently my favorite conditioner is Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner. I will continue to purchase Herbal Essences, but I don't use it as much as I thought I would.
- In spite of how tempting it is to experiment with cleansing with different clays (such as bentonite and rhassoul), I will stick with my Giovanni line of shampoos. They're sulfate free and available at Target. Why fix what aint broke?
- Pre-poo treatments will continue to be a part of my regimen, although I may pre-poo with coconut oil or use hot oil treatments as a pre-poo. Hmmm.
After doing much research, and deciding to keep it simple and not experiment with cassia, henna, or rhassoul for a while, I finally decided to sing the mixstress blues and make my own deep treatment. I have seen that many naturals, including Curly Nikki, add honey and olive oil to relatively cheap conditioners to give it more moisture power and use it as a deep treatment. I have decided I will go ahead and stir up my Suave Almond and Shea Butter with some honey and olive oil. I am not yet sure what ratio I want to use. The conditioner-honey-ratio may be 2:1:1 or equal parts of all three.
A good friend and fellow natural also suggested I use a heat cap before giving up on the Aubrey Organics. She has a point, since my hair, especially the top portion, is very very thick. I often find myself struggling to get conditioner on every strand. Perhaps more heat will help the conditioner penetrate the shaft and distribute on my hair better.
So, currently I am in the market for a heat cap. I may also try honey and olive oil combined as a deep conditioner, without the Suave Almond and Shea Butter added. I may also go ahead a make deep treatment a bi-weekly routine. Stay tuned for details.