It's that time of the year when you can't always go out and have a good time. The rain falls one day and the sun shines the next. I know most natural blogs advice against wearing your fro out in humid weather, but in Africa that means you'll never wear it out :(.
During the dry season, my goal was to lock in moisture and maintain a healthy head of hair but now I want to retain the length I got during the dry season.
In my short natural journey, I've observed that what might work during the dry season might not work during the rainy or dry harmattan season. For instance; Coconut oil is a miracle worker during the dry harmattan season but during the rainy season it is not good enough to keep my hair moisturized.
For three weeks now, I have been going through my stash of products; trying to find what will work for me this season. For now, here's what I've come up with:
- Garnier Fruictis seems not to work as well as it used to. My hair is soft but I can't keep a style past the first day.
- Coconut oil can't stand alone: Instead of applying just coconut oil, I mix it with my Shea butter and olive oil.
- NO DIRECT HEAT!: My hair gets super dry once I use a hair dryer not set on cool.
- Deep conditioning is very important during this season: I've observed that most Nigerian ladies are 'slackers' when it comes to deep conditioning. To gain and retain length you need to deep condition your hair regularly (at least once in 2 weeks).For now, mayonnaise and olive oil works fine as a deep conditioner for me.
- Sealing moisture into your hair is very important in length retention. To seal in moisture, you need natural/ unadulterated oils to keep your hair moisturized. Shea butter is a good sealant. Immediately after washing my hair, I apply a good leave-in-conditioner then I apply coconut oil to the hair strands and seal my ends with shea butter.
Peace, love and a fulfilled week ahead!!