Khalea Underwood, Beauty Writer
I'm still figuring out how to take care of my natural hair, but what's worked for me so far is lots
of moisture. My hair is thick and dries out very, very fast — it sucks water and product up like a sponge. That's something that I keep in mind while washing. I shampoo about once a month. Lately, Devacurl's No-Poo Decadence
cleanser has been my saving grace. While my hair is still wet, I'll finger comb to get the tangles out. I usually like to apply a Fair Trade Certified
coconut oil treatment (like Conscious Coconut Organic Coconut Oil)
from root to tip beforehand, which makes detangling such
Then, I'll condition. Right now, I'm really feeling Devacurl's One Conditioner Decadence
— it makes my hair feel crazy soft. Then, if I have time, I'll do a mask. The Carol's Daughter Almond Milk Ultra-Nourishing Hair Mask
works really, really well at keeping hydration in.
Once I rinse out my mask, I stretch using the coolest setting on my Amika Immortal Power-Life Dryer
. I'll hold pieces of my hair as taut as possible, using the concentrator on my roots (but not too
long, because I don't want to dry it out completely).
My nighttime routine is a little trickier. Again, I am not
trying to spend an hour twisting or braiding my hair — but sometimes, it's necessary to fight the tangles. I'll either do four big, chunky cornrows after hydrating with Creme of Nature's Moisture & Shine Curl Activator Creme
, or just slip on a Grace Eleyae satin-lined cap
when it isn't too hot.
At a recent visit to Hale Organic Salon
, the stylist that I worked with showed me a hack that's similar to the pineapple method, since my hair's too short for that. I simply take a scarf, hold both ends tightly, and put it on from the back of my head so that my 'fro falls forward. I tie it in the front and tuck both ends in the scarf before falling asleep on my satin pillowcase.
Normally after that, I'd do a twist-out. But frankly, I just don't have the patience for that these days. Plus, I really like what my coils look like without manipulating them. In the morning, I'll refresh my hair with my Taliah Waajid Shea-Coco Daily Leave-In Conditioner
or Vernon François' Re~Vamp Moisture Spray
. When I finger comb, I make sure to really focus on the ends so that my curls separate appropriately.