Zintle's Hair Regimen
We’ve previously spoken about how important it is to know your hair porosity and have a hair regimen. Consistency is so important when you’re growing healthy hair. When you are consistent with your hair regimen, you will be able to notice when your hair is not acting right. Knowing how your hair behaves is really vital because you’ll have an opportunity to course correct when things go wrong before you reach the point of no return.
Zintle is going to share her thoughts and experiences with her hair with us.
Why did you decide to go natural?
I wanted a positive change for myself and my hair. My scalp had become so sensitive that I needed to tap out of the chemical use, for my health and sanity. I also found the move empowering as a young black female. I just wanted to take ownership of who I am, my heritage and start celebrating being a modern African.
What do you wish you knew before going natural?
How easy it gets once you’ve figured out what your hair type and porosity is. How being creative with your hair almost comes naturally with each day - it’s almost like a dormant skill has been awakened. Like my hands know what to do and they have been waiting for me to finally go natural.
Zintle has shared her hair regimen with us. This is what works for her. You may do some things the same way and you may do others differently. There is no one “correct way” to take care of your hair. It’s all about what works for you.
What is your hair porosity?
I have 4C/4D type hair and have low porosity. My coils are super tight and need products that penetrate the hair strands easily.
Which products work best for you?
What does your regimen consist of?
Once a week I wash my hair with OGX’s Shea butter and Argon oil shampoo and condition my hair with their conditioner. They have a wash out conditioner so to add more moisture I usually add coconut oil to their conditioner.
I usually wring my hair with my hands first and then use a towel or old t-shirt to remove the excess water. Whilst still damp, I apply unrefined shea butter to my hair and work the moisture up from tip to root. I then usually either twist my hair or do 3-strand braids in large sections to keep the moisture in and then style my hair either the next day or when I need to leave the house.
Every day, I rinse my hair in the shower to add some moisture and whilst damp I’ll either use a leave-in conditioner or apply a coconut oil-based curling custard, or my homemade leave-in which consist of peppermint oil, coconut oil, argan oil, Jamaican black castor oil, leave-in conditioner, and water. Sometimes I use mango butter or shea butter.
I tend to see what I feel my hair needs on that day and use what feels right to me. Otherwise, I tend to alternate all these options daily.
Every two weeks I go to the salon and get a deep conditioning treatment done (sit under the dryer, etc) and use any treatment pack that is Shea-butter based.
Lastly, what advice would you give someone who's thinking of going natural but is struggling with the decision?
Do your research first and decide on the approach, e.g. am I going to transition or do the big chop.
Find out what all the pros and cons are and know how to test your hair type and porosity before you make your move - those will help you drill down what types of oils, moisturisers and care techniques that will help you care for your hair and scalp.
Buy small quantities of products in the first phase of your change and monitor how your hair reacts.
Keep what works and know that your hair will react differently from your mum, sibling, friend and other people around you who may have the same type of coil and porosity.
And lastly, just enjoy every step of your journey and play around with your hair.
- Archaic Human