What is your hair care regimen?
Once a week (or when I remember), I give myself a 30 minute pre-shampoo treatment using Olive Oil, Honey and Suave Coconut Conditioner. I wash my hair 1-2x per week using Keracare Hydrating Shampoo. I also do a light protein treatment once a week using Aubrey Organics GPB (no heat-30 mins), I follow that up with Keracare Humecto mixed with Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol - I LOVE the way this smells (no heat-30 mins). As a leave-in, I use Aroscio Intervying and either Salerm 21 or Keracare Leave-in with a quarter size amount of Jojoba Oil. I seal my ends with Keracare Silken Seal right before rollersetting.
I wear a bun 99.9% of the time so my ends are always protected. I clarify once a month using Keracare First Lather Shampoo. Every 5-6 weeks, my hair is in need of some serious protein so out comes the Aphogee Treatment followed by their Balancing Moisturizer. The other products I use from time to time are: Joico Triage Shampoo, Joico K-pak, St. Ives Reconstructor Creme of Nature Shampoo, and L’oreal Unfrizz Smoothing Treatment.
Currently how long is your hair?
My hair is currently 22.5” long and I believe my hair type is 2b/c. My Mom begs to differ but the whole hair type thing is very confusing to me. I can classify my natural hair as being soft, wavy and consisting of a loose “S” type pattern. (If you can decipher from my description what my hair type is, please do tell … LOL)
Do you take any supplements, if so what are they?
For about 3 weeks last year, I did take biotin but it broke my face out something fierce. I do not take any supplements for hair growth but I do take GNC Ultramega Woman (or Centrum One a Day) and Cod Liver Oil pills, which promotes healthy hair, skin and nails.
What are the things that you feel have helped you the most in achieving and maintaining your hair length?
Leaving my hair alone! Wearing it in a protective bun everyday has definitely helped. Keeping my ends moisturized with my own oil concoction which consists of Aloe Vera, Jojoba, Castor, Carrot, Coconut, Lavender, Wheatgerm & Rosemary oils. Not allowing my hair to rub against anything other than silk or satin.
Also, I take care of my hair myself and only go to the salon for a touch-up. My hair is in better health now then it’s ever been and I owe it all to the knowledge I’ve attained from the Forum.
I’ve also learned that dirty hair for me equals shedding/breakage so I absolutely have to make sure I clean my hair once a week to combat that. Also, combing my hair from ends to roots aids in the detangling process, as does my beloved Keracare products. :)