The many blogs, the rabbit hole known as YouTube, and photos floating around the net were a major lifesaver and inspiration for me. The excitement of running out and buying a new product because the results on my BFF (in my head) was something I knew I could achieve. I just knew for a fact that I'd get the same results. Ha! So you know what that lead to right? Something we in the natural hair community call PJ'ism (Product Junkie).
It was fun while it lasted but I shouldn't be getting exhausted from doing my hair. I'm on the less is more journey and keeping it simple works best for me. I was doing too much. I no longer do my monthly Henntonite. I do miss it sometimes because the amount of gray hairs I have is too damn high.
The mixing, prepping the floor, cleaning up, and stains I had to deal with. So when the Indian store where I get my Henna from went out of business, I took it as a sign to just stop. I finally got better at doing protective styles and been including it more and more as part of my minimalist routine. I'll keep the protective style in for about a month. My favorite at the moment is crochet braids. You can check out a few of them here. When I'm not protective styling my routine would look like this....
Bentonite Hair Treatment- once a month; shampooing afterwards with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Dry Deep Conditioning- once a week with Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner or Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Leave In's- I make my own. After years of playing around with different ingredients I've found three that I've used in some of my leave in mixtures. Vitamin E, Castor, and Jojoba Oils have become my go to's. They are also a part of my skincare routine. I'm a sucker for multi-functional products. These are the two that I make and rotate Whipped Mango Butter and Aloe Vera Gel Custard
Scalp/Growth Oil- Another one of my DIY's. I do this on an as needed basis
Taking my puffs for a
The benefits of a simplified routine have given me more freedom to focus on other things that are important to me. I'm not bored by this routine. I love it because I don't have a lot of products hanging around like I use to. The ingredients I use last me a good while, so I'm not always in buying mode. I've either donated or gotten rid of the hair gadgets I no longer use.
What I do works because it's not a laundry list when wash day comes around. That makes me very very happy. No burnouts over here and I'm sticking to this routine. Have you simplified your natural hair routine? Join me and my special guests a for #CluelessBeauty chat via Twitter on March 1 at 7:30PM EST. A chat about all things green beauty and natural hair.