I’ve had natural hair for just about six years. The first time I chopped all my hair off (six years ago), I was suffering from crazy postpartum hair loss. The second time I chopped all my hair off (six months ago), I was suffering from crazy postpartum hair loss. The things they don’t tell you about motherhood. If you look real close these days though, you can finally see my edges growing back in and my kinks and curls gaining some length. Insert brown praise hand emoji. And just when things are looking up, here comes winter in all its hair wrecking glory. From the weather to the outfits, I’m determined not to let this season get the best of my edges. How? By adding hair masks to wash days every weekend for the next few months. xo
CONDITION YOUR NATURAL HAIR
My hair is notoriously dry and because of that, I deal with all of the not so cute things that come along with it. Tangles, dullness, and hair in overall need of a boost. Conditioning hair masks are my go to, especially ones that contain ingredients that will help to soften my hair and give it those nutrients it’s been lacking. I love TGIN’s Honey Miracle Hair Mask. Anything with olive oil in it seems to work well for my hair and this also has jojoba oil and honey helps with softening my hair and giving it a bit of shine.
I also have my eye on Curls Sea Kelp & Cucumber Hair Mask. I was super intrigued when I heard about this and immediately wanted to know more. Sea kelp is apparently packed full of vitamins and minerals that not only work to hydrate hair, but promote hair growth as well. My postpartum hair is rejoicing.
HYDRATE DRY HAIR
While I like to cue the dramatics when it comes to my 4abcdefg hair, the truth is, natural hair in general is known for being dry simply because it’s harder for moisture to travel through the kinky, curly hair shaft. Multiply that with the notoriously dry winter weather and you have dry hair on steroids. A hydrating hair mask is essential to help restore moisture and my first choice will always be Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Hair Masque Treatment. If you’re looking for serious moisture, this is it. It’s made with coconut oil and shea butter, also known as a natural girls dream.
Another ingredient that’s really good for nourishing dry and damaged hair is avocado. It’s a reason all the girls use them in their DIY masks. If you’re like me and prefer a ready made version though, Alikay Naturals Avocado Cream Moisture and Repair Mask is a good choice. I’ve loved this brand since I first discovered them in a CurlBox way back when. They do not disappoint.
STRENGTHEN WEAK HAIR
Part of my personal hair journey after postpartum hair loss is regaining strength. Now, I’ve never been one to have super strong hair, but that’s not a story I’m planning on holding onto heading into a new decade you feel me? I have my eye on two hair masks in particular that I hope can help with my 2020 hair goals. First, the Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Strengthening Hair Masque sounds like it’s everything I’ve been looking for. Nutrient-rich, organic ingredients, infused with biotin? Yes ma’am. I’m also looking at Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioning Mask. Can you tell sea ingredients pique my interest? They had me at blue green algae (which contains biotin!) to be honest.
REPAIR DAMAGED HAIR
I know I have my moments with not maintaining the best natural hair regimen, but even if I did, we’re talking about the winter here and even the best of us might find ourselves in a position to do a little damage control. That’s where hair masks created to repair and restore come into play. A friend of mine loves The Mane Choice and I noticed they have an Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Mask. This line screams luxury for hair and I’m here for it.
If you’re looking for a solid reparative hair mask that you can depend on never to let you down, try the Repair and Restore Hair Strengthening Masque by Taliah Waajid. One of the first hair masks I’ve tried and let me tell you, it’s the real deal. It’s made with raw honey, banana, coconut oil, and shea butter. I live.