In my first post I wrote about observation being the first step in the scientific method, well in the natural hair community is very common to use a lot of products in our hair, who does not love to discover new ways to get our hair on point? Well today’s experiment will help you do that and it’s not as pricey as you think.
In general knowing how to care for our hair comes with a lot of trial and error, but knowing some information can help us make it a more efficient and pleasant task (and as a byproduct reduce the curly hair tax every naturalista has to pay, a.k.a. The 47 Million hair product tax)
- Type of Shampoo
- Type of Conditioner
- Type of Weather conditions we live in
- Hair cream
…and I could keep going, but the number one thing we need to know is our hair.
There are many hair properties we should take into account:
- Hair density
- Curl pattern
…and the best way to get to know those things is seeing how our hair behaves when it’s in a clean undisturbed state, for this purpose I decide to try simply washing and conditioning my hair with basic Suave Shampoo & Conditioner.
- Short styling time
- Fast air drying
- Super defined curls, coils and waves
First day hair was simply amazing, it dried it a way I had not seen before and I really liked the shape, also it took very little time to be ready and it was dry after about 2 hours which for low porosity + High density hair is quite fast. I saw a lot of S patterns of curls and O patterns and an amazing curl definition.
- Too many tangles
- Longer time in next wash day (oops detangling time)
After day 2 hair it as simply downfall in the sense that the hair was very tangled, it felt somewhat dry and could not stay any longer without product so I oiled the hair in the 2 and used a hair cream to style on day 3. Left the hair undisturbed for as long as I could bear with it and washed it again after 6 days. I normally wash my hair every 3 days but was curious to see how long I could prolong the wash day.
Asides from learning certain qualities about my hair such as:
- Hair prone to tangling
- Dry hair
- Multiple curl patterns: loose curls on the front and crown area, well defined curls on the sides and perfect coils on the nape of the neck
I also liked the aesthetics of my hair without leave on hair products.
I liked naked hair because my hair actually looked really pretty and I reduced my styling time considerably and probably will try it again but with a few modifications:
- Add deep conditioner to the routine (to tackle dryness)
- Blow dry instead of air dry (reduce the tangles)
- In case of tangles or excessive dryness cowash on second day hair
The reason I have 2 names for it is that after I saw the results I found a couple videos on YouTube with “naked hair” vs my “carefree” and the ideas to improve it next time came from this video in particular.
Naked natural hair
Honestly, I decided to not follow any natural hair “must dos” because I was starting to get tired of the excessive amount of care and time it takes and wanted a change.
I did not expect my hair to look good enough, but to my surprise it was one of my best high volume hairstyles ever!
On my next post I will write about my next wash day and the reason why is probably better to use natural hair as a one day thing and not a full week like I tried.