1. I colored my hair with semi-permanent color
I've always thought that my naked hair was a dull brown and prone to dryness. I thought henna would help, but it really hasn't helped with sheen or moisture retention. Since my allergic reaction to the black color I had put in last year, I've been very wary of color. However, I remembered how a semi-permanent color always gave life, shine and moisture to my hair. A few weeks ago, I applied Adore semi-permanent color in Dark Red Brown. I noticed a difference in moisture and shine as soon as I applied it! My hair looks thicker, and seems to absorb products better.
2. I've been deep conditioning with heat
I mentioned this in a post last month. Consistently sitting under the dryer for at least 30 minutes with my deep conditioner has worked wonders.
3. I've been doing a final conditioner rinse with Trader Joe's Nourish and Spa Conditioner, and leave a little of it in my hair
I bought this product a couple of months ago. It gives moisture and slip and makes my hair so easy to de-tangle. I don't even use a comb these days. Leave-in conditioners don't seem to have any effect, so I decided to leave some regular conditioner in after I rinse. This has really increased my moisture level. Usually, my hair dries up and dries out within 10 minutes after adding a leave-in. I feel the effect of leaving some conditioner in even after my twists dry.
4. I sit under the dryer with my twists
I decided to do this just to open up my cuticles more to let the products absorb more. Even if I only sit under the dryer for 10-20 minutes, my hair retains so much moisture and is much shinier when I take the twists out. Lately I've been flat twisting since it takes less time, and this has really been working for me.
5. I moisturize and seal at least once a day
Thick moisturizers haven't done much for my hair, so now I'm using a more watery moisturizer. Africa's Best Kids Organics Shea Butter Detangling Moisturizing Hair Lotion has been my moisturizer of choice. I then seal with castor oil. I had been doing all of this research on low porosity hair, but every rule does not apply to every head. My hair doesn't like heavy moisturizers, but it does like castor oil, which is heavier than most oils.
I have been washing my hair once a week, but I may need to go to twice a week. By the 5th or 6th day, my hair is still moist, but doesn't behave the way I want it to.
Other than the semi-permanent color, I haven't bought any hair products for almost a month and a half. Go me!