Every so often, after a good wash- I let my hair slightly air dry before applying my deep conditioner.
When my hair is product free, unstyled, and shrunken, I can see what condition my hair really is in. I check for a few things:
1. Does it look seriously uneven? In other words, is the area above my ears 2 inches long, and the area at my crown 10 inches long?
Reason: If you notice major length difference, this might be due to styling breakage- tight ponytails, tight weaves/braids, or rough combing.
2. Are my curls clumping together?
Reason: This let’s me know my cuticle along my hair strand is laying flat, and not causing frizzy hair.
3. Is my hair shiny?
Reason: Healthy, flat, cuticles reflect the light and result in super shiny hair. If my strands don’t have the bling factor going on- I know I have to revised something in my regimen.
4. Is my hair curling at the ends?
Reason: If my hair doesn’t curl at the ends, I usually need a protein treatment, or possibly a dusting. Managing my split ends, and single strand knots helps me with length retention and prevents breakage.
While nailing the perfect regimen is a huge milestone in the natural hair journey, as my hair grows and its needs change- its important for me to closely monitor its progress and the best time to do this is post wash, while your hair is in its purest unadulterated form!
Naturalistas, when was the last time your checked out your ‘Naked Hair?’