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Gigi’s Hair Routine…

I have been on my natural hair journey for about  14 years. Prior to that I was bound to my revlon mild relaxer like clockwork, I did not even know what my own hair texture was anymore. Now everywhere you look women are embracing their curls.  I have watched this natural hair movement explode, from the plethora of curly hair products available, to all the curly girls in the media. To get consistent results with my hair, I do my routine once a week. Big, fluffy, defined hair is my preferred style, which usually happens day two. “Natural” hair takes a lot of TLC and patience. You have to be willing to go with the flow and accept that natural hair has a mind of its own and lots of factors can influence the end result ie. weather, product cocktail, and workouts are just a few things that can dramatically change your “do”.  My routine starts the night before with a pre-oil treatment, this week I used ojon oil, sometimes I use olive oil, or coconut oil. My hair is naturally dry and highlights make it even dryer.

My need to do my hair “do”

This is my end of the week “need to do my hair do”. It is still looks dry even though it is saturated with oil.

Week old hair from a WnG

This is what my hair looks like after a week from a Wash and Go. I could revitalize it with water and conditioner, but it is best if I do my ritual. My cut from Devachan is still holding pretty good.

Detangle

The first step I do is detangle my DRY hair with conditioner. I take it in sections and use my fingers to detangle, usually I use an inexpensive conditioner like Suave Coconut, but today I used Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat. I find that after a week of wearing my wash and go my hair is sometimes super tangled.

Detangling Process

As you can see from this picture I have different hair textures, the back is kinky and the front is a looser curl pattern. Once you understand your “head of hair” and what products work on your hair texture, consistent results will be easier to achieve.

Hair detangled with pre-conditioner

This is my hair after detangling with conditioner. This is an important step for me because my hair is a pain to “comb out” and I want to hold on to as many of my strands as possible. Also I try  to limit my use of  combs or brushes in my hair and just use my fingers most of the time.

Cleansing Step

I now rinse my “detangler” out and cleanse my hair with a no sulfate shampoo, today I used Hair Rules daily cleansing cream. My favorite is Devachan No Poo, but I am all out, I go through a ton of product, most of which I order online.

After cleansing

Now I apply a deep conditioner, today I used Curl Junkie Curl Rehab, I rotate a bunch of different ones, some of my favorites are Carol’s Daughter hair smoothie, and a new one I just picked up Obliphica spiral hair mask. Depending on my time I sit under the dryer / heating cap for 30 minutes, or sit in my steam shower, today it was so hot I just went outside.

Top knot with conditioner

I put my conditioner soaked hair in a top knot which is a good “conditioner do” in case I have to run to the store or something.

Rinse Conditioner

Back in the shower to rinse conditioner out, my final rinse is always cold and I don’t EVER use a towel, I just step out soaking wet.

Final Rinse

Rinsed conditioner out and then I applied a generous amount of Kinky Curly Knot Today. This is a core product for me that I never substitute and it is always in my cabinet.

Apply styling Products

I separate my hair into large sections and apply products to super wet hair, I use a water bottle to make sure my hair stays wet. My combination of products varies by what is in my cabinet. I am always adding new products, since I am easily influenced by what I read on other blogs. Today I used Curl Junkie Smoothing lotion, with a little bit of Curly Q’s Gel-les’c, topped off with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing smoothie. I apply with my fingers making sure to get product from my roots to the ends, making sure to use more product in the back and less to the front.

Diffuse with dryer

My drying method depends on the time of year, where I am going, and what I am wearing. Today I used a diffuser and dried my hair about 70%. If I am in a rush I will use one of my husbands workout shirts, the kind that are designed for absorbing moisture, I carefully wrap my hair with it and keep it on for about 15 minutes and shake my hair out and diffuse for about 5 minutes. When I can I prefer to air dry, which can take half a day sometimes.

Upside down step

I always flip my hair, to avoid the “flat top”. Notice how much product is on my hair, it is sort of white, all the product will be absorbed by the time my hair dries.

Dry do not touch step

My hair still needs to dry. It is important NOT to TOUCH at this point, in order to prevent frizz.

Air Dry

Finished just waiting for it to dry completely. I now can go about my day and just let my hair dry.

 

Big and Fluffy

Day one hair, as you can see all the product has been absorbed and my hair is light, fluffy and has movement. Tonight I will “pineapple” it (loose scrunchie) and pull all the hair up, and sleep on a satin pillow case. Day two I will spritz with a little water and shake and go. When the weather gets cooler I will do twists outs to avoid wetting my hair midweek. This process takes about an hour and a half to complete from start to finish.

Day 2 Hair

Just added this picture to show how each day is slightly different.

Day 3 during a workout in 85 degree weather

I  used a little Jane Carter Solution nourish and shine, and did my “pineapple” at night (all hair on top of my head in a loose scrunchie).

I want to give a special thanks to my husband who took all the pictures today for me…it was not easy and he is not a photographer.

Are you a natural curly, coily, kinky girl? What is your routine?

Xoxo,

Gigi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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29 Responses to Gigi’s Hair Routine…

  1. Tanisha

    Loved the blog post… I’ll have to check out some of the products you are using. I love Kinky curly as well…

     
    • Gigi

      Tanisha,
      Thanks for stopping by. I am always checking out products, trying to find the “holy grail” lol
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
  2. Angela LeFlore

    Wow that was alot of good info. I had not heard of pre-detangling with conditioner. I will try that as I comb my hair out and lose alot of hair. Again thanks for play by play very helpful.

     
    • Gigi

      Angela,
      Yes, try detangling before you wash, it makes a big difference. We need to keep all our hair.
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
    • Gigi

      Angela,
      Yes pre-detangling is an important step that saves lots of time. Thanks for stopping by.
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
  3. Shawn

    Wow. Thank you for sharing. I have been hearing some good things about grape seed oil, too.

     
    • Gigi

      Shawn,
      I will check out grape seed oil, never tried that one. Thanks for stopping by.
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
  4. mike

    Thanks for sharing the journey of how you maintain your natural hair look every week. I had NO IDEA. From a male perspective, it was a fascinating read. But I am SO GLAD that I am a guy because I would not have the patience to to this every week (lol). Nice job.

     
    • Gigi

      Mike,
      Beauty is a process…unless you are a little young thing. I love rituals, so I just make this part of my weekend. You guys do have it easy by comparison though.
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
  5. gina

    I love your hair style so much I want mine like that but it is short. do you think short hair will look okay. I’m trying to grow my hair back out and do the natural look. my hair is just now midway down side of ear and just now passing the kitchen area as we call it LOL. can I pull it off.

     
    • Gigi

      Hi Gina,
      Be Patient my dear and embrace every step of your process. Wear your hair and don’t let it wear you…experiment with different products and different techniques. Of course short is fine and can be beautiful as well, strive healthy hair and get on a good routine and you will be amazed.
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
  6. DARRIN NELSON

    I am so glad I’m a guy with very short hair!!!!! LOL

     
    • Gigi

      Darrin,
      You and my husband…:)
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
  7. DARRIN NELSON

    Your hair looks very good however….lot of work….

     
    • Gigi

      Hi Darrin,
      Thanks for stopping by…It is not that much works, I just wrote it step by step, so that other curly girls could follow my routine and see if it works for them. I don’t do this daily :) that would be a “job” My hair will last about a week. I like to exercise so it is perfect, I don’t have to worry about sweating, or getting my hair wet, so it really works for my life style, and at our age that what it is all about.
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
  8. Gina (a different one from above)

    I have hair very similar to yours, except mine makes a weird triangle shape. Did you ever have that problem? And if so, did you rectify it yourself or did you go to a professional.

     
    • Gigi

      Hi Gina,
      Yes! I had the “triangle shape for years…until I finally found someone who understood curly hair and how some parts of my hair (the back) draws up more than the front. I went to Devashan there is a post about it on the blog. The good thing about finding someone to shape your hair, you only need to get it cut once every six months. Where do you live?
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
      • Gina (a different one from above)

        Thank you for responding Gigi. I am moving back to DC in January. I have always been terrified of hairstylists because they’re terrified of my hair!I can’t blame them – it’s incredibly thick and I would be intimidated too. I read your post on Devashan – I’ll look them up. I know there’s an Aveda nearby, do you think think they would do a good job?

        PS. When I WnG, my hair becomes single strand knot city. How do you combat that problem?

         
        • Gigi

          Gina,
          Yes haircuts are scary. First when you go, make an appointment for a consultation. See how the person looks at your hair, what is it they want to do, ask them to explain how they plan to go about cutting your hair. If you feel comfortable-then and only then make an appointment.Also try and find posts on the hair websites and see your people are talking about in your area as far as haircuts.
          If you look on my posts from the weekend I still have not done my hair yet–going into 10 days. It is getting a little knotty, that is why I do the dry detangle it seems to help, I know I have read about the knot problem, and perhaps I have lost hair over time because of this, but I think for me it is better than the days when I was pressing, flat ironings, perming my hair…I just try and be careful, I am trying to come up with a protective style that I like so that I can give it a break sometimes.
          Xoxo,
          Gigi

           
        • Gina (a different one from above)

          Thank you so much Gigi. I’ll def make an appointment for consultation before anyone puts a scissors near my head.

           
          • Gigi

            Good girl! Consultation a must, I have had a few mishaps since I have been “natural” primarily a stylist cutting my hair straight, not understanding that the shrinkage varies in different areas. Now I only get dry curly cuts.
            Xoxo,
            Gigi

  9. Monique Boea

    Hey aren’t you Theresa’s friend? :) Great post. I do the same thing but use Eco styling gel most of the time. :( I want to use more natural products but when I do and use them together they turn white. I never really gave it a chance to dry and not have the whiteness in my hair.

     
    • Gigi

      Hi Monique,
      Yes I am Teresa’s friend, the social media world is so small!. I know I am always searching for the holy grail of products, constantly trying different things that I read about on other blogs etc.. The “white” thing can be a problem, I find that I have to let my hair dress so that the “white” film can be absorbed in my hair. The good thing once I do this process it will last about 10 days, btw I still have not done my hair again, I so spray it with a water bottle and add a little Kinky Curly Knot Today, but that’s about it. Thanks for stopping by.
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
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  11. Rafa

    Your hair is gorgeous! I like the colour(s) you have in it. How did you get it to that shade? I have very black hair and would like to maybe make some highlights in it, but I do not feel comfortable bleaching it… suggestions? Last but not least, I have to add that you are a very beautiful woman! :)

     
    • Gigi

      Rafa,
      Thank you. I have been going to the same colorist for many years (13 years to be exact). Yes. I would seek out a professional to color your hair, because you do not want to damage your hair doing it at home, unless you know something about color. Not sure what your budget is, but you could also try a beauty school in your area, the teacher is always there to supervise the students. Also if you do decide to color your have to really condition your hair every week–because color does dry your hair, but I love it just the same. Thank you for your compliments. :)
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
    • Gigi

      Rafa,
      I go to a colorist, you are right…I would never do it myself–to scared. Devachan also does color for curly girls, my friend tried them and was pleased. Once again get a consult first. Thank you for your compliments.
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       
  12. Rafa

    Thank you for reply. I am based in South America for the next few months, but will treat myself to a Devachan Hair Salon once I am back in the States. Thank you!

     
    • Gigi

      Rafa,
      Great, I think you will be happy with Devachan.
      Xoxo,
      Gigi

       

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