MyKenyanPuff: The Secret Behind My Soft, Thick Natural Hair
“How do you keep your natural hair soft , thick and moisturized?” If I had Kshs. 1000 for every time someone asked me that I’d be a little richer by now .
My short answer is to build a healthy hair regimen. I go into great detail about each step of a healthy routine on my YouTube channel : MyKenyanPuff . However , there are a few key points I can emphasize.
1. Figure out your hair’s key characteristics
These three characteristics will help you understand what products will work best for your mane. It’ll also become clear on what regimen will help your hair thrive:
- Density – the number of hairs on your head ( ranging from low , medium and high )
- Texture – the thickness of your individual strands ( fine , medium, coarse )
- Porosity – the ability of your hair to absorb and retain moisture ( low, medium/normal, high )
Here’s how to figure these three terms out; it’s not as complicated as you think. I personally have kinky tightly coiled coarse hair of low to medium porosity.
2. Deep conditioning
Deep conditioning is the application of a penetrative product with ingredients tailored to infuse moisture and/or protein into your strands. My hair’s thick, kinky, coarse strands crave vast amounts of moisture on a regular basis. This means that I have to deep condition my hair on every wash day without fail as part of my regimen. I may not always manage to leave it on for 30 minutes and use steam or heat but I highly recommend that if you want to achieve maximum absorption.
Always remember to balance out your moisture treatments with protein treatments every 3-6 weeks depending on the state of your hair.
I use the LCO method on wash day : Leave In , Cream And Oil. Since my hair retains moisture quite well , I do the LCO method once a week.
For daily touchups (if necessary), I use my DIY spritz which contains Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ) , rosewater , vegetable glycerine and my fenugreek water . I always follow the spritz up with a light oil to seal in the moisture.
4. Choose your products wisely
I’m keen on the ingredients I use on my hair and I’m always on a hunt for awesome and affordable products.
If you’re looking for good products that are locally available , here are my reviews on some of them. If you choose to make your own products , there are thousands of DIY videos on YouTube that can guide you on that .
5. Take care of your ends
I get my hair professionally blown out and trimmed every 6 months. some people trim their hair every 4 months; others even once a year . Find what works for you.
This keeps my ends healthy and gives my hair a better look and feel overall . Remember your ends are the oldest parts of your hair so they are weaker and lose moisture faster. Don’t ever neglect them during any step of your routine especially moisturizing!
6. Low manipulation
My hair thrives when I let it be. I opt for styles like twists and braids which can transition into styles I can wear out for a couple of days before I need to manipulate my hair again.
I don’t braid my hair with extensions that often but that’s another option for you to keep your hands out of your hair. However , don’t neglect your hair even in braids.
7. Do what works for you
It is called a hair journey for a reason. It’s unique to each individual. There’s a lot of information online that can easily confuse you especially if you’re new to this journey.
When you find something that works , stick with it! For some people that could involve using heat more often than others or using products that are not as “natural” as the hair gurus say they need to be. Make your own rules as long as they aren’t jeopardising the health of your hair.
8. Be patient
I try not to handle my hair when I’m not in a good mood because I’ll rip it out!
Don’t beat yourself up when you don’t get that twist out right or your hair isn’t cooperating . It all takes time. Whenever I’m not feeling my hair, (yes, we all have those days) I put it away in a low manipulation style to take a break.
9. Look for support
You’re already doing that by being on Tricia’s Naturals. There are many people who may be more knowledgeable about haircare. There also many people who are trying to figure it out just like you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. My email and DMs are always open to those who need some help with their hair. We are a community and we have to stick together!
10. Love and embrace your hair
You may not be able to change the texture and volume of your hair but remember that your hair is beautiful as it is. NEVER compare your hair to other people’s. We were all blessed with unique hair from God and once we learn to accept it as is, it will flourish.
I hope this helps someone out there .
I have many videos and posts where I delve deeper into haircare so be sure to follow me on all my social media profiles :
Instagram : @mykenyanpuff
Facebook: My Kenyan Puff
Email : [email protected]
Always remember that your hair is your crown and your body is a temple. Embrace them, love them and take care of them.
God bless you !