We’re back with anoth­er com­pi­la­tion piece! Last week four BGLH writ­ers shared how they went from TWA to back length. Now we’re talk­ing about oils and but­ters! Over the next two weeks our writ­ers will share how they incor­po­rate oils and but­ters into their reg­i­men. Be sure to read our first post from Geniece. Sec­ond up is Chin­we

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In my sev­en years of being nat­u­ral (wow, time flies), I’ve tried numer­ous oils and a few but­ters. Given my hair type, tex­ture, and poros­i­ty as well as my length reten­tion goals, I’ve found the fol­low­ing ingre­di­ents to be best for me.

Avo­cado oil

This oil is the newest addi­tion for me, hav­ing only been a sta­ple for a year or so. I love its pen­e­tra­tion abil­i­ty, non-greasy feel and lack of scent. I use avo­cado oil on my face at night and on the ends of my hair when need­ed. It works well for reviv­ing my hair’s shine and pli­a­bil­i­ty. It is also an essen­tial ingre­di­ent in my shea but­ter mix­ture for extra mois­ture reten­tion.

Grape­seed oil

Grape­seed oil has been a part of my reg­i­men for a few years now. I pri­mar­i­ly use it as a com­po­nent in my shea but­ter mix­ture (see recipe below) for extra seal­ing. Some­times, I’ll also apply the oil to my ends dur­ing the sum­mer (e.g., when I wash-n-go) if I don’t need a heavy pro­duct.

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Unre­fined Shea but­ter

Now this all-nat­u­ral ingre­di­ent has been with me since the begin­ning of my nat­u­ral hair jour­ney. My hair can­not thrive with­out it! I find that shea but­ter works best for me when mixed with oils. (Oth­er­wise, it is essen­tial­ly inef­fec­tive.) I use it to seal my hair after a good wash and deep con­di­tion. Though my shea but­ter mix­ture has changed over the years, it has remained basic in that it’s just large­ly but­ter and oils. The fol­low­ing is my cur­rent mix:

4 oz shea but­ter

1 oz coconut oil

1 oz avo­cado oil

0.5 oz olive oil

0.5 oz grape­seed oil

1 tsp cas­tor oil

Extra vir­gin coconut oil

Coconut oil is anoth­er sta­ple that has been apart of my reg­i­men since the ear­ly days. It is not only a com­po­nent of my shea but­ter mix­ture but is also impor­tant on its own for detan­gling and pre-poo­ing. I typ­i­cal­ly apply it through­out my hair pri­or to wash­ing and let it set for a few hours or overnight (prefer­ably). Then I fin­ger sep­a­rate my hair, cre­ate 4–8 big twists, and go about my wash rou­tine.

Water

While I know this ingre­di­ent is a given for most (if not, all nat­u­rals), I just had to include it. You see, if my hair is dry, no amount of oil or but­ter can revive it. None. My hair needs water for that ini­tial hydra­tion, and the soft­er the water, the bet­ter.

 

Ladies, how do you use oils and but­ters in your reg­i­men?

Chinwe

Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin. https://cherishthymelanin.com/
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nimotaful

Your hair is beau­ti­ful! I’m putting all of the­se items on my beau­ty haul wish­list!

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