I left it alone...
Plain and simple. I did absolutely nothing to my hair. I kept a very simple regimen which consisted of weekly shampooing and deep conditioning. Most of the time I wore my hair in a simple ponytail. Now I know that a style like that is not really practical for everyone. But at the time I was in my first year of college I just had my daughter so I did not have the time to go all out with crazy hairstyles. Not that I was looking busted all the time, I did occasionally do a sew-in, a set of french braids or a braid out. Those are the only styles that I remember wearing at the time.
When I began transitioning I began to use conditioner as a leave-in. I could not find (and still haven't today!) a good creamy leave-in that I love. I found that my hair needed something more than the usual things that many of the women I knew used in their hair. Everyone around me used grease, Lusters pink lotion, and other crap like that. Hell, I was still using Pantene pro-V shampoo!
I began to experiment with new products and techniques such as cowashing and baggying. I have found a few product staples which I will list below. But I also found a few techniques which are essential to growing out my hair. Without these techniques there is no way that my hair would have reached the length that it did.
- Lekair Cholesterol plus conditioner
- cheap conditioners such as suave & V05
- Creme of nature shampoo
- Scurl & Stasoffro
- Shea Butter
- Oils such as olive, coconut, castor
As far as taking care of and growing out your hair I do not think that the products that you use have that much of an effect on the final outcome. You can use the cheapest products and still come out with the same results as using the higher end, more expensive products. Not to mention all the money you will save. In my opinion, its all about the technique.
More on that in the next post...