For those that don’t know what is an Ayurvedic Hair Regimen? How would you define it?
Having an Ayurvedic Hair Regimen means using Indian oils and herbs to contribute to the growth, health and strength of your hair. Some of the more popular herbs that many naturals use are henna, amla and shikakai.
|Gina before going natural
What is your hair regimen and nightly routine?
My hair regime is pretty simple, well to me at least. I do a henna gloss with Jamila Henna at once a month. A henna gloss is simply adding a conditioner or oils to the henna before application to make the mix smoother to apply. I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut oil. I follow this immediately by a deep conditioning treatment of olive and castor oil or Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream with a little extra oils . Every other month after the henna I’ll follow with an indigo treatment. I have grays and I like my hair jet black. Once a week I’ll do a different powder mixture depending on my hair needs and the season. This could be amla /cassisa, amla/hibiscus or just amla. To cleanse, I pre-poo with Vatika and olive oil use a shampoo bar infused with Ayurvedic herbs every other week.
For styling, I usually wear my hair in mini twist or a wash and go. I am a fan of Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus line for styling.
At night, put a little oil or Shea Moisture conditioning milk on my ends and sleep in a satin bonnet.
|Gina after her 2nd big chop
and weekly ayurvedic treatment
How has incorporating an Ayurvedic regimen helped or hindered your hair journey?
In the beginning, when I did my first big chop in 2009, there was a lot of experimenting and product trial and error. I have very thick hair and when I discovered Ayurvedic powders, I didn’t realize that it would make my hair fuller and more thicker than it already was. After a while I decided to try to straighten it for a length check and got severe heat damage. After trying all type of remedies to get my curl back, I decided to big chop a second time. This round I am more knowledgeable about my hair and how powders affect it. I had the most growth retention when using the powders so that is what I’m sticking with.
When did you decide to go natural? What was transitioning like? Have you always followed an Ayurvedic hair regimen? What is your hair story?
I went natural the summer of 2009 shortly after having my son. I’d always worn a short tapered cut and after having my son, I didn’t have enough time to get to the beauty salon to get an edge up or a full relaxer. After a while, I just decided to let it grow out. My “big chop” was shortly there after and consisted of just getting the relaxed ends cut off and wearing comb twist.
I discovered Ayurvedic powders and oils that fall and began experimenting with them in 2010.
How do you think going natural has affected your life? For the better? For the worse?
Going natural taught me how to care for my own hair. Before going natural I always paid someone else to care for it because I didn’t want to find the time to care for it. Now, caring for my own hair saves me money and has also lead to me properly taking care of myself as a whole. I eat better, drink more water and exercise more as well. It was a total lifestyle change.
What is the worst mistake you have made with your hair?
The worse mistake I did to my hair was trying to straighten it without knowing really how straighten natural hair. I did not use a heat protectant and did not realize that it will never get as straight as it did when I relaxed. It lead to my second big chop and I lost 2 years worth of growth.
Who is your hair idol?
My hair idols are Jada Pinkett Smith and Tracee Ellis Ross. I love their free sprits and style.
Any words of wisdom that you would like to share with the masses?
What works for some may not work for all. Get to know your hair and what it likes and dislikes.
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