I do not know what "grade" my hair is (4a, 4b, 4c, etc.). I used to know when I was subscribed to a hair forum, but I have long since forgotten. I can say this: my hair does NOT curl up all nice and shiny and soft when it rains; it kinks. LOL. And I'm fine with that. I would say that my hair is the same texture as Oprah's - thick and somewhat coarse, but retains a shine in its natural state. Also, like Oprah, I have a perm, which means my hair is chemically straightened. I was a "natural" for years, but switched to perms for convenience (it would take me HOURS to do my natural hair). I refuse to get caught up in the politics of black hair because for me, natural or chemically treated, I think it's all BEAUTIFUL.
Oh, and I do not wear a weave - not that there's anything wrong with that! All the hair you see is home grown right out of my own scalp.
I wash my hair once a week. If I feel that my hair is limp from a build up of products and dirt, I will wash my hair with the three shampoos listed above. If not, then I will just use the two: Fresh Soy Shampoo and Keracare Hydrating shampoo.
- Nature's Gate Herbal poo gently rids your hair and scalp of product build up without stripping
- Fresh Soy poo leaves my hair shiny and clean
- Keracare Hydrating poo gives my hair the "slip" it needs in order for me to detangle it, especially when I am weeks post relaxer and have new growth. I cannot tell you how this product has changed the way my hair acts and feels. I will NOT go without this! EVER!
I do NOT towel dry my hair at all. Instead, I leave it wet and add WrapNTap setting lotion, just a drizzle. This helps with styling and promotes shine as well. Then I blow dry with a rubber, NOT bristled, brush and a regular blow dryer until it is straight. At this point, I look a lot like Chaka Khan. My hair, anyway.
Outside of that, I perm my hair and trim it about every 6 to 8 weeks. Trimming is VERY important. Split ends sabotage growth and steal you hair of its overall health. Can't stress that enough...
It took me a little while to find the perfect hair combo, but now that I have I am completely satisfied with the results. If you're still on the look out for your HG products, I hope this helped some. And don't be afraid to try new items. I, personally, think that's part of the fun. At the end of the day, it's your hair; pay attention to it, listen to it and do what works for you.