Bethanie asked in the comments of my "Curly Girl" post if I would post a picture of my hair since I started following the Curly Girl routine. This was taken after church tonight. I had washed my hair this morning, and before church I refreshed it by spritzing it with *Lavender Mist, and then I put it up in a clip.
My 10 yr. old son claims this picture looks like I passed out on a wood floor, but my 7 yr. old disagrees. She says it looks like I'm banging my head against the wall. Whatever. Just ignore them.
Here's my routine:
I scrub my scalp vigorously in the shower with plain 'ole conditioner, then rinse well. Then, I use lots of conditioner and "finger comb" my hair. I make sure to carefully work through any tangles and work in the conditioner evenly. I leave it in.
Every couple of weeks I use a brown sugar and conditioner recipe to thoroughly scrub my scalp. About once a month I use a deep conditioning oil treatment that I leave in for a couple of hours. I rinse it out with a mixture of conditioner, lemon juice, and vinegar. The book has lots of recipes for homemade conditioners, rinses, and exfoliants.
If you don't want to buy the book, Got Curl? is a fabulous website that gives lots of great information on how to encourage your curls.
*Lavender Mist (from Curly Girl)
1/2 gallon water, 5 drops pure lavender essential oil, 3 empty spray
Bring the water to a boil and simmer with a lid on for 1 hour to get rid of impurities. Remove from heat, add lavender oil, stir, and replace lid. Let steep until cool, then pour into empty spritz bottles.