Hair Health, Strength and Length!
Ayurvedic hair care has been my latest Glow Up blog topic for these past weeks. Now, I’ve officially started my Ayurvedic hair care regimen using my recently acquired stash of the CurlyProverbz x BelleBar Collection of Ayurvedic hair care products!
My natural hair care routine has changed a number of time over the last five years, but never get tired of searching for new ways of providing my hair with the best care possible. The Curly Proverbz X Belle Bar Collection is a great compliment to my weekly hair care goals regimen (click here for my Spring/Summer hair care routine) and hair growth goals. My “normal” routine already works well so I’m excited about the possible gains that I can achieve by adding these goodies to my product arsenal!
So without further adieu, let’s get to the new routine!
My Full Ayurvedic Hair Care Product List
Below is the complete list of products I’m using. SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil line continues to rule as the mainstay of my regimen. I’ve also started making and using homemade flax seed gel again which provides another layer of nourishing moisture to my tresses. Please feel free to use hair cleansers and conditioners that work best for your hair!
All of this is new and a learning curve for me, so I want to ease my hair into the Ayurvedic products. I’m starting with using henna and cassia glosses instead of the full-blown henna masks. The traditional henna masks can be quite intense from what I’ve read and can do more harm than good if not used properly; therefore, I will save that for a later time. Along with the glosses I am using the growth tea rinse. For the henna gloss I will alternate between the henna and cassia.
- Cleanser – Eden Bodyworks All Natural Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash
- Scalp Massager – Vanity Planet Groove Rejuvenating Scalp Massager.
- Ayurvedic Deep Conditioner – 1-2 Teaspoons of CurlyProverbz X Belle Bar Henna Hair Gloss or Cassia Gloss mixed with SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque
- Rinse – CurlyProverbz X Belle Bar “Growth” Tea Rinse
- Aloe Vere Juice
- Leave-In Conditioner – SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner
- Moisturizer – SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Smoothie
- Gel – Homemade Flaxseed Gel (click here for the recipe)
Ayurvedic Product Preparations
Henna or Cassia Gloss Mix
Mix one teaspoon of the henna or cassia gloss with 2-3 teaspoons of aloe vera juice or water. Add a generous amount of deep conditioner (enough to distribute throughout your hair) and mix thoroughly.
Growth Tea Rinse
To make the tea rinse add 2 tablespoons of the growth tea into a tea bag (included in the Growth Tea package). Put tea bag into boiled water and let it sit for 3-4 minutes. You also have the option to let the tea sit overnight which I plan on doing in my next batch. Allow it to cool completely then pour tea into a spray bottle. Leave prepared tea in your refrigerator when not in use.
My Weekly Ayurvedic Hair Care Routine
Wash hair with your favorite cleanser. While cleansing I highly recommend using my brand new “toy” – the Vanity Planet Groove Rejuvenating Scalp Massager! This battery-operated (AA) contraption has given my weekly hair routine LIFE! If you want a really good scalp massage, you must get this! It also helps to loosen dead skin cells and removes product buildup. More importantly, the scalp stimulation aids with promoting hair growth! It can be used in the shower as well and feels so good while using. I’ll never wash my hair without it!
Henna/Cassia Gloss Deep Conditioning
Apply the henna (or cassia) deep conditioning gloss throughout your hair and scalp. Cover with a plastic cap. Leave on for about one hour without heat OR sit under a hooded dryer for 20-30 minutes. I prefer using a hooded dryer for deep conditioning.
Rinse the deep conditioning combo out of your hair with warm water. If needed, apply a “regular” conditioner and rinse out to insure that of all the henna gloss-infused deep conditioner is removed.
Now it’s time for the tea rinse! Spray the cooled tea rinse liberally throughout your hair and scalp. The instructions on the growth tea package says to rinse the tea out. I leave it in which is what Curly Proverbz does as well. Do what you think works best for your hair!
Immediately apply a generous amount of leave-in conditioner to your soaking, tea-rinsed hair followed by hair moisturizer and gel. Sit under the dryer for 45-60 minutes, then complete the drying process using a hand-held hair dryer if needed. You can also let your hair air dry if you prefer. Seal hair ends with hair butter or oil of choice (I use organic castor oil) Use an Afro pick to shape hair and elongate your curls (do not comb through your curls!).
My initial reaction after trying my new routine? Well, first off I can’t believe how intensely moisturizing the henna gloss is. After rinsing it off, my curls were unbelievably plump and soft! After styling, my hair looked full, curly,and shiny! The homemade flax seed gel really goes well with this routine too!
One thing that I did notice is that the lower back part of my hair (the nape) was a bit dryer than normal the following day. My curl pattern is tighter in this area and usually requires extra care anyway; however, the dryness was more evident. I simply refreshed the area with some water and leave-in. I also sealed the ends with some organic castor oil. That REALLY helped to contain the moisture in my strands so I will now use it to seal the ends throughout my hair.
Another part of my Ayurvedic hair journey includes the new “Methi “infused hair growth oil, which I will start using in the next 2-3 weeks. Curly Proverbz advises “finding your groove” with the glosses and tea first before adding the growth oil to your routine. From there I will create my own DIY hair growth oil. More on all of this in a future post!
Overall, I’m off to a good start with my first try at this weekly Ayurvedic hair care routine and crossing my fingers for more goodness to come!