Here's part 2 of how I maintain my braids and my real hair. Like I said in part 1, the only differences between my normal hair regimen and my braids regimen are the methods used and the regularity.
So, every other week, on a Sunday, I wash and deep condition my hair as usual using my Elasta QP Creme Conditioning shampoo (which you guys know i looove) and any deep conditioner I have around me at the time (at the moment I'm going through the process of finding a new DC). For the week in between, I will just co-wash. Last year with my Senegalese twists I would co-wash one week and shampoo the next week, however this time around I wanted to give dry shampoo a try. This is the first time I have used a dry shampoo. I've always been interested in how you could possibly clean your hair without water.
In the October/ November issue of Black Beauty and Hair magazine, they recommended Organic Root Stimulator's Herbal Cleanse Dry Shampoo as a good, inexpensive product to use for keeping your scalp clean whilst it's in braids.
So, before I considered buying it I obviously did my research to check it had none of the bad stuff I'm trying to stay away from. Also I was interested in reading its reviews. So after all the research I decided to go ahead and buy it. It was £2.69 from Paks (8 FL.Oz/ 237 ml).
As you can see from the ingredients list above, it does contain Alcohol. It's in fact the first ingredient, so if you are on an alcohol- free hair care regimen this may not be the product for you.
ORS Herbal Cleanse Dry Shampoo claims to '... keep your hair and scalp refreshed in between regular shampoos' .
ORS say that this product is 'perfect for: maintaining braids and other natural styles, starting locks and bedridden patients'.
So as it was my first time using a dry shampoo I went exactly by the instructions. Basically, I applied it directly to my hair and massaged it in. I then let it sit for one minute and then removed the residue with a warm damp towel. I haven't used a towel on my hair for who- knows- how- long. I'm not really of fan of that. Now looking back, I think that using an old T-shirt would have been just as good.
In terms of the consistency of the product, it reminds me slightly of a light gel. It's exactly the consistency of hand sanitiser gel. In fact, I guess it works in the same way the hand sanitiser does.When it was on my scalp it did start to tingle slightly. And when I rubbed some of my finger tips it also tingled and dissolved away. In terms of the smell, it smells strongly of lavender. I read a review where the person went on and on about how good it smelt, but to be honest its not to my taste.
I think it does do what it claims to do. My hair/ scalp did feel fresh and clean as if I'd just shampoo- washed it. The smell is slightly over-powering. It reminds me of Vicks Vaporub, the rub you put on your chest when you have a cold/ flu lol. After a while the smell began to irritate me slightly as it was so strong.
I think this product is good for use in between your wash days, or after a work out etc. I probably would use it again as I like the idea of shampoo'ing without having to use water BUT it would be nice if they had toned down the aroma a little.
So just to summarise, I shampoo-wash my scalp one week and co-wash the next week (Typically on Sundays). Afterwards, I apply my leave-in conditioner and moisturise and seal as normal. I have only used the dry shampoo twice since I bought it.
So have any of you tried this or any other dry shampoo?
In other news, I reached 6 months post relaxer as of Tuesday (11th)! Yay! My Transition Update post will be coming soon!