As a child, I have always struggled with severe dandruff. This is why I am interested in any tips or advice that I get about hair care. I am constantly learning and researching different products I can use to keep my hair moisturized. For this reason, I have decided to interview Tania Luma to share some of her natural hair care tips and how she keeps her hair moisturized and healthy.
I met Tania at my church that I attend in Bolingbrook. I noticed how moisturized and conditioned her hair was which sparked a conversation about hair care. She shared with me how she used natural everyday products that can be found in the house. She explained that her hair became more moisturized and stronger over time. The journey of her natural hair is very relatable and I hope you learn and enjoy the tips that she shares in this interview.
What is the current state of your hair? Are you natural?
I am natural! I’ve been natural off and on throughout my hair journey. Here’s my hair story…
- From birth to 2001: I was natural! I rocked braids until my senior year in high school…and not braids with extensions. My own hair! Y’all, I definitely stuck out in my all white high school, lol.
- 2001: My first perm. Moment of silence for the death of virgin hair.
- 2001-2009: Living that perm life.
- 2009: Big chop. My hair was chemically damagedand dry. I cut off the damage.
- 2009-2015: I regularly straightened my hair with heat. My hair was now heat damaged and dry. I cut off the damage.
- 2015-now: Minimal heat and twist outs.
- Late 2017: Finally found the hair regimen my hair loves the most so far! It’s just taken my whole life to figure it out.
What kind of hair texture do you have?
I have 4b-4c fine hair. Low porosity and high density.
What is your hair routine?
So I wash my hair 1/week or every other week, really depends on if I need a fresh start because of product buildup. I have a (1) quick wash and twist and (2) wash, deep condition, and style.
Quick Wash and Twist
This is a quick way for me to wash and condition at the same time. Heard of clay masks for facials? Amazing for hair! Clay revitalizes hair and alma is a washing agent. Curls are immediately reformed and fresh!
- DIY Shampoo: ⅔ Clay and ½ Alma Powder mix with warm water
- Apply to liberally to hair
- Cover hair and let sit for 45 minutes
- Style* (see below)
Wash, Deep Condition, and Style
Y’all this Youtuber, 22nd Century Natural Woman, makes bomb products. Her channel isn’t as hi-res and fancy as other Youtubers, but her products are AMAZING. I mean, no comparison to anything I’ve used before. And, her hair is evidence of her products and routine.
DIY Deep Conditioner:
I make my deep conditioner every time. I use Belle Bar’s conditioners (e.g. hair masks) as a guide…
- I start with a base (coconut milk, yogurt, honey etc.)
- pick an oil (neem, olive oil, grapeseed etc.)
- then choose mix-ins (fenugreek, green tea, apple cider vinegar, banana avocado etc.)
The possibility is endless! Almost anything that is good for the skin, can have a positive effect on hair. I can customize my conditioner based on what my hair needs. Quick note, egg whites are bomb for slip and defining curls.
Not done yet, here’s the game change….I steam. I got a hood steamer online and I steam that deep conditioner into each hair strand. Remember, low porosity hair needs either higher temps or time to penetrate. I find that steaming hydrates and allows the deep conditioner to penetrate my hair. After steaming, I rinse out the deep conditioner.
I’ve modified the LOC method (leave-in, oil, and cream). I skip the cream (weighs down my hair) and focus on my scalp. Keyfor me! Taking care of my scalp reduces shedding, increases growth, and helps to support my curl pattern from the root.
- I massage my scalp with this hair mixture. It does wonders for my scalp. I massage it into each section of my scalp as I twist my hair post-conditioning.
- While we’re talking about it, scalp massages on a regular basis increase blood circulation and promote healthy hair growth.
- Now, As I Am Leave-In Conditioner. In the past, Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Hair Smoothie or Shea Moisture Mafura Custard.
- I use oil sparingly for my scalp more than for my hair. Too much and my hair becomes heavy with product build-up. I switch it up…coconut, grapeseed, olive oil, melting ghee is awesome too. If you don’t know, Google ghee and hair.
How do you keep your hair moisturized?
I repeat my style routine as needed, 2-3 week is typical.
You told me it took you years to learn your hair. What did you learn about it?
It did take me years! I learned how chronically dry my hair has been. I mean, I didn’t know how much and how often my hair needed moisture.
My hair needs almost DAILY moisture. I never knew. Growing up, no one I knew was taking care of their natural hair to the extent I see now. We were putting heat and chemicals instead. I never learned what my natural hair needed until I gained the confidence to leave it natural. Confidence to stop straightening my curls. Now that I accept my natural hair, I live with it every day and better understand what it needs
You have beautiful natural curls. How do you manage to really define them?
When it comes to defining my curls, I’d say treating my scalp and using a steamer with my deep conditioner has changed the game.
- Scalp treatment=curls grow from my scalp more defined
- DIY Deep Conditioner with steaming=structure of the curl is strengthened and maintained