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Dana Holmes

Dana Holmes

I am Dana!! I am a daughter, wife, mother, sister, and friend who loves the Lord! I love spending time with my family, singing, dancing, working out and researching natural hair!! I graduated from Alabama A&M University in 2004 receiving a bachelor degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing.In 2008, I received my Masters in Business Management concentration in Logistics from Florida Institute of Technology. Now I work for the Federal government as a Logistics Management Specialist. I am married to a wonderful husband of 8 years and have 2 beautiful kids!
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Hey Naturalistas!!

I want to share my hair regimen and tips that have worked for my natural hair. I know everyone’s hair is different and what may work for me, may not work for you, but I’m sure everyone’s hair needs a little moisturizing, so I hope I can help you out with what my regimen.

I’ve been natural for almost 7 years and in 2 years of being natural, I finally realized what worked best for my hair.  First things first, my hair loves moisture.  Each night, I like to braid my hair into 6 plaits.  This helps with less tangles and also helps me to stretch out the hair.  Before braiding my hair, I like to apply a dime size amount of the Generic Paul Mitchell The Conditioner leave in ( Purchased from Sally’s). This leave in is so thick and creamy and perfect for what my hair needs.  Before unraveling the braid, I like to apply a small amount of castor oil to the ends of my hair to seal in the moisture and create a shine.

Products

Shea Moisture Shampoo

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration

Castor Oil

Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose

Generic Paul Mitchell The Conditioner Leave in

Curls Pomade for edges

Wash Day

My ultimate goal is to wash my hair once a week, but with 2 kids who needs my undivided attention, I tend to do every other week. I like to shampoo my hair with Shea Moisture Shampoo.  Before I shampoo, I section the hair into 6 or 8 sections  and clip them and focus on one section at a time. I like to focus on the scalp and massage ( It feels so good and stimulates growth).  After that, I apply Herbal Essence Hello Hydration to each section for my rinse out conditioner. Once I hair is rinsed, it’s time to prepare for my deep treatment.  I think it so important that you deep condition the hair on every wash day. Please do not skip that step. Your hair will thank you for it!!

Deep Treatment

For my deep treatment, I like to apply Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose conditioner to each section along with castor oil. I like to focus on my ends with the conditioner and when applying the castor oil, I make sure to apply it to my edges and scalp as well as the ends. Castor oil also promotes hair growth. Once I’m finishing applying the conditioner and oil, I cover my hair with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 30 minutes.  Once I’m done, I rinse my hair with cool water. Rinsing with cool water, also creates a natural shine to your hair and most importantly closes your hair cuticle.

Styling on Wash Days

On wash days, I tend to wear my hair in a bun for a couple of days to stretch the hair and just protect the ends. After a couple of days, I like to do a braid out on my hair which I discussed earlier. So, as you can see I try to keep things simple.  Remember, it’s not mainly the product but the technique. Below are a few pictures of my natural hair journey!

The Beginning of Natural Hair

Beach Waves

Wand Curls

Braid Out

Braid Out

Author: Dana Holmes of Domestic Naturalista

Comment on this articleI am Dana!! I am a daughter, wife, mother, sister, and friend who loves the Lord! I love spending time with my family, singing, dancing, working out and researching natural hair!! I graduated from Alabama A&M University in 2004 receiving a bachelor degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing. In 2008, I received my Masters in Business Management concentration in Logistics from Florida Institute of Technology. Now I work for the Federal government as a Logistics Management Specialist. I am married to a wonderful husband of 8 years and have 2 beautiful kids!

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