My natural hair is the LAST thing on my mind right now. Being natural while pregnant is a little difficult, especially when it is growing longer and thicker. During my first months of pregnancy, I struggled with doing my own hair. It was too much for me! I would get light headed and need to sit down to do my hair. So, I have resorted to protective styles and will be getting them until I have this baby. I will be 16 weeks on Friday so I am almost halfway through the pregnancy. I have Senegalese twists at the moment and Marley twists are up next after I take these down. I just want to get anything that will keep my hands out of my hair every day.
Here’s my routine to maintain my hair when I take down my protective styles:
- I use a GENEROUS amount of coconut oil and divide my hair into six sections. Coat all six sections with the coconut oil and detangle it with a wide toothed comb.
- Then I wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner (Shea Moisture’s Thick and Curly Brand). Sometimes I will deep condition and I have not done a protein treatment in a while, but I usually do that once a month.
- Then I divide it back in the six sections and put more coconut oil on my hair, with whatever cream I want to use that day. Then I go section by section, starting in the back, and start my twist out routine. Since I am lazy these days, they will be medium/big size twists.
- Next, if I am not having my hair redone the next day, I let it air dry overnight and take it down in the morning.
- If I am getting my hair redone, I wash it, section it adding the coconut oil and cream, but then I leave it in sections and blow dry each section.
I do have a routine where I get my ends trimmed about every 6-8 weeks. So after my current twists, I will get my ends trimmed before I get my next protective style.
If you have any questions about my routine or being natural and pregnant, please feel free to ask below!