Maiya is Lovin’ Natural
What are your favorite hair product and/or product line?
My favorite oils are tea tree oil, Moroccan oil, almond oil, avocado oil, carrot oil, amla oil, aloe vera oil, Jamaican black castor oil, macadamia oil and olive oil. You can find most of these oils at a Sally’s Beauty Supply, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, or a hair store. I stick with Shea Moisture, As I Am, and Carol’s Daughter. Top 3 faves. I’ve tried Miss Jessie’s and it didn’t really stick with me. Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter (to die for!) and Design Essentials Natural Curl Stretching Cream. As I Am CocoSheaWhip is my fave product of all time. Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque. Luster’s Pink Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion (Original). Dark and Lovely AU Naturale Anti-Shrinkage Coil Moisturizing Soufflé. Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Edge Control Smoother. Organics Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise with Olive Oil. I use it as a mask every two weeks or whenever I decide to wash my hair. Sometimes, I’ll leave it in until my next wash. It doesn’t smell and the slippage is amazing. Carol’s Daughter Monoi (Repairing) Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner.
What is your Daily Hair Regimen?
My summer regimen is easier than my winter regimen. I don’t have to do much in the summer since it’s always hot. The majority of the time my hair is up and out of my face. Scrunchies are my life-saver during the summer. Shea Moisture released a line of oils and I’m gonna tell you, it’s such a great investment. Buy all of them, lol. In the winter my hair is slightly complicated. It dries easily and since it’s cold it’s definitely hair to maintain a balance of moisture. I love love love Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus line. Definitely my top 5. It’s great in the winter because it keeps my curls moisturized, voluminous, and bouncy. I make sure to keep my ends tucked in the winter because the cold can cause breakage and split ends. Healthy hair is the natural hair goal.
What is Your Wash Day Regimen and how often is it?
When I’m not lazy, my wash day regimen is every two weeks, but I can go a month without a hair wash. Sometimes I wash my hair in the shower but I prefer to wash my hair in the kitchen sink because the sink has the nozzle that you can hold to rinse. It feels amazing. It’s my favorite. I usually start off spritzing my hair with water just to get it damp. Next, I section my hair in 4-8 sections. I massage warm tea tree oil into my scalp and along my strands as a hot oil treatment. I’ll let that sit for 10-15 minutes. I use a lot of homemade treatments and products. I love experimenting. I don’t shampoo often since it makes my hair really dry. I’d say I shampoo once every 3-6 months. I deep condition or use a hair mask every time I decide to wash my hair. My favorite hair mask is an avocado hair mask. Works wonders. I’ll let that sit for 30-45 minutes before washing it out. After that, I deep condition for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. I dry with a T-shirt and style once I’m done.
What do you love about your hair?
I love how bouncy and versatile my hair is. My shrinkage isn’t as bad as when I first started my hair journey which is good because I can see my length. I love my curls so so so much.
What is your favorite hair style and how do you make it last throughout the week?
My favorite hairstyle is having my hair twisted in thin or chunky twists. As I style my hair I make sure to thoroughly detangle and moisturize so I don’t have to touch my hair until the end of the week.
What are some of the things that you have removed from your regimen and how has this helped your hair?
I’ve removed heat from my regimen completely. The last time I did a blowout was summer 2015. Not only does it disrupt my curls but it makes my hair extremely dry. Every product I use is free of sulfate and silicone.
Give any piece of advice that you wish someone had given you about hair.
I wish someone would have told me how important my hair should have been to me and how much I should cherish and care for it. I have really thick hair and I’m really blessed to have such an amazing mane. I want men and women to love their hair because it’s theirs and theirs alone. It’s a way of expressing yourself and letting others know who you are.
What is your hair goal(s) and how do plan to achieve it?
In all honesty, I don’t have an actual hair goal. I just want to see how healthy and long I can grow my hair before I decide to do the big chop again. I think this go round, I learned a lot about how to care for natural hair, products that I should use and avoid, styling methods, and tools. Everything I learned will definitely go into my memory pad for my next big chop (if I ever decide to cut all of my hair off again).