Again, this week I used my recently purchased Indian hair products. I mixed amla and brahmi powders with coconut oil and water, which worked very well as my prepoo, shampooed with Giovanni Smooth as Silk and followed with a moisturizing deep conditioner, the Vatika Naturals Virgin Olive Deep Treatment. I believe I have perfected how to apply amla and brahmi powders to my hair so I thought I’d share my “recipe” with everyone.
Warming the water and oil first made a huge difference, it seemed much more effective at mixing the powders and it stayed warm while I was applying it to my hair. I apply it in sections from root to tip with my fingers (I wear latex gloves) similar to how a relaxer is applied. I covered my hair with two shower caps and allowed it to sit for about 90 minutes, then rinsed. Again my hair felt strong and clean, but I still followed with a shampoo to help clear the powders from my hair. It actually became a bit too clean (squeaky), so I do think amla and brahmi work to both condition and cleanse the hair but I prefer following with a shampoo.
To restore moisture I deep conditioned with the Vatika Naturals, I could immediately feel my strands softening; I am really impressed with this product! I sat with it on my hair for a few hours then rinsed. I wrapped my wet hair using water and a few pumps of Jane Carter’s Wrap n’ Roll foaming lotion, sat under the dryer for 30 minutes then went to bed. By the next morning my hair was dry (the efficiency of my Pebco dryer has a lot to do with being able to wet wrap).
Overall, I do like the way my hair has responded to using both amla and brahmi powders. I will continue to use them once per month in this same manner. In between I will return to using Kerapro because as much as I love the Vatika Naturals conditioner, I think using it every single wash will cause moisture overload. I noticed my hair was frizzier this week after my wet wrap, probably due to not using the JC foam as I wrapped and only applying it at the end. But its such an easy way to dry my hair and to style I just made two jumbo twists and pinned for a high bun.