- Introduce yourself : My internet name is Dr Fomsky or Sizzling Mommy. I am a medical doctor, mom of three and a hair/beauty blogger.
- What motivated you to start taking care of your hair? It was actually by accident. I was browsing one day and stumbled on Hairlicious' website and I couldn't believe that we could have such long thick hair.
- What was your starting length, where are you currently and how long did it take you to get there? I started growing my hair when it was just about neck length and right now I am almost Bra strap length. I might have gotten here sooner but during my pregnancy last year, I was too lazy to take care of my hair myself. I was blow drying and flat ironing my hair every two weeks. In addition, I am fond of trimming my hair regularly.
4. Describe your regimen- products, washing, styling, and daily routine?
To be honest, I don’t have a fixed regimen but I’m working on it. I might change the products I mention here at anytime if I find stuff that work better. However, I can give you a general idea of the things I do with my hair.
Once a week (usually on Fridays),Daily or Every other day or every two days (depending on how my hair feels or how I feel)
- I apply an oil, usually Tropic Isle Living Pimento oil to my hair and scalp before I wash my hair. I leave this in my hair for at least 20 minutes. Sometimes, I go to bed with this on my hair. When I do this, I wear a shower cap and then a hair bonnet on top of this so that the oil doesn’t drip out.
- Afterward, I wash my hair. I rotate with several shampoos but my favorites are Elasta QP shampoo for relaxed hair, Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Castor Oil Shampoo and Pureology Purify Shampoo. I also use Baking Soda when I feel that my hair is no longer responding to anything I do.
- The next thing I do is to deep condition my hair. I usually wear my hitting cap or sit under a dryer or steamer. The times I don’t deep condition my hair, I find that it starts feeling dry and breaks more easily. My favorite conditioners are Silk Elements Kera Minerals Deep Conditioner and Salon Selectives Conditioner Type S, Smooth.
- I rinse my hair with lukewarm water and then dry it with a t-shirt. I rarely use a towel to dry my hair. I don’t use towels to rub my hair because they have a tendency to make the hair cuticle rough.
- Afterwards, I apply my leave-in conditioner: usually Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Split End Protector. I am looking forward to trying the Tropic Isle Living Leave-in conditioner in the near future. I also apply an oil and hair serum to my hair. Afterwards, I either air dry, blow dry with cool air or roller set depending on how I feel and how much time I have.
- Before I go to bed, I divide my hair into 4 sections. On each section, I do the same thing.
- I lightly spritz my hair with water. Sometimes, I apply a moisturizer e’g S-curl Activator.
- Next, I rub some oil on my hair. I usually use an oil mix (comprising of Safflower oil, olive oil, avocado oil, castor oil).
- Lastly, I apply another moisturizer, usually Elasta QP mango butter.
My hair is usually in a bun except on days that I want to let it loose. At those times, I might do a flexi-rod set or a braid out.
5. Do you stretch your relaxer? How do you do it?
I sometimes stretch my relaxer. The longest I’ve done is 16 weeks. I stretch my relaxers by:
Co-washing my hair once a week in addition to my weekly wash. By co-washing, I mean that I apply my conditioner to my hair and leave it in for at least 15 minutes and then I pour some water on my hair and scrub it like I’m using a shampoo. Co-washing with a conditioner serves 2 functions: firstly, to soften my new growth and secondly, to remove some dirt.
I also reduce manipulation of my hair when I go past 10 weeks. These days, I’m experimenting with wearing wigs. I usually don’t braid my hair or fix weaves. If I do wear any hair extensions, I would choose a weave over braids any day. I’ve been struggling with my hair line and it’s only just recovering. I don’t want to have any setbacks on this!
6. As someone in this part of the world, do you have challenges you face and how do you combat them?
Yes, I face a lot of challenges in terms of getting products. For example, it is so difficult getting sulfate free shampoos. Many of our hair creams and pomades contain mineral oil which can block moisture from entering your hair. I have resorted to ordering a lot of my products from the US. I also have a problem finding good stylists that understand some things for example the proper way to comb hair. I simply direct them on what to do.
7. Considering our weather and other factors, what are two dos and don’ts for relaxed hair?
I’m not too sure whether these dos and don’ts apply to our weather. Here goes:
Moisturize your hair as often as you can. Your hair needs moisture just the same way your skin does.
Always condition your hair after washing it.
Don’t comb your hair from the roots. Comb it from the tips and work your way up to the roots.
Reduce your use of flat irons and blow dryers.
8. Any advice for African ladies (or gentlemen) on a journey on the African continent?
Even if you don’t find many of the products you read online when you go to the shops, you can make the best of what you have. Sometimes, I mix water and a few drops of oil as a hair moisturizer.
Find Dr. Fomsky at www.thesizzlingmommy.com
Find Dr. Fomsky at www.thesizzlingmommy.com
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