By: Verity Reign
The last time we spoke I told you I would update you on my Vata Dosha experience. I followed the dietary suggestions, but I did veer off that weekend and indulge in a pepperoni pizza. Other than that, I stuck to baked chicken, salmon, rice, cooked vegetables and soups. I didn’t follow all the daily practices, like self-massages, but I did regulate my sleep patterns, take deep breaths throughout the day, and I used a lightly scented, soothing oil instead of my usual lotion. I also took a break from my daily dose of hip-hop, and opted for softer, smoother sounds, like Chrisette Michele’s “A Couple of Forevers!” I drank a lot of tea as well. I must say that I did feel a lot better and more at ease. I tend to have a very “colorful” mind, to say the very least; so these exercises helped to calm it. My body also felt lighter and I didn’t feel sluggish after meals. My eating habits were once very similar to this, but due to working a full-time job and freelancing, I haven’t made time in a while to really nurture my body—delivery is so much quicker. The difference in my body was immediately noticeable and I can’t remember the last time I felt that good. With regards to noticeable changes in hair, I’m currently rocking waist long box braids. Clearly, I should have considered that before this experiment since this is indeed a hair blog. Needless to say, I didn’t notice any changes but will retry the experiment when I unweave.
Speaking of braids though, having them has taught me a little about braid care. Braids are a viable protective styling option, but they’re also convenient and I love waking up in the morning without having to lay a finger on my hair. For the most part they’re pretty easy-peasy, but they do require occasional attention. I learned the hard way about two months ago that you still have to moisturize and hydrate them. I recently wore the same style from December to February. When I finally took my braids out, my natural hair was extremely dry. After shampooing, I let my conditioner sit for about an hour but my hair was still very dry and remained so for about 3 days. This time around, I’m taking preventative measures.
From root to approximately where my real hair stops, I apply AfroVeda Power Oasis Cocktail Hair Soufflé. In doing this, I’ve also noticed my braids to be shinier, which is a good thing because they still look fresh and new. I do this about every other night before I go to bed and then tie my braids with a satin scarf to help seal in the moisture.
Cleansing my scalp is also another biggie. Though I don’t do it as often as I would without braids, it’s still very necessary. Once a month, for however long you keep your braids, shampoo your scalp. Because the hair is already parted, it makes accessing your scalp a little easier. I first recommend loosening any scalp build up and dirt with a comb; be gentle. While you’re in the shower, cleanse the scalp with AfroVeda Foundation Pumpkin & Pomegranate Shampoo. Gently rub the shampoo throughout the parted sections and then thoroughly rinse. Follow up with the AfroVeda Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and gently massage it throughout your scalp. Let it sit while you take your shower and then rinse it with cold water. Blot the excess water dry by squeezing the braids with a big towel. You don’t necessarily have to do the conditioning step, but can instead apply AfroVeda CocoaLatte Moisture Mask and Power Oasis Cocktail Hair Soufflé.
Depending on how long it takes, you can let the hair air dry. If your hair takes long to dry, however, you can sit under a hooded dryer or use a handheld dryer and focus on the root area. I don’t attempt to dry the longer hair, just the top of the braids where my natural hair is intertwined. You can finish off by applying oil (AfroVeda Kalahari Rose Hair Rescue Oil is a good choice) to the scalp with an applicator bottle. Don’t use too much and gently massage it in. These simple steps will keep your scalp healthy and your hair natural hair nice and soft.