Organic Mami

November 16, 2015

I’m going to get straight to the point, my beard is great. Like seriously, email anyone at A.R.T.S.Y and they will tell you. My beard has volume, shine and softness. I’m not going to pretend that I came out the womb with this well-kept beard (it took 2 days to come in after my birth). This level nine beard was a process. But it’s ok, I’m here with my daily steps to help push your beard to heights you’ve never imagined.

Now one of the rules that I want you to remember when it comes to hair products is that if you’re not able to use them on other parts of your body, they should not be allowed in your hair. If you’re not able to use that hair butter as a lotion in a pinch, then it’s not for you. So any product that doesn’t have water as its first ingredient and has synthetic ingredients, you need to just Kobe into the trash.

I start off my daily beard regimen with cleaning it, preferably with Shea Moisture: Coconut And Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning cleanser. For those not in the “know,” co-washing stands for “Conditioner washing.” It’s using a hair conditioner to wash your hair instead of straight up shampoo. Co-washing is gentler on the hair than shampooing which may strip hair of its natural oils, and I’m really down for anything that protects my beard in the long run. You can wash your beard as often as you want, all comes down to hair type and personal taste. I’d suggest if you work out on a regular basis your hair washing should lean on the more frequent side.

This next step will probably have a few heads turning in confusion, but I promise you, an apple cider vinegar hair rinse will change your life. Apple Cider Vinegar is an all around super drink that helps with a whole list of things, and is especially beneficial when it comes to hair. The acidity of the vinegar helps to keep the PH in your hair balanced so it doesn’t dry out. Also helping to seal the hair cuticle, making it softer, smoother and helps light to reflect off of the hairs, which gives your beard shine. It also helps with removing product build up in your hair, which happens over time & leaves your hair looking dull. Make sure that you get the organic raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, my go-to brand is Braggs. The clear filtered kind isn’t going to do the job since the cloudy substance in the vinegar called ‘Mother’ is what packs the punch.

The standard recipe for the rinse is to:

Mix two tablespoons of Apple Cider vinegar into one cup of water.
Rinse your hair with the mixture and wash it out after a couple of minutes.

Once a week is good enough for me, but you can bust out two if you’re really about this life.

After showering (and a couple replays of Gucci Bandana By Soulja Boy), I apply Tropical Isle Living: Jamaican Black Castor oil Coconut Hair Food. It’s a daily moisturizer that you apply while your hair is still slightly wet to lock moisture in and prevent hair damage. Probably one of the best products I’ve used, I attribute some of my better beard days to this. Been having to beat off strangers with a stick after introducing this product into my life.

While I do like to use daily moisturizers, I still occasionally use beard oils, namely Brothers Artisan Beard Oil. Bread oil is also used to moisturize hair and keep it soft, just in oil form. I switch back and forth between oils and butters based on how I’m feeling that day.One benefit oils have over butters is that they can moisturize your beard while dry. With most daily moisturizing butters the hair has to be wet so you can lock in the moisture with the product. So if you forgot to condition after showering or your beard just needs a quick pick me up throughout the day, beard oils are the move.

Pay heed to these tips and I assure you that your beard will be the highlight of any room and occasion. And you all should be thankful I’m giving away these secrets by choice, and not because I’m locked in a dark room with a brolic guy named Ashley who just got out of jail and is being paid to make sure that I write this. Yeah, definitely not because of that at all.

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By: Kwesi Mark (@elkwesi_)

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