Yaminah Mayo knows all about the power of oil and butter. Not only are they a crucial part of many delicious recipes, but they’re one of the best ways to nourish naturally curly hair. The New York writer — who goes by Spicy.Mayo on Instagram — leans on shea butter and oils for moisture, even though she oscillates between styling her hair curly and straight. Below, she explains her budget-friendly hair routine.
In my shower, you’ll find: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner.
I wash my hair every: Week. I’ve grown a little tired of washing my hair so regularly, so I switched it up for a bit and got it blown out.
Check all that apply: my hair is dyed, chemically straightened, permed, has extensions, is braided or in locs. Dyed and straightened with heat.
A rundown of my hair regimen looks like: I follow the “divide and conquer method” after I shampoo, where I section off my hair in a few parts. I comb and moisturize each section with Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish, jojoba or coconut oil, and Oyin Handmade’s Hair Dew. My twist-outs usually last about five days before my hair needs to be washed again.
The worst thing I ever did to my hair was: Dye it blonde. It was fun while it lasted but it was so much work. If I didn’t moisturize every week, my hair would feel brittle. In the immortal words of Sweet Brown: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
The best thing I ever did to my hair was: Cut it. I needed something different and I’ve been natural all my life, with a two-year lapse in my teens. I needed to give myself something new!
I trim my hair: Every other time I twist my hair. Nothing major, I just dust the ends if they need a little love.
The most important thing people with hair like me should know: Don’t take it so seriously. Play around. Don’t get attached to one type of hair texture.
What I love most about my hair is: It has taught me a lot about myself and love. It has opened so many doors for me, but it’s not the only thing that defines me.
Photos by Katie Thompson
Hair by Lucas Wilson using Bumble and Bumble
Makeup by Eric Vosburg
Produced by Biel Parklee
Hair Assistant: Sergio Estrada
Makeup Assistant: David Rivera
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