noun reg·i·men \ˈre-jə-mən also ˈre-zhə-\
1 a systematic plan (as of diet, therapy, or medication) especially when designed to improve and maintain the health of a patient.
One of the most important key to having healthy, long hair is having and applying a strong hair care regimen; this applies to both natural and permed/relaxed hair. Trying to create a healthy hair care regimen can be quite an enormous task (as you would spend money, products as well as time ).
Bearing in mind that the goal is to improve and maintain healthy hair, first and foremost,you have to set your mind on the goal(whatever you choose but there has to be one-length, density?).
Secondly, some factors have to be considered in order to create a regimen that works for your natural hair such as, but not limited to:
- hair condition(length, texture,transitioning, relaxed, natural)
- Products and Process.
Hair Condition: This important as it would determine what product treatment will be priority.For example, in the case of hair that’s been damaged either by heat, chemical process or dye, you would need to increase the amount of times to deep condition/ protein treatment. In some cases where hair is dry and brittle, there will be need to increase the amount of times for moisturizing-use of co-wash mostly in place of shampooing, hot oil treatments and application of moisturizing products.
Time/Availability: It depends on how busy you are, if you have kids with school run and activities or spend more hours at work, in school studying, on the field, in the gym…having little or no time, you’ll need to figure out a regimen that’s quick and easy. Most people would have a mix in the spray bottles as they are always on the go.
Weather/Season: You’ll agree with me, that what you use more in winter or harmattan isn’t exactly what you need more in spring, summer or rainy season.So be sure to modify the regimen to suit the weather. You might need more deep conditioning and moisturizing in some while in other seasons you might need more protective styling and cleansing.
Budget: you need this to know how much you’re spending and on what, so go on, make a list, so you won’t end up buying more shampoos and conditioners when infact you need more deep conditioners and/or co-wash.
Products and Process: The process would be divided into five-
3 Conditioning/Deep conditioning
Detangling:: It is important to (finger) comb using a product(conditioner or detangler) or on wet hair to avoid breakage; you’ll also need a lot patience when detangling matted places- always remember to start from the ends then work your way up to the roots.
Cleansing(Shampooing & Co-washing): How often you wash your hair depends on how fragile your hair is,time available and how it reacts when you don’t wash. Cleansing helps remove product build up(clarifying shampoos),excess sebum and particles/debris from the environments. Remember to focus on the scalp, using products that do not contain harmful ingredients like Sulfate,parabens, mineral oil, silicones etc.You may do this once a week (co-wash)or every 2weeks/month(shampoo). Don’t forget to prepoo/use hot oil treatments.
Conditioning/Deep Conditioning: Using a conditioner after cleansing,gives your hair slip making it manageable and soft after shampooing.
Tip: Avoid ones that contain silicones (end up causing buildup).
Deep conditioning and protein treatments (using products bought from the store or DIYs) help create healthy, more defined curls; they also help reduce dryness & breakage,aid in moisture retention & restoration of strength of hair(especially those we color treat/apply heat).
Tip: It is advisable to deep condition as frequently as you wash. You may add in a few protein treatment every now and then (once in 2/3months).
Moisturizing: This is better to do as often at night -you can use water in a spray bottle or the steam in the shower to refresh the hair in the morning- not forgetting to pay attention to the ends as they are the oldest and weakest part. Try the LOC method; you may not need to repeat moisturizing steps as often when using this method.
Tip: Use the LOC method…The moisturizer must contain water/aqua and don’t forget to seal with heavy oils.
Styling: In order to retain length, you may opt to keep your hair protected in low manipulative styles like twists, braids, wigs, crotchet braids, weave ons etc. This can be done every other month, so as to let you scalp breathe a bit; ensure that they are not too tightly done(save your edges), you care for the hair and they are taken out properly in due time.
Tip: Don’t leave protective style in too long; make sure they are not too tightly done to avoid losing your edges.
Daily– Moisturize…LOC (1x) Spritz (water + peppermint oil)
Weekly– Detangle, Deep condition (1x 2weeks), Cowash, Prepoo/Hot oil treatments, Low manipulative style (single strand twist or 10 flat twists).
Monthly– Cleanse using sulfate free shampoo(incase of build up 1x 6weeks), apple cider vinegar, Rhassoul clay, Condition, Green tea rinse, Protective style(1x 6weeks – braids or weave ons)
Wash Day Routine—->> Natural Hair Care Wash Day
Video Credit: www.iamknotteebynature.com
Are you natural? What hair care regimen do you stick to? please share
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