I published my first natural hair post back in June 2016 then I failed to ever update you guys. So sorry about that, but today I will let you in my Simple Natural Hair Regimen. I was too chicken to do a big chop so I transitioned and that took a while. In January 2017 I got fed up, I did a major trim and cut all all the straight ends. I was just tired of having two textures and looking back at 2016 pictures, I’m just mad I didn’t do this sooner.
It was a lot of trial and error but eventually I found my sweet spot. I’m not a fussy girl believe it or not so finding a simple routine was a must for me. My routine is not as simple as I would want to be but there’s steps that I just cannot miss. My hair tends to be dry so my routine is build around that, below I’ll talk about my monthly, weekly and daily regimen.
- Weekly: Yes I do not wash my hair daily or weekly, but I do cowash weekly. The thing is my hair and scalp are on the dryer end, so retaining moisture is a must for me. My favorite co-wash is by Aveda and my second favorite is by Taliah Waajid and the latter is more wallet friendly. I usually follow that with a deep conditioning treatment, it’s a pain but I do them weekly. IT’S A MUST FOR DRY HAIR! I use a heat cap for 30 minutes to soak in all the moisture, my hair needs it. If I think my scalp needs more cleansing, I use my Aveda scalp cleanser followed by the co-wash. The scalp cleanser was one the best discovery of 2017, I usually apply it on my scalp while my hair is dry, I give it a good scrub rinse and use my co-wash. See shampoo is just too harsh for me to use weekly, so this works great.
- Daily: My hair is coily and my coils are extremely small which means my hair gets tangled easily. So I moisturize every other day with this mixture. I use this bottle and fill half of it with water, the other half I put leave in conditioner and about 10 drops of rosemary oil, tea tree oil, jojoba oil and peppermint oil. Before using it, I give it a good shake and spritz away.
- I usually follow that with a small amount of Shu Uemura oil in cream and I seal in the moisture focusing on my ends with coconut oil.
- If I’m doing a twist out, I also use a gel-like custard so that my twists can last longer and be elongated.
- If I’m going for a protective style I skip the gel. I like to do my protective styles on stretch hair, by doing big flat twists, about 8 over all. Once my hair is dry or slightly damped I then style my hair.
- I try to keep my hands out of my hair as much as possible. Low manipulation is a must! So I try to keep my protective style until it’s time to moisturize again. When I sweat in my hair I have to do it more often. Every 2 to 3 days I massage my scalp with a mixture of essential oils and more (Find recipe below. My current concoction is all natural, it makes a big batch and lasts me forever.
Scalp massaging concoction recipe. It’s good for up to six months. More of the benefits here.
3/4 cups of Coconut oil
3/4 cups of Extra virgin Olive oil
1 tsp – 2 tsp msm
1Table spoon henna
1/2 cup fenugreek
5 tablespoons of castor oil
5-10 Drops of Tea tree
5-10 Drops of Rosemary
5-10 Drops of Peppermint
I let this sit so that the oil gathers on top, then I put in this bottle for easy use.
WOW that was a lot of information but yea my hair-care regimen is sorta simple. I’m just happy to have finally found a regimen that keeps my hair healthy. I should add that I trim every three months, when I do so I make sure to blow dry my hair so I can easily identify the dead ends. It’s more difficult when my hair is in it’s natural state, so I avoid doing that.
If you have any questions let me know…Below I am sharing everything I use, some I did not mentioned but always have in hand. Like Aveda Be Curly shampoo, conditioner and detangling treatment, I also use Verb (been using it forever, it’s so hydrating), the only hair spray that helps with frizz and humidity. I always go for sulfate free products.