August 4, 2016

Seven Tips to Shave Time Off Your Weekly Hair Regimen

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Everyone knows how long it takes to do their hair on a weekly/daily basis. It’s a long process that’s exciting when you’re a new natural, but after 52 weeks of doing the same thing, you get tired of it and as your hair gets longer, it takes more time to wash, style and maintain.

You want all the easy, simple and quick without compromising the health of your hair. Everyone wants a simple routine with the same great results, and it can be done!

Here are a seven tips to shave time off your weekly hair regimen:

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Plan ahead
You know the length of your hair and how long it takes to wash, comb, style and maintain on a daily/weekly basis.  Therefore, plan what style you’re going to do ahead of time and gather the products and tools that you’re going to use, so you don’t have to spend time trying to figure it out as you go.

If you don’t know what to do with your hair - bun it! You can never go wrong with a simple yet classy or messy bun with some laid edges.

Do your hair in sections
Doing your hair in 4/6 sections saves soooooooo much time. Especially if you’re at APL (Arm Pit Length) and beyond. It makes wash days and styling so much easier. When you part your hair in sections you’re able to focus on one section making sure all the hair strands get the proper TLC instead of doing your whole head of hair at once.

Wash your hair in the shower while showering
Why not kill two birds with one stone i.e. showering and washing your hair?  Washing your hair can save so much time instead of bathing and then washing it in the kitchen/bathroom/washroom sink. Also, washing it in the shower allows you to deep condition while getting a steamy shower and saves you time instead of having to deep condition out of the shower for 45 minutes to an hour.

Keep your weekly style simple
keep your weekly hair style simple, whether it’s a braid out or twist out, bun, or high puff. You need a style that is manageable and easy to do so you don’t spend 4 hours on your hair every day. You can do it in two hours...MAX (or less) and the next day your hair is dry and flyyyyyy for work/school.

Use products that keep your hair moisturized
No one wants to be re-moisturizing their hair every, single night after a long day at school or work.  So use products that keep your hair moisturized days after your initial styling session, so you can just do a light spritz of water/coconut water and oil to keep your hair lubricated and happy. Products like EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Leave-In Conditioner or SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk are known for giving lasting moisture for days.

Find simple techniques
Find simple techniques that work for your hair. Pre-poo overnight or deep condition overnight because it saves time and your hair strands are being penetrated while you get a good night’s rest.

No slacking off
We all love our natural hair and want to see it grow and flourish. Hence, even though we found ways to reduce our time to take care of it, it doesn’t mean we should slack off all together. Slacking off, or procrastinating when it comes to detangling and washing just prolongs the time to do our hair the next time. Also, don't skip the deep conditioning (for elasticity and lasting moisture), monthly cleansing sessions (to prevent product build-up) or protein treatments (to avoid splits) they're really worth the extra effort!

What tips to you use to shave off time?

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