Routine as of April 2008:
Every other day, or every three days, I do the following (usually Sunday night, Tuesday night, Thursday night):
- Wash with Giovanni 50/50 Clarifying-Hydraing Shampoo once a week prior to styling. Prior to every other styling session I co-wash (wash using a light cone-free conditioner instead of shampoo) with Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration.
- Detangle and condition in the shower after shampooing. I load my hair up with Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration, add a little water to help the slip and allow it to marinate while I wash my body. Then, I detangle with my fingers under the shower stream. I then re-apply the HE conditioner and lightly detangle with my new fav- the Jilbere Shower Comb (2 bucks at Sally’s!!! No seams-won’t snag hair)
- Deep Condition- After detangling, wring hair a little to get rid of the drippies, and get out of the shower. I then apply Pantene Relaxed and Natural Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask, or Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner and put on a plastic cap, heated cap and leave in for an hour. Finally, I get back in the shower, rinse and wring dry a little. I like for my hair to wet, but not dripping.
- Style-Divide hair into two. Then add Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treament, and Devacare One Condition to the two sections and rake through with my fingers. I then two strand twist my hair (about 15 or 20) applying unrefined shea butter as I go. I set the last few inches of my hair on 3/4″ plastic rollers. This routine keeps my ends from curling up on themselves, splitting and breaking. Many people with fine hair, find it beneficial to stretch the ends a bit. This routine is heavy on moisture and light on heat, and I honestly feel that this routine and moisturizing products have contributed to length retention.
-On nights that I don’t style, I simply don a satin night cap (I know, very sexy!) and go to sleep. In the morning, I fluff and add a little shea butter or DevaCurl Set it Free to the frizzy places.
-Although the style would last upwards of 5 days, I re-style after 2 or 3 to keep my hair as hydrated as possible. My color treated ends get very unhappy, very easily.
For info on my products of choice, see the Products I’m Currently Using post.