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Creating Your Regimen for the GOC

By January 27th, 202124 Comments


Creating Your Regimen for the GOCLuka!

Hola Chicas!

I’ve initiated and participated in many a natural hair challenge over the years. I’ve bunned, baggied, deep treated 2x a week, hell, I even did nightly scalp massages. I learned that no two heads are the same, and identical regimens may not produce similar results for everybody. There is one thing, however, that yields stellar results much of the time… consistency! Yep, all you have to do is develop a routine and product combo that works for you, and stick to it. That is the corner stone of our challenge. Be consistent!

With that said, later today or tomorrow, I’ll share my tweaked regimen for the GOC. I’m kicking it off with a trim and I suggest y’all do the same! It’ll make detangling and styling easier, and also help you to maintain the length you gain.

Below, I compiled some sample reggies (from past Hair Idols) that you can build on. Tweak them as you see fit- -more frequent washing if you’re a gym curly, less washing if your hair doesn’t like the manipulation. For product recommendations, see here.

Happy growin’!

Nik

Dry Bunnin’ (for those who ends knot up when wet bunning)

  • Wash your hair bi-weekly with a low sulfate or moisturizing shampoo
  • Rinse and apply an instant conditioner as you gently detangle (fingers first, then with a wide tooth comb, modified denman, or Tangle Teezer)
  • Follow up with a moisturizing deep treatment with heat
  • Rinse thoroughly and generously apply your leave-in conditioner
  • Place your hair in chunky twists or braids to stretch it out
  • Seal your ends with an oil (castor, shea butter, olive oil, etc.)
  • Allow to dry over night
  • Remove twists, and using a Goody Ouchless Scrunchy, place hair into a loose, secure bun (high, low, to the side, messy… do you!), being mindful of your edges.
  • At night, you can either (1) remove the bun, moisturize, and twist the hair, (2) loosen the bun, apply pomade to edges, and tie with a scarf, or (3) remove the bun, moisturize, re-bun, apply pomade to your edges, and tie down with a scarf.

Creating Your Regimen for the GOC

Wet Bunnin’

  • Wash your hair weekly with a low sulfate, moisturizing shampoo, or co-wash
  • Rinse and apply instant conditioner as you gently detangle (fingers first, then with a wide tooth comb, modified denman, or Tangle Teezer)
  • Follow up with a moisturizing deep treatment with heat
  • Rinse, and generously apply a leave-in conditioner in a raking motion to encourage curl definition and clumpage
  • Seal your ends with an oil (castor, shea butter, olive oil, etc.)
  • Pull hair into a high, loose yet secure bun using a Goody Ouchless Scrunchy, being careful not to stress your edges
  • Smooth your edges with product of choice and your fingers
  • Tie on a silk scarf for 10-30 minutes to help set your edges
  • At night, you can either (1) remove the bun, moisturize, and twist the hair, (2) loosen the bun, apply pomade to edges, and tie with a scarf, or (3) remove the bun, moisturize, re-bun, apply pomade to your edges, and tie down with a scarf.

**Whether wet or dry bunning, you can always take your hair down and execute a gorgeous dry twist or braid- out for a special occasion or when you grow bored.
**To smooth your edges sans brush and gel, click here.


Twists/Box Braid Routine

  • Wash your hair bi-weekly with a low sulfate, moisturizing shampoo, or co-wash
  • Rinse and apply instant conditioner as you gently detangle (fingers first, then with a wide tooth comb, modified denman, or Tangle Teezer)
  • Follow up with a moisturizing deep treatment with heat
  • Rinse, and generously apply a leave-in conditioner as you twist your hair. You may choose to use a styler to help hold the twists (a non drying gel, or curl creme)
  • Twirl the end of the twist around your finger to encourage the curl and to keep it from unraveling.
  • Seal your ends with an oil (castor, shea butter, olive oil, etc.)
  • Allow to dry
  • You can let them hang free or style in a protective updo
  • At night, apply moisturizer as needed and seal. Re-twist/braid any frizzy ones. Sleep with your twists/braids secured under a satin bonnet.
  • Some folks even rinse/co-wash in the twists or braids


Wash & Go

  • As often as necessary, wash your hair with a low sulfate, moisturizing shampoo, or cowash
  • Rinse and apply instant conditioner as you gently detangle (fingers first, then with a wide tooth comb, modified denman, or Tangle Teezer)
  • Follow up with a moisturizing deep treatment with heat
  • Rinse, and generously apply a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and styler of choice in sections, using a raking motion to encourage definition (you may choose to leave in your rinse-out conditioner)
  • Seal your ends with an oil (castor, shea butter, olive oil, etc.)
  • Allow your hair to air-dry, or gently diffuse if you’re in a hurry
  • At night, apply moisturizer as needed and either (1) pineapple, (2) gently twist, or (3) don a bonnet.


Twist-out/Braid-out

  • Wash your hair weekly with a low sulfate, moisturizing shampoo, or co-wash
  • Rinse and apply instant conditioner as you gently detangle
  • Follow up with a moisturizing deep treatment with heat
  • Rinse, allow to dry for 15 minutes (or until just damp) and generously apply a leave-in conditioner as you twist or braid your hair. You may choose to use a styler to help hold the twists (a non drying gel, or curl creme)
  • Twirl the end of the twist around your finger to encourage the curl and to keep it from unraveling (you can also secure each end with a roller)
  • Seal your ends with an oil (castor, shea butter, olive oil, etc.)
  • Allow to air dry overnight
  • Carefully release the twists from the bottom up, fluff, and style
  • At night, apply moisturizer as needed and either (1)pineapple, (2) gently twist, or (3) don a bonnet.

Also, remember Danielle’s tips from last week:

With creating a regimen comes a bit of experimentation with products, techniques and timing. Some things to consider:

  • How often will I wash/condition/moisturize?
  • How often will I do treatments? (moisture/protein)
  • What will I use to moisturize? (how does my hair react?)
  • How often will I detangle?
  • How much time do I have to devote to my healthy hair practices?
  • How much effort do I want to put in to my regimen?

Finally, you may want to consider incorporating one (or more) of these into your routine:

Pre-Wash Oil Treatment
Dry detangle and shampoo in twists
The Baggy Method
Henna for strong hair!

I’ll be back soon with vitamin and supplement info, as well as what I plan to eat, and… cough… how often I plan to work out 😉

So how will your routine change?

24 Comments

  • Shea Butter says:

    I bought for my mom a Henna Plus Hair Coloring the other day, as I wanted to touch up her grey areas. I have used it before, to dye my hair black again, as I was scolded last time in school.
    So, I bought the coloring again, for my mom this time. This Henna Plus is genlte, yet natural and long lasting. The coloring of hair is safety with this product, and my mom agreed for me to do a D.I.Y on her grey hair areas.
    It worked, and after about 4 hours of treating her hair carefully, the grey areas on her hair are all touched up. However, I chose a dark brown color, instead of black, as she did not want an all natural effect. She wanted some nice tones to her hair. I must certainly say that though I am not a hair professional, this Henna Plus definitely gives a 100% grey coverage and also my mom’ hair looks all glossy and nice.
    This color can lasts up to 3 months or more. I love the fact that there’s no alcohol usage in this Henna Plus. It also does not contain the harmful Aminophenol. This coloring is really true to the hair.

  • NitraMarie says:

    This challenge is the exact motivation I needed. I was just thinking about how much I wish my hair would grow out (pass shoulder length)but I had no idea where to start. Bought my first bottle of multivitamins today :)Good luck everyone!

  • Christa says:

    I'm so excited about this challenge!!
    🙂
    Good Luck and Great Growing to everyone that's doing it too!

  • Anonymous says:

    Shelli, bi-weekly is every two weeks

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks Nik!

  • Anonymous says:

    That hairstyle that Luka has on is soo cute! I'm just curious, how did she do that?
    Thank You!

  • Chanel#5 says:

    @DVANatural…seconds that on Kimmaytube. Thanks Curly Nikki for the regimens for this challenge.

  • MrsWardy88 says:

    Im so geeked, im incorporating other aspects of my my life. I'm all about self discipline.

  • Sisou says:

    I think I will focus on dry bunning either using twists or bantu knots to dry ( I get great curly buns from them). When I am bored with them,I will do a wash-go because I find it is easier to check my hair health and whether products are working when I allow it to set in its natural texture.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great article Nikki, thanks!

  • Anonymous says:

    Perfect timing, I just got my ends trimmed, and i'm currently wearing mini two strand twist that I have to pin up for work, but it's cool, because it protect my ends.

    I'm so ready for this challenge, let's get to it ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Anonymous at 3:14
    If your color is brown, black or red, and without highlights ,you may be able to use a combination of henna with amla, henna with indigo or just plain henna without disrupting it. You can check with the owner ( her name is on the site) of the mehandi site to get the perfect mix. A friend of mine actually spoke with her and determined the right combination of product to get so she wouldn't affect her brown color.
    Cassia is totally clear, so that is the safest option to get the effect without the color.

    Good luck!

  • Akia says:

    Hey Nik,

    I was wondering, do you need to do a pre-wash when you use shampoo that doesn't contain sulfates? I use the Ayurvedic herb shampoo bar from Chagrin valley. It is all natural and is very moisturizing. www.chagrinvalleysoap.com

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki: I have a question for you. When you say bi-weekly, do you mean twice a week or once every two-weeks?! The terms bi-weekly, bi-monthly, bi-annually always dun me!!!

    Anonymous at 3:14: You can use Cassia or a henna gloss to obtain some of the benefits of henna without the color of henna. Cassia isn't henna, but it's in the same family of plant and is a good conditioner/strengthener from what I read. However, it is not as good as henna and the effects don't last as long because the red color deposited by henna is actually what provides most of the strengthening benefit. The red color is actually a plant resin which coats the hair shaft to thicken and strengthen it. You can also do a henna gloss, which involves mixing henna with conditioner and applying it to your hair before dye release. You can find extensive information about both of these options on this site or on Mehandi.com. Just google the terms and have at it;-).

    Shelli

  • Anonymous says:

    I have a question….I have color in my hair and I love my color but I would like to try and Henna. Is there a Henna out there that won't change the color of my hair? I would like to have all of the benefits from a Henna without the color!

  • IcyLillies says:

    I plan on braiding and cornrowing my hair until I get tired of doing styles, then I might wear it out for a week and then get back into updos XD

  • KC says:

    I've been lazy with my hair for the past two weeks, so I put in a protective style (kinky twists) that I hope will last for several weeks. In the meantime I will moisturize with water, aloe gel, and vitamin E, and massage my scalp with coconut oil as needed. I will also wash only if needed.

    When I take out my twists, I will trim and possibly keep my hair in twists for a while.

  • Anonymous says:

    awesome thanx nikki

  • am says:

    Grow out Challenge=GOC

  • AusetAbena says:

    Thanks Nik. And to the commentor above, GOC means Grow Out Challenge, started by the comedienne and recently BC'd Kim Coles.

    I love the advice, and I will definitely be implementing the wash and go routine with my hair care. I am a wash and go'er all the way. And thanks for reminding me to clip these ends, which is necesarry right now. My curls haven't been popping as usual, and I finally realized it was due to scraggly ends.

  • Anonymous says:

    Waht's GOC?

  • DvaAuNaturel says:

    Kimmaytube is a great example of consistency. Her hair is gorgeous (IMO) and has grown nice and steady due to her disciplined focus and consistency with her hair routine. Check out her latest length check video on YT if you have haven't for details.

    This is on time. I plan to participate and will follow the wash n'go recommendations you've listed, since I'm pretty much doing it anyway. I only have a TWA so my regimen is pretty simple. I will incorporate baggying as part of my regular routine as part of the GOC becaause it helps with my dryness issues and moisture retention.

  • socialitedreams says:

    going to get my ends trimmed for the first time since going natural (2 years) and will be very diligent about deep treating every time that i wash and taking care of my ends

    Vonnie
    http://www.socialitedreams.com/

  • Anonymous says:

    Nik,
    How do you know when your hair needs a trim? I have been fully natural for 7 months and I have no clue if my hair needs a trim. My ends look a little weathered but not split and now I don't know! 🙁 Can you help me?

    Thanks 🙂

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