My fall routine is pretty much identical to the summer one. Only I’m retiring the magnetic rollers ’cause I ain’t got the patience, the blow fryer ’cause my ends ain’t got the strength, and the tools ’cause I ain’t got the bulk to lose. The theme for this season… Functional Protection. Mainly because of time, but also because occasionally you just need a break from your hair. I’m there… we need some time apart!
Here’s a quick look at my Fall regimen–
- Wash once or twice a month
- Curlformers to stretch
- No combs or brushes… fingers only… for everything
- Rock twists 99% of the time
- Henna once a month (at least)
- Oil every day
- Moisturize every 3 days
- Protective styling
- Satin bonnet scarf, every night, no exceptions
For those that want the nitty gritty–
Every 2-4 weeks, I remove my twists, and-
- Apply a deep conditioner and/or oil to my dry hair, apply a plastic cap and heat cap for 15 mins.
- Hop in the shower and rinse.
- Thoroughly saturate hair with water and divide into two (left and right).
- Cleanse hair with shampoo– one side at a time. Rinse thoroughly.
- Apply a slippery conditioner, usually Aussie Moist, to both sides in a smooshing motion.
- Pass my head back under the water stream for a second, for better distribution and added slip.
- Clip the hair up and out of the way to complete shower rituals.
- Take down the right side and finger detangle a bit — detangling the rest under the water stream with fingers only. Follow up with the left side. If the conditioner is washed away and tangles are left, I add more conditioner, and repeat. The power of the water stream and the slip of the conditioner should make detangling a breeze! *Since my hair was previously detangled and in twists, this step takes no where near as long as it used to!*
- Hop out of the shower and allow hair to dry for 15-30 minutes… blot excess moisture. Apply Lacio Lacio leave-in and oil.
- Stretch the hair with Curlformers.
- Allow to set overnight until dry.
- Remove the rollers and finger comb through the curls with oil. Wear hair in two big flat twists, or one high bantu knot, or a bun, or, most often, chunky twists.
- For chunky twists, I do 10-11 twists total, 5 on each side (two in the back, one above my ear, one framing my face, and one immediately behind that one), and one at the crown.
- Start with the back- left side. Finger detangle with a little oil to smooth and twist. After the twists are complete, I apply Qhemet’s Cocoa Ghee or the Lacio Lacio to the length of each twist, focusing on the ends. I don’t use much… just enough to lightly dampen and moisturize. This also helps the twists to set.
- Once all the twists are complete and slightly damp (from the moisturizer), I tie on a satin scarf, leaving the twists dangling, but the crown secure to control the frizzies. I then tie on my satin bonnet scarf. This is how I sleep.
- I leave my hair in twists 99% of the time, rocking them under hats, or pulled back. Nothing fancy.
tucked away for safe keeping under my satin bonnet scarf
Made less frumpy with a slouchy beanie
- Re-moisturize at least twice a week, re-twisting frizzy twists whenever necessary.
- Oil EVERY.SINGLE. DAY. It keeps my hair soft and pliable. I usually do this at night before going to bed.
- Heated moisture/oil treatment at least once a week
For when I wanna get ‘cute’ (once a week)-
- Add moisturizer to the ends, and roll the last few inches of each twist on a skinny flexi rod. Or pin curl the end with a bobby pin.
- Allow to fully dry.
- Remove the rollers, and release the twists.
- Fluff and go!
- Later that evening or the next day, I re-twist using the steps above.
– Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee
–Treasured Lock’s African Argan Oil Elixir
-Castor and Moringa Softening Serum
–Hair Therapy Wrap
–Satin Bonnet Scarf
-I believe this routine works for me because (1) I only work out 2-3 times a week, and (2) I don’t have a true 9-5… my chunky (and in my case, scalpy, lol) twists are worn around town, in the house, and to my appointments with clients. If I had to be ‘in public’ more, I’d feel the need to change up my look and professionalize it a bit.
– I’ve learned that applying the wet product to my loose, dry hair, can sometimes cause tangles and matting, but applying it to the twists prevents the drama. Thus, I often apply the moisturizer AFTER I twist.
-If you noticed, I apply my leave-in to damp (not wet) hair that has been gently blotted. This prevents the excess water from diluting the effects of the conditioner/moisturizer.
-I’ve reincorporated henna and apply it to my dirty, dry hair prior to my bi-monthly washing.
-If you’re a stretcher, get some CurlFormers. It’s the most effective method I’ve used to date.
What does your fall routine look like?