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.

twists are moisturized, oiled and pinned up

tucked away for safe keeping under my satin bonnet scarf

Made less frumpy with a slouchy beanie


To maintain the twists-

  • 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.

PRODUCTS:

Shampoos-
-KeraCare Natural Textures Cleansing Cream
-Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

Deep Conditioners-
-Jessicurl TooShea
-Curl Junkie Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

Detangling Conditioner-
Aussie Moist

Leave-in-
Lacio Lacio

Moisturizer-

Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee

Oils-

Treasured Lock’s African Argan Oil Elixir
-Castor and Moringa Softening Serum

Tools/Accessories-
CurlFormers

Hair Therapy Wrap
Slouchy Beanie
Satin Bonnet Scarf

Henna-
Mehandi.com


*NOTES:

-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?