By Andrea Dawn

For me, one of the most fun and challenging things about having natural hair is mastering the art of tweaking. We all know what that involves: introducing new products and/or techniques to our regimen to meet the ever-changing needs of our hair. If the tweak also manages to simplify our regimen, that’s an added bonus.

I call it the “art” of tweaking because, like art, tweaking is a process. It takes time, patience, a willingness to experiment and sometimes the ability to think outside the box.

I’m excited to share a new tweak that I added to my hair regimen that’s yielded amazing results. Ever since I big chopped a year ago, I’ve been lightly spritzing my hair with water every day to keep it moisturized. The water definitely kept my hair moisturized, but it also caused my already tightly-coiled hair to shrink significantly. I read an article which suggested that, particularly for tightly-coiled hair, spritzing the hair daily with a leave in conditioner instead of water would add moisture and reduce shrinkage.

I was skeptical at first, but thought I would give it a try. I decided on Infusium 23 Moisturologie Leave-In Treatment as my leave-in of choice. It comes in a spray bottle and has a liquid consistency, which makes it ideal for spritzing. I’m happy to say that, for my hair type, the results have been incredible. My hair is perfectly moisturized and I’m noticing way less shrinkage. I’ve been doing this for about a month, and so far I haven’t had any problems with product build-up.

I know this isn’t exactly a revolutionary discovery, but it’s new to my regimen. I’m happy because this one simple step has made a big difference in the feel and look of my hair. Now I’m on a quest to find my next great tweak.

As a community we can inspire and encourage each other by sharing our “tweak success stories.” Maybe it’s a tweak that you implemented a long time ago, or one that you recently discovered. We can all benefit from hearing each other’s success stories, keeping in mind, of course, that no two heads of hair are the same. What works for one person may not work for another.

What tweak or tweaks have you made to your natural hair regimen that produced stellar results?