I have been asked many times, “what makes the perfect regimen?” In my opinion is all depends on your hair type and needs. Many people say knowing your hair type is irrelevant, I disagree. If I didn’t find out what my hair type was I would have been lost when it came to trying products and finding what worked best for me and my kinky, coily, curly hair. I think a lot of people use hair typing in a negative way though, which can cause tension and discouragement in the natural hair community but that’s another story. When it comes to being newly natural having a regimen can be very beneficial especially if you are consistent with your process. Dedicating 1 or 2 days a week on caring and catering to your hair does not have to be a challenging task. Many of you have said that you’re in need of a regime that is quick, simple and to the point so I created one for you. In the “Good Hair” regimen below you will see how simple it is to have and create a quick routine, I will give your basic steps that helped me but feel free to change the regimen around to fit your personal hair needs. I will also give your direct links on where to find products that are affordable and good for your hair! You don’t have to settle for cheap products that may be causing your hair to be dry and brittle. There are a lot of natural, organic and inexpensive items on the market that will do your hair a lot of good.
The Good Hair Regimen
Hair Days: Sunday 2x a month
(Fell free to substitute your own days. These are the ways I cater to my hair)
Pre-Poo (Pre Shampoo Treatment)-
Step 1: Section the hair in 4 to 6 sections and secure with clips
Step 2: Detangle each section of hair carefully from tip to root with a wide tooth comb
Step 3: Spritz sections with warm water
Step 4: Apply Vatika Oil
from root to tip and massage the scalp
Step 5: Cover with plastic cap for 5 minutes
Co-Wash (Conditioner washing)-
Step 2: Detangle the sections with a wide tooth comb
Step 3: Rinse.
**Some of us rather not use shampoo on a regular basis. Co-washing is great alternative for shampooing if you are deciding to stay away from shampoo. However, at least once a month I recommend that you clarify your hair in some way to remove excess gunk and build up that co-washing may miss**
Step 2.Massage and clean scalp.Hair is dead and can only be preserved so be sure you are paying special attention to your scalp first. In order to grow healthy hair you need healthy and clean scalp. There is no need to shampoo your whole head. Start that the scalp and the soap will run down on to your hair. It will get just as clean.
Step 3: Rinse with cool or cold water to seal the cuticle.
**Castille soap is a great product to use will clarifying. Adding a few drops of castor oil and a tablespoon of glycerin can prevent your hair from feeling stripped after the wash. Be sure to replace your hairs moisture with a good conditioner once you are done washing**
Conditioning (this step can be skipped if you co-washed)-
Step 1: Section hair in 2 or 3 parts
Step 3: Rinse after 5 minutes
Step 4: Towel Dry
Style as normal! Make sure you are using products that will keep your hair moisturized if it’s prone to being dry. Below are some of my favorite styling products:
I hope the above regimen will help some of you! Remember tweak it to fit your needs if you need to. The steps, products and order are completely up to you. I just wanted to set a foundation for those who were at a loss for what to do.
For Alex’s winter regimen tweaks, see HERE
. How often do you style? What does your routine look like?