CREATING A NATURAL HAIRCARE REGIMEN
You have heard some natural hair sisters complain about how long it takes them to do their hair, how wash day turns into a chore instead of a pleasurable moment. Recently I had a discussion with a friend and she said this: “Natural hair takes too much time and energy and the time I haven’t got, but I still want to wear my natural hair though.” I understand her perfectly. Even in my 2 years natural hair journey I am still faced with this issue. And as a student, worker, mom with two kids ain’t nobody get time to waste! But before you give up let me share with you how I am able to rock my natural hair. It all started when I decided to do a natural hair challenge by staying away from long term protective style (braids, weave-on, Senegalese twists, crochet braids) for 8 months to see if my natural hair will grow healthy. But to be able to do that I had to have a regimen or a routine. So, you may be wondering what is a haircare regimen?
A hair care regimen is a routine to help you care for your natural hair. This routine can be simple or more elaborate and can be applied weekly or bi-weekly and monthly. Below is simple haircare regimen which has helped me in growing and keeping my hair healthy.
Pre-poo (pre-shampoo) or hot oil treatment (optional)
Condition with a rinse out conditioner (optional)
Detangle and air dry hair
Moisturize (here you can apply the LOC or LCO method). I also moisturize my hair 2-3 times a week or whenever it feels dry. Style hair (twists, braids, African threading, roll, tuck and pin hairstyles https://www.pinterest.se/pin/5357876868905518 94/
Co-wash (I personally do not co-wash my hair by choice)
Pre-poo or hot oil treatment
Shampoo Condition with a rinse out conditioner (optional)
Deep condition using a protein treatment (protein treatment is a type of hair conditioning treatment that strengthens the hair and keeps it strong and healthy) Detangle and air dry hair
Moisturize (here you can apply the LOC or LCO method)
Style hair (with twists, braids, African threading, roll, tuck and pin hairstyles) I currently do an ayurvedic treatment* once every two months to strengthen my hair and prevent hair loss. My ayurvedic treatments consists of using Indian powders (you can read about the different ayurvedic powders here https://jostylin.com/ayurvedic-herbs-for-natural-hair-growth/). Since I have fine hair, I blow dry it occasionally to avoid breakage. Remember, your routine does not have to be complicated. The most important is to learn what works for your hair and stick to it. As your hair grows, you may want to change your routine to suit your needs.