How To Build a Natural Hair Regimen

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Whether you're transitioning or fully natural the key to successful and healthy hair growth will be your regimen. In order to build a regimen that works for you, you'll have to experience trial and error. Keep in mind what works for one doesn't always work for another. 

Starter Products

  • Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner - Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners work to cleanse, detangle and soften your hair. Be sure to read the label to ensure that it is sulfate and paraben free!

  • Deep Conditioner (DC) - A deep conditioner is like added security, it helps to prevent and reverse damage done to your hair from the elements. You can even mix some of your favorite products and make your own.

  • Clarifying Shampoo -  Really gives a deep cleansing, removing buildup without stripping the hair of its essential oils. This will allow your moisturizing and deep conditioners to penetrate your hair.

  • Protein Conditioner - My favorite protein treatment is the ApHogee Two Step Protein Treatment. Keep in mind that protein treatments come in different strengths , you only want to use this product once or twice a month to avoid protein overload!

  • Leave-in Conditioner/Moisturizer - Be sure to look for a hydrating or "water based" moisturizer, they do a great job at helping retain the moisture in your hair between wash-days!

  • Oil - Oil seals in the moisture from other products into your hair. Light oils such as JoJoba or Coconut, won't weigh down your hair or leave it feeling greasy.

  • Styling Gel - Provides hold for styles such as twistouts, wash-and-gos and sleek buns, tames edges and flyaways. Available in various strengths (holds), my favorite ALCOHOL-FREE gels are ECOCO's EcoStyler Gel and Deva Curl's Light Defining Gel

Basic Regimen:

  • Shampoo (or Co-wash), condition & deep condition once a week.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo and protein treatment at least once a month.
  • Throughout the week moisturize and seal.
  • Stretch and maintain styles to once a week.
  • Replace heat drying with air drying.

If you have any other tips or would like to share your regimen, please share them in the below!

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