2014 Complete Natural Hair Care Regimen and Products

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It’s been a heck  of a year. 2013 is on it’s way out and as the year comes to a close so does another season. Summer flew by and now it’s fall. Then, winter. With all of these seasonal changes, our hair’s needs change as well.

When I first began getting in touch with my natural hair about 4 years ago (I was natural for about 5 or 6 years prior and had no clue what to do other than flat iron), I purchased almost every product another natural said was good. I figured if it worked for them, it would work for  me. WRONG.

Fast forward to today and I get it. I really get it. What is it you wonder? My hair of course! I get what my hair likes, doesn’t like and most importantly what it needs. Specifically, moisture and protein. Both are important.

New Hair Regimen

While I get that hair can change over time, I’m pretty confident that my new and simplified regimen will remain the same. At least, for a while. You never know until your hair stops responding to certain products. That’s why I’ve simplified and am keeping it 99.9% natural with the products I use.  My hair loves all natural products.

Now, before I share the products let’s take a look at the new simplified regimen:

Monthly

– Pre-poo and finger detangle with personalized mixture (I will share it in the near future).
– Co-wash hair (I’ve never felt the need to clarify so for now I won’t)
– Apply protein treatment followed by moisturizing deep conditioning treatment
– Apple cream rinse or diluted apple cider vinegar
– Seal and style (twists, braids or a wash ‘n go)

Biweekly

Only if necessary, I rinse my hair with water in the shower and then chase it with a small amount of Grapeseed oil to seal in the moisture. This includes a light finger detangling session.

Daily

– At night, employ the Greenhouse Effect method 5x a week. On the other nights, put hair in a bun and cover with a bonnet
-In the morning, seal in the moisture accumulated from doing the Greenhouse Effect throughout the night
– Apply a little moisture to ends of hair in the mornings I don’t use the GHE

In addition to these simple hair routines, I will continue to henna my hair as needed (aka when the grays pop up!). I will also dust my ends as needed (usually, it’s about twice a year). I don’t plan to get a professional trim for a couple of years. I want to reach my goal length (however, uneven) first. It doesn’t bother me much that my hair isn’t completely even since I wear it in it’s curly state most of the time.

Hair Care Products That Remain in My Regimen

As I mentioned, I was a PJ (product junky), purchasing everything under the sun looking for the magic product that would make my hair cook, clean and make money. Dang, that’s a husband. Wrong wish list.

Anyhow, now that I’m no longer a PJ (limited products makes my bank account happier), I’ve settled on a pretty short list of hair care products:

  • As I Am Coconut CoWash
  • Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner (in pre-poo)
  • Shea Moisture Anti-breakage Masque (protein treatment)
  • Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner (for rinsing) or
    • Shikai Natural Everyday Conditioner (for rinsing, clumping  and after a henna treatment)
  • Aubrey Organics Green Tea Cream Rinse (for final rinse)
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (for twists, moisture and soft set wash ‘n go’s)
  • Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter (for twists)
  • Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly (for firm set wash ‘n go’s)
  • Aloe Vera Gel (for twists & moisture)
  • Natural oils (for sealing & lubricating): Jojoba, Grape Seed, Pumpkin seed, Sweet Almond, Coconut, Avocado, Argan
  • Mango Butter (for sealing)
  • Henna

This list is extremely short compared to what I used to use. You’ll also notice that some of the products are for rotation and many from my previous hair care regimen are no longer with me. I just don’t need them.

This is it for me. Everything on this list is 100% natural except for the Bee Hold Butter, Shikai condish and Trader Joe’s condish. Each have a small amount of preservative (toward end of the ingredient list). I checked out these  ingredients over at the EWG Cosmetics Database and they are reported as being safe in small amounts.

Stay tuned for a future post where I’ll be sharing my new and improved pre-poo mixture. I’ve had to reformulate this puppy a few times to determine the most effective mixture. I need my pre-poo to detangle easily as well as contain ingredients that fortify my hair and scalp.

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Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

8 thoughts on “2014 Complete Natural Hair Care Regimen and Products

  1. nappy headed black girl Reply

    Michelle, do you not wash at all? I mean with regular shampoo? Also, do you plan to grow your shaved part back?

    I’ve been implementing some changes also. I’ve started using a protein treatment and I want to start using black soap. I’ve yet to find a liquid formula that does it for me.

    Now I’m off to read your post about GHE…

    • Michelle Post authorReply

      I am only using the As I Am cowash. No more shampoo. I’m not against shampoo though. I like Shea Moisture’s Moisture Retention shampoo. I just find my hair doesn’t really need it (the deep clean) now that I’m no longer using products that cause build up or are unnatural.
      Girl, this shaved part is growing already. It was something to try. I should have done it at the beginning of the summer so I could have rocked the style while the temps were warm. It’s getting cold here in NY now and I do not really wear hats so I need my hair for warmth LOL.

  2. Alison Reply

    “Purchasing everything under the sun looking for the magic product that would make my hair cook, clean and make money. Dang, that’s a husband. Wrong wish list.” You have me here cracking up. But I get the PJ thing and have been weaning myself away from product lust. Thanks for all of the info; you have been a great source for me.

  3. Jones Reply

    Hi Michelle , You have shared a good and best information related to hair care . I also use many products so that my hair looks cool and healthy . Thanks for sharing such information .

  4. Emily Kristina Reply

    I have natural locks and used Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie product to twist and hold my locks. Let me just say, it works amazingly! My hair feels soft and moisturized and when it dried, the locks were held in this amazingly soft, coiled pattern.

  5. Emma Brown Reply

    Absolutely amazing Deep Conditioning Treatment!! My hair looked flawless after using Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner. Super shiny, bouncy, defined, moisturized, voluminous curls!

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