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:
– 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)
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.
– 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)
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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