Revised and Simplified Curly Hair Care Regimen

curly head hair care regiment

Every time I share something here on Fine Natural Hair and Faith, it’s my goal to write something useful to help you release that inner diva of yours (we all have one, admit it or not!). Hence, the previous tag line of this blog when it was entitled Radiant Brown Beauty: “Release Your Inner Diva with Radiant Skin and Hair Tips for all Shades of Beautiful.”

When I first started blogging, you’d find posts written about fine curly hair, skin care, product reviews, self esteem, and fitness from time to time. As I’ve evolved as a person, I realized that I really only have two passions for which I can share extensively on and not ever get tired or run out of ideas to share. Those two passions are hair and my life of faith. Hence, the birth of Fine Natural Hair and Faith

By no means am I much more than a self proclaimed expert but that’s because I’m quite acquainted and have spend many years caring for fine natural hair and as a special needs mom needing to hold on to the hand of God to get me through it all (FAITH).

Social networking is a beautiful thing. You meet women from various backgrounds interested in a lot of what I have to share. Most is about fine hair care but that’s OK. I’m happy to share all I know on the subject matter with the hopes of having an opportunity to share about the Lord.

For now, we shall talk fine hair care. The question that comes up over and over again is, “How do you care for your hair and what products do you use?” Basically, “What’s your fine curly hair routine?”

two strand twists on fine hair

My hair natural hair regimen has been revised and simplified (always learning, always changing). It’s not necessarily simple according to some but it is simplified. That’s why I thought it a good idea to put it altogether on one page for those interested in how I care for my hair, including defining my curls and retaining length.

The PJ (product junkie) in me has finally been slayed. I finally found the products that cause my hair to thrive but here’s my disclaimer up front. What works for me may or may not work for you. You can use my products and techniques as a guideline for discovery but it’s really important to invest the time to figure out what works for your hair.

Now, without further ado, here’s my complete curly hair care routine, revised and “simplified”.

Daily Hair Care (or several days a week):

  • Spritz hair with a combination of filtered water and leave in conditioner, concentrating on the ends
  • Seal length of the hair with an oil or butter based product
  • Seal ends of the hair with a slightly heavier oil
  • Tie hair down nightly with a satin scarf and cover with a satin bonnet (REVISED: I no longer sleep with a bonnet). I sometimes sleep with a but when I sleep with it uncovered, I just bun my hair and sleep on my satin pillow case.) If my hair is in twists, I wrap them or band them first. If my hair is curled, in a twist out or braid out, I put it in a pineapple. Click here for information on: the Pineapple Hair Technique

pineapple

Weekly Hair Care:

  • Pre-poo hair with an oil/conditioner combination
  • Wash hair, concentrating on my scalp
  • Detangle in the shower with a rinse out conditioner
  • Rinse with a cream rinse
  • Apply leave in conditioner
  • Seal hair – length then ends
  • Air dry in large twists or braids. Alternatively, if I’m going to put in smaller twists, I’ll air dry the hair undisturbed to about 85% dry and then proceed to twist

Monthly Hair Care

  • Henna (or henna gloss) hair
  • Zizyphus treatment to give curls a boost (every 3 months) – UPDATE: No need to use Zizyphus anymore
Hair Products Used

naturally curly hair products

Washing:

  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo (not pictured – UPDATE: No longer use)

Shower Detangling:

  • Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner
  • Dove Daily Moisturizing Conditioner (not pictured)
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (UPDATE: This is my product of choice…No longer use the Dove)

Treatments & Dry Detangling:

  • Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balance Conditioner OR Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner mixed with Vatika Coconut Oil for Pre-poo
  • Butters ‘N Bars Original Conditioning Hair Masque for Protein/Moisture Treatment
  • Henna for African Hair (1st choice, not pictured)
  • Jamila Henna (2nd choice, not pictured – UPDATE: I now get my henna from an Indian grocer or on Amazon)

Sealing:

  • Aubrey Organics Green Tea Cream Rinse for sealing the deep conditioner in before rinsing (UPDATE: No longer use)
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil for sealing ends of hair
  • Jojoba Oil for Sealing the length of hair
  • Shea or Mango Butter Mix (mixed with Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, JBCO, Vitamin E and Peppermint Essential Oil) for sealing length of hair (this is mostly used on top of Jojoba oil during the colder months)

Daily Conditioning:

  • Salerm 21 Leave in Conditioner (UPDATE: no longer use)
  • Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner (as a leave in UPDATe: no longer use)

Styling:

  • Aloe Vera Gel (first choice) for smoothing edges
  • Flax Seed Gel for holding twists
  • Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly for firm set Wash ‘n Go’s (UPDATE: no longer use)
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie for soft set Wash ‘n Go’s
  • Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Smoothie for Wash ‘n Go (combined with Get Set Hair Jelly) (UPDATE: no longer use)

Additional Hair Info

  • My hair tends to maintain its natural moisture/oil balance for days on end.
  • On the weeks that I sport wash ‘n go’s I do not spritz and seal. I just leave my hair alone until it’s time to wash.
  • I air dry and only straighten once a year.
  • I trim 2x a year and dust raggedy ends when hair is in twists or I come upon a split
  • I engage in protective styling 90% of the time with my hair either in twists or buns
  • As you can probably tell, my hair care products are almost all natural for the exception of a few
  • When it comes to the various products used within the same category (ex: conditioners), I rotate them out so that my hair doesn’t get too used to them

The products I’ve just shared with you, as well as the technique were a part of my life for a while but like anything. Nothing much stays the same. Hence, all the updates. Over time, I’ve discovered that my hair likes to change products over time.

side view of curly hair cut

I hope sharing my simplified fine curly hair care routine was helpful. Let me know in the comments section below!

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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.”


6 thoughts on “Revised and Simplified Curly Hair Care Regimen

    1. Hey Rashidah- We are good here. Some parts flooded and had trees down but not my neighborhood. I’s beautiful outside praise God! I’m having a little staycation since there’s no transportation :-0

      You can use the JBCO in a number of ways. Now you have me wanting to write a post on it LOL. As a matter of fact I’m going to do it right now so it will be thorough and you can refer back to it if you need to.

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