Do you deep condition monthly? weekly?
What are the best ways to get moisture into natural hair?
Should you do protein treatments even when your hair isn’t breaking? How often?
These are all great questions. Ones that only you can answer for yourself as you develop your own hair regimen. Sure, you should could use another’s hair care regimen (that was one of mine) to get you started but over time you’ll discover that some things will work and others…not so much. You will also change your regimen from time to time. That’s just you learning your hair.
When I decided to go natural well over ten years ago, I was not aware of any natural hair blogs or Youtube. There was a lot of trial and error experiences while I was working toward building my hair regimen. In fact, at the time I didn’t even realize that’s what I was doing. All I knew was I needed to wash, condition and moisturize my hair. Protein was a part of my hair care but at no particular time did I do a protein treatment. Just whenever. There was a lot of shooting in the dark.
You have the benefit of my trial and error moments simply by reading what I’m about to share. So, back to the question at hand. What’s the first thing you should do when building a hair regimen?
What’s Your Hair’s Porosity?
Hair porosity is defined by your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. This is determined by a few things:
- How tight your hair’s cuticles are or how raised
- The length of time it takes for your hair to dry
- How your hair absorbs products
- How well your hair holds a style
There’s three different levels of porosity: Low, Medium (otherwise known as Normal) or High.
So, if you haven’t figured it out by now; the one thing you should do before you even start trying to develop a hair regimen is to find out your hair’s porosity level. You can read all about it over on Ouidad’s blog: All About Porosity. You’ll discover three different methods to help you figure it out. So, yeah go there.
Once you discover your hair’s porosity level, you can start not only building a hair regimen. You’ll be able to build an effective one, knowing what products and techniques work best for your hair. By knowing your hair’s porosity level, you’ll also save yourself a lot of time (and money) trying various products that likely won’t work for your hair type.