It’s been a few months since I’ve started following a mostly Indian herbal hair care regimen. It’s a minimal way of caring for your hair as it requires single ingredient all natural items. Yet, it’s important to take any changes you make to your hair regimen slowly and in steps. Changing all of your hair products at once not only causes overwhelm, it prevents you from really knowing what it is that your hair favors or intensely dislikes. That’s why you don’t want to switch everything at once. Just like any minimalist natural hair regimen, you want to make as few changes as possible to start easily caring for your natural hair.
I’m currently still washing my hair with shampoo and cleansing conditioners but the next step in going fully herbal hair care is to switch out washing my hair with those items to cleansing it with clays, african black soap or herbal shampoo bars.
I’ll continue to use natural deep conditioners to create hair glosses like henna or cassia glosses in the interim but the next phase will be to cut those out in favor of creating my glosses solely with all natural single ingredients like honey or avocado.
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1 Step Pre-Poo/Detangle/Cleanse/Deep Condition
Take the oil of your choice (coconut and olive preferred for an effective pre-poo), mix it with a cleansing conditioner, work it through your hair in sections while finger detangling (a large tooth comb optional).
Depending on the length and density of your hair, this can take anywhere from 10 minutes to a half hour. When you’re done working your pre-poo/detangle/cleanser mixture through your hair, throw on a plastic cap and sit under a warm conditioning cap for 15 mins. Then, hop in the shower (or rinse it all out at the sink) while smoothing your hair’s cuticles and massaging your scalp.
Why This Minimalist Natural Hair Regimen is Great
Using a mixture containing oil adds slip to aid with detangling as well as providing your hair with protection during washing.
Both coconut and olive oil help prevent hygral fatigue (protein loss caused during the hair washing process). They also both serve as natural conditioners for your hair.
A cleansing conditioner has properties that help you to clean and condition your hair. When it’s time to rinse your mix of products out, your scalp will be clean and your hair will be clean & conditioned in the process.
Massaging your scalp is taken care of rinse our process when your scalp’s pores are open. It also cuts out the need for a second step in your natural hair regimen since the oils are already in your hair.
Notice you only use two products: oil + cleansing conditioner) making this minimalist natural hair regimen great for your budget. Plus, It is such a simple and easy way to get your hair clean and in great condition when you are short on time or just being plain lazy! Just be sure that you do take at least one day out of the month to clarify your hair.
Often times when we use conditioners (even cleansing conditioners), we get a bit of product build up. You don’t want that because it causes your hair to look drab and will have difficulty receiving moisture. Plus, there’s nothing like a full spa day for your hair!
What About Styling?
When it comes to styling your natural hair as part of a minimalist hair regimen, the same principle applies. Less is more.
For ladies like myself who have fine hair, styling should be very minimal to prevent breakage. Here are 3 ways I incorporate hair styling into a natural hair regimen based on minimalism:
– Stretching my t-shirt dried hair in 4 ponytails using the banding method until dry, followed by one big protective bun for the rest of the week
– Putting my t-shirt dried hair in 6-8 large twists which are stretched either in large rollers or banded in 2 ponytails until dry. I then proceed to wear those twists in a bun until they get fuzzy or release them for a twist out
– The Wash ‘n Go. It’s a very simple way to set your curls for a few days without having to manipulate them again.
So, how about it. Are you open to trying this minimalist natural hair regimen?