Since i’ve had my big chop, I’ve been getting messages on how to build a natural hair care regimen, products to use and so on. I have my healthy mane of hair that i grew in one year to thank for that.I have not been able to answer everyone one after the other for a host of reasons so I decided to do this post to answer all questions at once.
Now the first thing i will like to say is that most people do have a regimen of some sorts, they just dont have one that works. I have tried and tested mine so i hope it helps someone out there.
When you are new or just starting out on your natural hair journey you may not be so sure how to build your natural hair care regimen but the good news is, building a regimen doesn’t have to be challenging. All you need is to cover the basic steps of care which are: Cleansing, Deep Conditioning, Moisturizing, Detangling, and Protective Styles
Every hair regimen starts with a clean scalp. This is one area, where it definitely varies for everyone. Most people opt to wash every week while others (like me) wash as infrequently as once a month. There is really not one right or wrong answer when it comes to this area, its more so about what is going to work for you. Factors to consider would be the length of your hair, your lifestyle and your hair’s fragility. A good rule would be to wash once a week, but if you find that this is not working for you try extending the time between washes. You will know if this working for you based upon how your hair feels when you touch it and sometimes by just looking at it.
Deep Conditioning is one of the most important aspects of a natural hair care routine. It helps restore hair’s strength and it contributes to moisture retention.It is the process of imparting strength or vigor to your hair with moisture or protein. Sometimes your hair might feel dry or brittle, you might experience excessive breakage or splitting along the hair shaft. These things are an indication that a deep conditioning treatment is needed. At this point, you can use a deep conditioning treatment to remedy these problems. Personally, I deep condition as a preventive measure. I include it in my routine because it helps me prevent any damage that might be aggravated if deep conditioning wasn’t a regular part of my routine. Deep conditioning is important.
If you don’t moisturize your natural hair, your natural hair will dry out and BREAK! Spray your hair liberally with water, coat with your favorite leave in conditioner, and seal with your butter.
On freshly washed hair try the Liquid Oil and Cream method. (that’s my method ?)
This is an area where you really need to be careful because if you are not, you may end up losing a lot of hair. When you detangle you should have some sort of moisture in your hair, detangling on hair that is completely dry can be disastrous. Some naturals like to detangle only on wet hair, you don’t have to do this, but make sure you have a product in your hair that will give you some sort of slip. If you have 4b or 4c hair ( know your hair type ) that is really fine then you may want to finger comb to detangle rather than use a comb to avoid breakage. Always take your time to detangle and start from the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots.
If you are trying to retain length and your texture is easily prone to breakage, protective styles in particular are going to become your best friend. With protective styles such as twists and cornrows, you don’t have to style your hair daily and it helps to prevent breakage from manipulation of the hair. However, in addition to helping you retain more hair they also make life easier for you. Wearing your natural hair out all the time is a lot of maintenance on your part, while protective styles require little work.
There you have it, you can start your journey now with little or no hassle. Do you have comments or questions? Let me know in the comment section.
Happy Natural Hair Growing!!