How To Create A Hair Regiment In 8 Easy Steps
Wash day can be intimidating for new naturals, especially if you look at a YouTuber for guidance. They may have use too many products for your liking, or not even components for the state of your hair. No need to look any further, this blog post is for you.
When building a hair regiment the two main categories are your wash day routine, and your daily hair maintenance routine. Let’s begin building a simple wash day routine. Your first step is to decide how often will you have wash days. Will it be weekly or biweekly? Will you always shampoo, or clarify once month and use a cowash for the remainder wash days? Once you have that figured out, you can place your wash day into 5 simple steps.
- Cleanse [CoWash or Shampoo]: cleansing your hair is a MUST. Buildup can cause scalp irritation, which can hinder hair growth. Using a clairiflying (or moisturizing) shampoo or a cleansing conditioner is completely up to you and what your hair needs.
- Condition: always condition after cleansing to return some of the moisture that was stripped. I like to condition to prep my hair for detangling.
- Detangle: weather you’re using your fingers, a wide tooth comb, or a brush always detangle. If you don’t the hair become knotted, matted, which definitely leads to breakage.
- Deep Condition: you should always deep condition every time you wash. Moisture is so important when having natural hair, deep conditioning helps with adding moisture as well as retaining it.
- Moisturize, Dry, and/or Style: while drying your hair is optional, moisturizing it is not. Be sure to choose products for your hair type, and based on what your hair needs. When styling try to choose styles you don’t have to keep doing, that way you don’t over manipulate the hair.
Once you have your basic routine down you can add in more components such as a pre-poo (adding oil to the hair and allowing it to sit before cleansing for added moisture), protein treatments, or any DIY hair treatments you may want to try out. Once you have a wash day routine that work for you, be consistent with it. Now that you have your wash day routine in place, it’s time for a daily maintenance routine.
10 times out of 10 natural hair is dry due to the fact that our sebum (natural scalp oil) does not make it all the way down our hair strands because pf our curls. Having a daily hair maintenance routine is essential to retaining moisture, as well as length. Don’t panic, this one is super easy.
- Add some kind of moisture daily: You can simply spritz your hair with water daily for your moisture, or go as far as doing the LOC/LCO/LOCO method nightly.
- Minimal hair manipulation: keep your hands out of your hair as much as possible.
- Hair protection: satin pillow case, satin scarfs, satin bonnets. Invest in them, they are your friend.
Now keep in mind that these are just basic steps, feel free to tweak them however you choose. Try to be consistent with your routine, as well as with your products. If you introduce a new product to your hair give it at least a week before ruling it out, or adding another product.
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