*I updated my regimen and changed the order and hopefully this makes it easier to understand.*
A friend of mine was asking me about my hair today. Suddenly it clicked that I haven't posted my regimen here. Funny how I have been featured on other sites but yet neglected to put my info right here. It sounds like a lot when it's typed out but it's really simple.
Winter- I wash or co-wash my hair while in braids or twists at least once a week. Then I detangle if needed, put some oil or butter on my hair and ends, and style. If my scalp is dry or I am seeing dandruff, I will apply some sulfur 8 grease to my scalp.
Spring and Summer- I do a lot of conditioner washes and wear a lot of wash n gos. Having a micro fiber hair towel is key to soaking up all the water.
Once a week I take out the braids or twists, I apply castor oil and let it soak in. Then I put my hair in 4 loose braids, wash and, apply conditioner. I rinse each braid individually and rebraid to avoid a head full of tangles. I apply castor oil or avocado butter to my hair, detangle with my bone comb and then rebraid or twist.
I apply a dime sized amount castor oil or avocado butter to my ends every night and sleep with my satin bonnet or scarf. Occasionally, I will spray my ends at night with some water mixed with fermodyl 619 and then put on the butter and/or oil on my ends to seal.
Once a month I clarify and do a protein deep condition. I follow it up with a moisturizing dc and then proceed with detangling and styling.
Every 6 months, I go to my beautician. She flat irons,then presses, trims and curls my hair. That is the only time I trim my hair and I usually lose about 1/2 to 1 full inch each time. I wear my hair straight for a week or so just for dh and then the first wash after, I do a deep condition with protein and moisture.
Shampoos- Suave biobasics, humectant, Hair One, and Envia ultra hydrating
Conditioners- Suave biobasics, humectant, Envia, Hair One, The Body Shop's honey conditioner, and pantene relaxed and natural hair mask
Protein- ion reconstructor, 2 minute aphogee, and Jasmine's
Moisturizing dc- I'll use the pantene mask or the Body's Shop's conditioner and let it sit on my head for about 30 minutes.
Styling aids- castor oil, avocado butter, coconut oil, hairveda and afroveda products
Leave ins- I will leave a little of the Hair One on my hair
Must have tools- bone comb, micro fiber hair towel, denman brush, satin bonnet, and scarf
Keys to healthy hair:
Find what works and stick to it.
Proper moisture and protein balance.
If you can't wash or cowash often, spritz your hair to add moisture back to it.
Take care of your ends for retention.
Baby your hair. Don't just rake through it and abuse it.
Play around with different styles.
Hope this info helps. Q