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Monday, March 30, 2009

My hair regimen *Updated 6/2*

*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.

Products:
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

19 comments:

lawanda said...

This was great
Thanks

amina_vane said...

sounds so easy and your hair is amazing ;-)
nunaa

Tanyetta said...

I need to just come to your house.

DJ will help with the laundry and you can walk me through this head of mine :)

Queeny20 said...

Yes Tanyetta. I think we can arrange that!!! Q

Janet in Atlanta said...

Girl your hair is so amazing to me. Whenever I get the urge to relax, I'm coming to your blog to admire your beautiful hair and to get some reggie tips.

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Janet in Atlanta said...

I need to figure out how to avoid single strand knots. My hair is healthy except for this annoyance. Can you recommend a way for me to avoid single strand knots, I'm only straightening my hair about once every 6 months myself.

Queeny20 said...

AtlantaJJ- I think as a natural, those knots come with the territory. However we can cut back on the amount by making sure our hair stays moist and by sealing your ends. It doesn't have to be wet all the time but never let it get crunchy dry. Doing that has helped me tremendously. Q

Janet in Atlanta said...

Thank you, this last wash I used a good bit of coconut oil on my ends. Since it's warm and it was melted it's much easier to use. I will make sure to pay special attention to my ends from now on. Thank you!

jnharrigin20 said...

Could you please make it simpler . Like just put exactly what you do and what you use ....

Queeny20 said...

Hi jnharrigin20,
I think it is pretty simple already. I do different things depending on the time of year. So right now, I follow my Spring and Summer regimen so I do a lot of conditioner washes throughout the week.

I do this at night-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 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.

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.

Hopefully this makes it flow a little better for you. Q

MsVal said...

Thanks for giving me the link... You are truly giving me the strength to continue with this transition. Your regimen looks simple enough, my question is... How often do you use the Sulfur 8 and fermodyl 619? Have you ever tried Henna? How long have you been natural?

Queeny20 said...

Hi Val, thank you for stopping by. I only use the sulfur 8 during the winter when I tend to have a lot of dandruff. The fermodyl is in a spray bottle with water and I spray my hair with it at night. Not every night but just when I am sealing and feel my ends need some moisture. I have not tried henna on my hair but I used it on my daughter's. I used the cassia which is called the neutral henna and it was great. This November will make 9 years natural for me. Q

MsVal said...

Do you use the fermodyl 619 vials or do you use the one that already comes in a spray bottle?

Queeny20 said...

I use the vials and mix them in a spray bottle with bottled water. Q

Yakini said...

Love your tips for healthy hair! And you've got the tresses to prove it.

Maria said...

Queeny, thank you for directing me to your hair regimen link. I will start working this tomorrow. It seems easy enough. You have truly given me the inspiration to continue this journey. Thanks.
Maria

Blessedone said...

I love your hair. I first saw it on Patience for long hair. I'm so happy I found you again, so I can get your awesome tips for growing my hair long & healthy like yours! God bless.

carlotte said...

what can i do to get my right side to grow