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Hair Regimen for Natural Hair

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How to Create a Hair Regimen for Natural Hair

Haircare is important! Building an effective hair regimen is the key to maintaining healthy and strong hair.

A Hair Regimen promotes structure and consistency. Even though your hair regimen is daily, weekly. Build your own regimen that works for you will be necessary.

What works for one person might not work for the next person. Be attentive to your hair and be willing to try different things that will promote healthy hair.

What do you Need to Build a Hair Care Routine?

Healthy long hair? To succeed, I urge you to set up a hair regime that’s simple as possible. I call it the add-in and takeout technique. Whatever works for you go with it! There are countless products, methods, techniques, and tools for hair-care-related.

1.  SHAMPOO 

Scalp care is a very important part of your hair regimen. A healthy scalp promotes healthy hair. The primary purpose of cleansing is to extract dirt, product build-up, and oil from the scalp. Use shampoos that don’t contain sodium sulphate. Get into the routine of washing your hair at least once a week.

When you cleanse focus on your scalp, apply the shampoo to the scalp using your fingertips working the products from the roots to the ends. Take the time to massage your scalp, which promotes hair growth. It is essential to use a moisturizing conditioner after cleansing to add moisture.

For a deep-cleansing. Use a clarifying shampoo at least once a month. Use after swimming, heavy styling products and before and after protective style.

*Favorite Cleansers

2.  MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

Moisture is the key to keep your hair healthy and strong. Conditioning your hair is a fundamental part of a healthy hair regimen. Conditioner closes the hair cuticle, making it simpler to finger detangle/combing.

Always divide your hair into four sections. I urge you finger detangling to remove any knots or tangles. Start from the ends working your way up to the roots. After if desired, use a wide-tooth comb. Apply conditioner to re-soften the hair before applying the shampoo.

*Favorite Moisturizing Conditioners (budget-friendly)

  • Garnier Whole Blends Replenishing Conditioner
  • OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner
  • Tresemme Botanique Conditioner

3.  DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT

A deep conditioning mask is an intensive conditioning treatment that those with all hair types should do. The deep treatment heals, restores and penetrates into the hair cuticle. Giving the hair a long-lasting conditioning effect.

I recommended that you deep condition once a week for up to 20-45 minutes or as much as you can. You can use a heating cap, a hooded dryer to maximize the product.

A little conditioner goes a long way!

*Favorite Deep Conditioners

4.  LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

Keeping your hair moisturized is important. A leave-in conditioner is essential to apply after cleansing and conditioning the hair. The purpose is to promote hair moisture while reducing breakage.

Remember to squeeze the excess water and apply your leave-in conditioner while in the shower can be more efficient. I add half a teaspoon of my favourite leave in a spray bottle for daily moisturizing.

*Favorite Leave-In Conditioners 

  • Kinky-Curly Knot Today 
  • Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner
  • As I Am Long and Luxe Pomegranate & Passion Fruit Groyogurt Leave-In Conditioner

5.  PROTEIN TREATMENT 

Hair is made up of a protein called keratin. Protein treatment prevents breakage and adds strength to damaged hair. Try a protein treatment if your hair is dry, brittle, and experiencing breakage/split ends. For starters, you can use a simple shampoo/conditioner with protein.

I suggest using a light/medium (ApHogee Intense Two Minutes Keratin Reconstructor) protein treatment every 3-6 weeks.

Stronger protein treatments like an ApHogee two-step protein a heavy protein. I suggest to every 6-8 months. Remember to listen to your hair! Be careful, not to overuse protein. Using too much protein may cause breakage.

*Favorite Protein Treatments

  • ApHogee Intense Two Minutes Keratin Reconstructor
  • Nexxus Kerahix Restorative Strengthening Conditioner
  • ApHogee Two-Step Treatment Protein for Damaged Hair
  • Nexxus Emergencee Treatment for Damaged Hair

6.  TRIM 

Trimming your hair is essential, one of the easiest ways to give your hair an instant, healthier look. Trims will prevent split ends, frizz, and breakage.

If, you plan on doing the trim yourself. I recommend doing the research before or seeking professional advice. The first part, get the right tools (sharp hair shears.) I trim my hair every 6-8 months.

7.  PROTECTIVE STYLING 

Protective styling/low maintenance is any style that reduces hair combing or manipulation. The benefits of protective styles are to protect your hair from elements preventing breakage.

Examples of protective hairstyles: Flat twist style, updos, braid outs, Bantu knots, buns, box Braids, cornrow, etc.

8.  HEAT REDUCTION

Reducing heat is another essential part of your natural hair journey. You should not ignore this part. Avoid using direct heat (blow-dryer). We use heat from time to time. But when you apply heat, please apply a heat good quality heat protectant.

Substitute the blow-dryer (direct heat) for a hooded dryer (indirect heat) is the best thing you can do for your natural hair.

Air drying is one of the safest methods to dry your hair. However, it can take longer to dry when using styling products.

My hooded dryer is the master of hair tools!!

9.  NIGHTTIME HAIR CARE

Care for your hair while you sleep. Cotton pillowcases are abrasive to your hair and suck the moisture from our hair. I suggest you invest in a good quality satin pillowcase or scarf.

SAMPLE HAIR REGIMEN 

Daily
  • Moisturizer — spritz your hair with water or mixed with a leave-in conditioner
  • Night care — protect your hair with a silk pillowcase or bonnet
  • Secure your hair — Braids, branding, pineapple method
Weekly
  • Shampoo/cleanse — co-wash, no water wash
  • Moisturizing conditioner — restore moisture
  • Detangle — wet hair, finger detangle, wide-tooth comb
  • Scalp massage — promote hair growth
  • Deep moisturizing treatment mask — sit under a hooded dryer/heat cap
  • Leave-in conditioner — maintain moisture
  • Low maintenance hairstyle — buns, braids, two strand twist
Monthly
  • Clarifying shampoo — clarify unwanted product build-up
  • Clay wash — define/elongate curls, restore moisture
  • Hot oil treatment — restore shine
  • Protective/low maintenance hairstyles — less manipulation
  • Hair assessment — assess scalp, ends of the hair
  • Clean your hair tools — keep them working well
When needed
  • Protein treatment — restore damaged hair (3-6 months)
  • Trim ends — maintain healthy hair/easier to detangle and style
  • Protective style — give your hair a break

Life, the journey we walk, we must seek for the knowledge and the knowledge will grow into our truth. Our sincerity is our guidance, but persistence is the leader!

If you have questions or help with sitting up a hair regimen, leave me a message below or email me at rebecca@embracenaturalhair.com.

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6 thoughts on “Hair Regimen for Natural Hair
  1. Michel

    Some great advice on hair care. Even though you give advice here for frizzy hair, most of the advice would work on all hair types. I see more and more people are recommending products that are sulfate free. Is this because sulphates dry out your hair?

    I liked the advice best that suggests protective styling. I try not to use heat on my hair unless I have a special function to attend, which isn’t too often. I find plaiting my hair before going to bed also helps to keep my hair smooth, as well as give it some body the next day. Sleeping on a silk pillow definitely goes a long way towards preventing your hair from drying out.

    • Rebecca

      Greetings Michel, 
      Yes, sulphate is very drying to our hair. It’s pretty much the same chemical in our dish soap. There is are many products on the market, claiming to be free of these chemicals. But, not always the case. We have to be informed of the product we are using. Not only that it can affect our hair but also our health on a whole. 
      Please check my post on shampoos and other ways to cleanse your hair. Bed-time care is really important. The slink pillowcase do go a long way also great for sensitive skin.
      I am happy to be of some help to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need a helping hands with hair-care. 

      Thank you, 
      Rebecca 

  2. David

    You did a great job in explaining your topic with recommendations too. I love natural hair and it always look good when taken proper care of with the right product. 

    I couldn’t agree with you less on creating an effective hair regimen being the key to a healthy hair growth. I also love the way you explained in details with examples what you Need to Build a Hair Care Routine. I never knew that sodium sulfate is not healthy for hairs untill i came across your article. I will always watch out for it whenever i want to get a shampo for my hair.

    Thanks once again for sharing!

    Chees!

    • Rebecca

      Greetings David, 

      Natural hair is outstanding! We learn something new everyday! Thank you for your feedback!  

      Much thanks,

      Rebecca 

  3. Khobayer Khan

    Hello,

    This blog is really helpful for everyone. Everyone loves there hair. This blog is really helpful for me that how can i care my hair. My sister face problem with her hair. But when i read your blog i thing now she can solve her problem.

    This is a nice blog about Hair. 

    Thanks for your wonderful blog. It’s really helpful for my sister.

    • Rebecca

      Greetings Khobayer, 

      This is amazing! I am humbled to hear my blog was of some help to you and your sister. If she has any question, feel free to contact me. 

      Much thanks! 

      Rebecca 

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