Creating a solid hair regimen, especially starting out, is one of the best things that you can do to ensure that your curls are happy and healthy. This is because natural hair needs targeted care on a regular basis to thrive. Washing, conditioning, deep conditioning, and more should be considered when planning your hair regimen.
Striking a balance between what your hair needs and the time and effort that you would like to devote is very important. This post will help you learn how to create a hair regimen for natural hair.
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Shampoo and Condition
How Often Should I Shampoo and Condition?
The choice of how often to wash your hair depends on two factors:
- How long it takes for your hair to get oily or dirty – For some people, it takes a week or more for their hair to feel dirty or full of residue. For others, it only takes a day or two for the oil to take over. The rate at which our hair gets oily is individual and depends on our hair structure, our scalp glands’ oil production rate, and the products that we use regularly. Don’t wash your hair every day just because you see someone else doing it. Do it because it makes sense for your hair.
- Your personal schedule – This one is a bit more self-explanatory and goes for every aspect of your hair regimen. If you do not have much time to work with, try not to set a routine that is too time-intensive. If you create a regimen that does not fit seamlessly into your existing routine, you will have trouble sticking to the regimen.
*Over-washing naturally curly hair is one of the top causes of dry, brittle hair. Natural oils that we all accumulate on our hair strands help to lubricate the hair and protect it from dryness. If you wash these away too often or with harsh products, your hair will be dry, desert dry. Dry hair splits and breaks easier than moisturized hair. This is something to keep in mind.
Best Practices for Shampooing and Conditioning
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Massage the shampoo into your scalp and allow it to run down the remainder of your hair as you rinse the shampoo out. Doing this allows you to preserve more of your hair’s moisture. Then apply the conditioner to your hair, focusing mostly on the ends of your hair, which are the most fragile.
To maintain healthy hair, you may need a protein treatment every so often. Because moisture and protein in our hair need to be balanced, we see negative effects in hair that has a protein/moisture imbalance (too much or too little of either).
When is it time for a protein treatment?
It is time for a protein treatment when your hair begins to go limp and lifeless beyond all reason. Most people who do not chemically process (color, bleach, perm, or relax) their hair usually do not have to do protein treatments very often.
But if your hair is color-treated or otherwise processed, you may need protein treatments more often than others. This is because the hair’s shaft is penetrated by the hair color or other chemicals, usually resulting in hair weakness. Protein treatments help to nurse hair back to health after the hair’s shaft has been compromised.
If you find that your hair is still feeling dry after using a regular conditioner, maybe you need to incorporate deep conditioning into your regimen. Most people who deep condition prefer to do it monthly, biweekly, or weekly.
Choose based on your hair’s needs. If you try deep conditioning once a month and your hair is still dry, you can try deep conditioning more often. Find what works for your hair.
Right now, I am hopelessly in love with this Shea Moisture Deep Conditioner. I use it faithfully on every wash day. I smooth the deep conditioner onto my hair and let it sit on my hair for anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes. Then I simply rinse it out.
Getting a Trim
The most common recommendation for trims is that they should be done once every three months. This won’t work for everyone though. Some people may need to get a trim every 6 weeks while others can wait every 6 months to a year.
The decision should be based on you and your hair. If you do not have many split ends and your hair is behaving to your liking, there is no need for a hair cut. On the other hand, if you do a lot of high-manipulation styles, your hair is bleached, and you notice lots of split ends, you’ll need to get trims more often.
Keeping Track of Your Hair Regimen
Write It Down, or Don’t
If you are someone who prefers listing things out and organizing, I recommend writing out your hair regimen in a planner or using a calendar. Note what you will be doing to your hair along with the date that you will be doing it. This helps to keep things organized and gives you a big-picture view of everything.
If you are like me, you don’t want to write anything down. In that case, just make sure that you have a general idea of how you are going to take care of your hair. Make a mental note here and there of what works for your hair and what does not.
I must emphasize that a hair regimen should not be strict and oppressive. It should be doable and not a huge chore. Your hair will not trip and fall off your head if you miss a deep conditioning session!
I hope that this post helps you with your hair regimen.
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