Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Creating a Hair Regimen

You have probably read somewhere that having a hair regimen is essential in maintaining your natural hair. However, you might not know how to create one. Below, I will provide some guidelines on how to create a hair regimen.

There are four segments to a complete natural hair regimen. They are:

1. Weekly maintenance
2. Daily maintenance
3. Monthly maintenance
4. Nightly maintenance

Weekly Maintenance
This type of maintenance consists of having a Wash Routine and a Post Wash Routine. Within the Wash Routine, you have your choice of co-washing and sulfate-free shampooing.  Read more about Wash Day by clicking here,

It is vital to do a deep conditioning during the weekly maintenance. This will help to keep your hair soft and restore the moisture that was lost after washing your hair. This is especially vital if you use a sulfate shampoo.

Post wash, remember to use a leave in conditioner, and moisturizer to help keep your hair nourished and soft. This is essential if your hair tends to be dry. You can also apply oils to your hair at this point. Remember to seal your ends with either a thick oil or butter.

For the styling process, if you choose to use gels, be careful to check the ingredients for alcohol. Alcohol can dry up your hair and cause breakage. To reduce the crunchy factor of the gel, apply oil or moisturize prior to using the gel.

Daily Maintenance
Simple daily maintenance involves keeping your hair moisturized. If your hair lacks moisture, this can create breakage and cause you to not be able to retain length. Depending on your hair needs, you can choose to do this daily or every other day. At this point, you can seal your ends

Moisturizing your hair can be done using two methods. The LOC method or the LCO method. Learn more about these methods by watching this video.

Monthly Maintenance
There are some treatments that you can choose to do only on a monthly basis. An important one is to clarify your hair. Clarifying your hair helps remove any product build up from your hair. This also helps your products be able to penetrate better into your hair strands. Click here to read more about clarifying your hair.

Doing a protein treatment is very essential to reducing breakage and help restore damaged hair. Depending on how well your hair handles protein, you can choose to do a light treatment or a more heavy treatment. Determine if you need a protein treatment by doing a simple test shown in here. If your hair is protein-sensitive, you can skip this step.

Nightly Maintenance
Caring for your hair does not end during the day. Having a night routine helps protect your hair when you sleep. Due to the delicate natural of our hair, what we lay our heads on or protect our hair with is very important in maintaining moisture within our hair. By incorporating the use of satin bonnets or scarves or sleeping on a satin pillowcase will help retain the moisture we have in our hair. Before going to bed, it is crucial to check the state of your hair. If it is extremely dry, you can choose to baggy it or simple perform the LOC or LCO method.  Bagging your hair involves applying conditioner and oils and covering your hair with a plastic cap. With this method, you will surely wake up with soft and moisturized hair.

Do you have a hair regimen? Share it below. You can also provide links to it.

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