Now that you’ve decided to get serious about your hair, you are probably wondering where to start. Deciphering hair types and translating forum speak into layman’s can be a bit overwhelming. There is so much information online when it comes to black hair care that you could spend months reading and learning and you’ll barely scratch the surface. As cliché as it sounds, it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and the race begins once you build your regimen.
A regimen is simply a routine. A commitment that you are making to care for your hair on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It’s a lifestyle and it is key if you want to see results in the length and overall health of your locks.
When building a regimen there are two things you need to ask yourself:
1. What is my ultimate hair goal? Everything you do should be leading you towards this goal. For example, if your long term goal is to grow your hair out as quickly as possible then your regimen should be designed to maximize growth. If your goal is to transition from relaxed to natural then your regimen should be designed to minimize breakage etc.
2.Does this realistically fit into my everyday life? One of the mistakes I made early on, was trying to do too much. My regimen was redundant and it took me hours to wash my hair. Most of the time I was too lazy to even attempt it, and it left me right back at square one.
Once you’ve got your goal set and you know how much time you have to commit to your hair you are ready to go. Start simple. Take the time learn what your hair needs and you can build from there. Your regimen isn’t set in stone and it can grow and change as your hair needs and goals evolve.
The next step is to create a consistent routine. Just use whatever products you currently have in your stash. There is no point in running out and spending a bunch of money on new stuff because the more you learn about your hair, the better you will become at choosing the right products for you. Here is a basic regimen to help get you started. This will work regardless of hair type and texture, relaxed, natural and in-between.
**If you have relaxed hair you should be waiting at least 12 weeks between processes. The longer the better. Always follow-up relaxer with a protein deep conditioner **
- Clarifying wash (especially if you are using a sulfate free shampoo)
- Hair Treatment. (hot oil, protein treatment, homemade hair mask etc)
- Scalp Massage
- Wash and deep condition(DC)
- Style (Direct heat no more than ONCE A WEEK)
- Moisturize and seal with oil. Depending on how you’re styling routine this can be done ether in the morning or at night before bed.
- Protect your hair at night, every night,with a satin/silk scarf, bonnet or pillowcase.
- Restyle and detangle as needed(no more heat)!