I know many new naturals battle with having a weekly regimen for their natural hair, so I want to share my natural hair regimen to aid you. I think I must have gone through the most common natural hair mishaps you can think of. I have battled dryness, knots at the end of my hair, and even done two big chops. But that was in my early natural hair journey because I just didn’t know what I was doing.
Now I know that the secret to having healthy natural hair is in:
- Knowing your hair type
- Knowing your environment
- Knowing your product ingredients
When you know these three, then you are on your way to having a soft, healthy and full natural hair. My hair type is a 4C, which is the kinkiest of all hair types, meaning it needs extra moisture and less protein than other hair types. I live in London, meaning we have hard water (Oy!) but it is never too hot or too cold in London so I can always use the same products through the seasons. And I always avoid certain ingredients in my hair like silicone and petroleum.
I have been doing this weekly natural hair regimen for more than a year, and my hair has grown thicker and longer, and softer. This is a natural hair regimen for dry hair, for knotty hair and for stubborn hair.
My wash days are mostly Saturdays. So let’s start from Saturday:
I section my hair and twist it. I have to twist my hair before washing with shampoo because it reduces tangles and knots dramatically – don’t worry, your scalp and your hair will be clean regardless; shampoo can get through anything.
Since I live in hard water area (you can check if you live in hard water areas by clicking here) I have to soften the water somehow. Hard water can leave mineral deposits on your hair, which means your hair will feel really dry after it is dried. This is because the minerals will stop any moisture from entering your hair.
The cheapest way to soften the water is by buying EDTA salt or Citric Acid, and adding that to the water you are going to use to wash your hair. A tablespoon of any of these will do. The EDTA salt and Citric Acid will bind themselves to the minerals so that they cannot deposit themselves on your hair.
After washing, I untwist my hair, and use Faith In Nature conditioner or Naked Intensive Care Conditioner. Once I put the conditioner on my hair, I detangle with my fingers. I don’t use comb on my hair, ever. My hair is too kinky for brushes or combs – they will just cause more tangles.
This should take 1 hour to do.
Once done, I twist my hair again, put on a plastic cap or shopping nylon bag – the cheaper way :). Then I place this heat cap on my head, and sit under it for 30 minutes. The heat cap is so great because it works on electricity, packs a lot of heat and it is portable (and pink).
After the 30 minutes, I rinse out the conditioner, untwist and add organic avocado oil to my hair. Then I use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie as moisturiser (if I want extra hold on my curls, I use Shea Moisture Gel Souffle after the smoothie) and then I twist my hair and let it air dry.
The wash day routine is a great start to your natural hair regimen.
If I am going out, I unravel the twists – I would have beautiful soft bouncy hair with great curls. The twists also stretches the hair too. I don’t add anything to my hair on day two. Wash day moisturiser is enough for two days.
At night, I can either twist again or leave it. If I want more defined curls I twist it, if I don’t then I leave it.
I spritz my hair with ‘soft’ water and add my avocado oil and Curl Enhancing smoothie – just a little bit of them.
Tuesday – Friday
I feel my hair and see if it needs moisturising or not. If it feels dry, I will do Monday procedure.
Wash day. Week 2 wash day is slightly different as I do not use shampoo. I alternate it.
Week 2 Natural Hair Regimen is here.
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