This regimen was updated March 2013!
For 2012 I tried some different things with my hair. It seems the longer my hair gets the more I have to switch it up a bit. Also, I found that I get bored a lot easier. LOL!
This year I decided to experiment more with my loose hair.I am so used to wearing two strand twist, I never have to bother. I mastered my wash and go, and I had fun “bunning”. I found what gives me my best twist outs, braid outs, and bantu knot outs. It’s been fun.
If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am not a product junkie. I am not into haircare trends. I keep it simple and stick to what works.
No matter what I do as far as styling, the basics are always the same. In this blog I will list products and my regular routine.
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave In
- Cantu Shea Butter Hair Dressing Pomade
- Cantu Shea Butter No Drip Hair & Scalp Oil
- Herbal Essence Shampoo (Hello Hydration)
- Herbal Essence Conditioner (Hello Hydration)
- 100% Extra Virgin Olive oil (any brand)
- Organic Root Stimulator – Hair Mayonnaise
- Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel (this is not a big part of my regimen)
In the middle of the month, I decided to try some products that were all natural. I’ve used the products above for most of my journey, and never thought I would switch it up. I tried Giovanni’s all natural products, mostly because I was curious. I can honestly say, I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. My experience with the products were good. I did notice a difference. My hair personally likes and appreciates a little silicone. I noticed I had to moisturize more than usual. The products are pretty thin and my hair was soaking the leave in up. My daughter was using them also. Her hair had more frizz than normal. I enjoyed the no sulfate shampoo, it seemed to be pretty much like any shampoo. The leave in conditioner lathered which I happened to like. In the end I decided to go back to my staple products. I like a heavier product, and I preferred my results with the products I used before. :)
- Golden Wheat Deep Cleanse Shampoo by Giovanni
- Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner by Giovanni
- Direct Leave In Weightless Moisture Conditioner by Giovanni
I wash my hair every two weeks. I usually wash on Fridays, because it gives me time to wash and let my hair dry overnight for stretching. Also, I have more time on the weekend. I shampoo with my Herbal Essence Shampoo. It is important for me to shampoo instead of co wash, because I use products with silicone. Products with silicone can build up on the hair.
I deep condition every two weeks after my shampoo. I apply my 100% extra virgin olive oil all over my hair, focusing on the ends. Then I apply a generous amount of my Herbal Essence Conditioner. I mix them together. I put on a plastic cap or bag, and sit under a bonnet dryer for 15-30 minutes. After that, I wash the oil and conditioner out. The oil can stick to the hair, and be hard to rinse out with water only, so I conditioner wash with my Herbal Essence Conditioner. During this time I finger detangle my hair in the shower. It is so much easier to detangle with the water running down your hair. I have not completely given up on combs, but it is very rare when I use one.
I use the Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise for my protein treatments once a month.
Leave In & Sealing in Moisture:
After I rinse all of the oil an conditioner out, I squeeze any excess water and apply my Cantu Shea Butter Leave In.
After I apply my leave in I put my hair in big braids or twist to dry for a few hours or overnight. It really just depends on what I am doing that day. After my hair is dry I stretch my hair with braids, twist outs, “bunning method”, or tension method blow out”.
This year I did experiment with the wash and go, and actually developed a respect for it. I committed to figuring out MY wash and go. I use the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In for my wash and go. Sometimes I use the Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel. In the past I tried Eco Styler which also gives nice results bit the Fantasia gel sets softer. I prefer conditioner only!
Maintaining My Styles:
To maintain my styles during the night, I have used the “pineapple method” or a high ponytail. My new favorite way to maintain is “the bunning method”. In the morning usually take the hair down add a small amount of oil and shake it out.
During the week, I wear braid outs or twist outs. I am wearing my hair out more this year, but still a lot of protective styling. Last year my go to protective/low manipulation hairstyle was twist. This year I have done a lot of bunning!
Moisture During The Week:
There was a time, where I was all for spritzing the hair every night with water. Now, those days are gone. If I want to maintain a style for more than one day. I minimize the amount of times I add water to my hair. I think I only stuck to that, because it was the thing that “naturals” was supposed to do. Now, I usually spritz the ends lightly with water every time I refresh my braid out or twist out. That is usually every 3-4 days. First, I apply a small amount of extra virgin olive oil, then I add a small amount of water to the ends of my hair and massage up. I have recently started using the Cantu Shea Butter Pomade. It is great for fighting humidity, especially when my hair is straight. Then, I twist or braid the section, and take down the next morning. I make sure to not add to much water. I don’t want the hair to revert or tangle. The goal is to make it through two weeks without having to comb or do any excessive styling. Low manipulation is key for me!
I blow out my hair once every month. I always use a heat protectant. I use Cantu Shea Butter Leave In. I apply a small amount of this heat protectant all over my hair, paying close attention to my ends. I use the tension method to blow dry my hair. I never blow dry soaking wet hair. I usually let my hair dry overnight or for hours before blow drying. I do not use the comb attachment.
Trimming: I only trim when needed. Usually that is about every 6 months, so twice a year. I trim my own hair….about 1/2-2 inches depending on the health of my ends. I trim on dry hair and I always put my hair into small twist all over my head and trim each twist.
“easy natural hair”
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