Now that you have decided to start a natural hair journey, you have done your research and you have chosen what path to take between transitioning and the big chop, it’s time to learn how to create a natural hair regimen.
What is a Natural Hair Regimen?
A natural hair regimen is a step-by-step guide on how to maintain and care for your natural hair. It’s as simple as that.
But before we proceed, let’s go back a bit.
Remember when we used to
Also, remember how we used to go to the salon to wash and
Or remember how you used to go to the salon every month to do box braids or Ghana weaving?
That is a brief history of a hair regimen. You didn’t know it but you had a hair regimen which some of you still follow till date.
Now what’s the difference between a relaxed hair regimen and a natural hair regimen?
A natural hair regimen is more comprehensive and robust than a relaxed hair regimen. This is because our natural curls requires TWICE as much or more attention than our chemically processed relaxed hair. While you can get away with washing and styling your relaxed hair once a month you dare not try that with your natural hair because you will end up frustrated with a pile of dry tangled hair.
This is where a lot of people get scared and skeptical about their natural hair journeys.
But trust me, it is not. It just requires a lot of discipline on your part. Once you get past the initial few months, it gets relatively easier.
How to create a natural hair regimen
Before creating a natural hair regimen, you need to ask yourself and answer the following questions:
- How often will I be able to adequately care for my natural hair?
- What day of the week works best for my natural hair wash day?
- How can I incorporate my natural hair into my daily grooming routine?
- How much can I set aside quarterly for new natural hair products?
- What hair styles will I be able to wear conveniently to work/school?
These are some of the questions you need to ask before creating a natural hair regimen that is tailored to your lifestyle.
Before I move on, I’ll like to mention that this is a very dicey stage which a lot of people overlook. Just because your favorite YouTuber or Instagram influencer is doing something DOES NOT mean you should do the same particularly if it is not similar to what you’re doing already. We spend a lot of time on YouTube watching these videos without thinking about how it can fit into our already established regimens. If it fits in without you doing any extra work, then, by all means, do it. If it doesn’t, you don’t have to do it. This is where a lot of people get frustrated. They try different things different people recommend at the same time. For you to get great results, you need to follow a consistent regimen.
Here’s a Basic Natural Hair Regimen you can start with as a Beginner.
- Moisturize with water or a water based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer.
- Seal in the moisture with a natural oil or some Shea Butter.
- Detangle with a Detangling Conditioner.
- Do a pre-shampoo treatment with Coconut Oil.
- Shampoo with a sulfate-free shampoo with warm water.
- Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner.
- Rinse off with cold water.
- Moisturize with a leave-in conditioner.
- Seal with natural oil and/or Shea Butter.
- Put your natural hair in a protective style like twists.
- Swap your moisturizing deep conditioner with a protein conditioner.
- Go for a trim.
Now, this is just a sample basic regimen that should be tailored to YOUR lifestyle. If you still need help and clarification, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Benefits of following a Natural Hair Regimen RELIGIOUSLY!
- Your natural hair becomes softer and easier to manage. You don’t have to struggle to comb it because you moisturize
- You can easily retain length. When your natural hair is thriving as a result of consistent use of your regimen, you can easily retain length and prevent breakage.
- You can achieve your healthy hair goals with consistency.
- You don’t have to deal with any major setbacks such as hair loss, protein overload, and heat damage.
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