Hey you guys! I’m excited to share my current natural hair regimen with you even down to the tiniest detail on what I do every wash day to maintain my now bra strap length tresses! These are my favorite products I used more than any other; definitely staples I feel in love with from day one.  FYI, I have extremely kinky hair that shrinks to almost 1/4 of its true length. Its has low porosity and regular density. I’ve suffered from severe heat damage from flat ironing the front of my hair to match my extensions, a nasty scalp fungus from neglecting my scalp, and major breakage from un-kept split ends.  I honestly feel that if I can bounce back, you definitely can. Keep in mind that the key to healthy hair and maximum growth is quality ingredients (in your hair products of choice) and consistent, healthy hair techniques. Once you discover which ingredients are your power ingredients and master healthy hair habits, your fro is unlimited. Don’t forget if you need help creating a regimen of your own stop by the Natural Hair Basics for some knowledge or set up a curl consultation! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Wash Day

(every other week, on my off day preferably the weekend)

Step 1

I start with cleansing and deep conditioning with NATURALICIOUS Moroccan Rhassoul Clay. I love this product simply because its cuts out extra steps while STILL getting the job done. Its a clay that detox your hair and scalp AND conditions your hair. I work in sections of four and I start wash day in the shower and end in the kitchen sink simply because its easier. While I’m applying the clay to my hair from root to ends, I begin detangling. When I finish my last section, my hair is completely detangled and in four loose twists.

Step 2

I used NATURALICIOUS hair oil (or if I’m out of that oil my hair loves olive oil, JBCO, and/or Mielle Organics mint almond oil mixed or separate) as a hot oil treatment on top of my deep conditioner. I warm my oil of choice by sitting the container in a boiling pot of water and apply to my scalp then hair adding extra oil to my ends. I allow this to sit under a plastic cap for at least 30 minutes. I rinse out with cold water to seal in moisture.

Read more: Cold Water Rinse | Deep Conditioner + Hot Oil Treatment

Step 3

Regardless what style and/or products I’m conquering for the week , I use the LCO method . If I want big hair, after I apply my leave in and oil (or butter) I style my hair in two twists pinned back and allow to dry at least 75-80%. I do this for bantu knot outs, braid outs, etc. For anything else, I style on wet hair: apply leave in, cream, then oil or butter.

My Go To Products/Styles:

These are all products I repurchase. You do NOT have to purchase each of these items. I recommend having one item for each category for your natural hair arsenal. I use many of these products for multipurposes to save time.

Leave In Conditioner(s): Bel Nouvo Coco Castor Nectar, Crème of Nature Argan Oil Strength & Shine Leave In Conditioner, Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner, and Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen, Grow, & Restore Leave In Conditioner , True By Made Beautiful Nourishing Leave In Conditioner

Butters: Butter Me Crazy Hair Butter, Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Bel Nouvo Butter, True By Made Beautiful Hydrating Butter

Creams: Alikay Naturals Hair Parfait, Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk, Naturally Smitten Hydrating Hair Custard, Moisture Love Styling Cream, Wonder Curl Get Slick Smoothie

Gels: Camille Rose Curl Maker, Wonder Curl Get Set Jelly

Deep Conditioners: Shea Moisture (JBCO line, Maruka Honey and Mafura Oil line, Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment), Nubian Heritage EVOO & Moringa, Indian Hemp & Tamanu), Alikay Naturals, Curl Collection Dirty Curl Cleansing and Conditioning Clay, NATURALICIOUS Moroccan Rhassoul Clay Treatment, True By Made Beautiful Hydrating Masque, Bask & Boom Essentials Brahmi Root Hair Masque

Shampoos & Conditioning Cleansers: Shea Moisture (Coconut & Hibiscus line, Peace Rose Oil Complex, Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intense Hydration), True By Made Beautiful Shampoo and Cowash, Bask and Boom Essentials Rhassoul & Bentonite Clay Shampoo Bar

Other: Shea Moisture JBCO Edge Treatment– I apply this product for a soft natural hold and it keeps my edges nourished vs. other damaging edge controls.

Twist outs & Braid outs Product Combos: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Soufflé | Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Hair Parfait and Ailkay Naturals Crème Brulee Curling Delight

Wash & Gos Product Combos: I typically use a cream and oil combo then a gel styler using the shingling method.

Rod Set: on freshly washed hair I use a cream and liquid heat protectant then blow out my hair on cool settings; then I use a liquid styler or cream sparingly to wrap my rods.

 

Protective Styling

I protective style very often!  I’ve strayed away from sew ins and wear, crochet styles, braids, low manipulation styles, and my favorite is a wig! I protective style moreso in colder months and its eaiser to access my hair weekly under a wig versus committed styles such as clip ins or sew ins. Also, I can protective style longer. What I like to do is continue my normal regimen weekly and twist my hair in 4-6 twists, cover with a smaller bonnet, and rock my wig. Protective styling helps with retaining length and maintain healthier ends. I don’t pinned my twists down but I secure my ends in leave in and oil to seal, then under my satin bonnet.

Read More: 5 Protective Style Dont’s You Cannot Ignore!

I make my own crochet wigs and rock wigs I purchase and style.

You can grab my guide on how I use protective styles for healthy hair & growth here: SOON

Night Time Maintenance

My satin scarf and jumbo bonnet are my best friends! For twist outs, braid outs, rod sets, or any kind of set, I  spritz my hair with water or a light leave in conditioner spray and add a small amount of olive oil to my hair to lock in that moisture. I massage my edges with JBCO. Then I use the loosest hair band I have to place my hair in a high puff and then put my bonnet on. If I have twists or braids, I use my smaller bonnet. If I want  “laid” edges, I apply the Shea Moisture JBCO Edge Treatment and tie down my hair with a satin scarf.

 

Morning Routine

Every morning for my fro is pulled out of its hibernation under my bonnet and shaken to life. I may spritz my hair with water, a light curl refresher such as True By Made Beautiful Curl Refresher, or leave in conditioner- Bel Nouvo Coco Castor Nectar. If I feel as my hair is too dry for my liking, I will use the Shea Moisture JBCO Leave In Conditioner or any of the creams I mentioned above. I don’t rake or pick my hair because I let time give my fro volume.

Read More: Natural Hair and Volume: 3 Easy Steps To BIGGER Hair

Takedown Tips

This is essential to the success of your natural hairstyles. I coat my hands in olive oil and gentle pull apart my twists or slowly and separate where my hair natural separates. If I see frizz, I rave/twist my curls in the way it naturally curls. I shake my hair to its desired size and fluff.

 

Other Tips

Every month I clarify my scalp with a DIY apple cider vinegar mix I learned from the lovely “Liv” of www.LiveInLoveWithYou.com YouTube channel. It is simple; 1/4 cider and 3/4 water in a spray bottle. While my hair is in 4 sections, I part my hair & spray while massaging my scalp to loosen product build up. I allow the product to sit for 10 minutes after I finish then proceed to my wash day using a moisturizing shampoo.

 

PRE-POO: I use wash out conditioners for pre-poo detangling sessions. On dry hair, I apply condition generously to sections and start detangling. I allow to sit for 10-15 minutes, rinse out, and continue my wash day. My favorite choice of rinse out conditioners are the same brands as my deep conditioner choices- just use their regular rinse out conditioners instead.

 

Hair Vitamins/Overall Health: Supplements are great for supplying your body with nutrients you may not get in your diet. Supplements alone won’t contribute to much growth and health so make sure you are consulting your doctor if necessary and balance supplements with a healthy amount of water intake and diet. I take a variety of herbs (not synthetic vitamins) accordingly to my health needs with a gallon of water daily intake (although some days be less, I drink as much as I can) and occasionally use hair, skin, and nails vitamins for hair challenges.

Recent Challenges:

Fulfillity 21 Day Hair Challenge

SHEDAVI 30 Day Hair Challenge

SHEDAVI 30 Day Hair Challenge Results

 

Scalp massages are very important to growth and health that I try to do them when my scalp feels extra dry or at least once or twice a week. I used an oil mix of JBCO, olive oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil. I section my hair into 4, part and apply my oil in a circular motion.

Read More: 3 Oils Every Type 4 Natural Should Have In Their Regimen