Hair Regimen

February 02, 2018 Naija girl next door 0 Comments


 2 years and 7 months into being fully natural, and I finally have an ideal regimen for my hair. This is what I do to grow healthy hair.
 If anything changes, it will be small tweaks because this basic regimen works very well for me.

Hair Type: Kinky 4c hair, 4b in the back. Normal to high porosity so it tends to get dry easily if I'm not paying attention

Hair Needs: What my hair needs the most is moisture, so my regimen is centered around infusing as much moisture as possible into my hair. Once in a while, I need a strengthening treatment and a trim.


Moisturise and Seal
My hair thrives when I do this daily no matter how my hair feels. If I wait until my hair feels dry, then I'm just playing catch up and it takes a while to get the moisture back to optimum levels. The goal though is to stay ahead of the dryness. Dry hair breaks people. You don't want to wait until your hair feels dry. I learned from experience.

My method? The LCO.
Liquid- water
Cream- A very creamy leave-in conditioner or moisturiser
Oil- Most often, olive oil. A lot of the time, shea butter. I suppose that will make it the LCB method eh?
 I just tried out castor oil during the harmattan and I love that too.
I always use a little extra product on my ends.

Having very kinky curly hair means that my strands will wind  and roll around each other, causing tangles and single strand knots, which lead to a lot of manipulation and breakage.
Keeping my hair stretched is key.
Even when my hair is in twists, it's better for me to twist those smaller twists into bigger sections at night to stretch them out.
For loose hair, I mostly stretch with big twists, braids or flexi rods. Once in a while, I'll use threading, bantu knots or perm rods.

Cover with a satin bonnet or scarf
Satin bonnets and scarves are awesome for keeping in the moisture overnight. Also, there's very little friction when it rubs against your hair so it won't wear out your hair and cause breakage. For a few months I was being rebellious and going to sleep with uncovered hair on a cotton pillowcase. The story ended with very dry hair, split ends and a generous trim.


Protective Style
I used to style my hair everyday but that's just asking for trouble because it's a lot of manipulation.
Best thing for my hair is to stay in twists always. Big, loose twists are very flexible. They make it feel like my hair is loose. I make it a protective style by keeping my ends tucked into an updo, just like I would with loose hair. Moisturising is faster and easier and the only time I have to worry about detangling is on wash day.
When I get bored, I wear my loose hair in a bun or some other updo.
Once in a while, you'll see me in a big afro or a puff, but just know that hair is going back in the moment I get home. It's so much extra work having to moisturise, detangle and stretch hair that has been out all day.

Wash Day
This happens anywhere from 1-2 weeks in reality.
Pre-poo: Usually with hot oils or conditioner. Sometimes I'll try something else. I can skip this step if I'm co-washing.
Cleanse: with a co-wash conditioner or shampoo. Once in a while, I'll do a clay wash.
Deep condition
My last step is the LCO and stretch from my daily routine.
  Check out my wash days for more detail on the methods and processes I use. 

Monthly to 6-Weekly

Strengthening treatment
Usually with a mixture of egg and oils. If I'm also getting a lot of shedding, I'll make a strong brew with instant coffee and use it on my scalp.
Here's a post on how I use these steps to stop with breakage and shedding.

Dust my Ends
 I inspect my ends for split ends and knots and cut them off individually. Unlike a trim, it takes off minimal hair. It's a great way for me to keep my ends healthy between trims. It's even more frequent if I notice my ends looking wonky.

As Needed
Trims. Some people do this very often but I wait until I need one. It's important to keep your ends healthy meanwhile, which is why I dust my ends. Here's a post on how I know I definitely need a trim.

There are so many other great things people do for their hair like taking daily multivitamin supplements, scalp massages, ayurvedic treatments and so on. I've tried some of these. One time I was so into ayurveda, but after I ran out of the herbs, I didn't repurchase.
These are all very good things if you can commit to being consistent, but I.m terrible at that. I'll still try them every now and then, but the regimen above is all I can commit to long-term.

Hope you find this useful.