HOW TO BUILD A REGIMEN

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Hey guys, good evening. Let’s talk on the steps in building a regimen for our natural hair. They are:

CLEANSING
This is the one area, where it definitely varies for everyone.
Most people opt to wash every week while others wash as
infrequently as once a month. There really is not one right or
wrong answer when it comes to this area, its more so about
what is going to work for you. Factors to consider would be
the length of your hair, your lifestyle (are you active?), and
your hair’s fragility. A good rule of thumb would be to wash
once a week, but if you find that this is not working for you
try extending the time between washes. You will know if this
working for you based upon how your hair feels when you
touch it and sometimes by just looking at it. If you don’t wash
your hair as frequently you want to go lighter with your
product usage otherwise too much product coating your hair
can lead to dryness. Use a sulfate free shampoo that is not
drying to the hair or many naturals co-wash (wash with
conditioner) to avoid dryness.

CONDITIONING
Conditioning is one of the most important aspects of a natural
hair care routine. It helps restore hair’s strength and it also may
contribute to moisture retention. Even if you co-wash your
hair, you definitely do not want to skip out on a deep
conditioning session. This is especially important for those who
color-treat their natural hair or frequently use heat. Everyday
just through the manipulation of your hair, your hair looses
vital protein that it needs. Conditioner helps to fill in those
missing gaps and can aid in alleviating breakage and dryness.
Make a habit of deep conditioning at least once a month, and if
you wash your hair more frequently fit in more room for deep
conditioning sessions your hair will thank you for it.

MOISTURIZING
Start with moisturizing your hair once a day and if you find this
is too much you can always adjust this to suit your needs.
When you moisturize you want to make sure that you cover all
areas of your hair, but you will want to pay extra special
attention to the ends of your hair. They are the oldest weakest
portion of your hair and extra moisture will do it some good. A
good way to avoid weighed down hair is to moisturize your
hair at night, this way when you wake up in the morning your
hair is moist but not weighed down. The steam from morning
showers is also a nice refresher, you don’t have to let your hair
get wet, the steam alone is a fine morning wake me up for
your hair. On freshly washed hair try the LOC method for
moisture, use a liquid based moisturizer, an oil, and then a
cream to seal.

DETANGLING
Ah… detangling everyone’s favorite part of natural hair care!
This is an area where you really need to be careful because if
not you can end up losing a lot of hair. When you detangle
you always want to have some sort of moisture in your hair,
detangling on hair that is completely dry can be disastrous.
Some naturals like to detangle only on wet hair, you don’t
have to do this, but make sure you have a product in your hair
that will give you some sort of slip. If you have 4b or 4c hair
( know your hair type) that is really fine then you may want to
finger comb to detangle rather than use a comb to avoid
breakage. Always take your time to detangle and start from
the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots. If
you find your hair forms knots rather easily try detangling once
a week.

PROTECTIVE AND LOW
MANIPULATION STYLES
If you are trying to retain length and your texture is easily
prone to breakage protective styles in particular are going to
become your best friend. With protective styles such as twists,
cornrows, or braids you don’t have to style your hair daily
which helps to prevent breakage from manipulation of the hair.
However, in addition to helping you retain more hair they also
make life easier for you. Wearing your natural hair out all the
time is a lot of maintenance on your part, while protective
styles require little work. If you want something different you
can always do a twist out or braid out low manipulation style.
Styles such as this keep your hair controlled, styling required is
minimal, and it gives you a nice change from protective styles.

 

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