My Natural Hair Regimen

Medium/chunky twist out.
This should have been one of my first posts since this topic is one of the main reasons I decided to get back to blogging.


But better late than never?

First, let me say that I’m not a hair stylist, and I do not proclaim to be a hair guru [but if you want to call me that, that’s absolutely fine :)]. Most of the things that I do or use are recommendations from folks that have been in the game long before I even thought about leaving the creamy crack alone. This is what I do for my hair, and I am not saying that if you follow the same steps as me your hair will look like mine. Difference in hair texture/curl pattern, scalp condition, genetics, etc all play a part. Also, understand that this is a natural hair regimen that I try to do every week, but it doesn’t always happen.

 So without further ado… 

Step 1) The Massage and Detangle.

 

I grabbed this Scalp Massaging Brush from www.vanityplanet.com after watching Naptural85‘s review on the product. It’s meant to be used while you’re in the shower shampooing but I like to massage my hair before I even start the cleansing process, and it’s part of my night time twisting routine. Massaging your scalp helps growth because it promotes blood circulation. After massaging, I use coconut oil to finger detangle my hair and get all those nasty knots out. Depending on how I styled my hair during the week (and how long it’s been since I’ve done this routine… sometimes I don’t do it regularly enough… don’t judge me), this step can take a loooong time.

A different angle of the style up top.

Step 2) The Hot Oil Treatment.

My hair is very kinky and very dry. To keep it moisturized, I do a hot oil treatment every week. I mix a few different oils together, kind of modeled after Naptural85’s tutorial on how she makes her own. And yes, girl, I throw all of the oils pictured above into my bottle. 
 
I apply the oil to my hair very liberally. I soak it in the oil. Then I’ll cover my head with a plastic cap (or two), or a plastic bag and then cover that with my Hot Head Thermal Heat Cap that I would have heated up in the microwave for a minute on each side (got that idea from NaturalMe4C). Leave the cap on for about 20 minutes and then it’s time for Step 3…
 
Bantu knot out – 2nd day. #workselfie
 
Step 3) The Cleanse.

I used to just use apple cider vinegar (ACV) mixed with water for this part of my regimen (based on Hey Fran Hey‘s minimalist-type routine) but I recently decided to branch out and try some products. So, lately I’ve been using Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) line, which includes ACV as one of the main ingredients. I prefer to use one line of products because I feel like they work better together. But, to each her own.
When I’m ready to shampoo, I section my hair into four sections (used to be six but since it’s growing I can get it into four sections! #happydance) and work one section at a time. In the shower, I apply the shampoo, massage my scalp again with my hand or the brush if I remembered to bring it with me, rinse out the shampoo, tie it back off and then go to the next section. My hair isn’t long enough to stay twisted in four sections so I don’t even bother to do that. After all of the sections are done, I use a t-shirt to wring out excess water.
 
Chunky twist out. Another #workselfie. I promise I actually do get work done!
 
Step 4) The Deep Condition.
Picture from www.beheautiful.com
Once my hair is clean, I apply the Shea Moisture JBCO deep treatment masque liberally to my hair and once again cover it with a plastic cap/bag and the thermal heat cap for 20 minutes or so. Sometimes I use my Heautiful Hair Steamer
After 20-ish minutes, I rinse the conditioner out of my hair with warm water, and then do a final rinse with cold water. 
 
 
 
 
Mini twist out.
Step 5) The Style.
Once my hair is washed and conditioned, I will let it air dry before trying to style it. I tried styling it while wet once and… well we don’t want to go there. Just know that my hair so thick once I slap leave in conditioner and a styler over soaking wet hair, 10 hours can go by and my hair will just be damp. Not good.
Lately my go to style has been chunky twists. I used to LIVE for mini twists. But I got tired of spending seven+ hours twisting my hair… like, nonstop twisting. So now I will throw a few chunky twists in my hair, take them down the next day and go to work. I retwist at night… usually.
 

Again, this is just the basis of what I do… err, try to do. Depending on what’s going on in my hair I may add or skip some steps. What about you? How do you rock your hair? How do you take care of it? Let me know in the comments!

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“I actually love my natural hair when it’s in a twist out and it’s been slept on for five days and revived by the steam of the shower.” – Solange Knowles
 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post and great tips! I have to get a hair massager and check out that steamer!

    1. Kesha H. says:

      That massager is life and the steamer is EVERYTHING! Haha. Thanks for reading!

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