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Friday, April 20, 2012

My Regimen. Wait...Do I really have one?

Hello, Beautiful Ones!

     Today I wanted to talk about My (*ahem, Cough, Cough* ) Regimen. You know, the one for  my hair. We all hear about hair regimens and how they are supposed to help with hair growth, detangling, hair health,  and yadda yadda yadda. Recently I was thinking about this, as I was caught off guard a while back by a friend of mine who is also natural.  First she complimented me on how healthy and strong my hair looked. She was telling me about her regimen, her sisters regimen, and her favorite beauty bloggers regimen. Then she asked about mine. Cue blank stare.

     Honestly, I  never considered that I myself  had a hair regimen. I mean, I read blogs and go to websites and read about other peoples regimens and habits and must-haves and what not, but me? I just wash her, moisturize, and go. But that's not a regimen, is it? Welp, considering that I do the same thing religiously and my hair is now thriving, I reckon it is. It is amazingly, simple, but it works. Here goes:

Smells SOOOO Good!
     About once a week, in the shower, I co-wash my hair with conditioner. The conditioner always changes, but I do read the ingredients to make sure that it is sulfate free. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Sulfate Nazi; it;s just my personal preference. Sulfate free conditioners have eliminated my dandruff problem. I really like White Rain  Sensations Hydrating Conditioners, and I stock up since they're only a buck. I also like Most of the Suave Naturals conditioners, as most of them do not contain sulfates. But I do read labels before I buy anything- even products that I have used before. That's because you never know when a company will change the way they make something, and they don't tell consumers when they do.

My only comb. 
    So, once I have my hair loaded with conditioner, I use my fingers to detangle. Then i go through her with a wide toothed comb, only once with the comb. Then I let her steam and get poofy while I finish my Shower. By this time, my hot water is beginning to run out, perfect for rinsing my hair. Then I wrap her in a black T-shirt and let the shirt soak up most of the moisture while I Moisturize my body.

    When hair is not soaking wet, I slather on a olive oil/jojoba oil mix. Then I let her dry about 70%, and I'll either throw her in twists or a high puff. That's what she likes. So that's what I do.
My fave Aloe Vera Juice- now I use their Organic kind!
     Throughout the week, to keep it soft and moisturized by spritzing it with a water/aloe vera juice mix. It took a while for me to figure out how to portion out the mixture, but I found that my hair likes a bit more water than aloe vera juice.

My oil mix and Plastic cap
 I also Baggy my hair frequently. Baggying is when I spray my hair with my water juice mix, then put on a plastic cap. The heat from my head helps my strands to drink it all in. Sometimes I shower with the cap on or I sleep in it, or I wear it while I do things around the house. In any case,  once I take the cap off, I seal the moisture in with my oils.


                                                                     Ever so often, I'll give myself  a deep conditioner made of eggs, mayo, and honey.
DC for the Cheap!
    All in all, my regimen is simple. Wash, water, aloe juice, and oil. A deep conditioner ever so often. I don't really use any heavy creams or gels, so I don't ever need any harsh shampoos. Although I would like to try an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.
     Did anyone notice that I have not mentioned a hair type? Kudos if you did. That's because I personally do not believe in the hair typing system. I know of too many women with similar hair types that will not--no--can not  use the same products or regimens.  There are also people who debate over what hair goes into what category. And then there are those who use the hair typing system for ill will. So what is the purpose of the hair typing system?  There is nothing wrong with seeing someone whose hair looks similar to yours, and inquiring about their products and methods. But it would be a detriment to believe that just because she's a 4a and your a 4a, the results will be the same. They may not. And that will suck. I am all for knowing  your own  hair and what works for it. That will take trial and error on your part. Lord knows it did on mine, lol.
Also, did any of you notice that I refer to my hair as "she", and "her"? Excellent . Her name is Claudette.

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