Depending on your hair type, porosity level or what point you are in your hair journey, everyone’s hair requires different things. A hair regimen refers to the steps and products required for your personal hair care. The goal of any hair care regimen is to increase the moisture levels in the hair while minimizing breakage and damage. The great thing about a hair regimen is that it is customizable, allowing you to incorporate products that your hair responds well to and omitting those that are unnecessary for you. You don’t have to break the bank to create your routine and build your product collection- majority of the products that I adore are budget friendly and under $8 a piece! So with that being said, let’s get to it. Here is the basic hair care routine outline.
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To start off, you’ll need a few basic products. I’ve included links at the bottom of this post for my favourite ones.
- Sulfate-free shampoo
- Deep conditioner
- Leave-in conditioner, a water based cream or hair milk
- An oil or butter of your choice- I recommend castor oil or raw shea butter (the whipped kind is easier for application)
- Protein treatment
- A heat cap or hooded dryer. I use this one that easily attaches to my blow dryer
Now that you have your essentials, here is a simple outline of how you can use these products to create a routine that works for you.
- Moisturize with a water based moisturizer, cream or hair milk and seal with oil nightly, even if your hair is in a protective style- focus on your scalp and the ends of your hair
- Use a satin or silk bonnet, scarf or pillow case to protect your hair while sleeping
- Use a light conditioner to finger detangle before shampooing to minimize shedding
- Shampoo your hair- you can choose to wash weekly or every two weeks
- Deep condition with indirect heat. I like to sit under a hooded dryer or heat cap, with a shower cap or plastic bag covering my hair
- Wear your hair in a protective or a style that requires low manipulation and keeps your ends tucked away to prevent snagging on clothes
- Apply a strengthening or protein treatment after cleansing
- Trim if necessary. I usually trim every six months unless I have visible split ends
- Take down existing protective style
- Evaluate current products and make adjustments according to the status of your hair
Good luck with building your personalized regimen and remember- patience is key in this natural hair game!
Click the images below to shop some of my favourite essentials.