Shae’s Natural Hair Regimen
It’s usually never a set in stone thing, but for the most part the techniques are always the same for my natural hair. Products will tend to vary somewhat, as my hair grows and changes, though I admit there are products that I consider my staples!
I’m providing my Regimen on a Monthly Overview, and what I do per week:
WEEK ONE TO WEEK THREE:
My Wash Day (FRIDAYS Usually):
- Pre-poo with coconut oil, OR sometimes I use the Original Moxie Emollience mixed with a little conditioner of choice. At this stage I put my hair into sections..roughly 6-12 big twists or even more if I feel like it.
- Do a deep cleanse using rhassoul clay mix/bentonite clay mix/terresentials wash/cassia clay mix/or an ayurvedic mix. I opt to avoid shampoos because they are way too stripping on my hair for me. I apply the conditioner to each twist/section, then move to the next one
- Deep treat with CURLS Coconut Sublime conditioner mixed with Shea Moisture Volumizing Baobab Conditioner, OR deep treat using a mix of honey, conditioner of choice and olive oil. I then proceed to: Place a plastic cap on my head for about 45 mins or more depending on how busy I am. Before I go to rinse, I usually finger detangle, or if needed take a wide tooth comb and gently detangle my hair and twist each section back up!
- Rinse with lukewarm water (rinse with the twists still in!)
- Gently blot out excess water using a cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel (while my twists are still in)
- Proceed to moisturize and seal my hair. I like to use the method I found via TrendySocialite, the L.O.C. – E.A.S.E. method (Liquid(or Leave-In)/Oil/Cream – Edges/All Over/Sections/Ends), which basically I use the Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee or the Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream as a leave in (neither of which are liquid, but the CTDG has moisturizing properties and the BRBC has water as it’s first ingredient), but I count my wet hair as the liquid on wash days), then after applying the CTDG/BRBC, I use an oil such as Coconut Oil or Grapeseed oil. (keep in mind my hair is still in the twists, so I do these steps section by section). I find that after using the CTDG my hair feels amazing! Then the oil helps lock that in. Afterwards I follow up by using the Qhemet Bioloics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream to lock everything in. It helps my hair stay moisturized and because it’s highly oil and butter based, I avoid using a lot of it. If my hair begins to dry in and of this process, I spritz my water mixture (water, aloe vera juice, glycerin and optionally evoo) via a spray bottle to the dry areas, then repeat the steps (CTDG then butter).
- Once I am done moisturizing, I usually take a light oil such as the Isoke Oil or olive oil or any oil of my liking and applying that to my scalp.
- From that step, I proceed to styling. Usually I twist my hair up, or do some flat twisted style. If I am ambitious that day, I do some elaborate updo style.
- I also like to do a search and destroy trimming session on wash days when it’s needed..not often, just when needed.
During the week:
- Spray with water blend (aloe+water+olive or other light oils)
- Seal with coconut oil or grapeseed oil if I choose to use an oil; if not I just use my Qhemet Biologics CDTG OR Lady Key’s Moisturizing Sealant Smoothie.
- I Baggy when needed, usually the very ends of my hair. To baggy I prefer to use coconut oil on my hair as it doesn’t leave my hair feeling sticky and goopy. I also use castor oil but very sparingly to baggy with.
I enjoy moisturized hair, but am aware my hair thrives and depends on protein, after all our hair is mostly protein (keratin). I also know my hair is protein sensitive so over using or abusing protein is a NO-NO for me!
Here’s what I use:
Avocado mixed with an egg (or 2), honey and mayonnaise OR I use Aubrey Organics GPB
conditioner plus honey and a banana
Coconut oil also can act as a protein boost due to it’s high fat content.
I should also add, whenever I do a protein treatment I ALWAYS follow up with a moisturizing conditioner treatment because protein overload is a No-No! When you’re done with a protein treatment chances are, your hair will feel really hard, so the moisture treatment helps replenish what’s needed.
I do my protein treatments after the wash process, then continue with my regularly scheduled regimen.
I like to keep it simple, I find my hair responds better that way.
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~Hope you enjoyed! Till next time stay lovely and afroniquely you!