Once you transition to the world of natural hair care things can be quite overwhelming. Product recommendations, styling tutorials and diy recipes that promise growth are flying at you left and right. Each blogger has specific things she does for her hair and what works for her texture but you just want to know where to start without breaking the bank. And honestly you’re trying your best not to give up but you are also two minutes away from the creamy crack! Lucky for you, I like to keep things simple. At the core of every healthy natural hair journey is a basic natural hair care regimen. If you don’t want to become a kitchen chemist and mix essential oils, eggs, mayo or whatever else you have read you do not have to. Here’s the breakdown of how to build a no-nonsense healthy natural hair care regimen.
How to Build A Natural Hair Care Regimen…and Not Lose Your Mind.
At the core, you need 4 types of products for your natural hair care regimen, tops. Also, remember products are formulated to work best together so you can save time and money by purchasing each product from the same brand.
Sealer and/or Styler
There are variations of each product type but at the end of the day the choice is yours. Let’s break these products down a little more:
- 1 Moisturizing Shampoo (weekly)
- 1 Clarifying Shampoo (monthly)
- 1 Co-wash (optional)
The foundation of natural hair care starts with clean hair as clean hair will ultimately become healthy hair. Use a hydrating sulfate free shampoo to cleanse with lukewarm water weekly and use a clarifying shampoo once a month depending on your level of product build up. Clarifying shampoos have a higher pH level to gently open the hair cuticle and remove dirt, build-up and environmental elements and are greatly needed to ensure a healthy scalp.
Product favorites – Obia Natural Shampoo Bars – great for moisture and detangling. For clarifying the Hydratherma Naturals Herbal Amino Clarifying Shampoo works wonders with removing product buildup after a long month of styling with butters and heavy creams.
Co-washing is optional but can be completed every 2-3 days. If I choose to co-wash the Eden Body Works Cleansing Co-wash is hands down the best.
- 1 Deep Conditioner (weekly depending on dryness)
- 1 Leave-In Conditioner (each time you shampoo & daily if needed)
Use a hooded dryer, steamer, warm towel or Hair Therapy Wrap for 20-30 minutes to deep condition. The use of mild heat helps further open the hair cuticle to moisturize. For extremely dry textures once a week is suggested; otherwise, 2 times a month is optimal. Use a product that explicitly states DEEP conditioner or masque/mask. There is a difference between regular conditioners and deep conditioners. They are not the same and are not intended to serve the same purpose.
One step you can’t afford to miss is the leave-in conditioner. Leave in conditioners are intentionally the final step in your shampoo & condition process because it usually has the lowest ph balance to close the hair cuticle to retain moisture.
Product favorites: I always get great results using the Mielle Organics Babassu & Mint Deep conditioner. This one contains protein so if you’re protein sensitive opt for the tgin Honey Miracle Mask Deep Conditioner.
In a given month I rotate between both for optional protein/moisture balance. For leave in conditioners, you also can’t go wrong with the Obia Natural Hair Curl Moisture Cream or the Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In Conditioner.
3. Moisturizers (Daily)
I seriously can’t stress this enough…moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Natural hair care is all about making sure those curls are soft and hydrated. This is the #1 issue among women with natural hair because we are not moisturizing properly, we are not enough. It’s ok to moisturize your hair every day and this is the first thing I encourage when women complain about severe dry hair issues. Note: Moisturizing is not shampooing, co-washing or oiling your hair every day. At the core, moisturizing is using water based products to refresh your natural curls daily. Opt for a moisturizing hair milk or daily refresher spray.
Products favorites: Plain & simple h2O and a little oil mixed in a spray bottle. A light spritz at night before bed and again in the morning will ensure your hair stays moisturized throughout the day. Your daily moisturizer can also be a leave-in conditioner of your choice, which in some cases may work as a styler too! Perfect right?
Also read: 7 Ways to Get Super Moisturized Hair
4. Sealer and/or Styler (Each time you style)
Once you have moisturized the hair by deep conditioning and applying leave-in conditioner, seal moisture with natural oils such as castor oil, jojoba oil, or shea butter based products to retain moisture. Test different oils to see which ones work best for your texture. Castor oil or shea butter may appear too heavy if you have a fine texture. Lighter oils such as almond, avocado, or jojoba might work better. Regularly moisturized hair will reduce breakage and will help with retaining length. If your hair is constantly dry, your risk of breakage increases. As a result, the hair can break off at the same rate as it grows.
Your choice of styler such as a twisting cream could also work as your sealer, but pay attention to ingredients. My best results for longer moisturized hair are creams that contain aloe vera juice, mango butter, shea butter and/or avocado oil, just to name a few. Although these ingredients seem heavy, when produced into a creamy styler my hair can remain moisturized for up to 3 days.
Product favorites: Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel, Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Hair Parfait, Bee Mine Organics Bee Hold Curly Butter
Did you randomly run across this blog post but need something tangible to take with you or save permanently? The Ultimate Healthy Hair Regimen Guide was built to do just that…help you create a regimen that works for YOUR hair type, identify products that work well and help track your progress. This guide breaks down what to every day, every week, and every month for optimal healthy hair. Whether you are natural, protective styling or transitioning, there’s something for everyone. There’s also a MUST HAVE shopping list to make sure you are using the rights products.
Good luck on your journey! Have any questions, just let me know.
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The dry and brittleness of going natural almost made to give up. But I found this great oil called the beautiful oil of faith on ETSY.COM. My hair so soft- it bounces! I never thought I would see the bounce without the perm.
Thank you for the article Charlene,
I definitely took notes….but I do struggle with finding the right oil…which I hate…I break out real bad, so using oils has an auto-dislike for me. Also…I have 2 parts of my hair that just won’t curl like the rest of my hair. I have some areas that really define and these 2 parts (my front bang area to my ears and then right behind my ears) just don’t want to do right. They won’t curl, they just stay frizzy looking. I usually don’t have to add a styler (I was using AS I AM curling butter, but then my hair got really dry suddenly when I used it, so I stopped). My leave-in is Shea Moisture JCO leave-in and it’s doing fine. I don’t know, frustrated because I can’t get the definition all over.
Been looking for information like this for years, found it when I wasn’t even looking for it. Really glad I clicked because I was looking for something else entirely. Thanks for this article!