Building a hair regimen is not as hard as many of us think. However, if the steps are not clearly understood, it can seem like quite the challenge. When designing a hair regimen, we must first have our hair goals clearly in mind. For the purposes of this article, we will assume that everyone wants a hair regimen that results in having healthy hair, because really, does it make sense to have long hair that’s damaged, dull and breaking? I think not. We want our hair to be healthy at any length and it’s the healthy of our hair that will ultimately determine if we achieve the lengths we desire.
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In general, the basics of any hair regimen are:
* Condition and detangle
* Moisturize and seal
All hair regimens begin with a clean base. So, the thing to decide here is how often you’ll cleanse your hair and what you’ll use. There are many options to choose from when it comes to cleansing our hair. Shampoos, sulfate free or otherwise, mud/clay washes and cleansing conditioners are probably the most popular options. There are even some who practice water only washing. The cleansing method you choose and the frequency with which you intend to cleanse your hair will be affected by:
* the types of products you use on your hair and their ingredients,
* your lifestyle,
* your hair philosophy (natural products only or not)
It is also possible to combine different cleansing methods. For example, you could co-wash weekly and shampoo every 4th week, or you could try shampooing every two weeks and use a mud wash once per quarter. There may be a lot of experimentation involved in building your regimen, but it’s the nature of the beast and sometimes it takes a lot of time to figure out what works best for your hair. This is why having natural hair is a journey or lifestyle. It’s ongoing. Natural hair requires patience after all.
If you have a kinkier hair type or denser, thicker hair, you may benefit from washing your hair in sections, however, that may not be necessary for those with looser textures and or thinner hair. You want to use your time efficiently, so don’t be compelled to wash your hair in sections if your texture does not require this.
Condition and Detangle
Conditioning the hair helps to replace the natural oils and moisture that cleansing removes. Conditioning also helps to smooth the hair shaft as shampoos open the cuticles of the hair as a part of their cleansing action. It is also best to detangle the hair at this step in the process as conditioners provide slip (slipperiness) which helps to undo knots and tangles. Of course, you may detangle your hair using your fingers (another exercise in patience and not necessarily the best option for everyone), use a wide tooth comb or use any one of the specialized detangling brushes on the market. You may even
combine finger detangling with the use of a brush or comb. The choice is yours. Your regimen is specific to you. It should be determined by your hair, your life and what works best for your particular situation. Not on pressure from the natural hair community.
This step refers to the point in the process where you deep condition either to maintain or boost your hair’s moisture level or perhaps do a protein treatment to counteract breakage and boost strength. Hot oil treatments and oil rinses may also be done at this stage and will help keep hair shiny and nourished. Your Shedavi Hair and Scalp Growth Elixir is perfect for use at this stage. You can even add a little bit to your deep conditioner to boost its goodness or incorporate the elixir as an ingredient in your favorite D-I-Y recipe.
Moisturize and Seal
This step can make or break a hair regimen. If you aren’t getting this step right, it can overwhelm your entire journey and leave you feeling very dissatisfied with your hair. Sealing the hair after adding your moisturizer is much like putting a stamp on your letter before you mail it, if you skip the stamp, that letter will never get to where you need it to go. Similarly, if you don’t lock your moisturizer into your strands, that moisture won’t be on or in the hair long enough to be truly beneficial. The types of moisturizers you choose should depend on your hair and its needs. For my hair, most lightweight, watery moisturizers just do not work. My thick, dense hair requires products that are creamy. However, even more important for me, it to ensure that my moisturizers actually list water as the first and primary ingredient, otherwise, it’ not really a moisturizer.
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Styling is like the frosting on the cake. In theory, you could skip it, but the cake wouldn’t look as pretty. Always have a go-to style or two that are tried and true for your hair so you have a backup when a new style experiment fails. This way, you’ll never have a bad hair day and can also be adventurous when trying new things because you know you have a backup.
Please comment below and share with us what the steps of your hair regimen are and why? Thanks for visiting.