Anyone who follows natural hair blogs or youtube channels knows you can’t have a platform about hair without posted up your hair routine/regimen. You have to give people the opportunity to either learn from your routine, or, worse case scenario, criticize your routine and doubt your potential hair growth. Either way, I’m going to explain my hair regimen in detail below for anyone interested.
Note: I am not a licensed cosmetologist nor am I a hair guru; please understand that what works for me may not work for you. I would hate to cause horror to your hair because you’ve mimicked my regimen. Do some research, pay attention to how your hair reacts to certain products/routines and only do what works for you!
First things first, Sunday is my designated “hair day.” This is usually because it’s my day off so after I get home from church I spend the rest of the day showing my tresses some much needed TLC.
- I keep my hair in two strand twists the majority of the time so the first step is always to carefully untwist my hair and remove any shed hair.
- Wash my hair (focusing on my scalp) using Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.
- After washing and rinsing my hair I wrap a cotton t-shirt around my head (much less damaging than using a towel) until I get out of the shower.
- Once out of the shower I deep condition my hair with Shea Moisture’s Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque (I slather a lot of this all over my head, avoiding my scalp).
- I then sit under my hair steamer (WITHOUT a plastic cap) for about 20 minutes. (If you don’t have a hair steamer you can sit under a hair dryer with a plastic cap or you can heat up a damp towel and use that for heat). The point is to condition your hair with some type of heat so your hair cuticles are open and more likely to receive/absorb the conditioner.
- After 20 minutes under the steamer, I allow my hair to sit for about 10 minutes (to gradually get back to room temperature).
- Once my hair is room temperature I rinse out the excess conditioner with cold water. (Just as heat opens hair cuticles, cold water with close the cuticles to lock in the moisture.)
- I once again wrap a cotton t-shirt around my hair to soak up the excess water. I’ll usually leave the t-shirt on for about 20 minutes.
- Once my hair is damp; no longer dripping wet, I put my leave in conditioner. My leave in conditioner is known famously as the Kimmaytube recipe. This stuff is absolute gold and it’s the only product that’s remained consistently in my regimen over the years.
- Next I grab my Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and start twisting my hair, working my way from the nape of my neck to the top of my head.
- Once my twists are done I’ll usually throw it in a bun and leave it alone for the rest of the week.
That’s all there is to it! The total process from start to finish usually takes me about 4-5 hours with the bulk of the time spent doing the actual two-strand twists (it’s not too bad, I’ll pop in a couple movies while twisting). I do this every Sunday and throughout the week I don’t do a thing to it. I don’t remoisturize it, don’t retwist it…nothing. It’s good to go for the week.
I do, however, make sure I sleep with a satin bonnet on and I have satin sheets and pillowcases just in case the bonnet comes off during the night. Between the satin bonnet, the mini-twists (low maintenance) and wearing a bun (protecting my ends) I’ve seen a great amount of growth over the past year.
What regimen/products have helped you achieve great results in your hair care routine?