Today’s post is about BUILDING A HEALTHY HAIR REGIMEN, what you should know and basic things that a healthy hair regimen comprises of….
Creating a healthy hair regimen is one of the vital keys to a successful healthy hair journey. In it you’ll learn to understand your hair and give it what it needs to thrive and flourish.
WHAT IS HAIR REGIMEN?
A healthy hair regimen is a system in which you create when and how you use good, quality hair products complemented with healthy hair practices,
Here is what you’ll need to start a healthy hair regimen:
• Deep conditioner
• Leave in conditioner or moisturizer
• Essential oils and/or carrier oils
Warning note: As you commence your hair journey, people around you might say stuff like “you think that’s going to grow your hair”………. Well just keep your eyes on the prize seeing that you now have the understanding that your hair grows already you are simply imbibing practices that will help you prevent damage and breakage and ultimately help you retain length and keep your hair healthy
So what would I do with the products listed above? You may ask
• Shampoo for cleansing or clarifying
The whole point of cleansing or washing your hair is to get rid of the product build up. All that cream or whatever you might have put in your hair can weight it down and make it look dull and dry and cause breakage if you just keep on heaping the products. You should wash your hair at least once a week and for those who don’t have the time you can create time for it every other week except you have a weave or protective style on (in which case you can use alternative methods to clean your scalp).
Focus on your scalp not your strands; reason being that you don’t want to strip your strands of moisture or natural oils and make them brittle. Wash with the ball of your fingers not your nails. Shampoos are widely in two classes : sulphates and sulphate free shampoos. It is better to go for sulphate free shampoos because they are milder and are less likely to strip your hair of the moisture it deserves (you might see sodium lauryl sulphate among the ingredents,thats how you know it contains sulphates). That doesn’t mean the shampoo is terrible it just means that its harsh and would be doing some serious stripping. If you already have one of these shampoos avoid using it too often at least reduce it to strictly once a month or once in two months when you really need to clarify. Examples of excellent shampoos you can use today and find easily here in Nigeria include: kuicare tea and cinnamon moisturising shampoo, African naturalistas black moisturizing natural shampoo, Vo5 shampoos, African naturalistas liquid black soap, Hairffilition’s ABS.
There are many kinds of conditioners, but they can be widely grouped into moisturizing conditioners and protein conditioners. If you are wondering which one you should be using, you should use both. Moisturizing conditioners are always almost recommended for African hair, seeing that our hair is very dry compared to other races. Protein conditioners are used to strengthen hair and replenish protein bonds especially when it’s been breaking (you may want to try and find a balance between the two as this is where most people abuse products, you can use them interchangeably or mix them together). Follow your wash with a conditioner because it replenishes your hair with ideal nourishments that might have been stripped (watch out for conditioners with alcohol) alcohol tends to break down oils. Conditioners are also great for cowashing(conditioner washing) when you don’t have to do a serious cleansing. Examples of moisturizing conditioners include :olive oil tea tree and cinnamon moisturising conditioner, Africannaturalistas moisturizing and detangling conditioner, vo5 moisturizing conditioners. Examples of protein conditioners include: Aphogee Keratin 2 mins re constructor, motions cpr to mention a few
• Deep conditioner
Just like conditioners, your deep conditioning treatments can be classified into protein or moisturizing/hydrating. I love to deep condition mostly because it gives me the opportunity to bring out the mixologist in me (lol). The difference between an ordinary conditioning session and a deep conditioning session is heat and time, apply your deep conditioning home made mask or product or conditioner to your hair in sections for best results, cover with a shower cap or plastic bag. You can sit under a hooded dryer or wrap with a towel and let your body heat do the rest.
Deep conditioning(DC) is another way to replenish your hairs moisture or protein (your hair needs both to thrive) you don’t necessarily need to buy any deep conditioning products, you can make yours at home ( you should deep condition at least once a week or once in two weeks). But if you don’t have the time here are some deep conditioners you might like: Shea moisture deep conditioners, cantu deep conditioning hair mask, African naturalistas deep conditioning mayonnaise etc.
• Leave in conditioners or moisturizers
These are the conditioners that you don’t have to rinse out. They can and should be used daily to supply your hair with moisture. Moisturize with a leave in conditioner daily. They usually come in spritz or lotion or cream. Use whichever one you think is easier to use.
Watch out for products with mineral or paraffin liquidium (they just sit on the hair and do nothing for you).
Oils (Essential oils and/or carrier oils): there are a whole lot of oils out there and each of them have their health benefits. Some Oils beneficial for healthy hair and scalp include: coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, grape seed oil, lemongrass oil, castor oil, almond oil…. The list goes on. Coconut oil improves texture, promotes hair growth, helps with dandruff. Castor oil stimulates hair growth, make your hair thicker and can also be used as a sealant due to it’s thickness and so on. Using one or more of these oils on your hair and scalp daily or every other day according to the benefits you wish to derive will certainly leave your hair in great condition. It’s best to use ur oils after moisturizing (with plain water or a water based leave in conditioner) this helps to lock in the moisture as African hair tends to be very dry however oils are not sealants so you’ll still need a sealant except ofcourse for castor oil.
Butters: These can also be your sealants, they can be best used to seal in moisture after you must have motorized your hair and used your oils. There are a wide range of natural butters e.g. Shea butter, Mango butter, coco butter etc. If you want to buy products of the shelf, watch out for products containing mineral oils or paraffin liquidum, these products do nothing for you.
I hope the above information has been really helpful. If you have any questions please comment below or send me an email via the contact tab in the Hairffection home page.
I’ve got more to share and I’ll further break them down in subsequent posts.
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