Establishing a Natural Hair Regimen
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If you’re a newbie to the whole natural hair scenario or you’ve had natural hair for a while and are dissatisfied with your results, well, a natural hair regimen might just be the missing piece of the puzzle!
A natural hair regimen, which is basically a routine, consists of various activities usually done in a pattern involving the use of certain products and treatments in order to promote a healthier hair growth. A natural hair regimen is simply your hair’s personal hygiene.
It is very important that anyone with natural hair has and maintains a natural hair regimen. Everyone’s hair varies, so same with the regimens. What works for others may not necessarily work for you. It is best that you create and follow a regimen that works best for your hair in order to achieve your desired results.
A basic natural hair regimen consists of the following steps:
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Cleansing is probably the most obvious part of a hair regimen, but it is an area that varies greatly for everyone. Most people tend to wash every week while others wash as infrequently as once a month. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to this area. It’s more so about what is going to work for you. You will know if this working for you based upon how your hair feels when you touch it and sometimes by just looking at it. Most shampoos have a tendency to over-dry ethnic hair types, so try to use a good moisturizing sulfate free shampoo with the right oils so your hair doesn’t become too dry.
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Conditioning is one of the most important aspects of a natural hair care routine. It should not be overlooked! Your hair loses protein and moisture just through day to day manipulation and conditioning helps to restore the hair’s strength and it also may contribute to moisture retention. If you don’t already, you should make it a habit to deep condition your hair regularly. Even if you co-wash your hair, you definitely do not want to skip out on a deep conditioning session. This is especially important for those who color-treat their natural hair or frequently use heat. Make a habit of deep conditioning at least once a month, but if you wash your hair more frequently, you should also condition it more frequently. Deep conditioning should happen at least twice a month.
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This is an area where you really need to be careful because if not you can end up losing a lot of hair. Detangling pretty much sucks, but it is essential if you want your hair to grow. When you detangle you always want to have some sort of moisture in your hair, detangling on hair that is completely dry can be disastrous. Some naturals like to detangle only on wet hair, you don’t have to do this, but make sure you have a product in your hair that will give you some sort of slip. A good leave in conditioner or moisturizing cream should be able to provide enough slip. After inserting moisture, divide your hair up into sections, you can use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers (what works best for you) and start from the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots. Do not attempt to brush your hair to detangle it – it will be a nightmare, trust me.
If you find your hair forms knots rather easily try detangling once a week.
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Start with moisturizing your hair once a day and if you find this is too much you can always adjust this to suit your needs. When you moisturize you want to make sure that you cover all areas of your hair, but you will want to pay extra special attention to the ends of your hair. They are the oldest weakest portion of your hair and extra moisture will do it some good. It is best to moisturize your hair at night, this way when you wake up in the morning your hair is moist but not weighed down. When searching for a moisturizing product, water must be pretty high up in the ingredients list.
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Sealing ensures that the moisture you put into your hair stays there. Moisture is lost when the cuticle is raised and water leaves the hair. By laying a sealant on top of the hair, moisture is locked in, keeping your hair soft and shiny all day! Seal in 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. There are a variety of oils to choose from.
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If you are trying to retain length and your texture is easily prone to breakage protective styles in particular are going to become your best friend. The goal is to use a hairstyle that requires little manipulation – the less you have to touch, detangle or style hair the better. With protective styles such as twists, cornrows, or braids you don’t have to style your hair daily which helps to prevent breakage from manipulation of the hair. However, in addition to helping you retain length they also make life easier for you. Wearing your natural hair out all the time is a lot of work, while protective styles require less work. Just make sure you give your hair some breathing time between styles – at least two weeks.
A good natural hair regimen should include all these steps in a frequency that works best for the hair type. Having and maintaining a strong natural hair regimen would most definitely give you those results you strongly desire!
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