We all started out as newbie naturals…scouring the internet looking for the next best product and process to keep our strands at their shiny, moisturized best. That’s probably how some of you ended up here, right?
And as we carefully craft what will be our long term hair care regimens, we often include everythang, for fear of leaving out some critical piece- that means- cowashes, overnight deep conditioning, marathon detangling sessions, and more- then before we know it, wash day is wash week!
Well…This girl right here, is guilty of ‘doing too much.’
I recently scaled back steps in my regimen to fit my increased winter protective style wear (wigs n’ such)- and my hair is THRIVING.
Notice the volume, shine, and clumped curls? And this is post wash, with no products! When performing my old regimen (eliminating regular Cowashing due to protective styles)- my hair seemed drier, more fragile in braids, and generally ‘thinner.’ I knew something had to change when it seemed like my ends were begin to taper off (a sign of breakage and splits).
For winter- its gonna be back to basics. These are the new winter reggie keypoints:
1. Cowashing every 3-4 days. No matter what. In or out of a protective style. My hair requires regular total saturation of water in order to remain moisturized. Spritzing daily helps- but seems to only affect the ‘surface’- by day three, I need to gently remove buildup, and give my curls a good ‘soak.’ With more Cowashing, I’ve decreased my ‘shampoo’ days to once (rather than twice) a month.
2. LOC method. Liquid, Oil, Cream. The most basic way to moisture type 4 hair. Previously, after washes, I was using multiple oils, my homemade whipped butter, and two leave ins- believing I was increasing the benefits to my hair. Now, its Water & Kinky Curly Knot Today (Liquid), Coconut Oil (Oil), and Homemade Whipped Shea fluff (cream).
3. Coconut Oil. Every other day, after spritzing with water, I’ve applied an ample amount of coconut oil through my hair, focusing on the ends. Coconut Oil is a light sealant, and one of the only oils that has a natural structure enabling it to penetrate the hair shaft. My hair is loving this.
4. Simple Protective Styling under wigs. No more cornrows. While they allow my wig to lay super flat, they also require a lot of extra detangling, combs, and heavy manipulation. Moisture wasn’t evenly penetrating the braids, resulting in dryness and breakage upon removal. Now, I just low ponytail my 2 strand twists. It’s easy to moisturize the full length of my hair, focus on my ends, tuck them away in the bun when finished, and toss on a wig.
With my new, streamlined winter regimen, I’m saving TONS of time- and increasing my length retention through low manipulation. While I enjoy being ‘in my hair,’ my strands don’t love too much attention- and sometimes the best regimen, is less regimen!
Curlies, are there steps or processes you included in your first regimen, that got kicked to the curb?