I get so many questions regarding my hair products and practices. Soooo.... I decided to share my hair regimen.
The Background: When I first went natural, I have to admit that I was consumed with the techniques everyone else was doing on their hair and what products I should be using to achieve the same results. Now, three years later, through trial and error, I finally realized I had to do what was best for me, my schedule, and my 4a/4b tresses.
The Breakdown: I like to break my hair regimen down into two different perspective: internal and external. My internal regimen consist of things that I currently do internally to enhance my hair growth through a healthy living. My external regimen are the external things I do to enhance my hair growth through hair products and practices.
Internal Hair Regimen
- I take one prenatal vitamin, biotin, and fish oil per day.
- I drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day.
- My diet is mainly pollo-pescetarian, which means my meals consist of fish, chicken, vegetables, and fruit.
- I work out at least 3 to 4 times per week.
External Hair Regimen
- Daily, I moisturize my hair with aloe vera gel, unrefined shea butter, and olive oil. I mix these three items in one container to use as my "hair cream".
- At night, I section my hair and create plaits all over my head. Yes, the same plaits Celie wore on The Color Purple! On average, I have about 10-12 plaits. I then cover my head with a satin cap.
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- Bi weekly, I wash my hair. I currently wash my hair with a mixture: 4/5 water and 1/5 baking soda. Rinse with warm water. Next, I condition with Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise for 15 minutes. Rinse again, and then deep condition with a plastic cap for 45 minutes (way over the time limit it says on the products's directions) using Elasta QP DPR 11. Then I apply my hair cream listed above.
- Monthly, I was (notice I said was) using Jamila henna purchased from my local Indian market, but I have gotten lazy over the course of this semester. Plus, henna can be quite time consuming and messy. In spite of these little setbacks and lazy moments, I have big plans to resume my henna regimen at least quarterly (once every three months).
That is my hair regimen in a nut shell! It is continuously changing as I figure out things that work better for me. If there are any questions regarding my hair regimen, please feel free to ask in the comment's section.
Also, feel free to share your hair regimen or some products/practices that work great for you!