Hair Regimen

I'd like to start a hair regimen so my hair is getting what it needs to grow and I'm organized. Currently, my hair is only a inch of inch and a half some places and half of an inch near the back. My goal is to at least achive one inch a month...is that even possible? Lol, O.O

Also, what are some great leave in conditioners and curl definers I can buy? I've already tried eco styler gel -.- not really for me, them cantu leave in which I will continue to use! I'm a stickler for soft hair, so pleaseeeee! Nothing thats going to make my hair hard!

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I'm still trying to come up with the perfect regimen, too.

So far washing my hair once a week works for me.
On saturdays I prepoo with Vatika or coconut oil. Shampoo with Shea moisture shampoo or black soap, and then it depends on if I'm doing henna or a DT.
if it's henna, I put it in and leave it all day, rinse it out at night and put my DT in, and I leave that overnight (with or without a shower cap)
If it's just a DT I leave it in for an hour or two, rinse out, and put some Shea butter in.

If I remember to, I'll do an apple cider vinegar rinse after my deep treatments.

Now I'm still working on a daily routine.
In the mornings I wet my hair with my spray bottle, add some oil or a leave-in, then either homemade gel or homemade Shea mix.
At night, after my shower, I massage my scalp with some oil then put in my Shea mix.

I'm thinking of switching it around though. Rinsing my hair in the morning and using the spray bottle at night..or just using the spray bottle morning and night? idk lol. It's so much and it confuses me.

At least I have my wash day down!
Finding a regimen is probably the hardest thing once you become natural, because there are SO many options, techniques, and products to try. My advice is to first understand you want to BUILD a regimen. Try not to do ALL of it at once. You'll end up spending a lot of money on things that don't work.

Start with the basics. You're hair is so short now, no one will notice if it's not styled perfect. So focus on finding a shampoo, and some conditioners. Try to keep in mind what your needs are (such as dandruff, dry hair, or oily hair), and what type of look/feel your going for.

There are many different types of regimens out there. There are "cone" free regimens, sulfate free regimens, protein free regimens, and the list goes on.
Try to experiment with a few of them. I found that my hair prefers a silicone free, sulfate free regimen through testing different products and seeing how my hair reacts to adding/taking out certain ingredients. I found when I took out silicones and sulfates out of my regimen my hair was softer, shinier, and all around healthier. This is probably going to be the most difficult part of finding your regimen, but it will help you when you start experimenting with other products.

Once you found your basics products try to figure out your porosity. There are MANY articles and threads on NC.com about finding your porosity and what it mean for your hair. It's important to find out your porosity because it will give you a better idea as to what types of products your hair needs in order to stay healthy, and how they will react to your hair. There are also many different ways to correct porosity. I have very porous hair so I do Apple Cider Vinegar rinses to correct my porosity issues, this has help my hair health tremendously.

Once you've found out the basics your hair is probably going to be much longer and in need of more styling products. Finding styling products is probably the easiest part of your regimen. It's really up to you as to what you think your hair should look like. Just try to keep in mind of ingredients you know your hair likes/dislikes. If you see someone who has a similar curl pattern as you, and has a final look you like, try to find out what products/techniques they use.

Finally try to find products that are flexible to your hairs day to day needs. Have products handy for when you hair may be more dry, or more oily, or frizzy. Just be prepared for anything, because your hair is never the same everyday

PRODUCTS I USE:

Shampoo:
Shea Moisture Moisture Rentention Shampoo (for normal days)
Neutrogena Triple Nutrition Cream Lather Shampoo (for monthly clarifying)

Conditioners:
Garnier Triple Moisture Conditioner
Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner
VO5 Conditioners (any)

Styling:
Olive/Almond/Safflower Oil (to seal)
Ecco Styler Olive/Argan Oil Gel (I like hard holds)

Deep Conditioner: Olive Oil/Honey/Regular Conditioner (under a plastic cap overnight)

For hair growth you're probably going to only get about 1/2 inch a month. Only genetics can significantly increase your growing speed. I learned that the hard way. Although you can take supplement to strengthen your hair and increase you chances for less breakage/more length retention. I take biotin and it's made my hair MUCH stronger with less breakage. I also take fish oil (for shine), iron, and a multi vitamin (for overall health).

Hope this long post helps you build a regimen, and good luck.
BC ~ August 2010 ~ GOAL ~ hip/tail bone length
Current Length: 12 inches
TWO YEARS NATURAL!
3b/3c VERY naturally porous hair

My advice: keep it simple. Unless, of course, you like using many different products. I don't so I stick with just a few. I actually got lucky cause I never purchased something and then didn't like it. Until recently, I BABIED my hair (washed 1x week and used jojoba oil only). I gradually added 3 products - proline softener, tresemme conditioner & mousse. I get 3 days then on day 4, I do it all again. The only thing I'm experimenting with now is seeing if I can get away with just ONE of those products cause some days I don't want mousse, lol. I'm also trying out diff styles now that my hair's longer.

As far as hair growth, coco bunny's right - 1/2 inch per month is "typical/normal". For some, it'll be slower and some, faster. I went from 4 to 7.5 inches and 6 to 9.5 inches in the back (hair was cut in layers) between Feb 11 and Jul 27 to give u an idea.
Still figuring out my hair so these are just guesses :
3c, medium texture, normal porosity, thick density
Current products:
Shampoo - KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
Moisturizer - Pro-Line Comb Thru Softener, Tresemme Flawless Curls Hydration Lotion Creme
Styler/Finisher - Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse
Mid-week Conditioner/Leave-in - Tresemme Flawless Curls Vitamin B1 Conditioner
DT - Organic Coconut Oil left in overnight, Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil
My advice: keep it simple. Unless, of course, you like using many different products. I don't so I stick with just a few. I actually got lucky cause I never purchased something and then didn't like it. Until recently, I BABIED my hair (washed 1x week and used jojoba oil only). I gradually added 3 products - proline softener, tresemme conditioner & mousse. I get 3 days then on day 4, I do it all again. The only thing I'm experimenting with now is seeing if I can get away with just ONE of those products cause some days I don't want mousse, lol. I'm also trying out diff styles now that my hair's longer.

As far as hair growth, coco bunny's right - 1/2 inch per month is "typical/normal". For some, it'll be slower and some, faster. I went from 4 to 7.5 inches and 6 to 9.5 inches in the back (hair was cut in layers) between Feb 11 and Jul 27 to give u an idea.
Still figuring out my hair so these are just guesses :
3c, medium texture, normal porosity, thick density
Current products:
Shampoo - KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
Moisturizer - Pro-Line Comb Thru Softener, Tresemme Flawless Curls Hydration Lotion Creme
Styler/Finisher - Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse
Mid-week Conditioner/Leave-in - Tresemme Flawless Curls Vitamin B1 Conditioner
DT - Organic Coconut Oil left in overnight, Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil
sorry for the double post, it gave me an error message.
Still figuring out my hair so these are just guesses :
3c, medium texture, normal porosity, thick density
Current products:
Shampoo - KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
Moisturizer - Pro-Line Comb Thru Softener, Tresemme Flawless Curls Hydration Lotion Creme
Styler/Finisher - Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse
Mid-week Conditioner/Leave-in - Tresemme Flawless Curls Vitamin B1 Conditioner
DT - Organic Coconut Oil left in overnight, Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil

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