Can you critique my regimen?

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  • 1 Post By adthomas
  • 1 Post By ReynaCR

Hey all!

So I have really dry 4c hair. I've been doing the following routine for about 3 months now and despite my efforts hair and scalp is still really dry.. There also seems to be a good amount of shedding and breakage too. Thanks in advance for all your input.

- MHM once weekly, alternating baking soda and apple cider vinegar for clarifying step 1, and doing the cherry lola treatment every two weeks (1/2 cup yogurt, 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp liquid aminos, 1 tbsp honey). After this step, I conditioner wash, clay rinse (clay, water, honey, olive oil) and then apply gel with water in a spray bottle.

- A scalp massage every other night with Bee Mine serum (the regular strawberry one) and a little Knot Today with water in a spray bottle.

I don't style my hair all the time or do anything too fancy, I only use Curlformers every two weeks when I do the mhm with the cherry lola treatment. When I use my Curlformers I use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and then twist the curls up with almond, olive or castor oil. When I take the twists out I just leave the twist out how it is, scalp massage every other day with knot today, until time for mhm, then twist, scalp massage every other day, mhm, twists, so on.. "rinse-and-repeat.."

If it helps, my hair is fine, dry 4c, not too much of a curl pattern at all, it looks a lot like hers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCQF7iJ_oFU even the way the conditioner looks on the front of her hair, mine seems to be a mix of low and high porosity in some areas. Some of the cuticles feel raised and on some strands flat and smooth.

Thanks a lot in advance for your reply. I can't figure out what's not right or missing.
Reyna

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Personally I say ditch the baking soda. I tried it a few times as a new natural and it dried out my hair horribly. Also cherry lola is a protein treatment which pts can make hair feel dry and brittle. I think pts should be followed by deep treatments to restore moisture balance. It could be the clay step isn't moisturizing enough for your hair. also doing a protein treatment once a week seems excessive to me. I have never donr MHM but I read on the website they don't recommend to do cherry lola more than twice a month.
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Thank you so much for your response. I didn't respond as soon as I read it, but did give what you said a try. So for these last three weeks I stopped the baking soda and only did the protein treatment once. I believe the baking soda was the culprit, because in truth my scalp is on the dry side and I'm not using so much product that I have a need to clarify with baking soda like that. I wonder how are these gals getting away with doing the baking soda all the time?
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Reyna

"Don't look back and ask why, look forward and ask why not!?" - Unk.
Thank you so much for your response. I didn't respond as soon as I read it, but did give what you said a try. So for these last three weeks I stopped the baking soda and only did the protein treatment once. I believe the baking soda was the culprit, because in truth my scalp is on the dry side and I'm not using so much product that I have a need to clarify with baking soda like that. I wonder how are these gals getting away with doing the baking soda all the time?
Originally Posted by ReynaCR
I remember reading some on line debate on whether it's safe to use bs in your hair. I know I won't ever do it again. Made my hair feel like straw. I want to say the mhm says acv alone is an option to bs. I hope you are seeing improvement.
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I just saw your thread and I agree with adthomas. I would personally ditch the baking soda completely. I know a lot of naturals swear by it, but in my experience it only dries the hair out and makes it brittle.
How does your hair feel now after not using it for a while?

There is a very good video I would recommend you that helped me with my regimen and made my hair softer and more moisturized when I began to follow the tips. Search on youtube for 'Moisturizing Dry Natural Hair | Retaining Moisture - Naptural85 '. I would link you the video but I am not allowed to post links yet.
Curl texture: 3C in front and in the crown, 4A in the back of the head
Medium long, fine hair with high density and medium porosity.
Shampoo: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo
Conditioner: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Leave In: Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter,
Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer
Creams/Oils/Gels: Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Carrot Oil, Coconut Oil, self made sheabutter cremes and flaxiseed gel

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I agree with the others. Also, do you feel that the MHM is working? If not, skip it. My hair HATED some of the recommended products.

Overall, it seems like you have a ton of steps and products. In general, I find that simple routines are better. Also, by eliminating some of the steps, you may identify the culprit.

And as Adthomas mentioned about the clay, that also seemed to make my hair worse. It was like impossible to rinse out and dried out my hair. I know people swear by MHM, but I couldn't get past a couple of days/treatments

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