I transitioned to natural in 2009 for a whopping two years, as I didn’t want to do the big chop right away. I have always maintained a consistent natural hair regimen since I began my natural hair journey. I created a healthy hair regimen, because that is my main focus over anything. 

Over the years my healthy hair regimen has changed several times. It especially changed after I had my first child. If you are newly natural, you may be building your natural hair regimen. If you have been natural a while, you may want to change some things up. No matter where you are in your journey, your regimen should always include cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing, detangling, and styling. Here is my updated natural hair regimen from start to finish.

Cleansing

How often you wash your hair varies from person to person. It really depends on your lifestyle and what works for you. I wash my hair once a week with a moisturizing shampoo and monthly with a clarifying shampoo, because my hair thrives this way. Some may also choose to wash once a week and co-wash every other week. Currently, I am using Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing Shampoo and EDEN Bodyworks Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo.

Conditioning

I believe that conditioning is a very important part of my healthy hair regimen. Conditioning your hair keeps it strong and helps to maintain moisture. Deep conditioning is especially important for those who have color-treated hair and those who use heat frequently. I deep condition once a week with steam, so that I get the best benefits out of my deep conditioning session. I also use a protein deep conditioner once a month to strengthen my hair. My current conditioners include EDEN Bodyworks Coconut Shea Leave in Conditioner, TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask, and Crème of Nature Mango and Shea Butter Ultra Moisturizing Conditioner.

Moisturizing

This is another important part of my healthy hair regimen. I suffer from dry scalp, so it is important that I keep my scalp and hair moisturized daily. I usually use almond oil or tea tree oil for my scalp to keep it from getting dry. For daily moisture, I usually spritz my hair with a mixture of water and aloe vera juice to wake up my curls. I also love Design Essentials Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion while my hair is in an updo or protective style.

Styling

When it comes to styling my hair, I usually try to maintain the least amount of manipulation as possible. Since I have cut my hair, my go-to style has been twists for a few days followed by a twist-out. When my hair was longer, I swore by a top knot bun. It really is up to you. Low manipulation styling is excellent if you are trying to retain length.

In addition to this, I take a multivitamin daily, drink water daily, and protect my hair at night with a satin bonnet. Your regimen may differ, but it is important to maintain a regimen for your hair.

What's in your hair regimen?