Updated March 30, 2013
Here’s my current regimen, I try to keep it fairly simple. Regarding products, I am generally modified CG, meaning, I will use more “advanced” silicones that are not as prone to build up (like amodimethicone and bis-aminopropyl dimethicone) as “harsher” cones. I do not use sulfates if I can help it.
- Wash hair with shampoo 1x a week in 4 sections (pinned up with alligator clips) – I no longer cowash. Remember, cowashing is technically using conditioner to clean your scalp. I use conditioner on the length of my hair, and shampoo or a cleansing conditioner (like Ouidad) concentrating on my scalp.
- Condition or use a cleansing conditioner (like Curl Junkie Daily Fix) when I am redoing my wash n go (4 sections again), depending on how my hair feels and if I feel the product has left some build up (usually every 2-3 days, could be daily if I don’t like my second day hair or am playing with products)
**While washing my hair in sections, I wash and condition each section before moving onto the next IF I am using shampoo. If I’m using a cleansing conditioner, I will leave it in for a few minutes after applying to all sections to allow it to work, then rinse and oil rinse/condition.**
- DC 1x (Steam, overnight DC, dry DC – varies) a week. I don’t really use my steamer much anymore, but only because I’m lazy.
- Daily Style – Wash and Go (applying product in 8 sections), bun, or ponytail. Since I mainly wear my hair out (I’d say about 85% of the time), I wrote an article with tips on retaining length without protective styling. I still do braids and twist outs, but not that often because they take me a long time to do.
- Wash and Go Product Combo/Order
- Leave-In + Styler + Finisher
- Leave-In + Styler + Sealer
- Leave-In + Styler + Finisher + Sealer on ends (I promise it’s not a lot of product!)
- Styler + Finisher
- Styler + Sealer
- Leave-In + Finisher
Wash and Gos: I do not apply products differently depending on what I am using. I have tried different methods of styling and raking/smoothing works best for my hair. This video is up to date with how I style even though my hair is much longer. When something works, I stick with it!
- Sleeping! – Sadly, Izzy has outgrown my SM hood – my hair sticks out a LOT unless I tie it at the end. So, here’s the new routine at the moment:
UPDATE: I have been sleeping with my LocSoc – my hair still sticks out but it doesn’t mess up my hair like the SM hood did. However, I would NOT purchase another one due to customer service issues (Specifically, I ordered a longer soc and they sent me a shorter one. I contacted them several times to see if they even had the longer soc in stock and they never replied to me. I also emailed them before they shipped my product asking them to confirm that I was getting the longer length.).
Again, always sleep with a satin pillowcase!
- Moisturize/fluff out daily using a water based moisturizer (Faves: Oyin Hair Dew) or oil (Carol’s Daughter Hair Balm or Elixir, HerbnLife Butterfly Gold) when refreshing a wash and go. If my hair is too stretched, I will spritz it with a refresher spray so it shrinks up some (HerbnLife Head Sprung)
- Sealing – Since my hair is longer, I have started sealing my ends more to keep them lubricated and minimize breakage and splits. In addition to sealing in moisture, using an oil or pomade on your ends forms a protective barrier between your hair and the elements/items of friction (clothing, bag straps, etc). Check the HG list for my favorite pomades and sealers! (See hyperlinked video for more info)
- Trimming – I try to keep my SSKs to a minimum by moisturizing like crazy. However, I do search and destroys for the rare split and SSKs when I see them. My last trim was on February 18, 2013 (I trimmed about an inch). Sometimes I trim my bangs a little so they frame my face and because I look at them the most. I don’t like them looking raggedy, lol!
- Detangling – I finger detangle in the shower when I condition my hair to get out shed hairs and make sure there aren’t any bad knots. Every 1-2 weeks I detangle using my Mason Pearson Rake Comb.
- Heat/Diffusing – I diffuse as needed when my hair is soaking wet and I have things to do! Otherwise, I air dry. I flat iron my hair maybe every 4 months or so? Really when the mood hits me and the climate is optimal (meaning, not much in summer because it will just frizz out anyway).
Also, I continue to get questions about my hair color. Please check out this post for a thorough review of what I have used. Since that time, the only thing I did was add indigo to my henna mix (mixed them about half and half). However, I am no longer using henna or indigo (last use was the end of February). I dyed my hair at the beginning of 2012 in order to attempt to make the red less noticeable, check out the post on my dye experience here. The last time I dyed my hair was in September 2012 (dyed it dark brown/black).
- Ayurvedic Herbs – I no longer use herbs on my hair, mainly because I am lazy. Some also seem to be a little too acidic for my low porosity hair (Acidic products may have a negative effect on LP hair b/c the cuticle is already tighter, so acidic products may hinder moisture absorption. Always check the pH of your mixes when using ayurvedic herbs to ensure it isn’t too low – I’ve tested some of mine and they end up being 2-3, which is way too low for me.)
WINTER ROUTINE UPDATE
Battling temperatures of 30 degrees or less has caused me to focus on moisture retention x1000. It is my KEY priority for winter. A couple of things that have seemed to help are applying either a heavy cream or a leave in and sealer FIRST, then letting my hair sit for 10-15 minutes before I apply my styler. I have also been wetting my hair less (1-2 times a week) so I’m not walking around with soaking wet, frozen hair. Usually I will wear it out, or in a single braid or bun. Lastly, I have not used shampoo except my HerbnLife one (which is very slippy) and have mainly used cleansing conditioners (true cleansers, NOT cowashing traditionally) – my faves are Curl Junkie Daily Fix and Ouidad Curl Cowash.