2011 Regimen for Izzy

Hey pals! I’m back to writing for this one. A few people have asked me what my regimen is, so I thought I would post it to the blog. It’s fairly simple.

– Wash hair with shampoo 1x a week

– Cowash daily (HOWEVER, I am going to try to start stretching my wash n gos, so this will change accordingly, most likely every other day or every three days)

– DC 1x a week with steam

– Daily Style – Wash n Go! (Currently, I’ve been doing 2 or 4 sections)

– Ayurvedic Treatment – Henna/Indigo once a month until I run out of henna, after that I’m stopping

– Ayurvedic Conditioning Mixes – 1x a week or biweekly (depending on how I feel, I like these, but do not think they are imperative to my regimen)

– Sleeping! – If I’m trying to stretch a wng, it really depends on how much hold I think I have. I’ll either sleep with my hair out, do 3 pineapples (However, with my side part, I haven’t really been pineappling b/c I don’t want to mess up my part), puffs, or use my Sue Maesta hood. It’s not very consistent, but I don’t really care because I can always style in the morning if my hair looks like crap.

– Moisturize daily using a water based moisturizer (Faves: Oyin Hair Dew, Donna Marie Super Buttercreme, and Curl Junkie Beauticurls LI)

– Sealing – I only seal when I am using a product that contains glycerin in less than optimal dews (Faves: Oyin Whipped Pudding, Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade, Oyin Hair Dew)

– Trimming – I do not trim my ends, frankly, because I haven’t felt as if I’ve needed to. I 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.

– Heat – I do not use heat on my hair unless I am flat ironing, which is rare. No diffusing, no more blow outs. Nope.

Hope that helps!! If there is something I forgot, please let me know!

xoxo

18 comments

  1. I thought you could dye over henna, as long as your natural shade is darker than the henna. I’m not sure though:

    http://www.longhaircommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20715

    I know henna is PERMANENT so if you wanted to go lighter (highlights), it probably won’t happen. However, from what I understand, you could probably dye it darker (to you natural color) without problems.

    Just something to consider before chopping off the henna-ed ends. 🙂

    1. You probably can, but I’m not going to chance it. funny, I was researching it more today on lhc and the web, and on the L’Oréal website they had a warning about dyeing over henna. it’s just not worth it. I won’t reach my length goal for another two years or so, so then I wouldn’t mind getting a hair cut. also, my natural color is lighter than what I would be able to dye over this anyway.

  2. that looks something like my regimen. only i don’t steam or do ayurvedic treatments and i do diffuse on cold. i co-wash every three days, but only because i’m lazy. and i think i have to break down and get a trim, especially after that knotty episode i told you about.

  3. Hi Elle. I bought the Donna Marie Super Buttercreame & Oyin Dew because you mentioned them. Love them! My question is what do you use on you daily style in sections? Is it a leave in conditioner or a styling gel (like Miracurl) when you section your wet hair. Thanks for all the good info. Got my products from the store in Silver Spring.

  4. Cool, it sounds like you keep it pretty simple.

    Help! For the last few weeks i have been struggling with frizziness. I havent done anything different in the way i style my hair, so i don’t know what it causing it. My regi is similar for my 3in of hair (cowash and go daily, shampoo w/DC 1x week and that’s it). It’s driving me crazy. I can’t tell if i need protein or more moisture. I’ve never done a protein treatment before.

    Hair type: Fine, medium density, 4a/b, high porosity

    Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. You may want to try a LIGHT protein, like Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner, to see if that helps any. And if that’s not what you need you won’t mess your hair up. How do your hair feel? Dry? Brittle? Or soft, mushy?

      1. You may be over moisturized, which is often characterized by fuzzy frizzy hair, that’s soft. Usually protein overload is dry, brittle, hard hair.

  5. On your YT channel you stated your favorite shampoos were Tropical Jamaican Black oil & Donna Marie. Do you mix the two? Or pre-poo with the oil then wash? I do all the above, but never cowash. Because I mainly wear my hair in protective styles(twist & braid out) that takes a great amount of time to do. I have a TWA..newly natural.

    Is cowashing for people who mainly rock wash & gos? Elle what are your thoughts on cowashing? Thanks in advance.

    1. No, I do not mix them…I alternate them. I have not pre-pooed, but I tried it last week and liked it, so I’m going to start. I have a LOT of oils anyway, which is funny because I don’t even like oil…if you mainly PS you do not need to cowash. I cowash in between shampoos to rinse product residue from wash n gos, and because I like conditioning in the shower if I’m getting my hair wet. It’s really a habit.

  6. Your regi sounds pretty awesome. 🙂 I need to up my moisture game to reduce this SSks….Ugh, these leedow monsters. LOL!

    1. I don’t like the color anymore, I like my natural color better. Also, I might get highlights once my hair grows out, and you can’t dye over henna.

      1. Gotcha! I usually add black coffee and amla powder to the mix to counteract the auburn tint of henna and that’s been working really well. But if you highlights, then yeah, discontinuing henna makes sense.

      2. Yea, I don’t want it on my hair at all in case I want to dye it. Once I reach my length goal I might cut off the henna’ed hair and get my highlights, then grow it back out…

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