Updated Regimen (Some Tweaks)

Hey pals! I’ve tweaked my regimen a bit since my hair has grown and since I’ve figured some stuff out…check it!

– Wash hair with shampoo 1x a week in 6 sections

– Condition or use a cleansing conditioner + condition when I am redoing my wash n go (6 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)

– DC 1x a week with steam

– Daily Style – Wash n Go! (Currently, I’ve been doing about 12 sections in order to ensure the product is applied thoroughly and gets on my roots to minimize tangles)

– Ayurvedic Treatment – Henna + Indigo –> No longer using this.

– Ayurvedic Conditioning Mixes – No longer using these unless a small amount is put in a deep conditioner. I have tested the pH of these treatments and they range from 2-3, which is not good for my hair, as it’s already low porosity and this is too acidic.

– Sleeping! – Currently I’ve been sticking to my Sue Maesta hood, but I’m thinking of getting a DreadSock when my hair gets longer.

– Moisturize/fluff out daily using a water based moisturizer (Faves: Oyin Hair Dew, Donna Marie Super Buttercreme) when refreshing a wash n go.

– 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. I did a small trim last time I straightened my hair (half an inch), and may do another next time (but that most likely will not be for another six months or so).

– Heat – Diffuse as needed when my hair is soaking wet and I have things to do! Otherwise, I air dry.

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 now growing out my natural color and am no longer using henna or indigo.

Questions? Lemme know!


25 thoughts on “Updated Regimen (Some Tweaks)

  1. Hershley says:

    BEST POSTING! I love your organization! Im new to this world. I transition for 16 months and i BC 3 months ago. Im just trying to figure out what my hair needs.

  2. Melody says:

    Hi Elle,

    Do you reserve your more thorough detangling session for once a week while you finger detangle for every wash ‘n go? Do you do detangle after you’ve showered and after you’ve applied your leave-in product?

    • HB says:

      I do a quick run through with my fingers with conditioner in my hair when restyling my wash and go in the shower, then once a week I use a comb or brush. I do not detangle after I’ve already applied my leave-in, I do it before.

  3. nicole says:


    Since you aren’t going to do the powders anymore, what are you going to do about the color difference as your hair grows out?

    PS, loves the shirt 😀

    • HB says:

      LOL nothing…different colored roots don’t bother me. I have significant roots – I haven’t used henna or indigo in like three months. And thanks!

  4. Saila says:

    Cute shirt, boo!

    Do you know what material the Sue Maesta hood made out of? Google won’t tell me. I saw some hoods/scarfs at Sally’s but I didn’t like how the satin ones looked. They seemed too “porous,” for a lack of a better word.

    • HB says:

      Thanks, doll! Hmmm…I’m actually not sure what it’s made out of, but it’s like soft pantyhose…I’m guessing it’s a nylon, cotton, spandex blend. It’s very easy on the hair, doesn’t dry it out at all.

  5. Miche'al says:

    Thanks for sharing your regimen! Also by the way, love your tank. You know you guys kind of look alike there. Cute 🙂

  6. Sue says:

    You look gorgeous and as always, Izzy is fly:-) Love you on twitter; you crack me up!

  7. atribitt says:

    Izzy is looking good! I bet she’s glad to be more laid back with the regimen now. 1 1/2 years since BC right?

  8. makeupvixen says:

    Great regimen hun. Sounds pretty simple. Maybe one day I can scale mines back a little, lol. Nawwwhhhh, too many things to try, lol. Your hair is looking fabulous! Love the shirt, wish they had it in my size 😦

    • HB says:

      LOL! Honestly, my hair seems to be doing better since I’ve been keeping it really simple. The only thing I really do is DC 1x a week now. I used to DC 3x a week, do henna, ayurveda, etc…but now my hair is too long to be wet all the time and have treatments in it without getting it all over my shoulders and bathroom! I also used to experiment and do my hair 2-3x a day, and that was not good! I think Izzy got lazy.

  9. vonnie says:

    good post 🙂

    that shirt looks way cute on you, the muppet now looks like you. i wish that they hadn’t lightened the original character since there was no reason for it, but it’s cute on you.

    • HB says:

      Thanks! In person, the muppet is more of a bright orange-ish color (definitely not the same color as me, lol, or any person for that matter) – I truly don’t think they intentionally lightened it at all. We had a discussion about it on NC.

  10. zainab1 says:

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with us :)). I noticed you mention how you seal if using glycerin in optimal dews.

    I do understand exactly what you mean, but I was wondering if you could explain how you do this. I have a few products that I adore, but contains glycerin. I have considered putting these products to rest. But before doing that I would like to try other ways of possibly using them. Sooo I was wondering if you could explain a bit more on how you seal using products with glycerin either in a respond here, a seperate post , or video. Any way you see fit would be seriously appreciated.

    Thanks ever so much, take care. :))

    • HB says:

      Not sure if I had a typo in my post (I’ll check), but I meant if I seal when I use glycerin in LESS than optimal dews (this is usually by mistake if I didn’t check the dew point that day). All I do is layer the glycerin product with an oil or pomade in order to “seal” it in. I don’t seal using the glycerin, I seal with another product when I use it when I shouldn’t have. Let me know if that makes sense!

  11. curlybean says:

    Thanks Elle- Have you done a video on your 2nd day hair routine? If not would you? I am always in need of tips to refresh 2nd day wash n’ go’s.

    Also, are you still in love w/ eco blue?

    • HB says:

      I haven’t done a video because all I do is fluff my hair back out with a moisturizer – I have a video where I showed how I fluff. And yes! I still love the Eco Blue. It’s been a spring staple for me.

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