Updated March 8, 2018
Here’s my current regimen, I try to keep it fairly simple. I do not use sulfates if I can help it, but do use silicones at times and am sure to use the proper cleansers to prevent buildup.
– Wash hair with shampoo 1x a week (maybe every ten days or so if I’m lazy) 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) with cleansing surfactants, concentrating on my scalp.
– Condition or use a lighter cleansing conditioner (like DevaCurl Decadence No Poo) when I am redoing my hair (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). If my hair feels good, I may just condition that day.
**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 or condition.**
– DC 1x a week. Note: My GOAL is to DC once a week, but I have gotten REALLY bad at this. Lately, I’ve been leaving my rinse out conditioner on my hair for ten minutes or so before rinsing, and I consider that my DC.
– Oil Rinsing (I haven’t done this lately, but it’s still a good practice) – I often oil rinse my hair before conditioning it in the shower. I used to try to do it every time I wet my hair, but now it’s really just when I feel like my hair feels dry. Check out the below video on the benefits of oil rinsing and how I do it:
– Daily Style – Wash and Go (applying product in 8 sections), bun, or ponytail. Since I often wear my hair out, I wrote an article with tips on retaining length without protective styling. I might also do a dry braid out if I’ve had my hair in a bun all week.
– Wash and Go Potential Product Combo/Orders
- 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.
– Sleeping! – My night routine is hella bootleg, but it works. I use my satin scarf but since my hair is longer, the scarf won’t cover my entire length and I don’t want frizzy ends. So, I either place another satin scarf on the bottom part of my hair or put my Sue Maesta hood over the scarf. The below routine also works great if your hair is a bit shorter.
Again, always sleep with a satin pillowcase!
– Moisturize/fluff out as needed using a water based moisturizer or oil 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.
– Refresh my hair throughout the week as needed using a spray or oil.
– 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! I may also use a silicone serum on my ends ONLY as they provide a protective barrier.
– 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. I trim as needed. 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 a seamless comb. I also use my Ouidad Double Detangler, which is amazing if I have more tangles (this can happen if I use conditioner only).
– Heat/Diffusing – I diffuse as needed when my hair is soaking wet and I have things to do! Otherwise, I air dry. I do not flat iron my hair often (at this point I think it’s been over a year). 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. In September 2012 I dyed it dark brown/black. Since then, I have decided to venture out and play with fantasy colors using bleach. I bleached about half my head in January 2016 for a more ombre effect, and in January 2017 I bleached my whole head to achieve a light rose gold blonde. Throughout the year, I refresh and give the color “pop” with conditioning, semi-permanent dyes. I recently applied a darker semi-permanent color to my bleached hair. I’ve also used Olaplex to strengthen my color-treated hair. All of my hair color experiences are archived here.