Hi curlies! This post is for those who may be new to natural hair or who have been natural all their life but new to efficient natural hair care. This is my recommended hair care regimen with my recommended products which is easy to adopt and put into practice.
Step One – Cleansing Hair
- Pre-Poo – this is a step taken prior to shampooing your hair. It basically involves coating your dry hair with oil at least 30 minutes before washing. According to Curly Nikki on the Dr Oz show, this step protects your hair during the shampoo process so that your hair is not stripped completely of all its natural oils. Use a less expensive oil for this step such as extra virgin olive oil [EVOO] or any oil you can get in large quantities for minimum bucks.
- Shampoo – many naturals are against shampoo but it is always a good idea to properly cleanse your scalp especially if you use a lot of different products in your hair. Some naturals shampoo every week, some every other week, while others tend to shampoo once a month. It is completely up to you as to how often you choose to shampoo your hair. Choose a sulfate-free shampoo which is milder than regular shampoo and therefore will not strip your hair of all its natural oils. I recommend using either African Black Soap for those who love all-natural products like myself, V05 Shampoo for a nice cheapie product or Kinky Curly Come Clean for those who prefer a really good quality product and happy to pay the cost.
Step 2 – Treating / Deep Conditioning
- Depending on the state of your hair, you may choose to do a deep treatment, a protein treatment or a simple deep conditioning treatment for added moisture. There are quite a bit of DIY recipes featured on my blog for you to choose from but if you prefer to go for a store bought product, try a deep treatment from the Shea Moisture line, a hair mayonnaise for a protein treatment or the Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle for a good (and super cheap) deep conditioning treatment.
Step 3 – Conditioning
- I like to complete my wash cycle with a round of regular conditioning and for this I would recommend the Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner or the Aussi Moist Conditioner for a super cheapie option.
Step 4 – Moisturizing
- After you have completed your wash cycle, it is time to moisturize your hair. Many naturals have found success using the LOC Method and this basically means locing in moisture into your hair. You start by apply your leave-in conditioner to your hair and my all-time favorite is Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner or creating the Kimmay-tube’s ph-balanced Leave-in using the Giovanni as my base. There is also the popular Kinky Curly Knot Today for those who can afford it or the Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner is also good. The Cantu Leave-in is also very popular and very inexpensive.
- You then seal in that moisture with an oil by applying to mainly the ends of your hair. For coarser hair types, I recommend Jamaican Black Castor Oil (or regular castor oil will do). For thinner hair types, try organic coconut oil.
- Then you want to finish with a creamy moisturizer and if you suffer from dry hair, go for the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie which is my absolute #1 fav moisturizer and the one product I swear by and am never without.
Step 5 – Style your hair as desired
- Style your hair according to the look you would like to achieve. The one product I always recommend is the Eco Style Argan Oil Styling Gel if your style requires the use of gel. Eco Styler gel gives good hold with none of the crunch. I don’t use any other gel in my hair. It also just happens to be super affordable to boot! *-*
Taking care of natural hair is as simple or as complicated as you make it. Once you have found your go-to products (and this could take a bit of testing out of different products) you can simplify your regimen to suit your lifestyle. I do not believe is breaking the bank to care for your hair. Experimenting is good, but once you find products that work – keep ’em!
Our hair should not become a burden but should be a source of confidence and beauty.
Happy hair days, Curlies xx