A SIMPLE HAIR CARE ROUTINE

Hey you,

I’m not sure if you noticed, but I missed writing a blog last Thursday and Friday because I was ill on Wednesday which threw me off completely the next day and usually where I would leave the baby at my mum’s to do an OOTD shoot on thursday, she had to attend a funeral.Anyway, I promise I will make it up to you as I do have some exciting blog posts coming up which I am UBER excited to do, I literally cannot wait! You may or may not have noticed but in the past few weeks I’ve uploaded two youtube video about my natural hair journey, from relaxed to natural. 

The first was a blow out so I could get a feel for the length and the second was me telling my story about how I came to big chop my hair in the first place – very emotional!

Anyway, This post is going to be on a natural hair care routine that I really want to do my best to maintain.

Since having the baby, I haven’t been as diligent with my routine as I just haven’t had the time and sometimes I’m just plain tired.

My friend and I have had this joke running about the  ‘no mistakes’ natural hair girls. This is the girl who big chopped her hair in 2013 and now her hair, blown out, is sitting on her waist line. LOL

Now I know that in reality it is posssible to achieve a really amazing hair length in that time, but the other reality is, is that it takes alot of effort and time.

I don’t think I have a specific target length for my hair to reach, but I would love to straighten my hair for the first time on my 30th birthday and have my hair sitting at a length that I have never had it before – even when it was relaxed.

Not to mention thick and healthy!

So, your girl is going to start putting in work!

I know it’s not going to be easy so the following hair routine I’ve tried to make as ‘busy’ friendly as possible, so even if you have minimal time in the week or a crazy hectic schedule this should work for you.

I’ve also stripped my products back entirely from my product junkie days, and only use four staple products which essentially is all you need. 

I haven’t necessarily outlined any specific products because I’ve come to realise that every product works differently in everyone’s hair. As long as you have the staples and they work for you, you’re good to go but I will do a few reviews on my absolute loves in the future as well as my homemade conditioners aswell. 

So here goes…

The four staples you’ll need for your routine are:

Shampoo or Cleanser 
Conditioner
Daily Moisturizer
Sealant or OIl

Firstly, there are a few different types of shampoos you can use and all of them are equally as important. The most important element in maintaining natural hair is retaining moisture so you want to ensure that the shampoo you use on a weekly or two weekly basis is a moisturizing one so it doesn’t completely strip the hair of the natural oils the scalp produces. 

The other type of shampoo is a clarifying shampoo. This is more of a stripping shampoo which is used to clear and completely cleanse product build up from the hair shaft and scalp. You’ll only need to use this once a month. 

The other type of cleansing shampoo isn’t exactly a shampoo but more of a co-wash. I used to do this alot and this is where you wash your hair in the same method as you would when using a shampoo but you use a conditioner instead. It doesn’t have to be an expensive one. I usually buy a big bottle of tresemme all naturals which lasts for ages and again the key for doing this is retaining and adding moisture.

Secondly, conditioners, of which you’ll need mainly two. A deep conditioner, which you will follow up with after your shampoo and a leave in conditioner, which again you can use after a wash and daily if you’re prone to dry and brittle hair. 

It’s alot to go into in this blog post but it is also important to note that there are also two types of deep conditioning you can use. Moisturizing and Protein. Again, these are just as important as each other but really it depends on what your hair needs at the time.

To put it simply, if your hair is limp and super stretchy when wet before breaking, you need protein, and if your hair is dry, brittle and snaps easily then it needs moisture.

Thirdly, daily moisturizing. Now as I said, you could use your leave in conditioner as a daily moisturizer as it serves the same purpose, but whatever you do decide to use, just ensure that it is a water based product and also light or it will really weigh down your hair and create alot of build up. 
If like me, going into the hair and moisturizing every day is too much of a feat – especially if your short on time. You could get a water bottle with a little oil and lightly spritz the hair in the morning and in the evening.

At the end of the day – the key is to ensure that there is always moisture on the hair as that is the key to retaining length – especially as a natural because the hair is fragile and breaks so easily when left to become dry.

Lastly, an oil is important to seal the moisture or water in the hair, because without sealing the moisture is so easily lost into the air. The purpose of the oil is to lock the water into the hair shaft and stop it from escaping.   

Now there is a library of oils you can use, and again, to go into each oil and its purposes would be way too long but do a little bit of research. Every oil has a quality and a specific use so it depends what your hair actually needs and plus you can always alternate them however you wish, or even mix them together. 

For example, castor oil is famous for it’s growth enhancing qualities and for promoting thickness of hair, so this is mainly used on balding or shedding areas or just where the hair appears thinner than the rest. 

Different oils also have different consistencies so depending on the type of hair you have will also determine the type of oil you use, again to avoid product build up and stickyness. 

If you would like even more ease there are oils on sale that are already a mixture of all the quality oils so you get the best of all as well as not having to do it yourself.

To make this all easier to digest, and maybe it will help if you write it down or print it out here is the routine from a weekly view:

WEEK ONE TO THREE :

MONDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
TUESDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL 
WEDNESDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
THURSDAY: MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO OR CO WASH. DEEP CONDITION [ALTERNATING PROTEIN AND MOISTURE]. APPLY LEAVE IN. MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
FRIDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
SATURDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
SUNDAY: CO – WASH. APPLY LEAVE IN CONDITIONER. MOISTURIZE AND SEAL

WEEK FOUR:

MONDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
TUESDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL 
WEDNESDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
THURSDAY: CLARIFYING SHAMPOO. DEEP CONDITION. APPLY LEAVE-IN. MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
FRIDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
SATURDAY: MOISTURIZE AND SEAL
SUNDAY: CO – WASH. APPLY LEAVE IN CONDITIONER. MOISTURIZE AND SEAL

Again you can tweak this however you need to and make it work for you, as it also depends what stage you’re at in your journey. When I first big chopped my hair I was able to co-wash it every day or every other day because it was easy to wash and go in the shower. 

What stage are you at in your hair journey, whether you’re relaxed or natural?

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Joanne

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