I normally aim to pamper on Sunday's because this is the least busy day of my schedule. I'm able to sit down and focus on my hair alone. To add, I am Christian and I was taught on Sunday you don't "work".. it's your relax day. Go to Sunday school, Church services, pamper yourself, and Sunday dinner. That's it!
So, with that being said, lets get into this regimen of mine shall we?
I don't normally shampoo unless I'm deep conditioning that day because, let's face it, shampooing is one thing us natural diva's hate to do because it can be very drying to our tresses. I, myself, choose not to shampoo but maybe once or twice a month if that. When I do shampoo I always shampoo before anything else. Meaning, before I deep condition, I grab whatever shampoo I plan to use and wash my hair thoroughly before I condition and/or deep condition. I make sure that after I shampoo I follow up with some sort of deep conditioning treatment.
PRE-POOAlthough Pre-pooing can be benefitial to some it is not benefitial to all. I find pre-pooing to be worthless to my hair. I guess, depending on which shampoo your using depends on whether you should pre-poo or not. I do not use any harsh shampoo's that strip my hair of its moisture. I find that shampooing my hair then deep conditioning works fine. So, in that case, to each their own hunny!
HOT OIL TREATMENT
I tend to co-wash if not once, twice, a week. I find co-washing to be very benefitial in my regimen. During the colder months I do find I can still co-wash, although lots of naturals frown upon this. My hair is never wet when I leave the house so I'm fine with it *pops collar* I normally wake up an hour to an hour and a half before I need to be walking out the door. That's more than enough time for me. I do not wear make-up. So, those of you whom do wear make-up may need to wake up a tad bit earlier. Co-washing is considering washing your hair with conditioner only. You want to make sure your using an in-expensive conditioner. Lots of people use V05 or Herbal Essence. Neither of those do anything for my hair, they're too light in consistancy. I use either Tressemme, Pantene Pro-V, or Garnier Fruitis. Those 3 are awesomeeeee for co-washing my hair. They're thick (y'all know I lives for some thick conditioners) and very moisturizing. Now, you want to use this conditioner as your "shampoo" substitute. If you want, section off your hair and apply product as needed. Shower (wash your body and all that jazz), detangle your hair (if you'd like, I sure do), then rinse with luke warm water. Not nipple hard cold or scalding hot water!
DETANGLEI detangle my hair in the shower when I am in the conditioning and/or co-washing phase of my regimen. If it's a day that I'm prepping for a twist out or some sort of style I, will, detangle but my hair is not dry it has product (some sort of moisturizer) on it to help with the process. I have a crime of not always sectioning my hair off like you see lots of other naturals do. They say it's easier but I find it to be very tedious at times. I start from the back of my head and work my way up in a fanning motion. I will take rows at a time and detangle that way after I've applied whatever product I'm using to help detangle/moisturize. I start off finger detangling my hair to get any shed hair out then I take my "tool" and do a thorough detangling. I normally use my fav. wide-tooth comb then I go back in with my detangling brush.
- Shea Moisture Yuccah Bayobab Shine & Hold Moisture Mist
- Shea Moisture Biotin Mist
- OBI Natural Hair Care Curl Hydration Spray
- Lustrasilk's Curl Moisture Activator
- Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Condition
Butters & Creams:
- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
- My Shea Butter Mix
- OBI Natural Hair Care Curl Enhancing Custard
- OBI Natural Hair Care Moisture Cream
I use gels just for my edges or when I'm doing a wash-n-go. I don't do wash-n-go's often but when I do I use gel to make my curls pop and stay. It isn't the best thing to do because after the style has officially hit the fan you'll need to wash the gel out! I use Aloe Vera gel for a softer hold and I use Eco Styler gel for a better hold. With that being said.. Aloe vera is used when doing wash-n-go's and for edges or I'll use Eco Styler for my edges only. Got it? Ok good :)