Have you heard the saying “it takes 21 days to break a bad habit”? Well if this be the case then it should also stand true that it takes the same amount of time to create or establish a routine or habit. When trying to reach a goal, be it weight loss, eating better, increasing exercise, drinking more water, growing your hair, etc it does not occur overnight. Let the church say AMEN!!! With that being said it would also stand true that repetition aids in successfully achieving a goal. I’m going to date myself but I can remember when I learned to type in school. I had to do countless rows of asdfjkl;. I absolutely hated it!!! I was bored beyond belief!!! However, those countless rows prepared me to be able to type 85 words per minute (when that actually met something).lol Suffice it to say, repetition works!
Now, let’s bring this back to hair. The shafts of the hair are delicate and sensitive. And sometimes even temperamental. They have to be treated with love, care and consistency or trust me they will rebel. Is it easy? Not at first. But as I’ve been taught with difficulty comes ease. It might be hard to stick to those wash day schedules but when you’re consistent those detangling sessions are cut nearly in half. I don’t know about anybody else, but with this BSL hair, that works for me!!
Here goes my regimen as well as tips on how to start your own.
First off I DO NOT wash my hair once a week. 2-3 weeks at best! That is why my regimen is so detailed.
On wash day:
1. I do a pre-poo using TreSemme Naturals conditioner and Castor oil. I section the hair in 4 sections. Working with one section at a time I take smaller sections, add conditioner and castor oil and comb that small section to detangle. Once that complete section is done I braid it up and move to the next. Once my entire head is done I put on a handy Walmart bag (lol) and a crocheted hat (to generate heat). I leave this on for at least 30 minutes.
2. I shampoo/cowash while the hair is still in braids. I choose to do it this way because the hair has already been detangled.
3. If I cowashed then I do a rinse with ACV and water. I use a water bottle (16 oz) I add 3 ounces of ACV and the rest water. Pour over the hair and massage in the scalp. I let that sit for about 5 minutes and then rinse.
4. I then condition the hair using Tea Tree Tingle from Trader Joe’s.
5. Once I’m done I wrap the hair with an old t-shirt.
6. I then take the braids loose, one section at a time. Once a section is loose, I add my Deep Conditioner (DC) of choice (still looking for one I love), comb that thru, and rebraid the section. Once the entire head is done I put on another Walmart bag and my crocheted hat. I sit for another 30 minutes.
7. I then rinse the DC out using cool water and then wrap the hair again with a t-shirt.
8. Next I gather my Olive Oil, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Curl and Style Milk.
9. I take out all the braids and comb the entire head.
10. I take sections of the hair depending on how I plan to style it. Usually I put the hair back into 4 sections b/c I’m doing large individual twists in preps for a twistout.
11. Going section by section I apply Smoothie, Olive Oil and Style milk in that order. This is called the LOC Method. I comb each section and then twist it.
12. I add rods or flexi rods to the ends and place on my satin scarf.
13. GOODNIGHT!!! lol
Whether I’m wearing a protective style or a twistout I inspect the hair every 3 days. I’m checking for moisture of both the scalp and hair. If my scalp is dry I spritz it with water and massage it with Olive or Sunflower Oil. If the hair is dry, I spritz it with water, add a very small amount of smoothie, top that with Olive oil and retwist.
I have noticed that since I have been wearing twists I have needed to add less product during maintenance days. Usually I just spritz the hair with water only so that my ends can be curly when I remove the rods.
Tips on how to start your own
1. Choose a wash day that you can commit to. I choose Sundays. I rarely make plans for Sunday evenings so 9 out of 10 I can stick to it.
2. Decide in advance what products you are going to use. Make sure you have them on hand prior to wash day.
3. Of course if you plan to wash your hair once a week, you won’t have to do ALL the steps like me. A simple wash and condition should do the trick. You will need to clarify and DC at least once a month however so be sure to add the extra time to your schedule on those weeks.
4. When choosing stylers, be sure they mesh well together. Nothing is worse than having a head full of white residue 2 days after an intense wash session.
My last and final tip is to be PATIENT with yourself and your hair! It may take a while to see the benefits. Just stick with it. You won’t be disappointed.
I hope this information is helpful.
Until next time