The Regimen (as of February 2014)
Generally, Grace gets washed every 7-10 days. The frequency will vary depending on the style I have in – I wash my hair more frequently when I wear “out” styles (e.g. twistouts) and less frequently when in protective styles like mini twists.
Over the past year, I have been co-washing, using clays and generally trying to fine tune my wash day routine. I have come to the realisation that co-washing does not really work for me. I am someone who can be quite heavy handed with product and I sometimes found that co-washing did not always help me get rid of build-up. Now that I have found my shampoo (details below), I am good. Clays will remain part of my routine but I think I will seek to do a clay wash once every 3 months rather than every month.
Wash day for Grace and I is a step by step process so I have set out the steps below:
- Grace is so much happier when washed in sections so I will divide her up into at least 4 sections.
- I detangle each section, first with my fingers and then with a wide tooth comb. Sometimes I do this just with water, other times with some second-rate conditioner hanging around in my cupboard.
- I shampoo each individual section.
- Afterwards, I blot dry with a towel and apply Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture conditioner with Vatika coconut oil and then slap on a shower cap on and chill out for a couple of hours. Twice a month, I will sit under my Huetiful Steamer for 20 minutes which clearly speeds up the deep conditioning process. Sometimes I just let Grace stay in the shower cap with the conditioner in for a little longer, even after using the steamer!
- Once done with the DC process, I rinse out my hair completely and then towel dry so that it is damp but not soaking wet.
- I apply my mix of leave in conditioner to Grace – a mix of:
- Vatika Coconut Oil
- Pure Argan Oil
- Ogx Instant Repair Weightless Healing Oil (Keratin and Argan Oil)
- Giovanni Direct Leave in
- Kinky Curly Knot Today
- Ogx Biotin and Collagen Lotion
7. After applying my leave in conditioner, I am ready to style my hair in whatever style takes my fancy.
I don’t generally use heat on Grace. I usually twist when she is damp rather than soaking wet. Sometimes if I twist late at night and I want to rock a twistout in the morning, I will sit under a heat cap for an hour on a low heat setting so that I can speed up the drying process. I also straighten my hair once a year. That’s about it for heat for Grace and me.
I have set out my product staples. Every once in a while I may dabble in a new product or try something out as you may see from my posts, but these are the core products of the regimen – they are tried, tested and true!
Clays – Bentonite Clay or Rhassoul Clay
Apple Cider Vinegar
Conditioner– Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
I have put together a mix of products which works really well for me, in terms of acting as a moisturiser and incorporating the sealing oils in the mix. Here goes:
– Argan Oil
– Ogx Instant Repair Weightless Healing Oil
- Design Essentials Natural Curl Stretching Cream
- Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
- Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream
- Argan Oil
- Vatika Coconut Oil
- Ogx Instant Healing Oil
- Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist
- Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Moisture Mist
You may have noticed that I don’t have a staple deep conditioner in my list above. For me, I generally just leave my conditioner on and then add some coconut oil to it before sitting under my Huetiful steamer. I am in the market for a deep conditioner so watch this space…
- Wide tooth comb
- Butterfly clips
- Perm rods
- Flexi rods
- Goody hairbands
- Bobby pins
Details of my old regimen can be found here.
For tips on how to go about creating a regimen for your hair, click here.