I know it’s been a minute since I did an update on how Grace is doing. She’s doing great, and I’m on a serious growth mission, so I have decided that she needs to do some custodial time away from my niggly fingers and manipulation. I don’t know if my hair has already grown significantly since my haircut in May but it is definitely feeling really healthy and strong so I am going to keep up the regimen that I have been doing and just keep an eye on progress. Grow Grace Grow!
I have set out below a basic outline of the regimen that I am following. It is close to the one I outlined in this post.
- Pre-poo treatment – SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and scalp massage using Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
- Detangle first with fingers and then with wide tooth comb.
- Thoroughly rinse out pre-poo.
- Cleanse with The Body Shop’s Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo or Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Shampoo.
- Condition with Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner.
- OR if no pre-poo, then deep condition with SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni and Monoi Masque/Huetiful Strengthening Hair Masque/Elasta QP DPR 11 (these deep conditioners are on a weekly rotation). Use the relevant conditioner with Vatika Coconut Oil and/or Amla Oil. Steam hair with Huetiful Steamer for 20 – 40 minutes.
- Thoroughly rinse out conditioner or deep conditioner.
- Apply leave in conditioner mix – outlined in “The Regimen”.
- Twist Grace into medium-sized twists with Carol’s Daughter’s Marguerite’s Magic or Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream
- Seal with Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
There you have it. This is more or less the regimen that I will be following for the next couple of months (although I may change a product or two once in a while if doing a product review). I don’t plan on breaking out a ruler or tape measure every couple of weeks to measure my growth – it’s not that serious – but I do hope that following this regimen will enable me to experience visible growth and report on the progress made in due course. I think Grace and I may need a break from time to time, so if every 3-4 weeks, you see Grace out in a twistout or curly fro, do not be alarmed; she’s probably just out on day release.
What are your thoughts on protective styling? Do you have any tips? Do you follow a strict regimen and if so, what are the components?