My Hair Care Regimen

In earlier posts, I shared with you guys that I was journeying towards healthier hair. Since I don't post much about hair care, I wanted to start doing so. I recently got my hair trimmed to shoulder-length all over in an attempt to start fresh with my damage from breakage. As a beginning point, I would like to share with you a few details about my new, improved journey:

**My Regimen**

Daily: Moisturize and seal with oil
Nightly, I moisturize my hair and seal it with oil. Then I wrap or pin my hair, covering it with a silk scarf.

Moisturizers I Use:
African Pride Olive Miracle (daily moisturizer)
Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship (alternate with the above)
Wave Nouveau Moisturizing Lotion (during long stretches)
Garnier Fructis Nutrient Spray (for lazy days)

Oils I Use:
Castor Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil

Weekly: Washing/Co-Washing, Deep Conditioning
On Sunday, I clean my hair by co-washing (washing with conditioner) or shampooing with a moisturizing shampoo such as Nexxus Therappe.
On Wednesday, I clean my hair by co-washing again. After co-washing, I deep condition my hair, rinse, apply leave-in conditioner, moisturize and seal, and place in a protective style (usually a bun).
I always air-dry unless I’m away from home.

Conditioners Used for Co-Washing:
VO5 Moisture Milks Conditioners
Herbal Essences Hydralicious Conditioner
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner

Conditioners Used for Deep Conditioning:
Nexxus Humectress infused with Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Peppermint Oil
Co-washing conditioners infused with Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, and Peppermint Oil

Bi-Monthly: Hot Oil Treatment with Jojoba Oil or Coconut Oil

Monthly: Clarifying Wash, and Protein Deep Conditioning
Once monthly, I do a clarifying wash with ORS Aloe Shampoo. I also deep condition with a light protein conditioner such as ORS Replenishing Conditioner infused with Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, and Peppermint Oil. Afterwards, I apply leave-in conditioner, moisturize and seal, and place in a protective style.

Every 12 Weeks: Relaxer and Protective Style
I relax by using Motions No-Lye Relaxer. Before applying neutralizer, I rinse relaxer from hair and apply a light protein to the hair such as Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor. This replenishes the protein I lost from the relaxing process. I let it stay on for 5 minutes, then continue with the neutralizing and deep conditioning process. Afterwards, I apply a leave-in conditioner, moisturize and seal, and place hair in a protective style.

**My Hair Essentials**
silk scarf/bonnet (to protect my hair from moisture-stripping cotton)
rollers and roller clips (for curly protective styling)
flexi-rods (also for curly protective styling)
plastic caps (for deep conditioning)
one a day women's multi-vitamin (self-explanatory)
biotin (growth aid I've been using on and off -but mostly on)

**About My Hair**
Shoulder Length
Type: 4A

**Protective Styling**
Quick weaves

**Hair Goals**
Thicker, healthier hair
Middle Back Length (MBL)

**My Hair Idol**
Malaysia Pargo (of Basketball Wives fame)
What is your current hair care regimen?  If you have posts on your blog concerning your hair care regimen, please feel free to share them in the comments!

For more information about creating a hair care regimen, please read The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Sivasothy and visit the website here.

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