Are you ready to take your natural hair to the next level but don’t know where to start? Well, you need a hair regimen! Learn the exact steps to build an effective hair regimen for healthier looking hair that grows.
What Is A Hair Regimen
A hair care regimen is a set of healthy hair practices and rules you commit to and perform on a consistent basis.
Your hair needs to get consistent nourishment in order for it to really thrive and reach it’s maximum health.
It isn’t as sufficient to just take care of your hair sporadically every once in a while.
Like everything else, your hair also requires dedication and discipline to get beautiful results!
Without a soild regimen, your hair may become dry and break alot more which results in less length retention aka shorter hair.
Since your kinky type hair is more dry due to natural oils not being able to reach the ends, we are going to help it out and moisturize it mechanically.
Please note that the purpose of your regimen is to help you retain and keep the hair that is already naturally growing.
Benefits Of Having A Hair Regimen
When you have a hair care regimen, the following happens
- Predictable results
- Healthier hair
- Longer hair
- Less decision making on wash day
How To Build A Regimen
The first factor is keeping your regimen realistic to your hair needs and schedule. No need to over complicate it!
The 4 basic fundamentals of a good regimen includes moisturizing the hair effectively, cleansing the hair at the right ratio, building strength in the hair, and protecting the hair.
To build a regimen you will need to get hair products to start with.
The basic products you will need are:
- Moisturizing gentle shampoo
- Clarifying shampoo or Detox Clay Mask
- Moisturizing deep treatment
- Protein deep treatment
- Daily moisturizer or leave in conditioner
- Oil (preferable natural, organic, cold pressed)
- Plastic caps
- Styling product (gel, curl cream or mousse)
- Satin/silk bonnet or scarf
- Wide tooth comb
- Detangling brush
Everything else not listed here isn’t a necessity.
Now that you have gathered your products, it’s time to figure out how often to use each product.
Finding out your hair porosity will play a big factor in this. You can find out your hair porosity here.
For example, low porosity hair may require you to use your clarifying shampoo more in comparison to high porosity hair.
Or if you have high porosity hair, you may need to do a protein treatment more often than low porosity hair.
Check out low porosity tips hair care tips here.
It’s all about listening to your hair then tweaking it to your personal hair needs.
A hair regimen isn’t a one size fit all type of thing.
Also your lifestyle may play a role in deciding how often you can carry out your hair care routine.
A great guideline will be washing the hair at least once a week. If you can find time daily to wash the rest of your body, then I’m sure there is a window to wash your hair at the end of each week.
You should have 5 pillars to your hair care routine- Daily, Mid-week, Weekly, Monthly, Quarter or bi yearly.
Some daily hair care routines includes simple but effective tasks such as commiting to wear a satin/silk bonnet to bed every night to protect the hair from the damaging effects of cotton.
You can also refrain from daily combing since too much manipulation isn’t good.
Refresh your hair with a light moisturizing spray.
A typical guide to follow daily
- Wear a satin scarf or bonnet to bed
- Refresh hair style with finger combing only
- Refresh hair with spray moisturizer or plain water
- No combing
Choose what you feel is necessary.
Weekly Routine (every 1-2 weeks)
Your weekly routine should be your wash day. What should your wash day consist of?
The most important part of your wash day should be shampooing, deep conditioning, and using a leave in conditioner.
Everything else is optional! Remember, treat your regimen like a buffet and only choose what you think is necessary. There are so many steps out there.
This is also the time when you think of the hairstyle you will wear for the next few days or week since you want to limit styling in between.
You can alternate between protective styles and low manipulation styles for best results.
Switching up your hairstyles plays a big role in length retention. Too much of one hairstyle can put strain on certain areas of your hair leading to breakage.
A basic wash day should look like this:
- Detangle the hair with conditioner first using wide tooth comb
- Shampoo the hair to remove dirt and old products
- Deep condition the hair to replenish moisture back to the hair
- Apply leave in conditioner
- Detangle with wide comb or detangling brush
- Apply oil to lock in moisture
- Style the hair
Mid-Week Routine (every 3-5 days)
This part of your hair care regimen is to touch up the hair in between your wash day.
A great guide to doing this is once a week or you can do it more often, Again, it’s all preference.
The purpose is to keep the hair moisturized and not allowing it to become dry in between wash days.
A typical mid week maintentance looks like this:
- Oil the scalp
- Moisturize the length of hair
- Apply oil to seal
- Restyle the hair (optional)
Monthly Routine (4-6 Weeks)
Your monthly regimen should consist of detoxing the hair to remove buildup from all the products deposits left on the hair.
This is also the time to give your hair some strength from a protein based treatment.
Both detoxing the hair and using a protein treatment is something you do to your hair occasionally or else it can have adverse effects on the hair leading to dryness and breakage.
You can detox your hair by using a clarifying shampoo or a clay mask. The choice is yours since they have similar results.
Again, your porosity type will determine how often you carry out this phase of your regimen. A great window to detox is every 4-6 weeks.
Follow this basic monthly guide
- Detangle the hair
- Clean the hair with clarifying shampoo or clay mask
- Use a protein based treatment
- Follow up with a moisture based treatment
- Apply leave in conditioner and oil
Quarter Yearly Routine (every 3-6 months)
This is a good time to trim away split ends. Since the hair is in it’s natural state, you may not need to trim as often but twice a year is reccommended.
You can also do a length check in between this period to make sure your regimen is working for you.
By now, you should see an increase of length, volume and the health of your hair
It takes time to see the results of your regimen, so now is the time to see if your hair regimen is actually working and what you can tweak to improve it.
Congratulations, now you have a winning hair regimen almost garanteed to bring you healthier and longer natural hair.
I have also written an amazing hair growth guide ebook from years of research to save you time from the learning proccess required to take your hair to the next level.
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10 thoughts on “Build An Effective Hair Regimen To Grow Your Natural Hair”
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Help me to grow my hair like that
Nice hair beautiful I love it
How do you do that
Thank you so much. You can grow your hair and make it healthy by being consistent with deep conditioning treatments and by keeping the hair moisturized by using moisturizer and oil