If you’re new to your natural journey, you’re probably looking for a hair care regimen that you can stick to. Regimens don’t need to be complex, but you should do what works for you and discard what doesn’t. You may find someone you consider to be your “hair twin”, but find that you have a drastically different regimen from her.
A simple regimen to get you started is this. Co-wash your hair once a week and use a leave in conditioner once a week. Be sure that the leave-in conditioner you use is appropriate to be left in your hair for an extended period of time. If it’s not, it could cause build up in your hair and in your scalp which may lead to other problems.
When it comes to your daily haircare regimen, you could spritz your hair with water and seal the water in with some kind of butter or oil. Avocado oil, coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil are great for sealing moisture into your hair. It’s crucial to put water in your hair because that is the only thing that will actually moisturize your hair; not oil, butters or anything else. Those things only seal the moisture in. Alternatively, you could purchase a water based moisturizer to spritz in your hair.
Some naturals choose to use shampoo, and this can be a good idea if you
are using a lot of products in your hair. Just be sure to use a quality shampoo with no sulfates, and try shampooing bi-weekly or so. For further clarification, use apple cider vinegar in your hair at least once a week. Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is wonderful for removing products from your hair and scalp without striping you of your natural oils, which are crucial for healthy hair.
Now, all you need to do it figure out your style. Take your lifestyle into consideration when choosing a style for your hair. For example, if you don’t have a ton of time to detangle your hair, you may want to stick with protective styles such as braids or two strand twists. If you have the time and the desire to detangle your hair more often, you could do more non-protective styles, such as twist outs or wash-and-gos.