My Hair Regimen – Summer 2016

My Hair Regimen – Summer 2016

Photo by Brooke Glenn

I have been natural for almost 5 years (in September) and I have my regimen down. I know what products and product combinations that will give me the results I need for styling. In April, I decided to color my hair (ombre). I was getting bored with my hair and this wasn’t my first experience with color. I colored my hair once while I was relaxed and another time during my second year of wearing my hair natural. I wasn’t a stranger to the process and I already knew how the maintenance was going to be. Even though I absolutely love my color, I realized my hair was extremely dry this time around. My curls were not popping and my twists out were not lasting at all. I had to re-twist my hair almost every night just for my hair to look decent…and I still didn’t like it! I was even considering coloring my hair dark brown just so I didn’t have to deal with it. But I decided to protective style for a couple of weeks and try to find some styling products that work and tweak things in my regimen. I’m glad that I stuck with it. My curls are finally responding the way they used to and I love my color even more than what I did before.

Did you recently color your hair and you have to change your regimen? Below is my hair regimen for my color treated hair.

Shampooing:

Once a week, I shampoo with my clarifying shampoo twice and once with my moisturizing shampoo. After shampooing, I dry my curls with a t-shirt (towels can be harsh and this also prevents frizz).

Products:

SheaMoisture SuperFruit Complex 10-In-1 Renewal System Shampoo: Moisturizing, smells amazing (I’m pretty big on sweet smelling products), and also provides color protection.

SheaMoisture Community Commerce Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo: I love this shampoo! Smells amazing and moisturizing.

EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo: This clarifying shampoo does not strip any moisture from my hair and gently cleanses my scalp.

Conditioning: 

I divide my hair in 4 sections and use claw clips to separate them. I apply a moisturizing conditioner generously and distribute evenly throughout my curls. I am usually able to finger detangle for the most part and I’ll use a wide tooth to comb through any tangles I am having difficulty with. I’ll twist that section and move on to the next. After I finish all 4 sections, I’ll put a plastic cap on my head. I will grab a towel, run it under water, and squeeze all of the excess water from it. Next, I would heat the towel in the microwave for 40 seconds. I will carefully grab the towel out of the microwave (when it’s cool enough) and place it on top of the plastic cap on my head. I will place another plastic cap on top of my head to cover the towel and place my shower cap afterwards (total of 3 caps). This is the method that I use for steaming my hair. I’ll let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse my hair with cool water.

Products:

SheaMoisture Community Commerce Manuka Honey & Nafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner: This conditioner has been part of my regimen for a while now. It’s super moisturizing and has ton of slip.

SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-In-1 Renewal System Hair Masque: This is a deep conditioning masque that has many benefits including color protection.

Avlon Affirm 5 In 1 Reconstructor: I have been using this protein conditioner since my relaxed days, it helps minimize breakage and shedding.

*I combine SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-In-1 Renewal System Hair Masque and Avlon Affirm 5 In 1 Reconstructor together. I use this every other week as a strengthening treatment.

Styling:

I spray cold Aloe Vera juice on my hair and part my hair in 4 sections. I’ll make 2-3 twists per section using my leave in conditioner, coconut oil, and styling cream. I would use a hair tie and band my hair to help stretch the roots of my hair. If I am doing this at night, I’ll just sleep with a satin pillow case so my hair can dry overnight.

Products:

Tgin Green Tea Super Moist Leave In Conditioner: This leave in conditioner has a light and sweet smell and moisturizes my curls. It doesn’t weigh my hair down at all.

Tgin Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer: This moisturizing cream helps define my curls and twist outs. This does not weigh my curls down and I am able to layer the leave in conditioner with this as well.

The  Take Down:

I put a little coconut oil on my finger tips and un-twist my hair. I separate where the curls want to fall naturally and use a pick to lift my roots (bigger hair).

Maintenance:

At night, I will put my hair in two pineapple ponytails to keep my roots stretched. Mid week, I may refresh my curls by applying a small amount of product and re-twisting them. I’ll put my hair in a protective style if needed to hold me over until my next wash day.

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6 Comments

  1. Lola
    July 1, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Hi Ashley
    I can so relate to having to relearn your hair after coloring. I also use the Shea MoistureSuper Complex and my tresses really appreciate the TLC. Now that I’ve gotten into my grove of my new hair routine, I’m definitely loving my natural hair more with the color too! By the way, your hair is dope!

    • Michele K.
      August 16, 2016 / 10:48 am

      LUV THIS BLOG

  2. Jasmyne Martin
    October 26, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    So glad I came across this. I’ve been wanting a change with my natural hair as well and am getting my hair colored/ombred tomorrow. I was always warned against coloring and all the extra maintenance that would come with it for us naturals, but I’m willing to give it a shot. Thanks for sharing your regimen!

  3. Vera
    October 30, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Nice! thanks!

  4. February 14, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I love how you explain your hair and the fact you shampoo your hair!

    • Ashley Glenn
      February 15, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much!

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