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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.