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Basic Hair Regimen for African American Hair

Updated on July 12, 2015

Daily Routine

  • Moisturize your hair every night with either a leave in conditioner or a water based moisturizer and seal with the oil of your choice Whenever you are moisturizing your hair you need to start with a water based leave in conditioner or moisturizer and seal your hair with an oil. This ensures that the oil will seal in all the moisture that the water has given your hair, instead of drying out. As for oils, there are a wide variety of oils on the market. The oils that are the most beneficial to your hair include Jojoba oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, Shea oil, and castor oil. Be certain to buy these oils in their natural state. That means that it must be unprocessed with no extra unnecessary additives. This will ensure that you will receive all the benefits possible from the oils.
  • Detangle your hair carefully with a wide tooth comb, never with a fine tooth comb. Never detangle your hair without moisturizing and sealing your hair. Failure to do so will result in unwanted breakage. You will also have a hard time detangling your hair if it has no moisture to it.
  • Do a bantu knot, a flat twist out, a braid out, a bun out, or simply pin you’re your into a bun. It is preferable not to do bantu knot outs and braid outs everyday. This will result in tension alopecia, which is due an excess amount of tension being put on the roots of the hair follicles. Your edges are most susceptible to this, so always be gentle with pulling your hair too tight. Bun outs are the most appropriate choice for everyday use. However you must make certain that the buns are not too tight, and are secured with bobby pins instead of hair ties. It is acceptable to switch it up sometimes and do bantu knots and braid outs, however make sure that they are not pulling on your edges.
  • After you have completed all these steps , pin up and cover hair every night with a silk/satin scarf.

How to Moisturize and Seal by uluvmegz

Weekly Routine

  • Wash your hair once a week with a moisturizing shampoo and follow with a conditioner. Some women prefer to wash their hair every two weeks with shampoo and co-wash once a week. This is perfectly acceptable considering you don't not go more than two weeks without shampooing your hair. In order to maintain healthy hair growth your hair follicles must remain clean and free of build up. Cleansing your hair regularly will also lessen your chances of bacteria attacking your scalp causing bacterial infections, bumps, rashes, and fungal infections.
  • Deep condition your hair once a week ( 1 week moisturizing deep condition the next 1 week light protein deep condition). This is so that you make sure that you are not using too much protein in your hair. An excess amount of protein in your deep conditioner can result in brittle hair that is prone to breakage. Therefore, you must listen to your hair and adjust the number of times you need to use protein treatments in your routine. Remember too much of a good thing is never good!
  • After every wash, massage your scalp with the oil of your choice. This will not only restore the oils you lost by washing your hair, it will stimulate blood flow to your scalp and stimulate hair growth.
  • Before you wash your hair with shampoo, use a pre-poo treatment. Choose any oil or natural butter and coat your hair from root to tip. Put a plastic cap on your hair and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, wash your hair as usual. This provides you with extra moisture, protecting hair from the drying qualities of shampoos.
  • After you have washed your hair, let it air dry instead of using a blow dryer. This will help you prevent heat damage. If you must use a blow dryer, use the cool air setting.

How to Deep Condition by AsToldByAllie

Monthly Routine

  • Deep condition with a heavy protein treatment once a month. Hair mayonnaise is an excellent choice for this, because it gives your hair a strengthening boast. However do not use these kinds of treatments more than once a month. As previously aforementioned, too much protein can lead to brittle hair.
  • Maintain the ends of your hair by cutting only the ends of your hair that are damaged to prevent major trims. This is called dusting your ends. This is achieved by sectioning small parts of hair and twisting the section. Look at the strands that are sticking out of the twist and cut off the damaged hair, then do the same for the ends of your hair. Make sure that you use sharp hair cutting scissors. You risk even more damage to your ends by using dull scissors.
  • Only apply heat to your hair once a month , heat sources include : flat irons, hot combs, curling irons and blow dryers. Many call this a "heat pass". Once you have used your heat pass for the month, you must wait until the next month before you use heat again. Once you reduce the number of times a month you use heat on hair, you will see your hair retaining length and increasing in thickness.
  • If you suffer from itchy scalp, use do a apple cider vinegar rinse once a month. Take 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water and mix. Pour the mixture on your scalp, before shampooing and conditioning. This is so that the vinegar smell will not stay in your hair. Be sure to let the vinegar sit for at least 15 minutes before wash out. This treatment is extremely effective in curing itchy scalp, because apple cider vinegar is known for for its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antivirus properties. Therefore monthly usage is appropriate if necessary. Only reapply if symptoms reappear to prevent your hair from drying out.
  • Wait at least 3 months before you relax your hair or color treat your hair. This will help you to avoid any over processing of your hair. This method is also useful in helping you determine actually where your line of demarcation (line between processed and unprocessed hair) is. This way you will be able to clearly identify where to apply your color or relaxer, preventing breakage due to over processing.

Trimming & Dusting Natural Hair by Melissa Denise


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