Sunday, September 18, 2011
..:: My Regimen ::..
Here is the MOST current version of my regimen as of September 2011. I have copied and pasted it exactly as it appears on my Hair Forum pages. Enjoy !!!! :-)
Quick Update : As of August 3, 2011, my hair is NL/SL when it's unstretched, and it just passes my bra when I do my flat irons. July 29, 2011 marked 2 Years since my Big Chop !
I have Hand-In-Hair Syndrome, so I prefer to do protective styles that don't require me to touch my hair for days and weeks at a time ! Although alot of ppl don't like that I wear wigs and weaves, they were the main reason I was able to retain all of my length each month. I grew my hair from my big chop (which left me with 3-4 inches at EL/NL) to APL in just a year by protective styling. TRUST ME, protective styles work!
Currently I'm enjoying my new length, I've been wearing my hair in stretched hairstyles. I enjoy rollersets/flexirod sets/flat ironing/blowouts, and I love my braidouts when I wear my hair curly. I only wear my hair stretched, I prefer having the length.
I don't have a regimen, I just wash my hair whenever I feel like it. If I had to guess what I do on average, I would say I try to wash it:
■every 10-14 days in the winter, every 5-7 days in the spring, and I cowash every 2 or 3 days in the summer.
■I always prepoo on dry hair, shampoo or cowash, and then apply my leave-ins and begin styling.
If I'm going to do heat styling with my flat iron or for a blowout, I take a few more steps in my regimen.
For rollersetting & Flat Ironing:
■Prepoo overnight on dry hair, shampoo the next morning, apply my light protein treatment, and follow behind that with another moisturizing deep conditioning treatment. Then I apply my leave-in conditioner, foam wrap, and heat protectant serum. I NEVER use double heat, so I do a rollerset first before flat ironing. I've never had any heat damage using this method. I do not worry about heat damage either. If I get it, I'll cut it off. Plain and simple.
■I follow the same method as I would for rollersetting up to applying my leave-ins and heat protectant but instead of rollersetting my hair, I do cornrows to first stretch my hair, wait for my hair to become about 85% dry, then I do the blowout in small, detangled sections. I get incredible stretch using this method, and it's much more gentle on my hair than doing it on dripping wet hair.
■I try to moisturize daily with a dime size amount that I focus on the ends. I seal with oil.
■I oil my scalp every 2-3 days usually.
That's my total regimen in a nutshell