This post is inspired from Hilda over at Moma’s Healthy Hair Journey. Thanks!! She asked me to explain some of the rationale behind my hair regimen. It sectioned off my how often I do each part. My regimen is also posted HERE.
Typically, I wait at least 3 months to relax my hair. The longest I’ve ever stretched is 6 months. It wasn’t easy. One major reason why I stretch the time between my relaxers is that there is plenty of new growth. With more new growth, my hair is less likely to be over-processed. It can be tough managing multiple textures. One rule of thumb that I saw on LaToya Jones’s Blog is to wait until you have at least 1.5 inches of new growth before relaxing. That can vary from person to person, depending on the growth rate.
‘Texlaxing’ is intentionally under processing one’s hair with a relaxer. I’ve noticed that my hair seems much fuller than when I would relax bone straight. My hair is quite fine and when it was fully relaxed, it looked limp. Now it’s very full and has lots of body and volume.
As I mentioned, I have medium to fine hair, which means some of my strands have a small diameter. Finer strands tend to be fragile and cannot withstand some things. For me, regular protein treatments help to keep my hair strong. Protein is my bestie. I have to do a protein treatment at least one a month. I alternate between a hard protein treatment and a light/medium protein treatment.
Dusting is essentially a micro-trim. I use it to prevent split ends from traveling up my strands. Before I started dusting regularly, my ends would always have issues and I would end up cutting off 3+ inches (~7.6 cm). 🙁 Since I started dusting monthly, I’ve noticed far fewer split ends and knots.
Wash days are every week. My typical wash day includes the following steps: Pre-poo, Shampoo, Tea rinse, Deep Conditioner, Rinse & Detangle, ACV rinse, Leave-in conditioners and seal, Air dry/roller set. Since I don’t want this post to turn into a novel, I will probably address the rationale behind each step in a future post.
My hair, like most African hair, is naturally dry and needs moisture often. Lately, I can moisturize every other day because my deep conditioning helps to retain moisture. I also do a scalp massage with Jamaican Black Castor Oil to help stimulate growth and keep my scalp lubricated.
Using direct heat often can cause one’s hair to dry out and become damaged. I use direct heat sporadically to prevent this. For example, the last time I flat ironed my hair was about 4 months ago. If I use direct heat, I only use one type at a time. For example, if I want to blow dry then I won’t flat iron. This helps minimize the amount of heat I apply. Also, I use a heat protectant to prevent heat damage.
So, there you have it. Hopefully, this explains some of the rationale behind my regimen.