HAIR | Basic Regimen to Grow African Hair

By Wande O.

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest- Natural Ever After

Photo Credit: Pinterest/Natural Ever After

Your hair grows, whether you acknowledge it or not, it grows. The exception, of course, is if you have an extenuating condition that affects the normal function of your hair follicles.

If you want your hair to grow longer, or stronger, or healthier, it doesn’t just happen, you have to make it happen. There’s a lot of information on the web of different regimen, mixtures, fads, trends and products offering miraculous results… The good news for those who are lazy like me, and can’t be bothered, is that you can still achieve great results without going much out of your way. The key to growing African hair is simple, and doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. All you really need is… MOISTURE! MOISTURE!! MOISTURE!!!

We explain more about this in our Starter’s Guide: Healthy African Hair

A good hair regimen consists of:
  • Moisturising Shampoo – Choose one that is preferably sulphate-free, as that is less stripping. Wash your hair once a week or every two weeks, concentrating on the scalp and roots of the hair. Massage scalp in a circular motion with finger tips (not nails) for a few minutes. This will help stimulate hair growth. You can also wash with a regular conditioner (co-wash), especially if you have to wash your hair more often. View some examples of Shampoos here. Click here for examples of Conditioners here.
  • Deep Conditioner – Deep condition your hair every time you wash it, with a creamy moisturising deep conditioner, to infuse moisture back into the hair. Some examples include: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque, Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Deep Conditioner…
  • Protein Treatment – You might not need this if you have virgin natural hair. But if you’ve chemically processed your hair (bleached/coloured, relaxed/texlaxed, texturized, etc), you need to restore some strength to your hair with some mild-heavy protein treatment (reconstructor). Which you use and how often you use it will depend on your hair needs. Learn more on how to maintain your protein – moisture balance (Deep Condition).  Some examples of some protein conditioners include: Organic Roots Stimulator Replenishing Mask, Aphogee 2-step Protein Treatment…
  • Moisturiser – You need to moisturise your hair daily (or every other day, depending on your hair needs) with a water based moisturiser, to keep moisture in your hair during the week. Click here for some examples of some water based moisturisers.
  • Oil for sealing – You must seal your hair after moisturising every day with a natural organic oil, preferably. This will keep the moisture locked in. Some oils are listed here.
  • Styling Products of choice if desired – This is completely up to you, and your preferences. Styling products include water based gels, volumising sprays, heat protectants (if you use heat such as blow dryers, straighteners etc) amongst others.
Now Create and Stick to your Regimen:

All this information is pretty useless if you do not use them consistently. Creating a regimen shouldn’t dictate your lifestyle, but rather, mould to it. So whether you are a working lady, a housewife, a student, executive, or a busy mom, you can create a regimen that can suit you. It is best to create a calendar/organiser/journal, until you find what suits you and your hair, and form a habit of it.

A typical Regimen can look like –

Sunday – Moisturise and seal

Monday – Moisturise and seal

Tuesday – Moisturise and seal

Wednesday – Co-wash after intense workout

Thursday – Moisturise and seal

Friday – Moisturise and seal

Saturday – Wash, Deep Condition, Moisturise and seal

Every 6 weeks – Heavy Protein Treatment.

 

You can find a customised journal/calendar to get you started, by clicking the icon below:

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TheBoah Hair Regimen Calendar

 

Good luck with your journey, and let me know how it goes. If you have any questions, please comment below.