Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In Depth Regimen Building (Special Request)

A hair regimen is a consistent "routine" you use to care for your hair.  Having a hair regimen will make your hair healthier and allow you to retain length. Our hair grows just most of the time it breaks off at the same rate it is growing, making it stay the same length and appear that there is no growth. Let's start off with the BASIC things you need for your regimen.
First and foremost you NEED a wide tooth comb!
A Shampoo
Leave-in Conditioner
Deep Conditioner
(Lots of conditioners right? Moisture, Moisture, Moisture)
A water (Aqua) based moisturizer
Protein Treatment
Growth aid (not mandatory)

Okay now that I've listed the BASICS I'm going to go into detail.

A SHAMPOO that's sulfate free is ideal. However, it will require some "searching". This isn't mandatory my shampoo isn't sulfate free, I wash with shampoo BI-WEEKLY (every 2 weeks). Hair thrives when it is clean, do not believe the myth that dirt makes hair grow.Some brands I've used and recommend are:

Creme of Nature Kiwi & Citrus Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo
Infusium 23 Color Defender Sulfate free shampoo
Hairtrition Shampoo Moisturizing shampoo

Choose a CONDITIONER that is good for co-washing. I do this multiple times a week. My favorite conditioner is V05 moisture milks, it is cheap but works very well and keeps my hair moisturized. It also has biotin in it which helps thicken up hair. Recommended brands below:

V05 moisture milks
Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship
John Freda Full Repair Full Body Conditioner

A LEAVE IN conditioner is an extra moisturizer you put in after you wash your hair

Cantu Shea Butter Leave In conditioner (my favorite)
Infuisium 23 Leave in Conditioner (has protein in it keep an eye on your hair)
Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1 miracle worker (has mineral oil in it but this is a new favorite)
Paul Mitchell Leave-in conditioner
Carol's Daughter's Black Vanilla Leave In

DEEP CONDITIONER is to be used weekly or bi-weekly depending on your hair's needs. I prefer to deep condition weekly. This can be done overnight with a cap, then you can wash it out in the morning. During the day for a few hours or for about 30 minutes under the dryer or steamer.I honestly haven't found a deep conditioner that has met my needs yet but here are a few that have good reviews.

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Hair Mask (on my list to try)Mizani Moisturefuse
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioner 

Chose a DAILY MOISTURIZER the first ingredient should be water/aqua. I use my CANTU-SHEA BUTTER LEAVE IN CONDITIONER and my Hawaiian silky moisturizer. What I do to make a cheap moisturizer that WORKS is, first get an empty bottle or spray bottle. Then, fill it half way up with your conditioner of choice, I use V05 Moisture Milks (ofcourse) then I fill it up with water half way. VIOLA.......there's your moisturizer.

Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1 Miracle Worker
Cantu Shea Butter Leave in- Conditioner
Garnier Frutius Silky Secret Daily Moisturizer

After you moisture SEAL in it in with OIL, so you're hair doesn't dry out and moisture doesn't escape. When it comes to oil the best option is to go natural. Why go buy a bottle of "Olive Oil" from the BSS that has a bunch of STUFF in it. Go to the cooking aisle and get some EVOO.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Jojoba Oil
Castor Oil (Regular Pharmacy kind or Jamaican Black)
Load up on essential oils as well

Protein treatments are not for weekly use. Keep in mind cheap conditioners like V05 and Suave already contain protein in them. Some products claiming to be deep conditioners are more on the protein side.Typically you should do a hard protein treatment every 6-8 weeks. Protein treatments are good before you get a relaxer or your hair dyed since these chemical processes break down the protein in your hair strands. However, you should pay attention to your hair's needs. I prefer to use a homemade protein treatment but some other ones available are:

ApHogee 2 step protein treatment
lighter ones:
aPhogee keratin 2 minute reconstructer
ORS Hair Mayo
Mizani Protein Reconstructer

GROWTH AID is a product used to speed up hair growth. These are optional because with the proper care your hair is going to flourish anyway.Popular growth aids are:

Castor Oil
Peppermint oil & Rosemary oil
MN (Miconzale Nitrate)

Last, but not least limit the use of heat and whenever you use heat ALWAYS use a heat protectant to avoid damage. Protective styling will also help retain length so you can keep the hair you've worked so hard to grow.



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