My Regimen

Hey Lovelies,
   So, I will keep this page updated with whatever my current regimen is. Hopefully, from here on out, I will be adding favorites and hair methods that might be helpful to you. Beware!!! I am a product junkie, so this page may change frequently. I will also have a trash list describing items that I do NOT like, and will link to the product review posts correspondingly (for 'liked' products AND 'disliked' products). If there is any way that I can be more helpful with this information, please send me an email at:

imanaturalblackgirl@gmail.com

Enjoy!
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1. Light Fingercomb/Detangle
For the first step in my regimen, I like to take small portions of my hair and pull the strands apart, piece by piece, until all of the big knots are out. I then follow-up with a light detangle with my Denman 31 brush and smooth my hair with a modified (2-row) Denman D3 brush.  Once this is complete, I set my hair in about 10-12 plump twists and secure them with small scrunchies on the end (my strands are very thick so this prevents the twists from coming loose). This preps my hair for the next step.






2. Prepoo
For this step, I use an applicator bottle and apply the mixture below to my scalp and strands.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (75%)
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (25%)
Afterwards, I cover my hair in a plastic shower cap, and leave on for....however long, but at least an hour (I have left it on for over a day)



3. Shampoo/Condition
For this step, I use Eden Body Works Shampoo/Conditioner combo. When shampooing, I use a Baby Bliss Scalp Massager to concentrate the shampoo onto the scalp. I usually shampoo and rinse 2 times. After rinsing the shampoo from my hair, I then apply a generous amount of the rinse-out conditioner. I then cover my hair with a plastic showever cap and let sit for 5 minutes and rinse. I towel-dry my hair to allow my deep conditioner to absorb into the strands.

4. Deep Condition
I absolutely LOVE Shea Moisture Purfication Masque. My deep conditioner consists of:
Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque (40%)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (20%)
Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee (review coming soon!) (20%)
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (20%)
I heat mixture in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds. I apply to my entire head and cover with my Hair Therapy Heat Wrap. I allow the deep conditioner to sit for 30 minutes and rinse with cool water (to close the cuticles and seal in the moisture).

***Note: Right now, I am actually rotating around commercial deep conditioners for review on my blog. I will update once I have posted a review of those.

5. Detangle/Stretch
After I have deep conditioned and rinsed my hair, I wrap it with a towel (I am looking into purchasing a microfiber towel) and allow to dry to a slightly damp state. I then unwrap the hair and seperate into 9-10 sections. I take each section, and apply a quarter-sized amount of Kinky Curly Knot Today. I fully detangle each section using my Denman 31 brush, and braid each section to stretch the hair, preparing it for styling.




6. Style
Once the hair is dry (usually just wait overnight), I undo the braids, and proceed to section the hair off according to the style that I want. To moisturize, I do the following steps:
     - Lightly spray hair with water
     - Apply Kinky Curly Knot Today
     - Apply Grapeseed Oil (summer/spring)/Castor Oil (fall/winter)
     - Apply Styling Product of choice (currently using Joie My Gel - review coming soon!)
Once I have applied my moisturizing products, I proceed to syle my hair into whatever style I have chosen!




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***Note: You might wonder why I detangle my hair so much throughout my wash/style regimen. The majority of my individual hair strands are thick. My hair itself is of medium density. My curl pattern is VERY, VERY curly. Not in any specific 'pattern' really, but the strands literally go EVERYWHERE.


Once my hair goes loose, even for seconds, it shrinks and begins to tangle. Therefore, whenever I can ready to twist/braid my hair, there are tangles, and I do not think it wise to twist on tangled hair. I lose smaller amounts of hair with this regimen because although I detangle very often through my wash/style regimen, I make sure to do it very gently. I am pleased with the results.

***On another note: I do NOT detangle my hair wet, while coated with conditioner. I jumped on this bandwagon when I first reached a length past TWA. It was a total. night. mare. Not only do the tangles become ferociously solidified while wet, but I lose INSANE amounts of hair using this method. I 'oh-so-wanted' for this method to work for me because soooo many naturals advocated it, and I figured I must've just been doing something wrong....that is, until I tried damp detangling. *Swoon* Yes, I've got it! (in my best Sherlock Holmes voice).
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