Regimen/ routine; How I grow my natural hair long & thick.

Have a hair regimen/ routine? Hair regimen is essential for growth of healthy hair. On this post, I’ll share hair regimen steps or rather my detailed hair regimen.

Hello and welcome to The Naturals Tribe, I hope your crowns are flourishing and your skin glowing. Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my natural hair blog.

Well, I do switch up products and processes, drop some hair care practices and get into others but my hair routine barely changes cause consistency is key if you wanna smash those hair goals. So, let’s get down to my hair routine and will do share tips and my recently acquired hair practices. You can also catch up on changes in my hair care routine here and here.

I cleanse my hair after two weeks unlike most naturals who wash their hair weekly. Honestly, I don’t have the heart & time for it. My wash day routine goes like pre poo, cleansing, deep conditioning, moisturizing and air drying.

Pre poo/pre-shampoo– I pre poo overnight with a mix of olive & castor oil or a rinse off conditioner when my hair feels super dry and brittle, lately I leave the pre-poo for an hour or so. On days when my hair feels moisturized I only pre poo with Aloe Vera gel direct from the leaf or an instant conditioner. Here is a detailed post on pre poo.

Detangling-I slightly detangle as I pre poo and before shampooing using the pre poo products. I ensure that I try to get rid of all shed hair and I use fingers to detangle. For all tips on detangling right catch up here.

Cleansing/shampoo- I shampoo/wash my hair in 4 or 6 sections but mostly four so as to get rid of build up probably cleanse and give my scalp a relaxing and growth stimulating massage. Shampoo your length and scalp, don’t scratch your scalp if it feels itchy use your finger pads to massage and cleanse with warm water not hot water(may damage your scalp). If possible rinse off the shampoo with running water.

Deep conditioning-sometimes I do deep condition overnight, on those lazy wash days(most wash days). I do DIY deep conditioners(avocado/banana/mango, Aloe Vera, honey & oils), let them sit for an hour or two before rinsing off. Lately, I’ve fallen off the DIY bandwagon. On some days I do hot oil treatment with a little deep conditioner and so far so good, my hair never felt this moisturized. I rinse off with lukewarm water and cold water for the final rinse.

wash day/ rinsed natural hair

I do air dry my hair but before that I use a t-shirt to absorb the water until my hair is damp then apply leave-in conditioner and oil before wearing four braids(matuta) or flat twists and let my hair dry.
I got you on wash day essentials and wash day mistakes to avoid.

I first moisturize after rinsing off the deep conditioner. When in a protective style, I moisturize weekly and when the weather decides to dry off my hair I do twice a week. I moisturize after 2 days or every other day when wearing my hair out. I only use water + leave-in conditioner and oil to moisturize and seal.

Twists and twist outs, braid and braid outs, flat twists, cornrows, puffs and wearing my fro out are my to go to styles. I love twists cause I can wear the twists for weeks before rocking the bomb twist outs. Braids are gorgeous as well especially when you master the art of a bomb braid out. I’ll be getting more adventurous with the styling, watch out for that. I avoid tight styles and know not all protective styles are protective.

natural hair regimen; protective style

I do dusting at least twice a month and this saves me lots of knots, tangles, frizz, rugged ends and losing inches to trimming. I do trim once in a while. Get to know when you need a trim and how to dust those split ends.

I so much hate sleeping with my hair covered so I sleep on a satin pillowcase. You can sleep on a satin bonnet/ scarf or pillowcase. On instances when my hair ain’t in a protective style, I wear a high puff/ pineapple to sleep.

Scalp care.
I do scalp massages when I can but after my pre poo and during shampoo I give my scalp a relaxing and growth stimulating massage. If not in a hurry I give my scalp a few minutes massage while moisturizing.

Scalp massages stimulate growth and flow of blood ,nutrients and proper products penetration in the scalp. For those struggling with residing hairline, do daily massages with castor oil/ any hair growth oil to regrow your edges and practice low manipulation and avoid tight hairstyles.

Brushing & combing/heat
My fingers do all the combing and brushing, I do use wide tooth comb to detangle sometimes and I don’t lay my edges too. Excessive brushing and combing will thin out your hair reducing your volume and if you have to use a comb, get a wide tooth comb.

I haven’t used heat in the last two and half years, if I need to stretch my hair I do stretch with braids(matutas), cornrows or flat twists. Avoid excessive use of heat, it damages your scalp and weakens your hair strands.

More Tips for hair regimen.
Get a hair regimen that fits your occupation, schedules, daily exercises, weather and so on. The hair routine should be consistent just like your work out or skin care routine.
Always work with sectioned hair it saves you time and tangles.

Don’t manipulate dry or dripping wet hair both are prone to breakage and never skip deep conditioning and moisturizing.
Your nails can be the cause of breakage, make sure your nails aren’t broken or have nail art that might snag your hair.

Don’t over-manipulate your hair and ensure your hair dresser/ stylist doesn’t pull or hold your hair tightly and avoid adding a huge extension on a small patch of hair.

When trying out products, start with a whole brand line and keep on with the trial and error until you find out which products work best for your hair.
For volume chasers, tips for you.

Hope you have learnt something and have you found a regimen that works best for you?

Why deep conditioning your Type 4 Natural Hair is Essential for growth of healthy hair.

Whether your hair feels healthy, don’t skip the deep conditioning step. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back.  What’s deep conditioning? Deep conditioning is an essential wash day step that involves applying a moisturizing and/or protein treatment  to restore moisture, improve elasticity, repair and strengthen hair, reduce breakage and split ends. Experiencing dry, damaged hair and a lot of breakage and shedding? Well, about time you invested in a moisturizing and protein deep conditioner, both are essential for growth of healthy hair. Deep conditioners are also referred to as; hair mask, reconstructors, deep treatments, penetrating treatment, deep masque etc. Deep Conditioner Types. There are 2 deep conditioner types ;  Moisturizing deep conditioner (restores/ retains moisture and improves elasticity)  Protein deep conditioner (repairs damage, strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and damage) Balanced deep conditioner (works as a moisturizing and protein treatment 2-in1 deep conditioner) Each of the deep conditioners has specific ingredients that you should look out for when purchasing. For moisturizing deep conditioners, look out for products with humectants & emollients & protein deep conditioners must have amino acids, hydrolyzed proteins etc. Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Type 4 Dry Natural hair. Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair. Why deep condition? Restore moisture after cleansing. Improves hair elasticity Adds or restores natural shine. Repairs and prevents damage. Strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and split ends. How to deep condition. Start off with freshly washed hair. Detangle, use your favorite shampoo to cleanse & thoroughly rinse off the shampoo. Dry your hair until it’s damp  Section your hair & apply the conditioner from the ends to the roots of your strands on each section. Ensure every strand is coated with the hair mask, detangle with your fingers then use a wide tooth comb to properly get rid of the tangles. Twist each section after  applying the deep conditioner. Wear a shower cap, thermal cap to infuse the conditioner nutrients in your strands. You can also warm up the deep conditioner before application, make sure the conditioner isn’t too hot, just warm. Leave the conditioner  for 30 minutes to an hour, you can leave it overnight (the downside of this is you might over moisturize your hair) Rinse off with cool water & if after rinsing your hair feels moisturized, softer & manageable, the deep conditioner has done its job. Deep conditioning Tips. Always aim at maintaining the moisture-protein balance for growth of healthy hair. Heat is important for deep conditioning, it opens up the cuticle for the nutrients to penetrate. Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner every time you deep cleanse your hair. How often you use protein treatments depends on the state of your hair, how often you use heat and manipulate. Don’t overdo it, letting your deep conditioner sit on your hair overnight consistently might lead to over conditioning or hygral fatigue. How often do you deep conditioner and what tips have worked for you?

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Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair.

When was the last time you deep conditioned with a protein based conditioner/ protein treatment? We rarely talk about protein deficiency or even complain about it. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back. Protein based deep conditioners are as important as the moisturizing deep conditioner because maintaining the moisture- protein balance is essential for growth of healthy hair, minimize breakage, repair damage and strengthen the hair. Our hair is made up of keratin, a protein which due to daily manipulation, use of heat, chemicals, colors and environmental stressors get worn out. Protein treatments come in handy to fill the gaps left by the worn out keratin. Keratin keeps your hair strong thus minimizing breakage and hair shedding.  How often you use protein treatment depends on the amount of damage , manipulation, if you’ve recently colored your hair, amount of breakage you’re experiencing and how your hair feels. How to tell your hair needs protein; Hair is highly porous- absorb & release moisture faster than normal. Hair looks limp, lacks the bouncy look & looks dull. Hair lacks its elasticity. Hair feels gummy or sticky Increased breakage & shedding. Which ingredients should you look for in a protein based deep conditioner? Hydrolyzed proteins are the main ingredients to look for when purchasing a protein based deep conditioner. Why hydrolyzed proteins? Because hydrolyzed proteins have been broken into smaller particles that can be easily absorbed & they include Hydrolyzed soy protein Hydrolyzed wheat Keratin Hydrolyzed silk Hydrolyzed oat flour Collagen Lipids Amino acids Protein treatments for type 4 hair Aphogee Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “APHOGEE Two step protein treatment is a serious treatment for seriously damaged hair. It rebuilds broken damaged hair. Rebuilds hair structure within six weeks. Ideal for Permed, tinted or relaxed hair. Stops hair breakage” Product Review, “The best protein treatment for curly hair” Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner Product Promise, “Perfect as a deep-conditioning treatment, this conditioner infuses moisture, shine, and strength into the hair follicle. Natural proteins strengthen hair to decrease frizz, improve volume, and increase hair growth.” Product Review, “I would definitely recommend this product to my friends. It is a wonderful protein treatment for your hair.” ApHogee Intensive 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “Prevents breakage and split ends. Antioxidant green tea protects hair. Adds body for easier styling.” Product Review, “It works great as a light protein treatment for my natural hair. It doubles nicely for a deep conditioner. Great purchase.” Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein-Strong Treatment Product Promise, “This masque treatment powered by reparative proteins and butters, in a nutrient-rich strengthening cream to naturally reinforce and revitalize over-processed, abused hair fibers, while reducing breakage up to 76%” Product Review, “Perfect protein treatment for my fine damaged curly hair.” How do you maintain the moisture – protein balance & which protein treatment works for your hair?

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