The Best Hair Regimen for Your Hair

So, we talked about hair types, and we’ve talked about hair porosity and how it can help in your hair growth and hair care journey so let’s now talk about hair regimen. According to the Cambridge dictionary, regimen is defined as any set of rules about food and exercise that someone follows, especially in order to improve their health. Similarly, a hair regimen is a routine (most times created by you) to keep your hair healthy.  A regimen provides structure, repetition, and consistency to the lifelong process of taking care of your hair. It will involve both products and processes that keep your hair healthy and happy.

Hair Regimen

A lot of factors go into planning or making a hair regimen. Some of these factors can vary such as hair porosity (low, medium, high), hair type (type 1-4), time availability (how busy your daily schedule is), protein sensitivity, how thick or thin your hair is, weather and climate, etc.

My Journey

When I first started out my hair journey, I checked YouTubers with the same or similar hair types with me. Then from there, I looked at YouTubers that had the same hair porosity as me (I also checked other YouTubers with different porosity and hair types because you can still learn from other hair types, but I zeroed in on the YouTubers that had my hair similarities) and I built from there. If their hair liked it, I tried it. If my hair didn’t like it, I excluded it. I also believe it’s useful to find someone to follow that may have the same weather conditions and climate as you.

In my findings, I found that by looking at a person with similar weather conditions, can be of great assistance as well as comforting. So, several factors do affect your hair regiment. All in all, if you get the information from here, YouTube, salon etc., take it as guidelines and do what is best for your hair. After all, you live with it 24/7 so you should understand it the best. So, do what’s right for you and seek professional help in any serious cases like alopecia or unnatural hair lost etc.

Here are a couple of hair regiments that you can use to build your own hair regiment and don’t stress if you miss a wash day or it doesn’t go as plan since that’s quite normal. Life is not perfect but building a hair regiment allows you to be consistent and will help you to have healthier, longer hair. Once again, remember first that your hair regimen needs to be tailored to your hair’s needs. So, the below information are just guidelines.

General Guidelines

Try to Avoid hair products with alcohols (it dries your hair), dimethicone (it creates a plastic-like substance on your hair that traps bacteria and sebum), sodium chloride (sodium is a thickening agent that dries out your hair and your scalp), parabens (preservatives that absorb into your bloodstream and disrupt hormones) as well as sulfates (aggressive detergents that deplete natural oils from your scalp and hair).

Type 1-2 Hair

This hair regimen will vary on how oily your hair gets.

Daily to Under a Week

  • If you have straight hair then try using tangle teasers or a wide teeth comb or brush that reduces hair shedding. Any of these will help with hair shedding
  • Sleep on silk pillowcases
  • Wash hair (shampoo and conditioner) 3 to 6 days depending on how oily your hair gets
  • Consider dry shampoo instead of washing your hair every other day
  • Leave in conditioner
  • Try to use microfiber towels since it is gentle on your hair

Weekly

  • Deep condition

Monthly

  • Clarifying treatment
  • Scalp detox

Half Year

  • Trim (or as often as needed)

Type 3-4 Hair (High porosity)

Hair Regimen

Daily

  • Moisturize (L.O.C (liquid. Oil. Cream) method or L.C.O (liquid. cream. oil) method)
  • Protect with satin or a silk pillowcase
  • Mist hair
  • Scalp massage

Mid-Week

  • Co-wash

Weekly

  • Protective/manipulation hairstyle
  • Wash day routine
  • Pre-poo
  • Deep conditioner
  • Protein treatment (depend on your hair)
  • Microfiber towels
  • Detangle when hair is wet and preferably when it has conditioner in it (use wide teeth combs since they are curly friendly tools to aid in detangling)  
Hair Regimen

Monthly

Quarterly 

  • Trim your hair

Type 1-2 Hair (Low porosity) 

Hair Regimen

Daily 

Mid-Week 

  • Moisturize (re-moisturize after a wash day) 
  • (L.O.C. (liquid. Oil. Cream) method or L.C.O (liquid. cream. oil) method) Oil scalp 
  •  Massage scalp 

Weekly 

  • Pre-poo 
  • Detangle 
  • Shampoo and conditioner  
  • Deep condition with heat 
  • Protective/ low manipulation hairstyle 
  • microfiber towels 
  • detangle when hair is wet and preferably when it has conditioner in it (use wide teeth comb since they are curly friendly tools to detangle)   
Hair Regimen

Bi-Weekly 

  • Wash day (if your hair can take it; product build-up is not so bad, but you can make your wash days every two weeks instead if more suitable for you) 

Monthly  

  • Clarifying treatment

Every 3- 4 Months 

  • Protein treatment

Yearly 

  • Trim as needed  

Relaxed Hair

Hair Regimen

Daily

Weekly

  • Protect your ends
  • Pre-poo
  • Shampoo as well as condition
  • Deep conditioner

Monthly

  • Protein treatment
  • Clarifying treatment

Every 2- 3 Months

  • Relax hair (only new growths)

Every 6 Months

  • Trim as needed

Color Treated Hair 

Hair Regimen

Don’t wash hair until 7-14 days after adding hair color.

Daily 

  • Moisturize (some colors can be very drying) 
  • Silk pillowcase/ satin bonnets/ satin scarf   

Monthly  

  • Pre-poo 
  • Detangle 
  • Shampoo (some hair colors need specific moisturizing shampoos as well as conditioners. Please contact a professional for assistance)/co-wash (some hair colors prefer to be co-washed) rinse shampoo or co-wash with Lukewarm water  
  • Conditioner (find a color treated shampoo or moisturizing shampoo. Try not to use clarifying shampoos)/ for some colors, you should use co-washes or conditioners  
  • Deep condition with heat (wait until hair is cooled off fully before washing out hair  
  • Protective/low manipulation hairstyle 
  •  Protein treatment   

Every 2- 3 Months 

  •  Touch-up hair color 
Hair Regimen
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