Guiding WOC Through The Process Of Returning Natural

How to build the perfect hair regimen

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Building the perfect hair regimen is a personal process, and oftentimes what works for another person might not be the best for you. It’s essential to know your hair (such as your porosity and your hair type) and try different products (in our opinion the more natural, the better) in order to create your perfect natural hair routine. There are a few steps that should be a part of every regimen. These are:

Sealing in moisture

It’s essential your hair is moisturized in order for it to grow healthily. There are several ways to do this:

Use a spray bottle filled with water when you feel your hair is lacking in moisture. Water is 100% hydration so don’t underestimate it! 

Sleep with a satin bonnet or silk scarf to retain as much moisture as possible.

After you’ve washed your hair, use a cotton t-shirt or microfibre towel to dry it. A  regular towel may cause the hair to snag.

The LCO (“liquid-cream-oil”) or LOC (liquid-oil-cream) method are great ways to get your hair to retain moisture, and they should be part of your regimen. The LCO is great for low porosity hair. First, apply your leave-in, and then go in with cream or hair butter, and seal it all in with an oil. The LOC method is recommended for high porosity hair. It starts with liquid, then oil, then cream. 

If you’re looking for a great cream to add to your regimen, check out our Golden Sea Buckthorne Shine & Moisture Hair Butter, which is perfect for retaining moisture especially for our 4A–4C girls, and  our Argan Oil Shine & Moisture Hair Butter which is great for curl definition and shine.

Pre-poo

Pre-pooing stands for “pre-shampooing.” It’s a process you do before washing your hair to make wash day a whole lot easier as it leaves your hair tangle-free and moisturized throughout. Use the Moringa & Marula Soothing Sensitive Scalp Oil in your kit to moisturize your scalp a few hours or the night before wash day to prep it with nutrients. 

How to detangle 

You can detangle your hair twice during your regimen: the first is a finger detangle before your pre-poo, and the second is when your hair is completely wet and saturated with water and conditioner. The latter allows for less tension on the hair. You can either use your fingers if you find that works for you, or you can use a wide-tooth comb or a denman brush. Typically, for tighter coils and kinks, a long-toothed comb works great, while for looser textures a denman brush can work just fine.

Cleansing 

This is an essential part of any hair care regimen – make sure to always use a cleanser that’s sulfate-free and made from products and won’t strip your hair of its natural oils. We recommend our Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair Cleanser

Hair masks

Hair masks are a super important way to give your hair the nutrients, moisture and proteins it needs. Our Rice Water Health & Strength Hair Mask is all about giving your hair the perfect balance of protein and moisture. Our Ultra Nourishing Guacamole Hair Mask is here to deeply conditioning and make your hair easy to manage. Avocado seed adds a healthy shine that instantly stops the hair from drying out by coating it. 

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Protective styling

From wigs to braids and bantu knots, the possibilities for protective styles are endless. They’re a great way to give our hair a much-deserved break, and should form a part of every natural hair regimen! However, not all protective styles are made equal. Styles like weaves and glued-on lace front wigs can often cause more tension on the hair, whilst styles such as twists and plaits with your own hair cause less tension on your hair and scalp.

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