May 1, 2012
Quality Routines: Start a Simple Natural Hair Regimen
Many people have a routine for most
everything they do in their lives. Routines are a proven way to establish good
habits, so your hair care schedule should be no different. Don’t just wash your
tresses every time you’re in the shower, or skip your deep conditioning
treatment because you forgot to schedule the time. Here’s a handy-dandy natural
hair care routine that works every time, from CurlyNikki.com.
What You’ll Need
No hair care routine is complete
without the following basic products: shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner,
curl styler and/or leave-in conditioner, wide-tooth comb, blow-dryer and
Every Day: Co-wash or Moisturize
Co-washing is the practice of
washing your hair with conditioner only. (Shampoo can strip your hair of
natural oils and moisture.) Use a rinse-out conditioner to keep your strands
strong and nourished. If co-washing works for you, do it every day. But if
co-washing leaves you with scalp problems, just moisturize your hair between
washes. (Use hair moisturizers with water and an oil or butter listed as the
first few ingredients on the product’s label.) Note: One of the best
moisturizers is—guess what?—plain ol’ water. Simply saturate your strands with H2O
for total re-moisturizing benefits.
Once a Week: Wash
If you have an oily scalp or if you
frequently exercise, then wash your scalp with a mild shampoo or soap. (Don’t
worry about getting your hair wet; water will only help keep those curls
moisturized!) Use a pearl-sized amount of shampoo and rub it into your scalp;
work your way around the crown and base of your neck, by the ears and throughout.
Thoroughly rinse your tresses.
Twice a Month: Shampoo and
If you co-wash regularly, shampoo hair
at least twice a month. Start each wash by rinsing your hair for two or three
minutes. This long rinse will help loosen up product residue (so you can use
less shampoo). Shampoo, rinse and then condition hair. Make sure to comb the
conditioner through your tresses before rinsing it out. Within five minutes of
your shower, apply a leave-in conditioner or a curl styler to seal in moisture.
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