When people big chop they may not realize that you should maintain a good hair regimen just as you did when you had hair. You are fresh, your hair is new and unbothered, and now is the opportune moment to make sure it grows in healthy and strong. My motto is, “if you start right it will end right.” This is the moment you want to bring out all of the big guns. You want the moisture products, the strengthening products the treatments..you want it all...lol! Some will take this time to experiment with dye. You can’t do much with short hair and so you think dye! But please pump the breaks for a minute. Dye is a chemical process, and the last thing you want is to start your natural hair journey off on a sour note. Dyes are damaging and since your hair is so short it is damaging to the scalp. Dyes are high maintenance, so before you do that let’s make sure your hair is fully healthy. Let’s discuss wash day regimen and daily regimen.
Throw out your shampoo for the week and use a good co wash. Yes, you can wash it everyday if you like, just not with shampoo. Many don’t realize that water is the ultimate moisturizer. And seeing how your hair is so short and it doesn't take much to wash it, you should take advantage of this moisturizer. Regimen is as follows…
- Co Wash while in the shower. Rather you shower at night or in the morning this will be a good time to wet your hair. You don’t necessarily need a co wash but they are good for softening the hair cuticle. But water rinsing will do the trick as well.
- Oil scalp - Once out the shower and hair has been dried with a shirt, apply a good oil directly to scalp and massage through.
- Leave in - Apply leave in, just a small amount.
- Moisturizer - Add moisturizer and put on satin cap if it is at night. Make sure to always wear a satin cap. I know you don’t have much hair but you still want to prevent dryness and breakage.
Wash Day Regimen!
This is what you want your wash day to look like. You can do this routine every week or every other week.
Pre Treatment (Sweet P Pudding) - Pre treatments really help with the moisture balance of the hair. And so therefore, we do this every week.
Mild Shampoo (Morning Joy Cleanser) - If you will wash every week a gentle cleanser should be used. A gentle cleanser is that that has no sulfates, silicones, dyes, phthalates, mineral oil...these are the main ones to avoid, but there are more. Once a month you should clarify (Citrus Burst Cleanser). Clarifying will strip your hair of all of the product build up, helping you to start fresh.
Deep Conditioner - A good deep conditioner is always needed after you wash. This step should not be missed, it is very important. It sets the tone for how your hair will be throughout the week and throughout your journey. A good deep treatment can add moisture and strength to the strands. We have 2, one with protein (Coconut Cream Pie) and one without (Honey Dew Hydrator), for those who are protein sensitive. Adding a cap and heat will really help it to penetrate. Those with low porosity should always add heat.
Leave in (Chocolate Souffle) - A leave in helps to keep everything that you just done to your hair in. It helps to maintain. So having a good leave in is really beneficial. You want to apply this right after you rinse the deep conditioner. Section hair in four, and apply.
Sealer - A sealer is for those with type 4 hair, high porous. A sealer helps to keep the moisture in. One can use an oil (Spring Sensation Oil) or butter (Genesis Butter). Those with low porosity hair can seal with a light oil (Spring Sensation Oil).
Moisturizer/Styler (Buttermint Smoothie Moisturizer) - This is where you want to use your moisturizer to style your hair. This will soften the hair cuticle and really help with the moisture levels. You can use a moisturizer and or styling cream (Curlicue Gel Cream). Those with low porosity hair may want to steer clear of a heavy whipping butter, you can actually stop at the sealer or use the Curlicue styling gel cream.
- Once in awhile you want to throw in a hot oil treatment and protein treatment, if you are not already using a good deep conditioner with protein in it (if you are using Coconut Cream Pie every week than a separate treatment is not needed). A hot oil treatment really helps with maintaining what you already have. When the seasons change is when you really want to focus on giving yourself one. So 4 times a year is a good amount for hot oil treatments.
- I would also recommend to hold off on any protective styles. Reason being is that protective styles can pull moisture out, making your hair that much harder to find a good moisture balance, it also weakens the hair shaft, making it that much harder to be great! :) And also, because, having your hair out in the elements will help it to grow in healthy and strong.
This concludes wash day. It is a lot of steps but each step really builds off the other and help to keep your hair healthy and to help it grow in beautiful.
P.S. Remember that this is a journey and not a race. Embrace every stage that you are in because you learn something new about every one of them; something new about your hair, yourself and life. Be patient and love the process.