I decided to big chop at the end of April and embrace my natural hair. Being newly natural is one of the best decisions I’ve made for the health of my hair. It’s time I update you with my current regimen and let you know what I’ve been doing with my newly natural hair!
Some things have changed while others remained the same. Remember, you don’t have to follow my regimen. Use this as a guide for building your own based on the state of your hair.
Doing a pre-poo is important for my newly natural hair because it helps me detangle before shampooing. A pre-poo is when you apply oils to your hair prior to cleansing.
It creates a protective barrier for your hair strands to prevent your shampoo from stripping the natural oils from your hair and scalp. Doing a pre-poo is beneficial and can cut down on the amount of breakage or shedding you have.
One of my favorite tools to use when I pre-poo is the Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush.
This brush is amazing and does exactly what it says, which is detangle! In my opinion, it’s better than using a wide tooth comb.
I still use sulfate-free shampoos in my regimen, but one thing I’ve recently added is clay washing. Using a clay wash has many benefits including:
- Eliminates product build-up on your hair and scalp
- Provides a detox for your hair and scalp
- It contains natural ingredients
One clay wash I’ve been using for months is the Cocoa Creme Clay Wash from Chocolate Kinks & Kurls, a small black-owned business. You have the choice of either Bentonite or Rhassoul clay. Both have worked wonders for my newly natural hair!
Deep conditioning every wash day has provided amazing results. This step should be a priority in everyone’s regimen, especially if you want healthy hair. I alternate with using moisturizing and protein deep conditioners depending on what my hair needs at the time I shampoo.
I still use my Thermal Care Hot Head to add heat while I’m deep conditioning. Adding heat lifts the hair’s cuticle and allows the product to penetrate your strands more effectively.
I use the LOC method to style my hair. LOC stands for: Liquid or Leave-in, Oil, and Cream. Layering my products in this order provides my newly natural hair with good results and helps me retain moisture.
Want to know more about the LOC Method? Check out this post: LOC Method: The Best Way to Moisturize Natural Hair
One thing that has remained consistent is the DIY spray I use on my hair. It contains Aloe Vera Juice and Water, two great moisturizers for your natural hair. I spray this mixture on my hair before applying my leave-in conditioner. I also use it to refresh my curls between wash days.
Night Time Routine
I wear a satin bonnet every night to protect my hair and also ensure I retain moisture longer.
I have also started incorporating scalp massages in my night routine using a nourishing oil. Scalp massages promote hair growth, strengthens your roots, and distributes natural oils on your hair and scalp. I would recommend adding it to your routine. You can start doing them 2-3 times per week!
One of my favorite handheld massagers to use on my scalp is pictured below. I’ve been using this for months and it always leaves my scalp feeling great.
I have continuted to experiment with more products and techniques to see what works best for my newly natural hair. It has been an amazing journey so far and I’ve learned a lot. I’m glad you have continued to follow my journey and watch my progress!