Healthy hair doesn’t just happen over night – it takes careful care and repetition to get healthy, long and nourished locks. A hair regimen doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive, but you should make time to perform a basic set of steps on a regular basis to keep your hair as healthy as possible.
A hair routine should consist of the following:
- Shampoo – Look for a good-quality, moisturizing shampoo and use it at least once per week.
- Conditioner – Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. Look for conditioners designed for dry and/or damaged hair, as these usually contain the emollient ingredients that black hair needs.
- Deep conditioner – How often you deep condition depends a great deal on how dry your hair is. If you apply a lot of heat to your hair, you may need to deep condition at least once per week.
- Protein treatment – An occasional mild reconstructor will keep your hair strong, but it’s not required. On the other hand, if you color, relax, texturize and/or heat style your locks, you’ll need more frequent and more intense treatments. You may also need a serious treatment if you’re experiencing extreme breakage.
- Daily styling aids – Find aids that will help with the result of the style you are trying to achieve. There are tons out there!
Try scheduling hair tasks into a day planner, online/computer calendar, desk/wall calendar or whatever method best works for you. A sample regimen may look like this:
- Sunday: Shampoo, condition, deep condition
- Monday: Daily moisturizer
- Tuesday: Daily moisturizer
- Wednesday: Daily moisturizer
- Thursday: Co-wash, moisturize
- Friday: Moisturize
- Saturday: Moisturize
- Twice this month: Two-minute protein treatment
- No regimen is complete without nightly protection in the form of a silk or satin hair cover or pillowcase!
Create a regimen that works for you and your hair and also for the goal you are trying to achieve. All of this knowledge will go to waste if you don’t stick to your regimen, or you forget or occasionally complete a full week.When it comes to hair, you often need to make time; taking proactive steps helps to prevent problems down the line.