Winter Regimen Update

I hope to add 4-5 more inches by summer 2012 (Jan’12)
length in front, not exact same section…but comparable (Feb’12)

Good day,

I wanted to give an update on the progress of my Winter Regimen. It’s been about 1 month (and some) and I’ve already made some observations of my regimen. I have an idea on what is working (and will continue to work) and what’s gotta go.

The basics of my Winter Regimen are:

 Finger detangle and separate my hair in sections-maybe 10-12 chunky twists.

After finger detangle, pre-poo overnight on Friday’s before every wash. I will alternate between my Jasmine oil and Vatika oil mixed with l’huile de Palma Christie (Haitian Palm Kernel oil).

Wash weekly, alternating with Live Clean apple cider vinegar – clarifying shampoo and co washing with J/A/S/O/N Biotin Conditioner. (The shampoo is plant based, vegan, no sulphates. Boitin provides strength to hair)

On the days I cleanse with shampoo I will follow with a deep conditioner.  I plan to mix Herbal Essences Hello Hydration with olive oil and rosemary oil.

After every wash, I will air-dry my hair about 70%, un-twist 1 section at a time, apply Giovanni Direct Leave-In and my *new Shea mix and re-twist.

My choice of styling will be protective, hopefully 95% of the time. I plan on following this regimen no matter what method of protective styling I am doing at the moment (except the finger-detangle/twist/re-twist part…that may not happen with certain styles)

I will spritz my hair and then seal my hair with my Shea mix every other night.

Sleep with a satin head wrap.

I will apply Henna to my hair around the first of the month. If the colour is becoming too rusty or red looking-and I don’t like it, I may add indigo or a black Henna dye to my Henna mix to hopefully balance the colour out.

Out of these steps, which are more detailed and particular than I would prefer (I’m a minimalist remember) I’ve found that what works is,

My weekly pre-poo/hot oil treatments.

This is what’s been missing from my hair regimen since I’ve started my journey!

My hair is never dry or crunchy feeling. There isn’t really a need to reapply moisture and sealant every other night. I was surprised the very first week….I touched my hair and it felt great.

Another plus to this regimen for my hair is alternating my Saturday shampoo’s/deep condition and my co-washing.

I would like to co-wash more often but I’ve realized that my hair needs to be cleasned at least twice a week. My hair’s appearance and body and weightlessness is usually at its best after a shampoo/deep condition Saturday.

I need to do more protective styling and for longer periods of time.

I’ve been slacking on this one y’all 😦

I started with mini-twists which were grrreat! And washing my hair with them in was also great because it was less time consuming. Once I took those out….I became too lazy to add them back.

Puff’s for the last few weeks

So for the last 2 weeks or so I’ve been bunning my hair (which is also a protective style) but now I’m back to my famous puff……I love my puff but since I’m trying to retain my hair in order to see more length this summer, I gotta step my protective-style-game UP!

Sprtitzing and sealing my hair every other night is not necessary since I’ve kept up with my weekly oil treatments.

I’ll just add moisture then seal when needed.

I also neglected to do my henna treatment this the first weekend of February so that’s in my plans for this upcoming weekend. I will definitely stick to henna since I want to keep my red colour for the summer but I’m not adding in permanent hair dye this time around.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST-I’m letting go of all my particulars with regards to the products used.

I do not want to become a product junkie….I ain’t got $ like that.

I am going to stick with this regimen but go back to being myself when it comes to products. I will try to look for the most natural cost-effective product….locally.

So below I’ve added what I will continue to do. Showing where I was with the Winter Regimen and where I am going for the next month and change.

THEN: Finger detangle/separate hair in sections maybe 10-12 chunky twists.

NOW: Continue to Finger detangle, separate hair in large chunky twists.

THEN: After finger detangle, pre-poo overnight on Friday’s before every wash. I will alternate between my Jasmine oil and Vatika oil mixed with l’huile de Palma Christie (Haitian Palm Kernel oil).

NOW: Pre-poo/hot oil treatment for 4 hours or more every weekend. Will use any oil-JCBO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), Vatika, Jasmine, Olive, Palma Christie, Jojoba etc etc

THEN: Wash weekly, alternating with Live Clean apple cider vinegar – clarifying shampoo and co washing with J/A/S/O/N Biotin Conditioner. (The shampoo is plant based, vegan, no sulphates. Boitin provides strength to hair)           

NOW: Wash bi-weekly with ANY plant based shampoo or Baking soda and/or Apple Cider vinegar mixed with water. Co-wash my hair weekly-with whatever conditioner my hands fall on (preferred choices: HE Hello Hydration, the J/A/S/O/N , Aubrey Organics or Giovanni line.)

THEN: On the days I cleanse with shampoo I will follow with a deep conditioner.  I plan to mix Herbal Essences Hello Hydration with olive oil and rosemary oil.

NOW: Follow shampoo with a deep conditioner-will use same conditioner(s) as above-but leave on hair for at least 2 hours.

THEN: After every wash, air-dry hair about 70%, un-twist 1 section at a time, apply Giovanni Direct Leave-In and my *new Shea mix and re-twist.

NOW: This step stays the same. Helps keep hair as detangled as possible prior to styling.

THEN: Choice of styling will be protective, hopefully 95% of the time. I plan on following this regimen no matter what method of protective styling I am doing at the moment.

NOW: This step will also stay the same. I’ve been slacking in this dept but I’m focussed man!

 

THEN: I will spritz my hair and then seal my hair with my Shea mix every other night.        

NOW: I will use this step when necessary, not every other night.

THEN: Sleep with a satin head wrap

NOW: This is a must for my hair no matter which state it’s in!

THEN: I will apply Henna to my hair around the first of the month. If the colour is becoming too rusty or red looking-and I don’t like it, I may add indigo or a black Henna dye to my Henna mix to hopefully balance the colour out.    

NOW: I will continue with Henna. I may do it more often than once a month since I like the red in my hair…and I refuse to use permanent boxed dye this summer for colour.

Mey

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