Since mastering how to manage my hair I have gotten way more organized. I try to create a regimen seasonally to cater to my hair’s needs and goals. I also try to keep things simple to ensure health and promote growth. Last year my hair grew from ear to neck length. This year my goal is to grow my hair to APL which is about 10 inches in the back when straightened, which is about shoulder length curly. Shrinkage is not a big deal to me.
Currently my hair’s length is 9 inches in back, 7.4 inches on the side, and 5 inches in back. December 2010 my hair was cut into a bob with the longest in front and shortest an upside down “U” shape in back. The front of my hair has always seemed to have grown fastest and compared to last months measurements (7.5, 6.5, 3.5) its seems that it really does. On average hair grows .5 inches a month so in order to retain length you have to protect the ends. They are the oldest which require the most moisture and gentle care. Some say hair grows slower in winter and with age. Some also say hair grows faster in warm months. I have to research this more but I plan to track my hair monthly to see what the case is for me. My hair grew approximately 1.5 inches in the front and back and .9 of an inch on the side. I said approximately because I think I may have measured incorrectly last month.
My Winter Regimen
Before Straightening and Trim:
- Clarifying Shampoo
- Protein Treatment
- Moisturizing Deep Treatment
- Heat Protecting Serum
- Penetrating and Heat Protecting Oils
2-4 Weeks after Straightening:
- Sulfate/Silcone-free Shampoo
- Protein Deep Condition
- Clarifying Shampoo monthly
- Deep Condition weekly (alternating between protein and moisturizing)
- Gentle Shampoo (sulfate free/silicone-free), Ayurvedic Mask, or ACV Rinse weekly
- Cleansing/Detangling Conditioner 2-4 times a week
- Detangle w/ Shower Comb and Denman Brush followed by fine tooth comb
- Moisturizing Leave In
- Creamy or Buttery Styler
- Oil or Butter Sealant
- Essential Oil Scalp Massages as needed or as Pre-Shampoo
- Pinned Up, Banana Clip, Ponytail, Occasionally Loose when straight
- Twistouts, French Braids, Protective Styles (wigs or weaves), silky turban or hat (satin bonnet underneath) when curly
- Satin Bonnet or Silk Scarf
- Satin Pillowcases
- monthly length checks
- pictures of length check after trim and return to curly
- occasional henna treatments
- trims every 12 weeks – 90 days
You can see what products I use in my previous post of my staples. What works for my hair and my hair type may not work for you. However you can use this as an outline to create your regimen and choose products appropriate for the needs of your hair. The most important thing is making sure your hair is moisturized and measures are taken to retain length if growth is your goal. When you focus on growth and obsessing over other people’s hair you tend to lose touch with reality and in my experience it usually ends up with a hair cut or overdue trim which could have been avoided. Love and learn the hair you have, the results will lead to happy and healthy hair!
What is your winter regimen? What goals do you have for your hair this year?