My Winter Regimen and Monthly Length Check

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 keeps 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

After Straightening:

  • Heat Protecting Serum
  • Penetrating and Heat Protecting Oils

2-4 Weeks after Straightening:

  • Sulfate/Silcone-free Shampoo
  • Protein Deep Condition

Curly Hair:

  • 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

Styles:

  • 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

Sleeping:

  • Satin Bonnet or Silk Scarf
  • Satin Pillowcases

Other:

  • 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!

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What is your winter regimen? What goals do you have for your hair this year?

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Cool Weather Tips

Traycee, of the Keep It Simple Sista Blog had some great tips for the winter. A few I never considered. My favs were keeping your hair covered at home. I never thought my heater was the reason my hair hair dry but it definitely explains things. She also mentioned using a humidifier for added moisture in the air. I definitely could use this at night. Check out K.I.S.S for the rest of her tips and other great info. Her hair is amazing and proof that black girls can have long hair too!

XOXO,

Angelique

Curly Kitchen: Recession Proof Curls

For this edition of Curly Kitchen I will be sharing a few tips of how to stretch your co-wash or poo, making your own no-poo or rinse and deep conditioners.

Last week I was almost on E in the co-wash department…..I just added honey and I was back to a half tank.

For you lo-poo and poo’ers you can just add a little distilled water(about1/3 h2o 2/3 poo)…then BAM…you have a gentle cleansing poo….if you have a lot of build up don’t use more poo just add a scoop of baking soda to the amount you usually use.

If you are a no-poo’er like moi then just try a ACV rinse (recipe posted before) or a Baking soda rinse (8oz of H2o and 1 tbs. of BS) . Ayurvedic herbs do the trick is well my favorite is Amla which has natural astringent and contioning properties.

I have several DC recipes but today I will only share ones I used. One really simple honey is adding honey and evoo to your favorite condish. You can also use honey and evoo alone and from my own experiences the results were amazing my hair was always super shiny, moisturized, and easily detangeled.

Another good DC is the Avocado-Coconut Milk Condish. I posted the recipe for this as well before. One tip I should have done was mixing it in a blender so you won’t be left with banana chucks in your hair or use baby food bananas.

This week I ran out of almost all of my products last night I DC’d with my last little drop of Aubrey’s GBP Rosemary Peppermint and added honey and coconut only. The results were wonderful my hair was so soft, shiny, and moisturized. I might mixed in oil everytime I DC because the results were better than when I used it alone.