Creating a Sista’s Hair Care Regimen

My sister is “going natural” for the second time. She has attempted to grow her hair out before, but is now at it again. She’s been without a relaxer for a while, but has been wearing her hair short. Now she wants it longer.

Here is a picture of us on Mother’s Day 2013.

Angie and me MD

Can you tell we’re related? I’m sure you can. My sister’s hair texture has changed over time. It used to be closer to my texture, but over time the curls have gotten tighter. So growing it out can sometimes be challenging because of all of the shrinkage that occurs.

I am calling her hair a mixture of 3c and 4a.

While home for Mother’s Day she asked me to write out a routine for her and this is what I came up with.

  1. Day 1: Wash or cowash hair. Put in leave-in conditioner and seal ends to lock in moisture. Air dry or diffuse hair.
  2. Day 2: Refresh curls by either spritzing with curl refresher or by wetting hair with a spray bottle and applying a cream or gel curl refresher. Pick out curls using an afro pick if necessary.
  3. Day 3: Finger detangle and refresh curls as you did on Day 2.
  4. Apply a moisturizer and/or shine agent as necessary.
  5. If your curls can go for another day, go for it. If not, start your regimen over again at Day 1.

Here are the products she can use for each step:

  • Wash/cowash: For washing – Garnier Fructis Color Shield shampoo and conditioner; For cowashing – As I Am Coconut Cowash
  • Leave-In: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream and Mizani True Textures Perfect Curl Defining Cream Gel
  • Sealing ends: Clear Ultra Shea Intensive Scalp Nourishment Balm
  • Moisture: Soft & Beautiful Botanicals Lite Creme Moisturizer

When considering your own routine, thinking of it from wash to wash is a good way to establish both a daily and big picture routine.

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