4 Types of Healthy Hair Regimens
Individually, our hair is unique and so are our hair care regimens. The particular regimen and hair products that you choose should support not only your specific hair texture (fine, normal, coarse) and hair type (straight, wavy, curly, kinky), but also your lifestyle and the environment/weather that your hair is in. A healthy hair regimen is vital in retaining length and a healthy scalp. Below are four popular hair regimens that natural and relaxed ladies swear by.
This hair regimen is the most common and versatile. It works for many hair types, textures, and lifestyles. The simplest form of this regimen includes shampoo, conditioner, and a styler. Shampoo is tried and true for cleansing the hair and scalp. Conditioner helps to restore hair back to its pH which helps smooth the cuticle and locks in moisture. A styler can be a number of things such as gel, heat protectant, mousse, etc. If you are just starting out on your healthy hair journey whether you’re relaxed or natural, I highly suggest starting with this regimen first. Utilize the Hair Regimen Builder as a guide.
Curly Girl Method Regimen
This regimen was designed to keep naturally textured hair hydrated. The use of shampoo in this regimen is obsolete and is replaced with a cleansing conditioner or low poo alternative. A lot of the confusion within the Natural Hair Community about not using non-water soluble silicones, mineral oil, heavy oils, and butters comes from this regimen. That rule actually does not apply to every hair regimen or hair texture/type. However, since cleansing conditioners are the only form of cleansing in this particular regimen, it is important to not use plasticizing or occlusive agents like mineral oil or silicone.
Cleansing conditioners will cleanse your hair, but not to the degree of a shampoo. Products that are water soluble and that can easily wash from your hair are crucial for the curly girl method to be effective. Also, this regimen does not recommend utilizing straightening tools or curlers. However, one can use a blow dryer with a diffuser attached or a hooded dryer to dry their hair. The alternative to this regimen is the Modified Curly Girl Method. One would use the Curly Girl Method predominately as their regimen, but incorporate things like flat ironing occasionally. To learn more about this hair regimen, read The Curly Girl Handbook by Lorraine Massey.
A lot of the confusion within the Natural Hair Community about not using non-water soluble silicones, mineral oil, heavy oils, and butters comes from this regimen. That rule actually does not apply to every hair regimen or hair texture/type.
Brands like Carol’s Daughter and Karen’s Body Beautiful were birthed by women who wanted all-natural products and started whipping them up themselves. While some may prefer to mix up their own products, it is a necessity for a lot of people. Janell Stephens, creator of Camille Rose Naturals, created this line because she could not find products to alleviate her children’s eczema. Though there are many natural hair care products on the market, many of them contain coconut and nut oils. Unfortunately, there are many people that cannot use products with these ingredients because of allergies. In this case, it is best to make your own hair products.
Though this particular regimen may take a lot of research and trial and error, it may save a lot of money in the long run. However, if you do not want to deal with the hassle of the trial and error aspect, CurlMix may be a great option. It is a monthly subscription DIY hair product box.
While some may prefer to mix up their own products, it is a necessity for a lot of people.
Water Only Regimen
If you are into minimalist hair care, this regimen may be for you. This regimen is very unconventional. However, when I think about it, soap has been around for only 5,000 years. So this regimen is not as weird as some may think. I have not tried this regimen myself, but I follow many people that swear by it. The goal of this regimen is to coat hair with its own sebum, our scalp’s natural oil, and not rely on hair products. Sebum keeps hair smooth, minimizes breakage, and prevents breakage by sealing in moisture. Those of us with naturally coily, curly, and kinky hair experience dry hair because it takes a long time for sebum to travel the length of the hair shaft. In this method, hair is rinsed with water daily or every other day to help spread sebum down the hair shaft. After a period of time, maximum sebum coverage is reached. Learn more about this regimen here: The Water Only Washing Method For Natural Hair
What hair regimen do you use? Is there a regimen that you did not see here? Comment below.
Ammina Rose is a hair and beauty enthusiast from Chicago, Illinois. She created Lovin’ Our Textures on the belief that all hair is beautiful no matter the texture or style preference. Follow her hair journey from Relaxed to Natural on Youtube and Instagram.