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Utilize this Hair Regimen Builder as a guide to build a hair regimen for your specific needs.

Hair Regimen Builder
Pre-Poo Treatment
Moisturizing Sulfate-Free Cleanser
Clarifier and/or Chelator
Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
Light Protein-Based Conditioner
Moderate or Intense Protein-Based Conditioner
Leave-in Conditioner and/or Moisturizer
Natural Oil
Seamless Wide Tooth Comb
Satin/Silk Scarf or Bonnet
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Pre-Poo Treatment
Pre-pooing is a pre-shampoo treatment. One way to pre-poo is applying an oil like Coconut Oil to your hair before shampooing to prevent hygral fatigue. Hygral fatigue is when the hair shaft swells too much during the wash process. Overtime, this can cause breakage. You can also pre-poo with other oils or a conditioner to prevent your cleanser from stripping your hair. Pre-pooing may not give instant gratification, but overtime it will provide optimal hair health.

Moisturizing Cleanser
Cleansing your hair and scalp is very essential to hair health and growth. A dirty scalp can cause the follicles to clog which can stunt growth overtime. Hair that has product build up will prevent adequate moisture from getting into the strands. Use a moisturizing cleanser or a cleansing conditioner as these will gently cleanse your hair and will not strip it of it’s natural oils.
Sulfate-Free Cleanser Options:
EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi All Natural Moisturizing Shampoo
TGIN Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo
As I Am Coconut CoWash
DevaCurl No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser

Clarifying/Chelating Cleanser
Just like clarifying cleansers, chelating cleansers are formulated to remove product build-up. But what makes them better is that they also remove mineral deposits brought on by No-Lye Relaxers and hard water. These minerals can coat the hair, preventing adequate moisture from penetrating and can cause breakage overtime. You can get a water filter for your sink or shower to prevent minerals from depositing onto your hair. If you use No-Lye Relaxers, it is still important to chelate post-relaxer. If you don’t have a filter, make sure to chelate at least once a month.
Clarifying Options:
Trader Joe`s Peppermint Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo (sulfate-free)
Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

2-n-1 Chelating and Clarifying Options:
Ion Hard Water Shampoo (has sulfates)
Jane Carter Renewable Difference Detox Shampoo (sulfate-free)
Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo (sulfate-free)
Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner (conditioning cleansing, curly girl method)

Moisturizing Conditioners and Deep Conditioner
Moisturizing conditioners can be used to impart moisture and help to detangle hair. These formulas work on the outside of the hair shaft to balance pH, smooth hair, and provide moisture. Moisturizing deep conditioners are very essential for growth retention as they provide moisture to hair on a deeper level. Water-based deep conditioners provide the most moisture. Deep condition at least once a month and follow the directions on the product label to prevent moisture overload.
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner
Alaffia Everyday Coconut Conditioner, Coconut Lime
Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner
tgin Honey Miracle Mask Deep Conditioner

Light Protein-Based Conditioner
Great to use 1-2 times a month to give your hair strength.
Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner
ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

Moderate or Intense Protein-Based Conditioner
Moderate to intense protein treatments strengthen hair by adhering to gaps on the outside of the hair shaft to prevent breakage. The proteins in these conditioners are heavily concentrated and can last up to six to eight weeks. ALWAYS follow these treatments with a moisturizing conditioner or deep conditioner to give your hair elasticity.
Giovanni Smooth As Silk Extreme Protein Treatment (Moderate)
ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment (Intense)

Leave-in Conditioner and/or Moisturizer
Leave-in conditioners helps to smooth hair which makes it easier to detangle and minimizes frizz. They can also be used as moisturizers. Use a water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner before styling or to hydrate your hair. It’s important that you moisturize your hair in between wash days to provide hair with elasticity and nourishment.
Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Argan Buttermilk Leave-In Hair Milk
Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In Conditioner
Bask and Bloom MORE Moisture Cream
As I Am DoubleButter Cream

Natural Oil
Use natural oils to nourish an itchy scalp and seal moisture into the hair. Applying a light layer of oil after applying a moisturizer is optional. However, a light layer of oil will prevent moisture from escaping the hair shaft too fast before it effectively moisturizes. Natural oils are best to use over synthetic oils like mineral oil or petroleum. When applied lightly, natural oils either dissipate or penetrate the hair fiber, which prevents build up. If you want to use mineral oil/petroleum, use a thin amount to prevent build-up.

Many natural oils contain ceramides (lipids and fatty acids) that can be used as hot oil treatments to replenish the hair’s natural oils. Doing this at least once a month on dry hair will ensure optimal hair health. Learn more about hot oil treatments here.
A few natural oils include:
Safflower Oil (best for hot oil treatments)
Jojoba Oil (best for the scalp and sealing in moisture.)
Castor Oil (humectant oil to attract moisture.)

Seamless Wide Tooth Comb
Wide tooth combs allow for easier detangling and prevents breakage. Never use a small or fine tooth comb to detangle as these will rip your hair out. Many combs are mass produced using molds that leave sharp seams between the teeth of combs. These seams rub, snag, and pulls the hair and is the cause of a lot of mid-shaft splits and split ends. It’s like going through your hair with a shredder. Opt for seamless combs. Many seamless combs are made of rubber, resin, shells, or hardened organic material. These combs are a bit on the expensive side, but are well worth the price because of their durability and their ability to glide through hair
Hercules Sägemann
Hairsense Seamless Combs

A Satin/Silk Scarf or Bonnet
Opt for a satin/silk scarf, bonnet, or pillow case to wrap your hair instead of cotton scarfs. Cotton absorbs moisture from the hair and dries it out. When used while sleeping, the friction from tossing and turning causes friction between the cotton and your hair, which can cause breakage. Using silk or satin will not absorb the moisture from your hair and are softer and smoother materials for your hair. If your bonnet is too tight or makes your temples sore, opt for higher quality bonnets or satin/silk scarves to prevent thinning.

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A list of styling products to utilize for different hair styles:

Edge Control: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges
Hi-def Gel: Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel
Voluminous Gel: Camille Rose Curl Maker
Twist Out Cream: As I Am Twist and Define
Setting Foam (for perm rods, flexi-rods, etc.): Jane Carter Wrap and Roll
Blow-out Cream: Jane Carter Frizz Free Styling Smoother
Heat Protectant: CHI Silk Infusion

28 Responses

  1. leemikki says:

    Good job on the website Rosie!!! I wish I had seen this page when I was just starting my journey. Lots of good info without being too overwhelming. Love!

  2. Andekia says:

    I’m really enjoying your website rose. Well done, you can definatly see how much hard work you have put into this!

    • Ms. Rosie says:

      Thanks so much luv!!!

      • auxnapturale504 says:

        Hi Rosie! I absolutely love this site, as well as your YouTube channel (which brought me here)…it’s packed with significant information that’s totally necessary for our (women of color) hair. I suffer daily with extreme dryness due to having naturally thick hair, in addition to it being bleached/colored doesn’t help. I’m definitely going to stop leaving conditioner in overnight (I’m guilty of this), and begin this healthier daily regimen with some of these products that you’ve suggested. Thanks so much my sister, have a lovely day! Much love and continued success to you!

  3. oneovaqueen says:

    hi ! i am having a hard time understanding how to shampoo you hair? should i have a moisturizing , cleansing and clarifying/chelating shampoos and how often should i do it ?

    • Hey! Thanks for visiting and my apologies for the late response. I hope that this finds you. I would suggest a chelating cleanser if you have hard water and/or if you relax your hair with a no-lye relaxer. A chelating cleanser is usually clarifying as well. These should be used at least once a month. Use a moisturizing cleanser for the rest of the month.

  4. Seidi says:

    You’re one of the best natural hair gurus! Great information! Quick question: I want to do the Aphogee 2 Step because I have heat damage. I’m scared though (lol). I’m experiencing extreme breakage and protein reconstructors (have be using them for months) are not working. Still breaking excessively. Do you recommend the Eden Jojoba Deep Conditoner after the 2 Step? I know everyone says use a VERY moisturizing Conditoner so is that one good enough? If not which one do you recommend? For how long? And after the 2 Step, do you recommend using any reconstructor or source of protein in between (wash days following) the six weeks?

    • Ammina says:

      Hi Seidi! Thanks so much for your kind words! 🙂 If you’ve been using protein lately and it hasn’t helped your hair, then you may need more moisture. The extra protein may be the cause of the excessive breakage. Protein and moisture balance is actually 80-90% and 10-20% moisture not 50/50 within a healthy hair regimen. The EDEN Jojoba Deep Conditioner is a nice moisturizing deep conditioner. Your heat damage may or may not be irreversible. It usually takes only one intense protein treatment to strengthen hair. Intense treatment are made to last up to 6-8 weeks. Since the protein treatment didn’t work, opt for more moisture. If you don’t see your pattern coming back after a while, then you may have to cut the heat damage off or grow it out.

  5. Shiwani Gumbs says:

    I was wondering if I can use my tgin deep conditioner and my organic Root stimulate replenishing conditioner at the same time by applying it together and have you tried tgin moisturizer? If so, what are your thoughts on it?

    • I’m not quite sure if you’ll get the full benefits of each product by mixing them together. It may weaken the protein in the ORS. However, I’ll say try it to see how your hair likes it. I have used the tgin moisturizer. The jury is still out on the tgin Buttercream Moisturizer. I don’t use conventional moisturizers often, just oil and water. I’ll have to use it some more to see how I like it.

  6. Sarah says:

    Hello, this is a wonderful blog!
    I have hard water and can’t get a filter because my kitchen faucet is a pull out. I hear bentonite is drying. So can I use rhassoul clay or shikakai as a natural alternative? Will those have a chelating action?

    • Ammina Rose Ammina says:

      Hi Sarah, thanks for visiting! Bentonite is a very strong clay. However, when properly mixed/used it will not dry out your hair. I’ve heard of Rhassoul clay but never used it. All I know is that it’s cleansing but weaker than Bentonite Clay. I would suggest searching Google to see if Rhassoul Clay is chelating or not. However, if you’re adding a citric acid like apple cider vinegar or lemon, then it should make the clay chelating. Have you considered getting a filter for your shower head? There are plenty on the market, some as low as $20.

  7. Dee says:

    Hello, what advice do you have for hair that is crunchy, brittle and dry (like brillo and hay) the same day I wash? I pre poo with coconut, olive and avocado oils. I shampoo with the Mane Choice shampoo, condition and detangle with Hello Hydration conditioner, deep condition and then LOC menthod. My hair is still crunchy and brittle after I do everything mentioned. I have to moisturize for about 3 days before I see improvement. I’ve used so many products yet the end result is still the same. The only products I use with protein is in deep conditioners (and only once a month). Also, is once a month sufficient enough for the use of protein (this would be done in deep conditioning using Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque or Shea Moisture JBCO Masque)? I’m asking because I want to make sure I get enough protein through products. Thank you!

    • Hi Dee. The amount of protein that one uses on their hair is relative and depends on the person’s hair. So one person can do protein every week, while another can only do it every 8 weeks. The SheaMoisture strengthening masks are considered light protein formulas; so you don’t have to worry about protein overload. You say that you pre-poo with oils, use a sulfate-free shampoo, and detangle with Herbal Essence. How often do you use a moisturizing deep conditioner and what is the name of it?

      • Dee says:

        Hello. Thanks for responding. I use a moisturizing deep conditioner every week for 3 weeks (the 4th week is a protein deep conditioner). I alternate between TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask and Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner. I deep condition for 30 minutes.

        • I forgot to ask, what do you use when you do the LOC Method?

          • Dee says:

            Thanks again for responding.
            L: As I Am Leave In, The Mane Choice Leave In or Shea Moisture Detangler
            O: Grapeseed Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
            C: Shea Moisture Coconut Curl and Style Milk or Shea Moisture Raw Shea Conditioner

          • You’re welcome! 🙂 It seems like you’re doing everything right. A few suggestions would be to make sure that you’re up to date on your trims. Uneven/split ends not only breaks off easier, but they cause moisture to escape faster. Also, a clarifying/chelating cleanser may be in order to reset your hair and start off fresh so that your hair will readily absorb moisture/protein. If the trim and clarifying cleanser doesn’t work, then I’d suggest a moderate to intense protein treatment. SheaMoisture masques contain protein; However, the protein is far down in the ingredient list making them less effective as real protein treatments. Plus, the type of proteins that they use like silk, rice, and vegetable are not made to last on the hair long enough and usually penetrate into the hair shaft instead of filling the gaps on the outside of the hair shaft (cuticle layer). Proteins that stick to the outside of the hair shaft helps smooth the hair, reinforce the hair fiber, and keeps moisture in longer. ApHogee 2 Step is a good intense protein treatment. The ORS Hair Mayo is also a great moderate to intense protein treatment. Always follow up moderate to intense protein treatments with a moisturizing deep conditioner. Protein may seem like a weird suggestion for dry, brittle, and crunchy hair, but hair needs a balance of protein and moisture. When moisture isn’t working, then try protein as our hair loses it overtime.

  8. Dee says:

    Thank you so much for responding! You have no idea how much I appreciate your help! I am transitioning and even my new growth is dry, brittle and crunchy. I will cut the rest of the damaged hair off and then do an ApHogee 2 Step. Thanks again!

    • You are so welcome! 🙂 I remember when I transitioned, the two textures needed different care. The natural growth needed more moisture, while the relaxed ends needed more protein. Let me know if the tips worked for you! Thanks!

      • Dee says:

        I forgot to ask you one more question if you don’t mind: I supposedly live in a city that has soft water but that doesn’t mean the water is completely free from minerals. I’ve clarified before and as we know the dry hair issues persist. I saw in another post that you recommend the Ion Hard Water shampoo as a clarifying/chelating shampoo. I checked the ingredients and it doesn’t look like it’s sulfate free. If I were to use it to remove build up/minerals and my hair is dry, would it be a good idea since it has sulfates that are known to cause dryness? Thank you!

        • Hi Dee! Clarifying shampoos are meant to strip hair. They all will leave hair squeaky clean. However, if you want to avoid sulfates, the Jane Carter Healthy Hair Detoxifying Shampoo is both clarifying and chelating and is also sulfate-free. The Kinky Curly Come Clean is also a great clarifying/chelating sulfate-free option.

          • Leana says:

            Hi Ammina, this is a great blog! I just read the comments between you and Dee. Do you think that Dee was getting too much protein with the coconut oil at all? I learned that coconut oil has protein in it.

          • Hi Leana, thanks so much for visiting! Coconut doesn’t contain protein. We hear a lot about coconut and protein because coconut oil binds to the proteins of our hair to prevent hygral fatigue. It does not work to strengthen hair.

  9. Erica says:

    Love your page! This makes starting my journey to making me and my children’s hair healthy so much easier. Thanks for sharing so much valuable information!

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