Going natural can be very overwhelming at first. There are so many products and remedies to choose from. This post is for those new to the natural community and those who just haven’t got the hang of it yet. The objective of this informative post is to provide you with a regimen that will ensure you have healthy curls and maintain a balance of protein and moisture in your hair. It is very important to customize your regimen to your hair type. So where do you start? Look no further, I have put together a list of basic types of products you'll need to get you started.
Having a great shampoo is a necessity for your natural hair regimen to make
sure your scalp and hair is cleansed. Low porosity hair tends to get build up very easy so it is best to use a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates are additives that are known to strip the hair of essential oils as well as irritate the skin. These shampoos do not foam like your traditional shampoo. If you are someone who likes to straighten your hair from time to time or use silicones in your regimen, it would be safe to use a sulfate shampoo at least once a month to make sure you get all of the product build up out of your hair.
My Top Two Shampoos: Mielle Organics and OGX’s Argan Oil of Morocco. These products are great for all hair types.
After shampooing, conditioner puts moisture back into your hair. The traditional way to use conditioner is to apply right after shampooing and let it sit for 3-5 mins. Then wash the conditioner out with lukewarm water. Research shows that it is better to apply these products to your hair and not your scalp.
My Top Two Conditioners: OGX’s Argan Oil of Morocco and Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
Leave-in conditioner can be applied multiple ways. It can take the place of your regular conditioner. Or, it can be used as a part of your styling routine. Leave- in conditioner adds moisture to your hair and creates a slip for easier detangling.
My Top Leave-In Conditioners: Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner (best for 3A to 3C hair) and Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk (best for 4A to 4C hair).
Deep Conditioning is so good for your hair and is the key to keeping your hair healthy. It should be done at least once a week primarily after you wash your hair. This works best when used with heat, like a shower cap or steamer for example. Heat helps to open the cuticles of the hair shaft to lock in the moisture.
My Top Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
Styling creams can be anything from a moisturizer to a curl enhancer, curl quencher etc. These are applied after all the cleansing and conditioning. Styling creams help to enhance and define your curls. These can also be used as a curl refresher for day 2 and 3 hair.
My Favorite Styling Cream: Miss Jessie’s Multi Cultural Curls.
There are various types of gels to use for your hair. This is not a necessity, but it definitely helps in defining and completing your hair routine. Gels are usually the last thing applied when doing your natural hair routine. Gels are what seal everything in place, they create a cast around your hair to hold your curls in place. Depending on your preference, you can go with a hard or soft gel. After drying your hair, all you have to do shake your hair to take away the hard cast.
My Top Gel: Camille Rose Curl Maker Styling Gel
I have tried multiple gels and this is my favorite by far. It is a little pricey but it is worth it and lasts for a long time.
Everyone should have some type of oil in there curly hair routine. Oil is needed to lock in the moisture and add shine to your hair. Here are a few ways you can apply oil to your hair:
- Hot oil treatment
- After drying
- To moisturize dry scalp
- As a serum to add shine
- To refresh curls
- Add to deep conditioning treatment
There are so many oils to choose from but my top oils are; olive oil, coconut oil, and argan oil.
Thanks for reading! Hopefully, I've provided you with a solid foundation and tips to starting your own curly hair routine! Do you already have some favorite products for your curly hair regimen? Share below! I'm certain it will be helpful to other readers and I would love to hear from you.
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