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My Natural Hair Regime: Daily, Weekly, Monthly

I’ve been asked many times about a simple weekly regimen for natural hair care. So I’m going to share what works for me. I’m pretty lazy about my hair, I’m not always faithful to this regimen,  I’m not an expert and if your hair is different from mine, your results might be different. That said, here goes.

Taking care of natural hair involves balancing the protein and moisture needs of your hair. Experience usually teaches you whether your hair needs more protein or moisture. Mine needs more moisture.

Daily Routine

  1. Fill a spray bottle with one table spoon of vegetable glycerin, two tablespoons of any oil of your choice (olive, coconut, jojoba etc.) and top up with water. Shake well and spritz your hair.
  2. If your hair is short enough, you can comb it. If not, just use your fingers to detangle it. Fun fact: nobody expects natural hair to be sleek and smooth. Don’t stress yourself.
  3. Style your hair.
  4. Sleep with a scarf on. It’ll preserve your hairstyle and protect your hair from drying out.

Short Afro puff

    Weekly Routine (short hair)

    1. Co-wash hair with a cheap conditioner. I recommend VO5.
    2. Air dry hair.
    3. Apply leave-in conditioner and seal with an oil or butter. I recommend Cantu Shea Leave-In and whipped Shea butter. Some naturals apply a moisturizing cream too but I don’t. It weighs my hair down.
    4. Style hair.

    Wild hair, don’t care!

      Weekly Routine (long hair)

      1. See step 3 above.
      2. Co-wash hair every two weeks.

      Monthly

      1. Deep condition hair. Alternate moisturizing conditioners and protein conditioners.

       

       I use CPR Deep Conditioner for protein and Aubrey’s Organics Honeysuckle conditioner for moisturizing. If you’re a DIY person, you could make a protein conditioner by mixing one egg yolk with two tablespoons of honey. For a moisturizing treatment, blend one overripe banana with two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. Lol. People tease that natural hair eats better than its owners (#foodnothairproduct) but hey 🙂

      That’s about it. All that’s left to add is to be sure to deep condition your hair before and after you do a long term hairstyle like braids or fixing a weave.

      Above all, be patient with your hair. It’s unique to you, and doesn’t have to be like anybody else’s. Give it time, it will grow. Have fun with it. Enjoy it. It’s an accessory so don’t let it dominate your whole life. Make it work for you. 😀

      9 Comments

      1. I’m a guy so , I basically didn’t read anything, I just looked through your beautiful pictures and even saved one on my tablet.

      2. Hi Osemhen, remember how I tweeted that your hair was tempting me to go natural again? Well, I currently have very very shot natural hair. I am praying for the patience to let mine grow as long as yours (it is so beautiful). I have tried to go natural about 5 times, but always give up after a year. After the first year, I am pretty much fed up with the hair. Wish me luck :-).

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      4. Tinuade says

        I love your simple regimen. It suits a lazy girl like me plus natural hair shouldn’t steal the whole time in one’s life. Haa it can be really tiring. I have a question though. Please shed more light on the use of glycerine in Nigeria seasons, I think I read somewhere that it suits some seasons against others, can’t really remember. Or do you use it in your daily all year round? Eagerly waiting for your reply. Thanks.

      5. Mystery Gurl says

        I guess I’m kinda late to the natural hair party… but I’ve started and that’s what’s important, ur write up about natural hair really helped I think it was in 2015 where gave products that summed up to about #3500… I’m not really a carry ur own hair kinda girl before I transitioned I’ll loose my weaves relax and fix ryt back it affected my hair adversely what I wanna know is, the natural hair journey does it give room for braiding and fixing most times? cuz I keep reading everywhere that if u not consistent ur wasting ur time my schedule doesn’t really give me time to condition every week or so… so I’m I a lost cause?

        plz reply it’ll make my week!

        • Hello! So the thing is that to have healthy hair, you can’t “fix and forget” or “braid and forget”. Healthy hair requires attention. That said, there are easy ways to keep your hair conditioned and moisturized without spending hours in the bathroom every week. I’ll do a blog post soon on some specifics. 😊

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