By Fran of HeyFranHey
Before I share my hair’s “workout routine”, let me state the disclaimer that everyone’s hair is different and will not always respond to suggested products or regimens in the same way. With that being said, let’s jump right into it!
Let’s face it, most of us are product junkies. Then there are those who have found their staple items and have remained loyal and strong willed despite the countless new brands popping up everywhere. But even those lucky, unwavering few have to switch it up at some point, as our hair tends to plateau when using the same products for too long. I’m somewhere in the middle of the two. I definitely have my staple items but will rarely pass up the opportunity to try a new product line.
When I realized I was spending more money on products than I was spending on groceries, it was time for an intervention. I was in my bathroom staring at the mini Walgreens underneath my sink, trying to rationalize the madness, when it dawned on me; why not treat my hair the way I treat my body? Let me explain. Anyone who works out knows that the best way to lose weight and build muscle tone is by constantly switching up their routine: creating muscle confusion. Challenging your heart and confusing your muscles promotes body strengthening, better circulation and a much faster overall response. If you go to the gym and run on the treadmill for the same amount of time, every day, the moment will come when your body will no longer respond to the movement. Your body gets bored! But if you run on the treadmill today, lift weights the next and swim on the following day? Your body will be closer to your target in no time. As with everything in life, challenge equals growth. Now let’s walk back to the hair. I figured it would be interesting to test the same “confusion” theory on my hair. I mean, considering my trillion and one products under the sink, why not?
I usually co-wash and deep condition my hair once a week. I decided to use the Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner by Shea Moisture and their Deep Treatment Masque on week one. I then switched it up and used the White Camellia by Aubrey Organics with the Bee Mine Deep Conditioner on week two. The Yucca & Baobab by Shea Moisture with their Deep Treatment Masque on week three. And finished off week four by using the BeautiCurls Argan & Olive Oil by Curl Junkie with the Bee Mine Deep Conditioner, once again. I prefer using products that are all natural or as close to all natural as possible. I’m a huge health buff so I make it a priority to drop a few extra dollars towards chemical free, nutrient heavy products. I like being able to know exactly what is going into my body and I always seem to end up with way better results! Health is never the wrong choice. After trying this “workout routine” for my hair for about 2–3 months, I noticed my hair was fuller, stronger and growing faster than ever. I’m talking about the hair you had when you were 10; before your beauty madness of frying and dyeing took over. I started to wonder if I had uncovered a cool new method or if I was totally tooting my own horn. I asked a few of my closest friends to try it. All of them ranging from 2C to 4C. Within weeks they were all hitting me back saying they experienced similar growth and strengthening patterns. Bingo! It wasn’t just me! Now, I know some of you are thinking, “those are way too many products”. Use what you already have (I can’t possibly be the only one with an in home walgreens shelf?). I’m by no means enabling your junkieness. But I am trying to bring to light the correlation between our bodies and our hair.
If you eat cleaner, unprocessed foods and challenge your body with different types of workout routines, you’ll be in the best shape of your life. If you use cleaner, chemical free beauty products and challenge your hair by switching up the nutrients it receives with each wash and regimen, your hair will be in the best shape of it’s life. Look at the ingredients I mentioned: Yucca, Baobab, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter. My hair was hit with all of those different nutrients on a monthly basis. Throw in finger combing to minimize breakage and a satin pillowcase to retain moisture and your hair will be acting brand new. What do you think? I think it’s worth a try. If you do, let me know your results!
Ladies, have you tried switching up your products? How did it work out?
For more of Fran, check out her tumblr site HeyFranHey.