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4 Signs That You Need to Simplify Your Regimen

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There is no real benefit to having an overly complicated hair care regimen. There are just the disadvantages of headache and time wasted. How do you know whether you need to simplify your regimen? Read on:

1. Your hair is not retaining length

If your hair stops retaining length, this could be a sign that your hair care regimen involves TOO much of something. It could be too much manipulation. It could be too much heat. It could even be too much washing. Each of these can yield breakage over time. Additionally, good practices in excess can become detrimental to your hair’s health. For example, protective styling may work for you when done with breaks in between but harmful when done back to back, depending on your hair. 

2. You use too many conditioners, moisturizers… and products in general

It is one thing to have a stash of products under your bathroom sink. It is another to actually be using that entire stash at a given time. Frankly, it makes no sense for your wash day to look like this:

1) wash my hair with Shampoo X [insert one of ten shampoos here],

2) condition my hair with Conditioner X [insert one of ten conditioners here],

3) moisturize my hair with Moisturizers X [insert one of ten moisturizers here], and

4) seal my hair with Sealant X [insert one of ten sealants here].

After all, how will know whether a product is working for you if you currently use all ten choices on deck?

3. You need a daily planner for your entire regimen

If your regimen is sooo complex that you actually need a daily planner to remember every bit of it, then chances are – you need to cut out some steps. Sure, you might alternate between a couple of conditioners or switch your hairstyle every a few weeks, but to have a regimen that is fickle is to have no routine at all. A simple regimen does not change every time the sun rises.

4. Your hairstyle changes drastically from day to day

Truth be told, many of us do not want to wear the same exact hairdo for weeks let alone a week, and that is completely fine. However, switching dramatically from style to style on a daily basis is definitely a sign that you need to simplify. If you wear mini twists on Monday, flat iron on Tuesday, wash-n-go on Wednesday, flexi rod set on Thursday, blow out on Friday, finger coils on Saturday and bantu knot out on Sunday, where has all your time and hair gone? Away, I tell you.

How do you know when it’s time to simplify your regimen?

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nylse
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who are these people that have daily planners for their hair regimens? 🙂 There is more to life than hair!

good2bfree
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good2bfree

I was thinking the same thing!

JenniD
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JenniD

Lol! You’d be amazed. I’ve seen some crazy routines on Youtube. And they swear its the easiest routine in the world. Tag line is always ” I know it seems like a lot but really its not”. I think a lot of this stems from not being use to the texture of natural hair and constantly thinking its dry, not growing or needs mounds of protein etc. That combined with the abnormal longing for super long hair and you have a recipe for drawn out routines.

agman
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agman

I honestly am completely flabbergasted by some of the routines and regimes I’ve seen of some naturals. If most of them only know the power of a lil grease and water, none of these new natural hair companies would be rich.

Treasure
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Treasure

Ha! I agree completely. Our Mothers handled our hair with the basic necessities. She didn’t have my Portable Dryer, Denman brush, two of every hair product, curlformers and spray bottles. My hair grew with Pink Lotion, Shea Butter and a few tears. Voila! Waist length hair. Smh I have a Salon in my room in comparison to the products I own. Mom washed my hair twice a week and once a month if she was busy. It was only out if It was a special occasion. Simple times.

agman
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agman

Lol right!! And everyone’s doing the absolutely most for length of hair they could easily get with a simple routine and product.

Freetea
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Freetea

Grease doesn’t work for everyone (petroleum-based products cause me to develop cystic acne), and there’s nothing wrong with wanting/working towards long hair. I agree that daily planners are insane, but if a natural wants to have a 6‑step wash and set routine that takes him/her 4 hours, who are you to judge?

I’ve met people that don’t want to go natural because far too many of us feel the need to criticize people who are doing what works for them. Shame.

D
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D

Even my simple regimen is too complicated. I try to only do my hair once a month, but the time it take to detangle it and set it into another style is draining, and that’s just styling for convenience and not to look good. I’m getting frustrated with my hair.

Hair Anomaly
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Hair Anomaly

I know it’s time to simplify my routine when I find myself staring longingly at old pics of my beautiful near-bald head with barely a quarter inch of hair on it. When something starts requiring too much care and attention, I just want to get rid of it…hair, men, whatever.

Now that I think about it, the time I spend doing my hair isn’t even that bad…it’s the time I spend obsessing over my hair that is sucking the life out of me.

Olutimehin Adegbeye
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Olutimehin Adegbeye

LOL ‘hair, men, whatever’.
I’m STRUGGLING. I was so desperate for long hair i didn’t think about what I’d do once I got it. I don’t know what to do about my (non-)regimen but I know i need to do something because my hair is always a mess. Sigh.

agman
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agman

Ever since I discovered grease, I no longer have a complicated regime. I shampoo once every now and then, mostly co-wash, grease, and go.

Tasha
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Tasha

My hair hasn’t been retaining length and I figured out that it was too much manipulation and then rough manipulation on top..smh

mag
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mag

My regimen is pretty simple. I prepoo occasionally. I shampoo twice. Apple cider rinse if necessary. Rinse, then condition. LOC method and put hair in twists and air dry. Wash n gos are pretty much the same. I figure if I am going to remain natural, I need to keep it simple. This works for me and my hair is thriving. I really don’t think it is necessary to have an extremely long regimen. For me, it took longer to wash, dry, and style my relaxed hair.

OXxo
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OXxo

I have loads of products I actually use. The reason for this is travel, working away from home and being at home. Unfortunately if I’m travelling by plane and can only take hand luggage then lots of stylers cannot be easily de-cantered into small containers so it’s easier to buy a smaller product. As lots of products aimed at Black people only come in large sizes then I get different products that are in smaller containers. Then if I’m working away from home I take a smaller sized product but if the water is different then the products will be… Read more »

Tabatha
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Tabatha

I do #2 once a month. That’s usually when I do a protein treatment. The rest of the time I Cowash and add a cream, then protective style and I use oil every other day after I mist it with some water.

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