There is a common misconception that in order to have beautiful natural hair, you have to do a lot. But the natural gurus on our writing staff know better than that. Over the next several days we will share how our writers maintain incredible natural hair on very simple and basic regimens. First up is Tori.
My lazy natural hair regimen was created over the years to save time on my hair routine and maintenance. The more my hair grew, the more I realized that it was taking a significant amount of time to care for my hair. So, now my current hair regimen would contain only a few basic steps.
Wash day every one to two weeks
I typically wash my hair every one to two weeks. On wash days, I start off by deep conditioning for about 30 minutes on dry hair that has been lightly spritzed with water. I typically do this before washing to eliminate getting in and out of the shower repeatedly. Next, I go on to shampoo my hair (lathering once or twice) and use a regular conditioner to lightly condition my hair. After getting out of the shower, I add my leave-ins, moisturizer, and oil, and then twist in about 8–12 large twists.
Pulled back twists during the week
Usually I keep these twists pulled into a bun throughout my workweek for ease of maintenance and to make wearing hats for work less of a challenge. Sometimes, I may also wear my hair in a loose ponytail. I typically re-moisturize once per week using water, my moisturizer, and oil. My routine throughout the week will take no more than five to ten minutes to complete.
Braidouts when I’m feeling fancy
When I am feeling fancy, I remove my jumbo twists and prepare my hair for a braidout, which I will typically wear when not protective styling. After moisturizing and braiding, I let the style set for a few hours or overnight. Removing the braids the next day will reveal a ‘fancier’ hairdo that I can dress up or down.
Clay and protein treatments from time to time
Also, for days when I have more time and want to get fancy, my wash days may also include a special treatment, such as a clay or protein treatment. These special treatments will usually be done on damp hair prior to washing and will stay in my hair for a couple hours, followed by my regular wash routine.
As stated previously, I arrived at this lazy hair regimen because I realized that my hair maintenance routine was taking a big chunk of time. When I started doing my lazy hair regimen, I cut back on time significantly, without affecting the quality of maintenance my hair received.
Ladies, what are your thoughts on my regimen? How is it similar to or different from yours?