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. Next up is Cassandre. You can read Tori’s regimen here, Elle’s regimen here and Geniece’s regimen here.
Becoming a mom changes the hair regimen game
I learned rather quickly since becoming a mom that my past 8 hour wash and condition days would not be sustainable in my foreseeable future. So as my responsibilities got more intense, I figured out how to relax my hair regimen while still retaining the health and length of my hair.
Tackle my to-do list while pre-pooing
Typically my wash day starts off with a preshampoo treatment. I know that doesn’t sound lazy, but it is. I add conditioner with a few drops of olive oil on my hair and wash it out 15–60 minutes later. During that time I occupy myself with other to-do list items.
Combine washing and detangling
Because I have decided to combine detangling with the washing out of the treatment, I generally don’t spend much time detangling prior to adding the preshampoo. I usually detangle with my hands as I wash out the product.
Wash day every 2–3 weeks
I wash my hair every 2–3 weeks, sometimes going for longer just as long as my scalp doesn’t feel too icky.
Twists as a versatile, quick and simple everyday style, ‘big hair’ styles on vacation
If I’m on vacation, I tend to up the glamour factor by showing off my big hair, but if not, I stick to what’s tried and true- twisted hairdos. After I wash my hair, I tend to put them in twists and use this stretching method to give them length. The twists are used as a base for other more interesting styles. Generally, twisting my hair is the longest part of this process. Depending on whether I am using my own hair or adding marley hair, twisting can take up to 2 hours to complete. Once I’m done twisting, daily styling is a cinch. Most of my styles don’t take more than a few short minutes to create. Check out some of my favorite looks in this how to video.
Quick moisture refreshers during the week
Every two days or so, I spritz my ends with water and add oil to my ends. If I am wearing synthetic hair, I employ this method of moisturizing.
Henna treatment every few weeks, Deep cleanse/shampoo session every 2–3 months
Because I mostly wash my hair with conditioner, and every few weeks I also do my 3 hour henna hack for super moisturized hair, I find it beneficial to wash my hair with a truly cleansing shampoo or a chelating (swimmer’s shampoo) every 8–12 weeks or so. Those days I usually follow up with a regular deep conditioning session.
Ladies, what are your thoughts on my regimen? How is it similar to or different from yours?