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How I Maintain Bomb Natural Hair on a Lazy Regimen: Chinwe

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 Chinwe. You can read Tori’s regimenhere, Elle’s regimen here, Geniece’s regimen here, Cassandre’s regimen here and Portia’s regimen here.

Feeling fancy: shrunken chunky afro.

Short washing and detangling regimen (1.5 hours max)
I skip my usual pre-poo step and go straight into washing with a cleansing conditioner, such as As I Am Cleansing Pudding, or a gentle shampoo, such as Dessert Essence Coconut Shampoo.

My hair is already in jumbo twists from the previous week, so there is no need to section it off for washing. After washing, I slap on some conditioner and let it set under a plastic grocery bag, which is my go-to shower cap, for about 15 minutes. Then I lightly finger detangle each twist, re-twist, and rinse off the conditioner. Afterwards, my hair is plopped, sealed with my homemade shea butter mixture, and then air-dried overnight. I do this once a week, and it does not take much effort or time at all; I’d estimate that I spend about 1-1.5 hours on my hair on wash days.

Pinned up twists during the week
Styling my hair is a quick process – about 20 minutes – the morning after my wash day. I just re-twist my hair into 10-12 fresh jumbo twists, and that’s it! (Once in a blue moon, I will stretch my hair with heat after wash day so that I have more sleek jumbo twists.) The twists are then bunned and/or pinned, like in the following photos, for my “everyday” look. Maintenance of my hair over the course of the week is very minimal; I don’t do anything other than protect my strands with a satin bonnet or scarf while I sleep and re-bun or re-pin in the mornings.

The process literally takes seconds.

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Lazy days: jumbo twists in bun or pinned. (The ones with me in the purple are done on straightened hair.)

Fancy styling when the mood strikes
When I am “feeling a bit fancy”, I will remove my twists for a chunky afro to wear for a couple of days or do a fresh twist out if I want big, curly hair. If I’m feeling extra fancy, the moment may call for a braidout on straightened, freshly washed hair.  The “extra fancy” process is much longer and intensive, hence why it is a rare style for me.

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(LEFT) Shrunken chunky afro. (RIGHT) Feeling EXTRA fancy: braid out on straightened hair.

Longer hair requires a simpler regimen
This “lazy” regimen is something I started this year after annoyance with my long twist takedown process and detangling sessions. (Granted, it was only several hours once a month but it was still too long for my liking.) I also desired the freedom of being able to wash my hair more frequently given my new routine of exercising three times a week; the thought of going two or more weeks between washes just didn’t sit well with me anymore. Since my hair is long enough to put into 10 twists, I figured why not do that weekly! I was initially nervous about the styling, but it has actually worked out really well.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on my regimen? How is it similar to or different from yours?Ladies, what are your thoughts on my regimen? How is it similar to or different from yours?

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6 years ago

So reasonable! Gonna do something along these lines for winter. Tfs

6 years ago

She’s very cute and sounds doable.

6 years ago

I like this. Think I’m going to do it. I’ve been going back and forth between braid outs, finger sized twists, and buns..the buns have caused knots, tangles, very light breakage around my edges and split ends. Ive been lazy, and my hair is growing like crazy…but I’m not retaining all my growth because of too much manipulation. I’m so tired of spending hours untangling tiny knots and tangles….only to have to do it again 3 weeks later.back to my stomping grounds…twists!. I have thick long 4a/b hair that is fine stranded…. wash and goes wreak havoc, braid outs are… Read more »

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