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.
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.
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.
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.
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?