Monday, August 6, 2012

My Natural Hair Regimen (updated)



Hola Chicas/Chicsos..I pray all is well with everyone

Well, guys you asked for it..so here it is..(drumroll please)..My Current Hair Care Regimen
I am going to bullet this rascal so that it will be easy to follow, as I can get wordy sometimes...so here goes, I hope you guys enjoy!

Dominique's Weekly Regimen:
  • Co Wash: Once per week or every 8-10 days..It just depends on how often I have worked out that week..gotta keep the scalp clean. I use my Natty Moist Conditioner Creme to co-wash ( click here ).. I co-wash my hair in sections so I can really focus on my scalp...check out my co-washing video here: (Co-Washing ). I use the balls of my fingers to really massage around and cleanse my scalp. My hair is usually loaded with conditioner so that I can finger detangle easily.
  • After Workout Cleanse: Because I do incorporate an exercise regimen into my lifestyle, it's important to keep the scalp clean. For a quick rinse, I will place my hair in a tuant bun and allow the water from the shower to rinse my scalp..Or, I will do a simple astringent cleanse, which is where I apply pure lemon juice to a cotton ball and apply in sections to my scalp. (You can also use witch hazel and add tea tree oil).
  • Rinse: I rinse, at first with warm water to open my pores. I do a final rinse using cool water and ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar). My ratio is 1 TSP of ACV to 1 cup of water. (I'm going to try the rainwater the next time..will let you guys know how it goes...soo excited)
  • Air dry: I only use an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel to dry my hair since regular towels create friction, frizz and aids in dryness.
  • Moisture: I leave some of the conditioner or add some of the conditioner that I co-washed with in my hair to provide needed moisture, avoiding my scalp area as to not clog my pores.
  • Seal: I seal in my moisture using, my Natty Butter since it's packed with oils that I love.
  • Style: I usually rock a protective style such as the two strands throughout the week. When I go out, I will rock a twist out or my natural fro. Because this style is so versatile, it is one of my favorite go to styles. I add a dime sized amount of my Natty Butter to each twist, that is damp (you can do the dry method as well, but be sure to apply water or a water based product first), and twist it up.
  • Lessen Frizz: Whenever I take my twists down, I use a butter or oil to unravel my twists..My choice butter of choice is, of course, my Natty Butter.
Other Methods I Use:
  • Scalp Massage: I incorporate a scalp massage almost daily. Scalp massages stimulate circulation, therefore promoting healthy hair growth. I take about a dime sized amount of Sesame Oil or Henna Sooq's Cocoveda oil to do my scalp massage...Lighter oils such as coconut, sesame or jojoba are best to use when applying to the scalp for massages.
  • Pre-Poo: This is a method that is helpful in prepping the hair for shampooing by lessening the harshness of shampooing. By using an oil or conditioner on the hair prior to shampooing, it helps the hair with detangling and maintaining moisture. It also helps prevent the hair from absorbing too much water too quickly which can cause swelling in the hair.
  • Terressentials or Bentonite Clay Treament: I use this as my all natural clarifying treatment if I have product buildup. The ingredients are Bentonite Clay (as much needed as you think will cover your head), Aloe Vera Gel, and Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix these ingredients until the consistency of cake batter. I do this treatment once per month. There is no need to shampoo, as this treatment serves as your cleanse. Always follow up with a deep conditioner. Or..If I do want to shampoo cleanse, I use Terressential's Pure Earth Wash  or Dudu Osum's Black Soap Shampoo . 
  • Deep Condition: I use this method once per month. I apply my Natty Cupuacu and Rhassoul Deep Conditioner,  I sit under my heat cap or now, my huetiful steamer for at least 20-30 minutes, or lately, I opt for no heat at all and just place a simple plastic cap over my head. If you have itchy scalp  you can  add peppermint and tea tree oil (only a few drops) to your mixture. If you have scalp issues, such as dandruff, dry scalp or psoriasis, adding oils like tea tree and neem are excellent.
  • Hot Oil Treatment: I like these treatments about once per month. You can blend any oil mixture that you like. My current mixture is Grapeseed Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil and Lemongrass Oil. I apply my mixture and sit under my heat cap for 20 minutes. Shampoo, then condition.I choose to make my own, this way I can gage what goes into it..as many commercial hot oil treatments contain petroleum or mineral oil or other harsh additives.
  • Trim: I trim my ends using shears that have only been used for trimming hair to trim my ends when needed. I put my hair in two strand twists and trim the dead ends away...snip, snip, snip.
Hope this helps guys..but please, find a regimen that works best for YOU..even if you choose to follow my regimen, tweek it to fit your needs..A bientot (see ya soon)!

MY RESULTS WITHIN 2 YEARS







Happy Healthy Hair!

21 comments:

  1. I love the growth you have had. You are an inspiration. I can't wait to try your products.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Netta!!!

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  2. I love your passion for everyrhing you do. I follow your blog and your page and have gotten so much great info. I will try your bentonite receipe. I've used your marshmallow root/hibiscus masques and my hair was extremely pleaaed :) Thanks again for all you do..

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    1. Thank you so much, Queenbee!! I'm so happy you enjoyed the marshmallow root.hibiscus..those are hands down some of my favorite herbs..Thanks again

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  3. Can you give me approximate amounts that you use for the bentonite clay treatment? Also how long do you keep the treatment on before rinsing out? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Greetings, Queenbee, the amounts vary per person. You just want to be sure to add equal amount of ACV and Aloe Vera Juice to the clay to form a consistency of cake icing..I also have a blog post on the clay treatment. In the search option, just type bentonite clay and it will take you to the link selection. Hope this helps..keep me posted on your results!!

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  4. Wow 2 years !!! ur hair is beautiful and has grown so much.

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  5. I love your hair! I've been natural for 7 years and my hair isn't as long! I'm going to try some of the suggestions you shared! Where can I get the products, especially the natty butter products! I just want my hair to grow! It seems like its stuck or reached a plateau??

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    1. Greetings, Anon..Thank you so much!! Hang in there, I know it gets frustrating sometimes..Our Natty products are available at www.nattynatural.com

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad it's helpful :-)

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  7. I love your hair is so voluminous !!!

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  8. Hey this post was very helpful! I do workout a lot during the week I would rinse only sometimes not every time but now I'm going to rinse everytime..keep my scalp nice n clean! Very good tip! And I'm also a product junkie..so I should stick to what I know works!
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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad it was helpful

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  10. I just recently ordered my first supply of Natty Products and I think I have a regimen that will work but I have another issue. I am a muslimah and I just did my BC, so what do you suggest that will help since my hair is always covered with the exception of maybe 3-4 hours. During these few afters its usually afterwork, in between prayers,and before bedtime. Then its covered again. It seems to always be matted, HELP!!

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    1. Greetings, I replied to your email. Keep me posted on how it is going with your hair

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