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A Good Regimen For Natural Curly or Kinky Black Hair

Young girl with long fluffy kinky curly hairUse this sample regimen tweaking where necessary to grown your natural hair to its full potential

A good hair regimen can make or break your hair. Literally! With all good regimens for dry hair, there are a number of key points to consider.

• How often to wash your hair

• How often to deep condition

• How often to have protein treatments

• How often to clarify your hair

• How to style it to retain the most length

• How often to trim your hair

• How often to have hot oil treatments

• How often to rotate your shampoos and conditioners

• How often to have chemical services (like coloring)

Outlined below is a regimen for natural black kinky or curly hair:

1. Co-wash (condition wash) on a Tuesday and deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner for 20 minutes with heat (cover with plastic cap under a hooded dryer).

2. Detangle only when the hair is soaking with conditioner and rinse

3. Seal hair with natural oil, style when still damp and allow hair to air dry overnight.

4. Spray hair with water daily to hydrate and seal with natural oil if wearing the hair in a natural style.

5. On Saturday wash hair with sulfate free shampoo, deep condition with a light protein conditioner and style as usual.

6. Rotate the conditioners (both moisturizing and protein) every other week so that the hair does not stop responding to them.

7. A hot oil treatment to be applied to hair for 20 minutes before shampooing once a month.

8. Apply a caramel treatment to the hair once every 4 weeks to soften and hydrate the hair.

9. Use a strong protein treatment if any out-of-the-ordinary breakage occurs.

10. When straightening the hair make sure to use a heat protectant.

11. Use only temperature controlled heat styling tools and only use heat once a month. Wear hair in natural styles most of the time.

12. Use only ammonia free hair colours once every 6-8 weeks if required.

13. Keep the hair braided for at least one out of 4 weeks to save on a detangling session and for length retention.

14. Do not braid too close to the edges (small baby hairs) to avoid thinning of the hairline.

15. Clarify the hair once every 6-8 weeks or when a lot of product has been used during the week to get rid of build up. Do not do this often to prevent the hair from feeling ‘stripped’ and dry.

16. Dust any split ends once every 6 months.

17. Track your growth every 3 months with pictures.

Each person’s hair is individual and if you are not new to hair care then you will already be aware of your hair’s likes and dislikes. Some people have protein sensitive hair. This means that protein makes their hair hard so they know to avoid too much protein. Some people know that they do not have much time for hair care due to work of family commitments so keep it braided for styling convenience. See the article on how to braid the roots of natural hair to prevent tangling.

Your hair’s needs should always dictate your regimen. Sometimes you may find that your lifestyle might get in the way of your hair care but if you are determined to grow your hair long and beautiful then simply tweak your regimen to suit. You may also find that due to changes in the weather, you may need to adjust your regimen periodically.





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Alma

About Alma


Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.



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11 Comments

  1. 1

    you can leave out the protein treatments if your hair is protein sensitive

  2. 2

    Nice info—but rather confusing, I thought it was best after step 2–to also apply a leave in conditioner and then follow it up by sealing it with an oil?? I like the articles, I just am getting a bit confused.

  3. 3

    Water is the moisture that you are sealing in with the oil in this case. Some ladies may want to add a leave in conditioner before sealing, particularly one that has glycerine or a similar ingredient that attracts moisture from the atmosphere keeping your hair soft. It is really a personal preference, not a one size fits all approach! Just find out which way works best for you. Good luck! :grin:

  4. 4
    Tennymite says:

    Hi ALma, I love your blog! I’m new on my hhj and I intend to transition by wearing cornrow-weaves most of the time for the first. Is it possible for me to wash and deep condition once a week while wearing the weave? Cos tha is m plan . Thanks

    • 5

      Hello there Tennymite and many thanks! IMO you can attempt to DC while wearing a weave but it’s never going to be as effective as a DC when your hair is out. In any event I would not recommend that you use a thick conditioner while wearing a weave because it leads to faster build up and matting. While in the weave you will just have to live with water being your main source of moisture. I have used plain water steaming too in the past as well as a homemade spray leave in which is a mix of infusium 23, glycerine and water. HTH

  5. 6

    So you’re supposed to use protein conditioner every other week and do the protein treatment every 6 weeks?

    • 7

      I certainly do. Although if you have relatively strong hair, you can give the protein treatment a miss and just alternate between moisturizing and protein conditioners.

  6. 8

    Lots of great tips and information here! My problem is I’m not sure exactly what will help me. My hair spirals and looks nice after shampoo and/or conditioning and simply air drying. If I dare touch it the spirals will quickly change into frizzy curls. In the following days It gets more and more frizzy even though the spirals are still alive and strong. If I finger comb or use a wide tooth comb to work in a leave in conditioner or moisturizer, the spirals turn into waves and curls along with some frizz. So my big question is….what should I do to keep the spirals, eliminate frizz and moisturize all at the same time?

  7. 10
    Kendall says:

    Hey, Alma. I’m making the leap to natural hair, and plan on doing the BC within the week! I have been struggling with SEVERELY damaged hair for years now, and suspect my BC will have me as bald as an eagle :p What do you suggest for jump starting hair growth when I’ll be lookin like Amber Rose? I guess I’m basically asking: What type of regimen should I have when I will have less than a TWA…? Thanks!

    • 11

      Congratulations on your BC Kendall! I’m sure you will enjoy natural hair. While I never did have a true TWA having transitioned for 18 months before my BC I know from other peoples testimonials that TWAs are the easiest hairstyle to maintain! You can literally get your hair wet every day, apply a little gel, don some large earrings and you are good to go! Seriously though, simplicity is key, you don’t have to do anything special or purchase any special tools, your regimen alone will grow that TWA into a fully fledged fro in just a couple of years!

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