Easy Natural Hair Regimen for beginners ( + template)

Hola Queens,

I have created an easy to follow regimen for beginners which should guide you on how you could create yours. Feel free to adjust it to what works for you, according to your budget and time. Make sure you use products according to your Porosity. I decided not to include any products as it could fit anyones budget and this is just supposed to help you create a schedule. Below you will find a template I created and also a breakdown of the template, feel free to use it completely or just use to create your own regimen.

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4
Pre pooHot OilAloe vera + FenugreekCondioner + honeyHot Oil + honey
CleanseClarifying Shampoo
(optional) Clay Cleanse / AVC Rinse
(once every 4/6 weeks)
Sulfate/ Paraben free
Moisturising Shampoo
/ Co-wash
Sulfate/ Paraben free
Moisturising Shampoo / Co-wash
Sulfate/ Paraben free
Moisturising Shampoo / Co-wash
ConditionerCondition as usual
& detangle
Condition as usual
& detangle
Condition as usual
& detangle
Condition as usual
& detangle
Treatment Deep hydration Protein Deep moisturisingDeep hydration
MoisturiseUse a leave in conditioner
Apply a cream/ butter
Then seal it with oil
Use a leave in conditioner
Then seal it with oil
Apply a cream/ butter
Use a leave in conditioner
Apply a cream/ butter
Then seal it with oil
Use a spray/ leave in conditioner
Apply a cream/ butter
Then seal it with oil
StyleProtective style is the easiestBraids / twists / flat twistStyle as usualStyle as usual
Template

Phase 1: Washing and rebalance moisture

When washing your hair ensure you use warm water as cold water closes the cuticle and hot water can be harder to work with & the last rinse however should be done with cold water as it seals the hair cuticle which makes the hair stronger and full of life.

Step 1 : Pre-poo (Optional)

Every routine should start with Pre-poo. Choose your preferred method of pre-poo whether is moisturising, nourish or protein. When choosing a Pre-poo make sure it helps your problem area, for example my favourite Pre-poo is with Aloe vera leaf which is a moisturising Pre-poo as I have High-porosity and my hair gets brittle and dry.

Use this chance this detangle your hair, but do not detangle your hair if you are doing a hot oil treatment or your hair is extremely dry or needs intense case

Pre-poo is optional but I recommend it even from the beginning because it was a big game changer when I started doing it. Chick here for a post on my blog on Pre-poo if you want to know more about it. & if you want an idea of a pre-poo you can check it out here.

Step 2 : Cleanse – Shampoo

Everyone needs a shampoo whether you like a clarifying shampoo or a moisturising shampoo, make sure to include one in your regimen. Use a Sulfate free shampoo as Sulfate strips the moisture and natural oils from the scalp which makes hair look dull and frizzy and can irritate the scalp making it itchy. Check a few of my favourite shampoos here

You should cleanse your hair deeply, once a month or every 6 weeks to ensure the scalp is thoroughly clean. As you can see I have added that to the first week. You can do that with a Apple Cider Vinegar cleanse or a Clay rinse or simply by using a clarifying shampoo. Click here if you want more information

How often you wash your hair depends on the your porosity level but for me I wash my hair once a week. If you need to wash your hair more than once a week then maybe you should consider Co-Washing the hair. Co-washing is when you wash your hair with a conditioner which is less harsh than a shampoo. Lastly, I recommend clarifying your scalp once a month.

Phase 2: Replenishing the Moisture

Step 3 : Conditioner

After you have stripped away the moisture and oils you will need to replenish your hair, make sure to a moisturising conditioner. Do not be shy when it comes to the conditioner and use as much as your hair needs.

Use this to also detangle your hair if you haven’t done so, take your time to detangle and try and finger detangle to reduce breakage.

Step 4 : Deep Conditioner

Every week you should deep condition your hair, however, its important to ensure your hair is getting all the nutrients it needs. Your hair needs both protein and moisture, you need to create a schedule that ensures these are balanced on your hair.

In general you should use protein every 4-6 weeks, however if your hair needs more protein use it more often than that. Remember to follow a schedule, its easy to want to try different deep conditioning recepis, but remember to stick to a regimen for minimum 3 months to see wonderful results.

Phase 3 : Hydrate & Style

Step 5 : Moisturise

You need to ensure your hair is protected and moisturised for the next few days, the best thing is for your to deeply moisturise your hair on wash day and during the week all you’d have to do is maintain the moisture. You should do this with damp (not wet) hair. There are 2 methods you can follow:

  • LOC ( Liquid, Oil, Cream)
  • LCO ( Liquid, Cream, Oil )
  • You have to find out what works better for your hair.

LCO method , You will use a Liquid/spray is used to hydrate the hair, then you can follow it up with a cream which will moisturise the hair and then an Oil to seal the moisture in and your hair can be moisturised for longer.

LOC method, you use a liquid often water based, and then follow it with an oil to prevent too much moisture and product to just sit on the hair and then you can follow it up with a cream to ensure you are moisturising your strands.

Remember to out Black Castor Oil on your scalp and massage it.

Step 6: Style

You need to put your hair in a protective style such as braids, twists or flat twists and ensure it isn’t pulling on your hair or its a hairstyle which is uncomfortable to sleep in at night. For certain hairstyles you might want to use a gel or edge control.


Hope you like this post Queens. Let’s talk in the comments:

Do you have a detailed hair regimen? If so, then what is a step you cannot skip if you do not have much time? A step I cannot skip is Pre-poo, honestly I would choose pre-poo over deep condition, or I would just deep condition with heat if I don’t have much time. Also I will be posting detailed posts about each topic, but I have already done so for a few of the topics so have a look at those.

That’s it Queens, remember we are oiling our scalp, moisturise our skin and prioritising happiness all 2021 !

Day 1: Setting goals for natural hair

Hola Queens,

For day one of the #selfcarechallenge created by me, we need to set up a hair goal, I’m sure you already have your own hair goals but this should be a short-term that fits into your long-term goal.

There are many factors that play into successful goals and how to set and reach them. I recommend breaking the Month of July into 5 weeks and set your hair regimen for each week and ensuring you do something to contribute to your hair goals. For example if you want your hair to grow that means your ultimate goal is Long Hair, to achieve that you should set short terms goals such as keeping protective styles and low manipulations styles for 1-2 weeks and just moisturising it. Low manipulations hairstyles can take a long time and it requires patience but you can do it.

If you have a goal of reducing shedding perhaps you could commit 4 weeks to a method and see if it works, you could try Tea Rinses and Rice Water and see if the shedding is reduced.

For this month I want to create DIY hair mask for every wash day, I deep condition every time I wash my hair as I find it works best for my hair otherwise my hair is super dry and rough. I will post about the mask I’ll do. I usually alternate between a nourishing mask, moisturising and strengthening mask. My ultimate goal is healthy hair & growth , and my hair is the healthiest when is nourished from inside out. Proper Hydration is imperative for hair growth and length retention.

Let me know what your hair goal for the month is, remember to keep it realistic and do not put too much pressure on yourself. I recommend getting a journal where you can document your journey – your frustrations, your small achievements and products who work and do not work .

Remember to tag me in any of your selfies or #selfcarechallenge check using @thelenalogy on instagram.

Let’s all work together and motivate each other.

How to Pre-poo

Holaa Queens

By now we all know what Pre-poo is, but how do you incorporate it into your wash day? How do I create it and what am I supposed to do? Don’t worry, I got you covered sis .

How to Pre-Poo

You will start with dry hair, and you will separate your hair into 4-8 parts – I have thick hair and the front part of my hair has to be divided into 2 ( adjust the parting to your hair thickness & whats manageable to you). Going section by section you will apply your Pre-poo concoctions to your hair and use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to detangle & you going to make sure its well coated and twist that section of your hair.

You can leave the mixture for as long as you would like, but I recommend minimum 30 minutes to allow the nutrients to penetrate through the hair shaft. I also recommend using a plastic cap to trap the moisture in or use a hooded dryer.

Ways to Pre-Poo

Overnight

Easily the best way to Pre-poo is overnight as it allows the hair to thoroughly absorb the nutrients and active properties of the conditioning method.

You can apply the mixture to the hair and twist, braid or bantu knot the hair to retain the moisture and keep hair from matting up, and put a plastic cap and tie it down with a scarf to ensure the plastic cap does not come out during sleep.

If you choose to do an Oil Pre-poo, I highly recommend using a plastic bag as you can tie it down to ensure it wont come out at night – the last thing you want is your your pillowcase and pillow to get stained ( I’ve been there too many times)

Hooded Dryer

This is the fastest way to ensure your hair is absorbing all the nutrients in a short amount of time, you really only need 15-30 minutes. Heat allows the hair shaft to open up for easy penetration, improved moisture retention, it improves elasticity which reduces breakage and leaves hair extra smooth.

I recommend this for low porosity as heat allows the cuticle layers to open and lift and ensure the strands are nourished from within

Plastic Cap/plastic bag

This is the most practical way as it just requires a plastic cap. If you do not like overnight mask then I recommend doing this in the morning, to allow time for the Pre-poo to penetrate the hair.

Do not think that you have to sit there whilst Pre-Pooing, you could still get things done sis. Jazz up your look by wearing a turban/ head wrap on top of the plastic cap and running your errands – nobody will notice you have a plastic cap underneath & you will receive many compliments and looks. Yesss, Slay sis !

I recommend going on a walk, or even the gym or just working out at home as it will make your blood flow to the head and it will make your scalp increase temperature for faster absorption

I hope this post has helped you understand how you can Pre-Poo and make the most out of it. Please try a Pre-poo method, as it will change your life and you will never look back.

Have a good week Queen

Is having a hair schedule/regimen important?

Hey Queens,

As I was preparing my wash day, I realised how much more healthier my hair is, compared to 2 months ago. And as much as I would like to say that before I was not taking care of my hair that would be a lie. I was taking care of my hair, but I did not have a regimen, I had a routine, it was the same every wash day. And that is not an effective regimen.

Why not you ask?

Well, your hair needs hydration, nutrition, protein, and you need to do these mask at least once every 4-6 weeks depending of what your hair needs and if you hair is damaged. I was not doing that, I was using the same deep hydration mask – every week. The mask worked for me, and as my hair was dry, I instantly assumed thats all my hair needs. You need to have a balance of hydration, nutrition and protein in your regimen. For me it means that when I am scheduling my week I am also adding which deep treatment I am doing that week so I am not overloading my hair with just one type of treatment

You might think that a “Hair Regimen” is overhyped by hairdressers and naturalistas. You might think that it is too much work and time consuming. I used to think that, and chances are you already spend time doing your hair, why not invest it into achieving your hair goals. I guarantee you the time you will spend wont be as much as you making it in your head. Not having an effective hair regimen, only hurts you.

Why is a hair regimen necessary?

Yes, it’s imperative to have a hair regimen. Here are 5 reasons why its a must.

  1. Your hair will thrive – your hair will be shinier, moisturised and stronger.
  2. You will be your own hair goals – you’ll have healthier longer hair
  3. Its more cost effective – when your hair is damaged, you are always trying new products and overspending on products you don’t need.
  4. Confidence Boost – you’ll find yourself checking your hair out at anything that reflects. You will want to rock your natural hair and ditch the wigs and hair extensions.
  5. Timesaving – creating a schedule will lead to being more organised. Before it would take me 2 hours to wash my hair, but now it only takes me 30 minutes to wash my hair + my wash days would be 2 days long as opposed to 1 day now. Leaving time to do things I enjoy.
  6. Self-Care Queen – when you start seeing results, it will motivate you to have effective regimen when it comes to your skin, your body or even a diet.

Do you have a hair regimen? If so what is a must for your regimen?

Thanks for reading & continue to rock your natural hair.