A hair regimen is simply the plan you’ve implemented to care for your hair. Your hair’s specific texture, length, health and your specific goals will determine your regimen. I strongly recommend creating one to keep you focused and accountable.
I discuss methods for retaining length here and they’re a good place to start when building your reggie. I remember how overwhelmed I felt when I started my healthy hair journey so I compiled 5 tips to creating a hair regimen:
Keep it simple When building a hair regimen, simplicity is key. It’s easy to get caught up in a long, drawn out process but the easier you make it, the better your results will be. There are many different ways to skin a cat, you’re not required to utilize all of them! I suggest washing, deep conditioning, moisturizing and sealing, and protective styling as a base.
Be consistent Even the best regimen can easily be derailed if you aren’t consistent. Going super hard for one week and neglecting your hair for the next 3 won’t yield the desired results. Your hair is much like a relationship: starting out hot and heavy and then falling off will confuse your partner and can damage the relationship. Start by introducing a small change to improve your hair’s health (like easing up with the heat). Once that becomes second nature, incorporate another practice.
Avoid bandwagons I find that since hair boards have grown in popularity, bandwagons are more widespread than ever. “I used nothing but mayo on my hair for 6 months and my hair grew from NL (neck length) to BSL (bra strap length)!” Next thing you know, everyone and their mother is buying family size Hellmann’s in hopes of duplicating her results. I’m not saying that some hair care techniques aren’t viable and worth looking into but do your research first.
Chronicle hits and misses What better way to know what’s working and what isn’t than by keeping track? That was the original purpose of Stranded but you’re not required to blog or vlog. You can keep a journal where you write down what products you’ve tried. Note how your hair felt, how you used it, and if you’ve noticed any change while using it. Make sure you consistently use a product before deciding if it’s a keeper or something to pass on.