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How to Create a Simple Natural Hair Regimen

Once you know your hair characteristics, then you can start buying products that suit your hair needs. When starting your journey, it’s important to learn how your hair feels when you apply a specific product. Whether it’s moisturizing or dries your hair more etc. The products that work well for your hair will guide you while building your regimen.


Your regimen is the key to a successful healthy hair growth and it keeps you on track as to what needs to be done to your hair to make sure that it stays healthy. There are many options to pick from, different techniques and what not but these simple steps will help you to create a simple healthy natural hair regimen.



It’s a pre-shampoo process that involves the use of natural penetrating oils to restore moisture to your hair and help protect it from getting as dried out after shampooing. My favorite oil to use is Coconut Oil and depending with the condition of my hair, I sometimes choose to add conditioner for more slip then proceed to detangle in sections. Read more on how to Prepoo and its benefits here


Product Recommendation: Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil etc


2. Cleansing

This is an important step in your regimen that gets rid of all the dirt and product build up in your hair and scalp. The use of Moisturizing Shampoos or cleansing conditioners ensures all the natural oils are not stripped during this process. You can start off by doing it once a week (on your wash day either Saturday or Sunday) and see how your hair behaves. If it’s too dry then try using a shampoo once in two weeks and a conditioner in between. You don’t necessarily have to shampoo every wash. If your hair feels dirty and you need to wash twice a week then try Co-washing mid-week. I.e you can wash your hair with shampoo and rinse with conditioner on Saturday or Sunday and then wash your hair with conditioner only on Wednesday. Keep in mind that if you wash too often you will strip your hair of too much moisture which can cause the hair to slowly loose its ability to retain moisture.


Product Recommendation: Shea by Asal Shampoo bar, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo, Naturaz Hair Moisturizing Shampoo (Read my review here), Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture and Shine Shampoo, As I am Coconut Co wash Cleanser, Bentonite Clay


3. Conditioning / Co – wash

A co wash revitalizes your hair. It adds the moisture lost while shampooing back to your hair. It’s important to do this after every shampoo wash. Some naturals who also wash their hair in between the week only use a conditioner to avoid losing moisture.

Product Recommendation: Suave Naturals, Tresemme Naturals, VO5 Conditioner, Aussie Moist, Herbal essence Hello Hydration, Alberto Balsam


4. Deep Conditioning

This is a favorite step in my regimen that involves coating the hair with a penetrating deep conditioner to restore its moisture, replenish its nutrients and help to strengthen the hair. This can also involve use of protein treatments and is mostly done when your hair feels dry and brittle( I protein treat twice or once a month. Some people are protein sensitive meaning their hair tends to get hard when too much protein is used ) .It’s important to deep condition every week during your big wash day for 45mins – 1hour or overnight depending with the time you have to spare. You can also apply heat for extra penetration. You can even mix some of your favorite products and make your own DC I.e. conditioners and oils.


I will break these steps down further in posts on the site in the future.


Product recommendation: DIY mix (Conditioner, honey and Coconut oil), Aussie 3 minutes Miracle Moist, Beautiful Texture Rapid Repair, ORS Hair Mayonnaise, Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow and Restore Masque


5. Moisturizing

After rinsing your DC, always moisturize your hair. To moisturize you will need a water based moisturizer i.e. Leave in Condition and a natural oil of choice to seal in the moisture. Sealing is important to lock the moisture in your hair strand otherwise the water based moisturizer will evaporate and leave your hair feeling dry. I use the LOC method to moisturize my hair and always follow up with a styling cream or heavy butter to seal further. Read more about the LOC method here

After you moisturize, use a styler of choice whether it’s a gel or cream to aid in styling  and Viola you are good to go. Always make sure to cover your hair with a satin scarf or satin bonnet for bed.


Product recommendation:

Leave In

Shea Moisture Strengthen Grow and Restore, Cantu Shea Butter, DIY mix (water + Aloe Vera juice + Glycerin + Conditioner), Kinky Curly Knot Today, Giovanni Weightless Moisture


Kentaste Coconut oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil

Cream/ Butter /Styler

Whipped Shea butter, Waridi Butter, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing smoothie, Beautiful Textures Curl Control Defining Pudding, Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream, Eco Styler Gel, Marini Naturals Curl Magic Curling Gel


Tip “Always read the label on the products to ensure it is free of Sulfates and Paraben.”


The products recommended are what I have tried so far and have worked for my hair. I will be doing lots of product reviews as I experiment with more products that I am yet to sample. There is a lot of information out there, Remember to find out what works best for you as one person’s regimen may not be suitable for your hair. Listen to your hair and tweak the products and techniques accordingly.


Next week, I will share with you an example of how a regimen should look like.I hope this was helpful. Comment below if your have any other tips or product recommendations.

Thank you for always stopping by

With Love



  • I am excited! My hair is texlaxed but I still stick to a care regimen that has seen my hair really grow! I will look out for your product recommendations. Well done!

    April 28, 2016 at 10:54 AM
  • Joyce Wambugu

    This post is right on time when I am thinking of what conditioner and deep conditioner to buy

    And can tresseme be a dc?

    Then please do a review on pantene naturals

    Thank you

    April 28, 2016 at 11:41 AM
  • Anonymous

    Wow!!! I love how detailed you are in your explanations for a very long time I have been looking for a person who blogs about natural hair and really exaplais their routine and not just shows us the length of her hair and says #progress…….your the best though ??

    April 28, 2016 at 12:01 PM
  • Julie

    Hi…love the tips.I have a problem though.Whenever I go to bed I always use a satin scarf but the oils always end up on my pillow case.And not just a little…A LOT. So I feel like my hair loses a lot of oil and moisture because of this. Do you have any recommendations on how I can avoid this?I’d really appreciate it.

    April 28, 2016 at 3:58 PM
  • Anonymous

    Thank you

    April 29, 2016 at 12:36 PM
  • Wangechi Zilawe

    Hi Julie, you can use a long sock and wrap around your scarf before you sleep. That way the oil will not get to your pillow..

    Thank you sheila for a well explained regimen!

    June 9, 2016 at 10:01 PM
  • Anonymous

    Great information here Sheila….well explained as well. Am actually transitioning from relaxed hair to natural and ma hair is currently braided, am now pretty sure on how to go about it once I unplait my hair. Thanks again

    June 21, 2016 at 5:41 PM
  • Christine

    Hi Sheila,didn’t know that african hair is special until like a month ago when i started following you on instagram i just used to shampoo,condition and apply moisturizer and gel to enhance the curls a bit since i have a TWA, i started using shea formula curl shampoo,shea formula curl conditioner, shea formula curl cream and shea moisture masque,are these enough to maintain my hair? I wash my hair once a week,i have never deep conditioned since i never knew it was needed but i guess i’ll start doing it,kindly advice,thanks

    June 22, 2016 at 3:54 PM
  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for these tips. I’m alost 1year into my big chop. I am going to include DC in my regime

    January 1, 2017 at 7:33 PM
  • Quintant Adongo

    Will you be doing any length check soon? Can’t wait to see the progress on your hair.

    April 4, 2017 at 5:36 PM

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