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Regimen for Transitioning Hair

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This is the regimen that I have come up with for my transitioning (mostly 4A) hair.

Weekly Routine
Wash 1x a week (moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner)
Deep condition 2x a week
Co-wash 2x a week (with one co-wash, I deep condition before)
Massage scalp with castor oil 3x a week

Nightly Routine
Moisturize and seal
Cover hair with a satin scarf

Monthly Routine
Protein treatment 1-2x a month
Heat pass (no more than 1x a month)

Trim only when needed

Stay away from heat on a daily basis
Air dry
Use more low manipulation/protective styles

Sunday: Shampoo, condition, deep condition, and massage scalp with castor oil

Wednesday: Deep condition, co-wash, and massage scalp with castor oil

Friday: Co-wash and massage scalp with castor oil

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Building a Healthy Hair Regimen

So, you’ve decided to proactively take better care of your hair. But, what now? Where should you begin? What products should you use? What forgotten gems do you already own that are hidden in your beauty cabinet or under your bathroom sink?

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If you’re anything like me, you’re something of a product junkie. For years, I purchased every new product that promised stronger, healthier hair almost the second it came on the market. But, honestly, I had no idea where to even start with my hair. I’ve battled with my damaged hair for so long that I have often been tempted to just “throw in the towel!” Yet, I have come to learn that I need to first get my expectations in order. After all, there is only so much that hair products can do! True, they may aid in aesthetically improving the outer appearance and texture of hair. But, generally, this is only a mere illusion that is masking the cumulative damage within.

Undoing all of the damage you may have caused your hair could take weeks, months, or even a year, depending on the type and level of hair trauma you are working with. So, be patient. Your hair may require a considerable amount of effort to repair the damage. Take some time and evaluate the products you’ve purchased or considered adding to your current hair regimen. Reassess the methods and techniques you use on a daily basis to style your hair. With a little trial and error, you will be able to come up with a solid hair care regimen that produces results and stands the test of time.

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About Hair Diary

I created this blog as a means for charting my own personal hair journey. I hope that in the months and years to come that I will be able to self-educate myself as to the best methods and products to achieve healthier hair. Hopefully, I will inspire you to do the same. In order to better understand our hair’s needs, avoid common hair growth pitfalls, and acquire healthier hair, we must first figure out what works and doesn’t work for our hair.

Here’s to stronger, healthier hair!


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Let the Journey Begin!

My goal, during my hair journey, is to transition from relaxed to natural hair. I plan to maintain length as I use low manipulation and protective styles to slowly transition. I am thinking I will transition for a year or two, but we will see how patient I am in the long run!    🙂

What are your goals? Are you a relaxed diva looking to obtain a more lustrous mane? A natural maven flaunting your crown of glory? A frustrated transitioner searching for ways to stay patient? Or, are you just a coiffure enthusiast interested in all things hair?

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