Hair Care Routines
Lady Lillith, Body's Beauty, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1864-1869
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I don't have a very interesting routine. I have found out what works best for my hair and that is simplicity. The less I do with it the better it behaves. I do a full wash every 4 to 5 days. I put conditioner on the length. For me personally it doesn't matter if it is conefree of contains cones. My hair type is 1c F ii. Circumference around 3 inches. I put shampoo on my scalp and wash it, let it work in for about 1 or 2 minutes, conditioner is still on the length. Then rinse the whole bunch of it till there are no bubbles to be seen in the water anymore. The temperature of the water is lukewarm. I don't like cold water, and it doesn't do anything for me, tested that in the past. I don't do CO because my scalp acts up and starts itching then. I switch between two shampoos every now and then, a natural one and Elvive anti breakage. The only poos my scalp can take. For now I do full washes, but I intend to do scalpwashes when it gets around 37 inches.
Here's my latest and current regimen... I'm also including within it my vitamin schedule (which often changes) as well as my plan for daily exercise (also variable). My complete stash and product details are also given.
If I want a special treat I apply the conditioner, then wrap my head in plastic followed by foil. It gets very warm. I leave it on for at least 20 minutes. This can even be left overnight. I would like to get a heat cap sometime but its not vital for me.
For my oil treatments I usually get a wet towel and cover my head with it and sit in the steam for a bit.
I wet ends to form a wick then overnight condition. my ends with a layer of water or two as necessary. I rub my hands together to gather excess and apply that to edges and smooth my hands to gather a ponytail. Sometimes I seal that with a drop of oil. I secure ponytail scrunchie behind my ear THEN braid/twist to one side letting the braid hang toward the front of me to sleep. I take MSM and Silica for a pleasant rest.
I Shampoo and Condition my hair everyday. I can however go without washing for one or two days if I have too. I just prefer to S&C everyday.
I Deep Condition every Sunday and Thursday nights. That may seem like a lot but I find that my color treated hair loves it.
I wear my hair up most of the time. I secure my updos using safe Elastics, Scrunchies, Bear Claws (all sizes) Hairsticks and Ficcares. If I want to style my hair for a special occasion, work or class I will use Sponge Rollers, Velvet coated Hot Rollers, and Wrap Snap and Go Rollers.
I wash hair 2-3 times a week. I use the CWC method.
Every other wash I will add 1:1 ratio of honey to my conditioner.
When washed I will comb it with a wide tooth seamless comb.
My hair is curly so I normally will use Aubrey Organics B-5 design gel or Morrocco Method Blood of the Dragon Gel. Both of these give me somewhat hold but not the crisp feeling, not to metion its not filled with chemicals. I also love to put aloe gel in my hair when its wet mixed with Jojaba oil.
I normally always oil the ends of my hair (they get really dry)and this helps them.
I love to wear it in a braid, bun, or down. It really depends on the days activities.
Because my hair is curly I try not to touch it too much (I know that is hard) but it causes mine to frizz. I don't use any kind of hot or cold appliance on my hair so it always has to air dry. I normally don't comb my hair after it is dry unless im doing a braid or a bun. At night I sleep on a satin pillowcase (this is a must for my hair) I could not believe the differance when I first tried one.I also either wear my hair in a bun or a braid to sleep in. When I want to preserve my curl for on the run second day hair I will put my hair up in a bun on top of my head. I don't do the bun real tight so my curl is still intacked in the morning.
In-between washes I use a spray mix of aloe vera gel, jojaba oil, and lavender EO (it smealls so good)! When I want my hair more straight I wet it and put it in a bun and let it air dry (when I take it out it has big waves)
Misc. stuff I do
I try to do a scalp message every other night for 10 to 15 minutes.(I try to avoid doing this on nights I want to preserve curl because of frizz. (If im going to be washing the next day I will mix a few drops of differant EO's with some aloe gel and message it into my scalp.
I don't exercise but I need to.
I don't take vitamins but I need to.
When I'm going somewhere special or im feeling up to it I will roll my wet gelled hair on sponge rollers and sleep in them. This makes each curl perfect (ha nellie olson curls) when morning comes I take them down, do a half french twist but leaving about 3 inches in length of curls, fasten it with bobby pins or a hair safe claw then flip the ends under and pin it when finished it looks like a big poof of curls on the back of my head.
C-W-C every three days (in the morning) with Herbal Essences Body Envy S&C -- shampoo diluted down with water at 1 part shampoo to 3 parts water
I'm using George Michael products exclusively. My staples are:
- Cream Shampoo
Grooming tools used are:
- Kent Boar Bristle Brush on a wooden base (don't remember the model)
I've found a routine that works well and doesn't take a lot of time. It's also fairly simple, both in the products used and that I don't do much with my hair. I've found that the less I fuss with it - the better it responds. A normal day I spend only about 10-15 minutes on my hair. Then there's Sundays when I do a full wash which takes a little more time. Also the days when I refresh my henna - but those are usually planned in advance.
EVERY MORNING (TOTAL OF ABOUT 5-10 MINUTES)
- Unfasten braid after shower. De-tangle with fingers and comb.
- 100 brush strokes standing up and with hair pulled over one shoulder so it's in front of me, switching sides as necessary to get to it all.
- Put into daily updo
EVERY NIGHT (TOTAL OF ABOUT 3-5 MINUTES)
- De-tangle with fingers and comb
- Braid for the night
EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON/EARLY NIGHT (TOTAL OF ABOUT 10-25 MINUTES
+ 2-3 HOURS DRYING TIME)
- De-tangle before shower and keep hair aligned along the back for initial wet down. I bring it forward across one shoulder to apply shampoo or conditioner to the length, but always rinse with it hanging down the back
- Two sudsings GM Cream Shampoo. First - a dime sized blob lathered between palms and patted over the scalp area, "squished" through the wet length. Second - a smaller blob lathered between palms, patted over the scalp area and a good scalp massage, only rinsed through the length as I rinse it out.
- Conditioner - four week rolling schedule (60-sec, 60-sec, 60-sec, 12-min and then start all over again). Only applied from ears and down.
- Diluted GM Cream Rinse (a generous squirt in about 500 ml cool water) poured over scalp and length to close the cuticle, immediately rinsed out with clean water
- Bring it forward across one shoulder and gently squeeze out excess water
- Soak up as much water as possible with towel
- Twist hair from nape of neck and lay over the head. Wrap in towel
- De-tangle with fingers and comb
- Air dry with hair loose (about two-three hours - that's why I do this
- Small amount 12-minute conditioner (about a quarter to half a
EVERY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT (TOTAL OF ABOUT 5-10 MINUTES)
- De-tangle and tie off hair in low braid at nape of neck.
- Wash under kitchen faucet, wetting and washing only the top part of the scalp - more or less the area that would go under a hat. Some water will seep down towards the nape and the hair to about shoulder level will be slightly moist as water wicks down the length.
- Two sudsings GM Cream Shampoo
- No conditioner or rinse
- Squeeze out excess water over sink
- Soak up as much water as possible with towel
- Undo braid and de-tangle with fingers and comb
- Re-braid and let scalp air dry before going to bed (braid is usually damp then, but dry the next morning)
EVERY SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS (TOTAL OF ABOUT 5-6 HOURS)
- Usually done on a Sunday before the weekly full wash as this is the
EVERY EIGHT TO TEN WEEKS (TOTAL OF ABOUT 1 HOUR)
I take Puritan's Pride "Green Source" as my main multivitamin and mineral supplement. It is something I always take everyday. When I can afford to, I like to add additional amino acids, oils like Flaxseed and Fish, and biotin.
I try to exercise 4-5 days a week. I like to do an aerobic workout for at least 20-45 minutes depending on my schedule for the day. Exercise increases blood flow, so it's not only great for us physically, but it's great for the roots of your hair since they love great blood flow! I usually secure my hair by bunning it and securing with a hairstick, or doing a messy French Twist and securing with a large claw clip.
I wash anywhere between 3-5 times a week, again depending on my schedule and planned activities. I use the CWC washing method, meaning that I rarely ever use shampoo on my length. I wash my hair in the shower, wetting my hair, applying conditioner to the length, then shampooing the scalp. Since I love using Aubrey Organic shampoos, I most often dilute them with a bit of water in an empty shampoo bottle. I shake gently, then aim the bottle nozzle close to my scalp and massage in as I apply it here and there until my scalp is all lathered up. I hold my hair length out to one side and rinse my scalp only, then will do a second lathering the same way, if needed. Again, holding the hair to the side, I rinse out the shampoo, then rinse my whole head.
I don't use a vinegar rinse every single time I wash, but I do use it often. I mix my vinegar and essential oils together and store it in an old glass milk bottle. I dilute about 1/4 cup of that with 2-4 cups of water, then pour it over my head after my shampoo has been rinsed out.
I follow my vinegar rinse by applying conditioner mainly to my length. Sometimes I will smooth a bit of conditioner over the upper mantle of my hair as well. I allow the conditioner to stay on my hair the rest of the time I am in the shower, then rinse just before I get out. Sometimes I take a small amount of conditioner after that, and apply it to soaking wet hair, and leave it in.
I gently squeeze out excess water, then wrap my hair in a Turbie Twist or other absorbent hair towel. I let my hair stay up in the towel between 5-10 minutes. I let my hair out of the towel and then finger comb or leave as is. My hair doesn't tangle much, so I don't have to worry about detangling. I allow my hair to air dry naturally.
I often oil while hair is still damp. I put a few drops of oil in my palms, then rub my palms together to distribute the oils evenly there before applying to my hair. I then finger comb my hair first, focusing on the lower length. Once that is done I place sections of my hair between my palms, just below shoulder level, then gently pressing my palms together, slide my hands down the remaining length of my hair. If more oil is needed, I add a few more drops and then do the remaining sections.
In the morning, or sometimes late afternoon, if I notice my hair seems a bit frizzy or just like it needs some pep, I will dampen my hands with water and use the same process I use when oiling to dampen my hair. I then follow with a bit more oil or Shea Butter Conditioning Cream.
I like to deep condition once a week, but often find myself doing it every 2 weeks, mostly out of lack of planning and getting too busy to get out the heating cap! Shame on me!
I enjoy using henna and have used it about once every 3 months. This last time I used pure henna and result was a very rich red that looks like it will last a lot longer than 3 months. I will just be touching up my roots for awhile now to keep things even while the color fades month by month on the length.
I try to scalp massage at least for a few minutes each night. It's a soothing way to end the day.
Brushing and Combing:
I like to use my Mason Pearson Popular or Madora pure BB brushes to brush my hair at night. Depending on how my length condition is, I might just focus my brushing on my scalp, with only a single brush stroke down the length. Brushing can be great scalp stimulation as well, as can using a horn comb. I use my horn comb for scalp stimulation, while saving my Mason Pearson Rake for styling.
Before I go to bed, I do like to brush through or at least comb through my hair to ensure there are no tangles or snares there. If I have not oiled yet, I will add a bit of that, then either braid my hair into a single braid, or put it up into two bee butt buns for bun waves. My standard bed time style is the braid, simple but secure. I do not usually secure the end of my braid with anything. It tends to stay braided well enough for sleeping.
My hair really couldn't be any easier. I just take it out of the braid or buns, finger comb, or use my rake to comb through, add oil or leave in conditioner if needed to the ends, and style. I either will put it up in a bun, braid it, or leave it loose. It takes all of a few minutes...literally! I know I spend less time overall on my hair than those with shorter styles. Saving time on getting ready, has just been one of the great benefits of growing my hair longer!
Due to the extreme dry heat this summer, I have changed my routine a little bit. On days I would not normally wash, I am still wetting the length of my hair from the neck down. I do it in the shower, allowing the spray to hit at neck level and soak the length of my hair. I then put some conditioner on it while I finish showering, and rinse before getting out. After my hair has come out of the towel, I apply a small amount of oil followed by my Shea Butter Conditioning Cream. This has really helped my ends, which were drying out. Special thanks to Leia and Avrilon for their recommendation of the oil and SBCC combination!
Products that I find the best for me are the following:
My routine isn't elaborate in the least:
This is my routine for my hair (type 1c/M/ii) that has slowly evolved since I found the Loom:
I've changed a lot in my routine but basically here it is:
At my last measure in, I was at 30.4", and more than two weeks have now passed. According to my normal growth rate (which averages 0.6-1.0" per month), my hair should be at around 30.7" now, but I am not quite sure. I am adding this information in here so that those reading this can have an idea of how long my hair was when I had this routine.
My routine is pretty simple: I scalp wash every to every second day and CWC once a week using deep conditioner for the second C.For the scalp washings I use Chagrin Valley shampoo bars and for CWC Dermanord shampoo and cone free conditioner/deep conditioner.I always finish my washing with an ACV rince and a cold water rince.I oil with jojoba when needed and spritz with a water-aloe-jojoba leave-in nearly every day.
I try to snip of split end when I see them and do a S&D once a month.
Schnauzer Mom's Routine
I CWC (condition, wash, condition) every 2 to 3 days. I finish up with a cold water rinse (better than caffiene to wake me up!) I wash in the morning. Right now I'm using regular VO5 shampoo and White Rain Conditioner with extra body. I've tried JASON organic with jojoba but I'm not impressed with it. I don't brush I only use a wide tooth comb. I put it up at work and take it down at home.
I take the bun out, detangle and put it back up.
I do minor search and destroy missions on a daily basis.
About every 2 to 3 days I CO wash or whenever my hair starts feeling dry and I feel it is needed.
I deep condition about once a week.
I try to alternate between dustings and search and destroy missions every other week if time permits. There are those weeks that I only have time for a minor search and destroy which is the least effective method but it does get rid of a minority of the damage. If I have a little more time than that, I will dust and if I have a lot more time, I will do a major search and destroy mission.
I do egg treatments. I use about 3 to 5 eggs and put them in my hair for about 30 minutes to an hour. This is the only time I use shampoo unless something happens that my hair gets really oily at other times.
2004: I trimmed the first 2 months of this year and I will trim 1 more time for the year in August.
2005: I will trim every month until I have an all one length blunt cut. Once I have achieved this, I will only trim when I absolutely have to.
Stella Blue's Routine
I CWC every two or three days. I use natural shampoos and conditioners: Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta shampoo and conditioner (for all German loomies: I receive it from here: Mega Vital Shop) and for rotation: Aloe Vera shampoo (it's a German product and contains 60 % Aloe Vera, no SLS) and "Neobio" conditioner (in Germany receivable in every health food shop)
One day before washing I put Jojoba oil or shea butter to the ends. I sleep on a satin pillow and braid my hair before going to bed.
I henna my hair every month (well, sometimes every two months, when I defer it too long) The henna I use is from "Spinnrad", also a German product. I mix it with hot water, nothing else. Lemon juice makes my hair dry.
I CO wash on Monday night, Thursday morning, Saturday morning/afternoon, and Sunday morning. I switch around among several brands of conditioner (Suave, White Rain, VO5, and occasionally a more expensive, organic conditioner like Shikai or Nature's Gate).
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