I had a conversation the other day with one of my cousins who has 3c color treated hair that is growing out. She was saying that for the life of her she could not keep her hair moisturized beyond 2 days.
Her hair is not retaining moisture, it is always breaking and shedding and she needs some help. Sometimes when you are talking to someone about curly hair there is so much to discuss and tell them that it is possible that you can end up telling them a whole bunch of stuff all at once that can seem confusing.
As a result I felt compelled to write down my version of a plan of action for her hair that she can try from this day forward to keep her hair moisturized and strong. Before we get into the regimen though we have some foundation things to discuss.
Color treated breaking hair
If your hair is breaking, that is not the norm and that is not something you should opt to live with. Honestly the portions of your hair that is breaking off is over processed. Fine strands are stripped very easily, that means if you add a relaxer or color you will thin the strand to the point of it just splitting in half.
Your options are cut your hair slowly to get rid of the damage or just go ahead and cut off all the color all in one shot. Another possible option is protein to strengthen the hair that is damaged and so your regimen will be protein based as well as trim your hair very often to get rid of the color. With that said here is a simple regimen to consider.
Step 1 – Cleanse
Cleansing is easy, use a sulfate free shampoo* to get your scalp clean every week or two weeks or monthly if you are not prone to build up. Use options like apple cider vinegar* on your scalp if you prefer to stay all natural with cleansing your scalp.
If you are the girl with a ton of scalp issues, build up and excessive oil, using an all natural cleanser might actually help you. Check out this post here an all natural alternative.
Step 2 – Conditioning and co washing and deep conditioning*
To maintain your curls, conditioner is your very best friend, so having the right conditioner is absolutely important. You need a conditioner that is creamy not to watery. My recommendation is always Tresseme moisture rich conditioner to start out because you get a ton of product, it works and it is curly girl friendly.
Use the conditioner to co wash as often as you need to throughout the week and throughout the month. Deep condition every week regardless of how many times you decide to co wash.
Use things like eggs, mayo, yogurt or a protein based conditioner to deep condition your hair every week especially if your hair is breaking or mushy.