2. Always work with your hair in sections – If you are going about your hair regimen right then you should have pretty thick hair (relaxed and natural). The most stressful way to deal with your hair once it is at shoulder length or longer is to try and work with it all at once.
Invest in some butterfly or duck bill clips or even goody bands. They are cheap but they will make a world of difference in how much easier and productive your wash day will be.
With your hair in sections you will be ensuring that every single strand gets the proper attention it deserves.
3. Deep conditioning is a must – I would love to say that you can deep condition just once a month and your hair will start growing like a weed but that would make me a liar.
Nope, for most of us, especially at the beginning before your moisture-protein balance has been established (or you don’t even know what moisture-protein balance is) you need to get under that heat cap and get your deep conditioning* on every single week!
Nothing softens hair like regular deep conditioning, and nothing corrects porosity issues as quickly either.
4. Shampoo your scalp, condition your hair – This is a basic mantra that I learned back in the day when I started my own hair journey. For a full read up on why this is important go to the article here but the basic idea is that when you are shampooing you should concentrate on your scalp because that’s where the dirt is. When you are conditioning however concentrate on your hair, particularly those ends as they need it the most.
This tip is a lifesaver if you haven’t got access to sulfate free shampoos because it reduces your hair’s overall exposure to the drying effects of sulfates while still allowing you to cleanse your hair.
5. A little protein is better than none – Protein is of course very important in our hair journeys. These little molecules are what strengthen your hair and allow you to be creative with your styling week after week without your hair breaking like crazy.
But there are some people with established protein sensitivity which means that protein actually makes their hair more brittle instead of softening it. Still a little protein is better than none at all.
If you are protein sensitive give hard protein treatments a wide berth instead picking conditioners with protein much further down the list of ingredients aka light protein conditioners.
Don’t use them too often but on occasion top up your hair’s strength reserves with a light protein deep conditioning* session. You can even follow this up immediately with a moisturizing conditioner* if you wish.
Originally posted 2013-08-25 15:00:53.