Saturday, December 22, 2012

My staple products and regimen

The categorizing of my staple hair products came from the 'blueprint' I found in The Science of Black Hair.  I just filled in these categories with what I was using.  What I did not have prior to reading this book were protein-based products.  Once I read about the importance of a moisture-protein balance in our haircare regimen, I then researched some products and purchased them and I began using the protein-based deep conditioner.  I LOVE it.  I'll have to highlight the Lustrasilk Moisture Max Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise w/ egg protein in another post.  I've used it twice and it is becoming one of my favorite products.  The products listed in the protein-based leave-in I do not use on myself.  I use them on my daughter's transitioning hair.  I have not come up with a protein-based leave-in conditioner for myself.  I'm not too sure I need one if I get my protein through my deep conditioner.  I am considering purchasing some liquid silk amino acids to put in my moisture-based deep conditioner once or twice a month or in my daily spritz.  I've read many good things about silk amino acids so I do want to try them.

This chart contains my staple products and their purpose in my regimen along with the frequency of their use.

Sulfate Free
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Shampoo
  • Pantene/Dove/John Freida shampoo-any shampoo in the closet
as needed to remove buildup
  • Nexus Aloe Rid Chelating Shampoo
Monthly or as needed to remove mineral buildup from hard water
Moisture-based Deep Conditioner
  • Lustrasilk Shea Butter/Tea Tree
  • Tresemme Naturals
  • Tigi Bed Head Moisture Maniac
Protein-based Deep Conditioner (Light/Moderate-Heavy/Intense)
  • Lustrasilk Moisture Max Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise w/ egg protein – light/moderate
  • Lustrasilk Moisture Max Hydrating Therapy Deep Conditioner w/ keratin – Heavy/intense
Light – every 2 -6 weeks depending on damage(light)
Mod/Intense- every 4-6 weeks
Moisture-based Leave-In
  • Tresemme Naturals
  • Tresemme/Aloe Vera Juice/Oil of choice
After hair is shampooed or every 1-3 days as needed for hydration
Protein-based Leave-In
  • Shea Moisture Yucca and Baobab Volumizing Conditioner
  • Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Grow & Strengthen Treatment Masque
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream(occasionally; contains silicones)
     (**** I don't use these products.  I use these on my daughter's transitioning hair ******)
After hair is shampooed or every 1-3 days as needed for protein support
  • Raw Shea Butter/homemade creamy shea butter mix
After moisturizer to provide seal
Oils – Essential/Carrier
  • Lavendar
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Jojoba
  • Olive
After moisturizer to provide seal
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
Styler/Gels/Heat Protectant
  • Flax Seed Gel
  • Aloe Vera Juice

  • Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Heat Protect Keratin Spray

Setting Lotions/Foams
  • None
  • None

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