My Updated Regimen

Standard

Start of GOC (8/1): Hair – 2 1/2 to 1 1/2″ shy of waist length (WL); Weight – 120 lbs w/a little saddle baggage going on.

Current State (11/6): Hair – 1 1/2 to 1/2″ shy of WL; Weight – 120.5 lbs w/same saddle baggage (120.5?? Really? I’m happy y’all. It’s Sunday night and I just got on the scale. I swore it was going to be close to 124. This has me even more inspired to start getting it back in).

Goals: Hair – Waist length (WL) or slightly longer and no heat straightening; Weight – maintain 118-120 lbs instead of yo-yoing every 6 months and tighten/tone thighs (hams/quads/abductors/adductors)

My regimen has remained essentially the same as it was in the Ninth Wave post, but I’m updating it with things that I omitted (purple italics), crossing out eliminated items/products (eliminated may just mean it’s out of the rotation for now;) and adding new techniques and/or products (purple bold).

Weekly:

  • Pre-poo and finger detangle dry hair with Vatika oil or Dabur Vatika Hair Fall Control Styling Cream (minimum of 30 min.)
  • Conduct Search and Destroys (S&Ds) to eliminate split ends and SSKs
  • Braid pre-pooed and detangled hair in 6 to 8 sections.
  • Shampoo hair in braids with DevaCare Low or No Poo most weeks.
  • Condition and finger detangle further with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH)
  • Deep condition with heat (bonnet or winter hat) with JessiCurl Weekly DC, Darcy’s Botanical Pumpkin Seed Moisturizing Condition or Shea Moisture Raw Shea Deep Treatment Masque** (minimum 1 hr)
  • Allow hair to cool (15 min.) and apply diluted daily conditioner (usually Aussie Moist) directly over DC using Cool and Seal technique I described here.
  • Rinse with cool/cold water
  • Blot with Curls Like Us Curl Cloth
  • Allow hair to dry until only slightly damp
  • Apply leave-in (modified Kimmaytube recipe or DevaCare One)
  • WnG or TnC to stretch hair (products vary)
  • Air dry and/or bonnet dryer
  • Wear twist hair out for 1-2 days
  • Protective/low manipulation style for remainder of week (buns, updos, twists, etc.)

Every 4-8 weeks:

  • Two step henna/indigo (roots only application)
  • Clarify once every 4-6 weeks with a diluted sulfate shampoo. 
  • Protein treatment (ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin treatment) as needed (see here for reason behind addition)

Misc.:

  • I plan on trying the Doris New York Mineral Mud, Leave-In and Olive Oil cream this month.
  • I may get a 1/2 inch to an inch trimmed off of my ends …  undecided right now and thinking about Chicoro’s Lead Hair Theory.
  • As a caveat to the above regimen, I still plan on getting twists towards the end of the month. So, this whole routine will be reduced to washing, conditioning, moisturizing and sealing once they have been installed. 
  • I may do one more Zyzphus treatment on my ends (I still have 50g left) before I get the twists.

Health & Fitness Regimen:

Supplements (daily after dinner):

  • 1 Pre-Natal Multi-Vitamin (Nature’s Way Alive Energizer for Women Vitafol-One [Rx]*)
  • 2 1 Biotin – 2000 5000 mg (Nature’s Bounty – Super Potency)
  • 2 MSM – 2000 mg (Vitamin Shoppe)
  • 60 oz or more of water (three 20 oz bottles in a metal thermos)

*I talked to my doctor regarding whether I should begin taking pre-natals as I’m fast approaching 40 and would like to have children. She said it was a really good idea and wrote a script. These things are expensive and a pain to get out of individual “shrink wrap” packaging! I have a 90 day supply. When they are done, I’m going with an OTC brand! 

Diet (daily):

  • Breakfast (btwn 7-8 am) – 1/2 Oatmeal or 1/2 cup cooked Grapenuts with 1/2 cup blueberries (Dole frozen/thawed); cup of instant coffee w/2 packs of Truvia, 1 tsp brown sugar, a little powdered skim milk
  • Snack (approx. 10 am) – Fage yogurt (fruit variety/2% or 0% fat) or Oikos Greek Fruit on the Bottom
  • Lunch (approx 12:30-1) – Lean Cuisine (chicken, turkey or fish with rice or potatoes) w/added vegetables (spinach, broccoli or sugar snap snow peas) and a piece of fruit (apple, navel orange, cherries, banana)
  • Snack (approx. 5 pm) – Organic baby food (Ella’s Kitchen or HappyBaby/Tot.  And now, there is HappyMorning, which is a smoothie for adults!!!  I am sooo ahead of my time!! ;) )
  • Dinner (approx 8 pm) – Lean Cuisine (chicken, turkey or fish w/rice, potatoes, whole wheat or orzo pasta) w/added vegetables (spinach, broccoli or sugar snap snow peas); fruit on occasion.
  • Post work-out – Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) Shake (Nectar Strawberry Mousse); w/banana if after hot yoga

(This is my basic diet during the work week.  But, I deviate at times and believe that moderation is the key to maintaining weight loss.)

Fitness (5-6 days a week):

  • Hot Yoga (Vinyasa Flow; 1 hr 15 minutes, generally 2 days a week)
  • Kettlebell DVD (1-2 days a week; 50 or 30 minutes)
  • Treadmill C25K or interval training (1-2 days a week; 20-40 minutes)
  • Brazil Butt Lift DVDs (1-3 days a week after treadmill or w/abbreviated Kettlebell work out; 30 minutes)
  • Abs of Steel DVD (3-6 days a week in the a.m./10 minute)

Motivation: I will not blog until I exercise! I promised that last week, but didn’t follow through as I really wanted to get all of these posts done. But I can’t continue to use the blog as an excuse. So, all of YOU are my motivation!! I might sign up for a 5K, as well.  Yeah, that wasn’t working. So, came up with a new plan that I detailed in Fitness Challenge within a Challenge. The rules are as follows: I will post my workout intentions every morning I plan to workout on Facebook (5-6 days a week). I will get off the computer in the morning by 6:45 a.m. to do Abs of Steel. I will put my workout clothes and sneakers on immediately upon coming home after work. I will be in bed by 11 p.m.

And, it is now 10:56 p.m. on Sunday night and time for me to wrap this up!

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How are you tweaking your regimen this month?

8 responses »

  1. Prepoo – I’m prepooing theses days. I use herb infused coconut oil and/or Uncle Harry’s hair oils (buy them from a natural or health food store.

    Cowash – I’m down to cowashing 1-2x a week. I use either Aussie Moist, Garnier Fruictis Sleek & Shine or Aubrey Organic Honeysuckle Rose conditioner.

    Shampoo – Every other week. I use diluted Giovanni 50:50 Shampoo (diluted with water and conditioner). I’m going to order Curl Junkie Daily Fix cleansing conditioner soon.

    Deep Condition – L’Oreal EverSleek or Curl Junkie Deep Fix

    Treatment – Henna is now every 4 weeks. Protein is when needed. (DC after)

    Style – Buns for protective styling for the winter. I stretch my hair to prevent tangles by twisting.

    Diet – Paleo diet. That’s easier to stay than to write exactly what I eat or don’t eat. In short, I don’t eat grains, sugars, dairy, starches. I am much more lean this way and have more energy.

    Exercise – Still doing weights 3 days a week, Yoga and HIIT on the other days.

    Supplements – Too many to list! I take supplements for my health first and foremost – hair is secondary. I DID try biotin at 1000mcg and my skin broke out badly. Ouch!

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  2. I think my regimen’s sorta staying close to the same except for a few minor changes:

    I started washing in braids too a little while back. Helps hair not to tangle.

    I started my Body Gospel routine (today) I started out eating well but then my job had a darn event to celebrate the launch of the American Express Mercedes Benz card with free cupcakes. *sigh Oh well, I’ll pick up starting tonight with lamb chops, brown rice and veggies.

    My shampoo regimen is the same. I never clarify. My hair doesn’t seem to get build up. I use Shea Moisture’s Hair Thickening Shampoo

    Every other week I’m doing Teri LaFlesh’s tightly curly method of shampoo and conditioning. I can only do when staying indoors now that it’s winter.

    There’s a vitamin I want to try that my friend recommended on HSN. It’s a hair, skin and nails vitamin that lots of people sware by. We will see.

    Still doing zizyphus and henna monthly. Still doing JBCO protein conditioner alternating with SM deep treatment mask. Also, sealing ends with JBCO.

    Worst thing: eating. I’m hoping that now that I’ve joined this FB group I can stay focused.

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    • Feeling my tweaks ! I love how my hair feels I’m just getting really BORED with these simplicity styles. I want to do a good ole fashioned over manipulated snap my ends of style LOL……..BUT that’s not happening so I’ll just “snap” back in line.

      OK off to do yet another bun *sigh

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      • LOL!! I know how you feel. I’ve been doing a lot of bunning lately. For me, it’s been more about not having time to experiment with styling as much as I used to do. Having a demanding job, trying to keep posts up on the site, taking care of the HEALTH of hair with the basics and trying to exercise and maintain a household doesn’t leave me with much desire to experiment as much as I was earlier in the year. Then, I was just doing the NC.com blog and really only writing about my own hair. So, this definitely requires more time and research. All that being said, I love it;)! I got a tripod though and I’m hoping to do some more styling videos soon! I may still be rocking buns, but trying to rock more interesting ones! The pic on the post this morning is a double bun done with a banana clip as my base. I was trying to create a figure 8 look, but it didn’t work. I’m still working on figuring it out though!

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  3. Hi new to this, love the information here, and your hair is gorgeous. I wanted to ask if anyone here has used Mustard oil? and is so have you mix it with anything else.

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  4. Hi,

    I’m still in the process of transitioning and the products I use so far are:

    Shampoo: deva care no poo along with mixed chicks deep conditioner. Once I rinse the deep conditioner I apply the KCKT. However, my problem is finding a daily moisturizer. At first I was using Jane Carter’s nourishing creme and since I have switched to a product by Hydratherma Naturals and using their growth lotion. I like the results but I have found that since using that product when I wash my hair it feels very stripped and dry. Even using the deep conditioner doesn’t really help. Do you have any suggestions on a daily moisturizer?

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