My Summer/Fall 2013 Regimen


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Welp. I’m at home with conjunctivitis. My eye started acting up this morning. I went to work hoping it would clear up … it didn’t. So, I went to a “One Minute Clinic” at CVS (who knew?!) and they confirmed it. My first ever case of pink eye! Ughh! Anywho, it’s highly contagious until you’ve used the eye drops for 24 hours, so I took the rest of the day off from work.

Since I’m stuck here with something better to do … no, that’s not a typo, I should be folding clothes and picking up around the house … I decided that it’s about time that I post an updated regimen!! I mean, really, there is nothing here that you haven’t read before if you have been following. But, I think it’s good to be able to point to my current regimen post if someone asks.

This is essentially the regimen that I’ve been following all summer and plan to follow this fall and probably winter too.



  • Pre-poo and lightly finger detangle dry hair with Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose mixed with Vatika Oil (moisture).
  • While detangling, trim any visible/tangible split ends and SSKs.
  • Place hair in 6 twists.
  • Apply JBCO/EVOO mix or Wild Growth Hair Oil (WGHO) original formula to scalp and massage for a minute or so.
  • Don plastic cap and apply heat using Hair Therapy Wrap for a minimum of 30 minutes. 
  • Shampoo hair in twists with DevaCare No Poo diluted in water (approx 2 oz. shampoo to 5-6 oz. water).
  • Apply Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe Restorative Treatment, gently finger comb through hair (protein) and rinse after 10-15 minutes.
  • Apply Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH) to thoroughly finger detangle hair and finish detangling with Ouidad Double Detangler.
  • Deep condition with Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm (30-60 minutes with Hair Therapy Wrap).
  • Use “Cool and Seal” DC technique to rinse DC with diluted HE HH.
  • Apply styling products (these can vary, but generally):
    • Leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot Today
    • Cream styler: Curl Prep Sweet Butta
    • Hold: Aloe Vera Gel (cosmetic grade)
    • Seal: JBCO/EVOO mix or other oil.
  • Section hair into 12-14 braids or twists to stretch hair and set ends on small grey perm rods (lately I’ve been braiding the roots to keep them flat and tight and then twisting the length for volume).


  • Air dry.
  • Wear hair out days 2-4 days, maybe re-braiding once.
  • Protective/low manipulation style as needed once braid-out becomes too frizzy (buns, updos, side braid, etc.).
  • Nightly: Loosely French twist hair and secure against crown with Goody Comfort Flex barrette, leaving curled ends out at top of head (click here for “How To” video). Wrap edges in satin scarf /bonnet for bed; Sleep on satin pillowcase.
  • Massage scalp with WGHO as needed, usually 1-2 times during the week.

Deducting the time spent “marinating” with my pre-poo and DC, the actual work time for my wash day is probably about 3 hours: 1 hour pre-pooing/detangling and 2 hours to wash, condition and style. I spend very little time on my hair during the week. All the heavy lifting is done on either Saturday or Sunday, but usually Sunday after hot yoga. I really have to stick with washing my hair weekly, because when I try to stretch it to two weeks, it’s usually a nightmare. Although my scalp doesn’t itch from working out/sweating daily (and I DO sweat in my head), my hair does get very matted and tangled. So, my detangling sessions are rougher and I think I lose more hair when I wait that long. So, weekly it is.


And this fall/winter, I might experiment a little stretching my hair with blow-outs or flat ironing (one or the other at a wash session; not both). We’ll see. I’m not sure how often I would feel comfortable doing that … maybe once a month? I’ll play it by ear. But, I did it this weekend and was pleased with the results (post on that process coming soon)!


Every 4-8 Weeks:

  • Two step henna/indigo (roots only full strength application/gloss on length).
  • Clarify, with diluted Ion Curl Solutions Shampoo (though this may be replaced with Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship, which I tried for the first time this weekend. I liked it!).

And that’s that! Slowly working my way towards hip length and hoping this regimen will help get me there!



What tweaks (if any) are you making to your regimen and styles for fall/winter?

7 responses »

  1. Sorry you have pink eye but happy you posted this!! I purchased more henna today and was looking for the motivation to do it as soon as it arrives. I found my mojo while looking @ hair porn (Hairscapades{you} & Naptural85). Healthy fall/ winter hair here I come even if I have to cut it back to shoulder length!


  2. I’m sorry you have the pink eye! I hope you feel better soon. The changes I want to make to my hair routine/regimen this fall and winter include professional maintenance. For whatever reason, my natural hair hates the fall and winter (I’m in NOLA). Dry humidity (how is that even a thing) wreaks havoc upon my hair and it never knows what it’s supposed to do. It’s usually great for an hour or an hour and a half and then after that, I look like a lost child at an amusement park. I figure that I’ll get my hair professionally straightened and trimmed every 4-6 weeks and then keep it in protective twists for the rest of the time.

    I’m still in the process of finding new products for my hair because my scalp AND hair suddenly hate what I’ve been using. 😦


  3. My condolences for your pink eye, I know how it feels. It seems like it’s worse as an adult. I think I was a better trooper when I when I got it as a kid. As an adult I swore my eye was falling out! Moving along, I have put myself on a protective style challenge until June to get me to my goal of midback. I’m currently pre-pooing with Tresemme Naturals and olive oil for an hour under a plastic cap with a winther hat on top, deep conditioning and streaming with Curl Junkie Re-Hab deep conditioner for 30 mins. under the hooded dryer, cool and seal for about 20 mins., LOC method with Curl Junkie leave in, jojoba oil, and Curl Junkie smoothing lotion. I then put in 16 to 18 coils and wear it like this for a week. I’ll moisturize during the week if need be. I also clarify monthly with apple cider vinegar & water mixture. Substitute Tresemme Naturals for Aubrey Organics Protein conditioner to pre-poo twice a month and get my ends clipped every six months. I’m about a month in and so far, so good. Portective styling helps tremendously with the HIH affliction I have 🙂


  4. Hi Shelli! So sorry to hear about your pink eye. Feel better soon! Thanks for updating us on your routine. This will be my first fall/winter season being 100% natural. I chopped in November of last year after a 21-month transition. So I’m not sure how my routine will change. Currently I pre-poo with oil (coconut or olive); alternate between shampoo washing or cowashing every week; follow up with a conditioner; add leave-ins and seal with an oil; then either roller-set or braid out….doesn’t matter since I wear my hair in a bun most of the time. Oh, and I still henna every month. Love, love, love henna. LOL! The only change I could see in the colder months is perhaps using my bonnet hair dryer more and less air drying (I know heat is the enemy but so is a wet head in the winter). Also, I put myself on a “use up my stash” challenge so I’m using all sorts of products that I have in storage. 🙂 My staples are the: the One n Only Argan Oil product line; VO5 Silky Experiences conditioners to rinse out henna; and Pantene Co-Wash for Natural Hair. My favorite oils are coconut, argan, grapeseed, and castor.


  5. No major changes planned. I like the colder months because it is gives me an excuse to keep my hair tucked away under a hat most/or all week. Pre-poo with Vatika oil (preferably overnight), poo or co-wash depending on state of scalp/hair in 4 sections, then DC (rotate between AO HSR, AO GPB, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment or Anti-breakage masques). Rinse in cool to cold water (yes, even in winter). Apply (saturate hair like tightly curly method) kimmaytube leave in & twist in about 8 sections

    i love DC’s so I like to try new ones every once in a while. When using AO products, i DC after my pre-poo.


  6. I have finally tweaked my regimen down to this:

    1. Prepoo/detangle/DC with Aubrey Organics GPB and Vatika oil in 4 sections, Cover with plastic cap, leave on for at least 30 min
    2. Wash with Tresemme Naturals or TJs’ Nourish Spa Conditioner OR As I AM coconut cowash OR Shea Moisture Retention shampoo
    3. On damp hair, apply Paul Mitchell The conditioner in four sections
    4. Apply my special pure oil blend for sealing (the blend changes based on weather/climate conditions)

    1. Clarifying shampoo with ACV OR As I AM clarifying shampoo
    2. Henna Treatment (mixed with oils, conditioner, aloe and green tea)
    3. Deep Conditioner with Kerastase Oleo curl masque
    4. Follow steps 3 and 4 of above

    Trim as needed.
    This has been working so well for me for the past year.

    Thanks for sharing your process with us. Your hair is amazing. I know you will reach hip length soon!!


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