Imagine you’re in a lineup with your fellow curly-girl friends. All are auditioning for a TRESemmé commercial. A mysterious voice tells you to turn left then right to have an accurate profile of your hair. That same voice requests you to step forward and list all the things you do to your hair. This is to weed out the best answers for the commercial. He asks you, “Do you put conditioner on before your oil or after?” What do you say? Do you give the same response your loc’ed friend gives? How do you know what the right answer is?
That’s just it! There isn’t a “right answer” when it comes to hair. Here are 3 Do’s and Don’ts that you may want to follow to optimize the health of your hair.
Do: Make sure you deep condition at least twice a month.
Each day our hair loses vast amounts o moisture because of the reaction it has with the air. Deep conditioning at least once a week helps to restore our hair’s elasticity and strength. If that is too frequent for you, try once every 2 weeks.
Don’t: Overly saturate your hair in conditioner every day.
Depending on the makeup of your hair, over-saturation can break the protein bonds that your hair holds. This can lead to broken hair structures. Protein in our hair produces keratin which aids in hair growth and strength. Overdoing it in the conditioning department is a no go!
Do: Be sure to clarify your hair at least once a week.
I may get some backlash for this, but before you send in the troops, let’s take in the facts. If your hair isn’t in a protective style, chances are you are applying products like moisturizers or gels to style your hair. Over time those products promote product buildup. For my avid co-washers, this may not seem like a problem. Trust me, down the road your hair will lose its shine and will become limp. Clarifying your hair gives your hair a fresh start. This doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals. but try switching over to a clarifying conditioner to ensure you are rinsing away buildup from your strands. A sulfate-free shampoo is a good option, too.
Don’t: Overly use products that contain sulfates.
Though it may be hard to find products that don’t have sulfates when you want a good shampoo, it is possible! Look for products that contain Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate or Cocamidopropyl Betaine. These are not as harsh on your strands.
Do: Know your hair’s porosity.
Knowing your hair’s porosity is one of the major players in the world of hair. Sites like Porosity 411 help you to learn about porosity. You can also take tests to figure out where you fall. Being aware of your hair’s porosity allows you to create a regimen that works for you. Certain products that we use doesn’t always react the same in low porosity hair as it would in high porosity hair. Having this knowledge may even permit you to reduce some of your regimen’s steps!
Don’t: Assume your hair regimen will be the same as another person’s.
Yea, you and ‘Becky with the good hair’ may have the same porosity levels. That doesn’t guarantee that her regimen will mirror yours. You may have a different reaction to the Deva Curl Low Poo because your hair is sensitive to protein. It could also be due to a sensitivity to other ingredients.
Now that you’ve gained some knowledge, picture yourself back in that lineup and it’s your turn to speak. You’re not nervous anymore because you know that your healthy hair regimen is perfect for you!