This post is a result of an email received and will address the top 5 relaxed hair regimen products to establish a healthy hair regimen. The regimen that I follow and the products that I use are universal and would even work for naturals and transitioners. This post will focus on ground staples found at local stores.
Relaxed Hair Regimen
Before jumping into the discussion of relaxed hair regimen products, let’s talk about the actual hair regimen. I believe a hair regimen should be established first before considering product. Fully understanding the what and the why of hair care is a key aspect to understanding what category of hair product to purchase. A basic relaxed hair regimen includes the following steps and will be used for the basis of our discussion:
- Protein Treatment
- Deep Conditioner
- Leave-In Conditioner
Top 5 Relaxed Hair Regimen Products
Pre-shampooing or pre-poo for short is a step that is done to detangle the hair, soften the hair and lessen the stripping effects of shampoos. I like using oil and conditioner for my pre-poo. Oil gives the hair slip for detangling and conditioner softens the hair. Using both oil and conditioner are not required although I prefer to use both. I saturate my hair with oil and then layer on a thick, creamy conditioner on top. I put on a plastic processing and sit under my Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap for 30 minutes.
Product Recommendation: My favorite is extra virgin coconut oil because it protects against hygral fatigue but I know some have coconut oil sensitivities. Therefore, my recommendation is extra virgin olive oil as it penetrates the hair and nourishes it inside out.
The hair and scalp should be cleansed properly for it to remain healthy. Hair can be cleansed with either sulfate or sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfate-free shampoos are milder and in some cases not as cleansing and can cause buildup. Sulfate shampoos tend to be a little harsher but cleanse the hair of product buildup.
Product Recommendation: I prefer sulfate shampoo because it keeps my hair free of product buildup which means it absorbs all of the moisture I feed it on wash day and the subsequent days thereafter. Current Favorites: Nexxus Therappe (sulfate shampoo) and Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo (sulfate-free shampoo).
Protein strengthens the hair and patches up cuticle damage. Protein treatments can be mild, medium or hard. I never use hard protein treatments which are treatments that harden the hair like Aphogee 2-step. Those type of treatments are just too harsh for my hair.
Product Recommendation: Aubrey Organics GPB is a great protein treatment that falls in the mild to medium category that is effective at balancing moisture and balance. There may come a time when a stronger protein is required to handle breakage but Aubrey Organics GPB is a great starter protein.
Deep conditioners are designed to replenish the moisture in the hair.
Product Recommendation: Silk Elements Kera Minerals Smoothing Deep Conditioner is moisturizing and offers slip which is helpful for detangling your hair.
A leave-in conditioner is to be applied to the hair at the end of the wash to provide the hair with lasting moisture.
Product Recommendation: I like Cantu Shea Butter Creamy Hair Lotion and Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream. Both are excellent and hydrating. The hair lotion is thinner than the repair cream and would work better for thin / fine hair.
Hair craves moisture, thus you might find the need to moisturize your hair throughout the week or evenly daily.
Product Recommendation: The Cantu Shea Butter Creamy Hair Lotion and Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream can also be used as moisturizers.
Once the hair is moisturized, you should follow up with a small amount of oil to “seal” or lock in the moisture so that it does not evaporate. The oil acts a barrier to keep the moisturizer locked into the strands. Since nothing is permanent, the moisture will eventually escape but adding oils slows the evaporation process.
Product Recommendation: I love avocado oil but extra virgin olive oil works great too.