A regimen is just a fancier way to say a schedule of how you take care of your hair. You may be thinking “Why do I even need a schedule?! It is just hair!”. While this is true, many women who have regimens find that their hair tends to stay healthier for longer.
Regimens can come in many different forms as well. Right now, you may wash your hair every Sunday and deep condition once a month. That on its own is a regimen that your hair responds to. By being consistent, you are basically training your hair. A regimen for your hair can be easily compared to a schedule for a baby. If a baby is woken up every three hours to eat, he will eventually start to wake up every three hours on his own. Similarly, if you deep condition every month consistently for six months and stop, your hair will show signs of needing to be deep conditioned like being excessively dry.
Now that you are all clear on what a regimen is, how do you know which regimen is right for you? Well, there aren’t regimen templates that you can just insert yourself in to. You have to consider what you are able to keep up with, what your hair needs, and how often it needs it. Here is a questionnaire for you to consider when creating your own regimen:
1. How often do I need to wash my hair?
2. Does my hair need to be conditioned every time I wash it? If not, how often?
3. Does my hair respond well to deep conditioning?
4. Which moisturizers keep my hair from being dry the best?
5. How often do I need to moisturize my hair in order for it to stay moisturized?
Here is an example of what a person’s answers would translate to:
1. Wash once a week
2. Condition ever time I wash so once a week
3. My hair responds moderately to deep conditioning
4. Shea butter and coconut oil mix keeps my hair well moisturized
5. I like to moisturize it every 2 to 3 days
Regimen: Wash once a week, Condition once a week, Deep condition once a month, Moisturize with shea butter and coconut oil every 2-3 days.
This sample regimen is very simple which may be the case for many of us. However, you may do other things that you might want to add to your regimen like trimming your ends, using a heated cap, etc. When creating your regimen, you also want to remember to try to use the same products consistently. By using 12 different shampoos, your hair will never have a chance to catch up and respond to each. Try to stick with the shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizer that your hair loves the most. Remember, your regimen is based on your hair. If your hair does not need a complex web of conditioning and trimming, then it is ok. Count yourself lucky that your hair can look completely fab with little effort!