Saturday, 3 March 2012

Starting a hair regimen part 3/3 : You've made it!

When I think about regime building, i'm often reminded of the preparatory process for the first day of secondary school. Mum has packed the biggest and brightest lunch bag, your hair is as fly as you can remember it ever being, and it's time to enter the big world on your own. 

Well it's all the same for starting a hair regime, you have all of the info you need to get started and it's up to you to enjoy it, embrace it, and succeed at it. Of course there will always be guidance along the way, but your fave hair advisor/ blogger etc can't fly across the world to help you wash your hair on wash days!

Before you finally embark on your journey, here are a few more top tips that will help and guide you along the way!

P.s i've included an extensive list of go to hair products which you can apply to 
'Starting a hair regime part 2' 

Heat reduction
Not always the easiest aspect to deal with, especially for sleek straight hair lovers, but heat reduction is vital. Heat breaks down the protein bonds of our hair strands and fizzles out any moisture that was previously there. A few ways to reduce heat damage, in the case that you want straighter hair are:

1| Use a heat protectant - it creates a protective film which coats the hair strand in order to reduce damage caused by heat

2| Lower your heat settings - often we are tempted to apply heat on the hottest setting so that we have straighter results, however, often enough lower heat settings can also give sleek results without you having to re-straighten that segment of hair. This also applies to blowdrying, if you are blowdrying try a lower heat setting. Moreso if you straighten after blowdrying, try and blowdry on cool air so that you use less heat all in all.

3| Natural: If you know you'll be sporting a curly do, try and achieve it through air drying e.g in twists or braids. Relaxed: If you're still rocking freshly relaxed hair opt for air drying. As soon as your new growth begins to peek through, use a headscarf to help flatten your edges.

All in all it is a good practice to reduce heat usage. You can challenge yourself to no more than one heat application per week, and in good time you'll notice healthier hair.

Protective Styles
Weave, braids, wigs - you've heard of them all! Protective styles work a treat if done properly. As stated in the name, they are used to protect your hair e.g in times of extreme weather conditions, on holidays, during exam periods etc. 

Hair Appliances/ Tools
[by no means compulsory but most certainly recommended]
- Seamless wide tooth comb
- Silk/satin headscarf or bonnet
- Shower cap for deep conditioning (+ steamers and hooded dryers)
- Soft bristle brush
- Bobby pins/clips (always come in handy)
- Rollers for rollersetting
- Adjustable setting straighteners/flat iron
- Hair scissors for trimming 


Have fun, haircare should never be a burden. Invest in a hair diary and best of all get sassy and take those pictures! You'll be shocked at how much you can achieve in a few months! You can also get yourself a snazzy length check t-shirt to make your journey that tad bit more exciting!!!

Here's a list of go to products you can try to get your journey on the go!
[the list could go on forever so I've just added the one's I love and others that are highly spoken of, that came to mind!)

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Shampoo, Anita Grant shampoo bars, Hair One Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner, Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo, Nexxus Aloe Rid Shampoo, Aveda Detox Shampoo, Eluence Moisture Benefits Shampoo,  Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Shine Shampoo, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo, As I Am, KeraCare Products etc

Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Care Treatment, Kerastase Nutritive Nutri-Thermique Masque, 
ORS Replenishing PakQueen Helene Cholesterol, Nexxus Humectress, Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Conditioner, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Conditioner, Herbal Essences Smooth and Soft Intensive Mask, Keracare Humecto, Elasta QP DPR, ORS Hair Mayonnaise, Aphogee 2 Min Reconstructor, Anita Grant Rhassoul Deep Conditioner, Roux Porosity Control, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner, As I Am Products, Kera Care Products etc

Kinky-Curly Knot Today, Giovanni Direct Leave In, Joico Daily Care Leave-In, S-Curl No drip, ORS Olive Oil Moisturising Lotion, AtOne Botanicals Leave In, Cantu Shea butter Leave-In, Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Cream, Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream, As I Am Products, KeraCare Products etc

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Carrot Oil, Neem Oil, ROOT2TIP Energizer Scalp Tonic, Philip Kingsley Scalp Tonic, KeraCare Products, Unrefined Shea Butter, Rosemary Oil*,Tea Tree Oil*, Peppermint*, Lavendar*, Ylang Ylang*, Eucalyptus* etc

(*- must be diluted in a carrier oil, NEVER use alone)

Avec amour...
edF ❥


  1. I loooooveee your blog so much. It's honestly the first place I go to for my hair woes. I especially like the product reviews and this post because its a great starting point for choosing reliable products that suit my hair (I've slowing been changing and rebuilding my regime). I'm a fan!!!

    1. Aww i'm speechless... that means a lot to me and makes me want to keep at it :) I'm a sucker for product reviews myself... so important to have an idea of what you're trying! Keep me in the scoop about your journey, honestly I'm looking forward to you also achieving your hair goals/desires x


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