Monday, March 21, 2011

My Hair Regimen

Hey guys!!

I get tons and tons of questions from my You Tube subscribers on how to get healthy hair. I find myself writing the same things over and over and over again. So I've decided to put all of my findings here.

I'm not a professional...not by a long shot. What I am about to share with you is what I've learned over the years. These tips are from trial and error, pro-tips, and chatting with friends.

My hair has always been thick. But It's always been no longer than just below my ears. I've always had some level of breakage, shedding, something. I've always been very aware of my hair. I would absolutely NOT leave my house without curling my hair. It was a no no. That lasted throughout my teen years, and most of my 20s.

By my 30s, I realized that something had to change. My hair was strong, why wouldn't it grow past my shoulders? I started to experiment with different brands. I've used Creme of Nature, Motions, Nexxus, Nioxin, Suave, Biolage, Pantene, you name it!! I've used shampoos, conditioners, conditioning shampoos, serums, anti-frizz creams, blow dry lotions, leave-in conditioners, protein packs, deep conditioners, mousse, hairspray, gel, grease, oil, name it!!

Then, one day, I was watching YouTube, Ateyaaa's channel to be exact, and came upon these natural products that she was raving about. Nugro. I figured I'd tried everything else, so why not give this a try as well. My first order was in January of 2009. I ordered the hair grow oil, the shampoo and conditioner. I noticed a difference in my hair right away. Like literally the first use. My hair felt silkier, smoother, and was more manageable while it was wet. When I started using the Nugro, my hair wasn't shedding or breaking, it was just not as thick as it has always been and I wanted my thickness back and some length. I wanted maximum results, so here's what I did:

My Nugro regimen January 2009

--I Shampooed and conditioned with the Nugro once a week following the instruction on the bottle.

--I parted my hair in half inch sections and applied the hair oil to my scalp twice a day religiously. The hair grow oil (which was really a grease) made my hair so greasy and heavy, I couldn't do anything with it but put it in a ponytail or wear a wig or half wig.

--I used the moisturizing spray twice a day. I loved it to wrap my hair with at night.

--I wrapped my hair every night as well, no exceptions.

I notice my hair was getting thicker and longer by June. I decided that I wanted to wear it out more, so I went from applying the oil twice a day to twice a week, but it was still super thick, so I went back to the website. It seemed like there were new products every time I went back to order more products. I ordered the dry hair formula conditioner, and the coconut oil based hair oil, because it was lighter. I incorporated both into the regimen above.

By December, my hair was past my shoulders and super thick, yay!!! I started using the oil free spray at this point. It was chock full of alcohol, so I used it sparingly so as not to dry my hair out. I used it two times a week, directly on my scalp. I kept the same regimen above, but only used the oil once a week and the moisturizing spray once a week as well.

I kept my Nugro regimen up for a little less than two years. My hair is doing pretty well now. I've noticed some changes in Nugro, so I'm not as diligent with the product as I am with my regimen. Here is my healthy hair regimen:

My Current Hair Regimen:

--Wash with a good moisturizing shampoo every week or every other week.
--Condition with a good moisturizing conditioner with every wash.
--Deep condition every two weeks
--Towel dry
--Blow dry to 85% dry
--Add quarter size (depending on length) silkening or anti-frizz serum,(I use Chi Infusion)and work through damp hair, finish blow drying.
--Add your favorite flat iron/thermal protectant (I use Fantasia's IC spray) and flat iron.
--Wrap EVERY night to avoid breakage, if necessary, use a light touch of the serum or a leave in spray to help wrap and keep in moisture.
--Touch up every 8 weeks or better AT THE SALON ONLY
--Trim with touch up
I may oil my hair during the week if my ends feel dry (I use the liquid Nugro hair oil)

******I never do my own touch ups anymore******
I know it can get expensive, but if you think about it, you can save $10 every week and by week 8, you will have $80. That should cover your touch up plus a tip (hopefully).

Hair Tips:

~~Never curl your hair dirty. Only curl it right after you wash it. The dirt and oils from the week can help lead to breakage. Plus, the more you curl your hair, the weaker it becomes and will break easily.

~~Be aware of what you eat. A healthy diet leads to healthy hair.

~~Medications and an excess of vitamins can also harm your hair growth and health.

~~When all else fails, talk with your physician, stylist, or a dermatologist

Whew! That was a lot!! I'm including some of my regimen videos and you can always google your questions or search topics on You Tube. There are lots and lots of fantastical gurus out there who know what they're talking about. I'm just a girl with a lot of life experience.

Hope this helps.

Let me know if you have any input or questions...