30 Day Hair Challenge

I am so happy to get my hair back to it’s natural state! But, I am very concerned about how I am making decisions about my hair. In the last few months, I have become SO impulsive. I feel myself drifting further and further away from a healthy hair regimen and closer to just following the hair trends.

I don’t want to be on here posting about how I had to shave my head because my hair fell off. So I am going to try to get back to basics. I’ve never been one to cower from a challenge, so to help me I am going to challenge myself to 30 days of focusing SOLELY on a healthy hair regimen that I hope I will continue to use for the rest of my journey (provided that it doesn’t make my hair fall out).

The Fall From Grace

 

Experimenting with different hair styles and techniques is fine, especially if you are a person who loves to play with your appearance. But going from one style or hair regimen to another without thinking about how it will affect my overall hair goals has been very dangerous for me in the past. That’s how I got heat damage and that’s how I completely derailed my natural hair journey by relaxing my hair.

My hair has done the best in terms of health when I stayed away from extensions and other forms of long-term protective styling and just focused on keeping my hair regimen and styles simple.  My hair grew back from a very damaged state. If you’ve read some of my earliest posts, you can see that I started out blogging being focused on just doing what was best for my hair.

In just the short time of immersing myself in the hair blogging world and looking at so many other natural hair regimens, styles, and ideas, I have completely lost that focus. I have gone from swearing off all types of extensions (crochet braids, weave, clip ins, even braiding hair) to putting in box braids, installing a full crochet set, and even installing a lace front wig. (I did not share all of that with you – sorry!).  I cut all of my processed ends off a few weeks ago without thinking about it for more than a day. I had this plan to rock wash and go’s as part of a new hair regimen and then I abandoned that for the complete opposite plan of long-term protectively styling. Sis, I have been all over the place!

The 30 Day Healthy Regimen Challenge

So the hair regimen that makes up this challenge comes from a mixture of my hair regimen that I was using before I started whiling out and Fusion of Culture’s hair regimen and hair product DIYs.

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Fusion of Cultures is actually a girl named Laila who is amazing! I have been watching her videos for a long time, but I’ve never really tried anything she has recommended (and I don’t know why). I will be sticking to the weekly regimen that I already used before I started blogging, but I am incorporating Laila’s products. She uses a lot of natural ayurvedic products that are intended to reduce breakage and shedding. With my old products, I did notice breakage and shedding so I am going to try out her product recommendations to see if there is an improvement. Check out her two most recent hair regimen videos (here and here) if you are interested in knowing her full regimen and the full recipes for her mixtures.

PRODUCTS I WILL BE USING

  • Fusion of Culture’s Anti-breakage tea
    • INGREDIENTS: organic loose leaf green tea + organic peppermint tea + hibiscus flower
    • TIPS:
      • Keep in the refrigerator to prevent from spoiling
      • Will need to remake mixture approximately every five days
  • Deep Conditioner Mix
    • INGREDIENTS: Aunt Jackie’s Fix My Hair Deep Conditioner (I have been loving this) + hibiscus flower + olive oil
  • Fusion of Culture’s Clay Cleanser
    • INGREDIENTS: Rhassaul clay + equal parts water and aloe vera juice + rosemary and peppermint essential oil + olive oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • As I Am leave in conditioner
  • My DIY Hair growth oil
  • Organic shea butter

DAILY MAINTENANCE RULES

  • Moisturize daily
    • If hair is styled in an updo that is supposed to last two to three days, simply spritz with the antibreakage tea before going to bed and on waking
    • If hair is down or worn in a bun, or if  transitioning from one style to another,  use the full LOC method
      • L = antibreakage tea or water mixed with As I Am leave in conditioner
      • O = my DIY hair oil
      • C = shea butter
  • Sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf
    • If hair was in a loose style or in a bun during the day, put my hair in chunky two-strand twists.
  • Pay attention to daily diet and water intake
    • Drink 8 glasses of water a day
    • Take a multi-vitamin
    • Try to incorporate at least 2 hair healthy foods (see my post about that here)

STYLING RULES

  • Try to do styles that last for at least two to three days during the work week (e.g., twisted updos like this one)
  • Try to do low manipulation styles (such as buns, twist outs, etc.) on the weekends
  • Finger detangle ONLY
  • NO EXTENSIONS (except for a fake bun or something … ok fine … no extensions)

WASH DAY RULES

  • Wash once a week
  • Start with a pre-poo with the anti-breakage tea
  • Cleanse using Fusion of Culture’s Clay Cleanser mix
  • Cleanse with an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
  • Finish with the Deep Conditioner
  • Finger detangle ONLY

Final Thoughts

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Voila! So I will be following this for 30 days straight starting today. Each week, I will post updates and impressions about the different aspects of the regimen: the wash day routine, the styling, the products, etc. If you have any questions, comments or suggested topics, please leave everything in the comments below. I can’t wait to give you guys my first update!

As always, be blessed and thank you so much for reading!

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