Having a simple regimen in place is a building block to achieving healthy hair. But simple in this case doesn’t mean easy, at least initially.
If you don’t know where you are going, it doesn’t matter where you end up.
Most of us have some plans set in place over the important matters in our lives; financial, education, business etc, we usually have some sort of strategy in place to guide us.
I believe that doing the same for your hair will help a great deal in keeping you on track to reaching your hair goals better.
At the start of my healthy hair journey, a regimen seemed like this lofty, unattainable concept that all the girls in the Youtube natural hair world seemed to wave around.
And while I did ‘stuff’ to my hair, I honestly would not be able to pinpoint exactly what it was I was doing; my approach was passionate but haphazard.
As a result, my hair budget quickly became inflated and my cabinet was littered with all sorts of products and oils. I jumped on every fad imaginable, all in an effort to attain healthy hair.
While this period was wasteful for me, my loss is your gain. I’m hoping to help you get started right. Or if you’ve already started, to do an audit and fill in the gaps that might exist.
What’s a regimen?
According to NaturAll Club,
“a regimen is a routine (set by you!) to keep your hair healthy. A regimen provides structure, repetition, and consistency to the lifelong process of taking care of your hair.
Someone asked me this poignant question the other day.
They said, ‘If I were to look at the daily activities in your business, would they say to me that you would be successful?
This was thought-provoking to me because in the day and age we live in it’s so easy to be intense over a short period of time, to be a one-time wonder.
However, long-lasting success is often a result of long-term consistency.
In the same way, we get hair health and length (if that’s your goal) with our hair over a period of time.
And this is where having a set of routine activities come in.
But don’t make this mistake
The number 1 mistake when setting your routine is to copy someone else’s without making any adjustments to suit your hair needs and your lifestyle.
A simple routine for me will look complicated for the next person, and vice versa.
So as you are looking into this, ensure that your routine answers:
a) Your hair needs
b) Your lifestyle
The benefits of a regimen
The 4 main benefits that I’ve found with having and writing down a regimen are:
1. Reduces the overwhelm
Have you ever tried driving through a new, unfamiliar town without a map or GPS? It’s scary and overwhelming and you are bound to take so many wrong turns. But having some sort of navigation system gives you confidence and reduces overwhelm. It keeps you focused.
Having a routine in place for your hair serves a similar purpose. Products and methods are less daunting because you know exactly where you are going, so you make choices that feed into your goals.
2. Saves money
When you know what your hair needs are and what your lifestyle is realistically able to handle when it comes to your routine, then you won’t waste money on products that you don’t need.
For example, if you are only able to dedicate 1 hour weekly to your hair washes, you won’t consider a deep conditioner that needs you to sit for 45mins to work. Because this will take up more than 50% of your time.
So you’ll save some money in the long run because you won’t be buying tools and products that have no place in your life.
3. Trains you to know your hair
This one is my favourite. 5years ago I wouldn’t even dream of washing my hair myself, I always had someone else do it. And maybe you are in the same position.
But once I started following a regimen, I realized just how easy this was, and that there was nothing to fear.
This has come especially handy for me moving to Canada where there aren’t too many stylists equipped to work with my type of hair.
I wash and style my hair myself. And this is possible because learning to groom my hair allowed me to be confident to handle it
4. Instructing others
Another reason why you benefit from having a regimen in place is that if you have someone else do your hair you can instruct them on what your hair likes, especially if they don’t have a lot of experience working with your type of hair.
I’ve experienced, and have often heard of stories of some women having horrible experiences in salons, and I believe that having a regimen in place will give you the confidence to speak up and voice what you need to be done when in such situations.
I hope this encourages you to make time and build your regimen. I’ve created a Workbook to guide you as you do this, download it below.
Do you have a regimen that you follow for your hair? Share in the comments below!