And My Weekly and Monthly Routines
This is a topic I get questions about all the time! I think most everyone appreciates the benefits of natural hair care. To get out of the shower, run your fingers through your hair, and spend the rest of the day with shiny, smooth, healthy-looking locks is an idea that’s pretty compelling.
Unfortunately, getting your hair to that state when you’ve gotten used to a lifetime of combing, tugging, straightening, shampooing, conditioning, and slathering can be really rough. Really, really rough. As someone who transitioned not-so-gracefully to natural hair care, I can certainly vouch for that! (Oh the mop-for-a-head moments and haven’t-you-showered-in-a-month greasies.)
After two and half years–at this point–of a completely natural hair care routine, I’ve learned a thing or two about making this work. And I’m here to tell you that making the transition is well worth the effort! My hair is healthier than it has been since about childhood and I spend significantly less time, effort, and money to make it look like that than I ever did. And there are things that you can do to make the change significantly easier…which is what this post is about.
My Weekly and Monthly Routines
There’s a crazy amount of natural hair care options out there! So it can be a little overwhelming to find a basic routine to get started with…so I put together mine for reference.
Your hair might be very different from mine, especially with damage in the beginning, so don’t take this routine to be gospel. Switch things up based on how your hair responds and you’ll be off and running with a natural hair care routine in no time!
- Wash with natural soap, soapnuts, clay mask, or egg wash (I actually rotate the treatments every time I wash)
- Rinse with ACV (leave on longer in the winter than summer) or conditioning and detangling herbal rinse
- Sometimes, if my hair is dry (so more in the winter): DIY hair conditioner instead of ACV rinse
- Optional: homemade gel (flaxseed or gelatin), aloe vera gel, or light castor oil/frizz serum to define curls
- honey and aloe mask
- henna and yogurt
- brunette hair dye (like I say in the post, I like adding coconut milk to it for extra moisture but without the greasiness that gets left over from coconut oil when you don’t use conventional shampoo)
That’s pretty much it! It’s not too terrible complicated and definitely doesn’t require a whole lot of money (waaay less than I used to spend on products that didn’t work!).
Whole Body Health
As with everything, it’s important to realize that the health of your hair is a direct reflection of our internal environment (same with the skin!). And it’s incredibly common that hormonal imbalances can impact the health of our hair, whether it’s because of adrenal problems, PCOS, thyroid issues, sex hormone or central signaling problems, or post-partum sheds.