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Hair Regimen Update For 2014

September 2013

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.”  ~Henry Ford

“Learning is a lifetime process, but there comes a time when we must stop adding and start updating.”  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

These are wise words from renowned men on this amazing fact that as human beings, we will always continue to learn more, unless one is too old ofcourse. I have found that, although I have been taking care of my hair the best way I can especially these last three years, I have continued to research more on natural hair care and have learnt a lot about my hair from dealing with it. There have been challenges like post partum shedding and issues with chronic dandruff and I have had to research more and more in order to deal with these issues and more so that I can keep on track with my hair goals. I have tweaked my regimen quite a lot especially towards the end of 2013 to suit my hair needs and thus the need to update you on my current hair regimen on my natural hair.

Friday.

I still wash my hair on a Friday evening most times because then I don’t have to stress about how I am going to style my hair the next morning because it will not be dry enough to wear a twist out or braid out to work. I wash my hair every week. Before washing my hair, I do a dandruff remedy pre-poo using crushed garlic. I know it smells awful but I have to do it for the sake of my scalp. Then I rinse the treatment out and cleanse my scalp. Currently, I am off any shampoo. I tried a sulphate free shampoo once and I do not think I even finished a whole bottle because for me, it just did not do the cleansing part enough. So I had to pass on it. I am also trying to use products which are as natural as possible so I have been cleansing  my hair either with Bentonite clay or Rhassoul clay. I love both clays and I think I will continue to use them interchangeably. So I do a clay wash every two weeks and the other weeks I co-wash my hair. After cleansing my hair, I condition it which is a deep condition for me. I then add a bit of extra virgin Olive oil to the length of my hair staying clear off the scalp. I rinse out this oil right after applying it and it surely leaves my hair super soft. After that I bloat my hair of excess water with a T-shirt for about 5 to 10 minutes. I try my best to seal the moisture from my wash days by doing the L.C.O sealing method. For a liquid, I use my leave-in conditioner mix I make using the Kimmaytube recipe. I then apply a cream and in my case it is usually Shea butter. For oil, I use some coconut oil. I chunky twist or chunky braid my hair and let it air dry.

Saturday

My hair will not be 100% dry so I leave in the twists and before I retire for bed, I undo them and re-twist or do chunky flat twists to my hair for increased stretch.

Sunday

Most Sundays I wear a twist out to church and then prepare my hair for the week in a low manipulation style later in the evening. This is usually an easy style that I can do very quickly but keep on my head for about 5 days.

Monday to Thursday

My hair is usually not touched or styled at all unless the need arises or it is way too scruffy to leave the house. Otherwise I like to keep it very basic and simple. I still spritz my hair with my spritzer every evening and sleep with a satin scarf on every night throughout the week. On Friday night, I may do a pre-poo treatment on my hair using Amla oil, or Coconut oil or Castor oil and then wash my hair on Saturday morning otherwise Friday evening is wash day.

SB04-300x300I do not usually base my scalp when my hair is out but when I am in twists or braids and have much greater access to my scalp without much hassle, I do base my scalp at least once a week. Most of the times I use Jamaican Black Castor Oil and it is more of a pre-poo treatment and I do it on Friday night. I also apply Shea butter Deep Moisturising Hair butter very sparingly to my scalp to soothe the itch on other days.

Now I try and keep my hair in a protective style most of the times, that is in mini twists or braids and my hair routine does not change much from when my hair is out. I wash every week, moisturise every evening and put my hair in weekly updo’s. I still use Tresseme Naturals Conditioner for my co-washes and deep conditions although I also use other brands like V05 and Ultimate Organics. I do a protein treatment every month, normally when I take down a protective style and I still use the same recipe I have shared on this blog some time back. I do finger detangling with the conditioner on my hair before using a wide toothed comb followed by a Denman brush sometimes although most times I just do finger detangling.

I think this sums up my current hair regimen and if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below. Otherwise, I would like to know what you have incorporated into your hair regimen that you feel is giving you great healthy hair. I would like to know and learn from you. Remember, we don’t stop learning …..

Till then, be blessed

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Hair Regimen 2013

I am going to try my best to explain what I do to my hair most weeks because I switch and change sometimes depending on what is available, the weather and whether my hair is in a protective style or not. I may leave out some information but be assured, it will not be intentional. 

Friday

Chunky Twists
Chunky Twists

I wash my hair using conditioner only or shampoo if there is too much gunk and build-up. I work with my hair in 3 or 4 sections for ease of manageability. When shampooing, I lather once only concentrating on the scalp, massaging gently to loosen any dirt without scratching it so that I do not hurt my scalp. The rest of my hair will be cleaned when I rinse the shampoo out because the hair shaft does not need much shampoo contact or else it will become too dry for nothing. Normally the scalp is the one that needs much cleaning. I then blot out the excess water from my hair then I apply my deep conditioner to the whole shaft of my hair, concentrating on the ends because they need it more being the oldest and driest part of my hair. I cover my hair with a plastic bag and leave the conditioner in my hair for about 30 minutes to an hour then rinse it out thoroughly. This is the time I finger de-tangle thoroughly and remove the shed hair. I do not rub on my hair to dry it. I just wrap it up in an old T-shirt to minimize frizz for about 5 minutes. When I remove the T-shirt, my hair is still damp but not dripping wet. I apply a bit of my regular conditioner which I also use as a leave-in conditioner and my oil mix. I further finger de-tangle and then use a wide toothed comb to rid my hair of any tangles and then I twist up my hair or braid to stretch it. These are normally chunky twists or braids say about 12 to 14 twists or braids. I like twists because they are easier to undo. I let my hair to air-dry for the rest of the day. I will not comb my hair again until next wash day. I smooth it or fluff it up with my fingers. Once in a while I may brush it but this is on very rare occasions.

Saturday

In the morning, my hair is in twists. Depending on the weather, it could still be wet and if so I leave the twists in until evening. If my hair is dry, I wear a twist out. When I wear it in a twist out, I do not spray my hair with water. I am a big water fan but I also know that my hair will shrink if in contact with water so if I am interested in the curl definition from my twist, I do stay away from water. I only rub a small amount of whipped Shea butter in my palms and apply it to my hair to add shine and to protect my hair from heat from the sun. Before I go to bed at night, I band my hair or flat twist it to stretch my hair further and have some wavy curls like in the picture. This is when I sprits my hair with water or my water-oils sprits mixture a bit to add moisture and it is also easier to work with slightly damp hair. I wrap my hair in a satin scarf and I’m good for bed.

Pinned up with a hair clip
Pinned up with a hair clip

Sunday

I wear a twist out most Sundays, either pinned up, a big afro puff or down. I try and avoid wearing my hair down when I am wearing a cotton blouse or anything that will tag at my hair. When it is humid, I normally pin my hair up to take care of any eventual shrinkage and avoid any need to adjust my hairstyle during the course of the day. I twist my hair or band it to keep it stretched for the night. I know there is a lot of twisting of hair going on but to avoid shrinkage and keep my hair stretched, I have to do something and this works for me.

Monday

Mondays are a bit laid back. I wear a twist out but in a pony, pinned up or some up-do I can come up with. At night if I really have to I take my hair down to sprits it then twist it again but most of the times, I do up-do’s that can last 3 or more days so I just lightly sprits my hair, wrap a satin scarf on and hit the pillow.

Tuesday

More like on Monday, I wear an up-do most of the times. I lightly sprits my hair with water at night before bed and that is it. I re-twist at night or band my hair with pony tail holders if I have to but if my hair is in an up-do that will allow it to stay stretched, I just leave it to be.

Wednesday

The same story. No major change.

Thursday

Same as Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, only that at night before going to bed, I apply my pre-poo oil treatment to my hair, twist it up, wear a plastic cap, satin scarf and go to bed. The next day will be wash day so I prepare my hair for it overnight.

There it is. I have been doing this for the past 24 or so months and it works out for me. Because I have been doing it for so long, I kind of do it subconsciously sometimes. I hope this helps. You can try it as is or tweak it up a bit to suit your hair needs and lifestyle. If you have any further questions, please put them in the comments section below. Till next time. Be blessed.

 

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23 comments

Lynn 16 July 2014 at 14:18

hie Ruth

i have just fallen in love with your blog. my natural hair is a year old… i cant wait to get it to your length!

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Ruth Mafupa 17 July 2014 at 06:40

Hey Lynn. Thanks for commenting. Thanks for the compliment as well. All the best on your hair journey Lynn

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thokozile nkuna 31 January 2015 at 00:52

hi ruth m inspired if u cud plz tel me what regimen 2 follow n exactly which products 2 buy id b very grateful. id luv 2 c growth by midyear or year end. thanx

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Ruth Mafupa 31 January 2015 at 08:50

Hi there. That’s good to hear. You can contact me via email and we could work something out or make an appointment for a proper consultation and I will help you set that up.

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thokozile nkuna 31 January 2015 at 12:16

cant wait 2 hear 4rm u!

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thokozile nkuna 31 January 2015 at 12:18

thanx ruth im in fs tho so ud hav 2 tel me when 2 cum 4 appointment. plz email me on thokozilenkuna@gmail.com so we can set it up as u said.
thanx again!!*so excited*

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Bongi Malotana 27 July 2015 at 09:26

Hi Ruth, I just came across your blog and I love it so much, I have also recently cut my hair and I am trying to grow it naturally. I would like a consultation with you please.

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Ruth Mafupa 27 July 2015 at 12:47

Thanks Bongi for the kind words and for commenting. I really appreciate. I am available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m to 6 p.m. by appointment only.

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Dolly Gaelesiwe 31 July 2015 at 16:39

Good day Ruth

Please tell me which product would be suitable for me. My hair is very thick on the side of my head, but looks like bolding on my skul. Please recommend something for me as I really don’t like weaves.

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Ruth Mafupa 3 August 2015 at 08:57

It is difficult for me to help you without looking at your hair. The best thing to do is to book an appointment with me or better still, to speak to your doctor about it who may refer you to a dermatologist or a trained trichologist who will assess the cause of your hair loss and give you a proper diagnosis.

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Portia 30 August 2015 at 11:31

Hi Ruth,

I love the way you have been taking care of your hair. Would you like to be my hair therapist please :-)!!! and maybe show me how to care for it. I would appreciate to regime the length of my Fro and the hair line on one side.
I will appreciate to know which products to use for my hair and itchy scalp. Kindly let me know if possible to book appointment with

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Ruth Mafupa 3 September 2015 at 08:50

Indeed you can book an appointment.Find details on contact us. I will be glad to help you on your healthy hair journey.

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Cleo 12 June 2016 at 19:24

hi ruth,
i have just bought unrefined shea butter and castor oil.i would like to book an appointment as i have problems with my hair in terms of growth.it is very thin.maybe you can advice on how to take care of it.

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Ruth Mafupa 13 June 2016 at 07:49

Hi Cleo. You can contact me with a direct email. Details on contact us. http://naturalsisters.co.za/contact-us/

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Thandeka 11 October 2016 at 07:10

Hi Ruth,

Ah this is a wonderful journey

If you would have told me four years ago that I would love and keep my hair natural I would have not believed you.

One lady once said the minute you love and give your hair TLC it will grow even it can become soft and I am living proof – not all there yet but I am happy and I love my afro…

I want to do sisterlocks do you know anyone who does them in PTA/JHB. The lady I was referred to is too busy and frankly I think her customer service needs revamping lol

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Ruth Mafupa 12 October 2016 at 11:18

“One lady once said the minute you love and give your hair TLC it will grow even it can become soft and I am living proof – not all there yet but I am happy and I love my afro…” I totally agree.

Unfortunately I don’t know a place where they do sisterlocks. Let me ask around.

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Ruth Mafupa 14 October 2016 at 13:04

Check out SMangele MissHair on Instagram for someone who knows how to do sisterlocks

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Sis Lee 21 October 2016 at 11:08

His Ruth. your hair is so beautiful, and amazing, I am so inspired.
I want to grow natural, please help hle!
long story short..
I was on dreadlock since 2010, I’ve just cut them last year December, due to the fact that the stylist was changing products and consultants, and my hair started falling and breaking off. my hair ya tefa, it needs one person’s hand, and consistency in products, so if I start changing hair salon’s and products ke mathata feela, hence I had to cut them off, and they were quite long. #SADFACE. Eish Aus’waka my afro still breaks and is struggling to grow, please help, and recommendation,( what do I use to wash it? and with what can I moisturise it with for grow, thickness and less breaking)I really need help. thank you in advance and God bless.

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Ruth Mafupa 24 October 2016 at 06:34

Thank you for your compliments. It is however difficult to offer advice without seeing the actual condition of your hair and what is causing the breakage. You can write me an email on the address in the contact us page

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Thembeka 1 July 2017 at 18:59

Hi Ruth, I cut my hair last year August due to loss of hair line. I did a research on biotin together with folic acid most people recommend it for growth, i would like to know your opinion on this. Thanks in advance

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Eve 11 July 2017 at 16:50

If there is a shortage of Biotin and folic acid in your body, then it will be helpful. Otherwise, if there’s enough of it and that’s not what causing your hair not to retain much length, it may not help. You can give it a go though and see if it works. The worst that can happen is it doing nothing at all.

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Kefiloe 1 August 2017 at 17:07

hi

I am trying to grow my hair but its really difficult. I wear a doek all the time and my hair breaks a lot. I even went to a dermatologist cos at one stage I thought I has alopecia but that’s not the case. my hair forms patches where it falls and I have really coarse hair ( khoikhoi) style. please assist as I am really frustrated right now. do you think folic tablets would help?

Kefiloe

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Eve 2 August 2017 at 09:50

Hi Kefiloe. I don’t know if folic acid tablets will help you with your hair loss issues. However, I’m worried that you said you have patches on your scalp from hair loss and the dermatologist said you don’t have alopecia. Indeed you have alopecia because that word basically means hair loss. What type of hair loss you are experiencing and the underlying reason for it is what can be in question. If you can write me an email and we can determine what your problem is and if possible, I can refer you to a professional that may be able to help you.

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