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Hair Regimen Update For 2014

by Evenes Ruth Mafupa

“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.


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.


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.


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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jemz Rue 21 January 2014 - 14:59

What else is in your dandruff pre poo?

Ruth Mafupa 22 January 2014 - 06:38

It is just 2 cloves of crushed garlic and about 50ml water.

jemz Rue 22 January 2014 - 14:36

Ok. Thanks a lot. I still struggle with it so I’m going to give it a try

Lindi 26 January 2014 - 17:29

Your hair looks healthy. i just wanted to find out where you get both clays in joburg. my hair is still short but i just wanted to try them.

Ruth Mafupa 27 January 2014 - 06:30

Hi Lindi. Thanks for writing in. You can order both clays online at http://www.natmoisture.co.za from the 1st of February. Otherwise for pre-orders, write me an email on natsis27@gmail.com

Tumelo 30 January 2014 - 08:07

Hi, your hair looks very good. I just realized that I have to change my hair regimen a bit or try something else, because it’s shedding and that’s really frustrating me, I do have to do protein treatments a lot often though.

I used to have a dandruff problem as well and maybe what I did might work for you as well; Before my wash day, which is usually Saturday, I would pre-poo, and I would concentrate on the scalp, but what worked were the oils I used, with my mix of natural oils I added a few drops of Peppermint oil and Tea tree oil. I noticed results immediately, because after washing for that week my scalp never itched and I went 2-3 weeks with my scalp not itching. My scalp is still ok to this day and I stopped using this pre-poo formula a while ago.
Hope this helps 🙂

Ruth Mafupa 30 January 2014 - 08:16

Yey. Thanks so much Tumelo. Will try that when I wash my hair next time. Eish I hate this itch. What else does your oil mix have? Please I need to know.

Tumelo 3 February 2014 - 13:37

Honestly, then I had a few oils to put my mix, I still don’t have a lot of oils, I probably just used EVOO and maybe castor oil and the essential oils only. But you can use any of your favourite oils because what stops the itch are the essential oils. So, just make a mix of your own, and tell us the results :)!

Pershie 21 February 2014 - 17:04

Hi Sr Ruth. Thank you for all the information about hair care. Your hair is really nice and I would love to have my hair look just as good. I have tried to follow your tips on clay wash, leave-in conditioner etc but my problem now is my hair is very kinky and is not soft even after using Tressem conditioner. What can I do to make it soft?
God bless you.

Ruth Mafupa 24 February 2014 - 06:08

Hi Pershie. Thanks for the kind words. All hair is different and may have different needs. My hair is also quite kinky in some areas and to keep it soft, I keep it stretched by doing chunky twists or braids when it is still damp. I have tried blow drying and African threading to stretch my hair but those methods kept my cuticle raised and my hair feeling so hard and not smooth or soft at all. I find that the twisting kind of helps to lay the cuticle down. Try it and see if it helps. All the best hey! and please let us know how it goes.

Dineo 11 March 2014 - 15:16

Ive just purchased Shea butter natural Deep moisture, Silk cap and Hair oil extra virgin olive oil, i have blow dried my hair yesterday because i was desperate . Now am prepared to start new journey with my natural hair, may you please tell me how to start with this product.

Thank you

Ruth Mafupa 11 March 2014 - 16:05

Hi Dineo. Shea butter Deep Moisturising Cream can be used mainly on your hair and not the scalp. Some people use on scalp as well so it’s ok but I just apply to my hair. You rub a small amount in the palms of your hand and apply to the shaft of your hair usually to seal moisture after spritzing hair. You can also use it on dry hair to add some shine and makes hair easier to style. A little goes a long way though so no need to use too much at a time. With the olive oil you can add to your regular conditioner for a moisturising deep conditioning treatment. You can also rub a little in your palms and apply to damp hair especially the ends to seal moisture, or on dry hair to add some shine. You can also warm it up and use as a hot oil treatment. I hope I have answered you adequately. If not, you can write to me on email any time.

thuli 31 August 2015 - 11:50

please help me I want to buy Black castor oil for my thinning hair but where to buy it in Johannesburg South Africa

Kind regards

Rejoice Thuli

Ruth Mafupa 3 September 2015 - 08:53

Hi Rejoice. You can get it online on http://www.natmoisture.co.za or come through to our offices at Unit A63 U Can Store. Cnr Impala & Spartan Crescent. Sandton.

Mmamosa Jele 17 December 2016 - 16:24

Hi Ruth. Pls advise. How and when do I do the hot oil treatment? I just started with the transitioning process because I don’t want the big chop.

Ruth Mafupa 20 December 2016 - 16:33

Let me do a post in reply to this. Thanks for asking

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