How to build a hair regimen: building a foundation

Since the beginning of this year, I have elaborated on my hair regimen. Now, I want to help you build yours.

To be honest, it has taken me years of experimentation to finally end up with a list of products and steps that I am comfortable with. I can’t explain why everyone’s hair reacts differently to a product but along the line, I have personally confirmed this. I advise that you follow this as a guideline and come up with your own products and steps over time.

  1. What are your hair goals? They should be realistic. For example, if your hair is shoulder length, you can aim to be Armpit length by the end of the year. If you aim for waist length hair, it might be too unrealistic giving the fact that our hair grows about +/− 6 inches every year.
  2. Know your hair’s characteristics.
    • Are your hair strands fine, medium or thick?
    • Is your hair density low, medium or high? This can help you determine what products to choose.
    • How porous is your hair? What this means is how long does your hair feel moisturized? If you moisturize your hair in the morning and by 12 noon, your hair feels dry, your hair is probably highly porous i.e it easily loses moisture. Medium porosity hair stays moisturized for 1 – 2 days and easily absorbs conditioner. The thing about low porosity hair is that it takes a lot for it to get well moisturized because it doesn’t easily absorb moisture. However, when it does get moisturized, it can stay that way for days.
  3. Decide how you want to do your hair: at home or in the salon. Air dry or blow dry? Rollersets? Curlformers? etc
  4. What day in the week do you want to wash your hair? How often? Weekly? Every other week? Once a month? Take a look at your lifestyle, your job, your home. As an active working mom, what day(s) do you think you can allocate to washing your hair?
  5. Do you want to regularly do protective styles or go on your own hair?
  6. Are you physically active? This can determine your day-to-day hair maintenance. *Added 26th March 2015*

Read more

#FitnessFriday How I maintain my relaxed hair during workouts

How do I know if my hair is moisturized?(Sizzelle blog)

Suggested hair regimen to grow relaxed hair (if you can’t do it at home!)

HAIR REGIMEN -BUILDING THE FOUNDATION

 

To be continued soon….

 

About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
DR FOMSKY'S HAIR TYPE: Relaxed hair, High porosity, Fine hair strands, low to moderate density
CURRENT HAIR LENGTH: Between shoulder and armpit length
FAVOURITE DEEP CONDITIONER: ??
LONG-TERM PLAN: Grow out the front and crown hair sections to match the length of the back and sides.

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5 Comments to How to build a hair regimen: building a foundation

  1. Great starter tips and questions for one to consider. They should also consider if dryness may be a result of using wrong products for their hair or even product buildup. Let’s not even start ok protein. There is so much to consider until it gets exhausting.

    • Dr Fomsky says:

      You are quite right…there is so much to consider when embarking on a hair journey…at the end of the day, it all boils down to trial and error till you get it right. Thanks for passing by!

  2. blessing says:

    Hi dr fomsky! Its been a while. Nice post. I’ve already begun my regimen and my hair has really improved! Ill be going for re-touching in the salon tomao,is there any tip u can suggest I do to have a good outcome. I’ve stretched my hair now for 8wks. Thanks.

    • Dr Fomsky says:

      Kudos to you for being able to stretch for 8 weeks. Maybe you can make it 10 weeks next time. I advise that you apply vaseline to your previously relaxed hair and scalp to reduce the risk of relax touching your ends and scalp. Secondly, don’t let the relaxer stay on your hair for more than 20 minutes (application and processing time). Thirdly, don’t forget to tell the stylist to use a neutralising shampoo until the colour signal is white. Take care!!

  3. […] Hi everyone. Today, I will be continuing my series on building a hair regimen. Please read the first part in this series HERE. […]

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