By Fran of Heyfranhey.com

I’ve fig­ured out that hair growth, for me at least, means keep­ing my hair in a pro­tec­tive style more often than not. If you were to track my hair reg­i­men for an entire mon­th, you’d find me in twists or braids 3 weeks out of the 4. I sort of look at the wash & go style as a “cheat” week, where I know it’s doing absolute­ly noth­ing to keep my hair healthy but I get to show off my hard work!

When my hair is in twists (or braids), I’m a lot bet­ter at keep­ing my hair detan­gled and mois­tur­ized.

I sim­ply unrav­el each piece every few days and fin­ger comb to ensure my hair is knot free. I add more pro­duct as need­ed. How­ev­er, with a wash & go, my hair is com­plete­ly exposed to the ele­ments. That free-ness is fun but way hard­er to keep mois­tur­ized since I’m usu­al­ly more con­cerned with the “look” of the style than my actu­al mois­ture lev­els. To be hon­est, my wash & gos look so much bet­ter when they’re super messy and even a bit dry. That day before wash day, when it’s time to let the style final­ly go, is always the best hair day! Any­one else feel that way? Now you under­stand why I don’t do this often!

On wash day, I usu­al­ly start off by fin­ger-detan­gling my hair with extra vir­gin coconut oil. I do this in small sec­tions and twist each piece as I go along, to keep it in place. This helps me min­i­mize break­age in the show­er, since water makes your hair extra frag­ile. Once my hair is com­plete­ly worked through, I sat­u­rate my hair with deep con­di­tion­er, usu­al­ly the Purifi­ca­tion Masque by Shea Mois­ture, and sit under my Hueti­ful Steam­er for 20 min. Deep con­di­tion­ing before wash­ing my hair helps min­i­mize break­age even fur­ther. There’s some­thing about going into the wash process with strands that are already tan­gle free and but­tery soft. It makes it less daunt­ing and stress­ful!

In the show­er, I mas­sage and cleanse my scalp with the Raw Shea But­ter Restora­tive Con­di­tion­er by Shea Mois­ture. Con­sid­er­ing my hair has already been worked through, this process takes me less than 10 min. Once I’m out, I imme­di­ate­ly add some Curly But­ter by Bee Mine, if I’m pro­tec­tive styling. I love fin­ger-comb­ing pro­duct into my hair while it’s soak­ing wet. I feel it absorbs into my strands bet­ter and gives me more def­i­n­i­tion and shine once dried. The Curly But­ter is per­fect for me because it’s all nat­u­ral, so it’s healthy, but it also has a lit­tle bit of hold so my twists stay nice and neat. I then seal with some pure Aloe Vera by Aubrey Organ­ics. I’ve tried seal­ing with dif­fer­ent types of oils but they all con­sis­tent­ly weigh me down. The watery and light con­sis­ten­cy of Aloe allows my hair some body and full­ness. I then pro­ceed with my two strand twists, doing around 8 on each side.

I fin­ish my process by spritz­ing my ends with some water and then seal­ing with Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil, for more pro­tec­tion and mois­ture. I’ll leave the­se in for about a week before wash­ing and re-doing the entire process. I fin­ger-detan­gle, with the coconut oil, at least one time dur­ing the week (then re-do the style) to make sure my hair stays knot free. At night I cov­er my hair with a Loc-Soc or Sue Maes­ta hood­ed head­band to keep my twists in place.

Dur­ing my one “cheat” week, my wash & go style, I sim­ply rake in some Kinky Curly Knot Today into fresh­ly washed, drip­ping wet hair. I then seal with the Aloe as well. Once those three lay­ers are cre­at­ed (water, leave-in, sealant) I light­ly press my hair with a Curl Cloth to help speed the process of air-dry­ing. 4 hours lat­er, my hair is usu­al­ly ful­ly dried and ready to go!

To pre­serve my curls at night, I wear my hair in a loose and high pony­tail at the top of my head (the pineap­ple) and sleep on a sat­in pil­low­case. The sat­in helps my curls retain their mois­ture and shine. The next morn­ing, I sim­ply add some Knot Today to my wet palms and run it over the top lay­er of my hair to refresh the curls and help min­i­mize frizz. I repeat this process every morn­ing, for a week, until it’s time for wash day again.

If you’d prefer some visu­als, feel free to watch the­se steps, from begin­ning to end, on my YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/heyfranhey

Fran is the author of HeyFranHey.com. Fol­low her on Twit­ter @heyfranhey.

I’m a nat­u­ral hair, nutri­tion and fit­ness blog­ger from New York City. Bat­tling a kid­ney relat­ed ill­ness that doc­tors couldn’t seem to fix, I became obsessed with alter­na­tive med­i­cine. After months of research­ing and final­ly cur­ing myself, it became quite evi­dent that healthy resources in our urban com­mu­ni­ties were lack­ing. I began my health & well­ness tum­blr in Dec of 2010 as some­what of a jour­nal, hop­ing to shed some light on my jour­ney to health as well as our dis­con­nec­tion with healthy liv­ing. It’s been my goal to cre­ate a safe haven where our well­ness con­cerns could be shared and hope­ful­ly cured, as nat­u­ral­ly as pos­si­ble.

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41 Comments on "Fran’s 3B/3C Styling Regimen"

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Patricia

Beau­ti­ful Hair!!!

Hadassah

Wow. That bit about hair look­ing great just before wash day is sooo true! Lol! I also love Lilith Moon’s PS moves. She makes it look easy!

Tyler

I first would like to say your hair is real­ly beau­ti­ful. I have col­or on the ends of my hair and im get­ting frus­trat­ed because it wont curly up on the ends. I want­ed to know how to get rid of the col­or with­out cut­tin or dam­ag­ing my hair?

Theresa

I am look­ing for a way to wear my hair down how you do dur­ing your cheat week on a dai­ly basis or more than when I can afford to go to the salon and have a pro­fes­sion­al do the whole Deva Curl sys­tem on me (which I have tried to mim­ic on sev­er­al ocas­sions and FAILED) is that a pos­si­bil­i­ty if or if not what meth­ods would you rec­om­mend in addi­tion or dele­tion to what you already have stat­ed. If pos­si­ble please respond via email

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