NATURAL HAIR REGIMEN FOR THE MEDIUM LENGTH NATURALISTA

By Hadassah Agbaps - January 12, 2015

Hi people, what's been on?

In my last post, I shared a simple regimen for the busy naturalista with the teeny weeny fro. Today, I'll share a simple regimen for the naturalista with 'in between' length to medium length natural hair.

MODEL 2:

She has done the big chop like a year ago and her hair has grown. It's not long enough to pack into a bun, neither is it short enough to rock an unnoticeable fro. Her hair gets tangled easily. Add that to dryness and little pieces of hair clogging the shower drain. People are constantly telling her to do something with her hair...'does she want to cut it short or does she want to loc it?' They ask. She's really too busy to deal with the detangling, the side comments and the dry state of her hair but she's also tired of putting her hair in kinky twists and weaves because it seems to worsen the state of her hair. Natural hair was supposed to be fun and free...why does she feel trapped. She just can't deal....


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If this model describes your current state of affairs, you are not alone.

We all long for the big bad fro and having hair down the back of our knees but the reality of the matter is you'll just have more hair to deal with and if you can go through this stage where your hair is having a mid life crisis or should I say, mid length crisis, then you're well qualified to handle that long, thick mass of hair you've always dreamt about.

As your natural grows longer, it gets older and can't stay as supple is it did when it was a baby fro. This is because, lubricating oils can't travel down to the tips due to the growing mass of twists, it has weathered several damaging actions from combing, styling and the environment and it is getting more porous as the cuticle wears down due to all these actions. Most of which is inevitable. The most you can do is reduce the frequency with which they occur and that's kinda hard considering the hair isn't long enough to pack into a bun which you can leave alone....

What's a naturalista to do?

At this stage, you have three points to focus on.
- moisture retention
- damage control
- length retention

If you've got moisture control and damage control covered, you've also got length retention.

Here's a simple regimen to make this happen.

First you'll need
- A sulphate free shampoo or cowash conditioner
- A normal rinse out conditioner (choose one that can act as base for deep conditioning)
- A leave in conditioner (should pack a major moisture punch)
- A styler or gel
- An oil
- A protein treatment

As usual, I recommend that washdays take place on your free days ... Friday, Saturday or Sunday...which ever you prefer.

Week 1.

- Let this week start your main wash day.
Begin with a protein treatment. It helps reinforce your hair and prevents breakage. You can do this before you shampoo your hair or after you shampoo your hair depending on which your hair prefers. (Try both out to see which one you like). Leave the treatment in for 30 mins, then rinse off.

- Apply a conditioner, rinse out, blot dry, apply leave in to damp hair, twist to stretch then style. Stretching your hair makes it easier to style and reduces tangles. Here are other methods of stretching your hair.

- Once your hair is stretched and dry, you can proceed to styling. For styling, I'd suggest hairstyles that'll last you two weeks or three.
Suggestions include crochet braids, cornrows, chunky twists, rod sets, and weaves/wigs. If you're partial to leaving your hair out, you can try mini twists which will yield well defined twist outs later.


- Within the week, moisturise edges and ends especially with a leave in and seal with oil if needed.

Week 2: Daily moisturising and satin bonnet for night.

Week 3: Daily moisturising and if on minitwists, it's time to take it out for neat, defined twistouts. Don't fluff. It will get fuller as the days go by.

Week 4: Get ready for takedown. Deep condition hair (apply conditioner mixed with oil of choice or you can purchase a deep conditioner. Leave overnight and proceed to wash day as week 1.

To reduce tangles during washday, try to prepare your hair as advised in this post
To know what special treatment to solve particular issues with your hair, see useful tips here

About hairstyling

Feel free to try out new hairstyles but I suggest you do so during the holidays or weekends if you're a working person just in case it's a fail. There's absolutely no excuse taking a failed hairstyle to work and then complain that it was not well received because you are natural. It was simply not received because your style didn't look good.

I know you may be bored with all things twists, extensions and would really like to rock all those gorgeous hairstyles you see on YouTube but the truth is without practice, those styles can be time consuming. You really need to take time out to make it look good.

You don't have to be a style aficionado though, sometimes all you need to master are three hairstyles.
- One hairstyle appropriate for work
- One hairstyle appropriate for weekends out
- One hairstyle for special events.

You can add more if you like but these three are enough.

If you need more tips, here are suggestions
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Next post will be natural hair regimens for naturalistas with long hair.

Feel free to comment, ask questions, make suggestions....all are welcome.

Till I spill again,
Live Beautifully. Naturally.
Hadassah.

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