After the Transition: Cherie’s Regimen

MoKnowsHair regimen for newly-naturals

I recently completed my friend Cherie’s transition from relaxed to natural hair. She transitioned for about a year, and now that she is 100% natural, I have been trying a variety of products and methods to create a regimen for her that she can maintain for healthy hair growth. With transitioning, it can be hard to gauge what products are working best because the relaxed ends are “in the way,” so you should expect the discovery process to continue after cutting those ends away.

Because Cherie has hair that is mostly fine to medium in strand width (meaning, not coarse), but also very coily, moisture-protein balance is going to be key for her to retain moisture and strength in the hair to prevent breakage. Many of the products selected for her will have some form of hydrolyzed protein and anti-oxidants, and all will have some penetrating or sealing oils.

Finger coils on 3C natural hair.

Finger coils on 3C natural hair.

Cherie’s Hair Profile

  • Hair texture – curls and coils
  • Porosity – medium
  • Strand width – fine to medium
  • Density – high
  • Length – medium

Cherie’s Care Calendar

I have created the following care calendar for Cherie to stay organized and consistent with her routine. In hair care, consistency is everything. You have to stick with a set of products for your current phase of growth and then assess what additions or changes need to be made. For this phase of growth, about 6 months, this is what Cherie will do to care for her hair each week’s washday:

WEEK 1:

1. Wet hair and apply hot oil treatment with pre-made or homemade oil blend, sit under hooded dryer for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.

2. Cleanse two times, in luke warm water, with a hydrating shampoo.

3. Apply deep conditioner, detangle and sit for 20 minutes with heated conditioning cap, hair steamer or with plastic cap under hooded dryer, rinse out with cool water.

4. Apply protein leave-in treatment* and leave-in conditioner, set and style.

WEEK 2:

1. Cleanse two times, in luke warm water, with a hydrating shampoo.

2. Apply deep conditioner, detangle and sit for 20 minutes with heated conditioning cap, hair steamer or with plastic cap under hooded dryer, rinse out with cool water.

3. Apply protein leave-in treatment* and leave-in conditioner, set and style.

WEEK 3:

1. Cleanse two times, in luke warm water, with a hydrating shampoo.

2. Apply protein treatment if there’s noticeable shedding/breakage, or elasticity treatment if curls seem limp or overly frizzy (if there’s no breakage, choose the elasticity treatment), detangle and sit for 15 minutes (or specified product time given on packaging) with heated conditioning cap, hair steamer or with plastic cap under hooded dryer, rinse out with cool water.

3. Apply leave-in conditioner, set and style.

WEEK 4:

1. Cleanse one time with clarifying shampoo, then one time with hydrating shampoo, in luke warm water.

2. Apply deep conditioner, detangle and sit for 20 minutes with heated conditioning cap, hair steamer or with plastic cap under hooded dryer, rinse out with cool water.

3. Apply leave-in conditioner, set and style.

WEEK 5 (if applicable):

1. Cleanse two times, luke warm water, with a hydrating shampoo.

2. Apply deep conditioner, detangle and sit for 20 minutes with heated conditioning cap, hair steamer or with plastic cap under hooded dryer, rinse out with cool water.

3. Apply leave-in conditioner, set and style.

 

Some Suggested Products

Below are some suggested products for Cherie based on what I’ve used on her and others with similar hair types. Some of these she already owns, some she does not, but all are suitable for her hair, so I am leaving it to her discretion which ones she uses and I’ll check-in with her along the way. Of course, there are lots of other products that will give her great results; this just gives her a starting point.

Hot oil treatments:

Hydrating Shampoos:

Clarifying Shampoos:

Deep conditioners:

Elasticizing treatments:

Protein treatment:

Protein leave-in:*

Leave-in conditioners:

Co-washing cleansers (for use in between regular washdays if needed):

Daily or styling moisturizers and oils:

Styling gel:

Styling foams (mainly for roller/rod sets, but can be used for other styles):

Heat protectants:

Styling puddings (gel plus moisturizer):

Sheen sprays:

Edge tamers:

 

I hope this helps you see that setting a calendar for your hair care can help keep you on track for healthy growth and easier maintenance. Taking care of your hair becomes less stressful when you don’t have to guess or remember what you’ve done over the weeks!

7 Comments to After the Transition: Cherie’s Regimen

  1. This is an excellent post. Ive looked at some of the recommendations here and I will be getting some of these items.

  2. wonderful post

  3. Cathy Taylor // August 20, 2014 at 10:29 pm //

    Mo, this is absolutely awesome! I’ve never ever seen anyone give a detailed hair regimen along with the breakdown of the products suggested for use. This is fantastic! Thank you!!!

  4. Michelle Moore // August 21, 2014 at 11:12 am //

    I love this calendar! I will definitely be trying out some of your reco’s. My hair is very similar to Cherie’s. I really appreciate that you use products that work, and don’t immediately avoid a product because of ingredients some naturals shy away from. Great post, Mo!

  5. Thank you soooo much for the detailed information. As always, you are great with sharing. Thanks

  6. Do you have anymore transitioning friends?? I’m running out of hairstyles and weave is not my friend.

  7. Hi Mo,

    I have been following your hair channel keenly over the past weeks and so far, its my best. I have used your style prep when installing goddess braids and looking to finger coil as you have done Cherise’s hair. Her hair is the exact match with mine and I have been digging through to see if you recommended some products for her. I already have some of the products above and will be phasing out some which I have that make my hair lumpy and heavy.

    A question, you have never reviewed Cantu Shea Butter products… the blend quite well with my hair and am looking to see a tutorial that you have used their products.

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