Length Retention 3LRChallenge – Hair Regimen.

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Hey guys!

My name is Tega, I’m an elementary school counselor and I love my job! Little kiddies are awesome. During my spare time, I enjoy blogging, travelling and yoga.

In 2006 my relaxed hair was in terrible condition, shedding and breakage were through the roof. I cut all my hair off with the intention of growing my hair till it was long enough to put a relaxer back in. So I spent the first 3 years of my “natural journey” in weaves and braids.

Somewhere along the way I fell in love with my big hair and decided that I was never putting a relaxer in my hair again. But it wasn’t till mid 2010 (April 2010 to be specific) that I realized that there was a whole natural community. This was when I really started paying attention to the types of products I used in my hair and started the process of getting to know my hair. So while I’ve been growing my natural hair since 2006, I didn’t really start the process of taking care of it until 2010.

My hair goal is that by December 2014, Eva will be no more than an inch away from waist length. I’m doing this 3LRChallenge in order to become more proactive about my hair care regimen – more moisture, less manipulation, less cutting (I’m a chronic cutter). In order to reach my length goals, I need to take care of my hair.

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Late last year, I decided to take on a more natural approach to my hair care regimen and after doing a lot of research, I decided to adopt Dawn’s approach over at Minimalist Beauty. But there’s a product junkie deep inside me and so I haven’t fully incorporated her suggestions into my regimen, but I’ve started adopting parts on it. And so while I’ve gone minimalist with ingredients, I still like to play around with products – the monthly product trial that Joke hosts is usually a good opportunity for me to do that. But below is the regimen I plan to follow for the duration of the challenge. For the most part the steps are the same, but I have a few products that my hair loves and all have different health benefits; because of this, I rotate products in certain steps.

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Week 1

  • Detangle: Coconut oil
  • Deep condition: Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner + Steam
  • Wash: Rhassoul Clay + Marshmallow root + Brahmi herbs
  • Moisturize: Oyin Handmade’s Honey Dew + Aloe Vera Juice
  • Seal: Grapeseed oil
  • Twist: Oyin Handmade’s Whipped Pudding
  • Midweek: Water + Jojoba oil +Tea Tree oil

Week 2 + 4 – while still in twists*

  • Scalp massage: Coconut oil + Wheat Germ oil + Tea Tree oil
  • Cowash
  • Moisturize: Leave In + Aloe Vera Juice
  • Dry hair
  • Re-twist edges
  • Midweek: Water +Camellia seed oil

Week 3

  • Detangle: Coconut oil
  • Deep condition: Henna + Steam (last 20 minutes)
  • Cowash
  • Moisturize: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk+ Aloe Vera Juice
  • Seal: Sweet Almond oil
  • Twist: Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade
  • Midweek: Water + Jojoba oil +Tea Tree oil

*Week 2 and 4 greatly depend on how my scalp feels. I’m a huge proponent of paying attention to your hair. Because my scalp can often get finicky, I use Tea Tree oil on my scalp at least once a week. And if after my 1st or 3rd week in twists my scalp isn’t itchy and acting up, I’ll go without a co-wash during those off-weeks. The longer I can go without messing with my hair, the more length retention I’ll see.

I also try to stretch my styles for as long as possible, which means during a good month I could go 4 weeks without washing my hair and my scalp feels fine and my hair doesn’t smell like terrible. When a month like that rolls around, I just do my week 3 routine at the beginning of the next month as opposed to doing another week 1 treatment.

For more information about the challenge, click here. Follow us on twitter and instagram – @3LRChallenge

Love and Health!

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My partner in crime Joke, over at RootsDontLie also has her regimen post up. Click the image below to check it out.

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