My Regimen as of 9/11/14 (2 years and 2 months since big chop):
1. How often I wash:
I wash every week, using shampoo. Co-washing doesn't seem to get my hair or scalp clean. I use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month.
2. How often I trim:
I'm still on the hunt to find a stylist who I trust to cut my hair. I've been doing my own trims, when I think I need them, about every 4-6 months.
3. How often I deep condition:
Once a week with heat for at least 30 minutes.
4. How often I straighten:
Once or twice a year. There are areas of my hair that cannot take a lot of heat, and get heat damaged very easily. When I do straighten, I miss my curly hair!
5. How often I do protein treatments:
Sometimes I think my hair doesn't like protein, but I think it's the kind of protein. My hair likes egg and yogurt as protein treatments, but not a lot of protein conditioners. Mayonnaise is too heavy and oily! I put some kind of protein in my hair at least twice a month.
6. How I protect my hair when I sleep:
I will continue to sleep with a satin scarf on a satin pillowcase.
7. How I moisturize my hair:
This has my BIGGEST hair challenge as a natural, especially since I have low porosity hair. I think I've figured it out! First, I always deep condition with heat to open up my cuticles and let moisture in. I also do the Cherry Lola treatment once or twice a month. After I deep condition, I condition with a lighter conditioner and leave some of it in. I moisturize every day or 2 using the LOC method: water or hair mist - oil - and a curling cream. I make sure I apply product from root to tip.
8. Pre-washing my hair:
I pre-poo with coconut oil or a conditioner I'm trying to get rid of before each wash.
9. My go-to styles are:
Flat twistouts and bantu knot outs