Latoya’s Hair Regimen


It is very important that as you embark on your hair journey that you develop a hair regimen. It doesn’t have to be strict and it can be ever evolving. But you should at least have some level of consistency as you care for your hair. Over the last two years, I have made many tweaks to my regimen. Some techniques have remained consistent, some have been ceased, some have re-emerged. One thing has remained constant. Throughout the past two years, I have made my hair journey MINE… and mine alone. I have referenced books and the internet, but also experimented with techniques on MY hair. I’m still learning and I will continue tweaking.

I am sharing my regimen as a point of reference for anyone developing their own regimen. Please consider the similarities and differences you may have with my hair. The products I use may or may not work for your hair depending on your hair type. At the core of every natural hair regimen, you should establish how you cleanse, condition, detangle, moisturize, and style your hair.

With that said, here is my regimen:

Cleansing My Hair

• Prior to washing, I pre-poo with coconut oil
• I wash my hair bi-weekly:

• Once a month, I wash my hair with sulfate-free shampoo
• Once a month, I cleanse/clarify with my bentonite clay mix

• I co-wash as needed:

• Weekly, if I need moisture
• Daily, if co-washing for wash-n-gos

Shampoos and Cleansers

Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo
Bentonite Clay (mixed with ACV and aloe vera juice)
Shea Moisture Purification Masque (cleansing co-wash)
Aussie Moist (co-wash)
V05 (co-wash)



Bentonite Clay Treatment with Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera Juice

Conditioning My Hair

• I condition my hair at each wash
• I’m starting to deep condition with heat since my hair has low porosity and needs the heat to open up the hair shaft
• I seal my hair cuticle by cold water rinsing after conditioning my hair
• I always use a leave-in conditioner and seal with an oil
• When I straighten my hair, I do a protein treatment and deep condition the week prior and the day I “revert” my hair


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Aphogee Two-Step Reconstuctor (Protein Treatment)
Shea Moisture Moisture Replenishing Conditioner (Leave-in)
Giovanni Direct Leave-In (Leave-in)
Aphogee Pro-Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner (Leave-in for straightening)
Aphogee Two-Step Reconstructor (protein treatment)
*Please note: I’m still on the search for great conditioners and deep conditioners

Detangling My Hair

• I detangle my hair with loads of conditioner, under running water, with a wide-tooth comb
• I NEVER detangle dry hair


VO5 Conditioner (on wet hair, in shower)
Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Detangling Ghee (on damp hair)

Detangling Tools

Wide-tooth comb
Paddle brush or Denman brush

Moisturizing My Hair

• To moisturize, I use a leave-in conditioner, seal with an oil, and style with a cream a.k.a. LOC method
• I seal my ends with shea butter or castor oil
• I retain the most moisture when I twist or braid my hair


(see conditioners and Butters/stylers)


Avocado Oil
Coconut Oil (pre-poo, sealant, anti-humectant)
Castor Oil (scalp, ends)
Jojoba Oil

Styling My Hair

• I wear wash-n-gos, twists/braids and twistouts/braidouts, curlformer sets, blow outs, and straight styles

Butters and Stylers

Shea Butter
Jane Carter Nourish and Shine (Smooth edges instead of using gel)
Carol’s Daughter Some of Marguerite’s Magic
Donna Marie Super Buttercream
Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (daily leave-on; dry twist outs)
Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey
IC Fantasia Straightening Serum

*Please note: Wash-no-gos can be damaging because they allow ends to knot and tangle. Heat can be damaging because it causes additional wear and tear on the hair and can break down protein bonds.

What is your hair regimen?  Any tips for others on their natural hair journey?

Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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