Matching blues! It’s been two months since I decided to finally go natural and chop off my hair and it feels like it’s been forever! I’ve learnt a lot, tried a lot and I feel like I’ve mastered my big chop hair growth regimen now.
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I’ve definitely seen the inch or maybe even more of growth that is projected for a 2 month period. In fact, it was going through that weird, not-sure-what-to-do-with-it-growing-out stage and so I actually chopped down the sides to give me a very weird mullet/mohawk shape, but I think it looks a little better than just a ball of clown-looking curls.
I’m still in the stage of finding the products that I love so I don’t have any favourite products as yet but I do have a regimen.
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Big Chop Hair Growth Regimen
Maintaining healthy and vibrant hair is a journey, and my hair growth regimen after a big chop has evolved over time. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of my routine to help you achieve hair that’s moisturized and thriving:
1. Co-Washing and Deep Conditioning (Weekly)
Every Sunday, I start my hair care routine with co-washing, using a conditioner to cleanse my hair. This helps retain moisture and prevents excessive drying. Following co-washing, I apply a DIY deep conditioner to nourish and hydrate my hair deeply. It’s essential to choose products that work best for your hair type and texture.
2. Pre-Poo Treatment (As Needed)
Occasionally, I use a pre-poo treatment, especially after applying box color, which tends to dry out the hair. To do this, I warm olive oil and leave it in my hair overnight, covered with a plastic cap. This step helps penetrate and moisturize the hair, leaving it soft and manageable.
3. Leave-In Conditioner (Daily)
After co-washing, I apply a leave-in conditioner to my hair. Finding the right product is crucial, as not all leave-ins suit every hair type. I had to experiment and found my favorite leave-in conditioner after trying several products. It’s essential to choose a leave-in that provides the moisture and nourishment your hair needs.
4. Sealing in Moisture (Daily)
To lock in moisture, I apply a whipped shea butter mixture over my leave-in. This blend keeps my hair soft and touchable. Castor oil also gives my curls a bit of hold, ensuring they look great throughout the day.
5. Nighttime Routine (Short Hair)
With short hair, I don’t do much at night. I simply sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction and prevent hair breakage. As my hair grows, I’ve started to pineapple it on top of my head and then sleep in a bonnet or on my same satin pillowcase to stretch my curls.
6. Morning Refresh (Daily)
In the morning, I spritz my hair with water and select essential oils, and let it sit for 15 minutes to allow the moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. This tip I learned from CurlyNikki has made a significant difference in how my hair responds to products. Afterward, I reapply the leave-in conditioner if I think it’s necessary and seal in the moisture with a castor/argan oil mixture instead of the heavier shea butter mixture.
7. Monthly Clarifying Shampoo (Optional)
Once a month, I use a clarifying shampoo to remove any buildup from daily oils and products. While the products I use don’t tend to cause excessive buildup, clarifying can help maintain healthy hair. Some people opt for apple cider vinegar as a natural alternative.
A successful hair growth regimen requires consistency and the right products tailored to your hair’s unique needs. Experimentation is key to finding what works best for you, and don’t forget to stay informed by seeking advice from experts and fellow hair enthusiasts. With dedication and the right routine, you can achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy hair.
Hair’s where my hair is two months after my big chop. Is there an eye-length level on the charts?
See what my regimen is like now, many years into my journey and a self-titled wash and go queen. How’s your natural hair journey coming along?
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