So basically this is where I will document my hair care routine :-)

In terms of products I expect a bit of trial and error over the coming months to try and figure out what my hair likes, and I will be making use of a local salon to assist in my hair care efforts in the early stages until I get better at doing my hair myself.

The basic principles I'm going to be incorporating into my new "regimen" are:


  • Regular moisturising and sealing with oil
  • Wrapping hair at night and sleeping in a silk bonnett
  • Doing a hot oil treatment before shampooing
  • Washing (with gentle shampoo) and deep conditioning (for moisture) at least once per week
  • Fortnightly "light" protein conditioning
  • Monthly clarifying/chelating
  • Using an intensive protein treatment every 4-6 weeks

  • I currently relax my hair every 6-8 week and I'm not sure if "stretching" the intervals is right for me/my hair because as soon as it "needs" relaxing I start to get a lot of breakage - maybe once it's healthier that won't be the case any more.
  • I permanently coloured by hair at the end of 2011, I don't plan on permanently colouring it again until it's in better condition (if ever) but I do use a "quasi" colour on it 2 weeks after relaxing (and get a salon reconstructor treatment at the same time).


These are the products I will be starting with:

1.   Weekly gentle cleansing (sulfate-free) shampoo & co-wash conditioner
·     KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
·     Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner

2.   Weekly moisturising deep conditioners

·     KeraCare Humecto    
·   Superdrug Coconut and Sweet Almond Intensive Conditioner   

3.   Leave-in conditioners
·     Moisture - KeraCare Leave-In Conditioner
·     Protein - Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Reconstructurizer

4.   Fortnightly moderate protein conditioner
·     Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

5.   Intense protein treatment (4-6 weekly)
·     Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment and Balancing Moisturizer

6.   Monthly clarifying/chelating shampoo
·     Aphogee Shampoo for Damaged Hair

7.   Daily water based moisturiser
·     Sofn'Free Curl Moisturizing Spray

8.   Daily sealing oil & pre-poo hot oil treatment

·       KeraCare Essential Oils
9.   Heat and colour protectors
·     John Frieda Frizz-Ease  with Thermal Protection
·     KeraCare SilknSeal Blowdry Serum
·     KeraCare SilknSeal Spray
·     Pantene Pro V Colour Seal Concentrate

10.       Smoothing/holding product

·       KeraCare Edge Tamer
11.       Setting lotion/foam
·      Creme of Nature Argon Oil Foaming Wrap Lotion