A sample carefully planned out natural hair regimen


Most new naturals hear about planning a natural hair regimen and wonder what exactly they have to do.  Some others who have been natural for a while still have a problem with their regimen and find that they are not achieving the results they anticipated.

The truth is that a carefully planned out regimen is one of the most important aspect of growing out long and healthy natural hair.  A good regimen basically spells out your goals and how you intend to achieve them.

It also boils down to the regimen proper as well as the consistency of use.

This carefully planned out natural hair regimen was the one I used at some time in my hair growing journey.   I must confess that I didn’t always follow it to the letter but it did go a long way to help me in being focused in my journey.

Feel free to adopt it, but take into consideration your own hair type and needs and so make sure to adjust where necessary. You will also need to arm yourself with the right tools and products in order to achieve your heart desires.


 Sample hair goals

  1. Accumulate one inch of hair growth every two months
  2. Less Breakage (especially of ends to retain length)
  3. Less Tangles
  4. Healthy Hair
  5. Clean Scalp
  6. Thicker Hair
  7. Keep itchy scalp at bay


Action Plan

  • Shampoo hair in sections
  • Massage scalp (when not in braids) at night with castor oil to increase blood flow
  • Do a protein treatment every 6 – 8 weeks (or mainly as needed)
  • Deep condition weekly
  • Drink at least 8 – 12 glasses of water daily
  • Moisturize frequently and seal
  • Detangle with fingers to minimize breakages


Things I must try:

Here you can write out things you have seen or read other natural did that worked for them and you are willing to try out and see if it will work with your hair type.  Be careful that none of these practices might damage your tresses.

  1. Refrigerating my leave-in conditioner
  2. Coconut Oil plus Raw Shea Butter = happy curls! (I can add my favorite conditioner for the consistency I’m looking for.
  3. Heating conditioner first before applying to the hair for 30mins = super soft hair
  4. Add honey and/or olive oil to my deep conditioners for added moisture
  5. Coconut Oil plus Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Souffle
  6. Oil ends daily

 Sample Regimen and Products you can try

Period Action Products Products/Tools/What to get/Supplies
Daily Co-wash (every two days) Moisturizing Conditioner, Detangling Conditioner, Strengthening Conditioner
  • Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa,
  • TRESemme Naturals Conditioner,
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner,
  • Herbal Essences hello hydration
  • Hairveda Moist 24/7,
  • Joico Moisture Recovery (porosity help)
  • Shea Moisture Cowash
Moisturize Leave-in Conditioner, leave-in conditioner mixes, Curl Activator
  • Aloe vera juice, Aloe Vera Gels, Glycerine, Water,
  • Giovanni Direct Leave-in,
  • Oyin Hair Dew
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in
  • Kinky Curly knot today
  • Taliah Waajid protective mist
Seal moisture in hair and protect ends Oils, Butters, Crème, Pomades
  • Coconut oil,
  • Olive Oil,
  • Shea Butter, Jojoba Oils,
  • Avocado oils
  • Crème/Butters, ,
Eat Healthy, drink lots of water Vitamin A, B, C, D,
  • Good Healthy foods
  • 6 – 8 glasses of water
Vitamins daily(optional if you are eating healthy)
  • Vivisca, Bamboo, Hairfinity
Wash and Go’s Styling Gel, curl definers,
  • Eco Styler gel
  • Ouidad heat and humidity gel
  • Kinky Curly Curling Custard
  • Miss Jessie’s Curly Butter Crème
  • Shea Butter
  If you have braids (every other day) Braid spray, DIY Braid spray mixed
  • DIY braid spray
  • Oils for sealing
  Twists, Braids outs moisturizer
Weekly Pre-poo, Detangle Oils, Homemade blends, store bought masks, hot oil treatments, banana, whole fat yogurt, honey, oil blends
  • Shea butter, honey, olive oil or Coconut Oil,
  • detangling conditioner with oil,
  • oil blends,
  • homemade food blends
  • Wide-Tooth Comb or Finger detangle,
  • Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural Conditioner,
  • Aunt Jackie’s Knot on my Watch
  • Zuresh’s Smoothing Detangler and Curl Definer,
  • Mebco Tortoise Shower Comb
Wash Moisturizing, Hydrating, Detangling Shampoo
  • Shea Moisture Shea Butter Moisture Rentetion Shampoo,
  • Trader Joe’s Tea Tripple Tingle Shampoo,
  • Crème of Nature Argan Oil,
  • Micro Fiber Towels or T-shirts, Clips, rat tail comb, scrunchies,
  • Shea Moisture Curl and Shine,
  • Giovanni Tripple Tea Tree Treat
Deep condition Deep Conditioner, Home-made mixture, Masks
  • Steamer, Plastic Caps,
  • Elasta QP DPR-II + Deep Penetrating Remoisturising Conditioner
  • Cantu Shea Deep Repair Conditioner
  • Shea Moisture Deep Repair Conditioner
Nourish scalp, dandruff treatment Natural oils
  • Coconut Oil, tea tree oil, lemon juice, Amla oil
Scalp massage Natural & Essential oils
  • Castor Oil, JBCO, Rosemary oil, products containing eucalyptus oil or peppermint,
Protective styling Air-dry in large braids, Leave-in conditioner, Oil, Crème, Styling Gel, twist outs, braid outs,
  • Hooded Dryer,
  • Styling Gels, Curl Definers
Bi-monthly, Monthly, 6 – 8 wks Hot Oil Treatment  Olive Oil
  • Coconut, olive, avocado, castor, apple cider vinegar
Clarify, Clarifying Shampoo,
  • Clips, rat tail comb, scrunchies
Protein Treatment, Protein Treatment, Homemade blends
  • Aphogee Keratin two step Protein Treatment
Shine Boost Rinse Rinses, Henna, Home-made Mixes, Conditioner, Herbal Rinse
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
Blow drying if needed, Banding, threading Heat protection for blow drying, Serums, Humectant
  • Tourmaline blow dryer, ceramide pressers
  • Redken
Protective Styling, Two-strands, Twists, Braids
  • Clips, rat tail comb, Non Synthetic extensions
Get trims when needed
  • Sharp hair trimming scissors

I never tried the vitamins but a lot of natural swear by vitamins, so please do your research and then decide if you want to go the vitamin route or just pretty much each healthy.

Trust me, you will do better with a set of goals you want to achieve and exactly how you intend to do that.  Armed with a guide, you are on your way to healthy hair.

I will like to know what you think about the sample regimen and if there’s anything I left out please let me know.




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Alorye Ugar
CEO/Editor-in-Chief at Vivacious Media Limited
Alorye is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Naija Girl. She is passionate about Nigerian women embracing their natural hair and understanding how to take care of it.
She is an Accounting graduate from the University of Calabar, a Fashion designer and CEO of Vivacious Media Limited, Abuja, Nigeria.


4 Responses to “A sample carefully planned out natural hair regimen”
  1. iye says:

    Nice post, keep up the good work.

  2. ugar says:

    This site is really an encyclopedia of natural hair care, I recommend this to every one out there,I look forward to learning from here every day.Keep it up!

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