If I had five dollars for every time I heard a woman say a regimen is not important I would be a rich! This statement, however, could not be further from the truth. If you took a survey of women with hair APL or longer you would invariably find that 90% of them follow a strict or semi-strict regimen.
Now you might ask what can a regimen do for me? The main purpose of a regimen is to streamline your hair schedule and narrow down the number of products that you are using. As we all know the rabid PRODUCT JUNKIE is always slapering away around a corner for many of us. You know that heifer within who will jump on any bandwagon. All you have to do is mention the first few syllables of a product’s name and she is down at the local Walgreens securing the haul-of-the-day. The establishment of a secure regimen combats this head on.
Another function of a regimen is to narrow down the list of products that actually WORK. We all have a list of products that reverted our hair into a rough matted mess, caused a boatload of breakage or did not produce the promised silky mane but a head full of straw. Once a product is tried and tested and proven to be a member of the holy grail of products, it can be introduced into the regimen permanently. Also a regimen is effective in establishing the order of application and how well different products from differing product lines might work together.
A good regimen, such as the one I follow, should assist in the retention of length, reduce or eliminate breakage, reduce shedding and help maintain the proper protein/moisture balance. The regimen should detail the exact products used and their schedule of use. The establishment of a regimen that effectively handles all of these issues is a matter of hit-or-miss, trial-and-error. Keep in mind that it may be necessary for a regimen to be tweaked seasonally. Products or processes that are effective in the winter may be totally unnecessary in the summer. Regimen-tweaking might also be necessary if a product or process loses its efficacy. We’ve all had that product that worked for three months then seemed to stop working, or noticed that our hair thrived when we eliminated co-washing or added deep conditioning. One good way of establishing an effective regimen is to frequent hair care forums and peruse the pages of women who have your hair type.
A regimen can take the guesswork out of hair care and be a real boon to today’s busy woman. Once a regimen is established, you can forget the hours spent wandering through hair care aisles or perusing websites looking for holy grail products. When you have found what works you can stick with it! A hair diary or journal can be a great tool in establishing a regimen. You can jot down which products work, which work together and which stop working altogether. Also you can establish a routine or schedule that tells you when to do what. Happy regimen building!