Monday, December 22, 2014

Regimen for My Color Treated Hair and Preparing for Color

When it comes to my regimen not much is going to change once my hair is colored. I will continue to wash my hair on a weekly basis and deep condition under my steamer with every wash. If my hair starts to feel dry during the week, I won't hesitate to cowash. Color makes our hair dry so keeping the hair moisturized is an essential part of successfully having healthy color treated hair. During our hair journeys we tend to focus mainly on moisture, moisture, moisture. At the same time, you cannot slack on using protein either. My plan is to alternate using moisture based deep conditioners and protein based deep conditioners.

These are the protein conditioners that I will use. My favorite is the Hydratherma Naturals. I am not into doing hard protein treatements like the Aphogee Two Step Treatement. I prefer mild protein treatments. Treatments that don't make the hair hard but still gives it a boost of strength. That is enough for me. Once I have finally finished with these conditioners, Hydratherma Naturals will be my staple protein treatment.

Basically my regimen will look like this:
Fridays or Saturdays
Overnight Prepoo w/ an oil (whenever I feel like it)
Rinse Out Conditioner
Deep Condition
Apply Leave-ins
Air-Dry in twists

Cowash if my hair is feeling dry

This regimen is nice and simple. My regimen is not very complicated. I have learned that for my hair less is more. I will continue to stick to the basics with my hair. It has aided me well during my journey. 

Since I booked my appointment to get my hair highlighted, I have been searching You Tube to find out how to prepare my hair for color. I came across SimplyBiancaalexa's video on Caring For Colored Treated Hair. Something she said stuck out to me. She said that her stylist told her that it is best to color freshly washed hair. So the day before her hair was colored she clarified. I decided that I would ask my stylist during my last appointment on Sunday what I needed to do. Buuuut I completely forgot during our discussion. So I texted her today and asked her was there anything I needed to do to my hair before my appointment next month i.e. clarify. Usually by the end of the week my hair is screaming to be cleaned because it has a good amount of product build up on it. I don't want that to hinder the color taking well to my hair. She basically cosigned on what I heard on the video. She told me to shampoo and detangle 48 hours before the color and to try to keep the hair detangled and in four sections to ensure better manageability before application. That is exactly what I am going to do. So that Wednesday before my appointment I will clarify my hair and keep it in twists until my appointment. Realizing that detangling with conditioner in my hair is beneficial for me came just in time.

Here is what that wash day is going to look like:
Clarify: Hydratherma Naturals Herbal/Amino Clarifying Shampoo
Condition: Hairitage Hydration Sticky Honey Hash Conditioner
Deep Condition (steamer)/Detangle: Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning Treatment
Leave-In: Silk Hydration by L. Jones Leave-In Conditioner (This is a light spray on leave-in. I don't want to use something heavy that will coat my hair too much)

That's it ladies! 


  1. I don't care for heavy protein treatments either. To be honest, ever since I started transitioning, I have noticed that my natural hair just doesn't need it. It is pretty strong on its own! I only really needed something heavy when my hair was relaxed/texlaxed.

    Happy Holidays to you!

  2. I'm totally living my colored hair dreams vicariously through you! I used to color my hair in high school hair was a hot mess! I'm too scared to try it again now.

    Can't wait to see your results!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands