“NJoy, will you please share your regimen?” I get asked this question often and usually answer right on the spot. Oh, you know how chatty I am.
But after repeating myself a zillion times, it finally has dawned on me that I need to post my regimen. *face palm* Why didn’t I think of this before.
I’m sure I’ve posted my regimen over the past few years but, now that I’m fully natural, I’ve had to make some adjustments. Here’s my current regimen:
I cowash every other week (let’s say, even weeks) using Tresemme Naturals, Aussie Moist or HE Hello Hydration to cleanse my hair instead of shampoo. The night before, I do a heavy overnight oiling with NJoy’s Pre-poo & Moisture Seal oil and cover with a plastic cap. In the morning, I rinse with warm water and then cowash with my rinse out conditioner. That’s actually oil rinsing. I follow all washday cleansing routines with and apple cider vinegar (acv) rinse. I add a splash of acv to a 2 qt pitcher of water and pour it over my head, focusing on my scalp, to lay my cuticles and to remove any conditioner from the surface of my scalp.
To thwart regular product build up, I detox my hair and scalp every other week (on the odd weeks) with NJoy’s Platinum Purifying Hair & Scalp Detox. This uses activated charcoal to gently, but thoroughly, cleans my hair without stripping. It leaves my hair soft, vibrant and my natural curls pop like crazy. And since my hair has all build up removed, I take advantage of the opportunity to do a good deep conditioning. I deep condition with a homemade mix depending on what my hair needs. I usually always add olive oil, wheatgerm oil and honey or molasses to my deep conditioners.
After cleansing my hair, I use the LOC (Liquid or water-based moisturizer, Oil and either a butter or Cream) to moisturize and seal. I mix water, Infusium 23, aloe juice and vegetable glycerin or use a leave in (I like Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Moist Leave in) followed by NJoy’s Pre-Poo & Moisture Seal Oil and then sealed in with either a butter (especially in the winter months) or something like flaxseed gel or Cantu Coconut Curling Cream. I’ve been trying Carefree Curl Gold Activator lately. I like that it’s not all sticky when it dries.
I up my protein and water intake and try to stay away from junk foods as much as possible. Notice I say try. But to ensure that my body gets everything that it needs to promote strong, healthy growth, I also take Long & Healthy Essentials hair growth vitamins. I like these vitamins so much better than other popular brands because they contain time-released super b vitamins and vitamin C. This is major because the time-released vitamins keeps biotin from causing skin breakouts and, you don’t have to wash it out of your system by drinking tons of water. I wrote a blog post comparing these to Hairfinity. Here’s that post. It’s worth the read.
I keep my hair in protective styles 95% of the time. My go to styles are Celie braids or 2-strand twists (which I usually bun or pin up), buns or I may wear a wig if I wanted a loose style. I always baggy my hair and wear a black opaque wig cap under my wigs to protect my strands. My retention is usually on point because of the extreme care that I take of my ends.
I search and destroy splits and usually plan to trim every six months or as needed. But since I’m usually on top of my ends, an annual trim is probably all that I need.
I don’t use heat much at all and my protective styles lend to that. I’d like to flat iron to see my true length but I’m never tempted. Flat ironing my hair is a bigger job than I can handle so I leave it alone and may turn to a professional who specializes in healthy hair when I do. (*cough*cough* Reniece & Co. *cough*)
Of course, it’s well known that I use my hair growth oil to get the crazy growth that I’ve been getting (NJoy’s Long & Healthy Hair Growth Oil). I use it nightly, massage for a few minutes, put on a plastic cap and cover with a scarf for bed. I used to cowash it out each morning while I was relaxed but, again, I now cowash only once or twice a week. So, the oil remains on my scalp until then. It’s ok because it’s all natural and doesn’t build up on the scalp.
My hair had never growth past a raggedy, barely armpit length at the longest but was usually shoulder length all my life. Since using my hair growth oil and seeing amazing results, I grew my hair down to my hips, transitioning to natural. I Big Chopped in September of 2012 and have been growing my natural hair since. I do slow down using my Hair Growth Oil from time to time to allow me to get used to handling new lengths of my natural hair, since it grows so fast. But, let me take this time to say, I LOVE my natural hair. The thickness, and even the shrinkage, are amazing!
Oh, and that reminds me, I almost exclusively finger detangle and then do a thorough detangling with my jumbo rake and bone comb 2-3 times a month. Since I like to keep my hair in chunky twists or braids, I detangle one section at a time, whether simply finger detangling or doing a thorough detangling session. Rarely will I attempt to detangle while all of my hair is loose.
This has been working well for me. All NJoy Essential products are products that I formulated for my own growth. When I grew my hair from shoulder length to waist length in front of thousands online, many of the ladies encouraged me to make my growth products available to the public for sale. I resisted for two years because I didn’t want people to stop listening to my advice, thinking I was just trying to sell them something. It wasn’t until one hair sister told me that it would be a “blessing to others” that I finally decided to share what I’m using with everyone. NJoy Essentials was born. To check out the products that are available to maximize your own hair growth, please visit NJoy Essentials.
I hope that my regimen and my products are a blessing to you because they have definitely been a blessing to me. I never would have imagined that I could grow my hair to hip length…TWICE in four years. I love my hair and give God all the glory.