What kind of hair regimen are you on?

What kind of hair regimen are you on?
Written by
Morgan German

"If you are diligent, the reward is sweet."

This statement also works for your hair care progress since “your hair is a worthwhile investment and a journey”. However, have you ever wondered why you put so much effort into caring for your hair, but the results are not what you expect? If so, this blog is for you.

Through this blog, we will discuss three types of hair regimens and their manifestations. From such details, you may figure out what is wrong with your hair care routines, thereby making some adjustments to achieve a healthier status for your hair.

 

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What Is Your Hair Regimen?

In general, hair regimens can incorporate three broad categories: (1) recessive-maintenance regimens, (2) basic-maintenance regimens, and (3) healthy hair regimens.

 

The recessive-maintenance regimens

In this regimen category, the state of being of your hair is deteriorating quicker than the what you gain from maintenance efforts. Many people fall prey to the low-maintenance routine with things like using heat on their hair every day, colouring it too much, and getting relaxers done excessively.

The most common features that you may see in these routines is length decreasing, thinning out or balding. It won't take long before you notice reduced hair volume and quality. Recessive condition happens because constant and repeated hair abuse leads to scalp and hair damage, hindering the follicle vitality and altering hair structure.

You will know very soon if there is something wrong because oftentimes low-maintenance routines don't deliver good results, or any result at all. Hair damage often worsens even though your hair can look good for some moments due to instant fixes.

 

 

The basic-maintenance regimens

This kind of regimen frequently happens for those who have a hectic life, resulting in minimum time and effort on hair care. It is also usually followed by those who do not want to or do not know how to take the initiative to go beyond this simple maintenance routine.

Based on the same practices and philosophy, basic-maintenance regimens are similar to the recessive ones, albeit the former are less extreme than the latter. One difference between them is that these routines maintain hair in such a state just before too much damage becomes visible. That is to say, the rate of hair damage more or less equals the rate of hair progress.

Still, this type of hair care routine is likely to turn into the recessive type once there is a prolonged lack of knowledge and intervention in hair care processes.

Hallmarks of this type of regimen include moderate use of relaxers, direct heat used for daily styling, high-manipulation styling with no protection of the hair shaft or ends, and infrequent hair cleansing and conditioning.


The healthy hair regimens

Healthy hair regimens ensure that hair emergence and retention complement one another over an extended period by declining the hair exposure to external damage. 

As the name suggests, these regimens can adequately improve hair health and growth while lessening hair damage over time. Also, they need to be a consistent routine that yields lasting results for years without fail. So if you want your locks to be healthy with steady growth, this is the measure you should aim for. Put simply, this is the level of care that will give you healthy hair regardless of its status quo.

Some basic principles of a healthy hair regimen are: protection of hair shaft and ends from heat and physical damage, low-manipulation hair styling, maintaining natural hair with no chemical processes, or using chemical aids only after every ten to twelve weeks at least. 

 

How To Create A Healthy Hair Regimen

Protective styling

Because hairstyling accounts for one of the most common causes of damaged hair, taking protective measures is necessary to make sure you keep healthy hair from suffering.

To do this, you'll need to take deliberate steps to protect your hair, including finding the right products and using an appropriate amount of it, reducing the use of chemical treatments or aggressive hairstyles when possible. You can also choose products that balance out protein and moisture levels so that they're not too dry or too oily. 

Trade-offs among hair regimens

If you want to, you can still improve your hair condition while keeping it styled in ways you love.

To do this, you have to consider what type of hair care practices best suits you and come up with a plan on how to balance the three types of hair regimen. It includes trade-offs where you create a unique routine based on your own needs.

For example, if you don't have enough time to take extra measures in your hair regimen, maybe all you need is an at-home routine that doesn't require much heat styling work. Alternatively, when your hair starts to feel dry after a permanent dye, you will need extra effort to condition and nurture your dyed hair and scalp to maintain its wellness and support healthy growth.

 

Time investment

It is critical to acknowledge that a regimen requires commitment, so the notion of having overnight results is just delusional. Furthermore, in order to gain sustainable results, quick fixes don't exist, especially when your hair has suffered intensive damage.

Ultimate results from hair care effort come from the time one invests in caring for their hair. It should be well aware that the time factor varies among individuals, but basically, the more your hair gets damaged, the more time you need to fix it. Also, some major signs of hair improvement might appear very soon, while others could take weeks or months. For instance, improvements in thickness and pliability can be observed weeks, even months before noticeable advancement in length.

 

Some Suggestions For Your Healthy Hair Regimen

Wrong kinds of shampoo, heated styling tools, and sun exposure can affect the hair colour and properties, causing it to fade, turn brassy, and look lifeless. Choose a shampoo designated for your hair type and condition, such as sulfate-free for colour-treated hair. 

A nourishing shampoo and conditioner will help lock in moisture and prevent frizz, which helps tremendously for dry, damaged hair and curly hair. Once a week, deep-condition hair to give it the extra boost needed.

Let your hair air dry, or blow-dry using a diffuser attachment with low heat. Thermal protectant cream is desirable before using any heated tools to avoid burning strands. Also, a UV-protectant spray to shield against sun damage is essential. 

In the case of fine and limp hair, thickening shampoo and conditioner helps to bulk it up. You may want to stay away from heavy, oil-based products and conditioning masks since they can weigh your style down. If your fine hair gets dry, try a leave-in volumising treatment with moisture-induced ingredients to hydrate and plump up strands simultaneously.

 

Summary

There are three types of hair regimens: recessive maintenance, basic maintenance, and healthy hair regimens. The first one most properly worsens hair damage; the second one only helps maintain hair just above the point of faltering. Meanwhile, the last one supports your hair improvement and nourishment.

To develop a healthy hair regimen, you can focus on protective styling, decide on trade-offs among the three hair care regimens, and invest adequate time. Protective styling is the approach in which your actions will protect and nourish your hair along with styling it. Trade-offs among hair regimens allow you to have the desired hairstyles, but you need to take diverse measures to avoid more damage and maintain your hair health. Finally, fixing your damaged hair is a lengthy process which takes time and patience since there is no shortcut to sustainable healthy hair.

 

 

Disclaimer:

The information we provide is not intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, cure or diagnose any disease or condition. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult your doctor.

References

Davis-Sivasothy, A. (2011). The science of black hair: a comprehensive guide to textured hair. SAJA Publishing Company.

Kim, C. (2008, Feb 18). Pick your perfect hair regimen. Us Weekly,  92-93.