Many of us grew up getting our hair pressed or chemically relaxed. These methods allowed the hair to become more manageable during the hair care and styling process. But do remember your mother sitting down with you and having the talk? No, I’m not talking about the birds and the bees but the importance of having a healthy hair care regimen?
I know my mother didn’t! Her #1 goal was to straighten those kinks so my hair could be smooth and shiny. But ladies I’ve got you covered because the more I learn about black hair care, the more I’ll share with you and hopefully your natural hair journey will be a little easier.
On with the info…….
I discovered that black hair care regimens can be broken into 3 categories. I came across this information reading “The Science of Black Hair” by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy.
1. Recessive Maintenance Regimen
The recessive maintenance regimen is not one that we necessarily choose but it’s a routine that you subconsciously adopt without realizing the harm you may be doing to your hair. With the recessive maintenance regimen hair loses length, thickness, and health over time which means more damage and less hair growth by doing the following:
– Poor product selection and use
– Going extended periods of time before cleaning the hair
– Color abuse
– Roughly handling the hair
This type of regimen can take a toll on the hair over a period of time.