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My Regimen*

My hair loves Extra Virgin Olive Oil, so I tend to use it as my pre-poo treatment.

For detangling, I prefer to fully finger detangle before shampooing or co-washing as I really detest knots.Then I proceed to wash my hair in about 10 chunky twists once a week, sometimes it stretches to once in two weeks depending on how busy my schedule is.

I have also made it a rule to deep condition every wash day for about thirty minutes OR on the go for hours when I feel my hair really needs extra attention. After deep conditioning, I follow with an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) cold rinse to close up my hair cuticle.

Next, I slather a leave-in conditioner, followed by any moisturiser I feel like, (preferably an all natural product) and seal all the moisture in with an oil. This whole process takes me about three hours with the current length of my hair, which is really not that bad. Get comfortable and play music in the background or catch up on a series and you’d be surprised how time flies.

As for products, I have used many, but I do have my staple ‘save my hair’ products which you can view via this link http://igbocurls.com/2014/03/01/staple-products/ .

Lastly, enjoy your hair lovelies! It’s what God blessed you with. 🙂

img_3348 My Regimen*

**My Regimen is subject to change depending on my lifestyle or environment. Every month I write a post about my Wash Days so updates can always be found there.

47 Comments

  1. Hadiza Obi

    My sister introduced me to you after she saw you at a natural event. I’m amazed at how beautiful your hair is especially since you are 100% Nigerian. Love love love. I was wondering if you could give more tips on transitioning. I don’t want to do the big chop and at the same time, I’m used to the idea that my hair is hard to manage. Any detailed product faves and tips for beginners would be greatly appreciated. ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Gugu

    You have the most simplest regimen I have ever seen! So simple. No complications! It’s too simple to be true! I’ve noticed that by simplifying my regimen. (the only difference is I’m a coco – avocado prepoo-er ) but in just a few weeks my hair is clumping and curling and bouncing. (oh and also I have the exact same hair type as you) I thought maybe our regimen would be more complicated. But I guess not!

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Aaaaahhhhhh! I was screaming when I saw your comment! You know! Simplifying your regimen is certainly what is best because when it’s all complicated its tougher to be consistent. Thank you Gugu! Cheers to gorgeous healthy natural hair!

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  3. Tatenda Gurure

    Hey! I really love your hair. Its really beautiful and am inspired to be proud of my african hair!!

    Have you ever done a henna treatment? What’s your take or experience with it?

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi, ya!

      I’m glad I can inspire you. Yaaay!

      I’ve never done the henna treatment all I’ve done is use a product with Henna as an active ingredient. However, I have researched on it and henna can be used as a protein treatment to help strengthen your hair and also to color your hair slowly. It is not harmful but it can also be very messy in terms of staining your bathroom and etc. I hope this answers your question.

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  4. Christy W

    Hello Chinwe!!! Your hair looks FABULOUS!!!
    ABWN ladies always on top 🙂

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  5. Amber

    Hey!!! ThanKs for the advice and will be trying pre poo this week. Just wondering, and this may be a silly question, but when you wash your hair do you keep it in the chunks to hold some if the oils in? Or take it down to wash it? I have 4c hair and it has seemed to stop growing so im trying to switch up my regimen. Thank you in advance!!

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi, Amber! I leave my hair in twists all through my shampoo and conditioning process. I hope this helps!

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      • Tajah B

        How often should you add hair cream and oil to hair?

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  6. Linda Ampaabeng

    Wow u’ve really inspire me….likes ur hair

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  7. Nene

    Hi well I did my BC on the 17th of September 2016 and every time I have my bath I always wash my hair am I doing the right thing or o should reduce the way I wash my hair
    And also I love your hair it gives me motivation

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  8. Zoe

    Hi Chinwe.
    Big fan of your hair regimen.
    My problem is that my hair breaks like crazy especially at the front.
    Am a natural and plan on staying away from attachments so my hair can grow longer and fuller. What should I do?

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi, Zoe!

      Thank you!
      I’ll love to help. Do you have any current regimen?

      Reply
  9. Cheedow

    hie chinwe i spend about 3 months with my hair braided thpugh i change hairstyles every week what do you recommend i do to retain moisture and retain some growth

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  10. Puremrs

    Pls I am just curious because your hair is something else,beautiful is not enough to describe it.Now when you started your hair journey, did you cut your hair to start from the scratch and secondly, do you fix weaves or do you braid your hair at all with attachment since this journey, I am really hoping to get your reply.Thanks for your time

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi Mrs!

      Thank you very much!

      When I started I didn’t cut my hair until I had grown my natural hair for about 7months before cutting the relaxed part off. Secondly, I do braid occasionally. Sometimes, once or twice in a year. You can choose to braid your hair more times if you want to mine is only a matter of preference.

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  11. Ade

    Hi Chinwe, a friend referred me to your blog and so far, its been inspiring. Am just transitioning and its been 6months. i intend doing my big chop after a year. My hair doesnt really seem to b growing. i deep condition every week, moisturise and seal only on these days. Please what do you do with your hair on every other day you are not washing your hair. I know you do protective styles but do you use other products in your hair on other days.

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  12. _nkem_

    Wow.. I’m inspired.. I never thought purely Nigerians hair could grow this long but you’ve proved me wrong.. I hope my hair can get to your level some day.. I wanted to ask.. . Where do you get your products from since you live in Nigeria. . Thanks

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hello Nkem,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      I actually started my own online store because of the same problem so you can get your products from there as well.

      Here’s the link http://bit.ly/Shopigbocurls

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  13. Anna

    Why don’t you use mask for hair after the vinegar?

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Nope. The whole purpose of using vinegar in the first place is to restore the pH of my hair. That’s why I use it last. Therefore, there would be no point if I choose to use a masque that could be higher than the pH of my hair after using ACV.

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  14. adetayo

    please am confused about the whole co-wash and shampoo fight…..pls can you explain what is going on becuse everyone is talking about co-wash and am confused

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi Adetayo!

      Choosing to Shampoo or Co-wash depends on you. There shouldn’t be any fight about it.There is nothing wrong with Shampooing especially if its a moisturising shampoo and we all have different scalps so if you do choose to co-wash, observe how your scalp & hair react to the process. In other words, it’s a choice and you can also use both (like me) interchangeably.

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  15. Glory A.

    Hi C. Juliet,

    I must congratulate you for such a lovely hair. You’re so cute with it and thanks for sharing.

    My front hair has really fallen off, like it became bald (for lack of words). It’s been like that for four years now. I’ve tried some treatments and not working. But I just began this journey to keep it natural. Thanks for the tips from you. But my question is, do I have to cut off the old relaxed part of my hair, since I’ve only just begun?

    I’ll appreciate your response.

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi Glory,

      Yes you would eventually have to cut off your relaxed ends as they have already been damaged. However, when you choose to cut them off during your hair journey is entirely dependent on you.This is what we call ‘transitioning’.

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  16. Lauretta

    Hello!
    I love your hair and I just started following your blog!
    I big chopped a month ago. I was meant to transition for a year but it ended up being three months because I lost patience lol.

    I just wanted to ask, is it okay if you do the ACV rinse before deep conditioning? The main reason I use ACV is to combat my dandruff problem and I’ve been using warm water to rinse it out before conditioning to keep my hair cuticle open, then I rinse out the DC with cold water to close them up again.
    I’ve been doing this for the past two weeks and my dandruff seems to be getting better but I just needed to ask in case I was doing something that could possibly stunt growth.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi Lauretta!

      The ACV rinse is supposed to recover the pH of your hair so using it before deep conditioning will not be the best. However, you can do it twice so that your cuticles will be closed properly and your dandruff can also be handled.

      Reply
  17. CWHALEY

    Will you be demonstrating your washing technique anytime soon through a tutorial video?

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  18. Franciska

    Hi there! Please do u have a video on how to wash your natural hair?

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  19. kikky

    Hello ma…I would love u to make a review on our product…. We could send to u…pls reply ASAP..thanks

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  20. Ayshia Stephenson

    But how have you regularly styled your hair to achieve length retention?

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Most times, my hair is in a protective style. For example, 2 flat twists.

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  21. Ratie

    Hi Chinwe my name is Ratie 🙂 I transitioned over the August holidays and my hair in front is growing much faster than my hair at the back. Is there anything I can do to manage or make sure my hair all grows evenly?

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi Ratie!

      Usually this happens because you may tend to lean your head back often while you sleep or simply because, you moisturise the hair around your edges more than the hair on your crown so it breaks less. It may also mean that the hair around the perimeter of your head grows faster than the rest. You can adjust this by sleeping with a satin scarf and making an effort to moisturise your hair more evenly. I hope this helps!

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  22. Temi

    Hi chinwe. Lovely hair you’ve got there. Pls to what degree does gene have to do with hair growth because some have the believe that hair grows faster and Long due to family gene.

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    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hair grows faster with genes but not necessarily longer. However, even without genes (as long as you’re healthy) hair grows at a normal rate. It’s up to you to can for it to retain as much length as you can.

      Reply

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