How to Start a Simple Natural Hair Regimen

How to start a natural hair journey

Simple Natural Hair Regimen

Implementing a natural hair regimen can be very confusing and overwhelming. With social media, blogs, YouTube, and the like, we are inundated with information of how to start a natural hair regimen. It’s safe to say that every routine will not work for everyone, but I will be sharing how to start a simple natural hair regimen–because I like simple! 

People often ask what I did to grow my hair to armpit length. Typically, the assumption is that I spent a lot of money or did something extravagant.

Nope, not at all. Sorry to disappoint, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

My strategy is very basic, so I’m going to share my simple natural hair regimen from when I first went back to natural.

The Cost

I have always been monetarily cautious. (That’s my PC way of saying CHEAP!!) I am a single mother trying to pay bills and maintain a household. My pockets were not built like that to spend a bunch of money on hair products.

Not only that, it was overwhelming going to the beauty supply store and having so many options. Folks are out here DOING IT for the natural hair community!!

To keep things cost-effective, a simple natural hair regimen should cater to your budget.

The Products

So I started at Family Dollar–because again, I’m frugal! I used Pantene for Naturals product line and purchased Clarifying Shampoo and Deep Conditioner.

These products held me down while I transitioned and protective styled. When I finally cut my hair, I grabbed some Cantu products. I used Coconut Curling Cream, Comeback Curl Spray, and some Olive Oil for my very first twist out.

Honestly, I started using the Cantu Leave-in and Repair Cream, but my hair straight rejected it. Wasn’t a good look at all.

I ended up purchasing a large bottle of Aussie conditioner and then I splurged and went to Sally’s for Eden Body Works leave in condish and Deep Treatment Masque.

I literally made these products work for the entire first year and a half of my journey.

I did protective styles for about 6-8 weeks 2-3 times a year.

Twist outs and wash and go styles, and puffs were the only styles I did on my natural hair, so low manipulation was a big thing for me.

That’s it though.

My simple, natural hair regimen consisted of inexpensive products that I used only once a week, low manipulative/weekly styles, and protective styles.

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”            1 Timothy 4:8 NIV



Candace is the founding voice behind Stretched and Outstretched, which was birthed in a wilderness season of frustration that caused her to chop off her hair and run--full speed--into the outstretched arms of God. She is a lower Delaware native and spends her free time enjoying spontaneous dance breaks with her son and tear-jerking laughter with friends.

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