My Natural Hair Regimen

Two Strand Twist Out

My Natural Hair Regimen

(As of April 2011)
On Saturdays….
I Shampoo and Condition my hair with one of my many shampoo and conditioners. But recently I’ve been rotating between the following product lines – Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab or Shea Moisture Organic Shea Butter, or Design Essential. I do use many other products, but these are my main 3 that I’ve been using recently. 
(I will keep you all updated when things change.)

I detangle my hair as I apply the conditioner using this technique:

I rinse the conditioner out with the twist still in my hair. I squeeze the twists to make sure the water is getting through the twists and to make sure the product is getting out of my hair (yes some of the twists loosen). When it’s all rinsed out I apply Deep Conditioner

Day 5 Braid Out

I have 3 deep conditioners that I use. Most often I used the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. Sometimes I use the Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise. And on a few occasions I use the Organix Coconut Repair Deep Treatment. I usually leave my deep Conditioner in my hair for a few hours (Sometimes overnight). Leaving my deep conditioner in for more then 3 hours leaves my hair uber soft!

I rinse out the deep conditioner, loosen the twists, and then I Moisturize and Pamper my hair. This video shows you how I apply the following products to my hair.

Flat Twist Out

I use the following products (in this exact order) Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thickenning Mist, Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil, Shea Moisture Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner, and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie OR my Shea Butter Mix.

After all products have been applied I will set my hair in one of the following.

15-20 Two Strand Twists – then I’ll rock a Twist Out

15-20 Braids – Then I’ll rock a braid Out
10-15 Flat Twists – then I’ll rock a Flat Twist Out

Part two

I untwist the next mornin and I Retwist/braid/flat twist my hair at night to preserve the curl pattern. If I don’t have time to reset my hair I will put my hair in Mini Pineapples.

On Wednesdays….

I Cowash my hair using any of my many conditioners using this technique.
After I cowash, I Moisturize and Pamper my hair the same way that I do on Saturdays. After all products have been applied I will set my hair in one of the sets listed above (Two Strand Twists, Braids, or Flat Twists) like I do on Saturdays.

I give my hair so much LOVE and my growth shows the LOVE and time I’ve given my hair.
If you have 4b kinky/curly/coily hair like me, this regimen may give you extreme softness, moisture and shine!

If you have tried my regimen, please share with me (below) how this worked for you. 
Be open and honest.


About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • angel C.

    I love your regimen and it works really really well for my hair. I can’t wait to try the design essentials curl stretch cream. I hope it works for me as well as your regimen does!!!

  • aries9

    Hey sis! i LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your tutorials and blogs…i recently started using the shea moisture and it is awesome on my hair…One question would you recomend leaving conditioner on your hair overnight if you have colored it…i colored my hair last summer—and have regretted it! my hair has not been the same since..i am currently using your pamper method and that has been great! i need soooo much moisture now…. i am going to start taking that biotin supplement like you stated in the vid…i will keep you posted!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      You can definitely leave a deep conditioner in your hair over night.

      Im glad you are loving my old regimen.

      The biotin is great. If you start breaking out, get a lower dosage. In fact, start will 1000mcg or less to be safe.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UY6LNN4JTDNVAW7TAGA6SYMJMA Heiress Roxy

        I have been taking biotiin wfor a while I take 7500mcg and it works great for me. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UY6LNN4JTDNVAW7TAGA6SYMJMA Heiress Roxy

      I have colred hair too and deeply regret it; however, I will be really pampering my hair to get it healthy again.  My hair tends to stay dry due to the color.  I don’t want to chop my hair again, I will just let thr color grow out this time.  Yes, I take 7500mcg Biotin.  I have been taking biotin for a long time, along with other vitamin supplements.  I beleive in vitamins.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UY6LNN4JTDNVAW7TAGA6SYMJMA Heiress Roxy

    I really enjoy the tutorials.  I took the time today to shampoo, rinse, add deep conditioner after the 4 sections and twist the strands.  i will be rinsing so i can moistoirize and twist my hair for the look tomorrow.  I have been looking for different styles and a better way to take care of my hair.  I’m excited about the new beginning!

    Thank you!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      this is wonderful. I know your has fallen in love with you!

  • Cynthia Bethune

    Hi there! I swear by Design Essentials! I think I’ll have to get the curl stretch cream and try that with my twists. I’m undergoing a growth process and was wondering if you have any more advice. I’ve been natural longer while I have done things before to grow my hair, maybe a new trick or two will boost the growth. For instance, I made a scalp oil focused on growth, used Infusuim 23 when I washed and daily then another leave in with styling products. I am not so much of a PJ anymore after using Design Essentials. Thanks! :-)

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Hey love,

      My advice for growth is give your body and your hair TLC and your hair will grow. Check out our health section for a wealth of info on things you can do internally to grow your hair long and strong.
      Your hair mix sounds great.

  • Gail S.

    Hey Jenell was this more or less your regimen while you had a twa? and also would you recommend me following this regimen as I transition?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Yes this was my TWA regimen. The only difference is the twists and braids. My hair wasn’t long enough for that.
      I think this would be a good regimen to follow while transitioning but the mid week co washes might be a bit much stress on your hair.

  • Deliciousnrsd

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the tutorials… I’ve been missing out on them and inturn , messing up on my hair. They’re VERY helpful! now I can set my hair correctly and untwist correctly as wel.l THANK YOU SOOOO much for your tutorials.. and the time you’ve taken out to share them…. *WINK*

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      You’re sooo very welcome. Thanks so much for watching them.

  • hautezine

    What is a mini-pinapple?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      When you pineapple your hair, you put it in a loose ponytail on top of your head (visualize a pineapple). Mini pineapples are for women with shorter hair, you put your hair in ponytails all over like 4-6

      • Ruby Lute

        I have used your regimen & watched your tutorials!!!! They have been a blessing. I saw a complete difference in my hair as I began to use. You are a true teacher. Its great you want to help other women be successful in their hair journey. I felt so lost and didn’t know what to do until I started watching your tutorials!!! I thank God for you! Thank you!!!!

        • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

          Ruby you are too sweet. You have really made my day. Im sooo happy that my regimen has worked for you and that you have seen such a difference in the health of your hair. Keep up the great work sis!

  • Diamond Huggins

    Just wondering…when it comes to your styling. are you manipulating your hair everyday? like when it comes to the different styles like re twisting and night and styling in the morning.. do you think that bothered your growth any or was it fine when you stuck to this regimen?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Hey love,
      Yes I retwist at night. It actually supported my hair growth because my hair was put away instead of just going to bed with my hair loose. When I retwist and rebraid my hair, im gentle. I sometimes add moisture to my hair.

  • CoilyTy

    Hi Jenell,
    Thanks so much for sharing your regimen with us! It has truly been a blessing to me. I really like your pampering session but was wondering what you do for daily moisture when you hair is not freshly washed?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Hey love,

      For daily moisture, I just apply the products again. My hair doesn’t usually need to be moisturized daily. More like every 2-3 days.
      I may or may not spritz my hair with something and then apply leave in, oil, and moisturizer.

  • Naturalista39

    I big chopped 8/29/12….need advice on retaining moisture for my twa.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Hey love,
      This entire page is support for you.

  • PeacefulRunning

    I just recently found your site and it is now part of my daily regimen! My TWA is growing out and the WNG is no longer working for me — very fuzzy and I need something new. Your tutorials for type 4 hair is perfect; most of the sites only show pics of naturals with type 3 hair or its way long…no real instructions on how they got there. I’m going to try your braid out on my hair this week — wish me luck!

  • Nkem

    Hi Jenell, I’ve been watching your videos and reading most of your FB posts. You are such an inspiration and I just want to say thanks for doing what you do. I BCed July ’12 and my hair is doing really well. SInce I discovered your channel a month ago, I’ve been following your regime as my hair type seems quite similar to yours. I live in the UK so got a friend of mine to buy and post me the Shea Moisture products you recommend so highly. They arrived a few days ago and I just did my first wash/condition, deep condition and pampering with them. Once again for all your support and instruction. You’re a brilliant role model

  • Tiffany

    Hii Jenell! I’ve just found your site last night and I’ve been obsessed since! I’ve been natural for a little over a year and always had a hard time keeping t soft and loking good. So I usually hide my hair in buns and super long braids. I was loosing hope and seriously reconsidering relaxing it again. Right now, I have my hair in braids and when I get them removed in the next three weeks, I’ll jump right into applying all your wonderful hair tips. We have the same hair type, 4b, amd I’m thrilled that type 4 hair can look as great as yours. I’m bugging my mum to get me all your recommended products haha :P Thank you so much!

  • Tiffany

    I have a question. I’ve always had the idea that hair doesn’t grow if it’s not in protective hairstyles for at least a third of the year. But your hair length increased quite impressively. I was wondering if you used any hair-growth serums or pills or did your hair length increase steadily simplly because you take great are of it?

  • yasmine

    hi jenell . so i must say, i love your videos. After watching them i immediately went and purchased shea moisture restorative conditioner ( which i use as a leave-in ). i washed an conditioned my hair. Then i applied the leave-in and argan oil to my hair and added extra focusing on my ends. THIS CHANGED MY HAIR LIFE! MY HAIR WAS AND STILL IS SUPER MOISTURIZED . IT LOOKS HEALTHIER AND FEELS GREAT. thank you!

  • ShaToya

    Thank you a thousand times. I have been natural for 3 yrs and havr experienced minimal growth. I know its because I hadn’t found the right products or trusted myself with the process. Watching your videos and the success you’ve had I know I can take steps to nourish and grow my hair.
    The one thing I’m not clear on is do you shampoo and condition with twist in? I wanted to rewatch the video on it and lost it. Thanks for all the helpful advice!
    New Subie,

  • Vanyty Emmanuel

    Thank you so much for sharing! !!! It helps a whole lot when I can find someone who takes such good care of their hair and share their techniques. I had half a mind to just oil my hair and wash it once a month or so and then just let it be for the rest of the time, but now with all those wonderful ways to care for my natural hair I think it’ll definitely come out better abd healthier

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