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Since color treating my hair, my normal natural hair routine has required a complete overhaul.  I had to eliminate some products and add new ones that work best with color treated or damaged hair.  Although my hair isn’t damaged, color treated hair should be treated as such to avoid breakage and dullness of color.

Color Treated natural hair is by no means easy to maintain, but choosing the right products and keeping it as simple as possible should make the job much easier to handle.

So here are my products broken down into each step of my Simple Summer Hair Regimen.



One of my favorite products to use for detangling is this Argan Oil Conditioner from Hask.  I use this one in particular because it’s thick and has great slip, making it easier to get through any tangles with my large tooth comb and detangling tool.  You can find the smaller conditioning packs at stores like Sally Beauty Supply or Walgreens.  You can find the full sized bottles at retailers like Amazon, Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar, Rite Aid and Harris Teeter.  This retails at around $5.99 to $7.99

You can use any conditioner you wish, but good slip is a must to tackle thick, super curly or kinky strands.

Tip: Remember to take it slow and be patient when detangling. Try not to get frustrated if you find a pesky little pixie knot (single strand knot) or 2. Keep a small rat tooth comb on hand to assist with those or a pair of scissors to remove the tiniest of resistant knots on your ends. Do all that you can, my new motto is “No Strand Left Behind”


My bi-weekly shampoo of choice is L’Oreal’s EverPure Sulfate Free Smooth Shampoo.  It is specifically formulated for color treated hair, it’s 100% Vegan and has no harsh salts or sulfates.  Although it’s sulfate free, it does lather up like crazy.  Since I’ve been using this, I do notice a difference or should I say smoothness after washing.  It’s not stripping but leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized.  This retails around $5.99 and you can find it at most mass retailers, or for less than $5 on Amazon.


Regular Conditioning

I use Giovanni’s 2 Chic Ultra Moist Conditioner with Avocado & Olive Oil.   This conditioner feels more like a deep treatment than a regular conditioner.  It has a thick consistency, so I find myself not using as much at each wash time as I used to.  It’s safe for color treated hair and retails for about $8.99, but you can grab it on Amazon or catch an in-store instant coupon like I did at Target.   I’m telling you, it’s worth adding to your arsenal and your hair will thank you for it.


Deep Condition

Deep conditioning is the 1 step that hasn’t changed for me since coloring.  I still use my regular ORS Conditioning Packs and likely always will. They’re just that good and I say “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.   I normally grab these from Walmart for about $1.39 per pack.  Every once in a while, I’ll spring for the full bottle but I kind of like my little packets because it’s just enough and I can throw it in an overnight bag if needed.


Daily Styling

Since I have chosen to use roller setting as my official summer style, I have incorporated products to help me maintain my daily style between settings.

Whenever my hair begins to feel dry, I just do a few light mists of Obia Natural Curl Hydration Spray and re-coil any frizzy looking curls by wrapping the hair around my finger.  This mist is so fine, so I’m never worried about my curls reverting when using this, it adds just the right amount of moisture. You can find this on the Obia Natural Website for $10 plus shipping


After about a week, if any of my curls begin to look unkempt or out of shape, I simply dab a little Eco Custard on the section and create finger coils wherever needed.  This is actually one of the products I use to do my roller sets and you don’t need a lot to get the job done at all. You can get this for $4.99 from the Curlkit shop or do a price/store comparison online if you wish.

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To maintain my edges or to create sleeker styles, I like to use Curls Passionfruit Curl Control Paste.  This particular pomade creates very slick, shiny edges and helps to keep my styles looking polished, when needed.  It comes in a 4 oz. jar and retails for $7.99 at Target.   A very tiny bit goes a long way.




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23 Responses

  1. karissa

    my hair is perm and Im thinking of starting to Transition my hair to go natural what hair regimen do you recommend?

  2. Nicole

    Coconut oil has become a staple, and I also use Argon oil. I am currently reviewing a haircare line which is made of Argon oil.

  3. Ann BAcciaglia

    My hair is very fine. I use less conditioner in the summer as the humidity does a number on my hair, In the winter, I need to use more as the dry air makes my hair fly away.

  4. Debbie Jean McMullen

    That Giovanni’s conditioner sounds amazing! I have pretty plain, straight fine hair so I don’t do much except a moisture mask once a week to keep my bangs from frizzing.
    Gorgeous hair BTW!

  5. Jeanette Mays

    This looks like a great product, I will pass on the info to my friend who would use it.

  6. The Positive MOM

    I don’t do anything special to my hair… ever. I do love the argan oil and olive oil products you mention here because they keep my hair shiny and moisturized. Great information!

  7. Maggie

    I always switch up my routine every few months so my hair doesn’t get used to it. Have you ever tried the cantu coconut curling cream? I love that stuff!

    • Candice S.

      Nope I haven’t heard of it. I mean I know Cantu but I haven’t heard of the curling cream. Is it like a custard or thick like a butter cream? Sets Well?

  8. Mrs. Mashed Up

    I love ORS and ECO. I hadn’t heard about some of the other products. I’m a recovering product junkie–so thank you for some temptation. lol

  9. bri

    I have to start deep conditioning my hair. This is the only step that is not in my hair care routine.

  10. Masshole Mommy

    I don’t do anything different over the summer. I get keratin treatments and I do it every 3 months all year long to get rid of my curls.

  11. Jo

    Great tips! I tend to forget about moisturizing during the summer. Still haven’t perfected using the curls control paste.

    • Candice S.

      Thanks! Yeah moisturizing is something I had to start doing more often as well. Hey let me know if you need help with how to use the control paste and I appreciate you checking out my blog.


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