My Hair Growth Routine

Hi guys!

Now that you know a little bit of the story behind our hair (here) and how our hair went from neck length to bra-strap length, I’m going to tell you a little bit of why and what we do on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

In the beginning of our hair journey, we were a lot more rigorous in taking care of our hair, so if you are using us as a comparison of your own hair’s development, please keep in mind that we CONSISTENTLY followed these steps for about two years and only saw significant changes after about a year or so. If at any point you start to feel discouraged, don’t worry, we’ve been there as well, patience and consistency are the keys to growing long hair.  But, remember, it’s just hair, don’t let this one goal keep you from living your life.

Feel free to add or remove any steps depending on your lifestyle and also on your hair type. Our hair is relaxed but these tips can help anyone of any hair type or texture.

Without further ado, here are the steps we take in order to retain length:

Cleansing: 

There are two main ways to wash your hair, and we do them alternatively.

  • I wash my hair with a sulfate shampoo (here) whenever I think it needs a deep clean. I suggest to wash your hair monthly, I try to do it on the 15th (or the Sunday closest to the 15th) of every month. Sulfate shampoos strip your hair of the essential oils that nurture and moisturize your hair so excessive use can cause it to be brittle and dry.
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My favorite sulfate shampoo is the ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo (the green packet)
  • I wash my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo (here and here) on every Sunday (besides of the Sunday that I wash with the sulfate shampoo) of the month. Sulfate-free shampoos clean your hair without stripping your hair of its natural oils so you can maintain moisturized and manageable hair. This is commonly known as co-washing.
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My favorite sulfate-free cleansers, As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner (reddish-brown tub) and Hair One Hair Cleanser and Conditioner with Olive Oil (green and yellow bottle)

Conditioning: 

  • On Wednesdays (mid-week) I use a rinse-out conditioner(here and here) as I would a shampoo to remove any dirt I may have acquired during those few days and give my hair a little moisture boost. I do this more during the cold winter months when my hair feels drier and duller due to the lack of humidity in the air, but I always keep this step in my regimen even during the warmer months. This method is called co-washing (conditioner washing).
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My favorite conditioners to co-wash. Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner (orange bottle) and Keracare Humecto Creme Conditioner (brown/gold bottle)

Deep conditioning: 

  • Something that I swear by is deep conditioning(here , here and here), I had immediate results (my hair appeared fuller, it was so soft and moisturised). Deep conditioning is super important because our hair naturally is very dry and since it is so coily and kinky it takes longer for the moisturizing natural oils (the ones that you don’t want to get rid of with harsh shampoos) from our scalp to travel down to our ends. This is the reason why you may feel that your hair is not growing past a certain length; your hair is growing but your ends are so dry that they keep breaking and falling off so you never notice any length changes. Before our hair journey, I would go to the salon and cut my ends several times in a month and still a few days later my ends would be broken and damaged again. This was due to the fact that I barely ever deep conditioned. Now, every single time that water touches our hair, we deep condition (on Wednesdays and Sundays, so two times per week) using a moisturizing or protein condition for at least 1 hour with heat or at least 2-3 hours without heat. You’ll see an instant difference in your hair, just from deep conditioning regularly.
  • We use a protein conditioner depending on how our hair feels.  If your hair feels dry and brittle, use a moisturizing deep conditioner. If it feels too soft or limp and lifeless, use a protein conditioner.
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My favourite moisturising deep conditioner is the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque (the brown and green tub) and my favourite protein conditioner is the ORS Replenishing Conditioner (the yellow bottle)

Moisturising: 

  • After drying my hair with a cotton t-shirt (because normal towels frizz up your hair) you need to keep the moisture in your hair ( since you wash off your deep conditioner) so we use a leave-in or moisturiser(here and here).  Our hair is very dry, naturally, so the more moisture you add to it, the better, so we add a moisturizing leave-in conditioner for our hair to maintain the level of moisture that it needs to grow. During the week, when we’re not washing our hair,  we also moisturize our hair with a water based moisturiser. We do this on a daily basis before we go to sleep (we use the same ones that we used on our wash days).
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My favorite moisturiser that I use daily is the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk (orange bottle) and my favorite leave-in conditioner to use after I wash my hair is the Kinky Kurly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner (pink bottle)

Oiling: 

  • Oils(here, here and here) are also very important. They have very moisturising properties but they should not be used to replace moisturisers. They should be used to aid moisturisers in sealing in the moisture that they give. We use oils before shampooing as a hot oil treatment and after adding our moisturisers and leave-in conditioners in order to “seal” in the moisture.

 

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My favorite oils are jamaican black castor oil (brown bottle), extra virgin coconut oil (green, blue and brown tub) and extra virgin olive oil (green spray bottle)

 

Relaxers: 

  • We use a no-lye relaxer(here) every 3 to 4 months. We don’t relax our hair bone straight anymore, we leave a little bit of texture. Relaxing your hair breaks down the protein bonds of your hair making it even more dry and brittle, so we make sure to follow the steps above in order to successfully grow healthy relaxed hair (you can see how we relax our hair here).

 

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My favorite relaxer, the ORS Olive Oil Relaxer in Normal

 

Hopefully this helps you start your hair journey and shows you a little bit of what we do so that you start implementing it in your hair. Keep the questions and requests coming on the comment section so we know exactly what you want to learn from us. For inspiration on why you should start a hair journey check out Elle’s story here and follow us on instagram at di.elle.ci or follow us on twitter at @dielleci.

Love,

-Di (D) 

 

 

29 thoughts on “My Hair Growth Routine

  1. Anne

    Love your blog. Your routine is so amazing, very clear and easy to follow. You should see my bathroom it is like a mini beauty supply store. I’ll have to try some of the products mentioned heard the ORS conditioner and relaxer are great products to use.

    Would love to see in a future post maybe some of the hairstyles/tips (braidouts,etc.) you use during your stretches and how to handle new growth/breakage. Mine seem to be dry and thus I cut my stretches early.

    Great article, very helpful.

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    1. diElleci

      Thank you so much Anne! You won’t believe how many products we have, it’s not only in our bathroom anymore lol

      I’ll definitely do that, thanks for the requests, we’ll definitely do them! Stay tuned xoxo

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  2. Isabel

    Loved it!
    For me the hardest part os the castor oil🙄🙄🙄
    So annoying to put it at night, especially when you are already sleepy! But as you said, is a matter of consistency. Be strong girls!

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  3. Lisa

    Beautiful hair and routine. When you wash/co-wash on either Wednesday and Sundays do you wash your hair (i.e. apply the product) 2 times or 1? Approx. how long do you leave your relaxer on to get some texture?

    Love your steps and fantastic blog too.

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Lisa!

      We wash our hairs only one- in the sense that we apply shampoo once, wash it out, then put the conditioner/deep conditioner then wash it out then we are out the shower!

      For relaxing I usually do 15 minutes depending on the amount of protection (I base my scalp with vaseline) I use that day (my natural hair is not super kinky its around a 4b so keep that in mind and I use the normal one- for my sister she has veery course hair so she takes about 20-25 min with the extra strength and she still has texture lol!)

      Im glad you love it and thanks!!

      xx

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  4. Margarida

    Hi. I loved the post. I’m just a bit confused. Sulfate shampoo once a month, sulfate free shampoo every week? Do i shampoo then use the conditioner? For the cowash i use the same conditioner? Another one or a deep conditiner?

    Thank you💛

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Margarida!

      Yes it is quite confusing at first!
      Yes once a month it is a sulfate shampoo and every week aside from that one week is sulfate-free (we do it on sundays).
      Yes every time you shampoo condition after (shampoo strips your hair of essential oils for growth and shine so put that moisture back in)
      Yes you can use the same conditioner every time you condition your hair, we have different ones just out of indulgence lol
      Deep condition whenever you want a proper conditioning section, we believe once a week is enough- so do it when you shampoo your hair on sunday

      Hope this helps!!

      xx

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  5. Deep

    Hi im do glad i came across your blog…i have a problem staying with my hair without any braiding o weave covering it,so if i want to participate in this in the routine is it possible to do it without leaving my natural hair every month….truth is,i dont have time to come my own hair in the mornings and i end up not taking care of it at all and it breaks and so forth so i resort to braiding and the likes…how do i be part of this???

    Inspired and confused someone

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    1. diElleci

      Hi!!!

      No problem at all that you still want to do protective styles, actually they can be quite a great help on growing out your hair. Very soon we will have a post on taking care and growing out hair with braids and weaves!!

      Welcome to our journey, lol

      xx

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  6. Deep

    Hi im so glad i came across your blog…i have a problem staying with my hair without any braiding o weave covering it,so if i want to participate in this routine is it possible to do it without leaving my natural hair every month….truth is,i dont have time to comb my own hair in the mornings cause i end up not taking care of it at all and it breaks and so forth so i resort to braiding and the likes…how do i be part of this but carry on braiding o having a weave on coz i see theres alot of washing the hair regularly???

    Inspired and confused someone

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  7. Vanessa

    Hey guys, I’ve been on my hair journey for a while (2 years) but I’ve had a major setback, I don’t know what happened because I didn’t even see it coming! My edges and the nape area just broke off and my hair just looks so unhealthy. I slacked on my routine a bit mid-year last year and by the time I got back into it it was already too late. It’s like I’m starting all over again, trying to figure out what I need to do but I really need some advice with trying to repair the damage on my edges and growing out my nape area again. I love what you guys are doing and especially that you are from Angola (I am too, but have lived in South Africa more than most my life), our girls really need to get educated about having healthy hair and I’m glad to see you have the blog in Portuguese as well! I’m just so discouraged by the way my hair is now I could cry, but seeing your blog makes me happy.

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Vanessa!

      Aww we’re sorry that you are going through a setback, but if it makes you feel better we went through at least one each (we’ll do posts on it).

      For your case when it comes to edges/nape area the best thing is to stimulate growth with frequent massages (about 3 times a week) in those areas, preferably with an oil (castor oil is THE best for this, we have links for it in this post) , but you can also do with garlic (i know), olive oil or simple just your hands.

      Aside from this you need to prevent yourself from having this again, usually breakage is due to too much protein in your regimen so introduce more moisturising treatments instead of protein ones, make sure your protective styles are not tight (this is usually the cause of edges/nape breakage specifically if your protective style is braids or weaves) and make sure to change the styles up.

      Hope you get through your setback, as we did for ours too. Thanks for sharing your story and we wish you the best of luck

      xx

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  8. yrrmu

    Hello,

    I love this article and keep coming back to it. I have one question though; can your hair growth be affected by the type of climate eg Africa’s client is different from other parts of the world.

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    1. diElleci

      Hi!!

      We do believe climate has an effect given that our hair grows faster when we are back home in the tropical weather than we are here in London. However I am afraid I cannot give you facts on these

      So glad you loved the article!

      xx

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  9. Jemima

    Hey! First of all, your hair is unbelievable goals. I’ve never even tried to grow out my hair because I’ve always had the mindset that African girls have short hair naturally and no amount of product can change that. But you’ve certainly convinced me otherwise.
    Okay so I am fully Nigerian and I reside here as well. I did a Big Chop on my hair sometime in 2015 but I don’t ever treat my natural hair or anything because it’s a lot of stress so I just go from weave to box braids to crotchet.
    So I was wondering if you have any tips or products for growing natural hair while on protective styling or any helpful links to other blogs or YouTube channels? I would really appreciate it.
    Finally, I love your hair! All of you, oh my goodness. The colour, the texture, the cut! Yass. 😍😍😍

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Jemima!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog and we are so happy that not only you love our hair but we made you change a mindset that unfortunately many African girls still have. Yes we can grow our hairs as much as we like and we will do everything to help you!
      In regards to your question, we actually have a blog post here on taking care of our hair under weaves and braids. Helpful youtube channels are Naptural85, PeakMill, NaturalSisters, LakiaStar and from that you will be diverted to many more. Also, if you value our tips we have just started a service where we personalize your hair routine through a guide, the link is here: http://www.dielleci.com/pidieff/

      I hope all these tips are beneficial and that in the future you will join team long hair (lol)

      xx

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  10. Faiza

    I’m so glad that I read this article and thank you so much the most help hair growth I ever cross but I just get confuse little about moisturizing or protein condition 1 hour with heat or 2-3 hours without heat. So instead of washing right way ORS protein condition stay with it or moisturizing Shea moisture coconut or kinky kurly knot. Moisturizing 1 hour with heat do have to do deep conditioner first or after. Or is it different protein condition not ORS.

    Thanks

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      1. Anonymous

        Oh sorry😌 Is protein conditioner the ORS replenishing conditioner? And when would I do moisturizing or protein conditioner with heat or without heat.

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  11. Faiza

    Sorry if I make you confuse. You mentioned using moisturizing or protein condition for 1 hour with heat or 2-3 hours without heat . So my question is what kind moisturizing or protein condition Should I use and Should I do this steps every time that water touches my hair?

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    1. diElleci

      Oh! OK, Moisturising conditioner 3 times a month and protein conditioner 1 a month (so 1 out of the 4 Sundays of the month). Now for co-wash (mid-week) you just need to wash hair with conditioner, no need to wait so long

      xx

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Naomi!
      Although we are relaxed our tips cover any other hair type. Literally just skip our post on our relaxer routine (as well as do not use as much protein as us since you don’t lose any from chemical treatments) and you can follow our steps as well!

      If you are still quite confused, we have developed a service where we personalise your hair journey. Check it out: http://www.dielleci.com/pidieff/

      xx

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