My 2018 Hair Routine

It’s been awhile since my last hair update and routine. And, after sharing my tips on how to grow your hair, I’ve received requests on what my current routine is. So, this is a quick one to update you on what I’m currently doing with my hair, when and with what.

Weekly Wash Day

I’m currently washing my hair every 7-10 days, depending on how much product I’ve used since my last wash day. I use shampoo more so than not because I’m finding that my hair’s not drying out so much with the ones I use. I also use gel often and co-washing doesn’t do much when I’ve got that on my hair. I’m currently using a mix of Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine shampoo, ORS Curls Unleashed Rosemary & Coconut Shampoo and for a deep clarifying clean, I use ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo. When it comes to deep conditioning, (and please don’t burn me at the stake for this), I still use Dove hair masks *gasp*  They’re affordable, readily available and well – they help detangle my hair like nothing else. They really do the work for me. My favourite is their Nourishing Oil Care Treatment Mask and Intensive Repair Treatment Mask. I’ve tried a few different products since last year, but I’ve gone back to these because Fro has a soft spot for them. I’ve been religiously using the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner after my wash.

I then use my own butter and stretch it to prepare for my week. I’m loving braid outs at the moment, they’re working really well for my length and lack of much time to do my hair. They also give me a nice, bouncy type of stretch, which I’m currently preferring compared to the fresh twist out look. You know I love my gels, so I slap some of that on for my stretched style of the week. Check out my top 5 hair gels post for my recommendations. I’ve actually blow dried my hair more this year than I would like to admite. I’ve just been so tight on time that I haven’t had many days where I could leave my hair to air dry. So it’s definitely something I need to chill on. When I do blow dry, I use the Tresemme Heat Defence Spray before I do. **Please don’t make blow drying a habit, it could lead to heat damage which will be very womp womp.**


When I use other products, I spritz my hair every day/other day with my Daily Spritz. I’m finding I don’t need to spray as much as I used to before, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve finally found a great combination of products that when it comes to wash day, I don’t have to do a whole lot during the week to upkeep it, or my LOC game is so strong or if the climate is less dry that it always has been. I doubt it though, so I think it’s the former.

When I use my Shea Moisture range from start to finish, I only re-spritz my hair once in the week. I can go a good 3-4 days without having to touch my hair with my spritz. This is the first time in my 7 years of being natural that this is the case. So I’m sure you can understand why these are must-haves for me.

I’m currently due for a trim, I haven’t had one in awhile and I can tell my ends need to be let go. I’ll be doing that next week when I put my hair into a protective style for my upcoming holiday 😀

What’s your current routine? Do you find it changes the longer you’re natural?

Photography by Robyn Davies



  1. Jeany
    May 9, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Hi,i just found this blog and i think i have a found a home for hair.I started my natural hair journey late last year,it is hard,i had long relaxed hair,so i had to completely shade my hair off.Finding the right product is hard,i am learning so much about my hair,so currently i don’t have a routine,however it might change now that i found this blog.

    Thank you

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      June 6, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Hi Jeany, glad you found my blog! Hope you find it helpful, I’ve got a TON of content 😉 It can be challenging, but the trick is to keep at it. If you stumble on a product or routine that works, stick to it 😉

  2. Mathaba
    May 5, 2018 / 8:58 am

    I really appreciate every detail you put here about natural hair…My hair has become even better…I have 4C hair and I went natural in January 2015 after I failed in 2014…it’s now three years but the length is amazing…soft, bouncy and rich…all thanks to you…I love the way you detail every method.

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      June 6, 2018 / 2:54 pm

      Aww, thank you Mathaba. I really appreciate the feedback, so glad to know I’ve helped you on your journey.

  3. April 23, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Beautiful as always. As jealous as I am of your hair ‘sigh’ I accepted that my hair doesn’t grow that much.indeed it is true that our genes determine the growth of our hair. How unfair life is, my daughter’s hair grows like ‘veggies’ and I am aware that she took after her dad. I know you don’t know about this, You are the one who inspired me and my daughter to go natural. I have always loved natural hair but didn’t know how to take good care of it. So, thank so much,.

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      June 6, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Tumi. Your hair will grow at its own rate, I’m sure you love it regardless 😉

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