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Protective Style Files Vol. 1: Pumpkin’s Updated Regimen

This past weekend was “New Hair Weekend” for Pumpkin, she gets a new ‘do every two weeks. This is usually a half-day process, and I make sure that she has enough to keep her entertained. After her braids are taken down I massage her scalp with the Strong Roots Red Pimento Growth Oil and apply my mix of JBCO, grapeseed and jojoba oil to her hair. As the weather has gotten cooler and drier I’ve incorporated a steam treatment into her pre-poo, she sits under the steamer for about 20 minutes.

After her steam, her hair is very moisturized and much easier to detangle. Time to shampoo….

I use shampoo instead of cowash to make sure that her scalp gets as clean as possible. She is very active and busy, and after two weeks her hair and scalp need some TLC.


I like the Giovanni Deep Moisture Shampoo for her because it cleans without making her hair feel stripped. We also do some type of repairing/strengthening treatment once a month, and I used the DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque this time. It was left on for about 5 minutes after her shampoo and rinsed out.

If there is ANY product that I will go to the ends of this planet to get is the Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner. This stuff REALLY works through her tangles and eases the pain (literally) of combing through her hair.



After the detangling session I apply my oil mix throughout her hair to seal and massage her scalp for a few minutes. To help with hold I mix in a little aloe vera gel with my cream of choice for her cornrows or twists. After about 2.5 hours she is done.

2nd Day Hair:

She sleeps on a satin pillowcase because I don’t like bonnets and scarves rubbing on her edges and scarves don’t survive through the night. This style will last two weeks. Stay tuned for Vol.2 where I show how I moisturize her hair while braided to minimize her breakage.

So, have you made any changes to your hair regimen? Do you use any of these products? Let us know in the comments!




2 thoughts on “Protective Style Files Vol. 1: Pumpkin’s Updated Regimen

  1. […] Vol.1 of Protective Style Files, we showed you Pumpkin’s hair regimen and protective […]

  2. […] Vol. 1 showed Pumpkin’s shampoo and style regimen, and I’m now going to share what I do to keep her hair and scalp moisturized while in her protective style. She sleeps on a satin pillowcase without a bonnet or scarf so we don’t have to worry friction between her hair and cotton while she’s sleeping (unless she pushes the pillow out of the bed during the night, that’s another story….). […]

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