Had to change my MM4 Regimen but not the MM4 Mix.
Here's what's different:
Cowashing: Never really did cowashing on a schedule before but I know that my hair likes it so I'm going to incorporate it into my regimen as often as I can.
Protective styling: Usually I wear cornrows when I'm PS. So this year I want to experiment a little more and do styles that protect my ends better. Bunning, plaits, cornrows, pinups, etc.
Upping the Sulphur: Since my hair has always responded well to sulfur based products, I'm going to go back to baggying/GHE with MTG. Stopped doing that last year for some odd reason. If the MTG and Glovers prove to be overload, I'll keep the Glovers (better smell) and baggy/GHE with Aloe Vera Juice instead.
Vitamins: Paying more close attention to my vitamin intake and making sure that I'm getting what I need. Trying the Nature Made Daily Maximin Pack - 30 day supply to see how it goes and if it works well I will continue with that, plus biotin and MSM. Checked the Newbie Thread for the list of hair vitamins, and I wasn't getting them all.
Managing my Ends: After January's disappointing photo, which looked almost exactly like my October photo - except for thickness - I've come to the realization that the breakage MUST be happening at the ends. So I'll be focused on keeping my ends healthy, strong and off my shoulders. In previous regimens I used shea butter to coat my ends, so I'm going back to doing that.
Full regimen details below...
*** NEW REGIMEN FOR 2013 ***
Shampoo, condition, then DCon baggy under heating cap for 1 hour.
Warm rinse. Squeeze excess.
Apply leave-in and detangler.
Air dry mid-way and blow out on medium heat.
Progress photos, and do PS.
Follow daily regimen.
Cowash once a week, air dry and PS.
Apply MM4 Mix with a perm brush. Massage into scalp and let it clear.
Apply MTG between braids only. Blot the excess with a paper towel.
Apply Glovers Medicated Treatment (5% sulfur) to scalp.
Spray moisturizer (see list) lightly over entire head.
Apply melted Shea butter to ends as needed to combat dryness and breakage.
Baggy overnight with a plastic cap, and wrap with silk scarf.
My Growth Aid Mix:
Use one 4% MN tube
1 oz. Megatek Coat Rebuilder (half jar) + Peppermint, Tea Tree, Emu Oil
Poo: Fantasia Tea Tree Naturals, AtOne with Nature, or Parnevu Tea Tree
Con: Fantasia Tea Tree Naturals or ORS Replenishing Conditioner
DCon: JBCO + Silicon Mix, or Olive Oil + ORS pack
Detangler: Cowboy Magic
Leave-In: Hawaiian Silky
Moisturizer: CFC + Avocado Mist, or Glycerin + Aloe Vera Juice
On the Inside:
Vitamins: 10g Biotin, 3g MSM + Nature Made Maximin Pack (A+D, B, C, E, Calcium & Multi)