The game-changing haircare technique Brazilians swear by

Ever heard of a capillary schedule? This game-changing haircare technique could be the secret to your best hair yet.

Brazilian people are passionate about hair care.

A recent market research report noted that Brazil is the Latin American frontrunner for haircare purchases.

Hair therapist Lucy Cossenzo, of ROM Concept in São Paulo, is unsurprised by these findings, explaining that “Brazilian women are crazy about beauty – and vanity is not considered a bad thing in Brazil.”

Rio de Janeiro-based hairdresser Bruno Dantte adds:“Beautiful hair holds a lot of value in Brazilian culture.”

However, there’s been a recent shift in what’s considered “beautiful” hair, Bruno says.

Previously, the hair expert says, the definition mainly applied to ultra-straight locks, usually achieved via chemical straightening treatments.

Nowadays, well-maintained, natural hair is the new benchmark of beauty – and through the quest for a healthier mane, the capillary schedule emerged.


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What is a capillary schedule?

Originating in Brazil, a capillary schedule is a systematic haircare regimen for maintaining the health and appearance of natural hair, Tais Hair Studio founder Thais Pantigas says.

It aims “to restore and maintain the natural balance of the hair by addressing issues such as dryness, damage and brittleness,” Thais, of Sydney, says.

All hair types can benefit from following a capillary schedule, but Thais notes it’s particularly helpful for those with curly hair.

“Curly hair is naturally dry and more likely to become damaged,” she explains.

“A capillary schedule can add smoothness and a healthy bounce to textured hair.”

What are the three pillars of a capillary schedule?

Lucy says a capillary schedule cycles through three treatment pillars: hydration, nutrition and reconstruction.

Following the schedule requires using treatment products aligned with each pillar.

“In the hydration phase, you’re seeking to add moisture,” Bruno says.

“Try deep-conditioning treatment masks rich in hydrating ingredients like aloe vera or coconut oil,” Thais suggests.

For the nutrition stage, Thais says treatment products should be rich in protein ingredients.  “This will restore shine to the hair and, in the case of curly hair, help with fibre flexibility,” Bruno adds.

The reconstruction pillar is about repairing and rebuilding damaged hair, Thais says.

“This means selecting treatments that contain ceramides or amino acids, like a keratin-rich mask,” she says.

How do you create a capillary schedule?

Establishing a capillary schedule, which is like a calendar plan dictating the order in which you cycle between the three pillars, is highly individualised, Lucy says.

As a starting point to work out your hair’s unique needs, Lucy suggests conducting a simple test: “Place a strand of hair in a glass full of water and wait a few minutes – if it floats, the hair needs moisture; if it stays in the middle, focus on nutrition; if it sinks, it’s time to rebuild.”
Based on the results, an individual capillary schedule can be devised.

Ideally, Lucy recommends chatting to a professional who can explain when and why to rotate through the pillars, and who can offer suggestions for suitable haircare products.

But if you prefer going it alone, Bruno suggests following a basic hair treatment schedule on three days of the week, starting with your most-needed pillar before rotating through the rest.


Example hydration-oriented capillary schedule:

Day 1 Day 3 Day 6
Week 1 Hydration Hydration Nutrition
Week 2 Hydration Nutrition Hydration
Week 3 Hydration Reconstruction Hydration
Week 4 Hydration Hydration Nutrition


When will you see results?

“In just a week, the hair could appear smoother, hydrated and shiny,” Thais says.

However, she notes consistency is key for long-term results.

“With dedication to a capillary schedule, over time there could potentially be vast improvements to hair texture, manageability and appearance,” Thais says.

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Written by Sharon Hunt.