How do you do?
I’m going to take you through my wash routine, focused solely on how I go about washing and conditioning my hair. It has dawned upon me that it’s probably better if I advise you about my natural hair regimen in bits…baby steps!!
I’m the simple girl, I aim to make my hair as painless, stress-free as possible whilst still keeping it healthy – COS IT’S POSSIBLE. Remember, natural hair products ARE NOT your hair but rather they support your hair. Don’t get me wrong, I do love some but I don’t obsess over them. This a procedural post.
Wash day is very important in a natural hair regimen. When you take it seriously, you’ll see a difference in hair health, growth and styling.
Without further ado….
- STEP ONE – DETANGLING
Spritz hair with water and desired mixture of oils
You can’t detangle hair while it’s dry nor completely wet as both are very fragile states for the coils, causing them to be brittle. I begin by spritzing my water mixture onto the dry hair. The aim is to get it damp. You’ll notice the hair getting softer and more manageable. This state is ideal for detangling. I then divide my whole head of hair into 4 parts…take each part…and begin to separate the bigger knots and tangles that I feel with my fingers. For my hair length this takes about 5-10min.
Further finger detangling…
I then add conditioner to each part (it can literally be any conditioner – see here for the ones I use). I add it generously to the damp hair and spritz more water mixture if I feel it getting dry. The point of this is to create slip, where your fingers easily glide over the strands, allowing them to separate even easier, and for you to get the most out of the detangling process. I continue to do this until I can 70-80% run my fingers through my hair 😀
This is when I grab my Denman brush (example linked here), this brush is the ONLY ‘combing’ equipment that touches my hair, apart from my fingers during the wash process 🙂 I gently brush my hair from root to end, brushing out the shedded hair that I didn’t get while finger detangling.
Note: You’re supposed to shed a healthy amount of hair everyday, you will never not see anything on your brush or as you are finger detangling. Especially since we only brush once or so a week and sometimes every 2 weeks.
PATIENCE is key. Remember, a good detangle means your next detangle will be easier and probably even shorter time wise.
- STEP TWO – THE WASH
Twist hair & Wash
The reason for putting your detangled hair in twists is to reduce the chance of manipulation and tangles when the hair is being washed. For my hair length I need about 6 twists on my head.
Depending on whether it’s a shampoo day or a co-wash day (read the differences here), I will first wash the hair with water only…
- Shampoo day: I apply shampoo (5min hair and scalp wash). I then add conditioner to the twists and leave it in for at least 15min in a shower cap. OR,
- Co-wash day: I apply co-wash/conditioner, leave it in for at least 15min, I then gently wash out the conditioner and voila!!! Detangle and wash complete. Keep in mind, the twists are intact throughout this whole process.
Note: I always start with warm water and end with cool water. Warm water opens up the hair cuticles allowing for a good clean. After all the hydration and conditioning you give the strands, you want to seal in the moisture goodness and lock the cuticles with cool water 😉 Ending with a cool wash flattens (closes) the cuticles, this also makes your hair appear shinier 🙂
- STEP THREE – TO DRY
Drying the hair
To dry your hair, don’t rub the towel against it, you’ll tangle the hair. Simply wrap the towel around your hair, it will absorb most of the water. Besides, you’re going to want to moisturize it while still damp that way your strands absorb the product. Additionaly, most styles are best made with damp hair.
When you untwist your 6 or however many parts, it will be a wonderfully cleansed, detangled and hydrated beauty!!
And that covers the wash routine!! The next issue – moisturizing and styling the hair, I’ll cover in my next post on natural hair! Stay tuned, drop your email address in the subscription box below and I’ll send you a notification when the next post comes out!
Thank you all for dropping by 😘 💋