The best way to wash 4C Natural Hair

HAPPY People,

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.

Natural Hair Shedding
Wash Day: 1.5 weeks of shedding from a detangling session.

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.

Natural Hair Detangle Wash
Detangle complete. Wash time 🙂

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 🙂

Natural Hair Wash Day
Wash Complete! Happiness!!
  • 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 😘 💋

Natural Hair
Peace and Nappy Love 💋

Your Girl

TooAndALee

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  1. Nomusa Shongwe July 2, 2016 — 4:39 pm

    Hi please assist on how to moisturize my hair and with daily routine

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  2. This is basically how my wash routine goes. Except I never cowash. I tried it once and felt my hair wasn’t clean. I decided it wasn’t for me. Happiness is really the smell of freshly washed hair. Wonderful post!

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  3. Post updates please

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  4. Maeceal Herndon July 4, 2016 — 4:13 pm

    Thank You

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  5. Laura Foreman July 4, 2016 — 8:25 pm

    Love your informational post!

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  6. I had a shampoo day for my daughter. Damp her hair then put coconut oil. I then put a conditioner on her and detangled with my fingers. Thank you for your advice. Worked like a charm.

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  7. This is so awesome has i take tips hopefully my afro grows to be as big as yours .I’m so in love with your dye .how long have you been growing your hair?

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    • Hi Ziyana!! 🙂 Thank u for dropping by. I hope your fro grows just as long and even longer. I’ve been natural for 10 years now…it was a lot longer until I cut it and dyed it all blonde/ginger about 1 year ago…The black growth/roots in these pictures is from then! I’m not chasing length that much at the moment, i’m enjoying the easy management of a shorter style 🙂

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  8. This was sooooo helpful! Apparently I’ve been doing it all wrong. I will try this going forward. Thanks for sharing

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  9. Hi Thuli

    Please let me know when you publish your moisturizing and styling issue.

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    • Hi Karen. I’ll publish soon I promise. Best way to get notifications of my latest posts is to subscribe by leaving your email in the email-box at the bottom of the website. Let me know if you have issues finding it. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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  10. Awesome! So easy to follow. I too have type 4 hair type and I am trying to figure it all out. Any suggestions on frizz control? Have you ever tried to dry your hair with a t-shirt instead of a towel. It dries faster and I hear it’s better on your hair.

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    • Thanks hun!! Frizz has been tricky for me too, olive oil has been suggested as an oil that tames the frizz. I’m not sure I’ve seen a dramatic difference though. I haven’t tried the t-shirt but it is definitely not my first time hearing it. I’m definitely going to look at it and the benefits. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

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  11. I love this post. I’m going to do this when its time for my next wash day.

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  12. I wm going to cowash now, I will try your tricks.

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  13. This is probably the shortest wash day routine I’ve ever come across.

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  14. So u wash your hair while in twists, will the conditioner or shampoo be completely be removed from you r hair thou?

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  15. Demara Jeanty May 18, 2017 — 8:53 am

    I’m very curious.. What kind of oil you use? Which is the better product for me to wash my hair? Co-wash or shampoo? What is the difference?

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