Natural Hair care: My complete wash day routine
Is washing your natural hair your least favorite aspect of your wash day routine? You’re not alone!
Are you a lazy naturalist? Then welcome to my world.
And NO, I don’t have a shelf filled with natural hair products 😫😫😫
My natural hair is just over 2 years old, remember my big chop post HERE?
Tbh, it’s been a struggle maintaining this hair. I have no natural hair products – I mean, I am not that enthusiastic but one thing I do not fail to do is wash and deep condition my natural hair. The least I owe to my hair… I dedicate a few hours twice a month for wash day.
This is a dreadful day for me because I have to deal with detangling which is quiet painful…well sometimes, wet hair, shrinkage and of course styling. I make my cornrows myself and it’s not something I look forward too. The hand pain, the thick hair, the hair breakage..ughh!
But I, the laziest naturalist of them all knows that this day is unavoidable, and therefore the only rational thing to do is to create routines that will make it more tolerable or dare I say…enjoyable.
So here you have it;
My natural hair day wash routine
STEP 1: Detangling
Consider detangling your hair before washing your natural hair. I remove all major tangles from my hair with using my finger, a big weave brush to minimize breakage and a wide-tooth comb – I couldn’t find my comb so I opted for a smaller comb. I spend about 10 to 15 minutes detangling.
STEP 2: Deep Condition
Deep conditioning is the process of fortifying the hair with moisture or protein. From time to time, your hair might feel dry and brittle. You might also experience excessive breakage or splitting along the hair shaft. These things can be an indication that a deep conditioning treatment is needed.
✓ Make hair soft and manageable.
✓ Good for dry scalp and especially for dandruff conditions.
✓ Softens hair and smoothes out nicks or scratches across the hair strand.
✓ Makes scalp healthier and less prone to dryness.
✓ Repairs damaged hair
✓ When added to other moisture rich ingredients can make hair moisturized and pliable and extremely healthy.
If your hair feels dry and brittle like mine, then it needs moisture. Personally, I deep condition as a preventative measure from breakage. I rub my deep conditioner on my ends and then work my way up to the root. Be generous with the amount of conditioner you use, elongate the hair, work in sections, and rinse.
STEP 3: Heating
I usually place the steamer for 30 minutes and literally allow my hair to cook. I love this steamer because it self regulates so I don’t have to worry about my hair getting toasted. Also, the heat is evenly encompassed around the head to provide optimal absorption/adsorption of the conditioner.
Not to worry if you don’t have a steamer as there are other ways to utilize heat for deep conditioning. You can apply your deep conditioner, cover your head with a cap, and then cover that with a scarf, or towel. This method takes twice as long to deep condition.
Results: I don’t know how best to describe the phenomenal result – touching my hair will be more believable. My hair always feels as soft a baby’s hair. That’s all I can say. And I love the wavy texture it gives my hair. You can tell that this is my favorite step of my wash day routine.
STEP 4: Washing and Rinsing
I thoroughly rinse out the deep conditioner, squeezing it gently to get all the product out and at this point my hair is super, super soft and I have little curls. I use very little of my sunsilk co correction shampoo to wash off any dirt and product that’s left. After this step, I can’t get my hands off my hair because of how soft and yum it feels…I’ll then squeeze out the water from my hair and use a towel to dry. But not completely because, moisturizing on damp hair…
Step 5: Moisturize & Seal
For my hair this is another important step. My hair is prone to dryness, so making sure that it is conditioned and well moisturized is important to keep it healthy. I section my hair into 4 different parts and motorize each section. I usually allow my hair to air dry just a little bit before moisturizing then then seal with Moroccan Argan oil, then rub my Indian hemp hair food on. I then allow my hair to air completely dry and weave my cornrows.